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.
The Religious Education teachers of Dominican College see their role as complementary to that of the home and the parish. This is apparent in the effort put into liturgy and community service by the religious educators.
In Dominican College, it is hoped that God's loving concern for the uniqueness of each individual and God's creative power in the development of community will be experienced by the students during their years in this school. We believe that Christian formation takes place within the course of human formation.
The following subjects are explored and studied at different levels between first and sixth year:
The life of Christ, Bible Studies (special attention is given to the Gospels),
The Sacraments, Morality, Justice, World Religions, The Church Year, Prayer and Meditation.
The spiritual development of students is a fundamental part of the Religious Programme and works alongside classroom studies. Great emphasis is placed on liturgical and prayer services during the school year. The school Oratory is a special place within the school. It is used during class time by teachers, but is regularly used outside of formal class periods.
A special Community Care Programme is followed in Transition Year, when students are given the opportunity to work in an assigned placement once a week. Thus they see Christian values alive and at work in their local community. Placements include hospitals, childcare groups, meals on wheels and charity shops.
In Sixth Year, students participate in a programme based on the Ballygall programme. Various speakers are invited into the school each week to give a talk to the students.
A retreat programme is provided for each year group.
Textbooks: Communities of Faith by Linda Quigley and All About Faith 2 by Anne and Niall Boyle.
Moral Questions by John McKenna.
The Challenge of God by Niall Boyle.
World Religions and Beliefs by Ellen Fleming and Brigid O'Hara.
Reason to Believe by Ann Walsh.
Useful Web Addresses
http://www.antobar.ie An Tobar - Religious Education Resources and Courses.
Telephone: 01 8376080 Fax: 01 8064180
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Transition Year 2009-10
The mini-med programme run by The Royal College of Surgeons and Beaumont Hospital gives two lucky students the chance to partake in lectures, see operations and talk to doctors and surgeons for a week during Transition Year. Here is an account from Laura O'Brien.
Mizz Dominican is a students' newletter created originally by Class 1:2 (2002-2003) as part of their computer studies programme and subsequently formed part of the Gaisce tasks undertaken by two Transition Year students (Aoife Mooney and Andrea Ormond) for the remainder of the academic year.
Choose from the list of newsletters below:
Choose from the list of Fairy Tales below:
Rescuing The Prince
Ping & Pongs' Great Adventure
The Shining Green Shoes
The Talking Dog
Love At First Sight
The Icicle Kingdom
The Prince To The Rescue
Once Upon A Time In Cherry-Ville
The 3 Ompah Lumpahs
Parents' Association Corner
The role of the Parents’ Association is to:
Support the school as we work together towards our common goal of providing a safe, nurturing, inclusive school environment for all our students, enabling them to receive the best possible education.
Provide opportunities for discussion, information and consultation about matters of common interest to parents, teachers and students of Dominican College.
Promote the role of parents and guardians as the primary educators of their children.
Provide support for school activities as needed and initiate activities which advance the aims and objectives of Dominican College.
All parents / guardians of current students of Dominican College are member of the Parents’ Association.
The members are represented by a committee, with elected officers of Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.
Our annual general meeting is held in September or October each year. At the AGM we invite parents to volunteer to become members of the Parents Association committee. We always welcome new members and new ideas.
The committee usually meets once a month and the meetings are also attended by Dr. Laffoy (principal). Being a member of the Parents’ Association is a good way to meet other parents and to demonstrate your interest in your child’s education. It gives you a better understanding of what is going on in our school.
During the 2015-2016 school year the Parents’ Association
Organised a study smart programme
Helped with the TY musical and the 6th year graduation ceremony
Changed the supplier of the school uniform
Our main fundraising events were the annual plant sale & raffle and the school walk
Guest Speaker – Tuesday 25th April at 7.30pm
All parents will be invited to attend a talk by Dr. Fergus Heffernan who will talk to us on the subject of promoting positive mental health and understanding the emotional well-being of teenagers, children and the family.
Annual Plant Sale – Sunday 7th May.
The introduction of free education in the 1960's created financial difficulties for many secondary schools. However three pioneering parents namely Eileen Caff, Brendan Murphy and Bernie Ryan founded the Dominican College Parents' Association and were responsible for setting up the voluntary contribution scheme in order to maintain the high standard of education enjoyed by its pupils. Although these parents addressed some of the financial difficulties at that time, the principal aims of the Association still remain as:
To promote the School, its image, aims and philosophies by encouraging active participation of all parents.
To promote better understanding, liase and maintain a working relationship between the management, teachers and parents.
To support the management, teachers and pupils in any areas where they require help concerning the school or its activities.
In 1966, Brendan Murphy became the first chairperson of Dominican College's Parents Association and its dynamic committee paved the way for the committees to come.
Today the working committee comprises of twenty-seven members with a supplementary committee of ten people. The committee organised a quiz night in the school recently and also a very informative and successful talk for parents dealing with adolescent development. A school fundraising walk is currently being organised for the last term of this school year.
The Annual General Meeting takes place in late September. The first meeting of the Association is the first Monday in October and we would welcome any new members who wish to join.
DCGA news is a newspaper for the parents by the parents of students in Dominican College. Click below to keep up to date with what is happening in our community.
|Volume 1, Oct. 2010||Volume 2, Feb. 2011|
Careers advice and information
All girls Voluntary Secondary Catholic Schoolof approximately 700 pupils, with a broad spectrum of needs and aspirations.
