A brief newsletter of events leading up to summer 2015

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Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

As we reach the end of the year, it is a time to look back on all we have achieved as a school community. From the small day-to-day successes to events in debating, choral choir, science competitions and sports; we can look back with pride on our determination and efforts.

As we now bid farewell to the 6th Year students, we can reflect back on their growth and development during their time in Dominican College. They have matured intellectually and are more socially aware, so that they are now going onto the next phase of life’s journey richer and stronger in character.

At this time, I wish to extend my sincere thanks to all members of the school community who work continuously for the good of our students. I am grateful to the Board of Management, the Deputy Principal and staff, the Parents’ Association and all the parents who support our work and make the school the success it is today.  Of course, I wish to thank the students for their input into helping to make Dominican College the wonderful school that it is.

On behalf of the staff, I wish all students well in their examinations. Our thoughts and prayers are with all our students who face Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations. We trust that they will rely on everything that they have learned in their time with us.
Dr. O. Laffoy

Photo Appeal

We were very saddened to hear of the death of Karen Carroll Shannon during the year. At her family’s request we would be very grateful if you had pictures of her that we could pass on to her parents. In particular, Karen was in the TY Fashion Show held in Dominican College in 2006, so if you know of anyone in TY that year or during any of the years that Karen was with us, we would be grateful if you took the time to look for any pictures. This is also an area where social media could make a difference to a grieving family. Please forward any pictures to

1916 Commemorative Mass

On Tuesday, 5th of May an ecumenical service was held to remember the forty children, aged under 16 who died during the 1916 Rising. The service was held in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Ringsend and commenced at 11. The service was organised by RTÉ’s Joe Duffy and was attended by President Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina, relatives of the children who died as well as members of the public. Forty children from the local school were also in attendance and represented each of the forty children being remembered. The music throughout the service was provided by Cór na nÓg and featured a specially written song “Children of ‘16”, composed and performed by Declan O’Rourke. Forty shimmering candles, each emblazoned with the name of a child who died, formed the centrepiece of the ceremony.

Transition year students Niamh Rock and Eimear Hoban had the unique opportunity of also attending this service alongside Mr. Curry and Ms. Tracy. The opportunity came about as Ms. Tracy is a relative of Bridget McKane, a 15 year old girl who died in 1916. Bridget died when a volunteer shot the lock of her front door and the bullet went through her father’s shoulder and into her head. Eimear and I had based our history projects around 1916 and we had an interest in the occurrences of 1916. As a result, it was decided that we could attend.

At the end of the mass Ms. Tracy had the honour of presenting a glass block engraved with the forty names of the children to President Michael D. Higgins. Eimear also had the honour of presenting flowers to his wife Sabina. Eimear and I had the pleasure of conversing briefly with the President, Joe Duffy and many politicians after the service in the community centre nearby. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and a once in a lifetime experience. (Niamh Rock)

Bringing Our Oratory to New Life

After working hard all through this academic year, our art work has finally come to its fruition. Working whenever we had free time and giving up some time on a Friday afternoon after school we are proud of the achievement. We hope students and teachers enjoy the tranquillity of our blossom tree.

Students names: Jan Rosales, Hazel Escabarte, Kate Bruton, Rebecca Mulvey, Natalie Chizaza, Caitlín Cooney and Noreen Brizuela. (G. McCartney)

Easter Egg Hunt

While it's not common in many schools, a Griffith Avenue Dominican tradition is to have an Easter event in the last week before the break, to round off the second school term on a high note.  A breathless run around the school pitch looking for eggs certainly sends you into two weeks off very well! Also included in the Student Council event this year was a raffle, for those students who were not up to the "athletic challenge" that was the egg hunt. The raffle, as well as the hunt, was a great success. The Student Council would like to thank the representatives for each class as well the students for their co-operation on the day, we'd also like to thank the sun for staying with us for the whole day!  (Fionnuala Devins)

Evening Study

Evening Study will commence Monday, 7th September 2015. 6th and 3rd Year students will be given priority and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would like any more information, just click on the link below which will bring you to “Latest News” on our website.

First Year Outing

Great fun, splashing and singing was had by all in Sportlink pool in Santry with the 1st Year end of term outing on Friday, 22nd May. It was a fantastic trip and it comes highly recommended for next year’s 1st Years!  Complete with a 25 metre competition pool, leisure pool with wave machine and even a toddler pool, it can cater for all skill levels!


Gaisce – The President’s Award is Ireland’s most prestigious and respected youth award programme. It is a personal development programme that is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to all young people between the ages of 15 and 25 to dream big and fulfil their potential. People undertaking the award will set their own challenges and goals, which will be agreed with a President’s Award Leader (PAL).

As part of our Gaisce experience we planned, prepared and undertook a two day and one night adventure journey on the 7th and 8th of May. We started in Marlay Park and walked the first stage of the Wicklow Way to Knockree Hostel. After an overnight stay in the hostel, we walked to Enniskerry and took the 44 bus back home.

