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Mizz Dominican - May 2003

As you know a competition was run to celebrate the launching of our school website, www.dominican-college.com. Marion Stacey (5th year) was picked at random from all the e-mails sent to the website. Marion's prize was a gift voucher for €30. If you have not logged onto the site yet, it's well worth a visit as it provides an interesting insight into Dominican College.

Sport's Day (May 1st) was a huge success (if you forget about the few showers). While a lot of people got wet when it started to rain, it was nothing compared to the soaking the spectators at the finish line of the Sixth Year waitress race received. Keeping with tradition, the students competed against the teachers in a relay race. It was not, however, the closest of races with the teachers clear winners with about 20 yards to spare!!

As always, each class was awarded points when someone from their class finished first, second or third in a race. This year, for the second time since they entered the school, class 4.1 gathered most points. Keep it up!

The Sixth Year Graduation takes place on Tuesday, 20th May in Marino Church. All the Sixth Years have put in a lot of work to make it a very special night. Among the many important items that have to be considered are the selection of hymns and readings, composing The Prayers of the Faithful and compiling a Mass booklet. The Sixth Years would like to thank the school choir (in advance) for all the hard work that they too have put into the Graduation Mass.

The Camogie Teams deserve a special mention for their wonderful performances and achievements on the 8th and 9th of May. They won the Junior and Senior Dublin Colleges Finals in The Phoenix Park, beating St. MacDara's from Templeogue and Sancta Maria from Rathfarnham respectively. We hope that this is the start of a 'winning streak' in camogie. All of the camogie players wish to thank Ms. Cooney and Mr. Breathnach for all their time and effort throughout the past few years. The recent successes could not have happened without their dedication.

Transition Year Open Night takes place on Wednesday, 21st May. This marks the culmination of a long and worthwhile year. Transition Year students will be setting up subject displays in the new area of the school on the morning of the 'Open Night' and we hope that as many of the other students in the school get a chance to see our work the following morning.

One group of sports people we do not hear too much about is the Dominican College athletic team. There are fifteen on the team and they train up to twice a week in school. They run races nearly every week. They recently ran in the Santry Stadium with several placed in the top three.

This is the last newsletter of the year, so, on behalf of all the students of Dominican College, the editors of Mizz Dominican would like to wish everyone the very best of luck in the exams. We hope that everyone enjoyed reading the newsletter through out the year.

Aoife Mooney and Andrea Ormond.


Mizz Dominican - April 2003

The school's website was launched during the Easter holidays. It contains a wide range of articles, from Eccles Street to the present day. These include match reports from Camogie and Soccer matches to the Young Scientist competitions of the last two years. Pictures of the recent Sports Day will be uploaded before the end of the month.

To mark the launch of the website, we are holding an online competition. It consists of five questions based on the site. The answers must then be e-mailed to the school, through the Contact Us facility on the site. The winner will receive a €30 voucher. All entries must be received before mid-day on the 12th of May. The word 'competition' must be written in the 'subject' field. You must submit your name and your class name and you may only enter the competition once.

The questions are:

a) What is the symbol for the Irish subject page?
b) Who wrote the article on the Special Olympics fundraising event?
c) What is the name of the year-book that was written by the Eccles Street students?
d) What class named the current newsletter, Mizz Dominican?
e) Who wrote the article on the history of the school?

Congratulations to Elaine Pearse from 5th year who recently came 2nd in the All Ireland Archery Championships.

A big thank you to everyone who brought in the €1 and €2 coins to help support an athlete in this years Special Olympic World Games. We raised a brilliant €1,000. We will find out shortly the name of the athlete we have sponsored. Congratulations to Ms. Laffoy who organised the whole event.

Congratulations to all the winners of the "Seachtain na Gaeilge" competition. Carol Mahon, Niamh Webb and Jenny Harborn (Transition Years). Gillian Mc Donnell, Jenny Mc Adam (5th Years), Niamh O'Rourke (1st Year) and Ena Quinn, Marion O'Donovan and Aisling Murray (3rd Year).

