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Junior School News 14 January 2022 


Dates for your Diary

Monday 17                 Motus Mental Health workshop – J6

Tuesday 18                KG Upr visit the National Gallery of Ireland

Wednesday 19          J3 visit National Gallery of Ireland

Thursday 20              J6R visit National Gallery of Ireland

Saturday 22               1st Year Scholarship Exam (for current J6s)

Monday 24                Motus Mental Health workshop – J6

Monday 31                 Motus Mental Health workshop – J6

From the Office

Updated Date List

This was emailed to all of you this week. Dates are subject to change.

Penguin Time in KG Lower

The girls in KG Lower have been learning all about penguins over the last few weeks. We are all so fascinated with the different species of penguin as well as all the different foods they eat! We also learned about a penguin's life cycle as well as some cool facts about them. We were all very excited to present our very own assembly on Penguins today. Well done girls!

Ms. Kenny

Art Appreciation Month

To kick start Art Appreciation month, Kg Lower, Kg Upper and J1 had online gallery tours looking and responding to art from the National Gallery of Ireland. Kg Lower and Kg Upper started their session with some relaxing and breathing exercises while J1 used a mindfulness glitter jar to relax into their tour. Each class explored the Young Zurich Portrait Prize, an exhibition celebrating young people’s art. We learnt about different kinds of portraits and how they tell a story about the person.

Ms. Smith

J2R Trip to the National Gallery of Ireland

On the 12th January, 2022, we visited the National Gallery of Ireland in Merrion Square. We were accompanied by Ms. Smith, our art teacher, Ms. Murray, the J2W teacher and her class as well as five Transition Year girls. We saw an olive ash wooden sculpture called Magnus Modus by Joseph Walsh and we were given special permission to touch the 7 metre structure. We also saw The Village School painting by the Dutch artist, Jan Steen which depicted a scene from the past with a teacher slapping a young boy’s hand with a wooden spoon. Cubism started with the work of Pablo Picasso and we saw Still Life with a Mandolin which showed a balcony with a table, fruit and a musical instrument. We viewed The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio an Italian artist. The artist included himself in the painting and he can be seen holding a lamp in the background. One of the largest paintings that we saw was The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife by Daniel Maclise. There were scenes of joy and sadness in this painting. We looked at a very famous Vermeer painting called Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid. This was an example of using light to draw our eye to the lady in the foreground rather than the maid who was in shadow in the background. We saw a selection of portraits from the Zurich Portrait Competition and we liked seeing the work of five year old children which was included with the adult entries. We enjoyed our trip to the National Gallery and we would like to thank Ms. Smith, our guides and the Transition Year girls who accompanied us.

Ms. Gorry, J2R Teacher