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Newsletter April 5th

On April 3rd the second year basketball team, along with their supporters travelled to Bray to play Coláiste Raithín in the final of the Wicklow Schools League. It was a very exciting game with both teams well matched. Both sides had many scoring opportunities, but it was Coláiste Raithín who had greater consistency. The Dominican girls played brilliantly but unfortunately, their shooting skills were not up to their usual high standard. Coláiste Raithín went on to win the game 22-13, and we wish them the very best of luck in their future matches. Well done to the Dominican girls for their great run of victories up to the final. Many thanks to their coach, Ms Kelly for all the work over the season with all of the basketball teams.

Congratulations to the 49 Transition Year students who completed the Adventure Journey element of their Bronze Gaisce Award this week. At 9 am on Tuesday 3rd April, they set off to Glendalough to begin day one of their hiking expedition. They began their walk at 10.30 am to beautiful sunshine and blue skies but as noon approached the weather conditions deteriorated rapidly. The sleet and then the snow began to fall as they reached the top of the Spinc and continued for the next two hours! Nevertheless, the girls battled the elements without complaint and completed the 22 km and returned to the hostel by 6 pm. The girls then demonstrated their culinary skills as they prepared their dinners. At 10.30 am the next morning the girls completed the remaining 3 km around the lower and upper lakes, a leisurely stroll as compared with the tough climb of the previous day. All returned at lunchtime, tired, but with a great sense of accomplishment. Many thanks to Ann and Bill for leading the girls on the hike.

Music Recital
On Thursday 11th April, at 7.30 pm, there will be a music recital in the Dominican Chapel, and all are welcome to attend. Our Third and Sixth Year music students have just completed their practical exams for the Junior and Leaving Cert, and this will be an opportunity for them to showcase their exam pieces to family and friends. It promises to be a great night of music, with a mixture of song and musical instruments and we would love to see you there.

Transition Year Work Experience
A key element of the Transition Year programme is the work experience module. The girls organise their own work placements in two different work environments, each for the duration of a week. The first placement was completed at the end of November. Currently, the students are engaging in their second placement, and we wish them a productive week, which will hopefully help them in their subject and career choice in the future.

Student Council
The Student Council are once again busy with fundraising activities. Currently, they are planning two initiatives, one for a charity and one to assist in developing school facilities. As Easter is approaching the girls have put together a decadent chocolate hamper as a raffle prize and tickets are on sale every morning at registration and lunchtime. The chosen charity is Bóthar, the Irish international charity that provides the gift of livestock as a means of long term development aid. By giving the gift of livestock, Bóthar enables families and communities to become more self-sufficient and reduce hunger and poverty. The idea is to help people to help themselves. The girls hope to purchase a goat for a family in need with the proceeds of the raffle. On Thursday 11th April the girls will hold a non-uniform day, and all students are asked to give €2 to their Student Council rep at morning registration. This money will be used to develop the school facilities. Student Council members are presently in discussion and conducting surveys to assess the greatest needs of the school as seen by the student body.

Mentor Interviews
In fifth year, as senior students, the girls are given the opportunity to take a leadership role and become a mentor to the new first-year students. The transition from primary to secondary school can be a very daunting experience for some and to have the support of a fellow student who has been in the same position can be invaluable. To become a mentor, the fourth year students must take part in an interview process. The fifth-year mentors conduct the interviews under the guidance and supervision of Mr Keddy. The interviews for next year’s mentors took place on April 4th and 5th and the fourth year students now await the final decisions.

School Tour
This year the school tour will take the students and staff to Madrid. Currently, there is great excitement as the departure date, April 16th, draws close. The students are asked to meet at DCW at 3.00 am promptly. There is a very full itinerary with a good balance of culture and fun. Students will have a guided coach tour of Madrid with entry into the Royal Palace. They will visit the Botanic Gardens, Retiro Park, The Reina Sofia Museum and The World Heritage Centre in Toledo. There will also be time for some retail therapy at the shopping centre at Principe Pio and some thrills and spills at the theme park-Parque Warner Movieworld. To all the students and staff travelling…. Buen viaje!

Oral and Practical Exams
Much to the relief of our senior students, this week saw the completion of the last of the Oral Exams, the French Oral and the Spanish Oral. There was relief also for our music students as they completed the practical element of their exam. Well done to all the students and staff involved and the very best of luck in their final preparations for the written exams.

Trials for the East Leinster Track and Field Championships will take place on Tuesday, April 9th during the weekly after-school training session. It is vitally important that any student interested in competing in this event attend this session. The Championships will take place in Santry Stadium on Tuesday, April 30th and Thursday, May 2nd.