Science Week 2018 will run nationwide from November 11th -18th, with numerous events across the country. In Dominican College we will celebrate Science Week with trips, talks and interactive lessons with all Year groups. Here is a flavour of what we have organised:
Monday: Two classes of 1st Years will go to DCU to look at the Science behind Star Wars. From light speed to hyper drives to lightsabers and autonomous robots, Star Wars was certainly way ahead of its time despite occurring a long time ago.
All 5th and 6th Year science students will attend a lecture in DCU entitled Lift-Off to the International Space Station.
Tuesday: All 3rd Years will take part in a debate on Climate Change with Ms. Julianne Kealy from Maynooth University.
All 6th Years will attend the Botanic Gardens to participate in interactive demonstrations on plant productions and laboratory sessions as well as attending lectures and taking part in a guided tour.
Wednesday: 5th Year biology students will take part in Teams Game Tournament competition on materials covered to date while 6th Year biology students will have the chance to make and eat DNA using liquorice, marshmallows and other treats.
Thursday: 2nd Years will take part in a science quiz in the library while 5th Years will continue with their Team Games Tournaments in class.
TY students will prepare and demonstrate “fun experiments” to all 1st Years
Colm O’Halloran from the ‘Union of students of Ireland’ spoke to our 6th Year classes today. He shared his college experiences and spoke about adjusting to college life and meeting new people. Colm encouraged the students to get involved in activities or join the various societies on campus. He shared his experiences working with students in the U.S.I. and discussed how they are currently working with individual students and groups to raise awareness of some of the financial and housing issues facing students.
Colm is a brother of Niamh O’Halloran (TY) and is a past pupil of Ard Scoil Rís. As a student himself he participated in the TY fashion show and Home Economics classes with Sr. Maíread Morrissey.
On 7th November, John Will (Psychologist) visited Dominican College to discuss cyberbullying with our 2nd Years as part of our Anti-Bullying week. John questioned the students as to why it is important to explore the topic of cyberbullying, particularly at this age. The students then went on to explore the risks associated with social media applications.
The students engaged and co-operated very well with various discussions. They gained a deeper understanding of what happens when you put something on social media, encouraged students to think about what they like or share online and informed them of different scams.
They learned methods of being cyber-safe and became aware of the help available if they are victims of cyberbullying. It is an important lesson and one we hope that never visits them.
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)