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Christmas in the Library

There's a lovely festive atmosphere in the Library this year. The library door has a paper wreath, so simple and yet so elegant, made by one last year’s 6th Year students. Alex, made a book tree (a Christmas tree made out of books, lights and decorations) and we also have two beautiful Christmas wreaths on display from the science department.

Regarding games, we have some new chess boards and pieces and have had a beginner’s class already in chess. After Christmas we will have chess games and competitions for the 1st Years. We also have available Playing Cards Drafts, and Scrabble.

We are getting into the festive spirit!! Ho Ho Ho

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The Christmas Shoe box Appeal

The Shoebox Appeal is all about giving gifts to very vulnerable children who have so little in different parts of the world such as countries in Eastern Europe and Africa. With the help of Ms. N Murray, a team of TY students were picked to help carry out the Shoebox Appeal in Dominican College. Students on the committee were assigned classes from each year group to help them prepare their shoe boxes. 

We explained the 4 W's that they would have to include for their shoebox; Write, Wash, Wear and Wow! Many items that we take for granted had to be included in the boxes such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, school copies, colouring pencils, hat, gloves, small toys and sweets.

On Friday the 9th of November, the Shoebox committee team spent 2 hours going through all of the shoe boxes that were donated by students and made sure that they were ready to be sent of to many eagerily awaiting children. For the majority of these children it will be the only gift that they will get all year. 

We wish to thank all students and staff who helped with the appeal. Thanks to you, 264 shoeboxes were sent from Dominican College this year.

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MFL Day '18

Our school celebrated MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) day on Friday, 16th of November this year .

This day started off with announcements from bilingual students in their mother tongue. They included Malayalam, French, Danish, German, Spanish, Norwegian, amongst many others.

In advance of MFL day, all students were asked to design a t-shirt representing the foreign language they are studying and many students made a massive effort with their creative designs so the MFL department held a competition to award the students who wore the most creative t-shirts. We also had to speak our foreign language throughout the day.

In all MFL lessons that day, students listened to famous songs in the target languages and we learned how to say 'hello' in different languages as well as listening to Mr. McCartney's favourite song ''Let it go '' in 25 different languages!

A big Gracias, Vielen Dank and Merci beaucoup to all the teachers who made this event possible. We are already looking forward to next year’s super MFL day! (Arpitha Benny, 5th Year)

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Teams Games Tournament

Teams Game Tournament is a method of cooperative learning that involves every student working as a team. Using a method that provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other, will trigger the students to be active during learning activities.

TY Sciencestudents are this week using this technique in class to revise materials covered to date. The victory of the Team Games Tournament is the victory of the group. When the tournament is on-going, the teacher records the score obtained by each individual. The individual scores are then accumulated as the final scores obtained by the group. The winner is the group that get the highest score. This fosters self-confidence in each student.

Hopefully applying this method can provide a positive impact in our classes and will be used more frequently in the future.

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A Taste of Genetics: Build Your Own DNA!

When DNA is taken out of the cell and stretched out, it looks like a twisted ladder. This shape is called a Double Helix. The sides of the DNA ladder are called the backbone and the steps of the ladder are pairs of small chemicals called Bases: Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), Guanine (G) always pairs with Cytosine (C).

Our 6th Years used coloured jelly tots, liquorice and toothpicks to construct a DNA Double Helix. The liquorice is the backbones; the jelly tots are the bases and the cocktails sticks are the bonds. And the best part of all is that the students got to taste the “DNA” afterwards.

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