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Newsletter April 12th

Senior Home Economics   
Last week the Senior Home Economics students completed their practical exam for the Leaving Cert. This week there was a much more relaxed atmosphere in the kitchen as they planned and hosted a fun lunch for the remaining sixth-year students. Working in small groups they decided on a suitable menu, delegating the various tasks. There was a wonderful array of snacks, mains and desserts. Everything was prepared to perfection and all the sixth years gathered in the kitchen for one last formal sitting at DCW. All enjoyed the event but there was a sense of sadness too as the Home Economics students hung up their aprons for the last time at DCW. There was a realisation that the next step on their education path was getting ever closer. Many thanks to Ms Hennessy for planning the event with the Home Economics students.

First Year Home Economics                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The first year Home Economics students were also busy in the kitchen this week. They created wonderful cupcakes just in time for Easter. They were working on their piping and presentation skills and displayed excellent time management and teamwork in the process. Very well done to all the girls for their creativity and delicious results.

Show Jumping                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Huge congratulations to third-year student Jessica Phelan who has been selected to represent Ireland at the International Showjumping competition that will take place in Fontainebleau, Paris, on April 18th-22nd. Since February Jessica has been competing in the Pony Spring Tour at various equestrian centres around the country. She competed in show jumping competitions in Ard Chuain, Cavan EC, Maryville, Portmore EC and Ennis showgrounds, in the 128cm category. The tour incorporated three viewing days which facilitated the selection of the riders for the national teams to compete in Fontainebleau. Jessica’s skillful completion of the rounds impressed the panel of selectors hence the call to International duty. We wish her the very best of luck in Fontainebleau. The DCW equestrian teams will participate in the final Inter-schools competition over the Easter Holidays in Barnadown Equestrian Centre, Gorey. Jessica Phelan, Naoise O’Neill, Casey Neville and Ella Mulvey will compete as one team. Megan Neville, Alannah Miley and Aoife O’Leary will compete as the second team. Best of luck to both teams!

Music Recital
On Thursday, April 11th the third and sixth-year students gathered with family and friends in the Dominican Chapel for an evening of music. In the previous week, the students had performed for the State Examiners, as they completed the practical element of their Junior and Leaving Cert. The recital in the Chapel allowed the students to showcase their exam pieces to their families and friends so that they could see the product of all their hard work. The third year singing group began the recital with a beautiful rendition of ‘Let it Be’ by the Beatles. Caoimhe O’Neill, Mia Kristiansen, Robyn Brennan and Isabella Downey all demonstrated their skill on the piano with Robyn Brennan also delivering ‘Petit Jeu’ by Blemant on the Saxophone. Heather Hart accompanied Robyn Brennan and Isabella Downey on guitar while Becky Corrigan played the guitar and sang ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd. Jessica Corkish, Liadh Cronin, Blaithin Ward, Sorcha Cronin and Ayla Doyle all impressed with their solo songs. To conclude the night all the third and sixth-year students performed together, singing ‘That’s What Friends Are For’, a very fitting end to a very enjoyable night. Well done to all the students on their polished performances. Many thanks, Mr O’Neill for all the extra time and hard work he has put in with his equally dedicated students.

East Leinster Championships
The trials for the track and field championships have now concluded. Well done to all who participated and to those who will now represent the school at the East Leinster Competition in Santry on April 29th and May 2nd. The school will be well represented in all events at Junior level, and hopefully, the girls can match the earlier successes of the Junior cross country athletes.

Throughout the year, the 5th year LCVP students have been involved in various initiatives to fundraise for the local Wicklow Cancer Support Centre. On Friday, April 12th, the girls also volunteered to help at the East Coast Coffee Morning. The event was held at the De La Salle Community Centre, and the girls worked alongside the local hospitality group who were hosting the coffee morning this year. The Wicklow Cancer Support are very grateful for all their help, and we are very proud of all their efforts to support this vital local charity and give back to the community.

Dates for the Diary
May is always a particularly busy month in the school calendar and this year the final month promises to be no different. The immediate events scheduled to take place after the Easter break are as follows;  Wednesday, May 1st is the final date for the submission of the applications for Prefects, Sports Captains and Head and Deputy Head Girl. The LCVP written exam will take place on this date as will the vaccinations for all first years.

· On May 2nd the 2 Opal CSPE class will have their lunchtime bake sale, raffle and dance-off competition in aid of UNICEF. The date for their sponsored walk is to follow.

· On Tuesday, May 7th there will be a meeting for the parents of the incoming first years in Fatima Hall at 7 pm.

· On Thursday, May 9th the very important interviews for the Head and Deputy Head Girl will take place. We wish all the applicants the very best of luck.

· Friday, May 10th is the date for the coffee morning organised by the Parents Association. The time and venue to be confirmed.