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Dominican College Griffith Avenue won their first ever
Inter-Dominican football title when they beat St.Dominic's, Ballyfermot
3 - 0. The tournament took place in St.Dominic's, Cabra on Saturday
31st of March 2003, part of the Inter-Dominican Sports Day. Five
Dominican schools were respresented in the tournament:
- Dominican College, Griffith Avenue
- Muckross College
- St. Dominic's, Ballyfermot
- St. Dominic's, Cabra
- Scoil Caitríona
Each team played four group matches with the top two teams
playing in the final. Dominican College, Griffith Avenue topped the
group with three wins ( 3 - 0 Vs Cabra, 5 - 0 Vs Muckross,
4 - 0 Vs Scoil Caitríona) and a 0 - 0 draw Vs Ballyfermot.
Our opponents in the final were St.Dominic's, Ballyfermot who finished
second. In an entertaining final, Griifith Avenue took an early lead
and then proceeded to miss a number of good chances in the first-half. However
two goals early in the second half put the game beyond Ballyfermot.
The final whistle lead to joyous celebrations amongst the Griffith Avenue
players as they collected their trophy and their winners' medals.
Dominican College Griffith Avenue Squad:
Jane Horgan Jones (C), Francina Murphy, Sorcha Turnbull, Caitríona Darling, Olga Tyrrell, Aisling Murray, Eva Power, Joanna O'Byrne, Donna Raynor, Sarah Stapleton, Lauren Phillips, Lauren Fagan, Jenny Smith and Katie Tuck
Effective implementation of the Environmental Policy requires a whole-school approach.
Our mission statement states that 'we strive to realise each individual's full potential in a catholic environment.' Developing each individual's potential involves an awareness of, and participation in, stewardship of the environment.
Rationale for this School Policy
All human and natural life is linked, whether at local, national or global level. The things we do or leave undone impact directly or indirectly on the lives of others.
Under the Education Act 1998, schools are required to have a policy on the Environment.
All schools have an obligation under The Litter Pollution Act 1997 to keep their grounds free of litter, as far as is practical.
Goals of this Policy
The main objective of this policy is to establish a clean and healthy environment where all members of the school community benefit from and share respect for our surroundings.
Roles and Responsibilities in Developing and Implementing this Policy
Those responsible for developing the Environment Policy will include staff, students and Board of Management.
It is the responsibility of the whole school community, Trustees, Board of Management, Teaching Staff, Non-Teaching Staff, Parents, Students and others who use the school facilities to implement this policy. The development and implementation of this policy will be co-ordinated by a Special Duties post-holder with the help of a Student Environment Committee.
Content of Policy
The school was registered for the Green-Schools Programme in October 2001.
The seven steps required to achieve and maintain the Green-Schools award have become an integral part of our policy. These steps include:
- The establishment of a Green-Schools Committee.
The Environmental Committee meet with the Healthy School Environment Officer every week.
- The Environmental review.
This is a process of examining the schools environmental impacts in order to identify targets for action and improvement.
A review should take place before new action is taken in a particular area e.g. waste review was carried out in 2001 and 2005.
- Action Plan
This is a timetabled series of specific targets, which will be developed from the results of the review. Actions taken follow themes outlined by the Green-Schools programme i.e.
Waste Management and Recycling
Themes followed and therefore action plan will change every two years following initial attainment of Green-Schools Award.
Theme: Waste Management and Recycling
- Review of current practices regarding waste management and recycling. Staff and students were surveyed and results were posted on Green-Schools notice board and in staff room.
- As a result of the review a group of second year students introduced a bring back the lunchbox campaign. This campaign encouraged all students to use a reusable lunchbox instead of cling film and tinfoil. Letters were sent home to parents, students were informed at assembly, on the intercom and by a poster campaign around the school.
- Recycling zones were maintained throughout the school. Paper, cans, tetra pak and plastic bottles can be recycled.
- Water saving hippo bags were installed in all toilets by TY students
- Action Day - Environmental Awareness Day and Spring Clean Day take place once a year. These events are organised by the Environmental Committee and the Healthy School Environment Officer and supported by staff.
- A member of the Environmental Committee attends weekly Students Council meetings to keep the student population updated on the progress of the Green-Schools Programme.
- Monitoring and Evaluation (Record Keeping and Measuring progress).
