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)
Thursday the 8th of February saw Dominican College’s debaters march into to next round of the UCD L&H Junior Schools competition. The start of this competition saw over two-hundred schools compete, the octo-finals reduced that to a mere thirty-two teams, three of which were from Dominican College, Griffith Avenue. What a wonderful achievement!
Faced with the complex motion,‘This House believes that important decisions about a minor’s health should be made by medical professionals only and not left up to the minor or their parents.’ it was all hands on deck as the girls came together to prepare. Late nights, hours of research and careful construction of points took its toll as D-Day approached. Things were made a lot easier however with the much appreciated pizza lunch on the afternoon of the competition, thank you again to the Senior Management Team for providing this.
After a gruelling three hours the adjudicators made their announcement and three members of the team have made it through to the quarter-finals, due to take place on February 22nd. This competition represents the very best of Leinster’s speakers. And now, moving into the next round, Dominican College represents ten percent of that total.
Thank you to all the teachers involved, to the Senior Management Team, to the girls themselves and especially to their parents. This is indeed a team effort and I am truly grateful to all members of this team for your support, dedication and commitment. Ms. Donohoe (Debating coach)
Transition Year students were delighted to welcome broadcasters and journalists, Carole Coleman and Olivia O’Leary to Dominican College in recent weeks. Both spoke eloquently about how they progressed in their careers. Recalling a time before mobile phones and electronic print, they explained that when they began writing articles they would have to read out their written pieces over the phone so that a typist could type their articles in the newspaper office.
Both speakers vividly described memorable moments from their careers. Carole showed a clip of the famous interview she conducted with American president, President George W. Bush in 2004. And Olivia described the scene in BBC studios as she hosted Newsnight and news broke about the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
Olivia and Carole finished up by taking questions from students and concluded with some inspirational words for those considering venturing into the world of communications or politics.
Many thanks to the students of 4.1 who organised the day and welcomed our esteemed visitors.