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Newsletter Jan. 12th

DCW NEWS 12TH JANUARY 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Welcome back to all and a very happy new year to you all. 

YOUNG SCIENTIST EXHIBITION

Congratulations to the students representing DCW in this years ‘Young Scientist Exhibition’.  The girls involved are: Lilly Devitt and Isabelle Downey, Catherine Moyseyeva and Rachel Werner and Maria Ahmed and Alana Mays.  They have been working very hard on their projects right through the term to their Christmas holidays.  We wish them all the very best of luck with the exhibition.  The projects that they have worked on are: ‘Experimental and theoretical investigation of air resistance on falling coffee filters and ping pong balls’ – Lilly and Isabella, ‘The physics of the trebuchet catapult’ – Catherine and Rachel, and, ’An investigation into the physics of a whirligig with the aim of producing a simple blood centrifuge that can be used in developing countries’ – Maria and Alana.

On Wednesday the 10th January President Michael D. Higgins formally opened the exhibition.  The girls were delighted to meet with him and his wife.  The girls got to talk to him about their projects.  President Higgins was very impressed with their very interesting and informative overviews of their work.  Well done girls on getting accepted to the Exhibition with your projects and we wish you lots of luck and fun with the week.  A huge thank you goes to Mr. O’Brien for all his hard work and dedication working with all the students throughout the term.

CSPE TRIP TO THE DAIL
On Tuesday the 9th of January 2 Sapphire took a trip to Dáil Éireann as part of their CSPE action project to enhance their understanding of how democracy works in Ireland. The girls had a lovely tour of the Dail where they got to see hand on what most would only see on TV. The trip was organised through local TD Andrew Doyle. The girls had a very educational and fun day and squeezed in a couple of visits to the museums while in Dublin. Thanks to Ms. Scahaill for organising this trip.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS
On Tuesday 16th January the first year parent teacher meeting will take place, and on Wednesday 24th January the 2nd year parent teacher meeting will be held. We would encourage you all to attend and make the most of this opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers to discuss their progress. We look forward to meeting you.

CAREER TALK
The Career’s Advisor, Elena Somoza, from IADT (Institute of Art, Design and Technology) visited on Friday to give a very informative presentation to a large group of sixth years, followed by a combined group of 5th, 4th and 3rd years. Although most degrees in IADT need a portfolio, there are degrees in Entrepreneurship, English, Culture and Media Studies and Applied Psychology. A significant number of DCW students attend or have attended IADT in the past. Thanks to Ms. Mason for organising.

CROSS COUNTRY
Training has resumed for the DCW athletes as they prepare for the next cross country event which will be held in Avondale on January the 25th. Let’s hope 2018 will be as successful a year as the last year was – best of luck girls!

MOCK EXAMS
Mock examinations will begin for all 6th year and 3rd year students on Tuesday and Wednesday 30th and 31st of January. Timetables are available for these exams. These exams provide a great opportunity for the students to experience a trial run at the Leaving Certificate. We wish all students the best of luck in their preparation and exams.

2ND YEAR IRISH
The second year higher level Irish students are enjoying writing to their ‘pen pals’ in Coláiste Mhuire in Trim, Co. Meath. This is a great fun way for the students to practice and improve their Irish writing skills.

HOCKEY
On Friday 15th December the first year hockey teams played home matches against Holy Faith, Clontarf. Two teams played. One match was a very close game which ended in a 1-1 draw; and the other played extremely well with an easy victory with a very high score line. Well done to all the first year hockey girls. On Tuesday 19th December DCW played host to local rivals EGS. It was a keenly contested game. Unfortunately DCW had lots of scoring opportunities but failed to capitalise on their attacking play. The game ended in a 0-0 draw. Training has resumed for this term and best of luck to all this year!

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION MEETING
The Parent’s Association will be meeting next on Monday 29th of January. The Parent’s Association play a very valuable role in the school community and we are very grateful to these parents for all the positive ways in which they contribute to our school.

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