The London Insititute of Banking and Finance Awards Scholarships to Top Performing AS Students

Having achieved fantastic results in the London Institute of Banking and Finance Level 3 qualification, three of our students have received scholarships towards Banking and Finance degree programmes offered at the prestigious Institute.

Congratulations to Ciara Donnelly, Cliodhna McCaffrey and Patrice Relf on this achievement.  Banking and Finance degree programmes will lead to careers with organisations such as Barclays, HSBC, Deliotte, Thomas Reuters and Goldman Sachs.

CyberFirst Residental Success

CyberFirst Residental Success

 

Congratulations to Jenna Farrell, (Yr 12), who got accepted on a 5 day CyberFirst Residential at Queen’s University in July 2018.  CyberFirst is a programme of opportunities and support helping young people explore their passion for computers and technology and introducing them to the fascinating and critical world of cyber security.  Jenna currently studies the new GCSE in Digital Technology Programming Pathway at St Dominic’s.

 

During the residential Jenna attended lectures and took part in activities such as: 

 

Module 1 - The Internet of Things

Developments in sensor technology have led to an incredible rise in the number of Internet

connected “Things”. These inexpensive, low powered and always on smart devices form the

Internet of Things.

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Module 2 - Security in the Internet of Things

In this module they considered the privacy and security concerns around IoT devices and how

the IoT can be attacked and secured.

 

Module 3 - How do Attackers Attack?

In this module they looked at the wide variety of attackers; who are they and what are their

motivations?

 

Module 5 – Password

We use passwords to protect all of our online accounts. In this module they looked at how

passwords work, what makes a strong password and how attackers obtain and break them.

 

Module 6 - Data Security

In this module we used different encryption methods, user profiles, permissions and file

systems to protect valuable personal data.

 

Well done Jenna. 

I attended the CyberFirst Belfast course this summer for a week. During this week,  I along with the rest of the students who were doing the course, stayed in accommodation at Queen’s university and took lecture-like classes at a technology centre beside the Titanic headquarters. We got lectures from two different experts in two different fields of ICT. One of them taught us about how computers work, the mechanics behind it and how to protect your computer from a physical point of view while the other lecturer taught us about mainly cyber security from inside your computer, how to protect it with things such as virus scanners and encryption, and how to stay safe on sites like Facebook and twitter. In the evenings we took part in many activities back at the accommodation. These ranged from a treasure hunt to a quiz and even a movie night. These were some of the highlights of my time on the course as it was a good time to get to know the other people there and relax after learning all day. All in all, I found the course incredibly enjoyable and had a lot more fun that I thought I would. I also met many new friends which was an added bonus.

                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

Further Arkwright Scholarship Success

Emma McArt  has been awarded   an Arkwright engineering scholarship following a rigorous selection procedure lasting 6 months. As part of her  scholarship Emma  will receive financial support and valuable work experience opportunities from a local engineering   sponsor company.

She  will receive  her  scholarships by a graduate engineer from their sponsor company at an awards ceremony in London.

 

Arkwright Engineering Scholarships

Grace McShane and Megan McShane  have  been  selected for  an Arkwright engineering scholarship following a rigorous selection procedure lasting 6 months. As part of their  scholarship Grace and Megan will receive financial support and valuable work experience opportunities from a local STEM  sponsor company.
Both  will receive  their scholarships by a graduate engineer from their sponsor company at an awards ceremony in London.

 

A Level Success 2018

St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls A Level results August 2018
Like all students across Northern Ireland, Thursday morning was the moment the girls of St Dominic’s had waited for all summer: A-level results day. And, once again, there were scenes of joyous celebration in the school’s car park as students streamed out, one after the other, clutching brown envelopes in shaking hands, each equally delighted with their success in their A Level examinations.
Judging from the school’s outstanding success this year, it is no doubt that St Dominic’s are once again, amongst the top achieving schools in the country, having held first position for four years in a row. An impressive 50% of the grades are A*-A and 86% of all grades achieved are A*-B; both figures an improvement on last year’s performance. 93.7% of the school’s A Level grades were A*- C, which outshines the Northern Ireland average. 
Perhaps because St Dominic’s is not an average school. St Dominic’s is not just about sitting behind desks preparing for exams. St Dominic’s girls do not only benefit from a personalised, academically strong curriculum but also a robust enrichment programme which is designed to enable them to develop into courageous, independent-minded and resilient young women; fully equipped to lead fulfilling and successful lives in this fast-changing world. Unsurprisingly, highly achieving students in the school attribute their success to the impressive range of extra-curricular opportunities afforded to them by a generous and hard-working staff who go the extra mile to provide unique experiences for their students. Take for example, the five students involved in the Erasmus Programme which involves working in collaboration with two European schools as part of a three year ‘Erasmus Plus’ project funded by the European Union, they are amongst the top achieving students in the year.  
There is also Amy Hookings who achieved four A* in her A2 exams, who is going off to study medicine, a significant achievement in itself but all the more impressive when coupled with Amy’s double success of having secured a place on the Rank Foundation. This means that she receives a bursary and entrepreneurial apprenticeships in leading UK companies. She will be joined in her study of medicine with fellow Head Girl Nicole Beattie who achieved three As. 
Year 13 Cliodhna mc Caffrey’s achievement is also worthy of note. Cliodhna is the West Belfast Youth Parliament Representative. Achieving three As in her AS Levels is proof the she is not only a much needed voice for young people but she is also a fine example to her peers of what hard work and sheer determination can produce whilst juggling a demanding school life with a busy political career!
If there is not something in the air at St Dominic’s, there is certainly something in the genes. The Sister Act, twins Amy and Megan Wilkinson who wowed everyone two years ago when they achieved 10 A* each at GCSE have continued their ‘double act’ and achieved four A*s each at A2. Cousins, Claire Tucker and Beth Collins are keeping success in the family too through their respective achievement of an A and two Bs and two As and a B in their A Levels.
Michelle Magee also excels beyond the classroom, as far as Australia in fact. Michelle Magee competed in the Commonwealth Games in Australia for Netball Team Northern Ireland in April, before heading home to complete her A-levels. Not only was she Northern Ireland's youngest netballer on the team which came 7th, Michelle managed to devote an incredible amount of time to training, travelling and competing, she also achieved 3 As in her A Levels.
It is not just the individual success of students that the school is enormously proud of however, but also the success of all the departments in the school who provide a first class experience. 88% A* - A grades spells success in any language, which is exactly what the students in the Irish Department achieved this year, whilst Art students created an equally brilliant picture with 100% of their results at A* - A at A Level.
It was evident that staff and parents were incredibly proud of the students and the students are proud of their school. The education of girls lies at the heart of the vision of St Dominic’s. Academic rigour and excellent exam preparation are a given – but it is equally obvious that through the impressive range of extra-curricular experiences, they are given the opportunity to grow as individuals, assume leadership roles, take responsible risks, develop lasting friendships and excel in a dynamic environment that caters for all their needs. That vision is paying off and these girls with their bright futures ahead of them deserve to celebrate what can only be described as an outstanding achievement on their part; an achievement which is the result of sheer determination and incredibly hard work. 
 

