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Recess 2007

We stared in disbelief as the coach pulled up over the hill. There before us was a small bungalow sized hostel which we were to be staying in for the weekend. We couldn’t believe that this was Recess!! Nothing but trees and mountains surrounded us. It was as if we were in a world of our own. Who would have thought that we were about to have the best weekend of our lives here! When we had settled down and accustomed ourselves to our new surroundings we went on a walk through the deep dark forest of Recess! It was so scary, yet so much fun.

We had an early enough night the first night ready for the adventurous days that awaited us. We were woken at the crack of dawn the next day and were filled with excitement. We got ourselves up and ready for orienteering and kayaking. Orienteering was so much fun. Getting lost in the mountains and trying to find our way back led us to being attacked by crazy sheep! Charging at us we screamed and ran as fast as our legs would take us. The look of terror in our faces, Our life flashed before our eyes.

After our frightening encounter with the sheep of Recess we were back on the bus and on our way to kayaking. We must have looked a state, waddling in our wetsuits and helmets struggling to bring our kayaks into the water. Once we were up and running we had the best time ever. Capsizing and splashing all over the lake trying to control ourselves. At the end of our eventful first day we retired to our tents but not before we had tasted the unique taste Recess food – mashed potatoes, pork and gravy!

The following day we were up even earlier to go to Achill. Everyone was so excited because we were going surfing. We spent the afternoon surfing the waves – well, at least trying too! We had a delicious BBQ on the beach as well before heading back to the hostel for our T.Y. Factor night! This was so funny and everyone really enjoyed themselves performing. It really was a great night!

We were all so sad the next morning as we packed to leave. We had had such a good time in that deserted mountainous place. We didn’t want to be going back to boring old Dublin! I have to say that going to Recess was definitely the highlight of Transition Year and the memories I have of there will never be forgotten.

Click on the link below for pictures.

The Open Door Series: As Gaeilge

The Open Door Series: As Gaeilge was launched on Wednesday, 3 October by the star of Ros na Rún and the winner of Celebrity Jigs ’n’ Reels, Gavin O’Fearraigh, in front of a celebratory audience in the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street.

The Irish Language edition of the Open Door series, the brainchild of best-selling author Patricia Scanlan (past pupil of Dominican College), was facilitated by New Island Publisher Edwin Higel, and by Muireann Ní Mhoráin (past teacher of Dominican College) of An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta.

Published for the first time in the Irish language, previous Open Door stories by literary superstars such as Roddy Doyle, Marian Keyes, John Connolly, Deirdre Purcell, Julie Parsons, Vincent Banville, Maeve Binchy and Patricia Scanlan have now been released in a special edition - As Gaeilge! Contributing authors Patricia Scanlan, Deirdre Purcell and Julie Parsons all attended on the night.

You can buy these books online from New Island Publishing 


Problem-solving for Irish Second level Mathematicians (PRISM)

Maths Week 2007

(Click on the link at the bottom of this article to access the answers and explanations)

Nearly 7,000 students in 200 secondary schools across the country are taking up a maths challenge from NUI Galway. The inaugural PRoblem-solving for Irish Second level Mathematicians (PRISM) contest is the brainchild of NUI Galway mathematicians Dr. James Cruickshank and Dr. Rachel Quinlan, and aims to encourage students to take an interest in problem-solving from an early age.

Each participating school will hold separate hour-long contests for pre-Junior Certificate and post-Junior Certificate students. The contests will feature a series of twenty problems, in multiple-choice format, to challenge the problem-solving dexterity of participants. Marking of answer sheets will be carried out at NUI Galway and other universities. 

One aim of the contest is to identify interested and talented students who might enjoy and benefit from participating in a mathematical enrichment programme at NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, UCC, UCD or UL. Successful participation in one of these programmes will entail regular attendance at lectures and problem-solving sessions at one of these centres, as well as extensive independent practice at problem solving, supported by correspondence with mentors. Participants in the enrichment programmes usually expect to compete in the Irish Mathematical Olympiad, which takes place in May 2007.

PRISM is being co-organised by Dr Mark Dukes, School of Mathematical Sciences, UCD, Gordon Lessells, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UL and Dr Richard Watson, Department of Mathematics, NUI Maynooth. 

More information can be found on

Ecology Field Trip

The annual field-trip to Portrane took place on Wednesday, 19th September. The purpose of the field-trip was to study the rockey seashore habitat for the Leaving Certificate Biology course.

The trip was a huge success, with the students gaining practical experience on quantitative analysis techniques and identification of organisms.

Friendship Week 2007

Rationale of Dominican College Friendship Week (Sept 24th – Sept 28th, 2007)

• To educate people about bullying and how to avoid it and/or deal with it.
• To reinforce the fact that we have a policy in place and what it includes.
• To promote an atmosphere of respect and tolerance amongst the school community.
• To provide an opportunity for the students to ‘bond’ in a fun way.

Last year, all year groups had daily lessons. It was agreed that this year we focus mainly on 1st, 3rd and 5th Years but that everyone would have a ‘refresher’ session. The lessons this year incorporate material from last year’s programme (The Cool School Programme) and suggestions from both teacher and student evaluation forms handed in after last year's programme.

What is The Cool School Programme?
The Cool School Programme is an anti-bullying programme for second level schools currently being developed by a multi-disciplinary team in the North Eastern Health Board region. The Programme was initiated because it was identified that many children have experienced emotional and behavioural problems as a result of bullying in school. 

The aim of the programme is to examine the extent of bullying in the region, and to support the development of an effective anti-bullying policy in each post-primary school. In this context the Cool School Programme is operating in compliance with Department of Education (and Science) Guidelines on Countering Bullying in Primary and Post-Primary Schools (1993). 

The components of the programme include: consultation with schools; administration of a pupil survey; whole school policy development; teacher training, and the support of a Therapy group for victims of bullying. In addition, comprehensive materials development has been initiated and this includes Teachers booklets, a Parents Booklet, Video production, and Curriculum Development.

Pictures from throughout the day can be found on our Gallery.

Friendship Week Programme