Parent Link day out to County Down

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

Court Reporter Competition for Mock Magistrates

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.

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 2017

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.

Technology & Design News

10 pupils from 9B travelled to W5 at the Odyssey, Belfast with Mr Mulholland (T&D) to take part in the Bloodhound Model Rocket Car Project. The Bloodhound Super Sonic Car team are trying to set the world land speed record by reaching 1000mph in their rocket powered car next October. The girls took part in a workshop were they learned about how technology has developed in the last 200 years, how it has enabled us to push the boundaries of what is possible, and features of how to make their car go as fast as possible. They then designed and created their own model rocket car in pairs and raced pupils in their class and from other schools, with the winner getting the opportunity to have their name put on the official Bloodhound Rocket Car. Brianna Steen and Casey Wynn came third overall with a top speed of 51.2mph, only 1.9mph short of the eventual winners. Well done girls and to everyone who took part!

 

 

St Dominic's Recognised as a Top Tourist Attraction

As top performing school in Northern Ireland for a fourth year in a row, this achievement was noted in a recent newspaper article about tourist attactions in West Belfast.

Gaelic Football Success

Congratulations to the Gaelic squad who were the overall winners at the annual St Genevieve's blitz. The A team won the Cup competition and the B team won the Shield competition. They defeated some excellent school teams from Antrim, Down, Armagh and Tyrone. Neither team lost a match, this is a reflection of all the hard work they have shown after school for the last 8months.

 

Aimee Meenan Year 8 was named MVP for her performance in the final.

 

Cup winners 0.19 v 0.04

 

Cara McKevitt 0.04

Eva Ramsey

Mollai Mulholland

Ana Mulholland 0.02

Caoimhe Finucane 0.2

Niamh Bellew 0.05

Duana Coleman (cpt)

Niamh McArdle

Eireann Boyd

Leah McAuley 0.02

Ciara McDonnell

Suibhne Gibney 0.02

 

Shield winners 0.10 v 0.08

 

Rachel Simpson 0.02

Cora O'Connor

Grace Kennedy

Ella Mulcahy (cpt)

Melissa McDonald

Fiona McCormick

Meabh Bradley

Niamh Richie

Gaby Monaghan 0.02

Aimee Meenan 0.06

Laura McKernan

Bronagh McGuinness

 

WE team visit Year 10s

WE team visit Year 10s

 

On Thursday the 8th of June, Chloe from the WE team came in to deliver an extended assembly to all our Year 10s on the theme of active citizenship - how by taking steps we can change our world.  During an extended assembly Chloe introduced pupils to the WE Movement, explained the WE School's Pledge and showed clips of the WE Day celebrations held yearly in London.

 

10B then went on to participate in morning workshops.  They began the process of planning aprogramme of active citizenship / action to benefit their communities.  Among the highlights of the day was the Pictionary game - who knew Year 10s could be so competitive!

 

A big thank you to the Year 10 Year Head and Tutors who kindly changed their assembly venue for the event, and to the Year 10 teachers who popped in to see the activities unfold.