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Newsletter March 12th

Parent-Teacher Meetings   
The last three weeks have been a busy time for school staff as they continued to meet parents online to discuss their daughters' progress. The Parents/Teacher meetings for the exam year groups had already taken place in the first term. The first-year parents' meeting took place on Wednesday, March 3rd, followed by the fifth-year meeting on March 10th. The final meeting took place on March 16th for the parents of the second-year students. Thank you to all the parents who embraced the changed format and joined the teachers online to discuss any worries they had or subject-related queries. We look forward to meeting parents in person next year.

Junior Maths Competition
The IMTA ran their annual Maths competition online this year during the week of February 22nd – 26th. As reported earlier, six of our first-year students took part; Alana McMahon, Blaithin Donelon, Halle McDougall, Leisha Daly, Rionnach Fleming and Zofia Zero. We want to commend all six students for taking up the challenge. This week Mr O'Reilly, their Maths teacher, received feedback from the programme coordinators. Two of our students, Halle McDougall and Zofia Zero, displayed impressive problem-solving skills and finished in the top 60 of 6000 entrants. Congratulations to both Zofia and Halle.

Music Club
Ms Maguire is running a music/instrumental group on Thursday afternoons from 3.30-4 pm. The group is open to all students from DCW. At the moment, twelve members from first to fifth-years have joined the new group. The instruments played are flute, fiddle, clarinet, and guitar in the main. There is also a concertina player, and Ms Maguire would welcome anyone who can play the keyboard or piano. The emphasis is on fun while learning different types of music from different periods and genres. If music is your passion, why not join the group. Each Thursday, you will find a link on SchoolWise, and you can join the session using the link. All are welcome.

Return to School
The sixth-year students are now in their third week back in school. They have settled in quickly and are enjoying the one-to-one contact with their teachers. Fifth-year students returned on Monday, March 15th and had a lovely surprise as they entered their hub. The ever-thoughtful Deputy Principal, Mr Martin, had personally made colourful posters and displayed them as bunting across their corridor. Parents are reminded that the Return to School form must be completed for all students before their return after the Easter break.

DCW Wellness Wall
Don't forget to check out the DCW Wellness Wall for lots of extra tips on how to stay Mindful in March. The coping calendar suggests thirty actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face the global crisis together. The calendar offers ways to keep calm, stay wise and reminds us to be kind. Ms Flood has also set a new challenge for March. All tasks will have positive health benefits should you choose to take up the challenge.

Around the World with DCW
At the beginning of February, Ms Scahill challenged the school community to travel the globe while staying in our 5km zone. Both students and teachers took up the challenge, and throughout the month, we were given updates on the distances covered and the cities visited. Thanks to the junior students' phenomenal efforts in their PE classes, we have now travelled through every European city. Ms Scahill would like to congratulate all who became involved. While this challenge comes to a close, the junior students are still clocking up the kilometres as they race to complete the Dingle Way Walking Trail. The trail is 163 km long, and the challenge was set two weeks ago. Some students have completed the entire journey. Their next challenge is to complete the return journey with fewer walking hours. The PE staff are delighted with the commitment shown by all the junior students to both The Stepping into 2021 Challenge and The Dingle Way Walking Challenge. They have certainly kept active during this lockdown.

Transition Year Musical
Despite the difficulties encountered due to the school closure, the transition-year students remain upbeat, focused and determined that the show must go on! Rehearsals for their show Back to the Eighties are ongoing. On a Monday, the musical director Ms Murphy organises online meets with the different lead characters practising solo and small group pieces. On a Wednesday, Ms McIntyre, the choreographer and stage director, meets with individuals and groups to read through the script and practise different dialogues. We are very proud of the girls' commitment and determination, and we wish them the best of luck with their production.