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Junior School News 5 November 2021

Dates for your Diary | From the Office | From JACA | Interview with Jay Silver - Exploring EdTech IrelandRiddle Me This!! | Celebrate the Feast of Diwali | From the Art DepartmentJ3W’s Petrifying Party 

Dates for your Diary

Nov. 8-19th                Parent/Teacher Meetings KGLr to J6 (on Zoom) - info will be sent to you

Nov. 8-12                   Science Week (activities all week)

Thursday 11              J3 Fighting Words workshop 10 am – 12 pm

Friday 12                   J5W Cycling Safety workshop

 

From the Office

School uniform (J2-J6)

As the weather is colder now, the J2-J6 girls may wear their red tracksuits to school every day. The classroom doors and windows have to remain open all day to keep the rooms well ventilated. No skorts or shorts are to be worn.

Wonderfest, 17-21 November

WonderFest is a unique, online festival which celebrates Irish children’s books published during 2021. Speakers will include Oliver Jeffers, Niamh Sharkey, Eoin Colfer, Muireann Ní Chíobháin, Chris Haughton, Judi Curtin, Derek Landy, Ashwin Chacko, Tarsila Kruse, and more. It will be delivered via Zoom and full details of all the events and how to book are available on the WonderFest website

From JACA

 JACA Challenge 2021 - The Daily Mile

Congratulations! At the beginning of October, JACA set you a challenge - to walk 6,000 miles in four weeks - equivalent to one mile per day each. You SMASHED that target walking the equivalent of 19,000 miles! 

Amazing teamwork! Special mention to the excellent Sports Captains for all their efforts to keep everybody motivated throughout the challenge.

We hope that you have enjoyed taking part and well done on a fantastic achievement. You are all stars.

Best wishes, 

JACA

Interview with Jay Silver - Exploring EdTech Ireland

Ms McGarry had the opportunity to interview Jay Silver, inventor of the Makey Makey earlier this year. They spoke about what inspired the creation of the Makey Makey, how he views the world as a construction kit, and more - read the full interview in Exploring EdTech Ireland

Riddle Me This!!

The J3R girls from Ms McMahon's class kindly came into the KG Lower girls this week to teach us all about 2D shapes. They wrote shape stories with characters like Sally Square, Robert the Rectangle and Simon Square. They asked us riddles about the shapes and showed us their beautiful illustrations. We even had some big sisters comes in!! Thank you so much to J3R for an exciting way to learn about shapes!

Ms. Kenny

Celebrate the Feast of Diwali

This week the girls in J3R were learning about the festival 'Diwali' which is also known as 'The Festival of Lights'.

It was celebrated on Thursday the 4th of November this year. Although it is typically celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs, it can be celebrated across many different religions. In the same way that we might decorate our homes for Halloween or Christmas, people who celebrate Diwali also decorate their homes with 'Diyas' which are clay lamps and 'Rangoli' which are beautiful floor patterns for Diwali. They too share a feast with family and friends to celebrate just like we would for a special occasion. You may also see people with firecrackers and fireworks celebrating Diwali.

We really enjoyed learning about Diwali and we would like to wish everyone a very Happy Diwali! 

From the Art Department……..

KG Lower

Inspired by the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, Kg Lower explored line, shape and the primary colours when creating their geometric collages. We discussed how abstract art does not show things that are recognisable such as people, objects or landscapes. Instead, artists use colours, shapes and textures to achieve this effect. Kg Lower learnt how Mondrian was also passionate about dancing and even called one of his paintings ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’ after a popular dance of the time!

J6W

J6W are learning how to create tone using the techniques of blending, cross-hatching and stippling. They experimented with light, shape and form in their tonal drawings using chalk pastels on sugar paper. We talked about the history of drawing and discussed the reasons why we draw. 

J3W’s Petrifying Party and Halloween Fun

By Cadhla H. and Lila Jane M. 

We had an exciting week leading up to the midterm break in J3W. 

Creepy Spider Biscuits

We did some baking and made spider biscuits.  Let us tell you how to make them in case you want to try it at home. 

Ingredients: One big chocolate bar, chocolate chip cookies, assorted sprinkles, M&M’s, strawberry laces, a bowl, a spoon and greaseproof paper.

  1. Break the chocolate into small pieces into a bowl and melt in the microwave.
  2. Put a cookie into the bowl and cover it with chocolate.
  3. Put the chocolatey cookie on the greaseproof paper and add M&M’s for eyes, break up strawberry laces for the legs and decorate with sprinkles.
  4. Put in the fridge and wait for the chocolate to harden
  5. Enjoy!

Ghoulish Games

We played a fun game called eyeball ping pong.  We got a plastic cup and a plastic eyeball and bounced the eyeball and try and get it in the cup.  It wasn’t as easy as it looked!

Find Your Eyes

There were 28 red and blue eyeballs hidden around the classroom and each team had to find the red or the blue eyeballs.  The first team to find all 14 eyeballs won.

Mummy Wrap Race

The timer was set and each team had 2 people one had to wrap the other in a roll of crepe paper from top to bottom (or bottom to top!).  The first team done was the winner!

Halloween Assembly

We also had our Assembly which was also Halloween themed.  We talked about Halloween traditions from around the world and also the history of the spooky holiday.  We finished things off with some safety tips for the night.

We hope everyone had a fun Halloween!  We sure did!