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Newsletter Jan. 17th

Young Scientist   
On January 10th all the first-year students enjoyed a day away from the school as they visited the RDS which hosted the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2020. The exhibition is designed to raise school’s engagement with the critical subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Throughout the day, they had the opportunity to look at the 550 awe-inspiring student projects and to attend a host of national and international science shows. The shows included ‘Unbelievable Science’ by Morgan and West, ‘The Physics of Breakdancing’, ‘3D Space Challenges and Exploration and the ever-popular ‘World of Robots’. The escape room was popular with the students, and they also enjoyed the virtual reality booth. The RTE booth in which the students had the opportunity to present the weather forecast was also very popular. There were also fun drumming workshops provided by Irish Aid. Colleges such as UCD and DCU had science-based demonstrations all encouraging and promoting stem subjects from their prospectus. Teachers also benefited from the day as representatives from the JCT and Irish Aid were on hand to provide classroom-based resources. It was a very productive and enjoyable day for both the students and teachers. Some of the first years have now expressed an interest in entering the competition next year. Many thanks to the science department for organising the trip.

First Year Hockey
On January 15th the two first-year hockey teams travelled to Sion Hill College for their first away games of the season. For many, this was their first experience on the astroturf surface. They adapted extremely well and settled into very competitive games. The A team kept a clean sheet and had their second win of the season with Hannah Lawless scoring the only goal. The B team lost their game 0-2, but the score-line didn’t reflect how close the game was. The Dominican girls had lots of play in their opponent’s circle and were very unlucky not to score. Both teams showed great fighting spirit and battled until the final whistle. Well done to both teams and many thanks to their coach Ms Hennessy for all her hard work.

Senior Basketball
On January 15th the U19 basketball team attempted to go one step further than last year as they took on Scoil Caitríona, Coolock in the semi-final of the Leinster League. They narrowly missed out on a place in the final last year and were determined for history not to repeat itself. The first half of the game was extremely close as was the third quarter. The Dominican girls dug deep and pulled away in the final quarter with scores from Roisín Ring, Ellie Merrigan, Kelly Byrne and Justine Cronin. The final score was 41-29. The defensive play was superb throughout. Thank you to Scoil Caitríonafor hosting the match. The very best of luck to Ms Kelly and her team in the final which takes place on January 31st in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.

Equestrian News
On Sunday, January 12th the dedicated equestrian team travelled to Swords to compete in the first Inter-school competition of 2020 which was hosted by Killossery Lodge Stud. The competing students were Naoise O’Neill, Casey Neville, Ella Mulvey and Jessica Phelan. All four girls put in a great display of jumping with all four getting double clear rounds over a difficult track. A tie with Newbridge College meant a further jump-off round. Unfortunately, two dropped poles in this round meant the girls just missed out on a first place. Nevertheless, the second place was an excellent result for their first competition of the year. Many thanks to Ms Stafford for accompanying the girls.

Transition Year Self Defence
On January 14th, the Transition Year students participated in a day-long self-defence workshop. Caroline O’Sullivan from the Leinster Taekwon-do association facilitated the workshop. The day began with a talk about personal safety and how best to avoid situations in which you may be vulnerable. These situations differ for males and females. The best form of self-defence is to recognise and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Always look out for friends who may be vulnerable. The girls were encouraged to ‘run’ and avoid the confrontation if possible. Following a fun warm-up session, Caroline taught the girls useful skills to protect themselves for those instances when it is too late to run. She demonstrated individual striking skills with different body parts which the girls then practised. The skills were broken down and then combined in a series of effective strikes. Caroline shared tips on how to distract the assailant, how to overcome height differences, and how to execute power. It was a very empowering day for the girls as they began to recognise just how much they could do. Many thanks to Caroline for her encouragement and for sharing her knowledge and skills.

Second-Year Spanish Trip
On Wednesday, January 15th, the second-year Spanish students were brought to the Irish Film Institute in Dublin to see the Mexican film Tesoros. The girls left the school at 9 am for the 10.30 am screening. The duration of the film was 95 minutes, and while it was a challenge to understand all the dialogue, the girls enjoyed the film. The film is based on the marvellous journey of siblings Dylan and Andrea as they set off with their new friends in search of long lost pirate loot. It was a great way for the girls to practise their Spanish listening skills.

Mass Celebration for 150th Anniversary
On January 17th a special mass was held in St Patrick's Church. The mass of Thanksgiving celebrated the Dominican Sisters presence in the town for the past 150 years. The church was full as former and current students, staff and members of the Boards of Management celebrated with representatives from the Dominican Order, Le Chéile Schools Trust and local parishioners. The remaining students and staff of Dominican college joined in the historic occasion via the parish webcam. Following the mass, there was the opportunity to meet and converse over tea and refreshments in the Parish Centre beside the church.
Everyone on the Dominican campus collaborated to put together the beautiful service, and we would like to extend our thanks to the following people: to Mary O’ Riordan and Neal Martin and their very dedicated liturgical teams and choirs, to Sr Colette, Sr Julie, Sr Jeanette and all the sisters of the Wicklow Dominican Community, to Fr Donal, who celebrated the mass and Fr Pat for making the church and the Parish centre available for the mass and the reception. Finally, we would like to thank Debbie O’Hanlon and the parish hospitality group for the kind welcome and lovely refreshments in the Parish Centre. A further date for the diary is May 27th when the Dominican Campus will host a celebratory garden party.