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Newsletter Nov. 29th

Mary Poppins      
The excitement among the Transition Year students is now at fever pitch as the evening performances which take place on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December draw closer. The show begins at 8 pm with doors opening at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available to purchase in the school administration office and Earls Newsagents. Tickets are also available online at www. 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. Tickets may be available on the door, but as the evening performances are always very well attended, it is advisable to buy your tickets in advance.

Minor Hockey
Well done to our Second-Year hockey players who had a great match against Loreto Abbey Dalkey on November 26th. Both teams were evenly matched, which resulted in a very competitive end to end game. Dalkey scored first, but a few minutes later Saoirse Dolan scored from a well-worked set-piece. The score was 1-1 at half time. Dalkey pressed hard in the second half and scored two more goals. The Dominican girls fought hard right to the end whistle, but the score remained at 3-1 to Dalkey. Emma Chiriluta was brilliant in defence and both Saoirse and Isabel Ledesma fantastic playmakers in midfield, but overall it was an impressive team effort. The girls now play host to Loreto Beaufort on December 10th.

First Year Hockey
The long-awaited first game of the season finally took place for the First-Year students on November 27th as they played host to Mount Temple. For some of the Dominican girls, this was their first-ever hockey game, so there were a few nerves but mostly great excitement. Two teams of eight played on a half pitch. The A team dominated play and scored two goals, Lucia Gorman scoring the first and Maya Kelly scoring the second. Hannah Lawless was relentless in midfield displaying great attacking play. The defence with Sarah Ni Bhraoinain, Lilla Meehan and Kaya Glavin Foy were solid throughout the game. The B team battled from start to finish, but unfortunately, Mount Temple was the stronger team on the day. However, the improvement from the beginning to the end of the game was huge, and we look forward to their next game now that they have some experience of a competitive game. Their next fixture will be in January, an away game against Sion Hill.

Third Year Workshop
With the Christmas and mock exams fast approaching, a well-timed study skills workshop was provided for the Third Year students. The workshop touched on topics such as emotional resilience, managing anxiety, and how to study more effectively. The girls were encouraged to try to achieve a balance between academic work, sport and social activities. The workshop highlighted concepts such as the power of positive thinking and the importance of motivation. Surprisingly motivation rates higher than I.Q. when it comes to personal attainment. Motivation accounts for 70% of our attainment. Part of the presentation examined how to improve motivation. There were lots of simple study tips given throughout the presentation, such as how to organise and manage time, how to take concise notes and the practice of colour coding notes. Despite the serious topics, the students had a fun interactive afternoon, and hopefully the girls can now apply their new study skills as they prepare for their exams.

Dates for the Diary
As the Christmas season approaches, the final preparations are taking place for our annual festive occasions. First on the agenda will be the Transition Year Fair which takes place on December 11th in Fatima Hall. There will be a huge variety of handmade products and confectionary for sale. The fair will be open to the public from 12 pm to 2 pm. Refreshments will be available so come along for a cuppa and the opportunity to purchase some unique Christmas presents. The next popular school event on the calendar is the Christmas Carol Service which will be held in the beautiful Dominican Church on December 18th. Admission is free, and all are welcome. This is always a very special festive evening with Ms Gaffney’s wonderful choir, truly an event not to be missed.

Gaelic News
Both the Junior and Senior GAA shield finals were due to take place this week. Unfortunately, the relentless rain meant the pitch was unplayable and the games cancelled. The fixtures will now be rescheduled after the 6th December when the school exams finish. The Senior team will play Loreto Bray and the Junior team St Mary’s Arklow.

Second Year Science Trip
On November 25th Mr Doyle took his Second Year science students on an ecology trip to Tomnafinnoge Woods, in Tinahely. The wood is a special area of conservation a couple of miles outside of the town. It is well known for its giant oak trees, and one of the purposes of the trip was to collect acorns for replanting. Unfortunately, the girls did not find any suitable acorns. The girls were taught about different types of trees and their distinguishing features and walked the trails to find these trees. Mr Doyle explained the importance of trees in the environment and talked about the process of photosynthesis. The girls learned how the trees contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, conserving water, preserving soil and supporting wildlife, all which are very topical issues now. Despite the lack of acorns, the girls enjoyed the day and now feel better prepared for the ecology question on their Christmas exams.

The Senior basketball team had a very successful run to the final, not losing any of their league fixtures. The opponents for the final were EGS and the neutral venue, Coral Leisure Centre in Arklow. The final took place on November 28th. The team led by captain Roisin Ring played put on a great performance throughout the game, especially defensively. The shooting was on point too with an excess of 40 points on the scoreboard. Congratulations to our 6th year students who played in the Wicklow league for the last time; Roisin Ring, Ellie Merrigan, Aoife Dunne, Kelly Byrne, Emma Coffey, Aoife Maguire and Sara Tamani. Winning the final made it extra special for these girls, who have represented DCW very successfully for the past six years.
Many thanks to EGS for a very competitive game. The Dominican girls now go on to represent the County at the All Ireland stages of the competition, and we wish them the very best of luck.