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A chairde,

The summer holidays have eventually arrived, but not all of us get a chance to relax just yet, as the state exams are just around the corner and our thoughts and prayers are with our 3rd and 6th Year students. We urge all of our exam students to get as much rest as they can during the exams, eat healthily and take some gently exercise to keep the body and mind fresh. As I write this, the stationery boxes for the exam centres are arriving and are being placed in the prepared exam centres. Be assured students,that once you get that first exam started the exam timetable moves very fast. Remember that we are still here to assist you during the exams.
 
As 6th Years embark on an exciting and no doubt successful new phase of their lives, we hope that they will bring with them great memories of their time here at Dominican College. You have been a fabulous year group and you will be greatly missed. We have had a very enjoyable final school lunch together with our 6th Year students, organised by their Year Head Ms. Concannon, as well as a farewell graduation ceremony and Mass. It was really great to meet with so many Grandparents and Parents on that glorious evening.
 
Our Transition Year students were the first group to graduate on 20th May. It was a most enjoyable evening organised by Mr. Curry, Ms. King and Ms. Ward. Very enjoyable ‘end of year awards’ for all year groups were also organised by Year Heads, Ms. Goggins, Ms. Doyle, Mr McDermott and Ms. Smyth where students received certificates for both academic and non-academic achievements.
 
The sports achievement of the last term was without doubt the great win by the U-14 Football team at Man O’War on 22nd May. Our students played their hearts out and had a very well deserved win and brought home the silverware. Well done to all!
 
It is also that time of year when we thank all of you parents for your continued support.  The Parents’ Association Plant Sale was a great success, not only from the point of view of raising much needed funds, but also it was an occasion to open the school to the community and offer people an opportunity to buy plants for the summer time. At our final meeting of the year last Monday, I was presented with a cheque for €8,000 designated specifically to be spent on more Chromebooks - a formal presentation will take place in September.
 
To the parents of our 6th Year students, I want to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for all your support over the last six years, it’s been an absolute pleasure working and engaging with you all, I wish you and your daughters all the best into the future.
 
Over the summer, we hope to have all the windows replaced and some internal works completed in preparation for our return on 21st August (for teachers) and from 22nd August for students. Book lists, reports and the return schedule will be posted out next week.
 
In the meantime, on behalf of Ms. Mc Cool and Ms. Norris, I wish you all a very relaxing healthy summer break, enjoy very day as free time moves very fast.
 
Kind Regards,
 
Olve Laffoy.

Geography Fieldtrip

The Geographical Investigation this year took place on Portmarnock Beach, Co. Dublin. The aim of this year's project was to investigate the processes of transportation and deposition of sediment along the shoreline, in order to justify the existence of the beach whilst considering the natural factors that have had an impact on its formation.

The Geography students of 2018/2019 participated in a number of tasks such as examining the profile of the beach and the associated particle size and shape, calculating the wave height and frequency as well as measuring the process of longshore drift. The girls worked in groups to complete 9 different tasks on the day, compiled results and complete a written report. This report will be worth 20% of their final Geography Leaving Cert grade.
The students put their geographical skills into practice whilst developing other vital skills such as communication, teamwork and critical thinking. The weather was fantastic which added to a truly enjoyable day. Well done to everyone. (A. Friel)

Art Update

The Art Department would like to recognise and congratulate 6th Year students, Lorna Quinn and Grace Ryan, who successfully submitted portfolios to the National College of Art and Design this year. Both students worked hard to secure a place in their chosen course by presenting creative, individual and unique art portfolios. We wish them both every success and look forward to seeing the wonderful work they produce in the future. We also want to celebrate the outstanding entries by 5th Year student Gráinne Nolan to the Texaco Art Competition. Both pieces were finished to the highest standard and while unsuccessful in the competition Gráinne is a winner here in the Dominican College.
 
We’ve had a wonderful year of Art here in the school with 1st Years producing beautiful ceramic fairy houses; 2nd Years completing their first CBA; 5th Years working on batik, etching and clay projects and the 3rd and 6th Years working hard to complete their exam brief. Our Transition Year students reimagined old chairs into new worlds and designed beautiful backdrops for their show. We look forward to working on new projects with all our students next year. (E. Brennan)

Minor Football Review

DOMINICAN’S DARE to DREAM as heroic fightback sends Griffith Avenue into ecstasy

Dominican College has new heroes, girls whose names will be revered for a very long time, thanks to their exploits in an North-Leinster final which appeared all wrapped up in Sacred Heart colours when Dominicans found themselves five points down early on in the first half.
Dominicans needed a goal to revive them, but where was it to come from?

