Junior School News 2 October 2020
Dates for Your diary
Wednesday 7th International Coffee Morning for parents 9 am Wilde and Green
From the Office
Uniform: With the cooler temperatures in now, the girls are not to wear the red shorts to school. Please make sure that your daughter has a school coat in school every day as, unless it is torrential rain, the girls will be outside on their breaks in the yard.
STEAM Captains 20/21
J2R Zahara Kirby/Esther Farrell
J2W Rosie McAuliffe/Alina O’Connor
J3R Sophie Pye
J3W Cayetana Kelly
J4R Belén McKeagney
J4W Natasha Nangle
J5R Aurora Corcoran
J5W Maryam Khan
J6R Mia Walsh
J6W Anna Reichental
Music Captains 20/21
J5W Kate Molloy
J6R Claudia McEnroe
J6R Aisling Doyle
J6R Eva Phillis Mouallem
Junior School Raises its Third Green Flag!
Green-Schools is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools. It promotes long-term, whole-school action for the environment. Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community.
We were delighted to be informed back in May that we received the great news that Alexandra College Junior School has been awarded another renewal flag, this time for our focus on water.
The Green-Schools programme runs over a two-year period, with a different focus for each Green Flag. The Junior School has already successfully completed the Litter and Waste and Energy flags:
Litter and Waste
For this flag we focused on reducing waste and increasing recycling and composting.
For the energy flag, we looked at the steps which could be taken at school to reduce energy consumption and raise awareness of climate change.
For the water flag, we developed awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in both our school and homes. We measured our water use, learned about the water cycle and explored water pollution. It was a whole school effort once again and a huge thank you has to go to all the students and staff for all the effort that they put in daily to achieve this award. In particular, we would like to thank all the wonderfully enthusiastic members of our Green-Schools Committee for leading the school in assemblies and in their own class groups. A special word of thanks must also go to Ms. Richardson, Ms. Stapleton and Ms. Smith for working on many of the events with the GSC. Our Catering Supervisor, George Timmons, is always very supportive to us too. He made the Dining Hall a plastic-free zone: all items used (cutlery, plates, cups, serviettes etc) can be either re-used or are compostable.
Our Motto was: Save and Protect our Water
On-going GSC work in Junior School:
- GSC meets regularly and lead assembly on Green matters
- GSC members keep their class groups informed and look for new ideas
- Green-Schools notice board in JS concourse
- Recycling and compost bins in every classroom
- Recycling and compost bins in staffroom
- Lights turned off in classrooms and staffroom when not in use
- When the heat is on, doors are closed
- Dining Hall – no disposable plastic is used at all – all items (cutlery, plates, cups, serviettes etc) are reusable or compostable
- Poster competitions
- Special events/speakers on Green issues
- Whole school survey e.g. water usage in our homes
- JACA fundraiser -Bags2School-used clothing is collected and weighed by an outside company and money raised goes to the Junior School and the Laura Lynn Foundation.
Congratulations to everyone in the Junior School for achieving this Green Flag. The Green Flag was raised proudly Wednesday morning during assembly time. Our GSC from last year and our current committee just elected led all the Junior School girls for our special ceremony Wednesday morning. This is a whole school programme, so it is a great accomplishment for everyone in the Junior School.
The J4W class did an assembly on animals. Each girl chose an animal and created a poster about it, which they presented in pairs. We hope that everyone enjoyed our assembly and learned some new information from it!" by Carmen-meta Ní Aodha.