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Newsletter Nov. 26th

Equestrian News   
The Equestrian team were back in action on Saturday November 19th in JAG Equestrian Centre, Co Kildare. The Open team had great individual performances and once again placed 5th in a very competitive round of show jumping. Congratulations to Naoise O’Neill, and sisters Casey, Megan and Baylee Neville. Baylee went on to compete in the 1 metre individual competition and was placed 4th. The team will be out competing again on Saturday 27th in Killossery Equestrian, North Dublin. We wish them the very best of luck.

On Thursday November 18th the U16 basketball team played North Wicklow Educate Together in their first league game of the season. The game was played in the Coral Leisure Centre in Arklow. It was a very close contest and the girls had to battle to the final whistle to win the game 25-23. It was a great team effort with outstanding play from Aisling Turner ( 8 points ), Nicole Fogarty ( 8 points ) and Rebecca Brennan ( 9 points ). The next match will be on November 29th as the girls take on local rivals CCM.

Third Year Talk
Psychologist and author Shane Martin met with the third-year students via Zoom on Friday November 19th. This was his third presentation having already linked up with the sixth-year students during their well being day and the parents during an evening session. For the junior students the prospect of sitting the state examinations for the first time can be very daunting and stressful even more so during these very uncertain times. The main objective from the zoom meeting was to help students identify ways of keeping healthy both mentally and physically. Shane presented eight different methods and encouraged the students to discuss how to individualise these or suggest their own. Having friends to talk to and socialise with was particularly significant for this age group. He also suggested that prayer and faith could have an important role to play. The meditative element of prayer can have a very calming effect. He asked the students to think about their day, what had gone well and when they were happy. It was important to identify these elements so they could recapture these positive feelings. The students agreed the presentation was thought provoking and very applicable to their lives.

Our Senior GAA team attended a Wicklow GAA blitz on Friday November 19th.
On a damp and blustery day in Blessington, the girls came up against a formidable St Mary's Arklow in their first game. They bounced back in the second game with a good win against Loreto Bray. In their final game against CCA the girls battled hard, but were beaten by the stronger finishing CCA. Well done to all 25 student's that took part. The girls have now progressed to the Senior A Shield final.

Festive Fair
Due to rising COVID 19 cases the Parents' Associations from DCW and Holy Rosary NS had to cancel the Festival Fair, for which the Parents' Committee had worked tirelessly to organise. Numerous local businesses in Wicklow Town generously donated prizes for a raffle and have allowed the raffle to continue. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to local businesses who continue to contribute to much needed school fundraisers. We would encourage students, teachers and parents to return their support by shopping locally this Christmas. The names of our raffle donors are on www.dominicanwicklow.net. Tickets for the raffle are still being sold at break and lunch time outside the staffroom.

Junior Science
In Science week the first-year students got to try a simple and inventive engineering activity which taught them all about the world of robotics! With just three common items—straws, scissors and string—students created a moving, bendable hand. This activity was a super STEM activity for the first years as it encouraged the exploration of robotics, engineering, and creative thinking. It is also a perfect example of the interconnectedness of arts and technology. The activity encouraged engineering exploration and scientific inquiry about robotic technology, and also required students to think creatively about designing and building their own robotic hand. The students had great fun designing and creating their robotic hands and added to their experience of Science Week.
As part of their study of the Biological World (living things and cells) the first-year students were given a project to make a model of a plant or animal cell. The students were given features of quality and allowed the freedom to design and make a model of their choice. The girls made a super effort with all types of cells, showing huge knowledge and creativity.

Transition-Year Work Experience
While the remainder of the school students were studying hard and sitting their Winter Assessments, the transition-year students were enjoying a week out in the work-force. Last year due to the restrictions the work experience modules were cancelled, so this year the girls were delighted to have this opportunity. Once again, the school management would like to express their gratitude to the local businesses for facilitating such a large number of students and sharing their expertise.

Transition-Year Mini Company
The transition-year mini companies are working away vigorously behind the scenes for their school Christmas fair on December 10th. Restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of all students. Year groups will attend individually and will follow a one-way system around Fatima Hall. Unfortunately, the transition-year students were unable to participate in the Festive Fair organised by the parent’s association due to cancellation. If COVID restrictions permit they will hold an outdoor car boot sale on the school grounds on December 4th for family and friends. There are lots of great Christmas gift ideas for sale so please support the students if you can. Sustainability is a big feature with the enterprise companies this year.

Student Council
Well done to Hope Downey and Mollie Pickering, the Student Council representatives who attended the Board of Management meeting on Thursday November 25th. Their presentation to the board members focused on their role in representing the student voice and they outlined their plans for the year. Currently, they are using their funds to refurbish and decorate some of the student toilets, while their next fundraiser will help to buy additional jerseys for the sports teams. We look forward to many more student centred ventures in the year ahead.