Quarter Final Concern Debate
"GMOs are essential in the fight against world hunger."
Dominican College were opposing the motion against St. Dominics,
Ballyfermot. Our four speeches centred on the argument that GMOs are not
needed to combat world hunger but a better delivery system is essential
for the food we already have. The team was:
Captain: Niamh Kearney
Second speaker: Dearbhla Quinn
Third speaker: Kim Connick
Fourth speaker: Laura Anne Kelly.
Dear Water Conservers,
We at Dominican College have been doing a number of things over the years to achieve all the green flags. We have successfully been awarded two green flags. We are trying to achieve our third flag which involves water. Part of our plan to achieve the final flag involves saving water. So we have decided to keep you updated every month on what we are doing to get closer to achieving the third green flag.
Concern Debates Final Knockout Phase
"Ireland should deny aid to developing countries with corrupt governments."
Dominican College were opposing the motion against Scoil Muire, Trim. The
- Captain: Niamh Kearney
- Second speaker: Kirsty Egan
- Third speaker: Kim Connick
- Fourth speaker: Laura Anne Kelly.
In the open-forum following the debate both teams agreed that there should be a compromise between corruption and aid. Aid should be distributed equally between governments (bi-lateral aid) and NGOs (voluntary aid).
Welcome to the Environmental Committee's January edition of GREEN NEWS! As you will see below it has been a very busy and productive time for us. Thanks to you all for your co-operation and support!
Ms. Delaney's 1st year Religion Class participated in an environmental awareness poster competition. This was based on the work that they had covered in class. The standard of the entries was extremely high and it was very difficult to decide on winners. The winners were as follows:
1st: Sinéad Bergin 2nd: Laura Booth 3rd: Naoise Hennessey
Congratulations to all who entered! You can see some of their work on the walls around the school.
On December 13th, class 3.2 visited ENFO on St. Andrew's Street as part of their C.S.P.E Action Project. ENFO offers a number of free facilities to the public including the largest environmental library in Europe. They also provide posters and leaflets on many environmental issues.
Some of the tips they picked up on the day:
- Do not let taps run
- Reuse materials as often as possible
- Carpool if possible
- Help the environment and the animals that live it, by using bird feeders
in your garden/area
For more information visit www.ENFO.com
THE WINTER SALE (January 24):
As Christmas can be a time of extravagance, January can also be a time of huge waste. This year's transition years have decided to recycle as much as possible of any unwanted Christmas presents etc. that we may have lying around at home. They have organised a "Winter Sale" to take place on 24 January. Not only will this give everybody a chance to de-clutter, it will also mean that we are recycling a huge number of goods. It is hoped that the proceeds of this sale will go to charities on the north side of the city. So a big thank you in advance to all of you for your participation in this project and particular thanks to Sr. Christina and the fourth year students for organising this very worthwhile event!
SURVEY ON GRIFFITH AVE.'S TRAFFIC:
As part of the "Young Environmentalist Awards", Kirsty and Hazel Egan carried out a survey of the traffic on Griffith Ave., on a December week-day morning, from 8.15 to 8.30. To do this they placed themselves at the junction between the Swords Road and Griffith Ave. During these 15 minutes an enormous number of vehicles used Griffith Ave. They carried out the same survey in January to see if the effects (if any) of the opening of the Port Tunnel. The results make for interesting reading!
Traffic towards town Traffic towards Port Tunnel
So in 15 minutes a staggering 390 vehicles passed by!!
So while the total number of vehicles did not change much due to the opening of the Dublin Port Tunnel, we certainly have far fewer HGVs on the road outside our school these days!!
With a view to completing their "Young Environmentalist Award" members of the Environmental Committee will be organising a number of events in the coming month. So watch out for our "Energy Awareness Week" as well as our "Healthy Eating Week".