International Mental Health Day
On International Mental Health Day the Wellbeing Committee led by Ms Lloyd organised a day of Wellbeing activities. Ranging from early morning meditation before school in the Gym to random acts of kindness, we all benefited from the positive vibes around the school.
Ms Lloyd baked delicious cakes. Mr Ryan organised Wellbeing posters to be put up outside the library. We also had a lovely 20 minute walk for staff and students at lunchtime. Boxes of roses were delivered to each classroom thanks to the generosity of Dr Laffoy who was saying thanks to all the students (based on the Thanksgiving theme of the school Mass).
The 5 ways to improve your Wellbeing
This sheet was distributed to each student at the end of the day.
- Connect: Make time to connect with family and friends
- Active: Physical activity improves mental and physical wellbeing.
- Notice: Take time to notice what is actually happening and not always be in a rush. e.g. What was the picture on the wall?
- Keep Learning: Learning new things can boost your self-esteem and can help you to connect with others.
- Giving: An Act of Kindness and volunteering helps create a positive environment and a feeling of wellbeing.
Thanks to Ms Lloyd for masterminding the Wellbeing day and to everybody on the Wellbeing Committee. Thanks also to all the prefects and class reps who distributed the boxes of roses and all the students who made the posters.
On Thursday, October 4th the whole of the school body joined together for the opening school mass. The theme for this year’s mass was “We Give Thanks”. We collectively gave thanks to all of the people who have made a positive impact on our lives. As well as exploring this theme we welcomed our new prefects for the school year and witnessed the appointment of the new ministers of the Eucharist.
The mass is the first time that the whole school comes together and so has a special significance for us. On these occasions we always rely on the orchestra and choir to lift our spirits. (Emma Rowlette - PR Prefect)
This year, Leinster have the spur of aiming for a fifth star on their jerseys, and so usurping Toulouse in becoming the tournament’s most successful side of all time. But not only are they European Champions Cup winners but also the Pro 14 Cup winners.
Leinster rugby have taken the opportunity to bring these magnificent trophies to schools around the province and we here in Dominican College were delighted to have the chance of showing them to our students.
For the Feast of St Francis, the library door looked lovely covered with photos of dogs, owned by students and staff of Dominican College. All entries got a prize of a squeaky plastic bone, not given out in class!! for obvious reasons! All photos were lovely but particularly Ellen Murphy's Oakley. Also, Ms Murray's dog Pip looked delightful.
This activity tied in with the First Year parents' bringing in their dogs the next day. Everyone in the classrooms surrounding the terrace and also all the teachers in the staff room got a great view of the dogs.
It was a lovely celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis, who had a great way with animals.
During the week of October 8th - 12th October, when the clock strikes 12:30 pm, students and staff of Dominican College will stop what we are doing and take time to read between 12:30-1:00pm. The main focus of this National D.E.A.R Challenge is to draw attention to the importance of reading for pleasure. The photographs from previous years show lots of smiling faces indicating that the students thoroughly enjoy this reading experience. Well done to Ms. Kealy and all the English department who have made this event happen.