Junior School News 14 May 2021
Thursday 20 Pajama Day – in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland
Friday 21 J2 school to Airfield
Friday 28 J1 school trip to Dublin Zoo
May 24-28 J5/J6 Summer exams
May 31 – June 4 French Week in the Junior School
Friday 4 J4 school trip
Monday 7 Public Holiday – School closed
Tuesday 8 J6 school trip
Wednesday 9 J5 school trip
Thursday 10 J6 Farewell Assembly (time TBC)
Friday 11 Terms ends for KG Lr to J6 at 12:30 pm (No After Care)
Monday 21 Preschool term ends at 12 pm (No After Care)
Extra-curricular Classes 21/22
We are adding on some new classes next year so you will be sent information on them soon. You will also be given a link and a date/time to sign up for the various classes. Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.
The wonderful creative work of our JS students from Preschool Lower to J6 went on display this week in our Art Gallery located at the front entrance of the Junior School. A huge thank you to our fantastic Art teacher, Ms. Smith, and all of our Art Captains. Every student in the school has a piece of artwork on display. Well done to everyone.
This week, the girls in J4 Red took part in a Q&A session with Dublin Zoo. We had the opportunity to meet the wonderful Kelly and ask her all our animal-related questions! She taught us all about various endangered species being cared for at Dublin Zoo and helped us to understand what we can do to save these species from going extinct. We learned that if we waste less food and energy, we can help to prevent habitat loss of animals around the world. We also learned that raising awareness about endangered animals can go a long way towards helping them. We thoroughly enjoyed our session with Kelly and found it very educational.
J2R and J2W were delighted to be selected to represent our school at the annual Diocesan Schools' Service which is being held virtually this year. Under the guidance of Ms Fitzgerald, the girls put in lots of practice and preparation to be ready to record the hymn Give Me Joy in My Heart. On Tuesday, 7th of May, Revd. Pierpoint from Taney Parish visited us to record the hymn and the girls sang with great enthusiasm and musicality. Well done J2R and J2W!
We did our assembly on ancient civilisations. We researched these projects in groups of four and did a lot of rehearsals during the week. We were very excited to present our work to the school during assembly time.
By Eve, Kenzie and Natasha, J4W
J3 arrived at school on Tuesday morning in bright sunshine, full of excitement for our trip to Dublin Zoo. Over the last few weeks, we have been learning about the Zoo and their conservation work, and we were ready to go and see it with our own eyes. We travelled to the Phoenix Park by bus, and when we arrived met our guide for the day, Kelly. Kelly had already visited us by Zoom for a Q&A session where the girls showed off their knowledge of endangered animals and conservation. Kelly was joined by Eadaoin, a Dublin Zoo volunteer, who helped us find the best spots to see all of the animals.
We headed off on the African Adventure, where we saw the bongo with its beautiful horns, and the okapi with its long purple tongue! The girls observed and discussed the animals’ appearance and habitat, and also suggested why these animals might be endangered. Then it was on to red river hogs and the African painted dogs, one of the most successful predators in the world! (They catch their prey 90% of the time.) We saw the chimpanzees getting their lunch, including Betty the chimpanzee, who is the oldest animal in Dublin Zoo – she is 59 years of age! After seeing the Western lowland gorillas climb some trees, we climbed up to the final area of the tour, where we could watch giraffes, ostriches, zebras and oryxes grazing. We said goodbye to Kelly and Eadaoin, and settled down to eat our own lunch beside the hippos. On our journey back to the entrance we saw some more amazing creatures, including the Amur tigers, a snow leopard and ring-tailed lemurs. It was such a hot day that we were all jealous of the penguins and sea lions swimming in their pool – it looked so refreshing! Finally, we saw a group of orang-utans, who entertained us by climbing trees and swinging upside-down on ropes high above us. We even saw two of the orang-utans kiss! Then it was back on to the bus for the journey back to Alex. It was an amazing day – we got to see so many animals and learn so much about them. We love Dublin Zoo!
Mr. O’ Connor and Ms. Jansen