Our school celebrated MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) day on Friday, 16th of November this year .
This day started off with announcements from bilingual students in their mother tongue. They included Malayalam, French, Danish, German, Spanish, Norwegian, amongst many others.
In advance of MFL day, all students were asked to design a t-shirt representing the foreign language they are studying and many students made a massive effort with their creative designs so the MFL department held a competition to award the students who wore the most creative t-shirts. We also had to speak our foreign language throughout the day.
In all MFL lessons that day, students listened to famous songs in the target languages and we learned how to say 'hello' in different languages as well as listening to Mr. McCartney's favourite song ''Let it go '' in 25 different languages!
A big Gracias, Vielen Dank and Merci beaucoup to all the teachers who made this event possible. We are already looking forward to next year’s super MFL day! (Arpitha Benny, 5th Year)
Teams Game Tournament is a method of cooperative learning that involves every student working as a team. Using a method that provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other, will trigger the students to be active during learning activities.
TY Sciencestudents are this week using this technique in class to revise materials covered to date. The victory of the Team Games Tournament is the victory of the group. When the tournament is on-going, the teacher records the score obtained by each individual. The individual scores are then accumulated as the final scores obtained by the group. The winner is the group that get the highest score. This fosters self-confidence in each student.
Hopefully applying this method can provide a positive impact in our classes and will be used more frequently in the future.
When DNA is taken out of the cell and stretched out, it looks like a twisted ladder. This shape is called a Double Helix. The sides of the DNA ladder are called the backbone and the steps of the ladder are pairs of small chemicals called Bases: Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T), Guanine (G) always pairs with Cytosine (C).
Our 6th Years used coloured jelly tots, liquorice and toothpicks to construct a DNA Double Helix. The liquorice is the backbones; the jelly tots are the bases and the cocktails sticks are the bonds. And the best part of all is that the students got to taste the “DNA” afterwards.
The annual 2nd Year science quiz took place in the library today. Numerous prizes were on offer not just to the winners but for team names, best answers etc... From Galileo to Newton, from Dunsink to Cern, the questions tested their knowledge, not just of the JC course but science and technology in society. Well done to everybody involved. The good humour was contagious and the girls had a great time. Luckily the quiz took place at the end of the day as spirits were high at the end!
We were delighted to welcome PhD student Julianne Kealy to Dominican College today to speak to all our 3rd Years on climate change. Julianne is also the daughter of our Librarian and Geography teacher, Ms. Martina Kealy and she has given talks in Europe and America on her PhD findings. We were thrilled that she developed a lecture and Q&A session to suit our 3rd Years.
The 3rd Years have just finished studying and undertaking projects on conservation and human impact on the environment, and so we felt that they were best suited for the lecture. Aided by a great powerpoint display showing the effects of climate change as well as some statistical analysis showing the rise in temperature and it's current and future effects was an eye-opener.
All students should have picked up on some life long skills that can help minimise climate change.