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Mizz Dominican - December 2002

Carol Service:

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.

Prize draw:

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!!

The Musical:

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.

Mizz Dominican - November 2002

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.

Student Council:

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 Cronin:

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:

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.

Mind-Bending Puzzles:

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.

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.


Past and Present Pupils' Contact Addresses & Websites

If you wish to have a link to your website included, please visit 'Contact us'.


Simple Pixels Design

Edith Heffernan (Class of 1999)

Simple Pixels Design is a small design studio based in Dublin, Ireland.  With over 7 years online experience, we plan, design and develop beautiful, customer focused websites.


*As part of their Young Scientists Project, Michelle Picardo and Lise-ann O'Neill have put their project on the web


*Lyndsey Thomas, from the class of 2003, has started her own business called 'Oz Hair Design'. Among the other treats available are facial, eye, hand, nail and feet treatments.

Oz Hair Design, 63 Clontarf Road. Phone: 01 8336942

Mizz Dominican - October 2002

Welcome to Mizz Dominican, the coolest newsletter for all the girls in Dominican College. It is produced by class 1.2. The new fun first year class!!! You can read about school activities, do a word search and much, much more! This is a chance for you to catch up on everything that's happening in school. We hope you enjoy our magazine and have a good year in Dominican College!

If your class would like to produce an issue of this newsletter, contact Mr. Moriarty

My Fair Lady: by Andrea Ormond:
This exciting show is being performed by very talented TY, 5th and 6th Year students, with the minor parts being played by the young actors of 1st, 2nd and 3rd Years. The musical is about a girl named Eliza Doolittle, a common, poor, ill-mouthed girl from London, who tries to learn how to become a real lady. In our production, Sinéad Cronin from TY plays the lead role.
Through out this marvellous play, which is based on a production called 'Pygmalion' by George Bernard Shaw, you are introduced to some very interesting characters such as Professor Higgins, played by Lyndsey O'Neill, and Colonel Pickering played by Elaine Leonard. Each character is different and this adds great interest through out the play.
It's definitely a musical not to miss!!

The Irish Times - 2/10/02
VOX POP - Is the media to blame for our poor self image?
Louise Nolan asked 6th Year students from Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, Dublin.

Shannon Corbally:
Media images of women can be very depressing. Everyone on television is presented as being so gorgeous, it makes normal people long to be different. It causes hurt and jealousy to see one skinny, good-looking woman after another on TV with no variety.
Emma Finn:
The media concentrates too much on how people look when achievement is more important. I used to look up to Geri Halliwell when she was involved with the United Nations. Now all she stands for is weight loss and image, which is disappointing.
Orla Byrne:
There are not many normal-sized women to be seen in the media. Jennifer Lopez and Kate Winslet are two examples and they look great. Ali Hewson is another and she's also admired for a range of reasons that have nothing to do with her looks.
Michelle Flynn:
The media is not the main cause of eating disorders. We need to get more information about anorexia and bulimia in school. This information should come from people we can relate to - young people who have been through the experience themselves.
Tara Cooling:
I constantly hear my friends making comparisons between themselves and people in the media. Talented people, I know, feel they have no chance of making it in music or entertainment without the right look. I think that shows like Pop Stars have added to that.

Life after Transition Year by Catherine Doyle:
Much as we all may have wondered what it was going to be like, the fact remains that 5th Year isn't a million miles away from TY itself. It's true that we no longer have trips to various places to look forward to, or a huge undertaking like the Fashion Show to get involved in, or the chance to try all manner of things that we've never done before, but at its heart, 5th Year isn't so different from Transition Year. They both require hard work to get the full benefit from them, and they're both extremely rewarding.
The prospect of being in the school building for the entire school day, going to normal classes, did not seem like a nice one at the end of TY, but there's a lot to like about 5th Year. Personally, I'm very happy with my subject choices, though I know some people changed their minds in the first week or two. While the decision itself was agonising, I'm really enjoying Accounting, Chemistry and Physics. Physics in particular was a subject I wasn't sure I would like, as I wasn't terribly fond of it for the Junior Cert, but I picked it so I would have two Science subjects. And just to prove the unpredictability of life, it's now my favourite subject. It's a very satisfying feeling when a concept you've been trying to understand suddenly clicks.
Just like TY, there's a camaraderie about 5th Year. We're all starting these new subjects and getting used to the routine together. The whole of 5th Year eating lunch in the Hall makes this even more obvious. This is an aspect of 5th Year that was missing from all the reports I heard before starting.
The days are flying by, and I can hardly believe it's the beginning of October already. I remember writing something similar in my Transition Year Journal this time last year. That's something else 5th Year has in common with TY: they both go by really fast. And everyone knows that it's only when you're having fun that time flies.

