Fáilte & Welcome
Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or someone interested to find out about our fine College.
When we came back from our summer holidays we headed off to Carlingford Adventure Centre from the 1st of September until the 3rd. The trip was to help us start our Transition Year.
When we arrived we were split up into are rooms and then went for a walk with are class groups. That night we got tea and sandwiches. Everyone was really excited and looking forward to the next day.
The next morning we all went on different activities. Some people went rock-climbing, absailing, kayaking, obstacle courses etc. At night the teachers organised TY Factor, where each class group had to come up with a play or song within half an hour and then compete against the other classes. 4.2 were the winners. It was a really enjoyable night.
The next day we packed are bags and did some of the activities before leaving in the afternoon. We all had a great 3days and didn’t want to leave.
The Show 2008:
The show for 2008 is the musical HONK! It’s a modern version of the Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen. Mr Peter O'Driscoll is head of production for another year. Students auditioned for the main parts in early September. The second set of auditions was for for the dancing parts and also the chorus. Other students have partaken in set design, props, costumes and stage management. Some students preferred to take place in outside jobs such as front of house, on the night and also makeup and hair backstage. The first show will take place on Tuesday November 18th in on our school stage. We will also be performing the show for primary schools around the area. The show is still in preparation for the night and rehearsals are taking place nearly everyday and weekends too. We are looking forward to seeing you there! Tickets are on sale from the school - phone 8376080.
For the first few months of transition year, some classes do sailing or golfing.
At sailing you learn how to tack and jive. You learn all the parts on the boat, how to steer with the wind and set up the boat. Also how to sail. In golfing you learn how play golf.
Friend ship weekJ
Each class had dedicated classes to talk about bullying in the school and how to address bullying. Each class made a class agreement that is in the hall. The year went out on a day out to the cinema and to a art gallery.
Cinema – The year went to see the boy in the striped pyjamas in Cineworld. The movie was enjoyed by all.
On the TY Educational Tour day we also visited the Hugh Lane Art Gallery on Parnell Square. This is one of the best art galleries on the north side of the city. We were given a task sheet to complete. We had to answer questions on paintings. We also did drawings of the paintings.
RE Social Programme / Community Care J
The year is divided into smaller groups; each group is given a placement or project. The groups go to their placements or projects for 3 hours every Wednesday morning. Some of the placements are in Charity shops, Meals on Wheels, helping the elderly or helping in crèches. Some of the projects are The Dominicans DVD project, The stain glass window project and the churches project. There is also a press pack who visit and report on how each group is getting on.
The Ceremony of Formal Opening and Blessing of the Extension -17th November 2003
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As we begin this ceremony of Opening and Blessing may I extend a Céad Míle Fáilte to each one of you. First of all, a special welcome to
- Mr Bertie Ahern, our Taoiseach and neighbour,
- Fr. Liam Murtagh, our Parish Priest,
- the Dominican Sisters, Trustees of the College,
- Members of the Board of Management,
- Members of Staff and Students, with a special greeting for those who are joined with us by video link and are watching in the Gym,
- and to Past Pupils.
I warmly welcome all those who were particularly associated with the design and building of this fine extension:
- Representatives of the Department of Education and Science,
- Mr Joe O'Gorman, our Project Manager and each member of the Planning Team together with our Builder, Mr John Plaice, of Arkenvale,
- Principals of our local schools,
- Róisín Shortall, Past Pupil and Parent,
- and all those who have a special association with the school,
- and all our other friends.
This day has been long awaited and I appreciate very much your taking time out to celebrate with us.
Today gives me a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank each one who has helped to bring this project to fruition. Ten years ago, the decision to apply for funding to the Department of Education was made. In 1998, the Department gave the green light and with the backing of the Trustees and the help of our new Education Officer, Sr. Bríd Roe, the project finally got under way. Joe O'Gorman was appointed Project Manager and soon had the Design Team of Architect, Engineers and Quantity Surveyor, hard at work and since then has guided the work with immense care for every detail.
What was originally, a simple idea of building new specialist and ordinary classrooms soon developed into a larger project which encompassed replacing the roof, giving us extra facilities for staff, and enlarged accommodation for administration. It also provided us with a Computer Room that houses a state of the art computer network, a much needed third Science Laboratory, a Music Room and a Learning Support suite, all of which have greatly enhanced the study of these subjects.
When we briefed Bernard Moloney, our Architect, on our requirements, we
asked him to provide a building with plenty of light and space. His success
in providing these you can clearly see around you. Together with Jimmy Cullen
and Rob Thomas, the engineers on the project, he has created an environment
that is truly conducive to learning and very pleasing to the eye. Anthony
Leonard, Quantity Surveyor, monitored all costs closely.
We appreciate very much the work of the Builders, Arkenvale and their subcontractors, AJ Clonan & Co. and L. Redmond (Electrical). They were so efficient that they actually finished their work here on schedule.
As the provider of most of the finance the Department of Education and Science also was involved at all stages. Our Design Team worked closely with their counterparts in the Department, represented here today by Eamonn Greville, architect, whose advice was invaluable.
We thus pay tribute to all those who were involved in the provision of this structure which allows us to continue the true work of this school.
Unbelievably, this work continued, uninterrupted, while all this building
was going on around us. There were relatively few complaints from staff
and students and people were very patient despite the screeching of saws
and the grinding of the concrete mixer. I am grateful for this forbearance.
However, we were glad when it all stopped in April 2002 and we were able
to settle back to the peaceful atmosphere to which we had been accustomed
but one now greatly enhanced by more available space and a great reduction
in crowded corridors and noise.
The involvement of staff, students and parents in fundraising was crucial to the success of the building as the school had to contribute a considerable sum to the project, We thank them for their efforts in organising walks and bingos and raffles and hope they will continue their efforts as there are still many bills to be paid.
And may I plead with you, Taoiseach, that, having grant aided this fine extension, you will ensure that the Department of Education and Science will provide adequate funding to keep it running, and in particular, that it will cover the enormous cost of insurance; a plea that Principals, throughout the country, will be making to you prior to the Budget.
The completion of the extension and improved facilities marks another milestone in the history of Dominican College. It has come a long way from the first five students admitted in January 1883 in Eccles Street, through a change of location to Griffith Avenue in 1984 to the larger and more suitable facility that we have today and which caters for 690 students. Throughout these 120 years, Dominican College has been widely regarded as one of the finest colleges in Ireland and has been distinguished for its broad educational achievement. In The Search for Truth which is the Dominican Way of Education, year after year, students become rounded, Christian and strong people. These characteristics are the hallmarks of our past and present students.
In this new phase in our history we will continue this rich tradition, making greater use of modern technology to prepare students for future work in science and computer studies and also in the areas of the Arts and so achieve our Dominican Educational aspirations.
Today, as I said, is a day of great joy and celebration and we are very pleased that you, Taoiseach, have been able to come here this morning to formally open the building. We know that you have been associated with this area for many years and, in particular, with the grounds on which the school is built. We hope that you too, will continue to prosper in your life and in your important work for our country for many years to come.
May I now invite you to address us.
Ladies and Gentlemen - An Taoiseach.