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Newsletter April 29th

Junior Cert Home Economics Practical   
Well done to all our Junior Cert Home Economics students who completed their practical performance test last week. The practical tests were completed in the presence of an external examiner appointed by the State Examinations Commission. Each student chose one of three assignment briefs. The first brief necessitated research on how sustainable practices can be followed when choosing and using food. Then students were required to prepare, cook and serve a nutritious lunch illustrating the sustainable practices that they had researched. For the second brief students had to choose one stage of the lifecycle and carry out research on the nutritional requirements of that chosen stage. They then had to prepare, cook and serve a starter and dessert for that stage of the life cycle. The third brief required students to research one diet-related disease and prepare a complete main course for an individual with this disease. To conclude the exam students had to write an evaluation referring to the dish, discussing how they met the criteria for the brief and commenting on their overall performance. Thankfully, all the students were very happy with their dishes.

Equestrian News
The DCW Equestrian team is a very dedicated group and have been training and competing since mid-October. Over the months they have travelled throughout Leinster competing in eighteen competitions to date. All competitions have taken place on a Sunday. They have placed on many occasions and did so again in the league final on Sunday April 10th. This competition was held in Wexford Equestrian Centre and here they took second place which meant they had placed 3rd overall in the league. The top five schools in this league qualify for The Bluegrass Horse Feeds Schools Team Show Jumping Open Championships competing against the top five schools from the North. It is a great achievement to represent your school at this prestigious event. The Championship takes place on May 14th where the riders will go head to head in the Balmoral Main Area. We would like to congratulate the team with sisters Baylee, Megan, and Casey Neville and Naoise O'Neill for all their outstanding achievements to date and wish them the very best of luck in Balmoral.

Transition Year Musical
The school management would like to congratulate all the transition-year students on their fantastic performances in their musical ‘Disney’s Teen Beach’. Tickets sold very quickly and the girl’s performed to a full hall for each of the five shows. The day-time matinees for the primary school students were really well received and helped to settle the first-time nerves. The audiences in the evening performances were totally engaged and there were lots of laughs at all the humorous parts of the show. On the final evening the girl’s finished to a well-deserved standing ovation. They have worked really hard for months now and this showed in their very polished performances. Huge thanks to Ms McIntyre, the producer and choreographer and to Ms Murphy, the musical director for all their hard work and support throughout the process. The transition-year students all agreed that the production has been one of the highlights of the year.

Basketball
Well done to the second-year basketball team who successfully made their way to the quarter-final of the Wicklow League. They played this match on Tuesday April 26th and their opponents were St Mary's Arklow. It was a very competitive game with the two teams very evenly matched. The DCW team played great offensively and defensively and managed to overcome the St Mary’s team to win by a small margin. The final score was 20-18. The top scorer of the day was Clodagh Quinn. Thank you to St Mary's for hosting. We wish the Dominican team the very best of luck as they prepare for their semi-final in New Ross.
The first- year basketball team was also in action this week. They too had a very successful season making their way to the semi-final of the Wicklow League where they were drawn against Colaiste Bhríde, Carnew. The girls played very well throughout the match, especially defensively, not making any play easy for the home side. Unfortunately, Carnew were the stronger team on the day and we wish them every success in the final.

Athletics   
On April 28th fifteen of our athletes travelled to Morton Stadium, Santry to participate in the first day of the East Leinster Track and Field Championships. For some of the Dominican students it was their first time on the track and they gained invaluable experience. Huge congratulations to third-year student Kirsty Lauder who had a fantastic PB of 4.43 cm in the long-jump which won her a silver medal and secured her a place in the Leinster Finals. This was a 20cm improvement on her previous best. Well done to Ava Martin who placed 4th in the Intermediate 3000m in her first proper track race. She had a great time of 10 min 42 secs. Unfortunately, only three qualify for Leinster. The second day of competition will take place next week and we wish all our athletes the very best of luck.

First-Year GAA
The first-year GAA players were also in action on April 28th. Two teams played in a blitz competition in the Wicklow GAA Centre of excellence in Ballinakill, Glenealy. One of the Dominican teams won two of their three games. They won their first game against Baltinglass convincingly with a score of 3-1 to 1-4. In their second game they came up against a strong Carnew side and lost this encounter 1-1 to 3-3. Their final game against St Kevin’s was fiercely contested with DCW winning by a single point. The second team drew their first match with St Kevin’s and enjoyed a very close encounter with CCM. They were unfortunate to lose this game by two points. They lost by a goal to Woodbrook in their final game. The players thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would like to thank Mr Molloy and Ms O’Shaughnessy for supporting them on the day.

Senior Soccer
There was more sporting action on April 28th as the senior soccer team took on St Farnan’s Post Primary School Kildare, in the quarter-final of the League Cup. The Dominican players had progressed through the group stage after beating St Raphaelas in the last 16. Unfortunately, the girls came up against a very strong side and despite a huge team effort they lost 0-5. This draws to a close a great season for the Dominican team. It was their first year back in the soccer league following a long break. Many of the team are still in 4th and 5th year so hopefully they will keep playing next season and build upon this year's successes. The player of the match today was Abi Smith who made some fantastic saves throughout the game.

Ember Leaders Graduation
The Ember Leaders have had a strong presence in the school community throughout the year and management would like to thank them for all their hard work. They will be attending their graduation ceremony in DCU on Tuesday. The eight fifth-year students will have the opportunity to meet other Ember Leaders from around the country. They will give a two-minute presentation to their peers about all the work they have done in DCW as Ember Leaders. Monsignor Dan O’Connor will then address all the students. At the end of the day they will receive their certificates as part of their graduation ceremony. All the Dominican Leaders are really looking forward to celebrating their achievements this year.