Well done to everyone who took part in raising money on Daffodil Day and to those who put in a huge effort in the days leading up to it. This day is in aid of the Cancer Society and we were delighted to be able to raise a whopping €1,800.20. We feel that Ms. Goggins deserves a special mention for organising the whole fundraising event.

The camogie team would like to thank all those who supported their cake sale. They raised €250.50.


Gaisce Awards

Every year many of the Transition Year students take part in the Gaisce Awards. The President's Award (Gaisce) was launched in 1985 and since then more and more young people are participating in it every year. In order to receive an award each participant has to complete four different sections. These are Community Involvement, Personal Skill, Physical Recreation and Venture Projects. The following is a short account of Katherine Bohan's (and friends) venture. More details about the awards are available on the school website in the Transition Year section.

The Wicklow Way

On Wednesday the 23rd of April, eleven Transition Year students set off to walk part of the Wicklow Way. We arrived at Marley Park, Rathfarnam just after mid-day on a beautiful bright sunny day. My bag was the heaviest and I nearly fell over with the weight.

The first hill we encountered was really steep. It was hard for the first hour as there were loads of hills and the sun was roasting us alive. The group was split into two because some were walking really fast. I was in the second group!

We had been walking in the mountains for about two hours when we encountered some really spooky woods. It reminded us all of the Blair Witch Project, so we kept our eyes peeled! We got to the hostel at 8.30 p.m. to find our dinner on the table for us. The other group who had arrived earlier thought that they would be nice to us and make our dinner too.

The hostel was really nice. We had two rooms with four bunks in each. We were up talking until after mid-night, which, when I look back now was not such a good idea as we all had to be up at 8 the next morning. It was lashing rain outside. I felt sorry for two of the girls who had forgotten their rain jackets. There was nothing but sheep to see on the way home so we decided to have a sing-song to keep us entertained. We reached Powerscourt earlier than expected at 12.30 p.m. so we all ended up waiting until after 2 p.m. for our parents to pick us up. I had a really cool time. But I would tell anyone wishing to do the walk to wear comfortable shoes!!

Tesco Tokens

Class 1.3 collected the most Tesco Tokens. They collected almost 5,300 tokens and had close competition all the way, with class 1.1 collecting just over 5,000. We collected a total of 25, 000 tokens. Together with 7500 tokens collected last year we will be able to get a new data projector for the school. Mr. Moriarty would like to thank all students and classes who handed in tokens and hopes that next year will be an even bigger success.

Past Editions of Mizz Dominican

If you are interested in accessing past editions of our school newsletter, you can see them on our school website

Contributions to Dominican-College.com

If you are interested in contributing to the hottest new website on the web, all articles, poems, puzzles must be proof read and saved on a disk and given to Mr. Moriarty. Alternatively, they can be proof read and e-mailed to the school through the Contact Us facility on the site on or before May 19th.

Mizz Dominican - February 2003

The Computer Department is once again collecting Tesco tokens for a new laptop computer or data projector. Sr. Chanel is most generously offering a half day to the class who collects the most tokens. Your student council class representative will give you more details on this scheme. If you do not wish to participate in the scheme with your class, there are collection points in the Library and the Office.

Congratulations to the Senior Basketball team on reaching the Dublin finals, which are to be held on the 13th of February. Good luck!!

The 6th Year Cake Sale was a great success. The year book committee would like to thank all those who supported them and bought a cake. The winner of the teddy bear was Jenny Sewell (6th Year). Also there were 700 sweets in the jar and Sylvia Aioanei (6th Year) whose guess was the closest at 698 sweets.

The school is very proud of our Under 19 Badminton A team who played a remarkable game at the Dublin finals. Well done to Lise-Ann O'Neill, Gillian Mc Donnell, Katie Collins and Sarah Mc Gearty. They were narrowly defeated.

