I'm a Scientist

8A took part in I'm a Scientist, a web base chat with different Scientists last week.

Clodagh Mallon 8A won a voucher for asking a series of excellent questions regarding the use of animals in medical experiments. Clodagh's love and passion for animal Biology was evident in her work.
Well done and enjoy spending your voucher.

St. Dominic's Mock Magistrates Team attend UK Final 2019

Following their win at the Northern Ireland competition, the Mock Magistrates team consisting of Year 9 and 10 students travelled to the UK final this year held at the Royal Courts of Justice, London. After months of preparation they got some relaxing time to see the sights of London and shop on Friday before taking part in the competition on Saturday. They defended their case concerning a stolen mobile phone against The Ecclesbourne school and prosecuted a case about an assault on a taxi driver against John Hampden School. Despite excellent performances, they sadly did not win the UK title but did achieve 7th place! Over 4,000 students took part from over 300 school across the UK, the team should be very proud of their achievements!

Year 8 Millionaire

Congratulations to Beth Doherty, 8A, who is an Accelerated Reader Millionaire! This means that she has read over 1 million words this year. Well done!

Sentinus Success – Northern Ireland Winners

Sentinus Big Bang Competiton Northern Ireland.

St Dominic’s was well represented, with 2 teams competing at the Sentinus 2019 The Big Bang Competition held in the Ulster University Jordanstown, on Monday, 24th 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.

Congratulation to Louise Finnegan who won an award from Norbrook Pharmaceuticals for best laboratory practice. She received a trophy and a cheques for £125. Her project title was “The role of DNA methylation in myocardial fibrosis” and involved a project characterising the effect of DNA methylation inhibition using a demethylation agent on the expression of fibriotic factors in human cardiac fibroblasts.

The second project form Catherine Walsh, Sophie McGregor and Cara McFadden won the Northern Ireland Young Scientist Big Bang Award. Their project title was “Could neutraceticals stop cancer” and involved investigating which type of neutraceticals stopped yeast respiring and therefore may stop cancer. They won the overall grand award and will represent Northern Ireland in Birmingham 2020. Congratulation to all the girls involved!

I’m a Scientist – Get me out of here

9D took part in a I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here! - an online event where students get to meet and interact with real scientists.

It’s an X Factor-style competition between the scientists, where students are the judges.

This event allowed 9D to learn about various careers in Science in a fun, memorable and engaging way. The pupils asked the scientists about how they decided to become scientists and what challenges di they meet along the way. The best question were entered into a draw and the pupils are awaiting on results.

Biology Challenge

The British Challenge is an annual competition, organised by the Royal Society of Biology, aimed at the top GCSE Scientists. This year 47,183 students from 527 schools worldwide had participated. Well done to the following Year 11 students who were achieved a Bronze award; Niamh Carville, Sorcha McGarry, Ciara Scannell, Aoife Morgan, Emma Donnelly and Aoife Marley. They achieved a score in the highest 25% of all the participants. Well done!

Food Bank Appeal

Thanks to all for the generous contributions towards the West Belfast Food Bank. It is greatly appreciated. Any last minute items can be left in H1 with Mrs Frazer before Thursday 27 June.

Send My Friend to School 2019

Campaign Champions Danielle and Amy visited Westminster to raise awareness of the Send My Friend to School campaign which is a coalition of organisations who bring together young people, politicians, teachers and the media to demand quality education for all children across the globe. This year's campaign focus was unlocking education for all as many children face barriers to education such as gender, poverty, disasters, war etc. The Campaign Champions are a group of 20 young people from across the UK who are lobbying the UK Government to ensure that it meets its targets in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Education and ensure that when they report to the United Nations this year they give an honest account about their efforts.

Amy and Danielle met with International Development Committee members Stephen Twigg MP and Henry Smith MP for a question and answer about the efforts of the committee in scrutinising the Government's actions. They also met with a number of MPs - Paul Maskey MP; Jim Shannon MP; Gregory Campbell MP; Orfhlaith Begley MP; Mary Robinson MP and Mike Gapes MP; to outline their campaign goals and what the MPs could do. A tough question and answer session followed with Minister of State Harriet Baldwin MP about the efforts and progress of the UK government on their efforts to ensure that no-one is left behind. Without an official promise on the day from the Minister of £75 million over three years, which would go a long way in helping the most marginalised children, Minister Baldwin will be hearing from the team in the near future!