GCSE Success 2018

St Dominic’s pupils excel with top GCSE Results. August 2018
It’s raining As in St Dominic’s Grammar School for Girls! 
It is no surprise that a jubilant atmosphere was spilling out into the school’s car park today as the Year 12 pupils excitedly celebrated their outstanding success.  Following on from their outstanding A Level results last week, the pupils, staff and parents are now also thrilled at the outcome of this year’s GCSE results. And, once again, there were scenes of joyous celebration as students streamed out, one after the other, clutching brown envelopes in shaking hands, each equally delighted with their success in their GCSE examinations.
Judging from the school’s outstanding success this year, it is no doubt that St Dominic’s are once again, amongst the top achieving schools in the country, having held first position for four years in a row.
This year group are celebrating unprecedented success with a record 99.4% of pupils achieving A*-C, the school’s highest achievement at GCSE to date. Not only is this a record achievement but most of their grades are A*-A. An impressive 58 students achieved 9 A*-A grades and 27 students achieved at least 10 A*-A grades. As well as this, 70% of all grades were A*/A; an outstanding achievement in a school which has one of the highest FSM entitlements amongst Northern Ireland grammar schools.  
Mrs Mc Cann, the school’s principal, stated that she was ‘extremely proud of the outstanding success of the girls who have shown amazing determination and commitment to their studies. Of course, this would not have been possible without the ceaseless commitment and dedication of our staff who always go above and beyond the call of duty when helping our girls. At a time when there is much focus on equality, it is heart-warming and inspiring to see young women achieve so highly.’
These impressive statistics outshine the Northern Ireland average perhaps because St Dominic’s is not an average school. St Dominic’s is not just about sitting behind desks preparing for exams. St Dominic’s girls do not only benefit from a personalised, academically strong curriculum but also a robust enrichment programme which is designed to enable them to develop into courageous, independent-minded and resilient young women; fully equipped to lead fulfilling and successful lives in this fast-changing world. Unsurprisingly, highly achieving students in the school attribute their success to the impressive range of extra-curricular opportunities afforded to them by a generous and hard-working staff who go the extra mile to provide unique experiences for their students. Take for example, the students awarded the Arkwright Engineering Scholarships.  Congratulations to Grace and Megan McShane on this fantastic achievemnt.   

Kira McDonnell is amongst the top achieving students in the year.  Kira was beaming with delight when she received 11A*. There was triple success also for the three Year 12 girls awarded the Albert Schweitzer Leadership for Life Programme. One of these students, Niamh Stewart was delighted with her 8 A* and 3 A performance. In fact all three have not only achieved their own personal success, but share an impressive 9 A*s, 16 As and 6 Bs between them. 

It is not just the individual success of students that the school is enormously proud of however, but also the success of all the departments in the school who provide a first class experience. With national focus on literacy and numeracy standards, St Dominic’s students have excelled both in English and Maths with 81% of students achieving A*/A in English Language GCSE and 99.4% achieving A*/B. 65% of all students also achieved an A*/A in their Maths GCSE and 90% % achieving A*/B. 
It was evident that staff and parents were incredibly proud of the students and the students are proud of their school. The education of girls lies at the heart of the vision of St Dominic’s. Academic rigour and excellent exam preparation are a given – but it is equally obvious that through the impressive range of extra-curricular experiences, they are given the opportunity to grow as individuals, assume leadership roles, take responsible risks, develop lasting friendships and excel in a dynamic environment that caters for all their needs. That vision is paying off and these girls with their bright futures ahead of them deserve to celebrate what can only be described as an outstanding achievement on their part; an achievement which is the result of sheer determination and incredibly hard work. 
It is obvious from the staff’s delight at the results that St Dominic’s prides itself for all its efforts. 

For the fifth year consecutively, St. Dominic’s students have proven themselves to be amongst the best in the province. Having ranked third in Northern Ireland last year and first in Northern Ireland for the four previous years, the school is delighted with this year’s impressive improvement in their GCSE results. 


 

Citizenship and Shared Education

As part of our Shared Education programme with Friends' School Lisburn, 10E visited Stormont today as part of their Citizenship module.  As well as taking part in a debate in the main chamber about abolishing school uniform, the students were very lucky to have MLA Robbie Butler call in for a Q&A session.  Following lunch, the students created their own political parties and presented their manifestos - perhaps the 'Folks on the Hill' could get a little inspiration.