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Dominican College's Summer eNewsletter 2013.

A parting note,


I am writing just a final note to thank each and every member of the school community for their help and support over the last six years.  They have been six of the happiest and busiest years of my life! It was an amazing privilege to lead Dominican College through so much change and development.  


It was a very difficult decision to leave Dominican College.  I did so in the belief that, like our motto, I must in truth seek out the myriad of things I still wish to accomplish with my life.  I know I leave the school in good hands.   I wish Ms Laffoy well in her new appointment.  I know that you will continue to work with her and support her, the staff and the work of Dominican College into the future. 


Go raibh míle maith agaibh.  Slán agus beannacht.

Ms Claire Butler


6th Year Awards.

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 on their graduation last week. It was a wonderful evening and a great celebration for the whole school community. Earlier in the day we had the awards ceremony.

Top left: Ciara Dawson and Eleanor O'Brien were joint winners of the academic awards.

Top right: Orla Breen (pictured with Ms. Butler) won the Spirit of Dominican College award.
Bottom left: Keira Lynch (pictured with Ms. Butler) won the Athlete of the Year award.
Bottom right: Ms. Halton (Deputy Principal), Inion De Buis (Year Head) and Ms. Butler (Principal) pictured with Keira Lynch, Ciara Dawson, Eleanor O'Brien and Orla Breen.

Gaisce Trip.

Sixty four students, as part of their Gaisce Award, organised a two-day hike across the Wicklow mountains. The hike spanned 35km of both rough terrain and beautiful countryside. The girls stayed overnight at Knockree Hostel where they cooked their own evening meal. Despite the long trek and steep hills, they rallied together to display fantastic teamwork and support for each other and accomplished their task with smiles on their faces.

Many thanks to the six teachers, led by Ms. Smyth, who accompanied the students.

Dominican College Senior Tennis.

This year the Dominican College Senior Tennis team took part in the Leinster Schoolgirls Tennis tournament. The team included the following girls: Aisling Patterson (3rd Year), Sarah Curran (4th Year), Clodagh Hunt-Sheridan (4th Year), Robyn Molloy (4th Year), Laetitia Close (5th Year) and Julie Quirke (6th Year) and also Jamie Molloy (4th Year) as a substitute.

The girls played some tough matches and beat both Mount Sackville and St. Columba’s College to reach the Semi Finals of the tournament. Unfortunately, they narrowly missed out on securing a place in the finals as they went out to Mount Anville Secondary School.
Well done to all involved!!
Yvonne Barry (PE Teacher)

Summer Reading Lists.

The summer holidays provide a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some reading.  Throughout the school year, life can become very busy and some of us neglect reading for pleasure.  Now is the time to remind ourselves of some of the classics of literature and to discover some of the recently-published treasures.  Your teachers look forward to hearing what you thought of our recommendations and welcome suggestions you may have for us after the holidays.
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Geography Field-Trip.

On the 30th of April and 1st of May all 5th Year Geography students along with our teachers, Ms Sweeney, Mr Ryan, Mr O'Neill, Ms Holohan and Ms Moher, travelled to Portmarnock beach to carry out our field work. This makes up 20% of our Leaving Certificate Geography grade.
The aim of our fieldwork was to prove that the geomorphic processes of transportation and deposition are active in Portmarnock.  In order to prove this aim, we observed processes including Longshore Drift, transportation of sediment and wave frequency. We also measured wave height, sediment size and the profile of Portmarnock beach. 
The weather was kind to us with beautiful sunny conditions to work in. Many of us were left with sunburnt faces for the following few days! 
The fieldwork was very successful and an enjoyable day was had by all. Many thanks to the Geography teachers for their hard work in organising the trip and ensuring the day went smoothly! 
Here's to 20%!!
Jane Daly & Ashley O’Sullivan

Take Away My Way.

