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StricTlY Ballroom – Reflections from the Producers

Dominican College’s Transition Year (2007) show StricTlY Ballroom performed in The Helix in DCU was a huge success as an audience of over 1,000 clapped and cheered their way through an evening of entertainment which focused on Ballroom Dancing. The show on December 10 was one of the biggest gatherings in the 125 years of distinguished history enjoyed by Dominican College, as students, teachers, management, trustees, past students, parents and friends of our school gathered together to perform and enjoy a very special night of entertainment and education.

StricTlY Ballroom provided an opportunity for our TY students to not only learn about dance, but to develop in a wide variety of ways which we hope will benefit them as they mature and develop in the future. All students, both on stage and back stage, learned important lessons for their future lives like teamwork, commitment, organisation, dedication, volunteering, innovation and creativity.

Since it opened in 1883, Dominican College has maintained a proud record of producing shows. Nowadays the annual show forms a major part of the school’s very successful Transition Year Programme. This year the school’s brave ambition in producing a show on the scale of StricTlY Ballroom was justified by the tremendous level of support received. To parents, thank you again for trusting us to involve your children in a Transition Year programme which we believe ranks with the best available. Nights like Demember 10th in The Helix highlight the quality of our TY programme for us all.

Wherever we turned for help we found great goodwill towards the idea of the show. Our MC, RTÉ news journalist Niamh Sweeney, was the consummate professional. Our Style and Fashion Judge, Caroline Morahan brought star quality to the evening. Our dance judges Kathy McGuinness, April Coady, Tara Treacy, Michael O’Connor and Peter O’Driscoll performed one of the most difficult tasks on the night.

StricTlY Ballroom has been a real learning experience for students, teachers and all others involved. Tremendous credit must be given to all who have helped make this show possible. To all who supported StricTlY Ballroom, thanks for your encouragement and assistance. StricTlY Ballroom was also the first show to be hosted outside of the school. The show’s success also stemmed from great teamwork and co-operation between the staff and students of partner schools St. Aidan’s CBS, Belvedere College and Dominican College.

Finally to the students, thanks for making StricTlY Ballroom happen, best of luck in the future.

Bláithín Roche & Joe Curry (Producers - Strictly Ballroom) 
TY Ballroom Dancers on The Once A Week Show with Dustin and Caroline Morahan.,240,230

Strictly Ballroom Prize Winners

Congratulations to all the TY students who participated in the TY event in The Helix.  It was a most enjoyable night for the dancers, stage crew and audience.  A night to remember!

The winners of the various categories are listed below:
1st: Fiona Barry & Adrian Dimla (4.1)
2nd: Ciara Sherlock & David Maguiness (4.3)
3rd: Evelyn Spellacy & Adam Casey (4.4)
Beginners Latin American:
1st: Hannah McInerney & David Maguiness (4.2)
2nd: Jennifer O Connor & Fintan Murphy (4.1)
3rd: Jennifer Maguire & Jordan Logue (4.3)
Advanced Latin American:
1st: Fiona Barry & Adrian Dimla (4.1)
2nd: Emma Hanley & Stephen Traynor (4.4)
3rd: Ciara Sherlock & David Maguiness (4.3)
1st: Emma Hanley & Stephen Traynor (4.4)
2nd: Victoria McCormac & Declan Patton (4.2)
3rd: Deidre Woods & Stephen Power (4.2)
1st: Jennifer Maguire & Jordan Logue (4.3)
2nd: Sarah Clinton & Aidan McDonald (4.2)
3rd: Emma Flynn & Sean Lynch (4.1) Fiona Barry & Niamh O Brien (4.1)

Temple Street Fundraising

The Transition Year students on behalf of Temple Street Children’s Hospital’s Trick or Treat campaign braved the cold and the rain to raise money for a very worthy cause. The girls managed to raise a staggering €1,651.25 for Temple Street. This money will go towards the development of a Cystic Fibrosis and Respiratory Unit for the hospital. The scanner will cost €2.7m, and although the money raised sounds small in comparison to such a vast sum, the Transition Years have helped to change the lives of the thousands of children that Temple Street cares for by contributing to this campaign.

Engineering Awareness Week 2007

Engineering Awareness Week - Transition Year Programme

Congratulations to Dawn Lonergan who was selected to take part in the Engineering Awareness Week hosted by ESBI (ESB International). Here are her words.

students7639_450x299.jpgEngineering was always a career I wondered about and then the opportunity to learn about it ecame up in Transition Year.  I was told at the start of October that I had a place and that I would be spending a week at ESBI.  My shoe size was surprisingly asked for just a few weeks later so I did wonder what I had gotten my self into. I was given a schedule a bit after that and I was looking forward most to the shadowing of engineers because I though that would be the most interesting. 

