On May 20th the school community gathered together in Fatima Hall for the last time with the current sixth years, the occasion, the annual prize-giving day. Students were given formal recognition for all their various contributions to school life. The awards included achievements both inside and outside the classroom. Students who excelled academically were recognised as were the students who were committed and improved throughout the year. Another category of non-academic prizes were the positive affirmation awards, given to students who had made a difference in the classroom. Sporting achievements were highlighted, and the sports captains recognised for their leadership skills both on and off the pitch. Other student leadership roles that were also given recognition were the Prefects, the Student Council, the Ember leaders and the Mentors. Students on full attendance were presented with certificates. Well done to the second years who had the greatest number of students who hadn’t missed a day! Third-year student Morgan Elliott and sixth-year student Caoimhe O’Neill were presented with plaques for achieving the highest mock exam results. The final award of the day and the most prestigious is the Student of the Year Award. This award is given to an outstanding student who epitomises the Dominican ethos. The recipient this year was sixth-year student Laura Whitty. Well done to Laura and to all the other recipients.
Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl
Following the last award, the outgoing Head Girl and Deputy Head Girl are called up to the stage for a final recognition of their leadership roles. It is then their last duty to hand over the badges of honour to next years’ Head and Deputy Head Girl. Caoimhe O’Neill handed over the Head Girl badge to Hannah Gormley, and Ciara Fagan handed the Deputy badge to Kate Costello. There was a standing ovation as the student body and staff showed their support of the decisions made by the external interviewing panel. We wish Hannah and Kate the very best of luck in their student leadership roles next year.
Sixth Year Graduation
One of the most eagerly awaited celebrations for the sixth-year students is the Graduation Mass held in the Dominican Chapel. The staff and family members are invited to come together to celebrate the culmination of their six years in DCW. This year the mass took place on May 21st with Fr Donal as the celebrant. The evening began with the Ceremony of Light, a beautiful tradition whereby representatives from the staff, the Dominican order, parents and student body pass on the light of wisdom, faith, hope and memory. The theme of the mass was ‘The Journey’. In his homily, Fr Donal spoke of the importance of planning for the journey ahead and packing the essentials. His life essentials were family, friends and faith. It was a beautiful celebration with both students and parents involved in the readings, prayers of the faithful and the offertory procession. The liturgical choir led by Ms Gaffney were exceptional. The final song of the mass, ‘The Parting Glass’, sung by the sixth-year members of the choir was stunning. Following some inspirational words from the sixth-year Head, Ms Beary and the Principal, Ms Mynes, all gathered in Fatima Hall for refreshments and photographs. Many thanks to Russell for the beautifully presented finger food. The girls concluded their celebrations in the Old Forge. We wish them every success in their exams and in all that they do.
Transition Year Graduation
Transition-year students had their celebratory night on May 23rd. This was the evening that they formally graduated and were given recognition for all their achievements throughout the year. Fatima Hall was decorated with work samples and projects and beautiful photographs taken during the photography modules. As parents and family entered the crush-hall, they could see all the fabulous costumes made for the Junk Kouture competition. At the prize-giving ceremony, there were awards given for students who excelled in each of the subject areas, full attendance and sporting achievements. Emma Kristiansen was presented with a plaque for her amazing Junior Cert results. Another of the significant awards was the ‘Spirit of T.Y.’ given to the student who showed commitment, positivity and enthusiasm in the wide variety of compulsory and non-compulsory activities on offer over the year. This award was presented to Molly Flood. This year 40 students received their Bronze Gaisce Award, one of the biggest numbers to date. Following the presentations and speeches, refreshments were provided and were enjoyed by all. Many thanks to Norma and Russell for the delicious array of finger food. Finally, a word of thanks to the Transition Year Coordinator, Ms Goff, for all her hard work over the year with the transition-year students and for making sure the night was the success that it was.
First Year Athlete Lily Sheehy
As the school year draws to a close, we would like to extend our congratulations to one of our very talented athletes in first-year, Lily Sheehy. Over the year, Lily has excelled in several disciplines. In the Schools Swimming Gala, she competed in the breast-stroke. Her time in this event qualified her for a place on the Leinster Schools Inter-pro team. Only two individuals qualify for each event, so this was a fantastic achievement. Leinster went on to win the National Competition, a feat not achieved in 13 years. In Schools Athletics, Lily was part of the team who won the East Leinster Cross Country Championships and took silver in the Leinster and National event. The first Minor team from DCW to acquire National silver medals. Perhaps her most impressive achievement to date was in the Schools National Triathlon Championships. Lily won the U15 event, taking the title of Junior Champion for 2019. Lily has been a fantastic ambassador for our school, and we are very proud of all her achievements.