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Schools Report: Avondale Community College and Dominican College Wicklow


The Dominican College team which competed in Killossery Lodge Equestrian in Swords: Megan Neville, Naoise O’Neill, Baylee Neville and Casey Neville.

The Dominican College team which competed in Killossery Lodge Equestrian in Swords: Megan Neville, Naoise O’Neill, Baylee Neville and Casey Neville.

Avondale Community College 5 Maple students with their cheque for the Wicklow Hospice, proceeds from their bake sale.

Avondale Community College 5 Maple students with their cheque for the Wicklow Hospice, proceeds from their bake sale.


The Dominican College team which competed in Killossery Lodge Equestrian in Swords: Megan Neville, Naoise O’Neill, Baylee Neville and Casey Neville.




Hard luck to the Junior Girls Football team who were defeated by a strong CCM team last Thursday in a closely contested game.

The U16 Girls Basketball team had more success as they defeated Coláiste Bríde Carnew in the South-East semi-final. Well done to all our committed players.

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A big thank you to Niall Doogue Kaideen Schools Uniform Direct who sponsored a set of jerseys for the Senior Football team. Your support is greatly appreciated.

5 Maple Bake Sale

Well done to the students in 5 Maple who ran a successful bake sale in aid of Wicklow Hospice. They raised €268 for a very worthy cause, thanks to everyone who donated!

TY News

As part of our music module, TY3 students took part in a drumming workshop with Conor Moore from Sound Out Rhythm last week. This was a very enjoyable and educational experience for all involved.

TYs are also busy putting their final touches to their Junk Kouture pieces, promoting positivity amongst First Year students through YSI and enjoying creating their own works in their animation module.

The Well Read Student Group are also commencing the preparations for World Book Week! Watch this space!


LIFT Programme

This week our transition-year students began their LIFT programme module. LIFT Ireland is a not-for-profit initiative aimed at increasing the level of positive leadership capabilities in Ireland.

LIFT, which stands for ‘Leading Ireland’s Future Together’, does this through its eight-part, group learning programme. Students focus on one value per week, for 8 weeks. At different stages of each lesson one individual in each group will become the team leader directing their team and negotiating the various personalities of the group.

The idea is to provide students with the foundation to become leaders in their own lives. Through participation in LIFT the Dominican students will improve their listening skills, develop more confidence and become more emphatic, understanding and positive.

TY Archaeological Dig

On January 17th the three transition-year classes began their four-week Archaeology module. The aim of this introductory session was to broaden their understanding of the processes behind archaeology; from the initial research to the excavation, right up until artefacts are displayed within a museum.

The workshop was conducted outdoors and included a presentation of artefacts, a fieldwalking survey and a metal detecting activity. The next session will involve a specific case study using the town of Trim in County Meath.

Students have been given a list of resources and a set prompts to help them begin their background research prior to the lesson. One vital form for the students to navigate is the licence application form, which was also discussed in the first session.

Parent-Teacher Meetings

Thank you to all the parents of our first-year students who joined the staff online on Wednesday, January 19th. The parents were armed with Google Meet codes for each teacher and had a designated time slot to log on and talk about their daughter’s progress.

Thank you to Mr Martin for all the time-consuming preparatory work involved with the organisation and distribution of codes to every first-year student. COVID guidelines have necessitated many changes to school procedures, and we thank the parents for their continued support.

The next online Parent-Teacher meeting will be for the second-year students and will take place on January 25th. Codes and times will be allocated shortly to the second-year students.

Equestrian News

The Dominican team competed in Killossery Lodge Equestrian in Swords on Saturday January 16th.The team consisting of Megan Neville, Naoise O’Neill, Baylee Neville and Casey Neville jumped four great rounds to secure a place in the jump-off. Baylee and Megan represented the team in the jump-off. They finished up with the fastest times along with clear rounds resulting in a fantastic 1st place for the Dominican team.

Later in the day, Megan placed 2nd in the individual 1.10m competition, while younger sister Baylee placed 3rd in the 1m event. In addition, the Dominican girls won the prize for the best turned out team. Congratulations to all the team members on a very successful day.

Basketball Semi-Final

On January 19th the senior basketball team traveled to play Carnew in the semi-final of the Wicklow League. It was a fantastic game which went right down to the wire. Unfortunately, the Dominican girls lost the game 17-20, failing to capitalise on some of their potential baskets.

Overall, it was a great team effort with outstanding play from Justine Cronin, Ella O’Donovan, Laura Griffin and Abbie O’Brien. Reaching the semi-final was a super achievement and hopefully they will go one better next season.

Senior Soccer

The Senior Soccer team began their league campaign with an away game against GCM on January 18th. Unfortunately, the Dominican team were missing some key players due to injuries and illnesses and were well beaten 6-0 by a very strong GCM team.

The girls played into a strong head wind in the first half which made things difficult but they never gave up and improved their play in the second half. There were some good scoring opportunities in the second half but the GCM goalkeeper made several excellent saves to keep a clean sheet. The girl’s have four more league matches to play and are determined to improve and be in the mix by the end of the season.

Home Economics practical

Over the course of the senior cycle the fifth-year Home Economics students have four practical assignments to complete which accounts for 20% of their Leaving Cert grade. This week the students tackled their second assignment. They carried out research on different types of breads currently popular with Irish consumers.

They investigated two different methods of bread making and explained the underlying principles in each method. They decided to make Focaccia for their practical class. They learned about the stages of fermentation, how to ensure when it is proofed and the guidelines to follow when using yeast.

Although this was the first time many of the students had worked with yeast they found it easy to use. The resulting focaccias were golden, well risen and delicious. Congratulations to all our Home Economics students on a task well done.

Le Chéile

In celebration of St Brigid’s day this year, there will be an online gathering of primary and secondary Le Chéile schools around the country. A number of students from first, third, fourth and fifth year in DCW will get the opportunity to meet students from all parts of Ireland on Zoom. They will share the great work they have been doing to help their local community and swap ideas for future initiatives. The aim of the gathering is to celebrate the living ethos of Le Chéile schools and hopefully encourage each other to continue to contribute to our communities in a positive way.

Hockey Fixtures

Next week will be a busy one for the senior and junior hockey teams. The senior team has a home match against Holy Faith Clontarf. A win in this game will secure them a position in the top two of the league table and a bid for the quarter-final stage of the Leinster League.

The junior team travel to St Raphaela’s for their penultimate game this season. The first-year players are training hard in preparation for their Leinster League competition which is due to start on January 24th. We wish all the teams the very best of luck.