Fáilte & Welcome
Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or someone interested to find out about our fine College.
We wish you a very enjoyable summer break and when your thoughts come back around to school, you can find the return dates and a booklist below!
|Year Group||Return Date||Time||Booklists (Click on the link below)|
|1st Year||Thursday 22nd August||9.30 - 12||1st Year Booklist 2019-2020|
|2nd Year||Monday 26th August||9.20 - 11.20||2nd Year Booklist 2019-2020|
|3rd Year||Tuesday 27th August||11.40 - 1.00||3rd Year Booklist 2019-2020|
|4th Year||Thursday 22nd August||10.00 - 12.00||4th Year Booklist 2019-2020|
|5th Year||Tuesday 27th August||9.00 - 11.20||5th Year Booklist 2019-2020|
|6th Year||Monday 26th August||8.40 - 12.20||6th Year Booklist 2019-2020|
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)
KERRY O’SULLIVAN, 18 https://www.internationalcongressofyouthvoices.com/kerry-osullivan
Kerry O’Sullivan is from Dublin, Ireland. She started writing when she was 12 years old and has found her confidence and strength through putting pen to paper. She mainly writes poetry, both spoken word and traditional. She focuses on the political and personal to try and make sense of her world through words.
O’Sullivan has had poems published numerous times through supplements in The Irish Times for youth writing created by Fighting Words, a creative writing nonprofit with which she regularly volunteers. She has performed at Lingo, a Dublin-based spoken word poetry festival and also volunteers with children in hospital as a play volunteer. She was the senior public relations officer of her student council and ran her school newspaper, providing both her and other students with a platform to voice their opinions and feel heard.
Through her writing, O’Sullivan became involved in politics, specifically the successful Repeal campaign in Ireland. During May of last year, she canvassed her area every night and spoke at public meetings and political rallies most weeks. This allowed her to see the power of words and the real-life impact of writing when changing someone’s perspective on an important issue.
Now that she has finished secondary school, O’Sullivan hopes to do more to tackle global issues such as climate change, as well as Ireland-centric problems such as the housing crisis. She feels it is vital to not waste the opportunities that she has been given in her life. O’Sullivan plans to study European and Middle Eastern languages and cultures in Trinity College, Dublin. Afterwards, she aims to do humanitarian work and transition into the diplomacy field.
by Kerry O’Sullivan
You are not lucky.
As if some cosmic force celebrates each of your golden breaths
Marked by milestones,
Marked by your community.
You are not lucky,
Though you wear a cross proudly round your neck every day
And see the scarved girl that’s your age
Sneered at by strangers
As if their contention
With her existence
Is their daily routine,
As casual as drinking a cup of lukewarm tea.
You are not lucky
Though your days have been perfumed
Felt only by those born into
The culture they’re living in.
And you anticipate allowances and freedom and welcome
Still refuse to grant it to children of corruption
You are not lucky,
and you don’t cling to your culture like a safety blanket,
a haven when uprooted.
Thrown from everything you know and
Have nothing left
The words on your lips
The dance on your hips
Music you remember reverberating in each ear,
Days and nights punctuated with prayer.
The certainty of what each season would bring
Who you would see and how you would do anything
To be around the familiar,
The syllables that you’ve heard from before
You could even speak yourself.
Perhaps bad luck makes us
The accidental perpetrators
But bad luck does not make us sit back and take it
Sit back and watch the faces on our TVs
Faces in these magazines.
No, you are not lucky
And you should not be taught so.
Rather, you have been born
Into a society
That protects you through
The systematic hatred of
The opposite of you.
You are not lucky.
You are not lucky
Because you are guilty.
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.
Final score: Dominican College 6-07 Sacred Heart, Drogheda 5-03
Dominican College had a whole school inspection on the 6/12/18 and we are delighted to be able to share the report with you. Click here for the report.
Whole-School Evaluation – Management, Leadership and Learning reports on the quality of teaching and learning and on the quality of management and leadership in a school. It affirms good practice and makes recommendations, where appropriate, to aid the further development of educational provision in the school.