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Welcome to the Latin Web Page

We offer Latin to all First Year Students entering Dominican College. This is conditional on a sufficient number of students opting for Latin to allow us to form a class. Latin is not offered in any other Girls Secondary School on the north side of the city.

  • All students taking Latin will continue to completion of the Junior Certificate course at the end of Third Year.
  • Leaving Certificate Latin is also offered at Dominican College. This, of course is conditional on a sufficient number of students opting for this subject.


Perhaps you might like to consider the following points when coming to a decision on your daughter's options:

  • The Junior Certificate Course provides the foundation for learning the Latin language, the parent of French, Spanish, Italian, and other Romance languages . The study of Latin enhances the student's understanding of other languages, including English.
  • Learning how people communicate with each other is a very important part of one's education, but Latin involves far more than grammar and vocabulary. Students of Latin will explore Roman myth and legend, learn how English words come into being and what they mean, visit the world as it was centuries ago and master the fundamentals of the Latin language.
  • Special attention is given to the daily life and society of the Romans and the influences they exert on many aspects of our culture e.g. Architecture, Art, Literature, Philosophy and Politics.
  • The Leaving Certificate Course builds on the work already done. Specialised grammatical points are studied, together with major selections from Latin literature. Roman History and Civilisation will be studied in greater depth.
  • In general Latin is a first class exercise for the mind. It encourages a logical, analytical approach in the student.

Home Economics

Home Economics has a direct relevance to the present and future life of every young person.

Its purpose is to equip young people in certain important skills for living as individuals and of establishing and developing a stable environment for their families. It encompasses studies of many of the processes, which are necessary for day to day living.

The main areas focus on:

  • Food Studies and Culinary Skills
  • Consumer Studies
  • Social & Health Studies
  • Resource Management and Home Studies
  • Textile Studies

The syllabus is offered at two levels, Ordinary and Higher.

One optional study will be chosen from the following three areas.

  • Childcare
  • Design and Craftwork
  • Textile skills

Emphasis throughout the course is on management, creativity and living skills. This is to ensure that the young person taking the course will be equipped for the personal independence and be able to take shared responsibility in the household and community in which she lives.

TY Home Economics:
Cooking in Home-Ec in TY gives students a chance to learn skills that would not be used in a classroom environment. Some of the cooking is based on modules in the Home-Ec course like making a Starter, Main Course and Dessert that fit the healthy eating guidelines. Other types of cooking we do are based on special occasions eg. Halloween and Christmas where we did pumpkin carving and pumpkin soup, and also Christmas chocolate yule log, shortbread, and mince pies. In the New Year, the classes are also taking part in the ‘Take Away My Way’ competition, where we chose a dish from the take away and try to make it cheaper and healthier.
By Michelle Hayden 4. 2

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Only one Earth
The Study of Geography: The study of the elements that constitute the delicate balance of our Planet  

Junior Certificate - Aims to give students knowledge of their immediate environment, concentrating on Weather and climate, rock structures and formation of our landscape, rivers and coastline. The modern day problems and patterns that are emerging are also studied, for example Acid rain, pollution, river and coastal management.
The second part of the course focuses on the broader world, looking at patterns of life in other countries, studying the historical background, world economic patterns, with case studies of some Third World economies.
Skills of map reading and photograph interpretation are on going skills being taught in all of the Junior Certificate years.

Leaving Certificate - Is an in depth study of the physical world and the development of mapping skills. Students study the economic and social criteria that aims to give an understanding of the current world economic dynamic. Europe is studied on a thematic basis, with the emphasis on the changing pattern of today's economies in relation to their historic past.

Trip to Iceland:

Dominican College Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland from Mick Moriarty on Vimeo.


Dominican College Geography Fieldtrip to Iceland on Vimeo.

I think everyone would agree that the Fifth Year geography trip to Iceland (April 2014) was an unforgettable experience. To see so many of the places we learn about in geography class in real life gave us a better understanding of the physical forces at work.

Walking out into the snow in a swimsuit was very weird but the Blue Lagoon was amazing! For many girls this was the highlight of the five days. It was a nice way to relax after being in the airport and a fun way to start the trip. The snow and hail showers made it even more memorable.

Friday was very busy. We went on the Golden Circle tour visiting many places including Gulfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park (where the Eurasian and North American plates are separating) and an earthquake simulator. It was great to experience the simulation, but I think we would all agree that we wouldn't like to be in a real earthquake – it's quite scary! The sulphur in the geysers smelled absolutely awful (like rotten eggs) but it was definitely worth it to see them explode. The weather was very changeable and the day was exhausting so we all slept well that night!

