Junior School News 25 September 2020
Dates for your Diary
Thursday 1st JACA Guest Speaker: Fiona Forman – “Raising Resilient Children” Webinar 7.30pm
Fiona will share ideas on ways to give our children the skills they need to become resilient. She will also outline the background to the Weaving Wellbeing programme which we use as part of our SPHE programme in J2-J6 in the Junior School.
From the Office
Music/Drama/ Public Speaking: The girls going to the Senior School building for Music/Drama/ Public Speaking classes are required to wear face masks for these lessons/classes.
Drama Captains 20/21
Clara Galvin (J5W)
Róisín O'Callaghan (J5R)
Aoife O'Neill and India Heffron (J6W)
Grace Brew and Sorcha Moran (J6R)
Art Captains 20/21
J2R: Zoe McNally
J2W: Cadhla Hardy
J3R: Lexi O’ Leary
J3W: Jialan Xu (Claire)
J4R: Brooke Pearle
J4W: Mackenzie Gorman
J5W: Aifric Dunleavy
J5R: Carina Bradley
J6W: Ashley Mullen, Alex O’Donnell, Millie Hartwell
J6R: Sophia Kelly, Erin Hartley, Zayneb Kashi
Alex News Committee 20/21
Emily De Marco
Maddie O’ Donohoe
Eva Phillis Mouallem
The Seasons are Changing!
Preschool lower went on an Autumn nature walk this week . We observed how the leaves are changing colour to brown, red and a golden colour. The girls collected acorns that had fallen from the Oak tree outside the canteen and some bark and feathers. We set up a nature area in our classroom so we could look at and draw all the things we found. We look forward to going on more seasonal walks throughout the year.
Ms. Brandon & Ms. Malseed
R.I.P. Síoda Higgins, Beloved dog of our President
This week, the girls in J6 have been learning about functional writing. They have been learning to write formal letters. This just happened to coincide with the sad news of the passing of President Higgins' beloved Bernese Mountain dog, Síoda last weekend.
The girls were devastated to hear this news as they were previously learning about the role of the President of Ireland, previous presidents, Áras an Uachtaráin and, of course, President Higgins and his dogs.
They wanted to show their sympathy and write to President Higgins and therefore, decided to put their functional writing skills to use in forming letters of sympathy to the President.
Below is just a sample of what the girls wrote in their letters:
"Dear President Higgins,
I am writing to you because of the recent news about your dog. I hope that you are feeling okay and that your dog rests in peace.
Síoda is a beautiful name. She must have adored you because I can imagine how much you loved dogs and you looked after Síoda very well for the many years you spent with her.
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you feel better soon. Thank you so much for listening and have a good day.
"Dear President Higgins,
I am very sorry about your loss. I know how you feel right now because two years ago I lost my English Bulldog to cancer just before I moved to New York.
Her name was Margo. I know how you and Bród must be missing Síoda right now and that is why everyone here in Alex will keep you in our prayers.
I am sending you my condolences.
All of us at Alex Junior School send our best wishes to President Higgins, Mrs. Higgins and Bród.
Mr. Fitzgerald/ Ms. Byrnes