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Newsletter Oct. 19th

Senior Bake Off   
Once again there was much activity in the school kitchen as it was the turn of the senior students to put their culinary skills to the test, baking their themed cakes for a special occasion. All members of the Home Economics agreed that the standard of all entries was extremely high, making the process of selecting the winners very difficult. Following the morning session students and staff were invited to view and taste the cakes over the lunchtime break. After much deliberation first place was awarded to Keelin O’Dwyer and Siobhan Murphy for their Golden Gateaux. Ellie Merrigan and Roisin Ring were awarded second place for their Campfire creation. Third place went to Kellie Phelan and Molly O’Neill for their Malteaser cake. Congratulations to all involved and a big thank you to the Home Economics Department for organising the event.

Senior Hockey
On Tuesday October 16th D.C.W. played host to their local rivals E.G.S. as part of the Leinster School Girls League. Despite the damp, wet weather there was a great atmosphere on the pitch as many of the girls knew each other well as they train and play side by side on a Sunday in the Wicklow Club hockey. For the first half of the game E.G.S. pressed as D.C.W. defended well. A goal from a short corner put the visitors ahead 20 minutes into the game. D.C.W. fought hard in the second half but failed to capitalise on their attacking play. A second goal for E.G.S. put them comfortably ahead. It was an enjoyable match to watch and congratulations to E.G.S. on their strong performance. D.C.W. now prepare for their next game against Drogheda Grammar School. Best of luck to the seniors and to the minor team who face Conleths as their next opponents.

A small group of dedicated athletes along with their coach Ms. Wadden travelled to Avondale Forest Park on October 16th for the annual 3000m trail run. This year the event was sponsored by Wicklow Local Sports Partnership. All age categories ran the challenging 3000m and all finishers were rewarded with a medal on completion. Gold, silver and bronze medals were also given to the first three finishers in each age group. All 13 DCW athletes completed the course and a special mention must be given to first year students Lily Sheehy and Kayleigh Keogh. Lily had a fantastic run, not only winning gold in the first-year race but was also the first female athlete to cross the line. This was an incredible achievement as all age groups, from minor to senior ran at the same time. Congratulations also to Kayleigh who was third place in the first-year category. Training continues every Tuesday from 4-5pm. All are welcome.

St Mary’s in Arklow was the venue for the D.C.W. basketball players on Tuesday October 16th. Both the U16 and U19 teams were in action, this being their third competitive league match. The U19 squad had yet to lose a game while the U16 team had one win and one defeat. The U19 team continued their winning streak demonstrating excellent attacking and defensive play. The U16 game was a very tight game, exciting to watch but ultimately ended in disappointment for the DCW players as they lost by a single basket. Thanks to St. Mary’s for hosting the games.

Transition Year fundraising
On Thursday 18th October a representative from Sharpeshill Animal Sanctuary came to the school to talk to and thank the transition year students for their fundraising efforts which resulted in €705 being donated to the Sanctuary. The representative explained how the WSPCA dedicates itself to the protection of all animals and the enhancement of their quality of life. As one of Ireland’s largest not-for-profit charitable animal organisations they were hugely grateful for the donation. She explained a little of the background of the Sanctuary which was made possible as a result of a large bequest from Mr Reginald Sharpe, a Greystones man who donated the money because of a stray three-legged terrier who wandered into his home years earlier. Following the talk, the girls all agreed that the Sanctuary was a very worthwhile recipient for their money. In addition to the fundraising for Sharpeshill the girls also collected €650 for Autism Ireland. Well done to all the Transition year students involved.

Gr8 2b Yng Conference
On Wednesday 17th October all Transition Year students were bused the short distance out to The Claremont campus to attend the Gr8 2b yng conference. This conference was organised as part of Mental Health Awareness week. The girls participated in a variety of workshops which focused on their wellbeing. They listened to real-life stories from individuals who had struggled with their mental health and learned how they had coped with their struggles. All students received a care package with useful advice and tips on how to deal with pressure and anxiety. It was a very enlightening day for all the students. On Friday October 19th all the Transition year students took part in another Gr8 2b yng initiative. This was the 5km walk along the scenic coastline on the Murrough. The girls were joined by Transition year students from other local schools and an enjoyable day was had by all.

Second Year Art Trip
Last week the second-year art students visited the Wicklow Gaol to find inspiration for their 3D projects. Students toured the gaol working in small groups to develop a theme based around the concept of ‘Expression’. Back in class they would then have to create a sculpture based on this theme. Watch this space for their finished creations.

Sixth Year Irish Trip
As part of the higher-level Leaving Certificate syllabus senior students study the Irish play ‘An Triail’. To help with their study and understanding of the play they will travel to the Axis Centre in Ballymun on October 24th and 26th to watch a performance of the play. Thanks to the Irish Department for organising the trip.