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Where's Henry?

Once upon a time there lived a young princess who felt very left out in her big family. She shared her bedroom with her eldest sister Eliza. Every morning the princess awoke with Eliza sitting at the end of her bed with the princesses' dairy threatening to read it aloud to the village, unless the princess did what sister wanted. The King and Queen never realised what was going on between their daughters.

The only way she could escape from Eliza was to go swimming in the ocean with her best friend Henry. One bright sunny day as they were swimming, Henry kept going under water and screaming but when he didn't come back up for air she began to worry. She swam back to shore as fast as she could. She stood still for a moment on the shore. As she was crying, a little old lady dressed in black on her back came over and asked would she like to come back to her cottage for a cup of tea.

As the princess approached the cottage a big crow flew out of an old shaggy oak tree. "Down boy" shouted the old lady. The crow replied with "Who is this you are bringing, another dinner for us to feast upon". As she entered the small cottage she noticed a lot of strange objects, such as broomsticks all lined up against a dark damp wall, cauldrons stacked up in high piles and mounds of human skeleton bones lying on the floor at the other side of the small room. Little did the princess know Eliza had seen her enter the cottage.

All of sudden she heard a voice that sounded familiar coming from under the floorboards. "What was that noise" said the princess, the old lady replied "it's just your imagination my dear". The old lady went out side to collect wood for the fire, "it was going to be a long evening," the old lady said. As she went out the door the princess lifted the old dusty rug to find a hatch underneath. She opened the creaky old hatch only to find her best friend Henry locked up in an old metal cage. She screamed in horror. With that the witch came up from behind her and threw her in the cage with Henry.

As she trembled with fear there was a knock on the door. The princess heard the witch screaming in pain. A beam of light came from above them. The princess saw Eliza's face staring at her. Eliza said "quick come with me, we have to get out of here the witch is starting to gain conciseness". Eliza pulled both of them up by the arms. As they ran out the door the witch gained conciseness. They ran through the green bushy forest trying to reach the princesses' castle in time, the witch trailing behind them. As the witch ran she grew more tired, next of all she fell through a camouflaged hole with sticks and leaves. The princess ran over to the hole, the witch had disappeared

Since that day the princess Eliza and Henry have been best friends.

Alison Seery
Rebecca Gargan

Rescuing the Prince

Once upon a time there was a Prince who lived with his stepmother in a castle. His stepmother, Elizabeth, was a witch who had magical powers. She really hated the Prince, Jonathan, because since his father died he gets all the money and jewels that his father left him in his will. Elizabeth decided to turn him into an ogre and lock him in a tower in the enchanted forest at the edge of the village. She wanted all the money and jewels for herself. The spell would be broken if someone finds him and completes the tasks leading up to the tower.

People in the village noticed the prince was absent from his duties. Elizabeth pretended he was missing and most people believed her. Except for the Prince's friends, Henry and Charles, who knew that she was lying because she hated the Prince. They set out to find him, starting the search in the enchanted forest.

In the enchanted forest the sky is so black that it is night when it's really day. It was hard to see where they were going. After every step that Henry and Charles took, trees would close in behind them disallowing them to turn back. Finally they saw a tower. It was across a long, deep, mouldy lake and neither Henry nor Charles could swim. But that was the least of their problems!!!!

Charles spotted stepping stones in the lake and they decided to go across the lake by stepping on them. They stepped onto the first one nervously. By the fourth one they were a bit more relaxed. They were six steps from the tower when the stepping stones started to shake. They suddenly got lifted up into the sky. They didn't know what was happening until they looked up and saw the blazing flames come out of the dragon's mouth. Henry threw his biggest sword at the dragon's right leg as his father was a dragon expert and if a sword spikes threw a dragon's leg it will die.

The dragon fell, making a loud thud, and they ran across the dragon's tail to the bank of the lake. Finally they were at the tower. They were surprised that the door had no lock and it opened immediately when Charles turned the brass knob. They walked up the stairs and halfway through climbing it, it turned into a slide and they slid, crashing into each other, to the very bottom where they started.

They reluctantly dragged themselves up the slippery slide by holding onto the holes in between the stones on the wall. After three hours of this nightmare they reached the top of the slide. It had now turned to dusk and they really wanted to get out of the tower. They ran to the one door that was in the hallway. Again, there was no lock and to their surprise it opened. There, in the dimly lit room, they found a bed and one tall, gruesome looking ogre. At once they knew it was the Prince as the ogre was wearing a big t-shirt with Jonathan's family crest on it. The ogre spoke English, as they soon found out, and they walked back towards the Prince's castle.

There, Henry and Charles pleaded with Elizabeth not to tell they're parents about rescuing the Prince. But Elizabeth wasn't really listening. She was thinking about all the riches she could have owned. Since the spell had been broken she turned the ogre back into the Prince. And they all (except for the stepmother) lived happily ever after!

Jennifer Kerins
Aisling Quinn

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.


Salt & Vinegar

Once upon a time in a far, far land were the two most beautiful women that ever walked the planet. The two sisters Roisin and Kaeleigh were on a journey to find two handsome princes.

One day when the two of them were walking down the magical beach two really strong and muscley men ran towards them and grabbed them into their arms. The ladies then realised that the two men were the richest and most handsome princes on the planet. Their names were Prince Justin and Prince Peter. The princes had recently inherited a huge castle off their great-grand father and they were looking for two dashing ladies to come and live with them. It was obvious that the ladies said yes straight away and moved in within a few days.

Once they had settled into the castle the two princes asked the ladies for their hand in marriage and the ladies were delighted. The ladies had to communicate with their families and tell them the good news but when their two fat ugly step-sisters heard the news they became very jealous as they thought the princes were really handsome and they soon made an evil plan to stop the marriage. The two step-sisters were fat, old, wrinkly, smelly, ugly and had hair growing from their ears.

On the night before the wedding everything was going according to plan. They all went to bed very early that night. But the next day when the ladies awoke, they were shocked to find that their husbands-to-be were missing. They saw the two step-sisters big size fifteen footprints in the marshy ground outside the castle. The footprints lead to the small dark cottage out the back. When they looked through the window of the cottage they saw the two step-sisters forcing the princes into a big black cauldron but the princes were fighting back. When they were eventually put into the cauldron the two step-sisters started to pour SALT& VINEGAR over the two princes. The two ladies went back to the castle and waited until night. Once it struck twelve o' clock they crept to the open window and climbed in. They grabbed the princes from the cauldron and all four of them dragged the two step-sisters into the cauldron, they woke up but it was too late they were nearly boiled. The two ladies and the two princes all poured SALT & VINEGAR over the two step-sisters and they were eaten for breakfast and lunch as they were so fat. They were never heard of again. The next day Roisin got married to Prince Justin and Kaeleigh got married to Prince Peter. They had two children each and lived happily ever after.

THE END
By
Roisin Foley and Kaeleigh Mc Colgan

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.