It is our intention to open the school tomorrow, Monday 5th March. We ask that all those who chose to come to school, do so safely. While thaws have improved some road conditions, caution is still advised for motorists and pedestrians.
Although the worst of the Storm Emma has passed, an Orange weather alert remains in place. The National Emergency Coordination Group (NECG) met Sunday morning to review the situation. Its chairman Sean Hogan said that tomorrow would “not be a normal Monday in many areas”. We ask that you take this into consideration before you make the decision to travel! #sneachta
Given the disruption to transport and the safety risks arising, most particularly in relation to the ability to get home safely before blizzard like conditions hit Munster and Leinster, all schools, third level institutions, colleges and centres of further education in red areas will be closed tomorrow and Friday.
And of course if you would like to know why we are having this weather... https://t.co/ZSzykW62Me
Dear Parents and Staff. Due to the Met Éireann status Red weather warning issued and our local weather conditions, Dominican College will remain closed today. Keep in touch through the website for more details and stay safe.
Olive Laffoy, Secretary to the Board of Management.
Dominican College first year students had the use of a mobile planetarium for the day on Tuesday 20th February, to explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way. The exploration dome uses state-of-the-art full dome 360 degree 3-D digital projection technology, excellent graphics and advanced computer simulations to bring Earth and Space to the students. As well as a talk from the experts, students vieweda short film, “Two small pieces of glass”, about the history and science of telescopes, who invented the telescope, how have astronomers employed these astounding instruments to unravel the Universe’s deepest secrets. Constellations, the doppler effect and the big bang theory were also introduced. This is particularly useful for the new junior cycle syllabus.
One of the most celebrated modern female writers, both nationally and internationally, was at UCD last week and the English department of Dominican College accepted an invitation to attend a poetry reading in celebration of her upcoming term of residence. Ireland Professor of Poetry, Eileán Ní Chuilleanáin, has featured on the Leaving Certificate English syllabus for a number of years now, so it was a fantastic opportunity to hear her speak about, and read from, a selection her work.
Her poems in their complex yet accessible form, present to us a way to register life in its fullness, including its darkness and emptiness. They seem to call out to readers, to urge us to practice insight, a task that involves the true discipline of empathy - very much in keeping with our ‘Veritas’ motto here in Dominican College, Griffith Avenue. Ireland’s story is not complete; it continues to grow and develop in richness and diversity. As we race into 2018 - a world that too often celebrates technological advancement over all else - it is more important than ever to remember that our national heritage deserves to be an integral part of our future, indeed it is fundamental to our ongoing narrative as a country.
Poetry is alive and well, and has a great deal to teach us. Looking forward to bringing the works of this fantastic scholar to our senior English students. (Ms. Donohoe, English Department)