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Art and Design has always been a popular subject. The quality of the artwork produced over the years reflects the creative talent of many of our students.

First Year Art

Students learn the basic skills necessary to understanding the foundations of Art. These include drawing, painting, 3D construction and indeed the management of materials and safety practices in the art room. Students are required to keep a sketchbook and practise their drawing regularly. Students do not sit organised examinations but are assessed regularly on the basis of their work.

Second Year Art

In Second year students develop their skills. They become aware of the Junior-Cert project requirements and prepare for this by developing a systematic practice regarding the preparation, execution and presentation of their work. Many students develop their "style" in second year and also begin to gather information on Artists and Designers who have been influential in the Art-world.

Junior Certificate Art

This is a busy yet rewarding year for Art students. The Junior Certificate project requires the student to complete four sections at Higher level and Three sections at Ordinary Level. These sections are based on painting, graphic design, 3D studies and an option (usually a craft-based study). Each section must be reinforced with preparation sheets and support studies. The wide-ranging aspects of the Junior Certificate projects aim to broaden the student's concept of Art as a subject.

Suggested further reading: Drawing on the Right side of the Brain by Betty Frieden

Art and Design at Senior Level:

There are three main focuses at senior level. Firstly, students continue to expand their 2D studies through design orientated projects and imaginative compositions. Secondly, students are required to focus on drawing, especially that of the figure. Thirdly, students begin to study and explore the History of Art in some depth. The latter is an interesting and challenging subject, which introduces students to many new terms and concepts. The written History examination accounts for approximately 39% of the overall mark and therefore forms a vital part of Art at senior level. The student explores Art in Ireland, European Art and Art Appreciation. Fifth and Sixth Year students visit art galleries as part of their studies in school time and as part of their personal studies.

Suggested further reading: The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich.


Accounting is a Business Studies option within the established Leaving Certificate programme. Accounting is the art of recording, classifying and summarising in terms of money, transactions and events which are , in part at least, of a financial character, and interpreting the results.
The syllabus is divided into the following main topics:
  1. Conceptual Framework (Objectives and Fundamentals of Accounting).
  2. Accounting Records (Control Accounts, Final Accounts, and Suspense Accounts).
  3. Analysis of Financial Statements (Ratio Analysis).
  4. Management Accounting (Cost Classification and Budgetary Planning).
Relevant Links:

For ncca link to ACCOUNTING syllabus click on the following link

6th yr
Theory for accounting

Religious Education

Religious Education is an integral part of the school curriculum and is, therefore, the concern of everyone in the school, while being a special responsibility for those who teach the RE classes.

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 An Tobar - Religious Education Resources and Courses.

Parents' Association

Parents' Association Corner 

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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

Upcoming events

  • 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.

  • Easter Raffle

  • 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. 

Parents' Newsletters

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.

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