- Curriculum Work: All subjects to a greater or lesser degree, touch on environmental issues. Teachers should be mindful of this and use opportunities as they arise in their subjects to support and promote the implementation of this policy.
- Informing and involving the school and wider community.
- Green Code: A statement of the objectives demonstrating the school's commitment to environmentally friendly actions. This code should be displayed on the Green-Schools notice board.
Review of classroom 'clean up' procedures after break and lunchtime will take place each year.
11th December 2006
Dominican College, 204 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.
Dominican College V St. Marks
Division 2 - Semi Final (2002-03) - 10/05/2003
Despite struggling in the opening group matches against Maryfield, Mercy Beaumont and Ard Scoil La Salle (Raheny), Dominican College's under 13 team qualified for the semi-final of the Leinster Girls' Division 2 against St. Mark's, Tallaght. This feat was achieved through determination, enthusiasm and hard work.
Within five minutes of the kick-off, both teams had half chances to take an early lead. Caroline McNamara hit an optimistic effort wide following a loose clearance by the St. Mark's defence. Minutes after this, St. Mark's, Jessica Carter sent Francine Roberts through, but Dominican's defence, lead by Lauren Fagan, played the off-side rule to perfection to stop the danger. This marked a period of sustained attack by St. Mark's and only for the heroics of Caroline Davis in goals, Dominican College would have conceeded an early goal. Sarah Stapleton and Lauren Phillips held their ground well in the centre of midfield but were having difficulty bringing the wingers, Katie Tuck and Jenny Smith into the game. This concentration of action in the centre of the field led to a Dominican clearance hitting off a St. Mark's player putting Dien Lu one-on-one with Caroline Davis for the first goal of the game. This was how the game ended at half time.
The second half saw Dominican College controlling more of the ball from defence. Debbie Maguire brought the ball forward to try and release RóisIn Prender up the wing and only for the superb defence of Sarah Horte, Dominican College would have been straight back into the game. This determined play at the beginning of the second half was Dominican's best spell of the game, but they were dealt a blow when Jennifer Hyland had to be replaced after suffering a leg injury, ten minutes into the second half. This was followed almost immediately by a penalty for St. Mark's, for handball in the box and Sarah Horte blasted the ball into the back of the net. Dominican's player of the match, Caroline Davis, got a hand to the ball, but she sprained her fingers in the process and had to be replaced in goal by captain Sarah Stapleton. A buoyant St. Mark's slotted home two late goals to win 4 - 0 on the day.
Dominican College team members included
Caroline Davis, Eimear Nolan, Carol Martin, Aileen Bohan, Lauren Fagan, Caroline McNamara, Jennifer Hyland, Sarah Stapleton (Captain), Lauren Phillips, Róisín Farrelly-Prender, Katie Tuck, Aisling Fitzgerald, Ruth Davenport, Debbie Maguire, Amy Gillivan, Jennifer Smith, Amy Redmond and Emma Clarke.
Board of Management Philosophy
The Board of Management recognises and accepts not only its statutory responsibilities but also its obligations as an employer to direct, manage and achieve in so far as is reasonably possible, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work of every employee, student and visitors alike. The Board of Management believes that each employee, student, and visitor accepts his or her legal and moral responsibilities for improving and maintaining Safety, Health and Welfare in the workplace and for behaviour which does not jeopardise the individual's personal Safety, Health and Welfare or that of others.
This policy has been prepared in accordance with the Fire Service Act 1981 and associated legislation, Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989, Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1993, Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Chemical Agents) Regulations 1991 and the Safety, Health and Welfare (Miscellaneous Welfare Provisions) Regulations, 1995.
Benefits of a Policy
The benefit of having this written policy is to act as a reference document for staff, students and visitors.
Safety is a line management responsibility. Each member of staff is responsible for safety in their own area/s and for the implementation of relevant safety procedures. This includes the instruction and training of students in these areas. The Safety Officer shall monitor safety generally and the operation of safety procedures. The Principal shall ensure that in the interest of the operation of correct safety procedures each staff member will be given a copy of the Health and Safety Policy and shall be familiar with its contents.
SAFETY OFFICER & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVE
The Board of Management has approved the appointment (under the provisions of the Safety, Health And Welfare Act, 1989) of Ms Claire Butler Principal, as Safety Officer. The Safety Officer will be responsible for overseeing the safety provision on behalf of the college.