Directors' Corner by Peter O'Driscoll:
I am delighted to be once again associated with Dominican College and its musical. It has been a rewarding experience for me to be working with so many talented students and I have no doubt that this year's production will be a success.

Dates to remember:
Monday 14th October 1.00 6th Year Parent/Teacher meeting
Wednesday 16th October 19.30 Mass for First Years and their Parents
Friday 25th October 12.35 Mid Term
Tuesday 14th November 1.00 3rd Year Parent/Teacher meeting

Can you find the following words?


Under 13 soccer training takes place on a Thursday afternoon on the soccer pitch after class, and also at lunchtimes on a Tuesday in the Gym. Mr. Moriarty and Mr. McDermott were delighted to see such a large 'turn-out' from the First Years at these training sessions and also at the high level of skill shown. The panel below has been selected for this academic year, so if you did not make the team this year we hope you will 'try-out' again next year.
The under 13 team will play Ard Scoil La Salle, Raheny on Wednesday 9th October in the league at home and will play away the following week in Drogheda. Best of Luck!!

Muireann Ní Ghormáin, Amy Redmond, Sarah Stapleton, Katie Tuck, Ruth Davenport, Caroline Davis, Jennifer Smyth, Deborah McGuire, Jennifer Hyland, Lauren Phillips, Ciara Tuohy, Aisling Fitzgerald, Roisín F-P, Aileen Bohan, Amy Gillivan, Lauren Fagan, Eimear Nolan, Kayleigh McColgan, Carol Martin and Emma Clarke.


Student Council Class Representatives 2002 - 2003:

The Student Council of Dominican College is the democratically elected voice of the students of our school. Its aims include
" to enhance the sense of school spirit within our school
" to give students a channel to express themselves within the school community
For further information, see the excellent Student Council notice-board outside the library.

2nd Year:
Claire Singleton (2.1), Roisin Bergin (2.2), Aisling Dunne (2.3) and Catherine Kelly (2.4)
3rd Year:
Karen Emerson (3.1), and Natalie Mitchell-Lee (3.2), Debbie Lowe (3.3), Ciara O'Reilly (3.4) and Jennifer Cullen (3.5)
Transition Year:
Joanne Elliott (4.2) and Aisling Ryan (4.3)
5th Year:
Nikita Boylan (5.1), Lorna Robertson (5.2), Ruth Gilligan (5.3), Sarah McCormack (5.4) and Sorcha Turnbull (5.5)
6th Year:
Michelle Dunne (6.1), Fiona Scanlon (6.2), Emma McCarthy (6.3), Elizabeth McAdam (6.4) and Mairead Kelly (6.5)

The 1st Year Representatives will be elected before Christmas.

Dominican College Basketball Teams:

Senior A
Heather Byrne, Catríona Darling, Sorcha Turnbull, Ciara Stephens, Keva O'Donoghue, Joanne Elliot, Julie Wilkins and Elaine Stone
Senior B
Michelle McNamara, Jane McNamara, Aisling Andrews, Freya Monks, Andrea Ormond, Leanne O'Reilly, Charlotte Gartlan, Louise Brady, Sarah Brown, Leona Redmond and Frances Nic Reamoinn
Cadette A
Jessica Treacy, Katherine Bohan, Sarah McDonnell, Roisín McManus, Ailish Beakey, Penny Newman and Andrea McGinn
Junior A
Elizabeth Murphy, Niamh O'Mara, Elaine Shanahan, Aisling Gaffney, Sarah Hasset, Nicole Berkery, Rachel Cowley, Deborah Cullen, Heather Sheehan, Caroline McMahon, Orla King, Rachel Cribben, Aoife Conroy, Ann Marie Lychenon, Anita Hanly and
Kate Lawlor

Dominican College Badminton Teams:
U/19 A
Lise Anne O'Neill, Gillian McDonnell, Katie Collins and Sarah McGearty
U/19 B
Michelle Bohan, Suzanne O'Neill, Deirdre Killeen, Ruth Gilligan, Michelle Mulcahy and Michelle McCoy
U/16 A
Katherine Bohan, Fiona O'Hagan, Claire Singleton, Alanna Bucket and Maria Nangle
U/14 panel
Catherine Kelly, Maeve Bolger, Aileen Bohan, Gillian McAteer, Caroline McNally and Michelle Linanne


Rachel Cassidy (3.4) who recently won the Senior Girls Golf Singles Championship.
Tara Cooling (6.2) & Rachel Quinn (6.4) who played for Dublin in the Leinster Under-18 Camogie Championship Final on the 5th October against Kilkenny.

Next Issue:

We will have articles on Camp Rainbow, an update on the musical and sports and much much more. If you would like to include any items, please contact Mr. Moriarty.

