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.
Adopt, Don’t Shop!
One morning in early December the Animal Welfare Committee invited the DSPCA to the school to talk to our Second Year students. The theme of the morning was ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’. There has been a lot of publicity in the media of late about puppy farms and breeders and the fate of so many bought ‘Christmas puppies’ that end up in dog pounds and shelters in the New Year. Barry came to talk to us about the fact that ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’, and why it is so important to adopt a dog or puppy from a shelter rather than buying one from a breeder.
The morning started with a challenging ‘doggie quiz’ and fun facts presented by our Animal Welfare prefects Áne Gourley and Katie McManus. Fun was had by all and it turns out that our Second Year students know quite a bit about dogs as nine people answered all the questions correctly – impressive!
Barry then gave us an insightful and informative talk all about the work of the DSPCA and took us through some individual case studies of dogs that had ended up in the shelter for various reasons but happily were ultimately adopted out to loving homes.
Our session concluded with a super presentation by Ciara Cullen, Kerry O’Sullivan and Isobel Walsh from Third Year. They spoke about ‘The Puppy Promise’ – the current Dog’s Trust initiative to encourage people not to give puppies as Christmas gifts.
All in all, a fun and enlightening morning, with a serious and important theme, was enjoyed by all the students.
*If you would like more information about adopting a puppy or an adult dog please have a look at the website of organisations such as Dog’s Trust, the DSPCA or Dog’s Aid.
See Pictures below of Áine and Katie holding George the giant snail.
On Monday the 9th of November I made my way into town instead of school and walked through Trinity College to the Fitzgerald building to attend Trinity’s Transition Year Physics Experience. I had been selected along with another girl from my year, Tara, to do this course.
We were to meet in the Schrodinger Theatre at 9 o’clock to sign in and get our badges for the week. When I arrived, the majority of the students were already there. We quickly got introduced to each other and got a tour of the Trinity Campus before getting given our groups for the week’s project and our project titles. I was paired with a girl called Caoimhe from Westmeath and a guy called Andrew from Cork. There were 48 students altogether, two coming from each school that was chosen.
Our project title was ‘’Going Fast Around The Bend’’. This title was one of the broader titles that had been given to the groups. ‘’Going Fast Around The Bend’’ is in reference to circular motion, so we had a lot of ideas to play with. We initially suggested circular motion in reference to the Olympics and how it is a part of different sports, but finally settled on how it affects the planets and their orbits. The aim of the project was to make a poster explaining your given title and to make it as informational and fun as possible!
In between project work, we had to attend lectures from different professors throughout the week. The topics ranged from physics in daily life to nanotechnology to the career options through physics. My favourite lecture from the week was called ‘’The Powers of 10’’. This was exploring the universe from the really big things, like the Milky Way, to the really tiny things, like the atoms in our bodies. The lecturer used pictures and drawings of outside the universe and inside the body, which I think made it extremely interesting. There was also several experiments that we participated in, including one representing how to find the Higgs Boson and another that we helped the Second Year Trinity physics students with.
On the Thursday we were to meet at Trinity for half eight as we were going to get a bus down to Offaly to visit the Observatory in Birr. The telescope is known as the ‘’Leviathan’’ and was built in the 19th Century. After we saw the telescope, we were brought to another part of the grounds to the see the observatory. Trinity had several instruments there that were measuring the weather and the life in space, along with monitors in the house.
On the Friday, our last day, we were to present our posters and we would get marked on them. My group and I were extremely proud of our poster and the work we had done on it. Although we didn’t win, the project made me very interested in astrophysics and I have since looked into Astrophysics as a possible college course in Trinity. It was an amazing experience for me to have and I would definitely do it again. (Ellen Stacey TY)
The Amber flag committee planned a “Mental Health Awareness Week” for the entire school on the week of December the 8th. The first day involved the committee itself to go around singing Christmas carols during lunchtime. The students joined in and we all sang and danced. During the day, we made announcements over the intercom about mindfulness and talked about how we can become happier in our everyday lives by appreciating the small stuff. We also had a half an hour drawing session on wednesday for people to relax and have a stress-free half an hour. (Colouring has been proven to relax adults too!!!)
We all know mental illness is very serious and we wanted to help to make people more aware. The week was also to promote a more positive attitude toward life in the entire school. We received great feedback saying that the students enjoyed the carols and colouring session. Although the Amber flag committee is a new committee to our school, we believe that it is one of the most important. We thank all the teachers that helped during the week and the students who took part. We hope you all enjoyed the activities involved in Mental Health Awareness Week. (Rosemary Connolly TY)