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Debates and Public Speaking Update 2008/09

Dominican College has had great success so far this year in the areas of Debates and Public Speaking. 2nd Years, TYs and 5th Years have all been taking part in various competitions.

‘Public Forum on
Rome ’ Public Speaking
Jessica Fuery, Susan Clinton and Jennifer Doyle stepped in at the last moment to take part in this challenging competition and performed extremely well against Belvedere College last November. Although they did not get into the next round of the competition, they can certainly be proud of their achievement!

Mental Health Public Speaking
Megan Cronin, Maria Corrigan and Caoimhe Shiel have been hugely successful in this competition, defeating numerous schools to reach the All-Ireland Semi-Final! This took place on Tuesday 2nd March in Cavan – the girls performed extremely well, but unfortunately were narrowly defeated. They deserve congratulations for getting so far – well done girls!

UCD Literary and Historical Society Junior Debates
A number of 2nd Years have taken part in this competition, debating motions as diverse as school uniforms and crime. They have done extremely well, with two students – Gillian Murtagh and Eva Murphy Ryan – advancing as far as the Quarter Finals. Eva is taking part in the Semi-Finals on Tuesday 10th March in UCD. It seems the future of debating in Dominican is safe in the hands of these students!

Concern Debates
This high-profile competition attracts schools from all over the country and the standard is always excellent. Five students from Dominican have been involved in this year’s team –  - Eimear Ellis (Captain), Emma Hanley, Orla Ni Dhuill, Dawn Lonergan and Eimear Toale – and they have defeated a number of skilled debaters to make it to the sixth round. They will be competing against Ard Scoil Ris on Thursday 12th March for a place in the Quarter Finals. Best of luck girls!

International Civic and Citizenship Education Study

ICCS stands for the International Civic and Citizenship Education Study. It is a project of the IEA (International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement). The purpose of ICCS is to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their current and future roles as citizens.

A random sample of 160 schools, 3,500 students, and 2,500 teachers were invited to participate. In each school, one second-year class was sampled at random from all classes at that year level and up to 15 teachers of second-year students were also sampled at random. Class 2.1 were chosen at random in our school. Since an aim of the survey is to examine the wider school and classroom contexts in which civic and citizenship education occurs, second-year teachers of all subject areas, not just CSPE, were participants. The main study sample size and sample design are sufficient to yield achievement estimates and other indicators which are representative of the population of schools, teachers, and second-year students in Ireland.

Students were asked to complete one Test Booklet, a general Questionnaire and a European Questionnaire. These were administered by Mr. Moriarty on the 09/03/09. Two prizes of 30 euro and 20 euro will be given at random to two of the participating second year students.

Test Booklet
The 45-minute Test consisted of a mixture of multiple-choice and short written test items and coversed a range of topics related to civic and citizenship.

The 40-minute Questionnaire collected information about students’ perceptions, values and attitudes towards civic and citizenship education as well as information about their home background and activities inside and outside of school. (Students had an option not to answer any question if they so wished).

European Module
 About one-third of the booklet consisted of questions about Europe and the EU, while the remainder asked students about their attitudes to various Europe-related issues.

All material is confidential and we will only get feedback from the class in general, in 18 months time.

Mental Health Public Speaking Team Bow Out of the All-Ireland at the Semi-Final Stage

Commiserations to the Mental Health Public Speaking Team who bowed out of the All-Ireland  Mental Health public speaking competition at the semi-final stage in Cavan on Tuesday night, the 3rd of March.


Although there was a sense of disappointment on the night, the team consisting of Maria Corrigan, Caoimhe Shiel and Megan Cronin should be very proud of their achievements this year.

Junior Basketball Squad Through to Dublin Final

Congratulations to our Junior Basketball squad who defeated Colaiste Brid Clondalkin 24-10 in their semi-final on Tuesday 3rd March to reach the Dublin Final.

The Final will be take place in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght on Thursday 19th March against Santa Sabina Sutton.

Dominican Students to Take Part in Emmanuel '09 in The Helix

21 of our Students ranging from 2nd Year to 5th Year will be performing in Emmanuel '09, a concert that is coming up next Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th of March 2009.

Emmanuel is a project of the Dublin Diocesan Commission for Sacred Music and promotes the use of Sacred Music in Secondary Schools.

The night will be one to remember with 550 students performing 23 songs that they have been learning in school for the past few months on each night. Dominican College students will be performing on the Wednesday night at 8pm


The orchestra, massed choirs will be conducted by Ian Callanan, a member of the Music Commission.

It will be a great night out so please if you are free come along and bring a gang with you. These young people need and deserve to be supported.

The students involved are:

Elizabeth Gleeson
Fiona O Donoghue
Emily Dowling
Rebecca Kearns
Nicole Cribben
Michelle Donohue
Jennifer Lassis
Tessa Muldoon
Olivia Daly
Caroline Brothwood
Hazel Gilsenan
Kate Mulvey
Megan Cronin
Kate Gilmore
Ciara Byrne
Orla Ni Dhuill
Jessica Fuery
Jennifer Doyle
Maria Corrigan
Sarah Dowling
Hannah McInerney

Two 5th year students will be performing instrumentally on both nights.

Those students are:
Julie Donohue
Nuala O Donovan
Tickets are €15 and available from The Helix
We would like to take this opportunity to wish our participants the best on luck on the night and thank their teachers Ms. Fionnuala Doyle and Ms. Mairead McGuire for all their hard work and dedication in preparing the students.