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.