The Board of Management has appointed (under the provision of the Safety, Health And Welfare Act, 1989) Ms. Carol Clancy Pitcher as the Safety Representative.
They should be consulted, as appropriate, if any of the employees have queries regarding any of the safety provisions mentioned in this statement.
Their main duties and responsibilities are as follows:-
(a) To guide and advise on all health, safety and welfare matters
(b) To ensure that the College fulfils all statutory requirements in respect of the above Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Acts.
(c) To ensure that the appropriate safety education and training are provided using both in-house and external resources.
(d) To undertake regular and appropriate revision and auditing of all safety procedures and to ensure that they are kept up to date.
(e) To ensure that adequate fire protection and prevention measures are provided.
(f) The Safety Officer shall investigate all accidents and dangerous occurrences, and shall ensure that an accurate record is kept of all such incidents. Causes of accidents shall be determined as far as practical and where appropriate, remedial action shall be specified.
The following hazards (in as much as can be identified) are considered by the college to be a source of potential danger and are brought to the attention of all concerned:
(i) Main ESB Meter Room, all Power Distribution Boards and Boiler Houses
(ii) General Kitchens, Windows and Toilet Areas
(iii) The following classrooms: Art Rooms, Cookery Kitchens, Computer Room, Demonstration Room, Dress Design Room, Gym, Hall and Drama Room, Music Room, Oratory, Science Rooms and all their fittings and equipment.
(iv) AV Room
(v) Office equipment: photocopiers, paper shredders, guillotines
(v) Machines for Cleaning and Maintenance
(vi) All computers and VDUs
(vii) Fire extinguishers
(vii). Trailing Leads; Low level seating;
(viii). Floor mats, ladders, broken furniture/fittings, school & other bags left in passages in classrooms, on corridors and in staff areas.
(ix). Chemicals in all areas
(xii). Kettles in all areas
(xiii). Lack of order on corridors
(xiv) Obstructions at gateway restricting access
(xv). Cars /car park
(xvi). Extra curricular activities
MINIMISING THE DANGERS OF POTENTIAL HAZARDS
To minimise these dangers the following safety/protective measures must be adhered to:-
(a) Limiting access to and operation of plant/equipment to qualified members of staff whose job function is that of running, maintaining, cleaning or monitoring itmes of plant in course of normal duties.
(b) In addition, all such plant and machinery is to be used in strict accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and recommendations.
(c) Where applicable, members of staff will be instructed in the correct use of plant, machinery and equipment.
(d) All machinery and electrical equipment to be fitted with adequate safeguards.
(e) Precautionary notices, in respect of safety matters are displayed at relevant points.
(f) Notices of slippery floor surfaces to be displayed where appropriate.
(g) Emulsion polish with non-slip properties to be used.
(h) Employees and students are advised to wear shoes with non-slip soles and heels.
(i) To ensure the continued welfare of employees/students, toilet and cloakroom facilities are provided. Staff/students must co-operate in maintaining a high standard of hygiene in these areas.
(j) Members of staff using chemicals, solvents, detergents, copier toner, etc. should familiarise themselves with any hazards associated with the materials and precautions which should be taken in the event of spillage, splashes etc.
(k) Maps of all fire exits should be provided in each place of assembly - classrooms, staffrooms, offices etc.
All staff members will be:
(a) Instructed in lifting and handling methods where relevant.
(b) Advised of the protective clothing and safety equipment available and the areas where they must be worn.
(c) Advised of the nature and location of fire equipment and how it is safely operated. Training courses will be provided for all staff when required.
(d) Notified of any changes in safety policy and procedures
Arrangements will be made for all electrical appliances to be checked when appropriate. Before using any appliance the user should check that:
- All safety guards which are a normal part of the appliance are fitted and in working order
- Power supply cables/leads are intact and free of cuts or abrasions
- Suitable undamaged fused plug tops are used and fitted with the correct fuse.
CHEMICALS, SOLVENTS, DETERGENTS, COPIER TONER, ETC.
Safety data sheets are supplied with all such materials. Members of staff using these materials will familiarise themselves with the hazards associated with the materials and precautions to be taken in event of spillage, splashes etc. Disposal of above materials is to be carried out following the appropriate recommended guidelines.