The role of the Guidance Counsellor is to provide for, and support, the Personal, Social, Educational and Vocational development of the student.
Guidance is a range of processes designed to enable individuals to make informed choices and transitions related to their personal, education and career development.
Counselling may be defined as the skilled and principled use of relationship to facilitate self -knowledge, emotional acceptance, growth and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully.
The Guidance Counsellor assists students with their personal, social, educational and career choices by providing counselling, support, assessment, information , referrals and classroom guidance activities. Click Here For The Full Document
UCD Science Careers and Open Evening:
01/11/2011. Click on the link below for further information
|An Bord Altanrais: The Irish Nursing Board||http://www.nursingboard.ie|
|Central Applications Office (CAO)||http://www.cao.ie|
|CERT - The State Tourism Trading Agency||http://www.cert.ie|
|Irish Defence Forces||http://www.military.ie|
|National Adult Literacy Agency||http://www.nala.ie|
|National Centre for Technology in Education||http://www.ncte.ie|
|National Council for Vocational Awards||http://www.ncva.ie|
|CAO On-line Application System||http://www.cao.ie|
|Irish Jobs Page||http://www.exp.ie|
|Careers Research and Advisory Centre||http://www.crac.org.uk|
|European Employment Services (EURES)||http://europa.eu.int/jobs/eures|
|National Association of Careers and Guidance
|UCAS - UK College Applications||http://www.ucas.ac.uk|
|British University Information||http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/|
|Career Resource Centre||http://www.careers.org|
|Ecctis - UK Course Discover||http://www.ecctis.co.uk|
|Guideline Career Services||http://www.guideline-careers.co.uk|
|My Future - US Online Career Advice site||http://www.myfuture.com|
|US Careers Resource Centre||http://www.uscareers.com|
The list of new links on the site.
- Bardic Database – The Bardic Poetry Project in TCD
- Careers using the Irish language – Career options using Irish
- Chemical Database – ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 28 million structures
- Chemistry – This site is compulsive reading even for non scientists.
- Chemistry – Discover Chemistry careers posters
- Chemistry Crosswords – A fun way to learn Chemistry
- College Board – USA College and course selection site
- College Board USA – The place for search for courses in America
- Courses listing in Irish – Interest profiler with and career and course matching (CAO and PLC)
- Courses on Irish – List of Courses in TCD
- Drink Aware – The leading information portal on alcohol and drinking for consumers in Ireland
- Education in Germany – Basic information on the structure of the German education system and on how it works.
- Educational Games – We strive to push the envelope of traditional game design while demonstrating the power of games to lead to new ways of thinking.
- EUNICAS – EUNiCAS is the European Universities Central Application Support Service.
- Europass – Opening doors to learning and working in Europe
- Exemption from Irish or Third Language – NUI Application form for exemption – PDF
- Genetics for everyone – A fun introduction to the basics of Genetics
- Guide to UCAS – This is a must read for anyone thinking of applying to UCAS
- Ipad Quick Reference Card – All you need to know to get your iPad working – PDF
- Irish and Celtic Studies TCD – Introduction to the Department
- Irish Grammar – Learn Irish grammar
- Irish Language Jobs – Gaelport.com offers a comprehensive database of Irish language jobs and career opportunities
- Irish Studies – An Interdisciplinary Course in Irish Civilisation in TCD
- Irish Studies, Celtic Studies, Folklore and Linguistics – Irish department in UCD
- Languages Tutor Site – An online workbook for your Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Latin language students.
- Learning Chemistry – Resources for those teaching or learning Chemistry
- Music Generation – Music Generation is Ireland’s new National Music Education Programme
- Music Tuition Site – Offers fun, interactive music lessons for music/instrument learners of all ages
- Music videos in Irish – Music Videos by Colaiste Lurgan
- Nano technology – The impact of this science area in our economy – PDF
- Online Language Games – Have fun playing while learning languages with Languagegames.org online games!
- Study in Australia or New Zealand – Free, independent, expert service for people looking to study in Australia and New Zealand.
- Study in Sweden – This is a comprehensive resource for information about higher education in Sweden.
- Study in the UK – For anyone living in Ireland and thinking of doing a third-level course in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the United Kingdom
- Studying Commerce in Irish – Video in Irish
- Studying Irish – Video in studying Irish in NUIG
- Studying Irish – List of CAO courses on Irish in Qualifax
- Why Study Down Under – Why go all the way to Australia or New Zealand to study at university ? Here are a few things to consider
Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff:
Please find below, new and comprehensive guidance and career links plus information for parents, teachers and all (first to sixth year) students . It is envisaged that these will be updated regularly to provide an invaluable research tool for everyone.
Topics include aptitude tests, study skills, subject choice, college/course career choice, CAO, UCAS, PLC, bullying, transition to second level/third level and many more topics of interest. Some of this information has been compiled by students themselves.
Please note that Dominican College does not accept any responsibilty for any misinformation/inaccuracies that may aoccur on the sites/links.
All Sixth Year parents and daughters applying to UCD please note an information session on CAO and choosing a course at UCD will be held on 12th January 2013. Check UCD website for further details.
Also check CAO website for any new recently introduced course.
Thank you and Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone from the guidance dept.
Eva Hempenstall (Guidance Counsellor)