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Newsletter Dec. 18th

#GRMA Day   
On December 11th at 11.15 am fifth-year student Ayla Doyle, a representative from the Student Council spoke to the school community over the intercom. She explained the concept of the GRMA Day and why the student Council was promoting the initiative. All teachers were given a link to the GRMA video and asked to join their students and watch the video at this designated time. The purpose of the video was to acknowledge the fantastic work being done in schools across the country to keep young people safe. The President, the Taoiseach, Ministers, Sports celebrities, and TV presenters all gave messages of thanks and support to the school leaders, teachers, ancillary staff, bus drivers and all individuals within the school community. Finally, the students themselves were recognized for their resilience and cooperation. The kind messages were much appreciated and helped reinforce the sense of solidarity within the school communities. Go raibh maith agat!

Christmas Decorations
Last Friday, the corridors throughout the school were a hive of activity as DCW got into the festive spirit. Classes were suspended from 9 am until 10.20 am as the year heads, tutors, teachers, and students worked together to decorate the different hubs. Year groups competed against each other to see who could claim the best Christmas hub. The corridors were transformed with Christmas trees, swags, tinsel, and ornaments. Well done to the first years on their beautiful wall mounted 3D paper Christmas tree and to the third years for all their home-made snowflakes and Christmas bunting. The decorations on the sixth-year Christmas tree were equally original with their self-portraits a standout feature. Thank you to management for the time away from the books to begin spreading a little Christmas cheer.

Christmas Jumper Day
Well done to the Student Council on their recent fundraiser, The Christmas Jumper Day. The non-uniform day was a huge success with students and staff alike putting great effort into their Christmas outfits. The fundraiser coincided with the Christmas Fair day which added to the festive spirit around the school. At present, the Student Council have collected €680 and hope to increase this to make €700. This money will remain in the community helping families in need in Wicklow Town. Thanks to everyone who donated money to the cause.

Transition Year Charity Work
Over the last few weeks, the transition year students have been working together to collect items for special care packages for the residents of Knockrobin Hill Care Home. This week they completed and delivered 59 such packages. The residents were very grateful, and the girls all agreed it was a very worthwhile initiative, understanding better now the value in giving. Thanks to Ms Goff for facilitating the project. Thanks also to our school photographer Peter for accompanying the girls to capture some pictures.

LCVP Cinema day
Continuing with the theme of supporting those in need, the fifth-year LCVP students ran their Cinema day on December 15th and 16th. The Leaving Cert syllabus involves an 'Action Plan Project' which necessitates the planning and running of a chosen event. The girls decided to use the opportunity to raise funds for charity. Students paid €5 to watch the film which included popcorn and a drink. The event was a great success with five different viewings due to the demand. At present, the girls have collected €1000, and all funds will go to help the homeless in Wicklow. Well done to all involved and huge thanks to Ms Scahill for overseeing the event.

Sixth-Year Wellness day
The day began with four thirty-minute workshops with Ms Hennessy, Ms Byrne, Ms Gaffney and Ms Crawford. Ms Hennessy talked about healthy eating, balanced diets, and beneficial brain foods. Ms Byrne explained the different types of essential oils and their benefits. We had fun blending oils of our choice to take home. Ms Gaffney presented a mindfulness workshop, and we also had a much-needed catch-up. Ms Crawford's expertise was bio kinesiology, and we learned some constructive tips to use when we are overwhelmed. We learned interesting techniques to calm yourself using different pressure points.
The middle section of the day was spent in Fatima Hall with Elaine O Callaghan learning about resilience and how to cope with the challenges of 6th year amid the pandemic. Breaking down issues into manageable parts was vital.
After lunch, we had a very relaxing yoga session with Shauna. She gave us advice on how to use breathing techniques to calm the exam nerves and increase brain function.
Our final session was a dance workshop in spotlight studios down in Wicklow harbour with Ann. We had great fun learning new dance moves, and it was a great way to end the wellness day.
The day was a huge success, and all the sixth year students appreciated it very much. Molly Flood.

Mentor Party
On Monday, December 21st, the fifth-year mentors will host a pizza party for the first-year students in Fatima Hall. There will be a socially distanced just dance activity with all the old favourite Christmas tunes, followed by a Christmas themed quiz. Mr Keddy would like to take the opportunity to thank his mentor group for all the fun activities they have organized for the first-year students since September. They have helped the girls' transition from the primary to the secondary system and helped them bond with each other during a challenging year.

Transition Year Fair Day
On Friday, December 11th, the transition year students held a socially distanced enterprise fair for the students and staff of DCW. In TY, students get to take many different new classes and modules. Enterprise was a new class for us. We had to think up a concept and develop a product for sale, to make a profit. The Fair day was the culmination of months of hard work. There were thirty different stalls with products ranging from soaps and candles, necklaces, bracelets and earrings, personalized Christmas cards and photos, to hot chocolate treats! We were rewarded for all our hard work with most groups reporting excellent profit margins and further orders. Some groups chose to donate a portion of their profits to charity. Leah Anderson and Ruby O' Shea donated €100 to the Wicklow Hospice while Kiva Jameson donated a similar sum to the local Wicklow Cancer Support. Rachel Byrne and Kirsty Dunne decided to donate to the Save the Zoo Fund. Overall, the day was enjoyed by transition year students and students and staff who bought the products. We want to thank Mr Fromholz, Ms Scahill and Ms O'Shaughnessy for arranging and organizing the fair! Saraid Dolan.