Junior School News 4 December 2020
Dates for your Diary
Saturday 5 1st Year Scholarship Exam (info sent home by email)
Sunday 6 Second Sunday of Advent
Monday 7 JACA Committee meeting 7:30 pm
Friday 11 JACA Christmas Class Raffle (see below)
From the Office
Travelling over the Christmas Break
As you are aware, the government has introduced a traffic lights system for all persons returning to Ireland from abroad. Families who may be considering travelling abroad over Christmas should take these requirements into consideration to avoid students missing school in January.
For further information, please consult https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/b4020-travelling-to-ireland-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
We all have a duty to protect not only ourselves as best we can, but others too.
Once again, you have shown how generous you are to others. 180 food vouchers, valued up to almost €10,000, were given to Ms. Carr’s Home today. These will all go to families who really need help over Christmas. Thank you so much.
Photo Order Forms: These went home in school bags on Wednesday. Orders are due by Monday 7 December if you would like your photos back before Christmas. Any queries, contact the photographer Julie McCoy: email@example.com
Mark your Calendar: “A Starry Night…"
Thursday 17 December 7 pm
Over the past few weeks, the Junior School girls have been rehearsing, recording and filming their Christmas pieces with the Drama and Music teachers. Our Christmas video will be live streamed to all of you on Thursday 17 December at 7 pm. It will be a very special evening for everyone.
Registration forms: Any girls who have turned 6 years of age and are new to the Junior School in KGUpper or J1 plus all other new girls in the Junior School have to be registered with Tusla (Child and Family Agency). These forms were given to your daughter last week to give to you. Please read the instructions carefully, complete the form, enclose the certified birth certificate and return to the JS office as soon as possible.
Author visits PS Upper on Zoom!
The Preschool Upper girls had a very exciting day listening to new stories written by Gavin Leonard ( Jade’s dad) on Zoom. It proved to be a very interactive session and the girls were intrigued by both of his new books.
The first one was called “Jade and the Temple of Trouble” The story fascinated the girls and the girls learned all about ancient temples, artefacts and treasure chests and the famous archaeologist Mimi.
The second book, “Jade’s Secret Santa” got the children in the festive spirit and they were very excited with the storyline here. Even though Santa got sick, Jade saved the day by taking control of the sleigh and quickly flew off with the King to deliver the presents to all the children before the sun rose and saved Santa’s big day. It was a really exciting Christmas story. All the children were presented with a package consisting of four books to bring home. What a great start to the month of December for the girls!
A huge THANK YOU to Gavin Leonard for sharing his story telling talent with us and for being so generous with his gift of the books for all the girls. A copy of each book was also donated to our school library.
Ms. Murphy and Ms. Moran
Alex Handwriting Competition 2020
We like to encourage the girls to always present their best work and their handwriting is a very important part of this. We had a handwriting competition and these are the results. Many thanks to Ms. Martin for organising and running this event. The winners were announced during assembly and the girls were presented with their prizes. Well done, girls!
Overall Winner: Claudia McEnroe (J6R)
KGLr Nahyun Yeo
KGUpr Sophie Macdonald
J1 Aadhya Dhani Reddy
J2R Martha Ryan
J2W Cadhla Hardy
J3R Tina Gao
J3W Audrina Conlon
J4R Emily Richardson
J4W Megan Pearle
J5R Sofia Sambataro
J5W Sophie Butcher
J6R Claudia McEnroe
J6W Sophie Mallon
KG Uppers Start the Christmas Season!
It is officially December which means that Christmas is just around the corner! The KG Upper girls have been very busy learning a special Christmas song - as Gaeilge! For Assembly this week, we sang a song called ‘An Drumadóirín’ also known as ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ and we also learned some interesting facts about the song in English.
‘The Little Drummer Boy’ song was originally titled ‘Carol of the Drums’ because of the repeating line "pa rum pum pum pum," which imitates the sound of a drum. It's not certain who wrote the song, but ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ is believed to have been written by Katherine Davis in 1941. Over the years, it has been sung and recorded by many artists including David Bowie and Bing Crosby, Pentatonix and some famous actors too. ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ tells the story about the birth of Jesus and the gifts presented to the new born king on Christmas Day.
The girls really enjoyed learning and performing ‘An Drumadórín’ and we hope you enjoy our performance too!