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Newsletter Dec.1st


Congratulations to the fifth year students who took part in the second round of the Siemens German Debating Competition.  On Monday, 27th November, the students and Ms Maxwell took the long journey to Ursuline Secondary School in Thurles.  The team were Caoimhe Cronin, Tara Henry, Deirdre McGrane and Tracy Wright.  Deirdre McGrane captained the team and each speaker performed excellently.  The motion for the debate was that “School Uniforms are no longer in keeping with the times”.  Dominican College Wicklow was the “Progruppe”.  Deirdre Mc Grane spoke about the British origins of the tradition and the need for Ireland to have a far more modern approach.  Liadh Cronin argued that school uniforms are unhygienic and lead to inactivity and unhealthy lifestyles.  Ciara wished to convince the audience that the wearing of school uniforms destroys individuality and creativity.  Tracy Wright discussed the high costs of school uniforms for families and also argued that school uniforms create divisions and prejudice based on religion and wealth.  These arguments were all made “auf Deutsch”.  The standard of the debate was very high on both sides.  The Ursuline Convent girls were deemed the winners on the day.  However, it must be said that the DCW German debating team also performed to an excellent standard.  Sehr gut gemacht!


Well done to all those who participated in the cross country in Avondale on Tuesday 28th November.  A special mention to Ellen Savage who was 1st overall and took gold,  Sadhbh Dolan who was 3rd overall and Georgia O’Connell  in 6th place.  DCW came 1st in the team event and the team consisted of Ellen, Sadhbh, Georgia and Alice Christie.  Everyone from Dominican College has a great race.


Rehearsals are in full swing for our ‘Beauty and the Beast’ production which will be held in Fatima Hall in Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 14th, 15th and 16th of December.  The girls are practising very hard under the musical direction of Mr. O’Neill.  Tickets are now on sale from the School Office and Earls Newsagents.


We have a lot of new fundraisers coming up for The School of St. Jude in Tanzania!  We have an ongoing coin and foreign money collection competition in school.  We are also happy to do any odd jobs you have with our bob a’job fundraiser.  We are making Christmas cards which will be available to order soon.  We will be opening up our bric a’brac shop shortly.  We will be having a yoga class in Ananta Studio on the 16th of December.  Text Liz Richards on 086 896 3425 to book a place!  We are also planning a Christmas fair in school and a disco.  Keep an eye on our Facebook (Tanzania Group 2018), Instagram (@tanzaniagroup2018) and Snapchat (@tanzaniagroup) pages for updates! (Written by: Chloe O’Brien)


Well done to the TY students who had a great ‘sleep-over’ on Thursday last in order to raise money for their school production of  ‘Beauty and the Beast’.  Thanks to Ms. Goff for organising and Ms. Mynes, Mrs. Bolger and Ms. Cremin for taking part and supervising in the activities.  Great fun but not a lot of sleep was had by all!


A group of TY students took a visit to Naas Racecourse last Wednesday for an information day on ‘Careers in the Equine Industry’.  It was a very informative day that the students thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from.  Thanks to Ms. Goff and Ms. Horan for getting them through the floods safely to Naas for this day.


On Wednesday the 6th year students headed to the Civic Theatre in Tallaght for a show based on the Leaving Cert. picture stories.  It was a highly entertaining and amusing performance which should stand to them in their Leaving Certificate. 


Congratulations to Katherine France who was presented with an award for achieving a 'Distinction' in her Junior Cycle English exam. Less than 1% of students achieved this grade. Well done to Katherine and her teacher Ms Walshe.


DCW played Blessington Community College in the Senior B championship semi-final on Thursday 30th November at St Patrick's GAA Club, Dunbur Park.  At half time DCW were leading 3-0 to 0-7.  The final result was 0-12 to 5-4 to DCW.  A great game was played by both teams. Megan Dunne had a fantastic performance in goals where nothing got past her.  Other outstanding performances on the day were Aine Cahill, Liadh Cronin, Sarah Evans, Lucy Dunne and Niamh Caffery.  Thank you to Eddie Leonard for taking charge of the game.


Thanks to CCA for hosting the ‘Wicklow Schools Business Quiz’ on Wednesday 29th November for TY students.  It was a great afternoon.  There were two teams representing DCW and they both did really well but were beaten in the end.  Congratulations to the winning team St. David’s in Greystones.


The 5th year parent teacher meeting will take place on Wednesday 2nd of December.  All parents and guardians of 5th years are encouraged to attend.  It provides a great opportunity to meet with your daughters teachers to discuss her progress towards the Leaving Certificate.