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Junior School News 18 February 2022

Dates for your Diary

Feb. 21-25                   College closed for mid-term break

Monday 28                College reopens for Preschool and Junior School 


March 2/3/4                Scholastic Book Fair (see below)

Tuesday 1                    Shrove Tuesday (pancakes for everyone at lunchtime in canteen)

Wednesday 2             Ash Wednesday – First day of Lent           

Thursday 3                  World Book Day (dress up as a book character)

Monday 7                     J6W RSE programme

                                        JACA Committee Meeting 7:30 pm

Tuesday 8.                    KG Lr immunisations

March 7-15                    Seachtain na Gaeilge (activities all week)

Friday 11                        International Coffee Morning 8:30 am outside the Dropping Well

Tuesday 15                   “Green Day” – dress up in green/white/orange

Wednesday 16 -18    St. Patrick’s Break – College closed. Res remains open

Monday 21                   J6W RSE programme

March 26/27                Festival of Poetry and Drama

Monday 28                   J6R RSE programme

Thursday 31                 Confirmation for J6 RC students 11 am

From the Office

School Photos

Julie finished taking photos this yesterday.  She will have the photo orders emailed to you soon.  If your daughter missed getting her photo taken this week, Julie will be back in on May 17th to take yearbook photos and she can take your daughter’s school photo then. You can contact Julie at

Shrove Tuesday – Pancakes for everyone!

The staff in the canteen will give all the JS and Preschool girls pancakes at their lunch time as a treat on Tuesday March 1st. There will be no toppings with nuts. We are unable to have the Father/Daughter Pancake Breakfast this year – hopefully it will be back next year.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

After a two year break due to Covid, the book fair will be back in the school the week after the mid-term break. The girls all love this event. It will take place in the JS Hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 2/3/4th. The girls will be given the opportunity to browse and buy books during the school day. Cash only is accepted. The school will receive 60% commission in free books on all of the books sold at the fair. This will mean that every classroom will be able to get lots of free new books for their classrooms.

We will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of World Book Day the same week – Thursday 3rd. The girls can come to school dressed as their favourite book character that day. 

STEAM Update

The last two weeks in Alex JS have been very busy with regards to STEAM related events! 

The J5 and J6 Captains introduced International Women and Girls in Science Day at assembly last Friday 11th of February. They reminded us of the important role that women must have in STEM fields. Unfortunately, women are still very much underrepresented in such areas. However, to help us celebrate this day in style, we were very fortunate to welcome two experts in their respective fields, Dr. Susannah Harte (radiology) and Rose O’Leary (aeronautical engineering) to give a talk to the J3 - J6 girls to find out more about these areas in STEM careers. These mums certainly helped us to celebrate International Women and Girls in Science Day and to get to see the important work carried out by women.  

J3 and J4 students attended a talk on aviation and aeronautical engineering with Rose O’Leary and two of her colleagues, Ursula and Abigail, while J5 and J6 students learned all about the importance of the STEM subjects in radiology with Dr. Harte. We would like to say a huge thank you to the two speakers for generously giving up their time to spend the morning with us and present to the students. Thank you to JACA too for all their help organising this event. We look forward to welcoming future speakers in to talk with the girls.

The girls found the talks fascinating and had lots of well thought out questions for the speakers. Our J4 (Molly Cahill and Anais Weil Brennan) and J6 (Zoe O’Beirne and Ella Rose McElligott) STEAM Captains wrote the below articles, recounting their experiences of the talks and sharing with us some fun facts from the day!



Women in STEM - Radiology

By Ella Rose McElligott and Zoe O’Beirne, J6

Last Friday, Dr. Susannah Harte gave us a talk about radiology, in honour of International Women and Girls in Science Day.  She walked us through the process of getting different kinds of x-rays, the first ever x-ray machines and how women weren’t allowed to have any kind of involvement in radiology. A big part of her talk was dedicated to Marie Curie, a pioneering research scientist in radioactivity. She was the first person to build a portable x-ray machine, which was like an ambulance.  She used it to x-ray wounded soldiers too.  

Did you know that back in the 1930s, radium caught on in the fashion world and women would buy watches and jewellery coated in radium, as they would glow in the dark? However, people got sick from being exposed to that much radium and it was finally recognised as a dangerous thing.  

Dr. Harte also taught us that the number of bones in a child’s wrist will show the age they are, until they are at least ten. That’s why children are more flexible because they don’t have many joints. It is harder to tell an adult's age because, when you reach about eighteen years of age, you have many more bones in your wrists as your joints are now fully developed. 

