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Newsletter Sept. 27th

Equestrian News   
The second show-jumping event of the season took place on Sunday 22nd and was hosted by Newbridge College in Coilóg Equestrian Centre. Transition Year student, Jessica Phelan competed in the individual competition and was placed third. Naoise O’Neill, Casey Neville and Ella Mulvey joined with Jessica to compete in the Open Team event, and they placed 5th. The Novice team with Megan Neville and Alannah Miley from 2nd year and Naoise O’Neill from 3rd year welcomed new first-year student Sarah Ní Bhraonain to their team, and they placed 4th in their competition. Well done to all involved and many thanks to Ms Stafford for organising the teams and accompanying the girls to all the weekend events. The next competition will be held in JAG Equestrian, in Naas on October 5th. Colaiste Bhride Carnew will then host on the following weekend in Barnadown Equestrian Centre Gorey.

Transition Year Coffee Morning
The Transition Year coffee morning, held on Friday 20th was a great success and enjoyed by both staff, students and parents. There was a fantastic selection of home-baked goodies available at the sit-down session for the staff, 6th-year students and parents and at the bake sale event which followed for all other year groups. The event was in aid of the Wicklow Hospice, and the girls raised €700. Well done to all the Transition Year students on a very successful fundraiser and thanks to Ms Goff for all her support and guidance.

Congratulations to both the U16 and U19 DCW basketball teams who won their opening league matches against St Mary’s of Arklow. All the girls played very well throughout the games. Well done to Emma Coffey and Aitana Gonzalez for achieving top scores for the U19 and U16 teams respectively. Their consistency in their shooting skills was very impressive. All the students worked very well as a team, both defensively and offensively. We wish them the very best of luck for the remainder of the league. Thank you to St. Mary’s of Arklow for hosting the matches, and we wish them the best of luck in their future matches.

The Senior hockey played their first competitive match of the season on Thursday 26th September. This was an away fixture to St Andrews in Booterstown. The girls put in a great team effort and dominated the first half of the game scoring three goals. Aisling Ledesma scored two, and Masha Curran scored the third. St Andrews managed to take one back just before half time and came back fighting in the second half. However, the Dominican back line remained solid, and St Andrews found no way through. The game ended 3-1 as DCW failed to capitalise on further scoring opportunities. Well done to all the players and Captains Martha Donohoe and Amy Kavanagh for their leadership skills both on and off the pitch.

European Championships
Congratulations to 5th-year student Emma Kristiansen and her younger sister Mia in 4th year, who represented Ireland on the Junior Girls Lifesaving Team in the recent European Championships in Italy. The girls were selected from the National Squad after competing in both pool and beach trials. In Italy they competed in individual events and relays over the five days and made many top-ten finishes. They were also on the team that created a new Irish record in the manikin relay. All at DCW are very proud of their achievements.

Best of luck to all our athletes competing in the first of the County Wicklow Cross Country competitions. The Cross Country Relay event takes place in Avondale Park on Tuesday, October 1st. Our current second years had a very successful season last year, and we wish them continuing success this year. Twenty new first-year students have joined the school club and are busy training with Ms Wadden every Tuesday after school. We wish them the best of luck in their first competitive event.

School Mass
On Thursday, September 26th, the school community gathered together in Fatima Hall for the annual Mass to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. The celebrant for the Mass was Fr Donal. The focus of the Mass was ‘A blessing for the new year’ and how best to support each other in our journey together. In his homily Fr Donal spoke of the importance of profound respect and how this is central to promoting a positive experience for all in the school. It was a beautiful celebration with the Student Leadership Team, Junior students, Staff and members of the Board of Management all involved in the readings, prayers of the faithful and offertory procession. As always, the liturgical choir, led by Ms Gaffney added greatly to the atmosphere of the Mass. At the end of the service the Student Council and the Student Leadership Team were presented with their badges.

New Science and Technology Building
Last May, DCW received the very exciting news that the school would receive funding from the Department for a new Science and Technology building. The very first step in the process took place on Wednesday September 25th as the design team visited the school for their first meeting. The new build is a very exciting prospect, and we look forward to future updates.

Homework Club
The popular Homework Club is now up and running once again. The club takes place every Tuesday lunchtime in Josephs 4. It is open to all first-year students who may require a little extra help in certain subjects. A group of dedicated Transition Year students act as tutors to the first years, sharing their knowledge and helping the new students to adjust to new subjects and homework regimes.

Student Council Elections
The Student Council elections took place on Wednesday, September 25th. The nominations forms were submitted the previous week. Class Tutors were given a list of the successful candidates and met with their class groups for the final vote. Three students from each year group were elected so that every class would be represented. Well done to our newly appointed council and we look forward to their contribution to the school community. Many thanks to Ms Fallon for all her preparatory work before the elections. The first meeting takes place on October 1st.