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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Dominican College

Published 03/10/2012 | 11:14

STUDENT COUNCIL

Elections for the Student Council 2012-2013 took place on Monday 24th September. 2 Sapphire carried out the election as part of their CSPE Action Project. Congratulations to the newly elected Student Council Committee who are as follows: Loren Mulvey, Emer Corcoran, Laura Egan, Renee Armstrong, Patricia Hinterleitner, Emily Humby, Georgia Collard, Hollie Louise Larkin, Louise Peake, Aimi Healy, Molly Hogan, Courtney Clarke, Megan Kennedy, Ciara Reilly, Maya Mc Devitt, Leah Delahunt, Amy Sweeney and Amy Johnston. We wish them a successful year ahead with the student council. SCHOOL TOUR

This years school tour is off to Poland. The trip will take place during the first week of the Easter holidays (dates to be confirmed). It promises to be a trip to remember with 5 days in in the historic market town of Krakow. It will include a guided tour of Krakow with shopping at the world's oldest shopping mall, a visit to Schindlers Factory and Museum, a trip to the 700 year old Wieliczka Salt Mines, Waterworld, Ice skating, bowling etc. etc. The cost of the trip will be €625. A savings club is set up in advance of the tour for all interested students. Should you wish to travel on this school tour, a non refundable €100 deposit must be paid by the 8th of October to Mr. O'Brien. Do zobaczenia!! TRANSITION YEAR NEWS

The first of the adult learners came into the school for their phone tutoring class. The students who have volunteered for this work began their sessions with meeting the adults and they gave their first lesson. It has all begun well and the girls involved had a very enjoyable afternoon and we think the adults did too. More on how this goes in later weeks.

Time is speeding by and it is hard to believe that the first module is almost half over. The girls have also started their Work Experience and given the stories being told they are getting on really well and enjoying the time spent in the World of Work.

Those hoping to be involved in the next Musical Production are getting organised to take part in it at various levels. At this point, singers and dancers, back stage helpers are looking into what will be needed to make the production work and auditions will be the next big event in this process. OPEN DAY

Our annual Open Day will take place on Saturday 6th October. It will commence at 12 sharp with a short talk in Fatima Hall. Following the talk prospective students and families can take guided tours around the school to see the different specialist classrooms and perhaps try their hand at few different subjects! Our senior students and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you there. SPORTS NEWS

All teams are busy training hard in preparation for upcoming matches.Thanks to Sinnott Autos for sponsoring the Senior Basketball Team – it is very much appreciated by the girls and the School. Any company wishing to sponsor a sports team please contact Ms. Carthy or Mr. Mc Donald for further details. 5TH YEAR LCVP

On the 27th September, a volunteer from Childline named Donal Barrett visited us at DCW. He spoke to our 5th year LCVP group about the work done at Childline by the volunteers. The girls asked Donal a lot of interesting questions such as 'is the organisation funded by contributions?', 'how are prank calls dealt with?' and how many calls are made to Childline?' Donal spoke very well and answered each question honestly. We learned a lot about how the charity is run on a daily basis and were very inspired by Donal's (and the other volunteers) devotion and commitment to childline. We hope to fundraise for this charity at this years Christmas Fair (Report by Leah Newsome). PUBLIC SPEAKING AND DEBATING

Both Junior and Senior Debating teams are being set up at present. All students interested in Public Speaking or Debating should talk to Ms. O'Kelly. 6TH YEAR RETREAT

On Thursday 27th of September the 6th year students set off to the Emmaus Retreat Centre in Swords, Dublin. We arrived not long after 10am where we were greeted by Pam, Rose and Gearoid. We were split into 3 groups and given an animal group each – lions, cats and cows. We had to introduce our partner. We then had a break where we had tea and oreos (yummy!). After break we all wrote down our hopes for the future and shared them with the group. After lunch we played some more fun games before we went into a meditation session for half an hour where some of us fell asleep!! We then said our goodbyes at 2pm and headed home on the bus where a singsong started. Overall the day proved to be a great success with all 6th years involved benefiting hugely from this day of reflection in our busy lives (Report by Laura Egan). 1ST YEAR BONDING DAY

All first years thoroughly enjoyed their 'Bonding Day' on Tuesday 25th September. The girls started off with a brisk walk in the lashings of rain to Diamond Bowl where they were divided into teams for a friendly game of bowling. After lunch back at school the girls headed off again to the Assembly Hall in the town for an afternoon of 'Samba Drumming'- lots of fun was had by all as they learned to play the different types of samba drum. The sounds coming from the assembly hall were interesting to say the least but the overall winners were the 'pink panther group'!! Thanks to Ms. Gillespie and the first year Year HeadsMs. Fox, Ms. Walshe, Ms. Keane and the prefects and mentors involved in the day. 1ST YEAR RETREAT

All first year students attended a retreat in Fatima Hall on Thursday 27th September. It was carried out by Fr. Emmet O'Hara and his team. A great day was had by all – lots of fun and time for reflection and prayer. Thanks to the RE Department for organising the day. SCHOOL INSPECTION

Ms. Kate Carroll a school Inspector from the Department of Education and Skills visited DCW on Tuesday 25th September. She visited a number of senior classes and observed a range of subjects. The outcome of the inspection was all very good. Overall it was a very positive experience for all in DCW. YOUNG SCIENTIST

The deadline for applications is fast approaching. This years BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition takes place on January 9th until the 12th. Applications should now be registered with Mr. O'Brien and all research should be well underway! Contact Mr. O'Brien at johnobrien@dominicanwicklow.com with any queries. Good luck girls!!*

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