On the 9th of May, Transition Year student Emma Hogan, along with two supporters, travelled to St Angela's College in Sligo to take part in the all-island final of the Take Away My Way competition. Emma was one of sixteen finalists from over 1,200 entries.  Entrants in this competition are required to choose their favourite take away dish and modify it to make it healthier.  Emma decided to make turkey burgers with a cranberry salsa, served with butternut squash and sesame seed chips with roast cherry tomatoes. 

This competition enables students to take more control over their dietary choices by giving them the skills to cook healthy, nutritionally balanced meals.  Neven Maguire was one of the judges and he commended the students on the exceptional standard of culinary skills shown in the competition. Well done to Emma and to the other Transition Year students from Dominican College who entered.
Hayley Brabazon from Class 4,1 helped with sound at the national 'Unbound' conference which was held at the Clarion hotel in Liffey Valley during 19th / 21st April this year. She has a natural flair for technology, so much so, that she now works part time at a leading Dublin recording studio. Well done Hayley!

New and Second-Hand Book and Uniform Sale.

If you wish to sell your school books or school uniform or if you wish to donate them to The Lourdes Fund, Dominican College on 19th June between 7pm – 8:30pm is the place to be.

There will be two separate boxes in the school reception: one if you wish to sell the books and/or uniform and one for charity. Simply put an envelope in your book and/or pin an envelope to your uniform with your name and class name and money will be put in to the envelopes and returned at a date after the Book and Uniform Sale (Envelopes will be available in reception).

A list of titles that you can sell and that will be used in the coming school year will be up on the Dominican College website shortly when the book lists are finalised.  The same book lists will be attached to your daughters’ reports.

O'Keeffe's (School Uniforms & School Accessories) and The Wise Owl (book store) will also be present on the night of the sale in the school.
Volunteers are needed, so if any of your daughters are available to help out for a good cause, tell them to come and see me in the library or call in to reception.  

Ms. Kealy, School Librarian.

Library Report.

Hello everyone. We had a very busy school year in the library this year with the following statistics:
  • Loans: 2,398 from August 2012 – May 2013
  • Accessions/Books: Catalogued 258 mainly donations
  • DEAR Week (Drop Everything and Read) held last November 2012 where everyone in the school reads every day for one week for 40 minutes.  There were 493 books lent in DEAR week to students and staff.  As part of our initiative to improve literacy, we look forward to continuing this event next year.
In the library we also had strong usage of the laptop trolley and the 16 iPads continue to be very popular for all students for research and sourcing information.

We also have had great usage of Scrabble, Chess and Draughts and a Chess tournament was held during the year, at lunchtimes.  We hope to continue these activities next year.

Hope you all have a lovely summer.
Martina Kealy, Librarian, Dominican College.
The Dominican College Past Pupil's Union (DCPPU) honoured both Eimear Duff on her outstanding performance in her Leaving Certificate with 7 A1's and Ms. Claire Butler on her upcoming retirement.

Animal Welfare.

Mini Marathon: That time of year has come around again!  On Monday 2nd June, 25 students along with Ms. Holohan, Ms. Savage and Ms. Corry will take part in the Dublin Women's Mini Marathon. This will be our fourth year in a row to participate as a fundraising activity and we would like to extend a huge thank you to the students involved who have raised a fantastic €605 for the North County Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Jack Beatty Animal Welfare Essay Competition: This annual competition is always greeted with a great response from our students.  It is kindly sponsored by Marie O'Byrne of the NDSPCA.  Thank you to all students who entered and we would like to congratulate this year's winners:
1st prize – Aoife Keogh (2nd Year) and 2nd prize – Eleanor McGuane (5th Year).
Both students' names will be engraved on a plaque in our school library, joining those who have won in previous years. Congratulations girls!

Cake Sale: On Tuesday 30th April, classes 4.4, 1.1 & 1.4 ran our annual animal welfare cake sale.  This year's event was run in conjunction with the 'Dominican College Cup Cake Bake Off'. Lots of delicious cakes, brownies, buns and biscuits were baked by our students and over €400 was raised in aid of the Kildare Animal Foundation and their Wildlife Unit.  Thank you to Ms. Concannon, Ms. Holohan and all the classed involved who helped make the day an enormous success.

