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Newsletter Sept. 7th

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 5 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.

A very special welcome is extended to all our new first year students who arrived in on the 27th August 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 28th – a great day was had by all with bowling and lots of group activities. Many thanks to all the students and staff involved.

Huge congratulations to all our Leaving Certificate students who received their long awaited results on the 15th August – 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!

Over the summer a group of 12 students from DCW headed to The School of St. Jude in Tanzania. The girls had spent the year fundraising for this school with many activities from car washing, dog walking, balls, camps to movie nights. They were successful in raising €72,000 which was a huge achievement. The School of St. Jude is a charity-funded school located in Arusha, Tanzania. It was founded by Gemma Sisia and her husband Richard in 1998. The school opened on January 29th, 2002, with only three students. Today, the school has almost 2,000 students. They provide a free, high quality education to the poorest and brightest children in the area. If it wasn’t for this school they would have little to no education at all. The group got to visit the school and visit the local villages where the students live. They also got to visit an orphanage and the local public school. It was a fantastic experience for all involved. Huge thanks goes to Mr. O’Brien for organising the trip and overseeing the huge range of events over the past year. Thanks also to Ms. Cremin and Mr. O’Loughlin for travelling to Tanzania with the group during the summer.

We would like to welcome our new staff members –Ms. Bonita Darcy (Physics, Maths), Ms. Elaine Stafford (Biology, Science), Ms. Shauna O’Toole (Music, RE) Ms. Mary Hennessy (Home Economics, RE) and Ms. Rachel Mooney (Japanese, English). We wish them all well here in DCW.

Congratulations to Leah Murphy (3 Opal) and Hannah O’Shea (2 Opal) who both received ‘Certificates of Commendation’ in the Texaco Art Competition, 2018. Well done girls!

Congratulations also to the class of 2018 who had their Debs Ball in late August. The girls in all their finery started their evening with a reception in Fatima Hall. They then headed off to Swords in Dublin 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 13th September. 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.

Calling all Young Scientists!!! Do you want to get involved in something you will remember for the rest of your lives? Heading into its 55th year the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is much more than a competition, it is an unforgetable experience for all those involved. This years BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition takes place from January 9th until the 12th. This time of the year all interested students must register their interest with Ms. May or Ms. Stafford.

All sporting activites are now getting started. Senior hockey is up and running with training after school on Mondays. Junior hockey will have training on Thursday after school. Please see Ms. Carthy or Ms. Kelly for details on any of our sporting options. The Athletics 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.

Best of luck to all our TY students with their Junior Cert. results on Wednesday 12th September.

The TY annual Hospice coffee morning fundraiser will take place on Thursday the 13th September in Fatima Hall. All parents and friends of DCW are invited to drop in from 11.30am and enjoy the fine array of baked goods and have a cuppa!

Transition year students started back with a busy schedule. The girls had their DAT’s exams, they enjoyed a musical workshop and had a make-up workshop in their first few days. The girls are also busy with the preparation for their musical which this year will be ‘ The Wizard of Oz’. Their production will run from 19th to the 21st of December. The TY students are now fully immersed in all their subjects which this year include Yoga and Japanese as well as Photography and First Aid. TY’s are busy designing their outfits for this ‘Junk Kouture’ fashion competition to be held in January 2019. We wish all the TY students all the best in their year ahead.

Preparations are underway for the annual school mass to celebrate the start of the new school year. It will be held on Friday the 21st of September.

The Parent’s Association AGM will be held on Thursday 20th September at 7.30pm. 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.