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Junior School News 4 September 2020

A paper sign of balloons that reads "Welcome Back".

Dates for Your Diary

Monday 7              J6 Parent Information Meeting (on Zoom 7:30 pm)

Tuesday 8              J4 Parent Information Meeting (on Zoom 7:30 pm)

Wednesday 9       J5 Parent Information Meeting (on Zoom 7:30 pm)

 

From the Office

New Assistant to Head of Junior School:

I am delighted to inform you that Ms. Gorry has been appointed as Assistant to the Head of the Junior School. Ms. Gorry has been teaching in the Junior School for 21 years and brings a wealth of leadership and experience to this position.

 

JS Staff News

Happy news to share with all of you!

Congratulations to Ms. Martin – she got engaged this week.

Congratulations also to Ms. King – Aaron Thomas Coffey arrived safely on September 1st.

 

Alexandra College App

You were sent an email this week that gave you the information on our new communications app. If you are having any difficulty, please contact:      support@uniqueschools.ie

 

Morning Supervision:

The JS girls can be dropped off from 8am. If you arrive before that, your daughter must remain with you. Please do not let her play around the grounds unsupervised. Students from Preschool to J4 enter the JS building through the main front door and go directly to their classrooms.  J5/J6 students go straight to the Jellicoe building.

 

Extra-curricular activities:

All activities started this week. If you have any questions, email Ms. Higgins at jsinfo@alexandracollege.ie. Parents are asked to pick up their daughters outside when the activities end.

 

Parent Information Meetings

We have had almost 100% attendance at all of our meetings so far. Thank you for your attendance and feedback.

 

JACA News

School is back at last and we are all delighted! To the new families and teachers who joined us this term, a very warm welcome. The art supplies that Ms. Smith organised were sponsored by JACA and we hope the girls are enjoying using them.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, JACA is the Alexandra College Junior School Association of parents and teachers. Our main objective is to promote and develop the aims of the Junior School while supporting the provision of a high standard of educational, intellectual and social development for the pupils.

This year the committee is made up of 25 parents across all classes in addition to Mrs. Lamplugh and Ms. Boyd. We normally meet in person one evening a month to plan fun events throughout the school year and to raise funds to supplement educational requirements in the school. JACA meetings will move online for the Autumn term. We plan to adjust our schedule of events to respect ongoing Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions, so expect to see some changes this year.

The JACA AGM will take place on Thursday 24 Sept at 7:30 pm. All members are welcome to this meeting where JACA will present the 2019-20 report and vote in the new members of the committee. Look out for log in details for the meeting which will be shared by the JACA class reps shortly.

Our talk “Raising Resilient Children: Approaches from Positive Psychology” will be presented by guest speaker Fiona Forman via webinar on 1 October at 7:30 pm. This webinar will facilitate up to 100 participants. We will record the session in the unlikely event that we reach full capacity.

Fiona is an author, speaker, facilitator and trainer in the area of well-being and Positive Psychology. Fiona worked as a primary school teacher for many years and is passionate about placing well-being at the heart of school life. She has seen first-hand the great benefits of empowering children, teachers and parents to understand, value and enhance their own mental health. She holds an M. Sc. in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London. Fiona is the co-author of Weaving Well-Being, an SPHE programme which is widely used in primary schools, including Alexandra College Junior School.

Finally, if any of you have ideas/suggestions to share with us, please get in touch with your JACA class rep. Alternatively you are welcome to reach out to me directly via email: verbro@hotmail.com

 

Best wishes

Veronica Brogan

JACA Chairperson

 

Junior School Motto for 2020/2021

Our school motto this year is BE KIND to EVERYONE. Many thanks to Ms. Smith for designing this poster which is displayed all around the Junior School.

 A poster with a rainbow that reads Be Kind to Everyone

 

J6W Assembly – The Importance of Hand Hygiene

 

This week, J6W explained the importance of good hand hygiene to all of the girls in the Junior School. They demonstrated how they can correctly and fully wash their hands in a step by step guide. In order to help their peers to remember how to do this, they choreographed a short dance to teach the procedure which they performed during the Assembly via Zoom today. 

The music they chose was based on a Public Service video in Vietnam about hand hygiene, which became a viral hit over the lockdown period in March.

The girls really enjoyed putting this presentation together and hope that it may help our efforts to keep Alex healthy while also helping the Junior School girls get active and have fun through dance.

 

Mr. Fitzgerald