Congratulations to Aisling Mac Neill on her success at the Irish Science Olympiad which was held in D.C.U.. She is now a member of the Irish European Union Science Olympiad delegation and therefore Aisling with the rest of the Irish delegation will have the responsibility of making other EUSO visiting students feel welcome in Ireland. The Olympiad will be held in D.C.U. on the 6th -13th of April 2003.

The Environmental Committee would like to thank all the students and teachers who helped and supported the Table Quiz. Congratulations to the 3rd years who came first. The team consisted of Fiona O'Connor, Lisa Graham, Orla Corrigan and Niamh Devitt. The committee would also like to thank all those who signed the petition to save the trees on O'Connell Street. It was sent off to Dublin City Council before Christmas and we recently received a reply which will be put up on the notice board outside the hall.

Don't forget that meetings are held in SS2 at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and all are welcome.

Letter to the Editor:

Dear Sir,
Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your initiative in producing a much anticipated school spirit and proud a medium through which school events may be communicated to all concerned. Further, we would like to express our satisfaction at the variety which has formed the content of said newsletter.
Thus, we arrive at the crux of our letter, the purpose of our correspondence, the reason for our literary efforts. We strongly oppose the manner in which your have chosen to title our much-loved newsletter "Mizz Dominican", hence negating decades of feminist movements that struggled to ensure that young women would not bear the burden of being obliged to disclose their marital status in their title. We feel it is suffice insult to our femininity that there is a veritable section of our library devoted to "household equipment, household utilities, needlework, housekeeping, childrearing, home nursing" (and I quote from the library listings) that there is no need to compound it in the title of our newsletter.
We feel that a politically correct alternative would bear justice to this harsh struggle. For example "Mz. Dominican" would allow us to strengthen our self-worth and illustrate our equality with the male gender. While simultaneously maintaining the zany and cool image afforded to the newsletter by the use of the 'Z's'. Indeed if we may be so bold as to suggest that the editor has leapt to conclusions in assuming that none of the student body have entered into holy matrimony, the legal age being as it is 16. We wait your response with anticipation, through either the illustrious pages of the newsletter or via the medium of the Student Council.
Yours in girl power,
Jane Horgan-Jones and Heather Byrne.

Response:
The editors greatly enjoyed reading your article and encourage such enthusiasm and interest in our school newsletter but we would like to take this opportunity to suggest a change in the opening of your letter. Should it not in the spirit of political correctness be addressed to Sir/Madam? The editors would also like to mention at this time that two of the editors are female.
Furthermore, the name Mizz Dominican was chosen by Class 1.2 and we hope that as this issue is now in the public arena, that some students, in favour of the name, would be given a chance to reply.

Mizz Dominican - March 2003

On Tuesday last, in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, the Minor Division One Basketball Finals took place with hundreds of secondary students lining the stands to cheer on their schools' teams.

Our First Year team was there along with the whole of First Year and the senior team, who came along to support. Our final match was against Maryfield and what a match it was!

Some of the team members were apprehensive about facing Maryfield having lost to them in a prior match. But none the less, the team walked onto the court with determined faces. The first quarter did not go well for our team and at the end of that quarter the points were 4-0 to Maryfield.

We made a good come back in the second quarter scoring 3 baskets. Maryfield, managed to keep their lead by also scoring 3 baskets. After half time, however, the tables turned when we scored an amazing 6 baskets whilst Maryfield only scored 1. The final quarter was nerve racking. Our team did a fantastic job of keeping the ball up at their end of the court. Congratulations are in order to all the players on the team. Final score 15-10 to DC. By: Sharon Hughes


Seachtain Na Gaeilge, 2003
Bhí Seachtain Na Gaeilge ar siúl sa scoil ón 10ú go 14ú Márta. Bhí cúpla rud ag tarlú timpeall na scoile. Bhí comórtas ealaíne ar siúl agus bhí na pictiúrí ag crochadh timpeall na scoile. Cheap na muinteoirí go raibh an chaighdeaín an-ard ar fad i mbliana. An téama a bhí ann, i mbliana ná " Íomhá don Ghaeilge sa Mhílaois." Bhí comórtas aistí sna ranganna freisin ar an ábhar chéanna. Ghlac cúpla rang paírt i díospóireachtaí ranga agus cluichí éagsúla freisin. Buíochas le gach duine a ghlac pairt agus comhghaírdeachais leis na buaiteoirí uile.


