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Newsletter May 12th

Basketball   
The DCW second-year basketball team travelled to Waterford for the final of their league competition. They had a great run throughout the season keeping a clean sheet despite some tough opposition. Their opponents for the final were Tyndall College, Carlow. They battled hard throughout the game disrupting the opposition plays but ultimately it was Tyndall College who had the greater accuracy in their shooting skills leading them to the victory. Reaching the final was a fantastic achievement for the DCW players and we are very proud of their achievements and the way in which they conducted themselves both on and off the court.

GAA
On Friday May 6th the second-year GAA team competed in a blitz held in The Wicklow GAA Centre of Excellence, Ballinakill, Glenealy. It was a very windy day but this did not deter the girls. In their first game DCW came up against a very strong side from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann. They lost this encounter 1-5 to 4-1. In their second match against St Kevin’s they upped the tempo of their game and played more effectively as a team. It was a close match with DCW holding on to win by two points. In their third and final game they took on Gaelcholáiste na Mara. This match was really close with end to end play. DCW dug deep and won by a single point. The DCW team thoroughly enjoyed the day and wished to thank Mr Molloy for accompanying them.

Sports Day
Sports Day, a highlight of the final term for the whole school community, was very much missed during the pandemic. The PE Department and the sixth-year sports day committee were delighted to have this fun activity reinstated this year. The sixth-year students chose a theme for each year-group and the staff and everyone dressed-up accordingly. A great effort was made by all, with the sixth years leading by example. This year the theme was based on different student groups in High School. The teachers were punks, the sixth-years jocks, the fifth-years dressed as members of the chess club, the fourth-years were characters from Mean Girls, the third years were band kids, the second years were cheerleaders with the first years dressed as skater kids. Sports Day was planned for May 12th, and thankfully the weather held. All events were fun-based with students collecting points for their base class, each vying for the title of ‘Super Class’. The results of the Super Class competition will be announced on prize giving day. The finale of the day was the soccer match between the sixth-years and staff. Although they were significantly outnumbered, the teachers retained their unbeaten record, winning the game 1-0. It was a really fun day, enjoyed by all.

Second-Year Enterprise
Congratulations to all our budding entrepreneurs on their very successful Fair Day. On May 11th, the second-year business students came into school early to set up their stalls and were ready for their first customers at 9.30 am. Their booths were tastefully decorated, and they had all the necessary display racks and stands for their products. All groups reported a high volume of sales with positive levels of pre-orders alone helping to cover the initial costs for some groups. There was a diverse range of goods on sale from sweets to chocolate strawberries, lashes, jewellery and scented candles. Some groups ran out of products before the end of the fair. A special mention must be given to two mini-companies, Mr Panda’s Bags and Raffle it Off. Both groups decided to donate 10% of their profits to charity. Abigail Gray, Chloe Dunne, Jada Hughes and Cara Mc Kenna were founders of Raffle it Off, and their chosen charity was The Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal. Zofia Zero, Martha Lambert and Vanessa Baker, creators of the Panda Bags, decided to donate to The Red Panda Network. All students agreed the enterprise fair was a fantastic way to research a business plan, design a marketing strategy and understand the significance of costs. Thank you to Mr Fromholz and Mr Earls for facilitating the enterprise fair.

Junior Cert Music
Congratulations to our twenty-two music students who completed their music practical exam for their Junior Cert on May 11th. All students were nervous to begin but were pleased with their performances, commenting that the State Examiner was really encouraging. Some of the students sang while others played instruments such as the glockenspiel, guitars, recorders, violins and the piano. This exam was the culmination of three years of hard work and both Ms Murphy and Mr O’Neill were very proud of the level of commitment of the students. Huge thanks to Ms Gaffney for accompanying the girls in practice and on the day.

Wicklow Fleadh
The Wicklow County 2022 Fleadh Ceoil was held in DCW on May 7th returning to its original format for the first time since 2019. The students from DCW that were performing were Isabelle Gray, Síofra Killeen, Sarah Flood, Katie Mc Grath, Leisha Daly, Sarah Thompson and Grace Doyle. Throughout the day there were a multitude of solos, duets and grúpa ceoils. Fatima Hall and the classrooms on the Therese’s corridors were used as practice and performing venues. This Irish music competition involves traditional Irish instruments and singing with competitors ranging from under 12’s to over 18’s. Successful students’ progress to the Leinster competition in July hoping to then represent their provenance in the All Ireland Fleadh. The All Ireland Fleadh is a huge event which attracted 600,000 visitors to the 2019 competition. Congratulations to Sarah Flood who placed second in the U18 fiddle, Sarah Thompson who won the U18 bodhran and to Katie Mc Grath who placed third in the U18 flute. Well done also to Isabelle, Síofra and Leisha who won the grúpa ceoil section also securing their place in the Leinster competition. We wish them the very best of luck in July.

Equestrian
The DCW equestrian team had a very successful season placing 3rd in the league which involved schools from all provenances. The top ten schools in this National league qualify for The Bluegrass Horse Feeds Schools Team Show Jumping Open Championships. It is a great achievement to represent your school at this prestigious event. The Championship takes place this weekend 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.

Dates for the Diary

Friday May 20th – Transition-Year Gaisce walk and sixth-year fun day.

Tuesday May 24th – Prize-giving day and sixth-year graduation ceremony.

Wednesday May 25th – Fifth-year Summer exams begin

Thursday May 26th – Transition-year graduation

Thursday and Friday May 26th, 27th – Taster subjects for incoming first-years.

Monday May 30th – Summer exams begin for all other year groups

Friday June 3rd – Final day of Summer exams.