As the business studies department strives to develop entrepreneurial leaders of the future, Mrs Murphy took 10C along to the Enterprise in Action exhibition at Belfast City Council to give our students an insight into the sea of talent being produced in our local economy. As well as engaging with local entrepreneurs and listening to a very motivational speech given by Billy Dixon, 10C had the opportunity to create their own innovative products, draw up imaginative business plans with persuasive marketing slogans and present their plans to over 150 other local students in the grand hall. They thoroughly enjoyed this experience.
Tuesday 11th November 2018.
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. Pupils learn about diseases and epidemics and chatted to the scientists on an online chat for 30 minutes.
This event allowed 9D to learn about various careers in Science in a fun, memorable and engaging way.
In Chemistry Club this week the Year 8’s carried out some cosmetic Chemistry by making their own lip balm. Many practical skills were used by the girls which they have acquired since September and the final products which the girls took home were very impressive.
The ‘Politics in Action’ group took part in a discussion with Sammy Wilson on Brexit in Friends’ School Lisburn as part of the Shared Education programme. Students from both schools got to quiz the MP on his views on the European Union and Brexit. They also got some unique insight into the problems and challenges facing the government in the coming months!
Nine year 14 students participated in a Pope John Paul II gold award training workshop led by Living Youth (the diocesan youth team). They joined a number of workshop designed to help them reflect on their award journey. On the day they joined with 3 fellow Dominican schools as well as pupils from other schools and parish based volunteers.
Among those taking part from St Dominic’s were Grace Kennedy, Favour Nichs, Deirbhile Clenaghan, Leah McVarnock, Anna McKeown, Gemma Hennan, Bronagh Forrester, Hannah Heaney and Chiara Clarke.
Many thanks to Danni, Kiera and Conor for leading the workshop activities. We would also like to thank the Living Youth team for all their support in leading this programme and supporting all our students in achieving their Pope John Paul II awards.
All Year 10 pupils had the opportunity to visit Clonard monastery and participate in a youth retreat led by the Clonard Youth and Young Adult Ministry Team. The pupils had a chance to take a 'spiritual breather' and worked in small groups to reflect on their personal faith journey in a welcoming and caring environment. They were also treated to a tour of Clonard's beautiful church.
Many thanks to the Clonard team of Chloe, Aiden, Donata and Brendan. The students were particularly impressed with Brendan's paper crafting skills 'pure magic'.
The Chemistry Department celebrated Mole Day, an unofficial chemisty holiday marking Avogadro's number. What a better way to celebrate than brownies and cakes. Thanks to all involved.
Congratulations to Anna McCaffrey year 12 who has been selected as an #iWill Youth Ambassador. Anna is one of five outstanding volunteers chosen from Northern Ireland to be an advocate of Youth volunteering. She joins fellow pupil Aife Gough who was selected last year. It is great to see true volunteering commitment rewarded in this way. We know Anna will be a great ambassador for local volunteers. We wish her all the best in her new role.