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Newsletter Oct. 8th

Ember Leader Training Day   
The fifth-year Ember Leaders completed their training day with Ms Flood on October 1st. The team of eight students spent the day learning effective communication and listening skills, as well as learning how to work as a team. In the afternoon, the Embers celebrated their new faith leadership role with a commissioning ceremony and some planning for future activities in DCW. Our Ember Leaders for this year are Lisa Hurd, Alisha Doyle, Saraid Dolan, Hollie Culhane Mowlds, Aisling Ledesma, Olivia O'Donovan, Grace McManus and Amelia Nowicka. Congratulations to the girls for completing their training and we look forward to seeing what they achieve as a team this year.

Equestrian News
Last week Ms Stafford called a meeting for all students who wished to compete in the School’s Show Jumping league. There was great interest and this year DCW will enter two teams. The teams will be selected from the following students, sisters Casey, Megan and Baylee Neville, Naoise O’Neill, Ella Mulvey and sisters Akysha and Tianne Kelly. The first competition will take place on October 17th in Barnadown, Gorey Co. Wexford. Colaiste Bride, Carnew will host the competition. We wish our equestrian teams the very best of luck with their training and competitions.

Mentor Meeting
On Friday October 1st the fifth-year mentors had a lunch time meeting with Mr Keddy to discuss ideas for fun activities that would help the first-year students to get to know each other a little better. They had lots of ideas but agreed that a table quiz would be an appropriate team building event while testing their general knowledge at the same time. This event will take place next week. In the meantime, the fifth-year mentors will be busy devising the various rounds and organising prizes. Watch this space for news of our top first-year quizzers! Events to follow will be a treasure hunt and a Halloween dress up competition with a performance element. Well done to all our mentors for the great job that they are doing.

Garda Visit
On October 5th Garda Niall Kennedy came to the school to talk to us about staying safe and obeying the law. He said that we might know him better as Basil, as that’s how he’s known around the town. We had a 40-minute talk with him and he was really nice and great fun and he even allowed one of the girls to “assault” him, to prove a point.
He told us about the Three Strikes approach taken by the gardai for bad behaviour in minors aged 12 to 18 years. Under 12s don’t have any, and over 18s are treated as adults.
He told us about the different ways we might earn a strike against us. For example; assaulting another person, or a garda; trespassing or drinking alcohol. However, cyberbullying is treated more harshly, and would count as two strikes against you. If you’re caught involved in cyberbullying the Gardai can go to your house, seize all your electronics and hold them for up to three years. In extreme cases they can report you to child protection services.
It was very informative and we learned a lot. Matilda Finnerty, 2 Sapphire.

World Teachers Day
World Teachers Day took place on October 5th. The theme of the day was ‘Teachers at the heart of education recovery’. The aim of the day was to recognise the tireless efforts of teachers to keep lessons going over the course of the pandemic. All the staff at DCW had a fabulous surprise at break time. In addition to enjoying scrumptious cakes and boxes of chocolates the sixth-year students had organised handmade cards for every member of staff. One student designed and decorated a card for each teacher, filling them with words of thanks and personal messages of appreciation, highlighting their positive attributes. The heartfelt messages were hugely appreciated by all the teachers.

On Wednesday October 6th the senior hockey team had their first competitive match of the season. It was a home game and they played against Santa Sabina. They played a fantastic attacking match and dominated both halves of the game. Unfortunately, they were unable to capitalise on all their goal scoring opportunities and the game remained at 0-0. Despite having little to do for most of the game the backs never lost their concentration and skilfully defended the goal when necessary. Centre back Laura Griffin had a fantastic game as she joined the midfield constantly feeding and retrieving the ball. Saoirse Dolan was superb in midfield with a pace that her opponents couldn’t deal with. Sisters Aisling and Isabel impressed in attack with their skill and pace. Overall, it was a great team performance and we wish them well in their next away game against Mount Temple.

Soccer News
This year we are delighted to announce the return of soccer to the list of extra-curricular activities in DCW. Currently, there are training sessions for senior and junior students. Senior students are training on a Monday for an hour from 3.30 pm and the juniors train on a Wednesday with a start time of 4.15 pm. Training takes place on the grass pitch that is used for sports day. The school will be entered into regional leagues and The Leinster Cup. It is hoped that a first-year team will also be entered in the leagues, depending on the interest. All students are welcome and permission slips to be signed by a parent are available outside the staffroom.

Geography Field Trip
On Wednesday October 6th Mr Molloy took 4 Silver down to The Murrough for their geography field trip. The students began their practical activities by sketching a map of the site and followed this with various experiments to measure the beach profile and fabric, longshore drift and wave frequency. The students thoroughly enjoyed the practical nature of the trip and having the opportunity to use the equipment previously seen in their textbooks. They all agreed that this active learning was very beneficial.

Open Day
This year Open Day took place on October 7th with a slightly different format. Classes finished early for the school community as the doors were opened to the Holy Rosary students at 2pm for an hour. During this time the primary school students were brought on tours through the school in small pods. From 4.30 pm until 7.30 pm there was a great buzz around the school as potential students from other primary schools visited with their parents at their prearranged time slots. The booking system coupled with small pods and a one-way system all facilitated maximum social distancing. The teachers and students thoroughly enjoyed meeting the visitors and we hope to see them again in the future. Ms Mynes and Mr Martin would like to say a huge thanks to all the students who stayed in school to do the tours, especially to the first-year students who have settled in so well and had the confidence to take on the role of tour guide.

Transition-Year Retreat
The transition-year students were the last group to enjoy the fun team building games, quizzes and challenges set by the An Tobar Retreat team. Their retreats took place over two days, October 7th and 8th. Mike and Enya have now spent considerable time in the school this month and the feedback from all the different year groups has been overwhelmingly positive. They have shared personal life stories inspiring the students to reflect on the past, take stock of the present and look to the future setting personal goals. We would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and boundless energy over the course of the retreats.