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Newsletter Nov. 6th

Art News   
Every year The Lions Club sponsors a very special art contest in schools. Students are tasked with producing a poster based on a theme. This year the theme was Peace through Service. The Lions Club chose this theme as a reminder to the world that through service, we can give and receive kindness, hope and peace. Before the midterm break, first-year student Jessica Quinn was awarded first prize in the Wicklow region. We have now learned that her poster has gone forward to the national stage of the competition. Congratulations to Jessica, and we wish her the very best of luck in the next round of the competition.

Transition Year Upcycling
The ten-week outdoor upcycling module for the transition-year students has now concluded. We want to thank Ms Mortan and her cohort of workers for the fantastic clean up job they have done in the yard around the tennis courts. For the first time in many years, the grotto is visible, and the surrounding area cleared. The storage containers and the new picnic benches have been painted giving the space a more inviting look. It has been a time-consuming job, but we are very appreciative of their efforts.

Second Year Retreat
On Friday, November 6th, the remainder of the second-year students had their retreat day. They had a short class from 9 am – 9.30 am then they headed to Fatima Hall to meet with The Tobar Retreat team. Throughout the day, they enjoyed cooperative team games and quizzes. These were intermittent with thought-provoking conversations where students questioned their spirituality and religious beliefs. Living with COVID and the effects it had on their lives was one of the topical talks of the day. The reports from the students were very positive. They felt they connected well with the young retreat team and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The Transition-Year retreats are next on the calendar and will take place on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Christmas Exams
The start date on the school calendar for the Christmas exams was Monday, November 23rd. This date has now changed. They will commence one week later, starting on Monday, November 30th. Students are now advised to get their study plan in place. There will be study skills sessions for both 3rd and 6th-year students over the coming weeks. Parents are reminded that the reports for the October Assessment period are now live on VSware. If you are having any issues logging in to the system, please contact Mr Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Student Council Elections
The Student Council elections took place online this year, and the process has now been completed. There are eighteen students on the council, three students from each year group so that every base class is represented. Well done to our newly appointed committee and we look forward to their contribution to the school community. Many thanks to Ms Fallon for all her preparatory work before the elections. All members will now attend an online meeting on November 11th, which will be presented by Comhairle na NÓg.

Stand up Awareness Week
Stand up Awareness week 2020 will take place from November 16th-20th. For this week second-level schools are encouraged to join together and take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. Staff at DCW are currently planning events to be run during this week. Watch this space for feedback on these events.

Wellbeing
On the Friday before the midterm break the whole school community enjoyed a fun game of online bingo. This fun game replaced the last class of the day and was part of the ongoing wellbeing programme for students and staff. There was great excitement as the teachers messaged in when a bingo result was eminent, each class group hoping for the first bingo! There were lots of winners but not one teacher among them! Thank you to Mr Martin for organising and hosting the event. Another wellbeing initiative will be rolled out shortly. A module which is designed specifically for our students called ‘Building resilience: Living with the reality’. Currently, plans are being made for the 6th-year wellbeing day. It will be held in December with the date to be confirmed.

Dates for Diary
On November 10th there will be a CAO information evening online for all sixth-year students and parents. The link for this meeting will be emailed to parents.
First-Year vaccinations will take place on November 16th and 17th.
The next Parent Association meeting will be held online at 7 pm on November 25th.