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Junior School News 3 December 2021


Dates for your Diary

Sunday 5                  Second Sunday of Advent

Dec. 6 -10                 Christmas exams (J5/J6)

Friday 10                   JACA Christmas Class Raffle (see below)

Monday 6                JACA Committee Meeting 8:30 pm

Sunday 12                Third Sunday of Advent

Thurs. 16                   “A Cosy Christmas at Alex” – JS Christmas video at 7 pm

Sunday 19                Fourth Sunday of Advent

Tuesday 21               Christmas Jumper Day (Donations to Barretstown)

                                    Christmas Reports go home (KG Lr to J6)

Wednesday 22        Christmas Carol Service 11 am (TBC)

                                    Term ends for everyone for Christmas Holidays at 12 pm (No Aftercare) 


By Felicity Shine (J5W)

Advent calendars are counting down,
Dan is getting a bike.
Very eager and excited is everyone.
Enjoying advent shopping.
Nobody hates Christmas.
The world is thankful for Christmas because of the birth of Jesus.


From the Office

Ms. Carr’s Home – Food Vouchers

Thank you so much for all the generous food vouchers. They will be delivered to Ms. Carr’s Home on Wednesday morning.

Please note:

All the extra-curricular classes for this term will end on Friday, December 17th. Only Prep and After Care will take place on Monday and Tuesday Dec. 20th /21st. Music lessons will continue as normal. The JS will close for the Christmas break on Wednesday, December 22nd at 12 pm - no After Care. 

We will resume the extra-curricular classes on Monday, January 10th. Only Prep/After Care will take place on the day we return to school - Thursday, January 6th.  



JACA Christmas Raffle

The JACA Christmas raffle is taking place on Fri. 10th each classroom. Thank you to the parents who have very generously donated a prize to their daughters’ class.

3 Prizes per Class - €2 entry fee.

The J6 girls have organised a little Christmas gift for every girl to bring home with them on the day.

Toy & Book Fair 2021

There was immense excitement in school in the build-up to the Toy & Book Fair last week.

After lunch on Friday, all the girls followed the beautiful festive signs and entered the hall under a candy-cane balloon arch. They walked the “red carpet” while Christmas tunes played, to be greeted by such a fantastic array of toys, books, J6 Fair Games, the photo booth and Toy Show Bags.

Thank you to the many JACA reps who were involved in sorting the donations, helping out on the stands and also with the decorations. A huge thank you to the J6 girls and their teachers, for their energy, enthusiasm and organisational skills on the day. 

A special mention to the Master of Ceremonies, Avril Lamplugh, who championed this event! With the sole purpose of bringing some festive cheer to all the girls, during these challenging times…  it was a resounding success!

And lastly, thank you to all the parents who kindly donated toys and books for the Fair and for next week’s raffle.  Without your on-going support, JACA could not produce such fantastic events for our girls.

A special note of thanks to:

  • Paddy Conlon who donated all the American candy for the Pamper Pack Bags from his shop Candy Lab in Temple Bar.
  • Padraic Dempsey for donating the Lips Scrubs and Bath Bombs for the Pamper Pack Bags.
  • Carmen Kelly for kindly donating the delicious cookies made by Gloria’s cakes (@gloriaapcakes) for the Toy Show bags.
  • Meghan Schiassi for making the delicious Hot Chocolate Stirrers and donating them to the Toy Show bags.

We had a great decorating team, with special mention to; 

  • Sally McGuinness for her beautiful Toy Show signs which have been carefully stored for next year!
  • Maria Kelly for masterfully executing the stunning Balloon Arch over the entrance of the Hall.
  • Sinead Walsh and Vanessa Ellis for helping with the decorations and producing the beautifully wrapped Xmas presents.

Sarah Jane Dempsey

JACA Chairperson

J6 vs 1st Year Hockey Challenge

J6s had their ‘Challenge Wednesday’ this week and our 1st Year hockey players gave them great practice in our mini-hockey blitz.

Although it was chilly, enthusiasm, bright smiles and fun was in play as well as skilful hockey from both years.  End to end play resulted in one win to 1st Years (2-1), two scored draws and one no-score draw, showing that our J6s are well on their way to becoming great senior school hockey players.

Thank you to our prepared Captains and Vice-Captains for having their teams organised and bibs at the ready and to Gavin and his amazing 1st Years. A big thank you to the 1st Years playing opposites our junior girls, especially during your lunch break too. Fantastic stuff altogether.

Literacy Lift Off with J1!

The J1s students have been taking part in a reading programme called Literacy Lift Off for the past few weeks. This is a reading programme that can be used in all classes from the KGs all the way up to J6. The students are split up into groups and each group works on a different book each week. It involves stations where they learn about reading, writing and phonics. They also had an independent station where they played literacy games. “Pop” was definitely the class favourite. Some of their favourite books were: Little Teddy Finds a Home, Why People Should Visit Uluru, After School Activities are Great & Ten Little Garden Snails. The girls did a fantastic job explaining everything they have learned. Well done J1!

Ms Martin

Birdwatching in KGLower

We have been fascinated by birds over the last few weeks in our class. We have a perfect view of the playground and get to see all different types of birds taking a rest and eating breadcrumbs each day. Over the course of 2 weeks, we have learned about different types of birds from magpies to yellow wagtails, greenfinch to Santa’s robin. We did little projects on each bird and wrote a special fact about each one. We also got to make our very own bird feeders as we are worried there won't be a lot of food for the birds in the Winter if the ground freezes over. We love going on our weekly bird walks now, trying to count all the birds we spot!

Ms Kenny & KG Lower :)

From the Art Department……..

Clay Pinch Pots by KG Lower

KG Lower started making their clay pinch pots. A pinch pot is a simple form of handmade pottery used from ancient times to the present. We discussed the history of pottery and talked about what clay is made from. The girls had fun manipulating their clay exploring texture and form. They then 'pinched' their clay into the shape of a pot. Next week we will be decorating, painting and glazing them.

Ms. Smith