To ensure the continued welfare of employees, kitchen, toilet and cloakroom areas are provided. Staff and students must co-operate in maintaining a high standard of hygiene in these areas.
All members of staff will note that:-
(a) Any person who is under medical supervision or on prescribed medication and who has been certified fit for work, should notify the Principal of any known side effects or temporary physical disabilities which could hinder their work performance and which may be a danger to either themselves or their fellow workers or pupils.
(b) Illicit drugs and alcohol: staff, students and visitors are not allowed to attend the premises or carry out duties whilst under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol. Any person found doing so will be requested to vacate the premises.
(c) In the interest of the welfare of both staff and students it is advised that social occasions outside of school where alcohol is involved should be avoided.
(d) To support the welfare of staff occasional inputs on e.g. stress, conflict management, will provided.
(e) First Aid box(es) will be provided in the Secretary's Office and key areas to deal with minor injuries.
(f) Smoking is forbidden on the premises and grounds.
FIRE PROTECTION & PREVENTION
Day-today fire management in the College will be designated to the person holding the post of Health and Safety Officer.
This person will:
(a) Appoint Fire Marshals for each section of the College.
(b) Organise training for Management and Staff.
(c) Organise regular Fire Drills.
(d) Fulfil all statutory obligations regarding the provision and maintenance of fire protection equipment
(e) Draft and co-ordinate a pre-fire plan for the College
(f) Ensure the effective use of escape routes at all times
General fire prevention requirements are carried out as followed
(a) Fire extinguishers are provided and correctly sited to meet statutory and insurance requirements.
(b) All fire fighting equipment is regularly tested and serviced by specialised contractors.
(c) All fire exits and emergency paths are marked using the standard symbols.
(d) Fire Drill will be held during the school year.
(e) Fire safety inspections and analyses of potential fire hazards are carried out on a regular basis
(f) An evacuation procedure is in place and the attention of each staff member, students and visitors drawn to it. These individuals must familarise themselves with these procedures so that fast and effective evacuation of the premises can be accomplished in the event of an emergency.
In line with National legislation, 2004, the whole school building, field and gym are smoke free zones.
DUTIES OF STAFF MEMBERS
The attention of staff members is drawn to the following duties of persons employed as laid down in Section 9 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989.
"1. It shall be the duty of every staff member while at work:
(a) to take reasonable care for his/her own safety, health and welfare and that of any person who may be affected by his/her acts or omissions while at work;
(b) to co-operate with his/her employer and any other person to such an extent as will enable his/her employer or the other person to comply with any of the relevant statutory provisions;
(c) to use in such manner and so as to provide the protection intended, any suitable appliance, protective clothing, convenience, equipment or other means or thing provided (whether for his/her use alone or for use by him/her in common with others) for securing his/her safety, health or welfare of which he/she becomes aware.
2. No person shall intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse any appliance, protective clothing, convenience, equipment or other means or thing provided in pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions or otherwise for securing the safety, health or welfare of persons arising out of work activities."
The Board of Management expects total compliance with the above from all members of staff.
REPORTING OF ACCIDENTS/INCIDENTS
All accidents/incidents no matter how trivial, whether to employees, students or members of the public must be reported as appropriate and written into the Accident Report Book which will be retained for recording all accidents in the College and will be available fro such reports and for inspection by the Safety Officer. This is necessary to monitor the progress of safety standards and to ensure that proper medical attention is given where required. The Accident Report Book will be retained in the Principal's Office.
The aim of the Board of Management/Manager is to provide a healthy and safe working environment. This can be achieved with the help and assistance of all staff members and students by -
(a) Observing the general rules of safety
(b) Using all plant, machinery and equipment in a safe and proper manner
(c) Employing the proper procedures when carrying out tasks and ensuring that no practices are used which may act as a source of danger to themselves and/or others.
(d) Keeping work areas clean and tidy at all times.
(e) Making sure all corridors and passageways, particularly those leading to escape routes, are kept free of obstructions at all times. Taking care that fire points are not blocked or covered up in any way and that they are ready for use if the need arises. Staff and students will be reminded of this frequently by the Safety Officer.
This Health and Safety Policy has been prepared based on conditions existing in the premises of the College at the time of writing. It will be altered, revised/updated as appropriate so as to comply with any changes in conditions/legislation.
11th December 2006 Revised 2008:
Dominican College, 204 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.