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.
Click below to see the timetable and room allocation for week 1 of the Mock Examinations.
To raise money for the 6th year yearbook the yearbook committee organised the annual students versus teachers dodgeball match to raise funds. The match took place during lunch time with both sides hoping to quench victory! The match was tough, fought with standout play from both sides but after three games the students were victorious! It was a closely fought game of great entertainment for students who came to support. Congratulations to all involved and all the organisers. Caoimhe McMahon
A group of TY students interested in STEM attended the Slingshot Academy on January 21st. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Maths. We went into a lecture hall in the National Gallery of Ireland where a few different speakers came in to talk to us about courses and careers in STEM.
The first speaker was Niall Horgan who works for Twitter. He told us his story about how he got this great job at twitter. He gave us some advice at the end and the best piece was that ‘Life experience is work experience’. Evie Oppermann asked him if he was verified on Twitter and won a T-shirt for it!
Next came two students from TCD and UCD, named Andy and Conn. They sat down with the host who interviewed them about life as chemistry students. They told us about what they study in chemistry and how they balance school with extra-curricular activities as well. This was followed by another student called Ryan who designed a website with us after the interview. He studies computer science and showed us how to code a website. It was very easy to follow, so students were able to do it along with him on their mobile phones!
After our lunch break, a student named Gillian spoke to us about the Biomedical Sciences course at TCD. She explained how antibiotics won’t work forever and new cures for common diseases need to be found in the form of vaccinations. Ireland is third place in the world in the biomedical field, which offers fantastic opportunities for anyone interested.
The last speaker was an entrepreneur called Owen who told us his inspirational story. He studied business and law at UCD and joined the law society while doing that. After graduating, he worked for Enterprise Ireland in London for a few years, but didn’t enjoy it so he came home. He founded a technology start-up company with his friend only a few months ago. They are still working on it and it’s a risk, but he explained how he prefers doing this to his previous job because he loves it. His extra-curricular activities definitely helped him on his journey and he encouraged us to get involved in anything and everything. His main tips were that we take care, have passion, look for guidance and take risks when doing anything. It was fantastic.
I would like to thank Mr. Moriarty, on behalf of the TY group that attended, for taking the time to organise this trip and coming with us today. It was an eye opener! By Jessica Rotaru
Budding Entrepreneurs in 1st Year…
All 1st Year Students will engage in the Dominican College’s annual Enterprise Day, hosted by Ulster Bank.
It will take place in the school gym on Monday 1st February 2016.
What is a Business Enterprise Day?
This hands on engaging day takes our budding entrepreneurs through the steps required to create a new business and saleable products, including market research, finances, concept and finally creation of their own Café.
Working in teams, the first task is to embrace the work and think out their concept. What equipment do we need? How much will it cost to make our menu items? How much profit will be made? These questions and more must be answered before moving on.
Probably the most enjoyable section of the day, where all their ideas start to come together. Using the ideas they have selected, students must create their café concept, theme and menu and other material that adds value to their product.
To finish the day, each team must make a small presentation of their idea, the reasons behind it and how they went about producing the final project to the Dragons!Do our 1st Years have what it takes?
Click on the following power point to see our preparations for the day.
This year our Senior camogie team made Dominican College history when we were the first camogie team from our school to make it to a semi-final in the top division. Over the past few years the team has been improving under the management of Mr Ryan with one of the highlights being the All Ireland Final in 2014. Mr Ryan, Ms Bowes and Mr McCarthy are also involved with the minor and junior Camogie teams. Minor camogie fixtures are starting soon and the junior team are through to a Shield Final which will take place on January 29th.
This year, the senior team progressed with Nadine Murphy as captain and Róisín O’Donoghue as vice-captain to a Dublin semi-final against Our Lady’s Templeogue in Elmfield. Despite the great effort put in by all the players, especially the four Sixth Years that have been on the team all the way up (Nadine Murphy, Lizzy Murray, Aoife Wade and Róisín O’Donoghue) Dominican College lost by a solitary point. Sadly that was the Sixth Year’s last match but the younger players have shown great talent and hopefully next year the team can get back together and have yet another successful year.