Volunteer week at St Dominic’s
Well done to all our Volunteer Week fund-raisers including: -
The year 8 team 8B who raised funds for and awareness of Mencap.
The Year 10 team 10C who fund-raised for ‘Little Rays of Hope’ in an educational project in Kenya.
Finally a big thanks to the large number of Year 10s (42 in total) who gave up their free time to help the L’Arche community prepare for their international conference Belfast 2017.
It is great to see so many pupils showing the Dominican ethos in action.
The Future of Politics?
As part of our Shared Education programme with Friends, 10E visited Stormont on Thursday the 8th of June. This helped build on our knowledge from Citizenship class where we studied features of a democracy and our local government.
When we arrived we had a tour led by James. We went to the debating chamber first where the MLAs normally talk about ideas and debate. We had a debate on whether or not we should have school uniforms. The anti-uniform side won by just 2 votes. We then toured the other areas of the building and had a workshop on how MLAs are elected.
Both schools came back to our school for lunch and then we attended a workshop. We got into groups and created our own political parties and then presented our party’s manifestos. All the groups were amazing with ideas on taxes, education, health care and Brexit. We then got to vote, FAHACKA (the group member’s initials) won.
Claire, Katie and Francesca 10E
Parent Link day out to County Down
Our Parent Link organised a relaxing day out to Newcastle, County Down on Saturday 10th June. Parents and staff headed off to Newcastle and took the opportunity to sample the delights of local coffee houses and the crashing waves that go up the Mournes. With all that walking and coffee everyone was ready for a wonderful meal at the Buck’s Head, Dundrum. The quality of the food was exceptional and the craic among the group was excellent as usual. Then it was time for Belfast where some of the group felt a little bit of shopping on the Lisburn Road was in order.
This was a short but very sweet day out at the end of a very busy year.
Thank you to everyone in Parent Link for all your wonderful efforts and advice this year (and in years previously).
Have a great summer and we will see you all (with our new Year 8 parents) on Monday 11th September 2017 at 7pm
Elaine Heaney 10B achieved 3rd in the UK for her article in the court reporter competition for Mock Magistrates. Elaine was one of the 10 articles shortlisted by journalists from a legal affairs publication. Elaine’s article covered events of the fictional trial of Bek Lejohn who was charged with the theft of a PS4. Ms Lejohn was found not guilty. The judges commented on her “good use of information from the defence”. Well done Elaine!
Sentinus Young Scientist Northern Ireland.
St Dominic’s was well represented, with 2 teams competing at the Sentinus 2017 Young Scientists Competition held in the Ulster University Jordanstown, on Monday, 12th June.
Following a gruelling morning of judging and a longer afternoon of sharing their project ideas to more judges and members of the public the pupils were tired by 3pm.
The following pupils were awarded Bronze Crest Awards: Alanna Moore, Orla Rice, Niamh Weir and Elle O'Neill for their project “How your diet effects your concentration”
and Edel Marken, Ellie McCaul and Aoife Dickinson for their project “Does the amount of time you spend on social media affect your mood?”
The pupils have surveyed about 300 pupils and hope to enter the BT young Scientist Competition in Dublin in January 2018.
Inspiring Purpose Finalist
Well done to our Year 8s who completed their Inspiring Purpose 2017 programme & who received certificates this week to acknowledge their participation in the scheme. The Inspiring Purpose team record: -
‘We want to say a massive thank you to every school who has taken part this year; we have been incredibly impressed and inspired by the quality of your work and the obvious effort and commitment demonstrated by pupils.’
Special congratulations are due to Niamh Shannon who was one of nine International finalists.