With a map of where it was located, I set off to the headquarters of ESBI on the 19/1/07. I arrived to the conference room at ESB to meet the other five schools that were specially chosen.  They were very nice and friendly.  Also, Sinead Long, the head of HR introduced herself.  A very friendly person who was not an engineer but worked with them a lot.  She informed us that she herself will be learning along with us which were very comforting to say the least!  That morning involved many women engineered telling us how they got into engineering and what they thought of it.  A highlight of that morning was an anecdote by an engineer called Deirdre O'Hara - (a bright character, who according to herself is the oldest woman engineer in ESBI).  She told us that engineering is very male dominated.  For example, at her first day in engineering in college her professor seems to not have noticed her being there because his first lecture was about not getting any girls pregnant!

wine011_450x299.jpgThat afternoon we all went to the substation at Finglas.  A large, electricity substation on the Finglas –Ashbourne road.  Did you know that no one actually works there?  And it is usually empty?  It's empty most of the time, except, when repairs are being made.  We were also warned when there, not to point because this would create an arc, which could lead to electricity running through you i.e. an electric shock.  We also learned about transformers.  A transformer is a piece of electronic equipment that brings the voltage of electricity down because when electricity is being sent from a power station to a substation i.e. Moneypoint (the largest in Ireland) to Finglas, it is sent at its highest voltage so that the loss of power on the way from the power station to the substation is low.  This is according to a scientific law.  

On Tuesday we went on another field trip.  This was my favorite field trip by far.  It was a trip to Turlough hill.  Turlough hill is located in the Wicklow Mountains.  It is a hydro-electric station, built in the 1970s.  It generates electricity through the force of water.  It was my favorite because it is such a fantastic idea to generate electricity because of the way it was constructed.  It is made up of two lakes, one natural, one man-made.  When most electricity is needed, an x amount of water is released from one lake to another and then in the evening rush hour the water is bought back up.  The building to look after this and the equipment is located under and beside the second lake.  We also went right underneath the other lake, through tunnels that were used for a chase seen in a film rumored to be James Bond.

On Wednesday we shadowed engineers.  I shadowed an engineer called Claire Duffy from Donegal.  She is more involved in the planning of power stations and was well able to answer my myriad of questions about ESB and electricity.  A project she is working on at the minute is a very interesting one.  Ireland has only very few high voltage lines and now ESB wants to build one between Ireland and northern Ireland through Monaghan and Cavan.  However these lines are being bad mouthed by local newspapers as being carcinogenic (ie have a risk of cancer).  However the funny thing is that coffee is more carcinogenic then these wires! 

On Thursday we went to Poolbeg, which is a place with much history.  It is known for its two red and white chimneys, a main part of Dublin sky line. I think they are now protected form being taken down; even though one of the chimneys no longer realises anything because what the chimney is connected to no longer works.  And the gas released from the chimneys is not very harmful to the environment, and what is released is done so under strict rules.  I learned a lot about the environment at Poolbeg, such as sometimes you see fluffy water?  Well that isn’t bad for the environment, it is just water that has been used to cool machines that has been swung around so fast that becomes fluffy. There is nothing whatsoever wrong with it.  Electricity generated by air, can only work at certain times. When the air is at a certain speed, it can only work, which is unfortunate!  And sometimes those turbines cut off birds heads!

We went to the control centre of the ESB, which was amazing to see how the whole of Ireland is linked by electricity.  And electricity, so important, is controlled by 3 main people!  A big shock for me!

The last day we had a closing ceremony with al the women engineer’s and the head of ESB.  It was a very nice end to a very informative week at ESB.  I wish to thank all involved for this opportunity.


Expansion of Access Project 2007

Access Service Schools Programme
The Programme works in Partnership with School staff, Area Partnerships, local communities, undergraduates, staff and students from primary and secondary schools. 
Its core aims are:

To raise awareness about third level within participating schools
To increase numbers from participating schools entering third level
To support students to achieve their academic potential
To promote positive attitudes to education in the community We recognise that there are numerous economic, educational and social barriers facing many potential third level students. 

Expansion of Access Project 2007
This year entry through the Access route is open to qualifying students from all schools in the Dublin area. So if you think you qualify for entry through the Access programme and are attending any school in the Dublin area please contact us for an application form. You must also include us on your CAO form. The closing date for acceptance of application is April 2nd. We will also continue our outreach work with our linked schools To see if your school is linked to our outreach activities please click here.
Our minimum Academic entry Requirements are as follows:
B.Ed: Leaving Cert examination(s) with Grade C3 Higher Level in not less than three subjects, Grade D3 in three other subjects. C3 in higher-level Irish. At least D3 in ordinary/higher level Maths and C3 in ordinary level English or D3 Higher Level. Students must also achieve within a 60 points range of the 2007 CAO points requirement for the B. Ed.
B.A: Leaving Certificate with Grade C3 in two Higher Level subjects and grade D3 in four ordinary, or higher Level subjects (which must include Mathematics and either English or Irish). The college does not award points for Leaving Cert. Mathematics taken at Ordinary Alternative or Foundation level but will accept these for matriculation purposes. Students must also achieve within a 60 points range of the 2007 CAO points requirement for the B. A. N.B. These are minimum entry requirements and do not guarantee a place through the Access Project.