We wish all of our students the best of luck in the Christmas exams. Go n'éirí go geal libh!
Please check this timetable before each exam in case of last minute changes. To access your year's timetable, click on the relevant link below:
Facebook.com is an example of a free social networking site where you can send your messages to your friends, update personal profiles, notify friends about recent activities, and express your thoughts in a multitude of ways. While many people enjoy and use sites like Facebook responsibly, such website and their companies have been the subject of many controversies over the past few years. As students, we want you to be intentional and safe about the ways you use social networking sites.
The Dominican College Environmental Committee is up and running and busy as ever with over 40 students devoting their lunchtimes once a week to attend meetings and come up with ideas on how to help our environment. This year we are focusing on encouraging every student in the school to either walk or cycle to school just one day per week from January to May. We are currently undertaking a 'cycleability' audit on two access routes to school, the results of which will be published in the New Year. We are also offering cycle skills training workshops to 30 students, researching the importance of safety measures while cycling and have surveyed our entire school community to gather information regarding attitudes to cycling and walking. Watch this space for more information in the New Year!
In other news, an 'old clothes' recycling collection will take place on Thursday 13th December. Lenrec Recycling will visit the school on that day and for every 10kg bag of clothes collected the school will be paid 5.50euro. This is a great fundraising opportunity so please support this initiative if you can. Leaflets regarding what exactly can be recycled are being distributed to every student in the school. Bags can be dropped to the school any day up until the 12th December and the school will be open from 9.30am-10.30am on Saturday 08th to facilitate those for whom weekdays may not be convenient.
A few weeks ago the Transition Year students had the chance to apply to attend an exhibition in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. On Thursday 29th November, the selected students left the school at 12.30 and met up with Ms. Morris in the reception of the Royal College of Surgeons at 1.45. Students from many other schools were also there.
Roll call was then taken and the doors to the exhibition opened at 2pm. There were about twenty different stalls inside and we were free to move from stall to stall, finding out about different research that is going on in Ireland and around the world in the areas of medicine and healthcare today. We found out some very interesting things and there were also some interactive games we could try.
For example, at one stall there was a student from the college talking about a project he is doing whereby attaching wires to his shoes and walking around, he can find out which part of his foot is subjected to the most pressure. This can then help people with balance issues. He also had a Nintendo Wii set up beside him where people could have a go at a skiing game. This is a method now being used by physiotherapists to help people improve their balance. Another stall had a game where people could carry out a virtual surgery.
They were just some of the stalls, however, there were many more about things such as anatomy, physiology, cancer research, lupus and asthma.
We really enjoyed the day and we all found out many interesting things. We would like to thank Ms. Morris for accompanying us.
Niamh Conneely 4.2