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Junior School News 19 November 2021

 

  

Dates for Your Diary

 Friday 26

JACA Toy & Book Fair 1:30 pm (see info below)

 

From the Office

Ms. Carr’s Home

At Christmas time, the Junior School has a long-standing arrangement with Ms. Carr’s Home (Carr’s Child and Family Services) on Northbrook Road, Ranelagh. They offer support to families so that children can live in a loving and safe setting. In the past, we have donated beautiful Christmas hampers, but with Covid restrictions in place last year, we gave gift cards instead. Ms. Carr's Home was hugely appreciative of your generosity last Christmas and every voucher was given to a family who really needed it. Over €8000 worth of food vouchers were donated by the Alex families. 

We would ask each Junior School family to purchase a gift card for the main supermarkets such as Lidl, Aldi, Dunnes Stores, Tesco or SuperValu. The voucher should be placed in an envelope and your daughter can give it to her class teacher by Friday, December 3rd.  The vouchers will then be donated to Ms. Carr’s Home who will distribute them to people in need. The recipient can purchase groceries for their specific requirements.

We appreciate your support and assistance in maintaining our link with Ms. Carr’s Home and for bringing some Christmas cheer, especially in these challenging times. Thank you! 

From JACA

Christmas Cards have arrived!!!!

We look forward to sending home all your orders with the girls on Monday, November 22nd. Thank you to everybody who placed their orders this year.

Christmas Gift – Under the Sea Notebook

We are thrilled with the response for this beautiful Christmas gift and we thank you for the orders you have placed. The notebooks will be sent for printing on Monday morning, so please be sure to place your order with your class representative by today at 5 pm.

Thank you to Deirdre Smith and Jennifer McGarry who wrote a beautiful foreword inside the book cover highlighting the role of Art and STEAM in the Junior School.

The 100-page notebook is filled with blank and lined pages, and most importantly your daughters' beautiful illustrations. Each illustrated page includes the proposed class title for the notebook – but the winning title for the front cover will be kept a secret to all!!

Notebooks cost €15 each or pack of 3 for €40.

 

Toy & Book Fair – Friday 26th Nov

We are so excited to see the return of this Fair and I would like to thank all the class reps and parents who have been so generous in donating their time and gifts to make this fair one to remember. Lots of great quality toys and books have been arriving into school this week, thank you!

This year, we have introduced some Covid-19 safety measures to ensure the fair can run safely and smoothly. We request that parents and siblings do not come to the fair and we will bring the classes into the hall in smaller groups. 

PS Lower - KG Upper

J1 - J3

J3 - J6

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

 

The photobooth is back… bigger and better than ever!!!!!!!

We see the return of the Toy Show Bag @ €4 for the little ones, filled with a Hot Choc Spoon, Christmas Cookies, and some little Christmas trinkets and also a Toy Show pamper pack @ €6 for the older girls, including lip scrub, lip balm and bath bombs, along with a few goodies for the night.

Thank you to Meghan Schiassi for making the cutest Hot Choc Spoons, Carmen Kelly for donating the sweetest reindeer cookies and for sourcing lots of American Candy for the girls!!!!

Darina Feighery and Maria Kelly have been busy sourcing and filling all the items for the Junior Toy Show bags, and they look amazing!! 

The girls will have a great day and we would like to thank you for your continued support to date.

Best wishes,

Sarah Jane Dempsey

JACA Chairperson

 

Choose Kind Every Time!

This week, the J2Ws presented an assembly all about kindness. We thought about our school motto of "Be Kind" and worked together to think of ideas and tips for how to be kind in school and at home that we could share with the rest of the school. We also used our creativity to write an acrostic poem all about kindness. 

Science Fun in J2W

In J2W we have been learning about plant transpiration. This is us with our pots of celery, water and food colouring, hoping to watch transpiration in action! 

 

From the Art Department

Eye Portraits

J3W explored their drawing techniques creating tone using soft pastel. They used mirrors to draw their own eye on a large scale. We discussed the benefits of drawing and how different portraits tell a story about the person. During the session, we looked at Leonard Da Vinci's painting Mona Lisa. We spoke about why the picture is so well-known and why it is the most-visited painting of all time. We looked at her eyes in great detail, thinking on our lesson and how her eyes always follow you no matter where you stood in front of them!

 

Rugby Fun in the Junior School

These are some photos of our mini-rugby development afternoon with Ken from the IRFU, who have their theme ‘working from the ground up!’, so as to encourage the growth and interest in rugby especially among girls in our junior schools. We had a sunny afternoon of tag-mini-rugby and are looking forward to another masterclass soon. 

Ms. Tracey

Preschool Upper – Oceans of the World

The Preschool Upper girls had a very interesting week learning about their five oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Southern. They listened to the tune about the five oceans and then enjoyed learning interesting facts about sea creatures that lived in the five oceans. They drew beautiful pictures of the oceans and the sea creatures that lived in them.  They designed colourful jelly fish out of paper plates and painted a most beautiful picture of a large fish and decorated it with glitter and googly eyes. They watched videos on each of the oceans and were fascinated to learn that the sinking of the Titanic was caused by an iceberg from the Arctic Ocean. Well done girls for a great week!

Ms Murphy & Ms Moran