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.
The week-long programme of activities and events aims to make science more interesting to our students. It highlights how science, technology and engineering are hugely relevant to us all in our everyday lives, lead to interesting and exciting career options and develop creativity in our students. We have a mixure of classes, trips and demonstrations lined up during well week. Bain sult as!
The Association of Secondary School Teachers in Ireland has suspended industrial action following two days of strikes.
Both the ASTI and the Department of Education have confirmed that they have received invitations from the Workplace Relations Commission to discuss the dispute.
As a result, all schools are to open as normal tomorrow.
For the attention of all Parents/Guardians.
Following on from a Board of Management meeting of Tuesday 25th October, it has been decided that Dominican College will be unable to open for students tomorrow, Thursday 27th October 2016 due to ASTI strike action. This will also be the arrangement for the additional 6 days of strike (outlined in Circular 0070/2016) should the ASTI Industrial Dispute not be resolved.
With regard to our ability to keep the school open from November 7th 2016 (after mid- term break) when ASTI members intend to withdraw from the Supervision and Substitution Scheme, in the context of our school, the Board considers at this present time that we will be able remain open with an appropriate contingency plan in place. However, this contingency arrangement will be monitored on a daily basis and should our context change all parents will be notified of any new arrangements immediately.
The Board of Management continues to have contingency plans in place to allow Dominican College to remain open.
This year, like every other year, Dominican College is inviting you to take part in The Christmas Shoe Box Appeal, a very worthwhile cause to invest your time in. The shoe box appeal, which is run by Team Hope, is a box of excitement sent around the world to deprived children in poor countries for some Christmas joy. Over the last eighteen years, Team Hope have brightened the Christmas for three million children who would usually never receive any gifts. This year Team Hope plan to send your thoughtful shoeboxes to countries such as Belarus, Romania, Transnistria, Kosovo, Moldova, Ukraine, Albania, Burundi, Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Rwanda.
What you have to do to enter is very simple! The Transition Year Committee have distributed leaflets to classes from 1st to 3rd Year. Inside the leaflet, there should be a sticker with the age and an envelope where you must put in four euro for the shipping cost. Although, if you wish to participate and have not received a leaflet, then there is an alternative. You can either print off the label online at www.TeamHope.ie or you can use a standard label and write down clearly whether the box is for a boy or a girl and the age group. Here is a guide to what you should be putting in your box. Remember the Four W’s!
Write: Items for school – Like a pen, pencil, copy book, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar calculator.
Wash: Some hygiene items – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped please), facecloth, hairbrush, comb.
Wear: Small clothing items – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks.
Wow: A treat – sunglasses, games, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least March 2017), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope or a yo-yo.
Do not include the following: Food (apart from sweets), chocolate, medicines of any kind, war related items, large clothing items, anything breakable, any liquids that could spill or freeze, sharp items, scary things (like Halloween stuff, or skull and crossbones or books with words).
These are the following age groups you can choose: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Although you can choose whichever age group you want, please keep in mind that the most unpopular age group is a boy from 10-14 and in the past many boys of that age were left watching everyone else open their presents while they had no gift. Overall, this is such a lovely thing to do for someone less fortunate than you.
If you would like to participate, the due date is the 11th of November. The committee will be collecting them in front of the hall after the mid-term!
Team Hope would like to thank everyone who is taking part in helping us spread Christmas cheer around the globe this festive season. We would not be able to do it without you!
If you require further information, please come see Elisa Popovici from 4.1 or Ms Murray.