10:00 am10:00

Parent Workshop on Mental Health

26th April 2017





As part of a whole school approach to continue to support positive mental health,

we are hosting an event for parents on:


Thursday 4th May at 7 pm in the Study Hall.


Cherith Edgar from ‘MensSana’ (the Action Mental Health organisation) will present a workshop to help parents support their children with stress and coping, entitled ‘ Managing Your Inner Critic’.

This should last approximately 60 minutes.


There will also be an opportunity to meet representatives from other organisations such as:

CAUSE, Praxis Care, Lighthouse and Parenting NI.


These groups support all ages in promoting mental health and wellbeing.


Cherith presented a workshop for parents last year on ‘Provoking Thought’

to raise mental health awareness.

This was well attended by many parents who found the session very useful and

commented on the excellent content and presentation.



12:00 pm12:00

Parent Workshop on How to Support Your Daughter as An Independent Learner

A Parents’ workshop will be held in the school on Monday 6th March 2017 at 7.00pm entitled, ‘ How to support your daughter as an independent learner.’

This will be delivered by members of our teaching staff who will focus on specific subject areas such as English and Humanities, Maths, Science and Languages. The evening should last approximately one hour. All parents are very welcome to attend and light refreshments will be provided on arrival.

1:30 pm13:30

Table Quiz

12:00 pm12:00

PUP Poetry Reading

Thursday February 23rd 7.30pm PUP Poetry Reading.  Guest poet is Emma Must, a PhD student at the Seamus Heaney Centre,  who will read for half an hour and then students, staff and past pupils read favourite poems.  All welcome – pupils come free, adults £5.

3:00 pm15:00

Charity Table Quiz

In aid of Parkinson's Society and Project Zambia

Friday 3rd March

7.30 pm

St Dominic's Study Hall

Tickets are £3 and available from the Bursar's office

Industrial Action
9:00 am09:00

Industrial Action

As I’m sure you’ll be aware, the NASUWT (teacher union) is planning to take industrial action on Wednesday 30th November 2016.  This is a dispute between NASUWT members and the employers; it is not a dispute with the school.

The action, (a one-day strike), will result in class or whole school closures across Northern Ireland. The decision to close the school and/or send pupils home is never taken lightly, but in this instance, where staff have elected to take lawful industrial action, I will have no choice but to take appropriate steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all pupils. We know that class/school closures inconvenience parents and carers and so I am writing to give you advance notice of the likely impact of the action on this school.

If the action does go ahead, the following arrangements will be in place:

The school will be open for Year 13 and Year 14 classes only. The majority of Year 13 and Year 14 subject teachers will be teaching that day.

Please do not send your child(ren) to school on 30th November if your child’s class is not included on this list as supervision is not available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Yours sincerely

Carol McCann

12:30 pm12:30

Government & Politics Talk with Eamonn Mallie

Government & Politics - Thursday 24th November. As part of our participation in the shared education project with FSL, there will be a talkafter school delivered by the journalist Eamonn Mallie.

Eamonn Mallie has been at the forefront of political journalism in Ireland for almost four decades and is one of its most recognisable voices. His appearances are always insightful and punctuated with a sparkling wit and repartee.

Dec 16

Drone Technology in Education (DTE) Programme

All Year 8’s will be taking part in the Drone Technology in Education (DTE) Programme during November and December in the sports hall. The pupils will be learning about Drone Technology, how they can be used to meet a human need, how to programme and fly a MiniDrone, and completing multiple problem solving activities based on real life scenarios.

The project is a joint partnership with St.Mary’s University College and Stranmillis. There will be 10-12 St.Mary’s and Stranmillis undergraduate students in to assist delivery and provide additional support and supervision.

Year 8 will be split into two groups for each of the days. The dates of the programme are:

Thursday 17th November:  Group 1   (FULL DAY)

Thursday 24th November:  Group 2   (FULL DAY )

Thursday 15th December:   Group 1  (HALF DAY until lunchtime)

Friday 16thDecember:       Group 2   (HALF DAY until lunchtime)