Do­mini­can Col­lege

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WEL­COME BACK

Wel­come back to all. We hope you all had a great Christ­mas break and we wish you all a very happy new year. CONGRATS AGAIN TO FION­NU­ALA

Con­grat­u­la­tions once again to our past pupil, Fion­nu­ala Brit­ton who again de­fended her ti­tle in the Great Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Cross -Coun­try com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day Jan­uary 5th 2013. The Euro- pean Cross Coun­try Cham­pion put in an im­pres­sive per­for­mance to win the women’s 6 km race. De­spite a slight slip in the clos­ing stages, Fion­nu­ala Brit­ton fin­ished over 16 sec­onds ahead of her near­est ri­val. Well done Fion­nu­ala! POS­I­TIVE AF­FIR­MA­TION

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the fol­low­ing stu­dents who won prizes for pos­i­tive af­fir­ma­tion for Novem­ber/De­cem­ber. Th­ese prizes are awarded to the stu­dents in each year group who make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to school life.

1st Year: Han­nah Ffrench (1 Emer­ald); 2nd Year: Maya Mc De­vitt (2 Sap­phire)3rd Year: Court­ney O Neill (3 Sap­phire); 4th Year: Holly Louise Larkin (4 Sil­ver); 5th Year: Lucy Sheehy (5 Pearl); 6th Year: Ni­amh Ann Murphy (6 Pearl). YOUNG SCI­EN­TISTS!

Best of luck to all our 20 stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing the school in this years BT Young Sci­en­tist and Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion. It is now one of the big­gest sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy events in the world. This year we have 8 projects in the Ex­hi­bi­tion which is a huge achieve­ment. They are car­ried out by: Emily Humby, Rose Fa­gan, Emily Del­low, Sarah Car­roll, Emer Ger­aghty, An­nie Lof­tus, Rachel Phillips, Aoib­heann Dowd, Bron­wyn Ho­gan, Car­rie Cork­ish, Erika Dunne, Maya Mc De­vitt, Zoe Byrne, Erin O’Dwyer, Saoirse O’Reilly, Ni­cole De­vitt, Ais­ling Murphy, Jade Duffy, Lau­ren Fahy and Aine O’Cahill. Best of luck to all and huge thanks to Mr. O’Brien for all his time, ef­fort and en­thu­si­asm in co­or­di­nat­ing th­ese projects.

‘CHAIN RE­AC­TION’ BY ZOE BYRNE, ERIN O’DWYER AND MAYA MC DE­VITT: Our Young Sci­en­tist project is called ‘Chain Re­ac­tion-an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ap­par­ent ran­dom­ness of a chain re­ac­tion in­volv­ing ping pong balls mounted on mouse­traps’. Our project aims to find or­der in the random snap­ping of mouse­traps when they are placed be­side one an­other and the ini­tial re­ac­tion is started by drop­ping a ping pong ball into the set-up. Our re­sult was that the re­ac­tion is not as random as it looks, and seems to fol­low a pat­tern. The or­der in which the mouse traps snapped fol­lowed a wave-like pat­tern when graphed.

‘JUST BE­CAUSE I AM A GIRL’ BY EIMEAR GER­AGHTY AND AN­NIE LOF­TUS: Our project is com­par­ing the lives and rights of a 16 year old girl in Ire­land and a 16 year old in Nigeria. We got a Nige­rian girl to fill out a sur­vey. We got four Ir­ish girls to fill in di­aries for a month and to fill out sur­veys. We found that although a lot of their daily loves are sim­i­lar to ours the lives of Nige­ri­ans are much more dif­fi­cult than ours.

‘THE FRIENDS PARA­DOX’ BY CAR­RIE CORK­ISH, BRON­WYN HO­GAN AND ERIKA DUNNE: The Friends Para­dox was dis­cov­ered by Scott L. Field. It shows that peo­ple are not as pop­u­lar as they think they are and this ap­plies to real life! In our project we wanted to see if it ap­plies to Face­book. We did this by pick­ing a random friend on face­book and pick­ing 10 random friends of theirs. By see­ing how many friends each of th­ese ten have we were able to work out the pop­u­lar­ity of each. By analysing com­pli­cated re­sults and found that the friends para­dox does not ap­ply to Face­book!

‘HOW STRONG DOES A MAG­NET NEED TO BE TO COM­PLETELY WIPE A ME­MORY STICK, KEY­CARD OR FLOPPY DISC?’ BY RACHEL PHILLIPS AND AOIB­HEANN DOWD: In our project we put mag­nets near key­cards for dif­fer­ent amounts of time at dif­fer­ent lengths from the key­card. We added a mag­net each time un­til even­tu­ally we dis­cov­ered that 5 or more mag­nets would wipe the key­cards (with the ex­cep­tion of 8 mag­nets for some rea­son). We did the same with the floppy disc and found that 2 or more mag­nets wiped the floppy disc. For the USB key we left it sur­rounded by 10 mag­nets overnight but it did not wipe.

‘TO DE­VELOP A POR­TA­BLE FRIDGE FOR A THIRD WORLD COUN­TRY SPECIF­I­CALLY DE­SIGNED TO CARRY AND TRANS­PORT AN­TIBI­OTICS’ BY A**IS­LING MURPHY, SAOIRSE O’REILLY AND NI­COLE DE­VITT: We have been ac­cepted into BT young sci­en­tist 2013 and are so ex­cited about par­tic­i­pat­ing and dis­play­ing our project in the RDS. The project that we have been work­ing on and devel­oped is a por­ta­ble fridge for a third world coun­try specif­i­cally de­signed to carry and trans­port an­tibi­otics. The fridge is made of raw ma­te­ri­als, there is no elec­tric­ity or so­lar en­ergy in­volved. We would like to thank Do­mini­can Col­lege Wicklow and es­pe­cially Mr O’ Brien for all their sup­port and men­tor ship with this project.

‘COLOUR PER­CEP­TION – DO YOU SEE WHAT I AM SEE­ING?’ BY SARAH CAR­ROLL AND EMILY DEL­LOW: Our project is an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how we see colour and if we all per­ceive colour the same. We hope you will come visit us all in the RDS and check out our re­sults! 1ST YEAR TRIP TO RDS

All first years will be tak­ing their an­nual trip to the BT Young Sci­en­tist and Tech­nol­ogy Ex­hi­bi­tion on Fri­day 11th. They are ea­ger to show their sup­port to their fel­low stu­dents and ex­pe­ri­ence some of the fun ac­tiv­i­ties that are on in the RDS. FIRST YEAR PAR­ENT-TEACHER

This will take place on Thurs­day 17th Jan­uary from 4.15-6.45. Par­ent teacher meet­ings pro­vide an ideal op­por­tu­nity for par­ents to meet with teach­ers and dis­cuss progress. We look for­ward to meet­ing as many par­ents and guardians there. BOARD OF MAN­AGE­MENT MEET­ING

The first Board meet­ing of the new year will take place on Thurs­day 24th Jan­uary at 8pm. MOCKS

The Mock Ex­ams will be­gin on Wed­nes­day 30th Jan­uary for 3rd and 6th years.

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