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Newsletter Nov 23

DCU Open Day   
Forty-three 5th and 6th year students accompanied by Ms Mason and Ms O’Toole went to check out the Dublin City University campus. It is a vibrant and multicultural campus with a range of innovative and unique degrees. The students chose which talks to attend and were very impressed by all the College has to offer. All agreed the trip was very worthwhile and students would like to say thank you to Ms Mason, their Guidance Counsellor for taking the time to organise the trip.

Career Guidance and STEM
Sixth Years are currently researching jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths areas. Using the Jobs in Demand section of the Careers Portal website they are investigating jobs and degrees in STEM. College graduates with Technology and Engineering degrees are very much in demand from local and international employers. Sciences like Biochemistry, Chemistry and Microbiology are also on the list of 180 jobs in demand.

Fifth and Sixth Year IADT Talk
Hannah Barton, Lecturer in Psychology came from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) to give a talk to the sixth-year students about the degrees available at IADT. Although famous for its Film, Animation and Model making courses, IADT also offers degrees in Psychology, Business, English, New Media and Computing. IADT is located in Dun Laoghaire and has recently become part of the DARE and HEAR programmes.

Christmas Craft Club
For all our creative students with an interest in practical design there is now a Christmas craft club running every Wednesday at lunchtime from 1.20-1.50pm. The club takes place in the sewing room and both staff and students are welcome. Designing and making Christmas decorations using a range of embroidery stitches and embellishment techniques will be the first project. For further details please contact Ms Hennesy or Ms Flood.

The Junior GAA team have now qualified through to the semi-final stage of the County Championship following an impressive win over Loreto College Bray. It was a home game played at St. Pats and the final score was Wicklow 6-16, Bray 2-4. A special mention must be given to the following players; Faye Larkin who was so strong in defence, Leanne O’Neill who was relentless in midfield and Aoife Caffrey who had a huge contribution to the overall score. Well done to all the girls on a great team performance. They now wait to hear who they will meet in the semi-final. The first year GAA players returned to Ballinakill in Rathdrum for their second blitz of the season. They played three different schools; St. Kevins, Carnew and GCM. They won their game against St. Kevins but unfortunately lost the other two fixtures. Nevertheless, the girls very much enjoyed the day.

Hockey                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A heavily depleted Senior hockey team headed to St. Mary’s College in Naas for their third Leinster league fixture. They faced a very strong Naas side and the challenge proved too much for the Dominican girls. The girls have a two-week window now before their next game so hopefully all players will have recovered from injuries and they will be back to full strength for their home fixture against St. Raphaelas. Congratulations to the two first-year teams who competed in the recent blitz held in East Glendalough School. One of the teams beat East Glendalough 3-2 and The High School 5-0. The second team lost 1-3 to East Glendalough and held the High School to a 1-1 draw. They now have plenty of time to prepare for the next game against Loreto Dalkey as this takes place early in January. The Minor team travelled to Mount Anville for their third Leinster fixture. This was a fantastic game with the Dominican girls taking the first score early in the first half. Unfortunately, the home side scored with ten minutes to go and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. A special mention to goal scorer Naoise O’Neill and player of the match Laura Griffin who was so strong in defence. There will be no hockey training during exam-week, but it will resume the following week.

The third Co Wicklow Cross Country event took place on November 20th in the beautiful grounds surrounding Avondale House. Nine students from the school were accompanied by their coach Ms Wadden. Once again Lily Sheehy repeated her gold medal winning performance in the minor race with team mate Kayleigh Keogh close behind in second place. Ellen Savage led the Junior team home taking the gold medal with Georgia O’Connell following closely, finishing in third position. Alice Christie and Layla Hitchen were the remaining athletes on this team. Both ran well, and the girls took gold in the overall team competition. Congratulations to all the athletes and we wish them well as they now prepare for the East Leinster Championships.
Basketball: Well done to the U19 basketball team who traveled to St. Killians Community School on Tuesday November 20th. It was a very competitive match, but the Dominican girls were more consistent with their shooting and won the game 39-23. The girls have had a fantastic season winning all their matches to date and now progress to the semi-final stages of the competition. We wish them the very best of luck.

Student Council
Well done to the Student Council members for all their fundraising endeavours to date. In excess of €600 has been raised and given to the P.E. Department to buy athletic and hockey tops for the students to be worn when they represent the school at the various sporting competitions. On Friday November 16th eight of the Student Council members from first, second, third and fourth year went to the Comhairle nÓg A.G.M. in the Parkview Hotel in Newtownmountkennedy. The representatives were Chloe Davis, Abbie Bolger, Saoirse Mitchell, Olivia O’Donovan, Holly Corrigan, Jessica Tyrell, Ava Vickers and Ava Frazer. Comhairle nÓg provides a forum for young people aged 12-18 to meet, identify and discuss issues that are important to them before working with the ultimate decision makers in a bid to affect the outcome or change. The Comhairle nÓg A.G.M. is one of the first steps in the process of bringing together young people from varying backgrounds across the county. The facilitator Dermot O’Brien introduced the members of the Comhairle nÓg team and then split the representatives from all the schools into small groups to discuss topical issues such as Cyber Bullying, homelessness and drugs and alcohol. It was a very interactive day with lots of Kahoot and Menti Quiz’s. Nomination forms were distributed to any students who were interested in becoming new members of the Comhairle. Ava Frazer and Ava Vickers applied and have been accepted as new members. We wish them the best of luck.

Dominican Photo Gallery
There is now a very comprehensive photo gallery ready to be viewed on the Dominican website showcasing all the school events to date. Check these out on Twitter @DCWschool or on the school website www.dominicanwicklow.net