TY Links

Good study and behaviour records are necessary for a student to be considered for a place in Transition Year.
All things being equal, age may be a determining factor.
Note: The above criteria are not related to academic ability but are about the willingness to be involved.

The Transition Year Programmes is intended to facilitate the integrated development of the intellectual, emotional, spiritual, physical, social and vocational capacities of each individual student through a structured learning experience.

Education for maturity with an emphasis on social awareness and increased social competence,
Education through experience of adult and working life as a basis for personal development and maturity,Promotion of general, technical and academic skills with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary and self-directed learning.

(Department of Education and Science Guidelines)


The Transition Year is intended to cater for the needs and capacities of young people within a framework of a broad general education, which includes academic studies, personal development and education for working life. The following is an outline of the main areas covered in our programme.


Transition Year begins with an induction session where the aims of the year are explained to all students. The expectations we have for each of our students, and which we hope each student has for herself, are examined.

A Contract of Learning is signed by each student, her parent/guardian and the TY Co-ordinator. Signing the contract is a mark of each student’s commitment to the success of her Transition Year. From the staff’s point of view, it represents our commitment to treat Transition Year students as young adults participating in a course which we have planned with the goals of developing greater maturity, relevant skills and an orientation to the working world.

 Outdoor Pursuits:

At the beginning of Transition Year, a trip is organised to an outdoor pursuits centre in Recess, Co. Galway. This ‘bonding session’ has proved to be very successful and is now an integral part of our programme. Activities include canoeing, hill-walking, orienteering and wind surfing.

As well as providing the students with a wonderful opportunity to acquaint themselves with their new classmates, it is guaranteed enjoyment and exercise in a healthy, safe and picturesque environment.

 Work Experience:

This involves spending time as part of the Transition Year programme, learning at first-hand about life in a work place. The employer agrees to co-operate with the school, in taking on a student in a Work Experience placement. The employer knows that s/he is taking on a person, as part of a learning experience, not as some form of cheap labour.

Work Experience is an integral part of education for working life. In addition to giving students an insight into the world of work, it also provides them with opportunities for developing their social and life skills. Students are therefore not normally paid during their placement. To be effective, work experience must be planned properly in advance, must not be with a family member and will be monitored closely by the school.

To date, work experience has taken place for two weeks in the second term.

Gaisce Awards:

Gaisce is the National Challenge Award from the President of Ireland to the young people of Ireland aged between fifteen and twenty-five years.

The purpose of the award is to encourage young people to set and achieve a demanding challenge for themselves in each of four different areas of activity as follows:

- Community Involvement - Personal Skill - Physical Recreation - Venture Activity

The basic requirements for each participant is measured by hours of effort and commitment to earn an award. All TY students are encouraged to accept the challenge of the Gaisce Award and the progress of the participants is monitored throughout the year. For further information about the President's Award, see the following web site:


Transition Year students do not always get what is traditionally known as ‘homework’. Homework in TY will include project work, research, information gathering and presentation preparation. Students who are committed to the programme find that they have a lot of work/study to do out of school. The new study skills developed throughout the year are very beneficial for the Leaving Certificate.

Time Allocation:

TY students follow the same timetable as other students in the school. Within the forty period week, adjustments are made according to the number of class groups within TY. For example, in recent years, the time allocation for subjects was adjusted, which facilitated possible modules such as Film Studies and Legal Studies.

It is impossible to know, in advance, the definite arrangements for the incoming group of students, until the number of accepted applicants is established.

To date, all students have studied virtually all subjects with the aim of broadening their educational experience.


When we think of assessment, many of us automatically think of examinations, often where several years’ work is evaluated based on what can be produced in a few hours.

Transition Year offers a unique opportunity to assess the overall contribution made by the student to the success of her year. We are assessing the present Transition Year students using the following criteria:

Attendance, Classroom behaviour, Punctuality, Overall standard of work, Uniform, Co-operation with others, Initiative, Contribution to show, Reliability, Work experience, Effort/Enthusiasm, Meeting deadlines, Having required class materials, Handing up forms/letters/money and so forth.

A Mid-Year Assessment report is sent out at the end of January to update all parents/guardians about their daughter’s progress.

At an Open Night, at the end of the school year, each student will be presented with a certificate based on her performance throughout the year. The levels of certification are: Distinction, Merit Plus, Merit and Credit. They will also be presented with a general certificate of participation, issued by the Department of Education and Science.

Open Night:

Students have an opportunity to display many of their newly acquired and developed talents at the Open Night, to which all parents/guardians are invited. Art displays, project displays, a variety show and presentation of certificates to students provide a busy finish to a very busy year.