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Newsletter Feb. 7th

Leinster Champions   
Huge congratulations to our U19 basketball team who beat St Mary’s from Edenderry to become the Leinster Development League Champions 2020. It was a very intense match with all supporters on edge right up to the final few minutes of the game. The Dominican girls got off to a flying start and led throughout the game. St Mary’s were tough opposition and never gave up. In the final quarter, the gap in the score was closing which led to a nail-biting finish. However, the increase in game intensity led to several fouls on St Mary’s part, and they lost three players during this quarter. In the last nine seconds of the game, a foul on the captain Roisin Ring led to two free throws. Following the successful shots, the opposition pushed hard to get the ball back up the court. They took a shot which rebounded off the backboard. Roisin collected the ball and held onto it until the final buzzer. The final score was 35-32! Well done to all the girls on the fantastic team performance and our top scorers Roisin Ring, Kelly Byrne and Aoife Dunne. Thank you to all the supporters who carried the team through to the final whistle. Finally, a huge thanks to the coach Ms Kelly for her tireless commitment to the team.

Minor Hockey
The minor hockey team travelled to Loreto Balbriggan for their final game of the season. This game proved to be their toughest match to date. Loreto Balbriggan was fighting for the second spot in the league table, and goal difference would be a crucial factor. The home side attacked hard and fast from the onset, and the Dominican girls found themselves defending their half for the first twenty minutes of the game. The relentless pressure resulted in three goals for the home side by half time. A restructuring of the formation helped the girls settle into tighter defending with intermittent attacks from a speedy Eilish Lauder. Saoirse Dolan was outstanding in midfield playing deep when necessary. Well done to first-year players Ava Martin and Hannah Lawless who stepped in for the missing players Emma Chiriluta and Isabel Ledesma. Both had great games. Goalkeeper Molly Mae made fantastic saves throughout the game keeping the final score at 0-4. Well done to all players on a great season.

First Year Hockey
On Thursday, February 6th the two first-year hockey teams travelled to Newbridge College for their second away game of the season. The A team had a great win with Ava Martin, Maya Kelly, Hannah Lawless, Millie Leonard, Lucie Gorman and Kirsty Lauder all scoring a goal each. Well done to defender Sarah Ní Bhraonain who switched to midfield and showed great attacking play. Lilla Meehan stepped into the goals for the first time and did a fantastic job keeping a clean sheet. The B team had a much tougher encounter and lost their game but showed great determination right to the end. Louise Flood was strong in defence with Molly O’Keefe and Niamh O’Neill the playmakers in midfield. The next fixture for both teams will be at home against Sion Hill.

Junk Kouture
Congratulations to Gabrielle Crowley, Poppy Meehan and Abi Nolan who have made it through to the regional final of the Junk Kouture competition. This is a national fashion contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create unique outfits from recycled materials and junk. The final will take place in the Helix Dublin on 3rd March. The girl's outfit is called ‘Sakura’ a Japanese word which means to blossom. The dress represents the blossoming of nature from the cold winter into the vibrant colours of spring. The public vote will determine ten per cent of the girl's score. To support the girls, please go to the Junk Kouture website, create an account and vote for ‘Sakura’. It is a fantastic achievement for the girls, and we are all very proud of them. The school had two other entries entitled ‘Childhood Couture’ and ‘SOS Save Our Seas’. Leah Murphy, Rachel Werner and Áine Byrne designed the Childhood Couture outfit. The concept behind their design was to promote the idea of donating toys as opposed to discarding them. Dirrean Drennan and Ava Lawless aimed to highlight the global issue of sea pollution with their creation made from fishnets, plastic bags, plastic wrappers and an old wetsuit. Well done to all the girls for all their hard work, commitment and creativity.

School Bank
Well done to all the Transition Year students who interviewed for the positions in this year’s school bank. All students acquitted themselves very well according to the very positive feedback from the bank representative. Congratulations to Ella Healy, who was appointed the Branch Manager. Operations and Audit will be looked after by Isabella Downey. Robyn Brennan and Emma Philips hold the positions of Sales and Marketing while Gesa Kahlert is the Customer Digi Advisor. The Bank launch took place on February 3rd, and we now wish the girls every success in their endeavours to build their clientele.

Equestrian News
The equestrian team were out competing in Broadmeadow Equestrian Centre on Sunday, February 2nd. Unfortunately, the day didn’t go quite to plan for the team. Two members of the team produced two beautiful double clear rounds, but the other two members were a little unlucky. This team of four girls are very talented and dedicated young riders and things not going to plan on the day is just the nature of the sport. Two teams from Dominican College Wicklow will compete in the next inter-schools’ competition in Boswell Equestrian Centre on Sunday, February 16th. Best of luck to both teams.

Saturday Study
Supervised study is now available to senior exam students on Saturday mornings from 10 am until 1 pm. To date, the uptake has been very good. The study group will continue after the midterm. Any senior students who are interested in availing of the opportunity, please contact Mr Martin.

SciFest
The Scifest programme aims to promote STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through the delivery one-day STEM fairs for second-level students. Each fair consists of a competition and exhibition of the projects, a selection of science talks and demonstrations and advice on careers in STEM. In DCW the members of the lunchtime Science Club are currently preparing their entries to the competition. If any other students are interested in conducting and submitting a science investigation, please join Ms Kelly in the biology lab on Mondays at lunchtime.

NUI Galway
On Thursday, February 6th representatives from NUI Galway visited the school to talk to the senior students about the University and promote Galway as a possible college choice for the girls. The speaker provided lots of information regarding campus life and college courses and informed the girls that Galway city and county would host the European Capital of Culture in 2020. It will showcase events that highlight the richness and diversity of Galway’s culture and people; thus, a great place to be studying in the next academic year!