The walk itself was tiring, but very enjoyable. The uphill parts were challenging, especially the very first hill, but the flat paths were much easier. Although it was tough, the thought of the reward of the hostel at the end of a 25km walk kept everyone going!

The hostel was very luxurious, the rooms were big and everyone got to share with their friends. The dinner rush was quite crazy, but eventually we all got to eat! After a tiring day, everyone was happy to relax for the evening and fall into bed, exhausted, earlier than expected.

The next morning we left the hostel by 9.30 am and we walked the 5km to Enniskerry. This walk was a lot easier than the day before, although everyone was tired so it still challenged us. We reached Enniskerry just before 11 am and had time to go to the shop before getting on the bus home.

Taking part in Gaisce was such an enjoyable experience, the adventure journey in particular. We tried new things and took part in different activities and it was a really worthwhile experience. (Emma Gaffney)

Pay it Forward Day 21st of May

The Student Council held Pay it Forward Day on the 21st May, 2015. Pay it Forward Day focuses on marketing the concept of selfless giving for just one day a year. In Dominican College the main objective was to spread kindness by showing little acts of kindness to all.

The Student Council printed out many different quotes and placed them in a decorated basket with a note saying “please take one”. The basket was placed on a table at the entrance of the school so when the students walked through the entrance in the morning each student could take a quote with them. Each note asked students to pay a compliment, smile at other students or to have a conversation with someone new, for example.

At the end of the day girls from the executive council handed out lollipops to people leaving the school, as a kind gesture for this special day. (Rosemary Connelly)

Spanish Scholarship

Ellie Halloran and Rebecca Woods were presented with their scholarship at the Spanish Embassy by Ambassador Jose Maria Rodriguez Coso.

The girls came second in the country in the Post Primary Languages Initiative Competition. Ellie and Rebecca made a two minute video presentation on Castilla y Leon and were successful in securing two scholarships to study in Spain this summer. The prize includes a home stay in Salamanca and a week’s intensive course in the language.


The senior tennis team went on a winning streak to get to the Dublin finals at the end of May. The quarter finals against Loreto College set the team on a high. Both schools played extremely well with Dominican College coming out as winners with a score of 3-0. The doubles pairings included Sarah Curran and Ailbhe Conway, Aisling Paterson and Hazel Escabarte and Andrea Lambert and Kate Heaney.

The girls next played Mount Temple in the semi-finals of the league. This was a much tighter affair with excellent individual performances from Sarah Curran and Aisling Paterson. The win sent Dominican College into the finals against Santa Sabina. While the girls gave it their all, they fell behind to a superior team on the day.

Sixth Year Awards

Dr. Olive Laffoy (Principal), Zara Sweeney (Joint Sports Award Winner), Laoise Fleming & Ciara Denihan (Joint Academic Students Of The Year), Ailbhe Cowley (Good Citizen Award Winner), Ms. Mary Anne Halton (Deputy Principal).

2.3 undertook their C.S.P.E. action project in aid of the Childline service, ISPCC.

Childline provides a 24 hour listening service for children up to 18 years of age. After Christmas we were concerned to hear in the media that the service was in trouble due to a lack of funds. We organised a guest speaker to come in from Childline to provide information on the service they provide.  Olanike and Louise from Childline came in to us. It really helped to raise awareness for us of their work and the need that there is for this service.
We then decided to organise a fundraiser for Childline to help support them in keeping their service up and running. On Friday 1st May we held a movie day for First and Second Years and charged €2 per person. Thanks to their support we raised €450. We presented the cheque to Olanike and Louise from Childline just before the summer holidays.
If there is something that you want to talk about you can ring free of charge 1800666666 or text “help”, “bully” or “talk” to 50101. (Aisling Leahy and Aideen Lynch on behalf of the class 2.3.)

TY Awards

Pictured at the recent TY awards are Ciara Tierney – winner of The Spirit of TY, 2015, and Áíne Ellis – TY Student of the year, 2015. We were delighted to welcome back past pupil Aisling Fitzgerald as our guest speaker.

Trip to Strasbourg

The day before the Easter break the Transition Year German and French students went on a trip to Strasbourg, a city on the French-Germany border. It was a really enjoyable trip. Every night we went to a different restaurant and I even got to use my foreign language while trying to order local delicacies (which didn’t always work out for me!). One dish called flam still haunts me, so I know that I have to try a lot harder in my studies next year!!
 We went to spectacular castles and cathedrals, such as Heidelberg Castle and Strasbourg Cathedral. Europa Park though was definitely the highlight of the trip. This place has eleven rollercoasters including the fastest one in Europe. The lines were amazingly short as well and there were souvenir shops for almost everything: DC, Milka, even Coca-Cola had a souvenir shop.
Overall, this trip was perfect and I definitely recommend it to future TYs. My only advice is to bring a pillow as there are a lot of long bus rides and most people don’t sleep at night! (Olivia Mac Arthur)

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