Dr. Harte showed us multiple x-rays, including that of a child's mouth, as their adult teeth are forming behind their baby teeth.  She also showed us one of the human head, where the x-ray shows the brain, the nose, the eyes and more… although it did look quite creepy!

Dr. Harte’s talk intrigued us all about radiology and x-rays.  She also educated us on the lack of women in science and how that needs to change.  

Thank you, Doctor Susannah Harte, we look forward to hearing other talks like yours.

S.T.E.A.M Talk with Rose O’Leary and Ursula Fitzpatrick: Aviation Engineers

By Molly Cahill and Anais Weil Brennan, J4

About Rose and Ursula’s job

Rose O’Leary and Ursula Fitzpatrick are Aviation Engineers. They work in Avolon.

They came to talk to us about engineering and inspired us to follow our dreams and never give up.

What we learned

We learned that girls look at things in a different perspective than men do and that the paint on a plane is called the livery. We also learned that after someone returns a plane,  the engineers usually change the seat positions and its livery. You can then paint the plane all sorts of different designs and colours.

What we enjoyed

We enjoyed that they were very open to all the questions they were asked by J3 and J4. We also enjoyed the quiz at the end. We really enjoyed learning about engineering and what they do in Avolon.


“Design a STEAM Logo” Competition

There was great excitement as the winners of the 2021/2022 “Design a STEAM Logo” Competition received their prizes. The overall winning logo, designed by Charlotte Xia in J6, will be used to represent STEAM related materials and activities for the rest of the academic year. For example, you can find Charlotte’s logo on our new Twitter page @AlexJS_CT. Please follow us to see all the wonderful STEAM work that the students in the JS get up to! Thank you to all students for entering and well done to the overall winner and finalists. 

Overall Winner = Charlotte Xia, J6

Finalist = Nina Conan, J5

Finalist = Eva Lalor, J4

Finalist = Maggie Gilmore, J3

Finalist = Aoibheann Clarke, J2



Friendship Week in the Junior School

We celebrated Friendship Week in the Junior School this week in lots of different ways. We had special assemblies and lots of great songs. JACA very kindly gave all the girls special keyrings that the girls could decorate themselves.

You've got a Friend in a KG!

The KG Lower cailíní have been learning all about the qualities of a great friend as part of Friendship Week. We spoke about how we can show kindness every day in our classroom, on the yard and at home. We created these beautiful jars showing what we want in a friend. The girls believe "A friend is kind, honest, helpful, gentle, caring and funny"!! We can't wait to display these colourful jars and spread kindness like confetti!!!

Ms Kenny & KG Lower :)

You've Got a Friend in a KG! 2022


Friendship Week in Preschool Upper

This week the Preschool Upper girls enjoyed learning about the theme of friendship.  They listened to various stories about friendship and we discussed how one could be a good friend to each other and how we should include everybody in our games. Their favourite story had to be “The Rainbow Fish “by Marcus Pfister. This story really intrigued the girls. It conveyed the universal message at the heart of a simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value. We discussed in groups the book and their favourite parts of the book. Afterwards the girls were really excited to make their own rainbow fish. The girls also enjoyed making friendship bracelets and decorating them with beautiful colours. Well done girls!

Ms Murphy/Ms Moran

J4R – Tom Crean

This week J4 Red presented our assembly on the great Irish explorer, Tom Crean. Tom Crean was born in Co. Kerry in 1877. He joined the Navy when he was 15 and spent the next few years travelling around the world. In 1901 Tom joined an expedition to icy Antarctica with Captain Robert Falcon Scott. By the time he retired from the Navy in 1920, Tom had travelled to Antarctica three times and had survived some of the most gruelling and dangerous adventures imaginable. He is remembered for his strength and resilience, his loyalty to his friends, and for his cheerful and happy nature.

We presented our posters showing some of Tom Crean's adventures, and finished up with the famous shanty 'Drunken Sailor'.

Ms. King and J4R


This week in J3W we've been learning to tell the time and have been working really hard learning our Irish verbs.

J4 go Orienteering!

Our J4 orienteering groups were getting stuck into finding clues and this week’s theme was Friendship/Kindness to coincide with the week that’s in it, so we finished off the class with a Friendship photo. Well done, girls!

Ms Tracey

From the Art Department

J3 Exploring Watercolour

J3 explored watercolour techniques ahead of their watercolour art. They looked at various techniques including gradient tones, blending, wax resist and mixed media using oil pastels. We look forward to seeing their final pieces. 

Ms Smith

J3 Exploring Watercolour