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Music

Music is a central part of both curricular and extra-curricular life at Dominican College. There are many opportunities to get involved and music is available as a subject at both junior and senior levels. 

We are currently updating the Music website page to reflect the new Junior Cycle syllabus

Maths

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Learning maths is fun
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Why did the m&m go to school?                                                           To beome a smartie!!!



Maths Week in Dominican College


Maths Week in Dominican College aims to raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of mathematics for all. Maths is needed in today's world and those people with poor proficiency in Maths will be disadvantaged in life. In addition we need to encourage more young people to work harder at Maths in school to progress on to areas such as Maths itself,
engineering, science, accountancy etc. All too common we hear people say "I can't do Maths" and this leads to an idea that you have to be hardwired for Maths. Of course, not everyone will become a top mathematician but everyone can do better than they do and many could learn to enjoy Maths if we can break this "cycle of fear". The events of Maths Week are designed to present Maths as interesting, challenging and yet rewarding - and yes, even fun! Link : www.mathsweek.ie

A TIMETABLE OF EVENTS PROMOTING MATHS WEEK IN DOMINICAN COLLEGE OCT 12TH – 17TH 2009

EVENT
DATE
TARGET YEAR GROUP
Prizes
“Magic of Maths” Lecture in RDS
Monday Oct 12th
ALL TY’S
N/A
Math’s Quiz
-powerpoint
Wednesday Oct 14th
-All First Years, during class time
Prize at Assembly following week
Math’s Quiz
-powerpoint
Wednesday Oct 14th
All Second Years during class time

Prize at Assembly following week
Sudoka
Thursday Oct 15th
All Students
-In Library at lunch time.
-Interested students must give their names to
Ms. Tracy or Ms. Mohan
-Winners announced Friday 325pm over PA.
-Collect prize then
Brainteasers on line
Math’s Week
Last day to submit  Thurs 14th
All Classes
- e-mail your answer to :
(email will be updated shortly)
-Winners announced Friday 325pm over PA.
-Collect prize then
Poster Competition
Due Tues Oct 13th
1st Years
Prize at Assembly following week
Brainteasers in class
Every Day
Non- Exam Classes





Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics is about developing an understanding of numbers and measuring. It helps to prepare for many practical aspects of day-to-day living. It enables the learner to think logically and solve problems, which are skills for life. Engineering, computing, architecture, business and, in fact, every possible career choice will involve one or more aspects of Mathematics. Without Maths, we would not have the technology to surf the Internet, build a bridge, weigh ourselves, design or manufacture a car, fly an aeroplane, use a mobile phone…

What is the best way to study Mathematics?

A common problem faced by students of Mathematics is that when presented with a Maths problem, it can be hard to establish a correct starting point. When prompted in class by a teacher or fellow student, they know how to complete the task but without that assistance at home can feel very lost. It is essential to take useful notes and tips from class, which can easily be understood later. This will prove invaluable when studying at home.

How should Maths be studied at home?

Revise the material learned in class that day. This should include:
1. Mathematical concepts.
2. new Mathematical terms/vocabulary.
3. working through examples shown in class.

Use examples from the textbook and class to help you but make every effort to understand them instead of just trying to make your exercises look like the examples.

Answer the homework questions by showing the methodology used as well as the answers. When a question is completed, always ensure that the answer makes sense. Eg. Make sure that a table that you should calculate to be 2m in length is not found to be 2cm or 20m!

Remember........................
The best way to study Mathematics is to actually work out questions for yourself.

Useful Websites for Mathematics

A very comprehensive gateway site (a site that categorises and links to lots of other sites). It contains sections on:
General Topics, Geometry, Fractals, History of Mathematics and Mathematical Software
http://www.tc.cornell.edu/EDU/MathSciGateway/general.asp

Some fun numeracy games here can be played online. A good way to practise against the clock!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/megamaths/

This is part of one of the most famous sites for mathematics education: the Maths Forum at Swarthmore. There are many categorised links to other pages.
http://mathforum.org/library/

This is a search engine and yields Yahoo's categorisation of many mathematical sites.
http://dir.yahoo.com/science/mathematics/

This site is loaded with problems and games for both teachers and students. It is definitely worth a look!
http://www.mathgoodies.com/

This site contains multiple levels of games for any age group. All are colourful and easy to follow.
http://www.coolmath.com/

Home Economics

https://sites.google.com/site/dcgahomeec/

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.
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Latin

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.


WHY SHOULD YOUR DAUGHTER STUDY LATIN?

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.

History

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.