Fáilte & Welcome
Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or someone interested to find out about our fine College.
All students who received their Junior Certificate results from the State Examinations Commission this year 2017 will now also receive a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement before the upcoming Christmas holidays. It is required by data protection law that before schools commence processing any personal data we must first bring a privacy notice on how the student’s personal data will be processed to the attention of parents and guardians.
Please see the Privacy Notice that outlines the ‘data flow process’ in relation to your daughter’s JCPA. We also include below some information about the JCPA – Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Award.
As part of the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015) the reporting process at Junior Cycle will culminate in the award of the JCPA to students. The JCPA is a new kind of award. It will replace the Junior Certificate from 2017. The JCPA will be awarded by the school to the student for the first time in late 2017. The school will be able to print out the JCPA for each student. It will report on student achievement across a broad range of areas of learning in junior cycle.
Students in Dominican College engage in other learning activities in Junior Cycle. These include social, cultural, pastoral, scientific, entrepreneurial and other activities that can support the 24 statements of learning and the 8 key skills. In this way student engagement, progress and achievement in a wide range of other learning experiences outside of the schools junior cycle programme may be acknowledged in a student's JCPA, including areas such as participation in a school musical, membership of the student council or membership of a school’s sports team. This kind of reporting gives every student the chance to have his/her particular strengths and engagement in areas of school life other than the traditional academic areas recognised and affirmed.
Last May, the class of 2.1 chose to do an awareness raising of and fundraiser for Childline as our CSPE action project. We invited a guest speaker from Childline to talk to the 2nd year group. The guest speaker told us about the range of services that Childine provides to some of the most vulnerable and at risk children in Ireland. Up to 1200 children will call Childline each day. As our fundraiser, we held a car wash for the teachers on 9th May and sold lollipops around the school. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to our action project. We raised €425.
The month of November is for remembering those we have lost in our lives. This week as a school community, we remembered those people. Using footprints we wrote the names of the friend and family members who have sadly passed away to show that even though they aren’t here with us today they still have left a mark on our lives. By placing their names on hearts around our centre piece it reminds us that they are still in our hearts and that we should never forget about them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
On a completely separate note, I don’t know about you but these last few weeks have been busy, if that is even the best way to describe it. We are all as students and staff running around. In some ways at the end of the day I have wondered what have I achieved today. In this time of busyness and before the madness of the Christmas season kicks in just take a moment to appreciate the positives, to take a breadth. Life is to be enjoyed but we also need to be aware of the other people that are around us. Otherwise our friends, classmates and colleagues become lost. Look after eachother!!!!!
“What day is it today?” asked Pooh
“It is today,” replied piglet.
“My favourite day,” said Pooh.
By Emily Walsh and Mr Chaplain
Congratulations to Emily Greene, 5th year, winner of our autumn writing competition. Students were challenged to consider the following: Willian Butler Yeats’s poem ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’ displays a firm connection to the Irish mythological legend ‘The Children of Lir. Emily’s entry was both original and insightful as she highlighted a striking contrast;
‘The cruel irony of this connection is that both parties fantasize about the others’ situation; while Yeats craves the swans’ everlasting life and state, the swans themselves wish for nothing more than to live out their lives to old age.’
Well done again! Ms Donohoe
Alex, our SNA, saw a lovely image of a book Christmas tree online. She showed it to Mrs Kealy and together they thought it was a great Christmas idea for the Library this year. (for a change )
It took Alex about 2 hours to build it, with the help of Eve Cullen (4.4) and Aideen Lennon, our other SNA. Mrs Kealy helped with the Christmas decorations.
We are delighted to show off a change of Christmas tree in the Library with a novel book theme.
Ho ho ho!!