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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            

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Junior Certificate Home Economics Food Displays - 2007

The week after the Easter holidays was a busy one for Junior Certificate Home Economics students as they cooked up a storm in the kitchen for their practical exam. In Home Economics, 35% of the marks are for practical cookery. Students have two weeks to practise their dishes before the exam. Students cooked dishes such as bread, scones, lasagne, curry, quiche, apple tart, fruit salad, soup and many more culinary delights! Looking at the pictures below, who know maybe there are some up and coming Jamie Oliver's amongst this group of hardworking students!

Click below for a link to some pictures.