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Newsletter Feb 14th

Basketball   
Our first and second-year basketball teams took on St Mary’s Arklow last Friday. Both teams played an excellent match with the first years showing huge improvement from their first game of the season. Molly O’Keefe and Hannah Lawless showed impressive shooting skills, scoring two baskets each. Nicole Fogarty and Lucia Gorman also scored a basket each. Maya Kelly and Tia Swindells did a great job on defence, keeping St Mary’s away from their basket for a final score of 16-4. The second-year players were equally impressive, with 11 baskets altogether. Kate Hamilton, Saoirse Dolan, Kelly O’Neill, Claire McCarthy, Abbie O’Brien and Ella O’Donovan all contributed to the score-line. Suzi Elliott and Kiera De Courcy helped to set up the baskets and keep the opposition at bay with a final score of 24-6. Well to both teams and best of luck in their next games against EGS.

First Year Hockey
Both first-year hockey teams were in action this week at home, playing their penultimate matches in the group section against St Andrews. The B team played their best hockey yet and enjoyed a very competitive game which ended with a 2-1 win for St Andrews. The Dominican girls had numerous scoring opportunities, but it was only Mia Wynne who took the ball past the keeper. Well done to Mia on her first goal of the season. It was a great game which could have gone either way. The A team continued their winning streak tallying up five goals against the opposition. Lucia Gorman scored two goals, with Maya Kelly, Hannah Lawless and Ava Martin all scoring one goal each. Having won all their games this season, they lie at the top of the league table with one fixture to go. A positive outcome in their last group game against Sion Hill will see them through to the final stage of the competition. We wish them the very best of luck.

Leinster Cross Country Championships
The Irish Life Health Leinster Schools Cross Country Championships took place on February 12th in Santry Demesne. The Dominican Junior team had qualified through from the East Leinster competition and were aiming to repeat their national qualification of the previous year. It was a bitterly cold day which led to difficult running conditions. While top runner Lily Sheehy finished in a fantastic seventh position and qualified for the Nationals, the team finished just outside the top three qualifying spots. Congratulations to Lily on her very impressive qualification and well done to Alex Carey, Kayleigh Keogh, Catherine Mitchell and Isabel Connolly for the huge effort put into their training and the race on the day. Many thanks to Mrs Keogh and Mrs Sheehy for driving the girls to the event. We wish Lily the very best of luck in the All Ireland Finals which take place in Santry on March 7th.

Mock Exams
Well done to all our sixth-year Spanish students who completed their mock oral exams last Friday and Saturday. All students acquitted themselves very well. Enhorabuena! We also wish to congratulate all our other exams students on completing the written mock exams. The exam time can be very stressful for the students, but they will have learned many valuable lessons throughout the experience. We wish them a very relaxing and productive midterm break. Many thanks to all the staff for their constant hard work in preparing the students for their exams.

Entrance Exams
Due to ongoing interest in school enrolment, there will be a second sitting of the entrance exams. This assessment for any additional incoming first-years will be held in May, the date of which will be confirmed closer to the time.

Garden Party
On Friday, May 22nd there will be a garden party held in the grounds of the school to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Dominican Campus. The party is to thank the people of Wicklow for their constant support over the years. Holy Rosary School and Dominican College will be open for tours around the schools followed by afternoon tea in the grounds. The Number One band who played at the opening of the Dominican Grotto 87 years ago will perform as will the Dominican music students. The event will take place from 2-4 pm. If you have any old school photographs, we would love you to scan and email them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. It would be fantastic to have a photo montage of school events throughout the decades taking people on a trip down memory lane. We would appreciate your help with this.

Retirement
On Friday, February 14th Fatima Hall was the venue for a very special occasion. The students and staff of Holy Rosary School gathered for a presentation to their Principal, Ms O’Riordan on the occasion of her retirement. They expressed their gratitude for her unfailing commitment to the school community and wished her well in her new adventure ahead. The staff, board of management and students of Dominican College also wish to congratulate Ms O’Riordan on the news of her retirement and send her well-wishes for the future.

Student Council
The Student Council meets with Ms Fallon weekly to discuss matters that affect the student community. Throughout the year they have organised several fundraisers and after much consideration have decided to spend some of the money decorating the student bathrooms. They are now looking for budding artists to submit their designs. So, if you have any creative ideas, please pass these onto your class rep. The Student Council is also reviewing the school journal and would like your feedback on this issue too. The next Student Council fundraiser will be the annual Rainbow Day. The date for this event is Friday, February 28th. There will be prizes for the best costume in each year group so get planning!