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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.

As the time gets closer we will keep you up­dated via the school web­site, the Wicklow Peo­ple and on the school face­book page. If you have any fur­ther ques­tions or would like to help out feel free to con­tact us through the face­book page or by email (richardm­c­don­ald@do­mini­can­wick­low.com This email ad­dress is be­ing pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript en­abled to view it. ). We really hope you can join us and re­live those magic mo­ments we all have from our school days. BOARD OF MAN­AGE­MENT MEET­ING

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.

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