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Junior School News 3 September 2021 

Dates for your Diary

Tuesday 7              J5 go to Avon Rí Adventure Centre (all day)

Wednesday 9       KG Lr Parent Information Meeting on Zoom 7:30 pm

Friday 10                KG Upper school trip to INSS in Dun Laoghaire

                                International Coffee Morning 8:30 am outside the Dropping Well

From the Office

Extra-Curricular Activities

All the extra-curricular activities started this week. Please make sure that your daughter knows the time/day of her activity. Ms Higgins will inform you by email if a space becomes available.

Some activities end at 3:45 pm (KGLr/Upr Playball and J3/J4 Dance). If your daughter is not picked up on time, AfterCare charges will apply. Students have to be supervised at all times.

Students who go to Speech and Drama/Public Speaking/Music lessons in the Senior School are required to wear a face mask. Please make sure that your daughter has one in her school bag.

In Other News...

STEAM@Alex: Logo Design Competition Winners!

This week in the Junior School, we were delighted to finally present our STEAM@Alex: Logo Design Competition winners with their prizes. Last year, the girls were challenged to design a logo that would represent all the wonderful STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) that the students in Alex JS work on. The entries were of a very high standard and we had three students taking 1st-3rd place:

1st place: Saoirse Jones, J6R

2nd place: Lorinne Monteiro-Poynton, 1st Year in SS;

3rd place: Evie Daunt Brennan, J6R

A further three students were Highly Commended:

Penelope Kirk, J4W

Emily Mullan, J5W

Lucy McFeely, 1st Year in SS

Due to Covid-19, the girls were unable to receive their prizes of hoodies and t-shirts with their winning entries printed on them in colour until now. We hope that the girls will wear their new hoodies/t-shirts with pride and display their wonderful artwork. We look forward to running this competition in the JS again this year and can't wait to see what the JS students will design!

 

CLicNews: Junior Journalist of the Year Award 2021

A huge congratulations to Clara Galvin (J6W) on receiving the Junior Journalist of the Year Award from CLicNews. Over her time in J5, Clara submitted several well written and clearly articulated entries to CLicNews and she also recently completed their Junior Journalist competition. CLicNews is a news website that provides up-to-date and age-appropriate news articles and stories in parallel to standard published news materials. It is aimed at developing digital literacy and reading/writing skills in primary school children.

This was a great award for Clara to receive as she begins her studies in J6. We wish her the best of luck with her writing career and look forward to seeing her work in print in the future! Well done, Clara!! 

New Recruits!

Our youngest students (3 years old) have begun their Alex Journey!

 

Preschool Upper off to a Great Start! 

Preschool Upper had a very busy week learning all about the five senses, designing pictures of themselves and really enjoyed craft activities. They made a beautiful mirror and discussed what they liked about themselves as they looked through the mirror.

The girls were also introduced to the Irish Language and enjoyed listening to the Irish Bear learning all about the body parts and the numbers in Irish.  They loved dancing to the tune of “Hokey Pokey” in Irish and doing all the actions to the song. The girls had great fun tracing their numbers 1-5 and practising on the blackboard. The girls were introduced to storytime and had great fun discussing and talking about their favourite characters.

We discussed having good manners with the children and did a little project with them, asking them to tell us all the examples of good manners. We finished this off with a lovely video on good manners. The girls have settled in really well and we look forward to doing lots of lovely activities with them during the year.

Ms. Murphy and Ms. Moran

 

From the Art Department

Cyanotype Printing

During art class this week, J6R took part in a cyanotype printing workshop. The cyanotype process includes mixing chemicals together to create a light-sensitive solution which is then coated onto paper. Items (we used foliage considering autumn and seaweed reflecting 'life below water' theme) are then placed on top of the paper and exposed using UV light/sunlight to create the blue effect.

Cyanotype is the 'original' sun-printing process, one of the earliest photographic techniques dating back to the 1800s. It was supposedly invented by the chemist John Herschel and Anna Atkins, who focused on documenting many plants including species of algae. Her book 'Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions', published in October 1843, is considered the first photographically illustrated book.

Ms. Smith

 

Be Yourself!

J6R led an assembly on the theme of Being Yourself. They presented stories of people throughout history who have faced adversity but had the courage to pursue their dreams and make a difference for others, such as Coco Chanel, Jane Goodall, Winnie Harlow, Elton John, Marie Curie and Princess Diana. They talked about the importance of having the courage of your convictions and remembering that everyone is special in their own way. Finally, they sang Katy Perry’s "Firework" - we can all let our colours burst and show the world what we are worth!
Mr. O' Connor