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Newsletter March 8th

Seachtain na Gaeilge   
Coicís thar a bheith gnóthach i DCW do Sheachtain na Gaeilge le go leor, leor imeachtaí iontacha eagraithe ag Roinn na Gaeilge. Seo roinnt de na himeachtaí atá ar siúl :

· Pop-up Gaeltacht do na múinteoirí sa sheomra foirne ó 4ú Márta - 15ú Márta ón 11rn - 11.15rn.

· Aifric - nóna; Tráthnóna ag breathnú ar Aifric don Idirbhliain. Tráthnóna Chéadaoin 6ú Márta ó 2in go dtí 3.55 sa Demo Room.

· Bia Éireannach sa cheaintín don choícís ar fad; rollaí bricfeasta, uachtar reoite glas agus rudaí deasa eile!

· Toraíocht Taisce do Bhliain 1 Déardaoin 7ú Márta ag 1.15 sa halla

· Aifreann Gaeilge sa Chlochar Doiminiceánach ag 11.30 Dé Chéadaoin 13ú Márta. Fáilte roimh chách!

· Tráth na gCeist idir 5ú bliain agus an 6ú bliain. Dé Chéadaoin 13ú Márta ó 2 - 3.55 sa halla

· Tráth na gceist idir bliain 2 agus bliain 3. Déardaoin 14ú Márta sa halla ón 2 - 3.15

· Lá Glas ar siúl Dé hAoine 15ú Márta don lá ar fad.

The first and second-year basketball teams continued with their fantastic winning streak when this week they saw off the challenge of local secondary school CCM. Both teams had very convincing wins and demonstrated great attacking play and impressive shooting skills. Many thanks to CCM for hosting. They also played EGS in an away venue at Shoreline in Greystones. This was a very exciting game with the Dominican girls only pulling away in both matches in the final quarter. Well done to Annie O’Brien from first year, our top scorer in the game and to Eva Deehan and Kate Hamilton on their strong defensive play. In second-year, a special mention must be given to Alisha Doyle who was solid in defence and to Clodagh Quin, their top scorer on the day. Both teams now progress to the semi-final stage of the league and take on North Wicklow Educate Together. We wish both teams the very best of luck.

Junk Kouture
On Monday, March 4th, three of our TY students, Ava Frazer, Megan Byrne and Enya Donohue made their way up to the Helix Theatre in Dublin for the Eastern Regional Final of Junk Kouture. The girls spent the day backstage at the Helix preparing for the final and had the opportunity to get to know students from other schools around the East. The girls were competing against 82 other entries with a place for only 15 outfits in the final. Unfortunately, the girls were unsuccessful in getting to the final stage, but all had a great day. Initially, there were over 3,500 entries for the Junk Kouture competition. The girls were one of the 270 that made it through the regional finals. Well done girls.

Fairtrade Fortnight
The purpose of the Fair Trade Fortnight in DCW was to develop an awareness of the Fairtrade partnership throughout the staff and student body so that they could make more informed choices when it came to their purchases. Week two continued with daily activities for our junior students. Various word and math games were played at tutor class with prizes of Fairtrade bars of chocolate. Fair Trade quizzes were also held during CSPE classes. Hopefully, now, students will have a positive influence on any family shopping expeditions in the future! A huge thanks must go Ms Martin for her trojan work throughout the two weeks and to all the first year students who helped organise the coffee morning last week raising over €100 for Fairtrade.

Intercultural Day
Celebrating diversity has always been a primary focus in DCW. Currently, we have students from thirty different cultural backgrounds attending our school. Intercultural Day has now become an annual event, and this year it was held on Friday 8th March. The day aimed to showcase and celebrate the wide range of cultures and ethnicities within the school community. It was a wonderful opportunity for all at the school to learn more interesting facts about some of the cultures of our students/classmates. There was delicious food to be sampled as well as photographs, art, traditional dance, dress and music. Students had the opportunity to learn some basic phrases in new languages. Overall, it was a very inclusive day and many thanks to Ms Flood for promoting the day.

Ecology Trip
On Wednesday 6th March the sixth year biology class visited the Glendalough Education centre to complete an ecology study, a mandatory element of their Leaving Cert syllabus. The Education Centre provides a range of courses for students which enables them to put their textbook knowledge to practise. The girls carried out a woodland study and had the opportunity to see a variety of flora and fauna. Hopefully, this practical study will be of huge benefit to the girls on exam day. Many thanks to Ms Stafford for organising the trip.

DCW Gets Active Again!
Friday 8th March was International Women’s Day. To promote women’s participation in sport, the Community Sports Development Officer, Denise O’Shea, with Wicklow Local Sports Partnership, organised for all students to participate in a fun boxercise class. Three half-hour classes were given, with first and second years attending the first session, followed by third and fourth and finally all the senior cycle students. There was a great atmosphere and students engaged well with the instructors. The aim of Wicklow Local Sports Partnership is to support increased participation in sport and active recreation throughout the County, especially across specific target groups such as women and girls. This is the second initiative provided by the Sports Partnership to the school this year, and we look forward to future collaborations.

Dates for the Diary

· There will be a Wriggle meeting for the parents of incoming first years on Wednesday 13th March at 7 pm.

· Daffodil day in Dominican College will be held on Friday, March 14th. Daffodils will be on sale in the school and students, and teachers will have an extended break to attend a coffee morning and bake sale in Fatima Hall. The event will then be open to family and friends from 11.30am to 12.30pm. Please come and join us for a cuppa and cake to support this very worthy event.

· Lá Glás, our annual Irish themed non-uniform day will take place on March 14th, and all students and staff are asked wear lots of green to celebrate the end of Seachtain na Gaeilge. All are asked to donate €2 which will be collected by the Student Council and used to improve school amenities.

· The trip to Carlingford Outdoor Education Centre, for all our transition year students will take place from March 19th-22nd.