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Newsletter Sept. 21st

A huge congratulations goes to Emma Kristiansen (TY) and past pupil Amy O’Brien who represented Ireland last week in the European Junior Surf Lifesaving Championships at the University of Limerick Sport Arena and Kilkee Beach in Co. Clare. Amy and Emma performed extremely well and achieved Gold in the Board Rescue. Emma also won Gold in the Sprint Relay, and Silver in the Taplin Relay. This is a superb achievement for the girls – well done!

Our annual ‘Open Evening’ will be held on Thursday 11th of October. It will commence at 6pm with a short talk and guided tours around the school and will finish at 8pm. It is a great opportunity for familiies to see all the school has to offer and visit the different specialist classrooms. Perhaps the prospective students could try their hand at few different subjects! Our senior students and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you all there.

The Ember Leadership Programme is a faith leadership training programme for students at senior level in secondary level schools. The students are trained to become faith leaders in their schools and they can act as mentors for incoming students at Junior Level. This programme is coordinated by the Archdiocese of Dublin Education Secretariat. Students at DCW have been interviewed for this role and the girls selected are Mia Ryan, Clodagh Barrett, Rosa Flaherty, Abbie Kearns and Gráinne Hayden. The girls spent 3 days in Ovoca Manor for their training along with six other schools from around Leinster. Thanks to Ms. Flood for organising and accompanying the girls.

Well done to all who took part in the St. Gerard’s Interschools Show Jumping Competition on Saturday 15th September in Boswell Equestrian in Ashford. It was a beautiful day and the DCW team rode very well especially our novice riders Casey and Megan Neville and Alannah Miley. A huge congratulations to our open team – Ella Mulvey (riding Gurteen King), Aoife O’Leary (riding Primo Miss), Naoise O’Neill (riding Rocket Celt) and Jessica Phelan (riding Ludocick) who had a fantastic day and came 2nd in their competition. Well done girls!

The elections for the student council took place on Friday 21st of September. The Student Council plays a vital role in the school in providing the student body with a voice. The results of the election will be posted next week.

The annual DCW Bake Off competition will be held on the 11th of October. Students are asked to use their creative and culinary skills to design, bake and decorate a cake for a special occasion. Application forms are available from the Home Economics teachers. The closing date for entries is the 27th of September.

TY students enjoyed a CSI Workshop where they got to experience what it’s like to be a Crime Scene Investigator. The girls got to learn about fingerprints, DNA, fires, trace evidence, photography, controlled drugs, firearms and explosives, road traffic collisions as well as documents/handwriting, the Court’s system, State Pathologist and Coroners/ inquests. It was a super informative course which the girls really enjoyed, in particular the hands-on practical Crime Scene Examination. Thanks to Kieran from ‘The CSI Experience’.

Congratulations to the TY girls who raised a very impressive €738 towards the ‘Wicklow Hospice’. Sinead from the Hospice Fundraising Group will be presented with the cheque on Tuesday morning. Well done to all involved.

Well done to the TY students who were collecting down the town last week in Tesco and Supervalu for Barnardos. They collected €1800 which will be presented to Barnardos. Well done all.

This will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday the 27th of September. It is very important that you attend to find out what will be expected of your daughter and how you can help her during the Senior Cycle in DCW.

DCW will be closed next Friday 28th September. School will be open as usual on Monday 1st of October.