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Junior School News 21 May 2021

Dates for your Diary | From the Office | Staycation Information from J4RPyjama Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland

Dates for your Diary

May

Friday 28                 J1 school trip to Dublin Zoo

May 24-28               J5/J6 Summer exams

June

May 31 – June 4     French Week in the Junior School

Thursday 3             KGLr trip to INSS

Friday 4                   J4 school trip

Monday 7               Public Holiday – School closed

Tuesday 8               J6 school trip to Carlingford Adventure Centre

Wednesday 9        J5 school trip to Avon Rí

Thursday 10            J2 school trip to Airfield

                                   J6 Farewell Assembly 2pm (on Zoom)

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)

  

From the Office

Virtual Festival of Poetry & Drama Showcase

Best wishes to our J5 and J6 students who will be participating in this event this evening. The livestream link is in your email inbox - good luck, girls!

 

Extra-curricular Classes

These classes will all end on Friday June 4th except for Speech and Drama/Public Speaking  and Rock Jam which will end on Friday, May 28th.

Prep and After Care will continue for Preschool to J6 until June 10th. There will be no After Care on Friday, June 11th for any classes. After Care for Preschool will return from Monday June 14th until 4pm every day. There will be no After Care on Monday, June 21st.

 

Extra-curricular Classes 21/22

We are adding on some new classes next year so you will be sent information on them and all the other classes we offer next week. 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. 

 

Staycation Information from J4R

This week, J4 Red presented their projects in Assembly. In our class, we have been talking about restrictions easing and discussing all the things we are looking forward to doing now that places are opening up again. We thought that many families in Ireland may like to go on a staycation this year and we decided to offer some advice and tips about all the wonderful holiday destinations in Ireland. The girls research wonderful locations such as the Aran Islands, Glendalough, Killarney Park, Blarney Castle and the Cliffs of Moher. They learned about the history of these places as well as all the amazing activities we can do there. Well done girls! You've given us all some brilliant ideas for national travel this summer.

Ms O'Brien

 

  

Pyjama Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland

Our Student Council organised a Pyjama Day for the Junior School on Thursday and everyone was asked to make a donation to Down Syndrome Ireland. It was cold, wet and windy on the day, but that did not dampen anyone’s spirits! Thank you for being so generous with your donations  as €2000 was raised. As a special treat for all the girls and staff, the ice cream van arrived in the afternoon. Many thanks to JACA for funding this surprise for everyone.

 

Ms. Evans and the Student Council also led a very informative assembly for us too on what it means to have Down Syndrome.

What did we learn about Down Syndrome?

  • Our bodies are made up of lots of tiny cells
  • Chromosomes are tiny parts of the cells in our bodies
  • Chromosomes tell your body how to grow
  • We all have 46 Chromosomes in each cell, half from our mother and half from our father
  • A baby born with Down Syndrome has one extra chromosome – they have 47 instead of 46
  • All children with Down Syndrome look a bit alike but they also look  like their families
  • All children with Down Syndrome have some difficulty learning
  • They may need extra help, which they get from their  families, their teachers  and their friends
  • Children with Down Syndrome may be slow to learn to talk, walk and play
  • They may need extra help with school work and solving problem but we all need extra help to do things sometimes.
  • Sometimes children with Down Syndrome might have lots of coughs, colds or other illnesses so they might have to see  a doctor a little more than other  people
  • They might have difficulty with their eyes and ears – they might  need to wear glasses or have  help to hear properly
  • Sometimes a person with Down Syndrome may have difficulty speaking clearly
  • Some children with Down Syndrome may use sign language to communicate
  • Some people with Down Syndrome use pictures to communicate 

Remember: A person with Down Syndrome is a person first and is just like you. They have the same hopes, needs and feelings.

 

Preschool Upper had a very exciting day learning all about Down Syndrome and how these children have certain physical features such as a flatter face. Despite their challenges, children with Down Syndrome can go to regular schools, make friends, enjoy life and get jobs when they are older. They were told that a baby born with Down Syndrome has an extra chromosome (47 instead of 46)

They were really excited to design their very own multi-coloured socks to celebrate Down Syndrome day. Later on the girls welcomed the visit of the ice cream van and each child was handed a delicious cone. What a fun day in Preschool Upper!

Ms Murphy/Ms Moran