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Newsletter Nov. 15th

Rotary Interviews   
Congratulations to Emma Kristiansen from Dominican College Wicklow who won her school stage of Wicklow Rotary Club's Youth Leadership Development Competition following an interview with Rotarians Mike Connolly and Freida Murray. Emma then went on to represent her school in the club stage and acquitted herself very well. Emma has a very bright future ahead of her as a leader in her community. Ultimately twenty-four students will represent Ireland in the European Parliament next February.

Senior Hockey
Loreto Foxrock was the destination for the third league match for the senior hockey team. With two wins in the previous games, the girls were determined to keep a clean sheet. The weather was horrendous with monsoon-like showers throughout the match, making visibility very difficult. Foxrock settled quickly and pressed hard for the first 15 minutes of the game, but the Dominican defence was solid. As time progressed the momentum swung in Wicklow’s favour. Ten minutes before half-time Mia McCann sent a great pass across the circle. Aisling Ledesma read the pass beautifully and popped the ball into the net. A very competitive second half ensued, but a fantastic team effort meant the game remained at 1-0 to DCW. It was a great performance overall in very difficult weather conditions. The next fixture will be a home game against The High School in Rathgar.
The first-year hockey players are busy preparing for their first league match of the season which will be against Mount Temple. The game is due to be played in the last week of November. We wish them the very best of luck. The minor hockey team will play Loreto Abbey Dalkey in their next fixture, also in the last week of November.

Congratulations to the U19 basketball team who won their Wicklow league semi-final against St Killians in Bray. It was a tough game, but the Dominican players fought hard and pulled away in the last quarter. Well done to the team captain Roisin Ring, who was the top point scorer. Aoife Dunne and Kelly Byrne who both stood out in defence. Best of luck to the Dominican players in their final. Many thanks to St Killian's for hosting the game.
Unfortunately, the U16 team were not successful in their bid to reach the final of their league competition, losing out to Woodbrook College. The girls displayed excellent sportsmanship throughout the match, and we are very proud that they reached the semi-final stage. Congratulations to Aitana Gonzalez, the top point scorer. Laura Griffin, Ava Campbell-Rawson, Abi Smith and Aoife Nixon were brilliant in defence. It was a great team performance, and hopefully next year they will progress to the final.

The DCW cross country athletes are training every Tuesday after school in preparation for their next event the Mile Challenge. This challenge takes place on the Shoreline track in Greystones. Every student who completes the challenge will receive a coloured wristband. Each colour represents a different finish time. For example athletes completing the mile in five minutes will be awarded a green wristband. We wish all our athletes then very best of luck.

Stand Up Awareness
Stand Up Awareness Week took place from November 11th-15th. All students in DCW were made aware of the initiative through discussion in morning tutor class and the many colourful posters displayed around the school corridors. Every teacher had an individual poster to be on display in their classrooms which encouraged understanding and acceptance. The general message in the school was one of embracing individual differences and ensuring that school is a safe place for all students. On Friday to show our support of the initiative all students came into school wearing specific colours to make up the LGBTI+ rainbow flag.

Mary Poppins
It is now possible to purchase your tickets for the school Musical ‘Mary Poppins’. Tickets for the evening shows on December 5th and 6th are available in the school administration office and Earls Newsagents. Tickets are also available online at gr8events.ie. The cost of a ticket for a student or an OAP is €6, and an adult ticket is €12. A family ticket which covers two adults and two children costs €32. The evening performances are always very well attended, so get your tickets early for your preferred date.

Digital Futures
On November 14th two representatives from the company, Dell came into the school to talk to all Transition Year students about the I.T. industry. Since 2010 a group of companies have developed a programme called ‘Digital Futures’ which involves visits to schools to promote the Technology Industry and to promote women in an industry which is typically male-dominated. The programme aims to highlight the diverse opportunities available in the industry and dispel many of the misconceptions. Technology, typically seen as boring and difficult, involving geeks, is now seen as fun, powerful and enabling, involving lots of exciting APPs. An interesting fact given at the talk was that more people own a mobile device than a toothbrush! Currently, 250,000 people are employed in Science and technology. It is also one of the fastest-growing sectors so there will be very good employment opportunities. It is suggested that 85% of future jobs don’t exist yet and these will be digital. The girls enjoyed the informative talk, and it helped change their perceptions of the Technology Industry.

Science Week
Science week took place from November 11th-15th, and the theme was Climate Action. The focus was understanding climate change, how science and technology can help create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change. In addition to this serious focus there were some fun events throughout the week. The second-year science students had the opportunity to watch the movie ‘The Last Man on the Moon’ and participated in a table quiz. The table quiz winners were Megan Neville, Rebecca Brennan, Ella Mulvey and Kelly O’Neill. The first-year science students also had a table quiz which included spot prizes for topical questions throughout the competition. There was a tie for top spot among the first-year teams. Áine Dunlop, Isabelle Connolly, Molly Warren and Aisling Nic Cártaigh were on one winning team, and Lily Beacom, Rosie Armstrong, Carlota Ortin, Mia Wynne and Kiera Delahunt made up the other team. Well done to all our budding Einstein’s! Science club continues every Monday at lunchtime. This week the girls attempted the egg drop challenge.