SCHOOLS REPORT Dominican College
Coláiste Chraobh Abhann COUNCIL ELECTIONS
Well done to all the students who ran for the Student Council Elections 2017-2018 on Monday, September 4. According to the counting committee, the election was very close for the number of seats available. Congratulations to the following students who were successfully elected onto the council.
First Year: Evan Burke and Mia Longmore. Second year: Shane Collins and Aisling Goff. Third Year: Lucy Short and Seán Douglas. TY: Maggie May Ryan and Kian Marrah. Fifth Year: Aisling Dalby and Lee Timmons. Sixth Year: Ynonne Kavanagh and Ronan O’Kelly.
The focus of the fist council meeting will look at the area of diversity within the school. The SC coordinator Mr Rice is looking forward to working with the new council and we wish all involved the very best for the upcoming year.
Coláiste Chraobh Abhann will be awarded a HPS (Health Promotion Schools) Flag on October 4 This is a joint initiative by the HSE and the Department of Education to promote ‘Health and Well Being’in our school community.
This flag recognises the hard work of a 14-person committee, made up of students, parents and teachers led by Ms Stephanie Egan. The committee worked on this project over a two-year period, striving to promote a positive mental health awareness in both our school lives and our home lives. Congratulations to all involved.
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
The board of management meeting will take place on Monday, September 11, from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in Coláiste Chraobh Abhann.
Coláíste Chraobh Abhann’s Open Night will take place on Thursday, September 21, from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come meet our staff and students and get a flavour of what makes Coláiste Chraobh Abhann so special.
Take a tour around the school and see the wonderful facilities in use by students from all years. Speak with our experienced teachers about the broad subject choices in our Junior Cert, Transition Year, Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied programme. Also sample what our extracurricular programme has to offer, including the school musical, sport clubs, school choir, drama club, student council and much much more.
The Trophy Match between the CCA under-17s and CCA under-19s team took place on Wednesday, September 6, in St Anthony’s. It was a hard fought match with the under-17s edging it 4-3 with two magnificent goals by Jack Elliott. The under-17s Manager, Mr Sweeny, was ‘delighted’ with his team’s victory. Mr Hughes, the manager of the under-19s team, was unfortunately unavailable for comment.
Welcome back to all our students we hope that a good summer break was had by all and we look forward to another successful year in DCW. A big ‘cead mile failte’ is extended to all our international students who have now arrived and settled into life in DCW. Some of the girls are here for just five weeks, others a full term while some will stay with us for the full year. We hope that they will learn plenty of English and have a great experience here in Wicklow.
FIRST Y EARS
A very special welcome is extended to all our new first year students who arrived in on August 25 from all the local schools. The first year Induction Day was a great success. Prefects, mentors and ember leaders helped organise and run the day. First years continued their fun with a bonding day on Monday the 28th a great day was had by all bowling and with lots of group activities. Many thanks to all the students and staff involved.
We would like to welcome our new staff members our new Deputy Principal Mr Neal Martin, Mr Glen Doyle (Business, CSPE) and Mr Philip Bergin (English, Geography). We wish them all well here in DCW.
Congratulations to all our Leaving Certificate students who received their long awaited results on August 16 you did us proud. Well done and we wish you all every success in your chosen paths. You are always welcome to drop into us for advice or just to let us know how you are getting on best of luck girls.
Congratulations also to the class of 2017 who had their Debs Ball on Monday, August 21. The girls in all their finery started their evening with a reception in Fatima Hall. They then headed off to Kildare for a fun filled evening. Word has it that a very good night was had by all.
Senior students will attend the Higher Options Conference held in Simmonscourt, RDS, Dublin on Thursday, September 14. Higher Options is an annual event that aims to provide a forum where second level students are helped in making decisions about their studies by meeting directly with representatives from universities, colleges and education institutions from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond.
Y OUNG SCIENTIST
Calling all young scientists. Do you want to get involved in something you will remember for the rest of your lives? Heading into its 54th year the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition, it is an unforgetable experience for all those involved.
This year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition takes place on January 10 till the 13th. Dominican College Wicklow hopes to have record breaking numbers of students qualify for the exhibition yet again. This time of the year all interested students must register their interest with Mr O’Brien. Any ideas for projects from students, parents, grandparents (or anyone really) can be emailed to Mr O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org all suggestions gratefully received.
All sporting activites are now up and running. Hockey and basketball training will resume next week and is available to all years. Please see Ms Carthy or Ms Kelly for details on any of our sporting options. A running club will be starting shortly after school for all years with Ms Wadden. This club is to prepare for the cross country competitions. The club is looking forward to having a successful year to follow on from their last year successes.
The parents’ association AGM will be held on Tuesday, September 19, at 7.30 p.m. All parents of students in the school are encouraged to attend. The parents’ association carries out valuable work for the school including fundraising which is much appreciated by all.
Best of luck to all our TY students with their Junior Cert. results on Wednesday, September 13.