North side League Senior Camogie Division 2 Semi-final (19th of March)
Dominican College 8-3
Lucan CC 1-0

This was a comfortable victory for the girls against relatively easy competition. Everything went well from the start with Tara Cooling and Emma Flanagan defending stoutly in the first half. Early scores came from captain Rachel Quinn, Meadbh Bolger and Elaine Stone. Lucan came into it slightly with ten minutes to go in the first half but were generally kept at bay by midfielders Kate Mooney and Sarah Quinn.

The second half saw the forwards registering more scores from Mary Mc Carthy, Emma Cooling, Carol Ann Canning, Muireann Ní Ghormáin and Rachel Quinn. The final score reflected Dominican's superiority on the day and the school can now look forward to a Junior and Senior League Final for the first time in our recent history. Best on the day for Dominican College were Tara Cooling, Rachel Quinn, Kate Mooney and Meabh Bolger.


Best of Luck to the Transition Year students who entered The Irish Times 'Story of DNA' competition. The three groups had to write about the advancements in DNA in recent years. The winning projects will be published in The Irish Times newspaper later in the year.


Congratulations to Nicola Fallon 5.5 who came 3rd in The National Cross Country Championships. She will now compete for Ireland at The International Cross Country Championships in the next few weeks and we wish her the best of luck.

Well done to the Senior A Basketball team who gave an outstanding performance in the final. This is now the 3rd year in a row for them to win the Senior Premier final. Congratulations to the Captain Heather Byrne and the rest of the team; Sorcha Turnbull, Catríona Darling, Karen O'Donoghue, Ciara Stephens, Joanne Elliott, Julie Wilkins and Elaine Stone.

Thank you all for your support on Daffodil Day. A big Thank You is due to all those who gave up their time to sell the badges and raffle tickets for the Irish Cancer Society.

Well done to all the Transition Year students who took part in fundraising on O'Connell Street for Focus Ireland (they help the homeless of Ireland) on Wednesday last by dressing up as clowns. It was a great success.

Congratulations to Rachel Cassidy 3.4 who made it to the Leinster Golf Team last week.

Special Olympics.

As you probably already know Ireland is hosting the 2003 Special Olympics. Over 30,000 people have volunteered their time and expertise in this huge event. As you can imagine the cost of this is going to be considerable. So Ms. Laffoy had the brain wave to sponsor an athlete. Every athlete needs €1,000. So we are asking all the students in the school to donate either a €1 coin or a €2 coin.

On Friday the 28th March, everybody will be called down (over the intercom) to the gym at different times during the day. You will then be able to place your €1 or €2 coin on one of the five rings of the Olympic symbol. So everybody, remember your money on Friday!!

Mizz Dominican - January 2003

The Student Council voted in a new executive council. They are:
Chairperson - Marian Stacey
Secretary - Sarah Mc Cormac
Members of the executive - Ciara Mulhair, Catherine Kelly, Sarah Quinn and Jennifer Cullen
Look at the Student Council's noticeboard outside the Library for all updates.

