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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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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


Suíomhanna áisiúla:


The aim of English at second level is to develop students' proficiencyin language and broaden their understanding and appreciation of literature.

In English students get the opportunity to study the works of many great writers. William Shakespeare, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Bronte, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Eavan Boland are just some of the writers they may study.

A central part of studying English is reading. With the advent of computer games it is worrying to discover that teenagers today are reading less and less. A love of reading is wholeheartedly encouraged at Dominican College. We have and excellent library available to students with reading material for all age groups.

Visits by theatre groups and attendance at staged performances of plays on the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate syllabi are encouraged.

Useful Website Addresses



Le français, c’est une langue sonore et musicale ! Profitez J

Our aim in all years is to develop skills in all four French competencies; Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

We wish to foster a love of the French language and culture and hope that all our students will be able to communicate to a high standard.

Junior Certificate

Students learn to communicate through French within the classroom, and practice scenarios and role plays for basic communication through French. For example, we look at going shopping, using public transport, talking to penpals, going on holidays. These are your French survival skills!

Leaving Certificate

Students study French across a broad range of themes, and equip themselves with knowledge in order to discuss themselves and their interests, current affairs, social issues, and to read journalistic and literary texts.

All students undertake Oral Exams at Senior Cycle.

Des liens utiles / Useful websites and links


Listen to their podcasts, each centred around a Leaving Cert theme.

Easy site with great videos.

Great practice for oral work.

Some great songs, and a film of the month

Planning Exchanges - En Irlande  European   Language Colleges run highly reputable courses at schools in Dublin, Clane,   Roscrea and Limerick for students looking to have a fantastic time while   improving their French. Expensive, but guaranteed to improve your French! Ideally   located in Dublin City Centre, the Allicance   runs courses for French speakers at all levels, all year round. French Camps   in July run at a youth hostel in Achill, Co. Mayo. More suited to Junior   students. Innovative   teaching in Co.Cork for Senior Students running mid-term and summer   curriculum focussed courses. The French   Institute in Galway runs exam preparation courses for L.C. students, and exam   focussed summer courses.

Sans aucun doute, la meilleure chose pour améliorer votre niveau de francais, c’est d’aller en France !

Planning Exchanges - En France A site to   facilitate exchanges between Irish students and students from France, Germany   and Spain Popular   language courses and summer camps in Biarritz, Montpellier and elsewhere Arranges   placements in French schools for TY and 5th Year students, and   organises summer camps for Irish students to study abroad. Similar to   Living Language, experienced at organising TY exchanges to partner schools in   France. French   company organising supervised French stays.


Civic, Social and Political Education

Students have 1 class period per week for C.S.P.E.

Junior Certificate Exam

  • Written paper 40%
  • Project 60%

Pupils are examined on their knowledge of the following areas

  • Human Rights (Declaration on Human Rights etc).
  • The Environment.
  • The law (Role of the Gardai, the Courts etc.).
  • The Government.
  • The European Union.
  • The United Nations.
  • Issues in Society (drugs, refugees, homelessness, etc.).

The course is very broad and the pupils are often asked about current affairs in the written examination. They are advised to watch the news and read the national newspapers once a week.

The following is an exerpt from Scoilnet:

Many of the questions in Section 2 of the 1999 CSPE Examination asked students to suggest actions which they could take in response to the issue under discussion. For example, suggest two actions thatcould be taken to promote and support the rights of people with disabilities. Students should note here that, in each case, they were expected to suggest an action that was capable of being carried out. There were four marks for the first action and two for the second. Marks were allocated depending on whether the action was unrealistic (0 marks), had some possibility of achievement (1 to 2 marks), or was achievable (3 to 4 marks).

A list of suggested actions which students might like to consider as appropriate for this type of question in Section 2 is listed below. Please note that if you repeat an action then you must expand on it to show how it is different from the first mention of it. Repetition without expansion receives zero marks. Be warned!

Suggested Actions:

  1. Poster Campaign
  2. Sign a Petition Campaign
  3. Write a letter to your local TD or MEP or relevant Minister
  4. Letter to your newspaper
  5. Postcard campaign e.g. Tocaire and Child Slave Labour
  6. Organise a local meeting with a relevant Guest Speaker
  7. Publish your message on a Web Page for the Internet e.g. Scoilnet web site
  8. Create your own web site and have a petition form on the site where it can be filled up and submitted
  9. Get a slot on your local radio
  10. Fund raising campaign
  11. Hold a designated day in your school e.g. Green Schools Day
  12. Publish your message in the school newsletter.