YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION
Congratulations to all our students who were involved in the Young Scientist Exhibition last week – they did extremely well and we are very proud of them.
A special congratulations goes to Emily Humby and Rose Fagan who won 1st prize in the Senior Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Section with their super project entitled: ‘An investigation into the frequency of gamma rays hitting a photographic plate at high altitude’. It is a great achievement for Emily and Rose to win this award-well done!
Three of our groups also won Special Display Awards – these are Zoe Byrne, Erin O’Dwyer and Maya Mc Devitt (Project: Chain Reaction: An investigation into the apparent randomness of a chain reaction involving ping pong balls mounted on mouse traps), Eimear Geraghty and Annie Loftus (Just because I am a girl – a comparison of the daily lives and rights of sixteen year old girls in Ireland and Nigeria), and also Jade Duffy, Lauren Fahey and Aine Cahill with their project comparing the average displacement of a group of people from each other over a period of one month.
A huge thanks goes to Mr. O’Brien who gave very generously of his time to help and advise the students and for giving these students the opportunity to experience such an event. Well done to all involved. TRANSITION YEAR NEWS
Transition Year students have a busy time ahead with many and various activities to look forward to over the next few weeks.
A new group of students started the second programme for Phone Tutoring this year. Approximately 16 students are involved. The tutoring programme has been extended to include All Things Digital and will allow the learners to work with cameras, laptops etc. and learn to be able to use them more efficiently and confidently.
The students involved in the musical ‘Sister Act’ are back to the many rehearsals they will have to do to be ready for the production to go public after Easter. It is all very exciting and hopefully full of fun for the girls as they get ready for the performances. Hard work but well worth it in the end.
The girls continue to do the work with special needs children at the riding stables. It can be tough going at this time of year so wrapping up well is the order of the day. Despite the cold, the student’s love taking part and know the pleasure that it gives the children to be able to ride the ponies each week.
There are a number of girls who have applied and are working on achieving their Bronze Gaisce Awards. Again hard work is involved and a level of commitment is needed to fulfil the challenges out there for the award. There is still time to apply now and complete the award before the end of the year so if you feel able, give it a go. HOCKEY
The Minor Hockey Team played host to St. Andrew’s this week. They had a fantastic game but unfortunately lost the game 0-1. Similarly the Seniors battled a strong Wesley team but despite a great performance lost 0-1. Best of luck girls in the next match. CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP
All athletes are now preparing for the East Leinster Cross Country Championships, with training every Monday and Wednesday at 4pm. Best of luck girls! STUDENT ENTERPRISE AWARDS
On Thursday last 10th Anne Michelle Mc Donald from the County Enterprise Board visited Transition Year students to help them prepare for the County Finals. Thanks to Anne Michelle for all her helpful advice. DEBATING
Three students Megan Sheerin, Molly Hogan, Kate Lally participated in the Environmental Debate 2nd round on Wednesday 16th January in County Buildings. The team performed very well and had a great time. Well done girls! MOCKS
Mocks will begin for all 3rd and 6th year students will begin on the 30th of January. Good luck to all exam students with the study. 6th year students (and their parents) should consult the school website for updates on all career guidance information from Ms. Mason. SECOND YEAR PARENT TEACHER
This will take place on Monday 28th January from 4.15-6.45pm. 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 as possible there. THE GATHERING
Dominican College Wicklow will host its first ever whole school reunion in April of this year. We are inviting all of our former staff and students back for this huge one night celebration as part of our Gathering 2013 celebrations. The event will take place on Friday the 5th of April (the first weekend after Easter) and will encapsulate everything that makes this establishment the landmark it is.
On the evening we will have school tours, meet and greet with staff, a brief history of the school and finally a party with live music. Doors will open at approx 6pm. This is a ticket only event as numbers need to be limited. The tickets will be available towards the end of January at €30 and distributed from shops in the town (tbc). We have had great interest so far with people returning form all over the world and a lot more interest from those closer to home.
The next Board of Management meeting will take place on January 24th. PLANNING DAY
School will be closed to students on the 25th of January as staff will be involved with School Development Planning. PARENTS ASSOCIATION
The first meeting of 2013 will take place on the 28th of January. SCHOOL WEBSITE
See dcw.ie for all school news.
Maya Mc Devitt, 2nd year student at Dominican College Wicklow who received a Positive Affirmation Award.