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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
The Carol Service is a tradition in Dominican College. Ms. Goggins and Ms. Ford have put a lot of work into the service this year to make it a special event in our celebration of Christmas. They have spent a lot of time pouring over lists of songs and carols. These have not been finalized yet, but they are bound to be great! The folk group and instrumentalists are practising hard and their harmonies and songs will certainly be ones to remember.
The Carol Service will take place on the last Friday before the holidays. It will be held in St. Patrick's College Church. All the school will be there together for this wonderful event.
Remember the Carol Service is for you so join in and sing along.
If you haven't already heard about it……where have you been!
I'll remind you about this magnificent draw which is going to be taking place in January. Not only are the prizes brilliant, but, all the proceeds are going to a really good cause: "Camp Rainbow" in Romania and also towards the continual development of our school.
The tickets are €25 for one, or, you can get two tickets for €40 - a bargain considering the main prize is a brand new 2003, 5-Door Peugeot 206.
There will also be other prizes including an €800 travel voucher,all worth buying tickets for! All students who sell their two tickets will be entered into a draw for a €100 voucher for the Jervis Shopping Centre and the two students who sell the most tickets will each get a €50 voucher for the Omni Shopping Centre.
So start selling those tickets!!
Congratulations to all involved in the musical "My Fair Lady", especially all the Transition Year students who put on a brilliant production this year. It was a huge success and let's hope there are many more to come. Videos of the musical should be available from Thursday the 19th December. They have been sent to the U.K. for duplication and we have been assured that they will be delivered back to our school before the Christmas holidays.
To the Junior Camogie Team who beat Manor House on Thursday the 12th of December. This now places the team at the top of the league.
To the following students who got through to the second round of the Gael-Linn Debates:
Members of the Junior Team are: Bairbre Holmes, Ciara Ní Mhaolagáin and Dairine Mc Cafferty.
Members of the senior team are: Aoifa Cooke, Catherine Doyle and Lise-Ann O'Neill.
Well done girls and the best of luck in the next round.
Entrance Exhibition Awards:
Two of last year's Leaving Certificate students, Jane Bryant and Fiona O'Byrne did exceptionally well in their Leaving Certificate and, due to their high points, they both were awarded "Entrance Exhibition Awards", which are similar to a scholarship.
Jane Bryant received this award from Trinity College, Dublin. Fiona O'Byrne declined the offer from Dublin City University, as she transferred to Trinity College, Dublin.
We wish both girls every success in the future.
Sixth Year History Trip:
The Sixth Year History classes recently visited Kilmainham Jail and the Dáil. Our guided tour through Kilmainham Jail was very interesting and informative and it gave us a greater appreciation of Irish history and the contribution of certain men and women to the foundation of the state. It is free for groups of students and is recommended to everyone (not just history students).
Later that day we were also privileged with a guided tour of the Dáil by Paul Connaughton ( a Fine Gael T.D.). We observed a lively debate on The Private Security Bill, 2002, in the Dáil chamber.
By Louise Brangan and Katherine McGuane.
Review of Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets:
This is the second book from J.K Rowling. This year at Hogwart's School
of Witchcraft and Wizardry, things get a little dicey when students are
suddenly turned into stone and messages are left on the school walls proclaiming
the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. What can it all mean?
After spending another miserable summer with the Dursleys, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is anxious to start his Second Year at Hogwarts, but a house elf named Dobby (voiced by Toby Jones) warns him he'll be in grave danger if he goes back. He returns anyway and sure enough, once Harry joins up with his friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), weird things start to happen at school - one of which being, that students are somehow being turned into stone. Pretty soon it becomes clear that the Chamber of Secrets - a legendary hidden chamber of evil built by one of Hogwarts' founders, the nasty Salazar Slytherin - has been opened. Legend says that the true heir of Slytherin can only open the chamber, and once it is, the beast within will be unleashed to purge the school of those undeserving to study there. In other words, it'll get rid of wizards and witches who come from non-magic heritage (or 'Muggles', as they're called). This puts Hermione in particular danger since she comes from Muggle parents. Harry has a lot on his hands trying to figure this one out, especially since he is suspected to be the one who opened the chamber.
All in all I think they did it again. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets surpasses Philosophers Stone as a crisper, more action-packed film, which will more than thrill the billions of Harry Potter fans everywhere.
By Linda Dornan.
Look out for more reviews every month!! (If you have written an article or review please bring it to Aoife or Andrea in room 8)
If you are looking for information for a project or want to find a particular novel Ms. Rowe and Ms. Carrigan will help you find it. Remember you do not need library tickets anymore as everyone's details are now on the computer.
The computers in the library are not ready for student use yet but hopefully they will be working soon. They will be a great asset to the school.
I'd like to be By Jennifer Concannon 2.1
I'd like to be a superstar and get on TV
I'd like to be a superstar than being plain old me
I'd like to be a bird flying in the sky
Or a multi-coloured butterfly
I'd like to be a person who writes books
Or maybe a model who has good looks
I'd really like to be a strong lady
Or be Britney Spears and sing 'You Drive Me Crazy'
I'd like to be in a movie on TV
But just for now I'll be me.
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.
