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.
Dominican College students visited Ireland's largest college fair on Friday 14th September. Representatives of universities and third-level colleges and institutions that cater for all levels were present, as 25,000 students attended the event this year as they prepare to make key decisions about what and where they will study upon completing the Leaving Cert.
More than 160 colleges, universities and institutes of further education from Ireland and across Europe are represented at Higher Options 2018, which took place at the RDS Simmons court. The expo was an opportunity for our students to speak directly with representatives of universities and third-level colleges and institutions that cater for all levels. Students attended talks, spoke directly with guidance counsellors, and sought advice from experts on third-level funding as well as representatives from all the main Irish universities and colleges.