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Newsletter May 12th

2nd Year Enterprise Fair   
Congratulations to everyone involved in the 2nd Year Enterprise Fair. It was a great success and the students did a great job. The 2nd Year Enterprise Fair not only provided a platform for our students to showcase their business acumen but also instilled valuable lessons in entrepreneurship, innovation, and resilience. It was an invaluable experience that will undoubtedly shape their future endeavors.

School Transport
School application for school transportation tickets are open now at www.gov.ie/schooltransportor contact the school for details of route pickups.

TY Photography Scavenger Hunt
48 TY students headed off for the day to Wexford on a photography trip. They were put into groups and given a task where they had to find 5 different locations and photograph them. Clues were given, most managed to get all 5. Some amazing photographs were taken and they all had fun.

East Coast Samaritans visit with the 5th Years
Representatives from East Coast Samaritans, Paul and Damian, visited our school to discuss their vital services. The Samaritans' primary focus is providing non-judgmental listening support to callers. These dedicated volunteers undergo extensive training and willingly offer their time day and night without compensation. They assist callers dealing with a range of issues, such as bereavement, loneliness, exam stress, and relationship troubles. Samaritans volunteers span various age groups, starting from 18 years old, and the organization provides excellent support for those involved. During their visit, they distributed wristbands and pens featuring the 116123 phone number to our students. Additionally, a teacher support pack, mouse pads, and tea bags were made available in the staffroom, further highlighting the valuable resources provided by the Samaritans.

DCW Lotto Bonus National Summer Draw
Feeling Lucky! Enter the DCW lotto draw for the 25th May and you will also be entered into the bonus national summer draw. The DCW Lotto is a fundraising initiative and the money raised will be used to directly support your children's education and purchase resources for our school, including IT equipment, sports equipment, classroom and teaching resources. https://www.ourfundraiser.ie/org/dominicanwicklow

Sponsored walk
Our students have been brilliant so far getting sponsored for the DCW Sponsored Walk 2023. On Thursday May 11th, all students in our school will be completing a 5km walk. All money raised by our students will go to the improvement of sports facilities at DCW.

Model COP Conference
A group of 8 TY students recently headed off to the Model COP Conference. Here is the report from one of the students themselves:
May 10th, the WorldWise Global Schools committee in our school was kindly invited to a conference, where we would represent a country and outline their position in relation to climate change. The event took place in John Scottus Secondary School in Dublin, and multiple different schools attended.
Eight students from our school attended, and we were given four countries; Saudi Arabia, Chile, Australia, and the USA. As our assigned country, we gave a 1-minute opening statement to become aware of the others’ positions. Following the opening statements, there was an open debate where the representatives of each country were open to discuss how climate change is affecting them and how they plan to reduce emissions faster and more deeply. This brought attention to how countries could collaborate with and support each other. After a short break, we returned for the second open debate, where we made plans for collaboration to reduce carbon emissions in our countries.
Following the second debate, we learnt more about climate change and COP27 from guest speaker Cara Augustenborg. Cara is an American and Irish environmental scientist, media pundit, assistant professor at UCD, and a member of Ireland’s Climate Change Advisory Council and President Michael D. Higgins’ Council of State. She presented the real causes of climate change and how we can help individually. Next, we were split into four groups and moved into breakout rooms. Here, we discussed with other countries how we can collaborate across four key areas; cities, energy, oceans, forests and foods, to reduce carbon emissions in our country. Finally, we presented these ideas and plans and concluded the event.

The students involved were Jamie Larkin, Alanah Dalton, Daniela Tamani, Sarah Williams, Lara Faye Jameson, Alex Rose, Niamh Hughes and Tess Savoie

Breakfast Club
Cuppa and a chat every morning at 8.20am in the canteen. All welcome.