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
Student of the Year:
In 2002, Dominican College Past Pupil's Union initiated an award to acknowledge academic achievement on the part of students in the school. It was proposed to confer the prize annually, on the student who achieved the highest grades in the Leaving Certificate examination. The presentation of the award would take place at the annual Past Pupils' Lunch in June.
This year the recipient of the award was Yvonne Touhy, 6.1, 2001-2002. Yvonne achieved seven honours in her Leaving Certificate; four A1s, two A2s and one B3. She is currently studying for a degree in Business and Languages at Dublin City University. During her six years in Dominican College, Yvonne played a very active part in school life. She was also a Prefect with the responsibility for a First Year class.
A gifted singer, Yvonne participated in all the school's musicals. We wish her every success in her college examinations and her future career.
Lise Ann O'Neill, Katie Collins, Sarah Mc Gearghy and their partners from Wesley College, Andrew, Stuart and Xim won the U/19 Mixed Leinster Schools Badminton competition in Baldoyle. Congratulations to all to the girls (and boys). They get to keep the trophy for six months and then hand it over to Wesley for the rest of the year.
This is the first badminton trophy that Dominican College has ever won.
If any enquiry or proposal is requested by the students, it should first be put forward to the class representative to be brought up for discussion with the Council. If any proposal is more urgent, a class representative may approach any member of the Executive Committee at the following locations:
Chairperson- Rachel Quinn: Language lab
Secretary- Amanda Williams O'Brien: Room2
Executives- Amanda Mc Keon: Language lab
Lorna Greene: Career Guidance
Kerrie Whelan: Hall
Ciara Mulhare: Stage
Following a Student Council meeting the Chairperson and Secretary met with Sr. Chanel to discuss proposals and enquiries brought up at the meetings. The minutes of this meeting are then brought back to the Council for further discussion.
Remember, the Student Council is there for YOU, use it.
Sineád is a Transition Year student and has been involved in all school productions since starting in Dominican College. This year, Sineád was delighted to be playing the part of Eliza Doolittle. Sineád has been singing and dancing at an early age and has studied drama with The Betty-Ann Norton Theatre School. She loved the whole experience of My Fair Lady and had great fun preparing for the role.
This is what Sineád had to say;
"I don't think we realised just how much hard work would go into producing a musical. But in saying that, we've all enjoyed every aspect of producing My Fair Lady. Even though it is hard work, we've had so much fun preparing for our roles. We had lines and songs to learn and accents to pick up, but we all enjoyed the process immensely. It has been, without a doubt, one of the highlights of Transition Year, so far".
Camp Rainbow was set up in Cernavoda, Romania for local children. To run the camp smoothly, we had to split the children into different groups, depending on age. To do this, we handed out different coloured tee-shirts. There were three groups: yellow for 5-8 years olds, green for 9-11 year olds and blue for 11-15 year olds.
Each day was pretty similar, with us taking each group for one two-hour session. Each group was spilt into two. While one group went outside to play soccer or handball, the other stayed inside to do activities such as painting, board games, play dough and painting the wall mural. They were all so proud of their work and the matches they won.
Finally, if that was not enough for one day, we took a group in the evening to watch videos on the television and video player we brought. We watched The Simpsons, Mr Bean, Golden Eye and Pokemon, all with Romanian subtitles.
It was a tiring week but it was worth it to see the smiles on all the children's faces.
Are you quick at unscrambling words? Below are four that are anagrams. That is, the letters can be rearranged to form other words. See how quickly you can unscramble these four:
Wired- Various- Rationalize- Prettiness-
Answers on last page
Green-Schools is an international environmental education programme, designed to promote and acknowledge whole school action for the environment. Green-Schools offers a well-defined, controllable way to take environmental issues from the curriculum and apply them to the day to day running of a school. This process helps students to recognise the importance of environmental issues and take them more seriously in their personal and home lives.
BENEFITS TO YOUR SCHOOL
The Green-Schools programme can help schools to:
" Improve the School environment
" Reduce litter and waste
" Reduce fuel bills
" Increase environmental awareness
" Involve the local community
" Gain local publicity
" Create links with other schools in Ireland and abroad
Green-Schools is run by An Taisce in co-operation with Local Authorities throughout Ireland and is sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottlers Ireland Ltd. Green-Schools is an initiative of FEE - Foundation for Environmental Education and is referred to internationally as Eco-Schools. At present there are 23 countries operating the programme in Europe and beyond.
In Ireland there is currently over 1150 Primary and Secondary schools participating in the programme, that's over a quarter of all schools in the country! 150 schools have implemented the programme successfully and have been awarded the Green Flag.
Green-Schools is both a programme and an award scheme. The award is given to schools that successfully complete the Seven Steps of the programme.
Dominican College is currently working on achieving the Green Flag. Since
our initial application, we have surveyed staff, students and the Parents'
Association, have set up an Environmental Committee, introduced recycling
bins, promoted awareness, hosted an environmental exhibition, held competitions,
participated in the Close Sellafield Campaign and organised a number of
speakers - not bad for a year's work!
In the next year, the Environmental Committee hopes to build on this foundation and achieve its goal of the Green Flag for the school.
Answers: Weird, Saviour, Realization, Persistent.