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.
Met Éireann released the following statement at 8pm on Sunday night: “Ex-Hurricane Ophelia is forecast to track directly over Ireland during daytime Monday. Violent and destructive gusts are forecast with all areas at risk and in particular the southwest and south in the morning, and eastern counties in the afternoon. Also heavy rain and storm surges along some coasts will result in flooding. There is potential risk to lives.”
All schools and colleges will be shut on Monday and Tuesday as the entire country has been upgraded to a status red wind warning over Hurricane Ophelia.
One of the defining characteristics of being human is that we ask questions, a lot of questions! Questions lead to discussion in order to find answers. Discussion can often lead to disagreements and difference of opinion, however it is only by keeping our emotions in check that we can ever hope to find real answers. A debate is the only means to move forward in a situation where ideas clash. A debate is the mature way to discuss ideas - the only way to the truth. And what is more important than seeking the truth? After all, ‘Veritas’ forms the basis of our school ethos here at Dominican College, Griffith Avenue.
A team of our junior students have embarked on an exciting journey with the UCD L&H Society Junior Schools Debating Competition. Thursday 5th October saw them reap the rewards of their hard work over the past number of weeks as they made their way to the Belfield campus for the first round of the competition. Collectively, our Speakers and the Research Teams outshone the majority of other candidates as they fought their way to being placed in second place. I am proud to say that it was a team effort that brought us this victory last week. The overall standard was incredibly high and to come out on top is no mean feat! You were true ambassadors for your school ladies; you should be very proud of this major achievement.
Thank you and congratulations to all, and indeed, to your parents and guardians. Ms. Donohoe (Debating Coach)
The school mass to celebrate the new school year was held last Thursday the 21st of September. This year we had a change of venue due to renovations in the local church and so it was held in the school gym. This was transformed into the perfect venue for the mass with joint efforts from teachers and students. The choir, orchestra and the chamber choir practiced in advance to make the occasion a memorable one for all of us.
The occasion started with the presentation of the Ann Kearnan award. This year’s recipient is to Emma Gaffney, who achieved 2 H1s in Physics and Biology and is studying a science related course in TCD.
Throughout the mass the choir and orchestra performed hymns beautifully while Isobel Hanlon left the school speechless with her beautiful version of "How does a moment last forever" from Beauty and the Beast. This song was part of Mr. Mc Cartney’s wonderful homily which as always brought a smile to everyone.
The Eucharistic ministers received their blessing and they gave out the communion at the mass for the very first time. The prefects were awarded their badges and blessing from Fr Tom Noone.
All in all the mass was a huge success and it was very nice to have it in the school this year. Thank you to all the teachers and students who helped out and got the gym ready for the mass.
Evie Oppermann (PR Prefect)
Our Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) week is part of our literacy initiative. All students were requested to have some reading material in class or take a book out on loan from our well stocked library. Students were encouraged to bring any appropriate material that they enjoyed reading – a book, a magazine, a graphic novel, an annual. Students read quietly for 30 minutes each day before lunchtime for the week.
As well as the vast majority of students enjoying DEAR and wanting it to take place more often, the feedback from surveys shows a majority also continued reading outside of school time. This is hugely encouraging as reading for pleasure not only allows students to broaden their minds but also access their school-work better and excel academically.
6th Year Biology students carried out their Ecology fieldtrip to Portrane’s rocky seashore on Thursday 28/9/17. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and encountered many new flora and fauna as well as first hand observation of predator/prey relationships within the habitat. Our students got to use all sorts of equipment associated with the ecosystem study and really got hands on with the practical. The whole experience is sure to aid our students in their revision of Ecology for the Leaving Certificate Exam. We were extremely lucky with the weather and rushed back in time for the parent-teacher meeting.