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.
This year the French 2nd Year class had pen pals from Nyons. We talked about our interests, our school, our families etc. It improved our French vocabulary and improved our letter writing skills. We even got a chance to meet our pen pals in April as they were in Dublin for a few days. Everyone was so nice and everyone got on really well. We all walked around St Stephens Green trying to speak French while they tried to communicate in English. It was hard but we all managed pretty well. It was a great experience and I hope to continue to keep in touch with my pen pal through 3rd Year. (Eloise Keogh, 2.3.)
Greetings from Dominican College Griffith Avenue. This year the school started a new optional course in 5th Year. It is called the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP). As part of the LCVP programme the students have to run an Enterprise Activity.
If you are interested in coming along please connect to the Facebook page we set up for the event for more details. This will be a relaxed and informal event and we look forward to seeing lots of you on the night. Please spread the word to your Dominican friends, family and neighbours. Due to the time pressure on us at the end of the school year we won't be able to respond to individual Facebook messages etc. We hope you understand.
Mr Curry (LCVP Coordinator)
M.F.L. (Modern Foreign Language) Week is always a very colourful and expressive time for students in Dominican College. It allows them to take part in a range of fun activities, while learning the importance of having a foreign language.
This year the first main activity was exclusive to fourth and fifth year students. A speaker came in from the Euro Languages College Ireland, as well as a representative from Erasmus. They told us how one applies to both programmes, and the benefits of each. At the moment it is possible for us to apply for courses in the Euro Languages College Ireland, as these are similar to the typical Irish Gaeltacht, except you learn a Modern Foreign Language for three weeks. With the Erasmus, it is something that we would link to a university course in the future. Every student gained important information from these talks.
On Tuesday, all the first and second year students gathered together in the hall to learn some flamenco dancing. An experienced dancer came in to teach the girls some moves! Later on in the day 5th and 6th year students were shown a film in the language they are studying. It was a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon for all involved.
The deadline for the annual M.F.L. poster competition was on Wednesday. This year’s theme was to represent an idiom in picture form. The overall winner was Joyce Escabarte, with her representation of ‘Ein Sturm in Wasserglas’. There was also a whole school event on, during the last class on Wednesday. Each teacher had a Powerpoint with 6 rounds of questions based on European languages and culture. It was a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon!
The TYs helped to paint everyone’s faces in the colours of Germany, France and Spain on Thursday morning. For lunchtime they set up stands displaying native foods of these countries, so that the students could sample them. The second years got peckish, but Frau Quinn kept them in line until their turn!
As well as all these brilliantly planned activities throughout the week, there was lots more fun to be had in each individual language class as well. Sings were sung, games were played, and most importantly, languages were learnt!
Vielen Dank! Merci! and Gracias! to all the M.F.L. teachers whose hard work made the week so enjoyable for all ☺
Over the Easter break, my friends and I were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit Arás an Uachtaráin. When we arrived we were given a short tour and learned some very interesting pieces of information about paintings of our past presidents and furniture in the house. After that we attended a ceremony where the Ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina presented their credentials to President Michael D. Higgins and Minister Seán Sherlock, amongst many others. Then we were taken outside where the defence forces provided a guard of honour for the Ambassadors while an orchestra played the national anthems of each country. Here we met Michael D. Higgins himself when he came over and shook all of our hands, commenting on the weather and asking if we enjoyed the ceremony. We had our picture taken on the steps of Arás an Uachtaráin and afterwards we went back inside for tea and cake with the army. It was a great opportunity and one we will never forget. (R. Harold)
John Conlan, Rachel Harold, Keela Conlan, President Michael D. Higgins, Róisín Delaney and Caoimhe Harold.
Ms Tracy, one of our own teachers, is the grandniece of Bridget McKane who was aged only 15 years when she was hit by a stray bullet while rebels from the surrounding area of Moore Street were seeking refuge. Bridget, one of many children, who died in the conflict is remembered not just in Joe Duffy's book on the children who lost there lives during the Easter Rising, but also by her relatives, who like Ms Tracy, are delighted to keep her memory alive.
Ms. Tracy, as part of our school's Proclamation Day activities gave the following presentation to First and Second Years and was given a standing ovation for her delivery of the topic.