Go n-éirí go geal le gach duine a tá ag déanamh an Teastas Soiséaraigh agus na hÁrdteiste. Bígí ullamh do na scrúdaithe. Codlaigí go sámh agus léigí gach ceist go curamach. / Best wishes to everyone that are taking the Junior and Leaving certificate exams. Be prepared for the exams. Sleep well and read all the questions carefully.
The state exams are almost upon us and as I look back at the hectic last couple of weeks, I remember with fondness thae lighter moments in school. Fionnuala Devins' graduation speech was definitely a 'hit' with everyone. She has kindly allowed us to use it. See full text.
On the 17th of May 2016, Philly McMahon came to visit our class. Mr. Costello had invited him to speak us, about his life which was eventful and difficult at different times for him. The main point of his talk was the ‘Half-Time’ which he believes is a point in person’s life at which things change for the better after a significant event. He told us about his struggle of growing up in Ballymun, his entrepreneur experience, his continued education and success in his sports career.
It was a very inspiring talk about mental health as well as life in general. Philly McMahon encouraged us to talk to each other if we have problems and help ourselves and others in the process. This is a very important message which I feel we all benefited from hearing. Philly’s talk was extremely interesting and somehow even better than I had expected. (Caoilinn Devins and Ali Donohoe)
Over the past 9 months, the 3rd year french class students have been exchanging letters with someone even more french than Madame Johnston! The class of 3.2 have been in contact with their French pen-pals from ‘Les Balmettes’ and ‘Raoul Blanchard’ - two French schools in Annecy, in the Alps.
Madame Isaaco is their english teacher and they have been exchanging letters and gifts over the past school year with us. The students are aged 11-12 years and were delighted to share their everyday lives with us…and French grammar!
After many letters and a few cheeky ‘bon-bons’, the exchange sadly came to an end as the 3rd year students are putting their main focus on the Junior Cert. Overall, everyone really enjoyed the experience and the exchanges have opened doors to a possible TY trip?! It really contributed to a positive look on learning a foreign language on both sides and hopefully they can get in contact again once the school year begins.
The class of 3.2 would like to say ‘merci mille fois’ et ‘au revoir’ to you and their foreign friends and of course to Madame Johnston and Dr.Laffoy for making this possible.
Bonnes vacances et bonne chance to all doing exams! (By Sarah McGuiness and Taylor Mooney)
A great team performance from the girls, captained by Niamh Hoey, and a stand out performance from brilliant goalkeeper Emily Byrne, saw Dominican College beat local rivals Maryfield comprehensively in Ellenfield Park.
Dominican college has been awarded the Amber Flag and we are proud to see it flying at full mast outside the front of the school.
The flag was delivered to the school after an audit by Suicide Aware who confirmed our commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of our students.
Last September Ms. Holohan and Ms. Moran formed a small committee to work on promoting wellbeing in the school. Together, the team held a Mental Health Awareness week in December which was a huge success. The team also designed a Wellbeing notice board which contains positive messages and stress busting techniques for our students to support them through their day.
We look forward to developing new techniques for the next academic year. Watch this space.
Wishing everyone a relaxing summer.
The Wellbeing Team