Dominican Success at Athletics Championships.

On Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th April, a group of 27 students competed in the North Leinster Athletics competition.  Several students from 1st Year to 6th Year took part in various events such as Sprints, Long Distance Running, Long Jump, Shot and Discus to name a few.
Several girls had great success at the championships. Kate Hession (4th Year) reached the final of the Intermediate 300m Sprint. The Intermediate relay team, comprising of Ciara Purdy, Emma Garrett, Aoife Burke and Kate Hession (all 4th Year) reached the final of the 4 x 100m.
There must also be a special mention for two of our students: Alannah Cooley (2nd Year) who qualified for the Leinster Championships in the Junior 200m Sprint and Alannah won her heat and went on to secure a silver medal in the final!  Alannah competed well at the Leinster Championships 200m sprint final and ran a great race. Well done!
Also Fiona Tuite (4th Year) qualified for the Leinster Championships in both Shot AND Discus!  Fiona secured a gold medal in Shot and also a silver medal in Discus.  At the Leinster Champinships Fiona threw a PB in the 4kg Shot (11.37 metres!) and this was more than enough to secure the gold medal. She also came 6th in the Discus.

Fiona has qualified for the All Ireland Athletics Championships which will take place over the June bank holiday weekend this year. BEST OF LUCK FIONA!!!!!

Well done to all who participated in these events!
Yvonne Barry (PE Teacher)

Student Council Rep of the Year Awards.

On Thursday, the 16th of May, the last student council meeting of the year was held in the Dem. room at lunch time. Six of the class Reps were awarded with certificates for the award of ‘Class Representative of the Year.’ The award is given to one of the class Reps from each year and this year the award recipients were: Olivia Daly - 6th Year, Sadhbh Candon - 5th Year, Dearbhla Ní Mhaolagáin - 4th Year, Laura Swan - 3rd Year, Ellen Corr - 2nd Year and Evie Oppermann in 1st Year. Each was chosen for her hard work and active participation in the student council.

Sarah Owen's Book Recommendations.

Charmed Life, by Diana Wynne Jones (1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Year)

Siblings; Gwendolen and Cat Chant are both invited to live with the mysterious enchanter: Chrestomanci. Gwendolen, a young witch, is determined to draw Chrestomanci’s attention to her magical talent, even if it means doing a few drastic spells. Her naive brother Cat, who has no magical gifts, is unsure how to put an end to her magical wrong-doings.

Things begin to crumble at Cat’s feet and he must endeavour to find the power inside him to put things right before Gwendolen has a chance to ruin things forever.  
Read more here...

Basketball 2012-2013 Update.

Dominican College had another successful year in basketball. The U19 A and B teams were unfortunate to lose the Dublin semi–finals to the eventual winners.  The Cadette team comprised of our very talented Junior Cert students made it to their third consecutive final. Unfortunately luck was not on their side and they lost to Santa Sabina by a single basket. The First Year Basketball team are still finding their feet and are looking forward to competing next year. Dominican College’s greatest success this year came from the Second Year team under the strategic coaching of former student Gemma O’Leary.  

The girls had a great season and successfully defended their Dublin title for the second year in a row!  We look forward to next year and hopefully continued success with all our teams.

Clodagh Hunt-Sheridan and Kate Culligan pictured outside the famous yellow door of The School of Cosmic Physics. The school's purpose is to use the ideas and methods of Physics to understand the world around us, from the interior of the Earth to the edges of the observable universe.

Clodagh and Kate were lucky enough to have met with Hilary O'Donnell after a trip to the Dunsink Observatory and, in conjuction with Dr. Masha Chernyakova from DCU, Hilary has proposed a project entitled "X-ray properties of Black-Hole Binaries".

If you are in a position to provide assistance with this project or have the experience and time to assist myself (Mr. Moriarty) or another Science teacher with Young Scientists projects, I would be delighted to hear from you.  Entry to the Young Scientist Competition is becoming harder and harder and to have connections with universities and colleges provide an advantage.
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