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Berlin 2009

All 39 of us arrived at the airport excited and ready to go. We said goodbye to our parents (we pushed them out the door) and headed to the Aer Lingus check-in area. After an enjoyable flight we landed in sunny Berlin where we met our tour guide Tatiana.
We headed straight for our Hostel Meininger to check-in; we then headed to Potsdamer Platz for a late lunch. Our first taste of the history of Berlin
was when we went to the museum called the “The Story of Berlin”! There we experienced what had happened during WW2 and the Holocaust and we even got to lie in some of the make-shift beds in the underground nuclear bomb shelter. That night when we went back to the hostel we were given our rooms and then went upstairs for dinner. The food was not the best and so the teachers ordered us all pizzas, which we all really appreciated.

On the second day we took a sightseeing bus tour around Berlin ; here we saw all the different countries embassies and all the different historical sites such as The Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. We stopped off at a Jewish Memorial Site where we got to wander around and take pictures. After that we went to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen just outside Berlin . This was a sad but interesting part of our trip. We were driven back to Berlin where we had lunch. Then the bus left us and we had a walking tour. We headed to Check Point Charlie and on the way we stopped at a Chocolate shop. It was brilliant….everyone bought a life supply of chocolate! We went to the Check Point Charlie
museum which was fun and then we headed to McDonalds for dinner.
The next day we went to a city called Potsdam . We toured two different palaces and then we had two hours free time to get lunch and go shopping. After we went back to Berlin
and had a boat tour of all the different bridges along the river. It was great craic. We then walked to The Reichstag where we went to walk the dome at the top. The view was amazing it was worth the long walk and wait. We went to the “Hard Rock Café” that night for dinner. It was delicious. They had old songs playing in the background and we all sang along (including the waiters) to Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer!

On our last full day in Berlin
we went to “My Tropical Island”. It was an indoor waterpark with a man-made beach and loads of different pools and slides. Everyone had a great time and some of us even got a tan…! We went to a German restaurant nicknamed “The Old Fritz” for dinner, where the food, you would say, was……interesting! That night we took public transport home, the underground. It was a fun experience. We were all exhausted by the time we got back to the hostel and all plans of an all nighter quickly disappeared.
On the morning we were due to fly back home we had a morning of free time where we went shopping and had lunch in the main street in Berlin City . When we got to the airport everyone squeezed their last minute essentials (shoes! ☺) into there already overweight cases..! The flight home was what you would call horrific! However, when we arrived back in rainy Dublin we all wished we were back in Berlin

was definitely a highlight of TY and a special thanks to our tour leader Ms Karpick and all the other teachers Ms Norris, Ms Delaney and Ms Collins. 
      Orla Croke, Gretchen Gaspari-McGuirk and Emma Mc Mahon 

Student Council Executives 2009

Chairperson:           Alissa Karpick
Secretary:                Dawn Lonergan

Senior Representatives:
Hannah McInerney    (Treasurer)
Megan Cronin            (Public Relations)

Junior Representatives:
Rosemary Seery
Nicole Cribbin

Summer Concert '09

On Thursday the 7th of May, Dominican College will be holding a summertime concert. This event will involve students both past and present taking to the stage to perform various acts. A range of ages will be participating from Second Year students right up to young adults who have been asked back to perform. The evening will begin at 7:30pm and run up until about 10:00pm. Refreshments will be provided and the night promises to be a delightful experience. Tickets are €5 for adults and €2 for students and the venue is the school hall.

Teacher/Student Rounders

The annual Teacher-Student Rounders Match took place on 05/05/09. It was a glorious day and much of the senior students came out to support the Sixth Years. Alas, it was only the weather that the teachers had to enjoy as the students ran home 16 to 9 winners.

YSI Showcase Selections '09

Congratulations to the 5 Dominican College TY Young Social Innovator project groups and their teachers on reaching the YSI Showcase Finals to be held in the RDS on Wednesday 6th of May. Their results are as follows:

Dominican College Griffith Ave Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Role Models Post It
Dominican College Griffith Ave Spare Change? Post It
Dominican College Griffith Ave A Blast From the Past Post It
Dominican College Griffith Ave Hope is Just a Phone-Call Away Post It
Dominican College Griffith Ave "Reality Bites" STI Awareness Post It, Speak Out

For further information on the Young Social Innovators Annual Showcase '09, visit