Enter full forward Emma L’Estrange, who did so much to unpick the Loreto College locks in the semi-final. This time, she made an even greater contribution, popping up to take a pass from Robin Fitzpatrick and burrowing her way in on the Drogheda goal before driving the ball into the net. Suddenly, being only two points behind didn’t seem too big a task. There were gasps from the capacity crowd when three minutes of stoppage time was played, and Dominican’s stomachs began to somersault when Sacred Heart’s full forward promptly rippled the net to make her first real impact on the game. Sacred Heart had most of the play and should have gone in more ahead, instead having to settle for a 2-3 to 2-1 interval advantage. Sadhbh Hession and Lucy McGrath picked up where Kate Kelly left off and started  half back line and dominated, forcing switches in the Drogheda half forward line.
The tempo never relented after the break. Dominicans were four ahead when substitute Jess Howlett soloed through for a goal. Dominicans dug deep, however, and three points from Robyn Devlin, Hannah Redmond and inspirational captain Isobel Fitzpatrick saw them go seven points up. The improbable became the impossible eight minutes before the end of normal time in the second half with Emma L’Estrange bursting the back of the net from point-blank range following a Ruth Fitzsimons hand-pass, after her epic run through the Drogheda defence.

Zara Phillips, Eva Begley and Abby Watters-McNelis led a remarkable display of defensive defiance in Man o War as the Dominican College maintained their ten point advantage in the closing moments of the match. Sacred Heart finally got a well-deserved goal in the last minute, all Dominican College had to do was maintain possession and they would be crowned champions. Anna Smith’s goal kick was taking from the sky from Sarah Louise Nolan. Referee Derick McKittrick looked at his watch and blew his whistle for one last time. The capacity crowd flooded onto the pitch with Isabelle McGarry leading the charge and the chants.

Final score: Dominican College 6-07 Sacred Heart, Drogheda 5-03
This will always be remembered as the day that shook football's landscape to the core. (Mr. S. Costello)

The International Congress of Youth Voices

The International Congress of Youth Voices is an annual summit of young people with an interest in both writing and social justice. Student delegates are chosen based on their commitment to leadership and social justice and their passion and eloquence as writers. The event is designed to provide a path to leadership for all delegates and represents a continuum from students who have exhibited potential in local writing and tutoring programs to writers and activists who have already made notable achievements at a very young age.
 
Politics of the world affect young people as much as anyone else, and they have little to no voice as major decisions are made. The Congress was founded as a means to amplify their ideas and energy and to unite young people for a weekend of collaboration. 130 students worldwide are chosen to represent their country and are brought together for workshops, to meet world leaders and make speeches on behalf of their country and what they are most passionate about. When I received the call that I had been chosen to attend this congress in San Juan, Puerto Rico this August I was astounded and incredibly excited to have been given such an incredible opportunity.
 
Throughout my 6 years in Dominican College I have been nothing but supported, especially within my writing. Being chosen for opportunities like this makes me so grateful for the time I’ve spent here, where each individual can grow and develop so that we can all make a difference in the world. Though it is so difficult to leave this school, I owe this amazing opportunity to Dominican College and the way that I was allowed to explore my passion for writing and activism. Each teacher, student and member of staff have contributed to this and I am eternally grateful for the confidence and support I have gained here.
 
When I’m over in Puerto Rico, I may be representing Ireland; however I know that I’ll always be proud to represent the values and lessons that make Dominican College the place that it is. I’m so excited for my future and that is all thanks to my past here! (Kerry O’Sullivan)

Successful Plant Sale

Our Plant Sale, held annually on the second Sunday of May, has become more successful each year. This year was no different with all plants being sold out by lunchtime. To avoid disappointing our customers we plan to increase the number of plants on sale next year.
 
Yet again the café was a great success being well stocked with home baked cakes and breads, homemade jams and thanks to our Home Economics teachers' hard work, a rich supply of school baked goodies. “Students, teachers and parents work hard every year to make this a community day”.
We received this feedback from one happy customer:
"I just wanted to drop you a line to say congratulations on your wonderful plant sale last weekend. I live around the corner in All Hallows and I spotted the sign the week before so my Mum and I popped in and ended up buying a ridiculous amount of plants! The atmosphere was just lovely and as we were driving out we were commenting on the big smiles on people’s faces as they left."
 
