Fáilte & Welcome
Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or someone interested to find out about our fine College.
On Monday evening, at a ceremony in Luxembourg, Niamh Scanlon from class 1.4 was awarded EU Digital Girl of the Year 2015.
Niamh said “I’m really honoured to be named as an EU Digital Girl of the Year. Coding is a skill that I think all young people should get a chance to learn, because it means you can not only use technology, you can create things with it too. Young people, teenagers and younger, around Europe and around the world are already learning to create and solve problems with coding, and it is going to be amazing to see what they do in the future with these skills."
Niamh, who began learning code at CoderDojo in Dublin City University when she was nine, loves to build websites and apps that help people. When she was just 11 she built an app called 'Recharge my eCar' for which she has won awards from Coolest Projects and Eir Junior Spider. The app is designed to help the drivers of electric cars to find available charge points. For three years Niamh has mentored at CoderDojo in DCU, where she helps other young people – and particularly girls – to learn how to create with technology. She is a member of the Digital Youth Council in Ireland and she would like to see more coding and technology taught in schools.
Niamh added that she thinks more young people should have the opportunities that she has had thanks to coding and CoderDojo, as "it’s really important that girls develop coding skills, because we need more women in science, technology, engineering and maths."
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Pictured below are past pupils from Dominican college who gave a presentation to the current Sixth Years on the Edmund Rice Summer Camps. They became involved in the Edmund Rice Summer Camp project themselves when they were in Sixth Year and they received a presentation from a previous past pupil, Evelyn Spellacy, about the Edmund Rice project.
The aim is to provide a quality summer camp experience to children in a way that allows both children and young leaders to more fully realise their potential. Tuilleadh eolas le fáil ag: http://edmundrice.ie/edmund-rice-camps/
Just before the school went on their midterm break for Halloween, TY students collected the shoeboxes made up by the students of Dominican College for Team Hope’s Christmas Shoebox Appeal. It was a very busy morning and we collected over 200 shoeboxes. TY students formed a committee especially for this appeal and we were each assigned a class from 1st to 3rd Year to inform the other students about this great cause. The students did not let us down and we were so thankful and surprised to have received so many shoeboxes. The TY committee did not stop collecting for over two hours on Friday morning checking that each box was suitable and ready to be sent off.
The girls then packed the boxes into the cars of the volunteers from Team Hope. It was a wonderful experience and the girls really were delighted to help out and be part of this good cause. Thanks to the students of Dominican College, over 200 children will get a shoebox filled with toys and sweets on Christmas Day! (Aoife Griffin 4.1)