The TY annual Hospice coffee morning fundraiser will take place on Friday, September 15, in Fatima Hall. All parents and friends of DCW are invited to drop in from 11 a.m. And enjoy the fine array of baked goods and have a cuppa.
On Thursday and Friday, September 7 and eight, the sixth year biology students went to Glendalough National Park to carry out their ecology field study. The field study is a mandatory part of the course and is always one that the students always enjoy. The girls got to study the plants, animals and factors affecting their study sites in Glendalough. They carried out both frequency surveys and percentage cover surveys and will get to analyse their results back in the classroom.
TRANSITION Y EAR NEWS
Transition year students started their year with a ‘bonding day’ in Glendalough National Park on August 30 the girls had a great hike around the park, enjoying a picnic on route. A fun day was had by all. It was a great way to start the year.
The TY students are now fully immersed in all their subjects including some new subjects this year including ‘Driver’s Ed’, Mandarin, Photography and First Aid’.
TY’s are busy designing their outfits for this ‘Junk Kouture’ fashion competition to be held in January 2018.
The TY Enterprise students have set up a ‘tuck shop’ which will be open at break time and lunchtime for the duration of the canteen being closed.
Rehearsals have started for this year’s TY musical production of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. Belle is being played by Kate Keaney and the ‘Beast’ is being played by Emily Bateman. The musical will be on in Fatima Hall from 14th to December 16.
EastGlendalough School LEAVING CERT RESULTS
The class of 2017 received their Leaving Certificate results in August. The results were excellent, and more importantly the students have overwhelmingly achieved their goals and gone to college where they wanted.
95% of the year group have gone on to third Level, with 75% going straight into degree courses. We wish them and their families all the very best for the future.
It was lovely to spend some time with the students at the Grand Hotel on August 24 as they headed off to their debs.
NEW STAFF AND STUDENTS
It has been our pleasure to welcome several new staff to the School in recent weeks – Ms Flynn, Ms Roberts, Ms O’Donovan and Mr Martin have all taken up teaching positions in the School. Similarly, it has been great to welcome our new students – 60 first Years and a handful of older students – to the School. Their excitement and enthusiasm is infectious.
Over the course of the summer, the School has undertaken remedial works on the roof to fix some of the leaks over the classrooms. The long-overdue staffroom extension has also been ongoing, and is now nearing completion: finally the School will have a room all of the staff can occupy at the same time.
TRANSITION Y EARS
A note to say that the TY group are eagerly awaiting their JC results this Wednesday, they’ll be going on a hill walk the following day to celebrate and next Tuesday, 19th, they are going to the Ploughing Championships. All modules are up and running and everyone has made a very positive start.
Training Times 2017/18: Monday 4.15-5.30 for boys first sixth year; Tuesday 4.15-5.30 for girls minor first and second year; Wednesday 1.30-3.00 for girls junior third year and senior fourth sixth year.
Luke Thompson was given the honour of captain of the Leinster youths to face Ulster last weekend with Paddy Mackenzie starting at out half and Harry Noonan part of the squad. EGS would like to congratulate all on their selection.
Glenart College WARM WELCOME
A new school year and it was wonderful to welcome over 90 first year students to the school. We also extend a warm welcome to new students’ in other year groups and to students visiting from other countries for the year.
We would also like to welcome our new deputy Principal Mr Cloney with a wealthy of experience in education and look forward to working with him in the years ahead. We are also very excited to offer new additional subjects including Spanish, music and religion (as an exam subject).
FIRST Y EAR INDUCTION
As part of the extensive first year induction programme a meeting took place for the parents and guardians of the first year students last week. A large group of enthusiastic parents attended and were given information to help them support their son or daughter as they transfer from primary to secondary school.
Also as part of this programme the first year students enjoyed a Friendship Bonding Day on Friday. This gave the students a chance to get to know each other and help reduce anxiety in the move. The students got involved in a number of team building activities. The feedback was very positive and the students thoroughly enjoyed the day.
CLASS OF 2017
Congratulations to our past sixth year students on their great achievements in their Leaving Cert. We wish them well and success as they take their place in college or in employment.
The following extra-curricular activities and clubs are available in the school this year. Debating, hurling, soccer, gaelic football, computer club, student council, chess, drama, guitar, table tennis, music, camogie, basketball, badminton, tag rugby, Green Schools, Yellow Flag and Healthy Lifestyle. Parents and Guardians please encourage your son or daughter to participate in some of the activities.
Glenart College is excited to announce that there will be a variety of night classes on offer in the school on Monday and Tuesday evenings. For further information see our Facebook page, website or email email@example.com. We look forward to building our night classes over the coming years and provide education, further training and hobby courses for our community and its environs.
Kelly Ann Healy, Conor Duffy, Noah Tivnan, Harry Galbraith and friend, Chloe Keelyey and Jade Norton at the Blessington Community College debs.