So save this date for next year, (Parents' Association)

Sunday 10th May 2020

Sad Goodbyes

Our Chairperson, Paula Morrissey, has sadly said her goodbyes to the Parents' Association and the school. Paula has been a member of the Parents' Association for the last 11 years. She was Treasurer for 3 years and Chairperson for 5 years. She has quietly and tirelessly organised the shop for the TY shows, the Café at the Plant Sales and the Teas for the 6th Year graduations. Paula will be missed by both the school and the Parents' Association. She was invited to address this year's 6th Year Graduation on behalf of the parents and she did so with sincerity and eloquence.
 
At our last meeting of this academic year Dr Laffoy thanked Paula and the outgoing parents of the committee for their support over the years. We wish Paula, and all our committed Parents' Association members who will no longer be in the school after June, every success and happiness in the future. It has been a pleasure to work alongside you on the committee.

Ecology Fieldtrip

5th Year Biology students carried out their Ecology fieldtrip to Portrane’s rocky seashore in early May. The trip has recently changed from 6th Year to 5th Year to increase the chances of better weather. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and encountered many new flora and fauna as well as first hand observation of predator/prey relationships within the habitat. Our students got to use all sorts of equipment associated with the ecosystem study and really got hands on with the practical. The whole experience is sure to aid our students

TY Farewell

The Transition Year students capped off a great year with the Gáisce hike along the Wicklow Way, followed by a leisurely walk on the piers in Howth. Tired, yet full of life from their hike, the Transition Year students gathered in Howth on a sunny Friday morning. The students shared stories from the hike, memories from all their amazing experiences this year and had a chance to reflect on how they have grown over the past year as they enjoyed ice cream in the warm morning sun. A great year and some fabulous memories were made along the way that no doubt will help as they embark on the Leaving Certificate programme next year! (K. Ward)
 

U14 Soccer

Although this season didn’t end in silverware for the team, the girls enjoyed an impressive year, narrowly losing in the Leinster ‘A’ quarter finals. After her 4 goals in the 1st Year final last year, Robin Fitzpatrick picked up where she left off, scoring a hat trick in the opening group match at home to St. Mary’s Baldoyle where Dominicans ran out eventual 4-2 winners. Sophia O’Brien impressed in her first game for the school, scoring one herself. Manager’s Player of the Year Ellen Canny also bagged herself 3 goals in the following game away to St. Mary’s Killester where Shelbourne FC star Ciara Giles also shone with some fantastic assists from centre midfield. It was time for the defence to shine in the third group game against Ringsend. Dominicans ran out 2-0 winners after a great display from Robyn Tyler in the Makelélé role who dictated the play for 90 minutes. The solid centre back partnership of Rachel Power and Players’ Player of the Year Clodagh O’Gorman rivalled that of Richard Dunne and John O’Shea while Eden Tyler pulled off some phenomenal saves to ensure the win stayed in Drumcondra.
Massive thanks to all involved this year especially Sarah, Lily and Hannah whose support will be greatly missed next year. (J. Kennedy)

CSPE Trócaire Fundraiser

Class 2.2 carried out a CSPE action project to raise awareness and to fundraise for Trócaire. A guest speaker from Trócaire, Sophie Deegan, came in to give us an insight into the work of the organisation and where money raised goes to. We wrote down some interesting facts and we also researched Trócaire from its website. This formed our presentation as part of our fundraiser.

On 2nd May, we put on a movie for all 1st Years. The entry fee was €2 and we also had goodie bags on sale. In the end we raised a total of €450 for this cause.

I would like to say a big thank you to all of class 2.2 and to all who supported this fundraiser- the Principal and the Deputy Principals, the class teachers and of course all the 1st Years. You have all made a huge difference in the developing world. (S. Bannon, Class 2.2)

TY Gaisce

As part of the activities of the last week in Transition Year, 67 students
went on their adventure journey. This is part of the Gaisce Bronze award open to all TY students. The Gaisce participants as well as many interested TY students walked the first leg of the Wicklow Way from Marlay Park to Knockree, Co. Wicklow, 25 km approx. Following an overnight stay in Knockree hostel, they walked down to Enniskerry and made their journey home, foot sore but satisfied with their achievement of a 30 km walk. Well done to all the students who completed this challenge.
 
This year the TY students had the privilege of the company of a past student and a Gold Gaisce award recipient, Olivia Sneyd on their hike. They are very grateful to Olivia for giving up her time. A big thank you as well to the teachers: Aideen Holohan and Mairéad Holohan, who accompanied the TY group on their adventure journey.
 
Finally thanks goes to Fíonagh Lambe for her patience and commitment in helping to plan and organise this activity.
 
Remember the Gaisce message – Go conquer! (F. Smyth PAL (President Award Leader))

Awards 2019
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