Junior School News 25 March 2022
Dates for your Diary
26th and 27th March The Alex DramFest 2022 (Information and Timetable)
28th March J6W RSE Programme
31st March J6 Confirmation at 11am in Milltown Church (attend from 10.45am)
1st April J6 Kilmainham Gaol trip
1st April Wash Bag Collection (please see AWC poster)
1st April J5 trip to Henrietta Street
2nd April Open Day 10am-12pm and 1pm virtually
4th April JACA Committee Meeting
4th April J6R RSE Programme
4th April Easter Egg raffle begins (€2 per ticket)
5th April J6R online marine workshop
8th April Easter Bake Sale and Baking Competitions
8th April End of term
25th April Term begins
We are delighted to welcome parents and students to our annual Open Day. On Saturday 2nd April, we will be hosting an On-Campus Open Day at 10 am GMT and a Virtual Open Day on our website at 1 pm GMT. Register on our website:
You'll be welcomed to campus by our Principal Barbara Ennis, Head of Junior School Avril Lamplugh, and Head of Boarding Aideen Corr and have the opportunity to learn more about our curriculum, co-curricular activities like music, sport, and drama, and hear from our students on their experiences in the College. Our Open Day is a great opportunity for prospective students and those who have joined the school in recent years to get a feel for our campus and life in Alex. We also ask that you share the registration details with any of your family and friends who are considering their daughter’s education.
Introducing the JACA Online Spring Auction 2022
Fri, 25th March – Thurs, 7th April
The JACA Committee have been working extremely hard to gather prizes for the annual school fundraising event – JACA Online Spring Auction 2022. While we wish that we could gather with you all in person this year, we know that this is the best way to safely raise money, so that we can continue to support the Junior School and enhance the girls' education experience.
This year, all funds raised from the JACA Spring Auction will contribute towards the development of the playground area of the Junior School which includes;
- Investment in additional playground equipment, games and activities
- Resurfacing of part of the playground
- Creating a mural display on the brick wall area of the Junior School playground
- Development of the mobile edible garden
The Online Auction will include the addition of a Kids’ Experience Raffle section, with 7 fun and unique experiences available for the girls to be in with a chance of winning. To enter, purchase raffle tickets on the dedicated webpage for the experience your daughter would like a chance to win!! There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Avril Lamplugh, Aisling Gorry, Deirdre Smith, Andrea Boyd and Barry Rycraft for embracing this concept and for ensuring that the girls have an experience to remember.
We would encourage all parents to visit the site, buy a raffle ticket or bid on an Auction item!
The LSMD Speech and Drama Exams
At the beginning of February, the Speech & Drama and Public Speaking students from J2 to J6 undertook their exams with The Leinster School of Speech and Drama. The girls put a huge amount of work into preparing their pieces each week and we are delighted to tell you that all of the students received First Class Honours, a fantastic achievement. We were also very proud that this year 19 medals were awarded to the J5 and J6 students, some of whom are pictured below. We held a wonderful Drama Assembly in the Junior School last Tuesday to present the certificates and medals to the girls. Well done girls!
A very special mention should go to Saoirse Jones (J6) who was nominated for an Excellence Award with The Leinster School. The Excellence Award is a national competition for students taking LSMD graded examinations in Drama. Examiners nominate students who show excellence performing a drama piece. Saoirse is one of circa 300 students nominated for the award this year, out of approx. 10,000 students. Well done Saoirse!
Ms. Crowley & Ms. Nordon
Tá an t-ádh ar KG Lower! KG Lower have the Luck!
Bhain na cailíní an taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí cúpla "Gaeilgeoir an lae" gach lá agus fuair na cailíní teastais speisialta. Rinne siad a lán gníomhaíoctaíochtaí taitneamhach i rith na seachtaine ar nós Tráth na gCéist lena cailíni i J6, ag canadh amhráin Ghaeilge agus ag glacadh páirt sa tionól speisialta ar súil ar 15ú Márta. Dúirt ár rang an dán "An Bogha Báistí".
Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh!