Saturday was more relaxing with swimming and a city tour of Reykjavik. Reykjavik is very small and only really had two streets to shop on. Even then there was not a great selection of shops, but we still managed to get our souvenirs. As beautiful as Reykjavik is, we wouldn't recommend it for a shopping trip!

On Sunday we visited Hellisheidi Geothermal Powerplant, two waterfalls, a small village called Vík and a volcanic beach. At one of the waterfalls, Stógafoss, a rainbow appeared beside us! The only time we've ever seen the end of the rainbow and there was no pot of gold – legend is a troll who lives behind the waterfall stole it. Hellisheidi geothermal power plant is run by only two people as it is so efficient which we couldn't believe! In fact energy is so efficient and cheap in the capital of Reykjavik, foot paths are heated in winter to prevent them freezing over!

We were able to walk in behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall and follow a trail right down to the plunge pool at the bottom. It was amazing, but the spray meant that we were all completely soaked for the two hour bus journey back to the hotel! We gained so much from the tour and this knowledge was tested in the final night quiz. It was a fun way to finish off the trip.

Everyone had a fantastic time and we will always have great memories of Iceland. We definitely recommend people go if they ever have the chance. Bring plenty of warm clothes and waterproofs

Niamh Conneely 5.1

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The following is an outline of the Junior Certificate course:

1st Year

  • Archaeology
  • Ancient Ireland
  • Ancient Civilisation
  • Celts
  • Bronze Age
  • Stone Age
  • Iron Age
  • Monks and Monasteries
  • Norman Ireland
  • Viking Ireland
  • Renaissance

2nd Year

  • Reformation
  • Counter Reformation
  • French Revolution
  • American Revolution
  • Irish Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Agricultural Revolution
  • The Famine

3rd Year

  • Modern Irish and European History (1870-1970)
  • 1916 Rising
  • The Irish Free State
  • World War 1
  • The Rise of Hitler
  • The Rise of Mussolini
  • World War 2
  • Cold War
  • Setting up of the E.U.

Transition Year History:

In Transition Year you get a chance to do different things than you usually would in the Junior or Leaving certificate course. At the start of the year (October 2002), we all did projects on 'Famous Irish Woman in History'. We also study Jewish History.

Leaving Certfiicate History:

Students study Irish and European History from 1870 to 1970. One of the most exciting parts of the leaving cert course is the research topic, where students get a chance to research a topic in history which interests them most.

History Trips:

The History department organizes several history trips each year. These include trips to The Dáil, Kilmainham Gaol, The Irish Jewish Museum, Glendalough and The National Museum at Collins Barracks.


Fáilte Isteach Go hIonad Ghaeilge Coláiste San Dominic.

Sa scoil seo bíonn seans iomlán ag gach duine ard-chaigdeán Ghaeilge a bhaint amach. Cuirtear béim ar na scileanna go léir - ar an dteanga labhartha,ar éisteacht agus ar scríobh na Gaeilge. Is é meon na múinteoirí anseo ná gur cuid tábhachtach den chúltúr í an Ghaeilge. Déantar an-iarracht grá don Ghaeilge a chóthú sna daltaí.

Tugtar spreagadh do dháltaí féachaint ar TG4 agus éisteacht le Raidio na Gaeltachta chomh maith le nuachtáin Gaeilge a léamh. Cothaítear an tuiscint gur féidir dhátheangachas a bheith ag daoine óga agus gur cuid den todhchaí í an Ghaeilge. Mar a deir an seanfhocal "Tír gan teanga, Tír gan anam".

Tugtar spreagadh do dhaltaí páirt a ghlacadh I gnéithe éagsúla den chúltúr, mar shampla, ceol traidisiúnta, céilithe, díospóireachtaí, tráthanna na gceist, dramaíocht, scríbhneoireacht agus imeachtaí éagsúla mar Seachtain na Gaeilge. Sa bhliain d'éirigh leis an bhfoireann sóirearach an Craobh Réigiúnach a shroichint igComórtas Díospóireachta Gael-Linn. Bhí Aoife Cooke, Louise Ní Bhrádaigh, Aisling Ní Chuinn agus Jessica Treacy ar an bhfoireann. 'Sé an rún a bhí againn ná "Tuigeann tuismitheoirí in lae inniu fadhbanna nu hóige". Bhí muidne I bhfábhar an rúin. I mbliana ghlacamar páirt sna díospóireachtaí Gael-Linn freisin.

Le tuilleadh scríobh chuig Roinn na Gaeilge, Coláiste San Dominic, Ascal Uí Ghríofa, B.A.C.-9

Scrudú Béil Gnáthleibhéal 2007

Gaeilge na hIdirbliana 2007


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