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Newsletter Nov. 19th

Stand Up Awareness Week   
Stand Up Awareness Week ran from November 15th-19th. During this week second-level schools were asked to participate in the campaign and take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All students in DCW were made aware of the initiative through discussion in morning tutor class and in CSPE classes. At the beginning of the week CSPE students were very busy making the rainbow bunting, flags and posters to be displayed on all the corridors throughout the school. On Tuesday, Deputy Head Girl Isabella Downey spoke eloquently on the intercom reminding people to be inclusive and reach out to those we might not generally connect with. The rainbow flag is a recognised symbol for the LGBTI+ community. So, on Friday, both students and staff were asked to wear a designated colour of the rainbow. Everyone got on board, and the corridors and classrooms were transformed with bright colours. The general message in the school was one of embracing individual differences and ensuring that school is a safe place for all students.

Comhairle Na Nóg
On Friday November 12th the DCW Student Council, along with other student councils from around the county, went to an online meeting hosted by Comhairle na nÓg, a national child and youth council. Comhairle na nÓg focuses on giving young people under 18 the chance to be involved in the development of local services and policies. Throughout the meeting various issues affecting young people were discussed, including mental health, drug use and climate change. We learned about the new Jigsaw initiative for Mental Health issues in Young Adults. Speakers zoomed in from Cop 26 in Glasgow and other parts of Ireland. Shay Cullen, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow, also spoke at the end and gave us the news first-hand about the new Wind farm to be built off the Wicklow coast. The meeting was very inspiring and we were told that we could and should make a difference not only in our country but in the world. By Aisling Níc Carthaigh.

On Monday, November 15th, the U16 and the U19 basketball teams travelled to St Mary’s in Arklow. For the U19 team this was their first league match of the season. The girl’s played brilliantly as a team securing the victory with a 34-20 score-line. The top scorers were Ella O’Donovan, Abbie O’Brien and Laura Griffin with Morgan Elliott a very effective play maker. The U16 match was not a league fixture but was no less competitive. Well done to Rebecca Brennan and Kelly O’Neill who displayed great accuracy in their shooting skills and to Aisling Turner for setting up much of the play. They also won their game with a final score of 31-6.

The senior soccer team had another convincing win in the second round of the Leinster Senior Cup. This was a home game against Tallaght C.S. After a tight opening twenty minutes the DCW players took the lead with a goal from co-captain Molly Sweeney. Molly completed a hat trick before half time with international student Sofia Molina also adding to the score-line. Well done to the junior goalkeeper Jessie Harte who was stepping up for the day and had many fine saves to keep the score at 4-0 at the half time whistle. The girls came out strong in the second half with Molly scoring her fourth goal. Sophie Fogarty scored a well-deserved goal for her tireless running and relentless pressure on the opposing defence. Tallaght continued to press, getting a consolation goal to take the final score to 6-1. Tallaght had their opportunities but were denied any further scores by some fantastic defending. Eve Kelly was particularly strong in defence making crucial tackles and clearances. Well done on a fantastic team performance. DCW will now take on Presentation Kilkenny in the next round of the cup.
On Wednesday November 17th the junior soccer team travelled to Tallaght to play the first round of their cup competition against St Marks. It was a nail-biting game which went to extra time. Co-captain Jessie Harte made some excellent saves to keep the score at 0-0 at half-time. Sofia Molina was first to score for the Dominican side, but St Marks equalised almost immediately. Sofia added to her score tally with the Dominican side remaining 2-1 ahead with minutes to go. Unfortunately, the home side snatched a late equaliser sending the game into extra time. Isabelle Gray and her defence held back the opposing attacks as Co-captain Kate Hamiliton and Nicole Fogarty worked tirelessly in midfield. Super sub Molly O’Keefe caused all sorts of problems for St Marks and smashed home the winning goal, the final score 3-2 to DCW. We wish the team the best of luck in their second-round game to be played at home.

On Wednesday 17 November the senior hockey team travelled to St Raphaela’s for their second league match of the season. Despite dominating play the girls came in at half time a goal down. A few positions were changed and they went into the second half with a renewed determination. Within five minutes Mia McCann scored their first goal. Unfortunately, and controversially the opponents were awarded a penalty flick for a ‘deliberate’ foul in the circle which they converted to a goal. The Wicklow team never lost the drive to win and put huge pressure on the opposing defence. Their grit and determination paid off as Mia scored her second goal. For the last 15 minutes of the game Wicklow set up attack after attack winning a penalty corner in the last 30 seconds of the game. Unfortunately, the defence managed to clear the ball out of the circle and the game ended with a 2-2 score-line. The girls will play host to Mount Temple for their next league fixture.

Equestrian News
Both the novice and open teams were out competing in Wexford Equestrian on Sunday November 14th. Abi Byrne, Akysha and Tianne Kelly, our novice jumpers had great rounds of show jumping over difficult courses but finished outside the top places. The open team with Naoise O’Neill, Megan, Casey and Baylee Neville jumped clear rounds which secured them a place in the jump off. Here Baylee and Megan went against the clock in a speed round. The team finished in 5th place. Later in the day Baylee placed 4th in the 1m individual competition. In the 1.10m HIS qualifier Megan placed 5th and Casey 6th securing them both a place in the HIS final at the end of the academic year. A very successful day for all involved.

November Remembrance
The month of November is traditionally a time in which Catholic communities remember loved ones that have died. Each year to mark this occasion the Religion Department organises the Remembrance Tree. Currently, the tree is standing in the hallway of the main entrance and all students are invited to add a leaf with the name of someone close who has died. All these individuals are then prayed for during The Service of Remembrance. This service took place on November 17th and was conducted by the fifth-year Ember Leaders. All those who died from Covid in the last twenty months were remembered as well. It was a lovely opportunity to pause and reflect as a school community for the month of Remembrance.

Sixth-Year Wellness Day
On November 18th, just before the start of the winter assessments, the sixth-year students enjoyed a very well-timed wellness day. Author and Psychologist Shane Martin began the day with an hour-long online presentation entitled ‘Positivity and Resilience in Uncertain Times’. The girls enjoyed his humour and found his tips very applicable and useful. A series of workshops and physical activities followed. Ms Hennessey ran a workshop on Brain Food recommending what to eat, what to avoid and when to eat the brain enhancing foods. The candlelit mindfulness workshop delivered by Ms Gaffney focused on The Wheel of Balance, The Bucket List and The Power of Thank You. This was followed by an aromatherapy workshop given by Claire Byrne. Tara Crawford then took students through a variety of stress relieving techniques. The afternoon session was a little more active as the girls enjoyed a relaxing yoga lesson followed by a fun dance session in Spotlight Studio. The feedback from the students was very positive. The sixth-year students would like to thank Ms Mynes for organising the wellness day.