The girls really enjoyed Seachtain na Gaeilge. We had a few "Irish speakers of the Day" each day and the girls received a special certificate. They did a lot of enjoyable activities during the course of the week including a quiz with the fantastic girls in J6, singing songs in Irish and taking part in the special assembly on the 15th of March. Our class said the poem "An Bogha Báistí". Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone !
Ms Kenny agus KG Lower
Tn t- ar KG Lower! KG Lower have the Luck!
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Bhain na cailíní an-taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí a lán rudaí ar súil i rith na seachtaine mar shampla, Tráth na gCéist, comórtas póstaer, damhsa agus an tionól speisialta ar 15ú Márta. Ghlac gach rang páirt ag canadh “Amhrán na bhFiann” agus ‘’Lá breithe’’ le chéile agus ag rá “Ár nAthair” ag tionól gach maidin. Rinne na cailíní i rang a sé Tráth na gCéist lena cailíní níos óige agus bhain siad an-taitneamh as an ócáid seo. Ghlac cúpla cailíní páirt freisin i gcomórtas póstaer freisin. Chun deireadh a chur leis an gceiliúradh, bhí tionól speisialta ar súil sa halla ar an 15ú Márta. Rinne gach rang píosa speisialta cosúil le dán, amhrán nó damhsa as Gaeilge. Bhí an ceolchoirm go hiontach! Maith sibh do gach duine, go háiraithe na daoine a bhfuil an Ghaeilge nua dóibh. Rinne sibh an-obair chun Gaeilge a labhairt, a fhoghlaim agus a mhúineadh. Go dtí an bhliain seo chugainn!
The girls really enjoyed Seachtain na Gaeilge. There were a lot of things that took place during the week, including a table quiz, poster competition, dances and a special assembly on the 15th of March. Every class took part in singing the Irish National Anthem, Happy Birthday and saying the Our Father at assembly in the mornings. The girls in J6 held a table quiz with the younger girls and they really enjoyed it. A couple of girls took part in a poster competition also. To put an end to the celebrations, there was a special assembly in the hall on the 15th of March. Every class performed a special piece such as a poem, song or dance in Irish. The concert was brilliant! Well done to everyone, especially to the people who are new to learning Irish. You all worked very hard to speak Irish, to learn Irish and to teach Irish. Until next year!
Ms Kenny & Ms McMahon
Seachtain na Gaeilge Green Day 2022
J3 Bus Trip
Today the J3s visited Dublin city centre on an open double decker bus! We saw Dublin Zoo, Michael D Higgins’ house, the Spire, the Guinness Factory, the Dáil and lots of cool statues like Daniel O'Connell in O'Connell Street. We then went to St. Stephen's Green and we had a picnic there overlooking the pond. There were lots of swans and ducks and angry seagulls! We had so much fun.
J3R Assembly on Respect
This week we were learning about ‘Respect’. Respect means showing kindness towards others and accepting people for who they are. The most important thing we learned this week was in order to respect others, we need to respect ourselves. We can do this by; recognising and utilising our skills and talents, looking after our bodies and maintaining a positive attitude.
We had class discussions about what respect means, brainstormed how we can show respect in different scenarios and created posters to illustrate our thoughts. Our ideas included showing respect at home, in school, towards nature, to ourselves, people’s cultures, at parties, towards people and people’s belongings. We chose ‘We’re All in this Together’ from High School Musical as our Friday fun song. We chose this because the lyrics are about working together and respecting one another.
J4s Orienteering Winners
Our J4 orienteering module concluded last Tuesday and below are the results:
First Place: Team 10: Amelia M, Amanda and Amelia S.
Second Place: Team 4: Sophie P. and Lauren W.
Team 13: Ava, Mae and Serena
Third Place: Team 11: Annabelle, Gráinne, Molly and Rosie
Lines of Latitude: Team 5: Alannah and Becky
Team Effort: Team 9: Sophie M, Penelope and Reagan
Map reading in orienteering is a skill and I have to commend all our J4s for their powers of observation in locating the control points. Well played all teams, and congratulations to those who received prizes. Unfortunately, all teams cannot win, but remember, it is in participating and relishing the challenge where success is most measured. Hope this has given you all an insight into the fun of orienteering!