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Newsletter Sept. 20th

Senior GAA   
Our senior girls suffered their second agonising loss in the space of a week. After a narrow loss to Carnew last week the girls were looking to get back on track against GCM on Wednesday. On a glorious day, a large crowd were greeted to an enthralling back and forth contest between two offensively minded teams. Calculators were needed as the girls lost out by a goal losing 10-4 to 7-10.
Naoise O'Reilly, Sarah Evans and Clodagh Irwin put in strong performances. The girls have one more match in the group stages against St Marys.

Upcoming Sports Events
After school training sessions are well underway now for hockey, basketball and athletics. The competitive matches for both hockey and basketball begin this week. The U16 and U19 basketball teams travel to Arklow to play St Mary’s in their first game in the Co Wicklow league. The Senior hockey team also play away to St Andrews in Booterstown, as they begin their season in the Leinster Schools league. We wish all players the very best of luck. The first event for our athletes takes place on October 1st in Avondale Forest park, and this is the Cross Country Relays. Ms Wadden will be selecting the teams for this event at the Tuesday training sessions.

The Ploughing Championships
This year the 88th Ploughing Championship took place in Ballintrane, Fenagh, Co Carlow from September 17th-19th. The 5th & 6th Year Home Economics students attended on Tuesday 17th. The weather was glorious, and the students had a very enjoyable day with much to see, ranging from multi-million demos of farming machinery to fashion shows. In addition, there were 1,700 exhibitor stalls to browse. They gained a deeper understanding of the structure of the Irish Food Industry and the role of small businesses and home enterprises which is content covered in the Home Economics syllabus. Many thanks to the Home Economics Department for organising the trip.

Transition Year CSI
This week the Transition Year students took on the role of detective as CSI came to DCW. Jessica Corkish tells of their experience. On September 16th 4 silver took part in a CSI experience day while their fellow peers in 4 bronze and gold would participate on the Tuesday and Thursday. Following introductions from Jim and Kieran, we watched a PowerPoint presentation which described the types of people who work at a crime scene and gave practical examples of investigation protocols such as fingerprinting and identification methods. We then had the opportunity to take our fingerprints using formal equipment. After break we were shown pictures from past crimes and listened to the stories of their investigations and outcomes. We were given the details of one particular investigation and had to try to solve it ourselves and give our conclusions. The afternoon session was a brilliant practical session where we were kitted up in white suits and had to investigate our very own crime scene with each girl having a different role to play. Overall it was a great experience.

Mary Poppins Update
The lead role of Mary Poppins will be taken on by two students, Sorcha Cronin and Jessica Corkish. When not playing the part of Mary, Jessica or Sorcha will play the birdwoman who has a particularly difficult soprano solo to sing. Well done and best of luck to both students. The Transition Years are busily rehearsing every Wednesday morning and Monday evening.

Higher Options
Higher Options 2019 ran from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th September at the RDS Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge. On Thursday 19th Ms Mason, Ms Keane and Ms Murphy accompanied a group of 5th and 6th-year students to the event. Here the students had the opportunity to connect directly with the Colleges and Universities of interest to them. Hundreds of third-level and further education options from within Ireland and abroad were represented. Students had the choice of attending a series of talks and lectures that took place over the day. They also had the opportunity to take the Careers Portal Interest-Profiler to measure the relative strengths of their interests and see how these interests match up with careers and occupations. This year there was also a big focus on apprenticeships. All the girls agreed that it was a very informative day and would recommend the event to other students.

Second Year Community Clean-up
Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to contribute in a positive way to their community and to promote sustainable living. It also promotes the idea of being an active, reflective citizen. Students are encouraged to act and influence change around the locality. Following discussions in class the 2nd year students under the guidance of Ms Martin, decided to undertake a clean-up of some popular coastal areas around the town. On September 19th, 84 second-year students walked down to the river at Leitrim Place with lots of rubbish bags and protective gloves and began a clean-up of the area. They then proceeded to the ‘Little Beach’ between the piers and finally made their way to the Black Castle. The girls took away three large refuse bags of rubbish and recyclable materials were separated. The girls set out to target some of the Sustainable Development Goals that were launched by the United Nations in 2015. These being, Climate Action, Life below Water and Life on Land. It also raised a greater awareness for the students regarding recycling and looking after their environment. Many thanks to Ms Martin for organising the event.

Coffee Morning
Well done to all the Transition Year students who worked together to organise a very successful coffee morning and bake sale in aid of the Wicklow Hospice. There was a fantastic spread of home-baked goodies for the staff and 6th-year students to enjoy over an extended break-time. Parents of the Transition Years then arrived at Fatima Hall from 11.30 am-12.30 pm for a cuppa and a chat. Following this, the remaining year groups were called at intervals to the hall to purchase some baked goods. It was a very enjoyable morning, and we now await the final sum raised for this very deserving charity.