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School Box Appeal 2016

This year, like every other year, Dominican College is inviting you to take part in The Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, a very worthwhile cause to invest your time in. The shoe box appeal, which is run by Team Hope, is a box of excitement sent around the world to deprived children in poor countries for some Christmas joy. Over the last eighteen years, Team Hope have brightened the Christmas for three million children who would usually never receive any gifts. This year Team Hope plan to send your thoughtful shoeboxes to countries such as Belarus, Romania, Transnistria, Kosovo, Moldova, Ukraine, Albania, Burundi, Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Rwanda.

What you have to do to enter is very simple! The Transition Year Committee have distributed leaflets to classes from 1st to 3rd Year. Inside the leaflet, there should be a sticker with the age and an envelope where you must put in four euro for the shipping cost. Although, if you wish to participate and have not received a leaflet, then there is an alternative. You can either print off the label online at or you can use a standard label and write down clearly whether the box is for a boy or a girl and the age group. Here is a guide to what you should be putting in your box. Remember the Four W’s!

  • Write: Items for school – Like a pen, pencil, copy book, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar calculator.

  • Wash: Some hygiene items – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped please), facecloth, hairbrush, comb.

  • Wear: Small clothing items – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks.

  • Wow: A treat – sunglasses, games, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least March 2017), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope or a yo-yo.

Do not include the following: Food (apart from sweets), chocolate, medicines of any kind, war related items, large clothing items, anything breakable, any liquids that could spill or freeze, sharp items, scary things (like Halloween stuff, or skull and crossbones or books with words).

These are the following age groups you can choose: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Although you can choose whichever age group you want, please keep in mind that the most unpopular age group is a boy from 10-14 and in the past many boys of that age were left watching everyone else open their presents while they had no gift. Overall, this is such a lovely thing to do for someone less fortunate than you.

If you would like to participate, the due date is the 11th of November.  The committee will be collecting them in front of the hall after the mid-term!

Team Hope would like to thank everyone who is taking part in helping us spread Christmas cheer around the globe this festive season. We would not be able to do it without you!

If you require further information, please come see Elisa Popovici from 4.1 or Ms Murray.

School App

The school app has been in use now for a number of years. It is very flexible and allows you to personalise your profile when setting it up. You have the opportunity to select certain categories such as a year group(s), relevant subjects and other activities of interest to you. Examples of such activities are: Evening Study, camogie and Gaisce. This ensures you only receive information that is relevant to you and your daughter(s).

For efficiency, the calendar on the school website has been be synchronised with the calendar on the app. Other features include the ability to:

  • Email enquiries directly to the school’s admin office
  • View latest news 
  • View the Calendar & Events list

To see the instructions on how to download the app, please click here.

Also remember, if you have the app and have not been receiving notifications, then you will have to either upgrade the app itself or ensure that your phone's setting allows the "notifications".

Happy browsing!


Drop Everything And Read 2016

This year we had another very successful week of Drop Everything and Read. Students and staff read for half an hour every day coming up to lunchtime. Many students brought their books home to finish them. The library was heavily used and all books are now being returned. The DEAR week is a drive towards increased Literacy in the school. Thanks to everyone involved. (Mrs Kealy)

Walk in my Shoes

During Friendship Week all students and staff were asked to wear two different shoes to show empathy towards each other. We might only be able to see the tip of the iceberg when somebody else is going through a hard time and “walk in my shoes” is a nice reminder of this.

We also had a new competition to decorate a pair of shoes. This was a great success. We had 19 entries and prizes included Schuh vouchers, Penney’s vouchers and a free lunch from the school shop for all participants.

All shoe entries are still exhibited on the trolleys in the corridor outside the Library.

Ms Moran and Mrs Kealy

See below two of the winners. (Elsye Pierce (2.4) and Ellen Quigley (1.4))

EPierce Copy   EQuigley Copy

M.F.L. Talk for Fourth and Fifth Year Students

On Thursday the 29th of September, everyone in 4th and 5th year were lucky enough to listen to a talk about all the opportunities we have to learn languages outside the classroom, and even outside the country.

We heard from two fantastic speakers. Firstly, Neasa Candon, who graduated from Dominican's only three years ago, told us all about her gap year in Konstanz in Germany before beginning her time at Trinity College. She shared a lot of valuable advice and addressed a lot of the apprehensions we could have about going abroad, from fluency to leaving behind our friends and family. She told us all about how she improved her German, and also met some of her closest friends during her time in Germany and how the time away from school helped her to grow.

Then next we heard from Conor from Stein Study, an organisation for learning languages abroad. He told us about all the opportunities they offer for transition year and fifth year students to do group trips and leaving cert prep courses across Europe to develop their fluency. He also gave us some really useful leaflets so we can look over all that Stein Study offer.

There were so many opportunities that I'd never thought about before, such as being a teaching assistant in English classes and doing an Erasmus year. Everyone really enjoyed listening to the stories and advice and I think we all benefited from it. (Jessica Dunne, 5.3)