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Newsletter Jan 31st

Senior Gaelic   
Congratulations to our Senior GAA team on winning the inaugural Wicklow Senior A Shield final. The girls put in an outstanding display to outclass a gallant Loreto Bray team. With superb attacking play, the girls led by 5-4 to 0-4 at half time. There were many outstanding performances on the day, none more so than 6th-year students Lucy Dunne (6-0), Niamh Caffrey (1-7) and team captain Sarah Evans. In a strong squad performance, all the substitutes made vital contributions, especially Jennifer Madden and Kirsty Dunne. Well done girls!

First Year Basketball
The first-year basketball players travelled to Avondale Community College for their first competitive match of the season on Wednesday, January 29th. The girls gave a fantastic performance for their first time with Nicole Fogarty, Molly O’Keefe, Lily O’Donoghue and Aisling Turner all scoring baskets. Maya Kelly and Hannah Lawless did a great job on defence, ensuring that Avondale had to work hard for the ball. While the final score was not in our favour, the Dominican girls were in high spirits after an extremely enjoyable game. Well done to Avondale on their win and many thanks for hosting the game.

Mindfulness Week
Mindfulness week began on Monday, January 27th. Deputy Principal Mr Martin and his wellbeing team organised a combination of both active and mindful activities to take place in the school during the week. Both the students and staff got involved in the activities. On Monday in the 8.50 am tutor class, the theme of ‘A Random Act of Kindness ’was discussed with all the junior students. Students agreed to try to initiate such acts in school and at home to make a positive difference to somebody’s day. Every day, five minutes before the break time Ms Gaffney led a mindfulness session over the intercom, which created a sense of calm throughout the school community. On Monday at lunchtime, there was a penalty shoot-out in Fatima Hall with Mr Doyle and Mr Cronin taking turns to guard the goals. Well done to sixth-year students Amy Kavanagh and Aoife Dunne for blasting the ball past Mr Doyle! On Tuesday at lunchtime, the sixth year students took on the staff in a very competitive dodgeball competition. Both the students and staff had great fun, and each team won one game. On Wednesday the lunchtime break was extended as the staff enjoyed a delicious ‘pot-luck lunch’ and students participated in a scavenger hunt. The most popular activity was the ‘Just Dance’ session in Fatima Hall on Friday. Mind your mind was the message for the week. Many thanks to Mr Martin and his wellbeing team.

Art News
Well done to second-year student Ava Martin on her recent success in the Credit Union poster competition. In December 2019 she was awarded first place in the 11-13 age category. The Credit Union Art Competition is now a household name spanning 36 years. This year the theme was ‘Walk of life’ encouraging young people to draw inspiration from positive changes evident in the local community or wider society. Ava’s poster focused on ‘Every Walk of Life’ depicting scenes from the natural environment in different parts of the world; from polar bears on the melting ice to hunted animals on the African plains. As a local winner Ava now progresses to the regional level. Successful artists then progress to the national awards ceremony in February 2020. We wish Ava every success at the regional finals.

Swimming
Lily Sheehy, another second-year student, is a very talented athlete and swimmer, and we wish to congratulate her on her most recent achievement. Lily has joined a targeted group of female athletes deemed to have the potential to qualify for the 4x200m freestyle relay event in the 2024 Olympic games in Paris. The programme is called F4-24. 1972 was the first and only time an Irish Female relay team qualified for an Olympic Games. Qualification to the games will be via the 2023 FINA World Championships in Doha or the 2024 LEN European Championships.
The F4-24 Programme started in September 2019. The squad includes a select number of 14-year-old girls who achieved outstanding results in the 2018/2019 season. Studies have shown the average age of girls in previous Olympic teams to be 19.25 years old. Hence a five-year development plan. Lily trains with the Dublin (NAC) hub and travels twice a week to Blanchardstown from Wicklow. Training incorporates 2 x 2-hour swim sessions in a 50m pool and a 1 hr gym session in the Sport Ireland Institute premises at the National Sports Campus. Lily also swims with her home swimming club Asgard Swimming Club based in Arklow and swims an additional 7.5 hrs per week there. We commend Lily on her dedication to her sport and wish her every success in achieving her dream.

Jersey Day
On Wednesday, January 29th the Hockey Captain Martha Donohoe, with her Deputy Amy Kavanagh and the Deputy Head girl Kate Costello organised a Jersey Day to raise funds for the school hockey teams. The girls liaised with the school management, publicised the event and organised the collection of the money. They did a fantastic job which is very much appreciated by the sports department. This money will now help to offset the cost of buses and buy new hockey equipment. The girls displayed great initiative and are true representatives of the student leadership team.

Mock Examinations
The written mock exams for the sixth-year students begin on Monday, February 3rd, with the LCVP exam and for the third-year students on Thursday, February 6th. The exams run until February 14th. The midterm break is from February 17-21st inclusive. We wish all our exam students the very best of luck and hope that all their hard work will be rewarded.