  • The Environmental Committee held a table quiz on Friday, 24th of January to raise awareness about environmental issues and increase the profile of the school's environmental committee. It was a wonderful success enjoyed by all. The winnersof the quiz were Fiona O'Connor, Lisa Graham, oral Corrigan and Niamh Devitt.
  • The under 13 Soccer team drew with Maryfield on Thursday, 16th January. The score was 4-4 with goals scored by Jennifer Smyth, Jennifer Hyland and Katie Tuck.
  • Though it pains us to say it, CONGRATULATIONS to the teachers for their win over the students in the indoor soccer match. With two goals scored by Mr. McDermot and one from Mr. Breathnach it was a great match.
  • The under 19 Badminton A team beat the B team in the quarter finals. The score was 6 games to nil.
  • The Senior Irish debating team had a debate against Pobal Scoill Neasáin. The motion was "The wealth of this country is going to waste." Ní raibh an t-ádh orainn.
  • With just over 4 weeks to go to the Leaving and Junior Certificates trial examinations, we wish both 6th and 3rd years the very best of luck.
  • At the time of going to print we have raised over €38,000 and the target of €40,000 should be reached. Thank your for all you support- "Way2go girls!" You can make a difference in a Romanian child's life, so get out there and try your best to sell the remaining tickets. The continual development of Dominican College will also benefit. Well done to all the girls who have been selling tickets door-to-door during the cold winter evenings of December and January.

Parent-Teacher Meetings:

31/1/03 Friday Fifth Years Class finishes at mid-day

6/02/03 Thursday First Years Class finishes at mid-day

Mid Term is on Friday, 14th February, with class finishing at 12:35.


Students Vs Teachers Football Match (Thursday -16th January 2003):

After a serious lapse last year, the teachers team returned to form on Thursday to reclaim their crown as Supreme Champions of Dominican Football in a thrilling match played out in front of a capacity crowd of 200.
In what was always a competitive but fair game, it was the students who began with the lions share of early possession through great play by Suzanne Regan and Ella Mc Cabe. However they rarely threatened the goal of Ms. Forde and eventually the teacher's team began to settle, taking control of the game. It came as no surprise when the teacher's team took the lead half way through the first half when a long range shot from Mr. McDermott left Heather Byrne in the student's goal looking bewildered. With a strong display, the teachers surged forward and should have increased their lead before half time through efforts from Ms. Sheerin, Ms. Cooney and Mr. Breathnach. However, a combination of good goalkeeping and good defending by Francina Murphy and Tara Cooling meant that the students trailed by only one goal at half time.
The second-half began with the expected onslaught by the students and only superb work by Ms. Forde in the teacher's goal prevented the students from equalising. The teachers continued to press at the other end with determined play from Ms. O' Reilly and Ms. Gallagher, leading to a second goal from a free-kick from Mr. Mc Dermott.
Again the students kept their heads up and went close with efforts from Jane Horgan-Jones, Elle Mc Cabe, Rachel Quinn and Suzanne Regan but alas they could not find a way past Ms Forde.
The game was effectively ended when Mr. Breathnach added a third goal with five minutes to go.

The team line-ups:
Teachers: Ms. Forde, Mr. Breathnach, Ms. Sheerin, Ms. Gallagher, Mr. Mc Dermott, Ms. Cooney and Ms. O' Reilly.
Students: Heather Byrne, Francina Murphy, Ella Mc Cabe, Rachel Quinn, Jane Horgan-Jones, Tara Cooling and Suzanne Regan.

Congratulations to the girls who organised the event which raised €370 in aid of the 6th year yearbook and to the referee, Sorcha Turnbull, who had an excellent game.

Review of: The Lord of the rings part2: The Two towers

This is the second film from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Frodo and Samwise are getting closer and closer to the Fires of Murder where they must destroy the "One Ring." Along the way they are joined by Gollum aka Smegol who provides many laughs with his multi personalities.

Merry and Pippin meet a new friend in the form of a tree. The story mainly follows the adventure of Aragon, Legolas (an elf) and Gimli (a dwarf). They go to Helm's Deep to help defend the people of Rohan. Aragorn finds another admirer. Eowgn the niece of King Rohan. Has anyone else noticed that Legolas never runs out of arrows?

My favourite scenes include Legolas sliding down the steps during the fight at Helm's Deep. What lets the film down was that every time Frodo opened his mouth it was to say how much he loved Sam. For those of you who have read the book, do not make comparisons to the film as you will be disappointed. Appreciate the film for what it is, a very good film.

Author: Anonymous