Junior School News 18 September 2020
Dates for your Diary
Thursday 24 JACA AGM 7.30pm
Thursday 1 JACA Guest Speaker: Fiona Forman – “Raising Resilient Children”
From the Office
Congratulations to Mr. Fitzgerald and his fiancée Shannon who were married today! We wish them both a very happy day and future together.
Up to this, the girls in J1-J6 have just had oral maths and language homework. From next Monday, September 21st, the girls will get written homework too. Please make sure that you sign your daughter’s homework diary every evening. Books and copy covers need be wiped down every day too.
Music/Drama/ Public Speaking: The girls going to the Senior School building for Music/Drama/ Public Speaking classes are asked to wear face masks for these lessons/classes from Monday.
Green Schools Committee 20/21
J6W Matilda O'Donohoe
J6R Caoimhe Davis
J5W Charlotte Xia
J5R Matilda Shine
J4W Lucinda Heffron
J4R Emily Richardson
J3W Penelope Kirk
J3R Claudia Leddy
J2W Llanka Martin
J2R Sadhbh Nangle
J1 Georgia Moore & Ali Field
Kg Upr. Ellie Archer & Amelia Gleeson
Kg Lr. Claudia Brennan, Charlotte Leonard
Student Council 20/21
J1 Nika Kapilevich & Jessica Cooney
J2W Emily Dempsey
J2R Clare O'Donnell
J3R Lauren Walsh
J3W Katie McGearty
J4R Clara Duffy
J4W Martha Moore
J5R Katie Smith
J5W Zoe O’Beirne
J6R Ciara Halpin
J6W Riley Foyle
J6 Sports Captains 20/21
Making Patterns in KGUpper!
This week, KG Upper have been learning about patterns in maths. They spotted plenty of patterns around the classroom and school and were also very busy making different patterns using different materials. Well done girls!
Bebras Computational Thinking Challenges: National Finalists 2020
Last year, a number of Alex JS students took part in the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenges. These challenges encourage students to creatively solve problems and are based on computer science concepts. Over 6,000 students had entered these challenges from all over Ireland and Alex JS was delighted to announce that 3 students had made it through to the National Finals. We would like to say a huge well done to Alice Kent (J6W), Charlotte Xia and Olivia Wilson (both J5W) for their achievement. These students were honoured to receive their Finalist certificates in school today.
Webwise National Poster Competition: Winner 2020
The annual “Safer Internet Day” promotes a safer internet environment for all users, especially young people. Last year, Webwise ran a poster campaign inviting students across the country to create a poster that advocates for a safer internet. Saoirse Jones (J5R) created a superb poster, highlighting the fact that the internet is neither good or bad - that it is the user who has the power to choose which. The judges awarded Saoirse with first prize and we were delighted to award Saoirse with her certificate today. Along with her certificate, Saoirse also won an amazing drone for the school to experiment with and a MakeyMakey Go for herself.
J5W Assembly – Celtic Myths and Legends
This week for assembly, the girls in J5W brought the stories they had been learning about in history to life. The focus was on “Celtic Myths and Legends” and each pod group collaborated to create a visual audiobook with the use of the MacBooks and the iMovie app. Great fun was had as the girls worked tirelessly to create a variety of illustrations and audio clippings to complete their stories.
Science Fun in J3R
This week we have been learning about matter in J3R. There are three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. A water bottle is an example of a solid, because it doesn’t change shape. Water is a liquid because it takes the shape of the container it is put in. Oxygen is a gas because it is everywhere.
Did you know that liquid is made up of evenly spread particles that can take any shape. There is some space between the particles and that is why it can move and change shape, like water. Solids are made of tightly bunched particles and it has a definite shape like rocks, twigs and more. The particles in gases like oxygen and carbon dioxide are super spread out and it also takes any shape.
To finish off our study of matter, we did an experiment and made oobleck. We mixed cornflour and water with food colouring in a bowl. Did you know it can be a liquid and a solid? When you rolled it into a ball with your hands, it turned into a solid, but as soon as you stopped rolling it, it turned back into a liquid. It was messy, but a lot of fun!
More photos of skippers! J3W in action, followed by J6W and photos of J6R in skipping action mode! Movement and coordination skills on view!
J1s Measure Up!
Taking a rest from their skipping techniques, our J1’s were using their measuring skills to see how tall they were in PE class! With the help of fun stickers, chosen by each student, they marked their place on the gym wall....here are their results.
J2R have settled into the start of the new term and to wearing their brown uniform for the first time. We welcomed two new girls, Alessandra and Sophie and we look forward to meeting our third new student, Sophia later in the year. We have started to use the iPads for Accelerated Reader which is for developing deeper reading comprehension, Spellings for Me-an individualised spelling programme and Top Marks-a fun website for working on mental maths. We have also learned about using Kiddle for researching information. We have enjoyed sitting on the grass outside our classroom when the weather is warm and dry and we can sketch or read in the sunshine. We are looking forward to lots of new learning this year.
Aisling Gorry, J2R Class Teacher