QUAKER PEACE AND RECONCILIATION DAY AT STORMONT Monday 20th March 2017

Year 13s and 14s of St Dominic's were invited to a wonderful event in the Long Gallery at Stormont with students from Sandy Springs Quaker School in Maryland, USA and Friends' School, Lisburn.  We were also joined by some Masters students from Philadelphia and Corrymeela's Facing History team.

Duncan Morrow gave an excellent keynote address focusing on reconciliation in Northern Ireland - the hurdles and opportunities.  Then the students had an opportunity to have a Question and Answer session with 5 MLAs.

These included:

 

Barry McElduff - Sinn Fein

Paul Givan - DUP

Gerry Carrol - People Before Profit

Clare Bailey - Green party

David Ford - Alliance

 

The questioning was predictably robust at this time and the MLAs were excellent sports willing to answer any question whilst in panel and afterwards with individual students at refreshments.

Many thanks to Friends' School and in particular Jamie Artt for facilitating the day.

 

 

 

Digital Youth Event

Digital Youth Event

On the 21st of March 2017, the St Dominic’s coding club took part in the Digital Youth Event hosted in Queens University. We had the great opportunity in meeting various companies such as Italic pig, Go berserk and Cyber Security. They explained to us that digital technology is needed in every aspect of life, especially in jobs. If teens get interested in coding and ICT, it will help us with any career path we wish to take, whether it is a game designer or even a cashier. It was brilliant hearing each speaker’s advice to teenagers like myself about the world of digital technology and how it is important for years to come.

Technology is everywhere and it is always improving. From our phones to our computers we use digital technology in our daily lives. For the years to come, digital technology will continue to improve and develop. As Stewart Brand once said ‘Once a new technology starts rolling, If you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.’

Emma Bonner 10D

 

Coding Club Members who took part in the Digital Youth Event:

Emma Bonner

Emma Madden

Soraya Boudhaim

Olivia Brennan

Laura Brown

Jenna Farrell

Elaine Heaney

Aoibhinn Hughes

Leah Kerr

Ciara Loughran

Claire McGowan

Grace Mulvenna

Qiana Waterland

Andrea Hyland

Waterpolo Team

A group of students from Yr9-13 represented the school today in the Senior Irish School's Waterpolo Competition.  This is the first time in St Dominic's history that we have entered a team into this competition or any competition in this sport.

The girls played teams from Belfast, Drogheda, Galway and Dublin and were an absolute credit to the school. The best result was a hard fought draw against Sacred Heart, Dublin. Grace McShane narrowly missed out on the winning goal with the end of the game coming just one second too soon! The girls really enjoyed the whole experience and definitely will be back next year ready to compete in both the Senior and junior competitions.

 

The team were:

Yr 9

Eva Ramsey

Rose Tucker

Niamh O'Connor

Cara McKevitt

Cara O'Kane

Grace McNamara

 

Yr 10

Maria McGuigan

 

Yr 11

Grace McShane

 

Yr 12

Lauren Fegan

 

Yr 13

Niamh Fitzsimons

PARENT LINK TABLE QUIZ FOR PARKINSONS AND PROJECT ZAMBIA

Parent Link were delighted to hold our annual Table Quiz on Friday 3rd March 2017.  There was an excellent turnout and we have raised £1000.  These funds will go towards our chosen outside charity this year - The Parkinsons' Society and as usual our internal chairity - Project Zambia.

 

Thanks to everyone who came along, helped organise, marked the answer sheets (Therese Crossan and Lauren Mervyn) and to Jim Kelly's team for winning for the second year in a row.  With Jim being Chairman you would start to think it was a fix!

 

Special thanks also to Paul McGibbon for being a terrific Quizmaster.

 

Mr D Scott

Trocaire 2017

Trocaire 2017

 

The school is now launching their 2017 Trocaire Appeal.  Last year the school raised more than £4,700 for this international development charity we hope to match this target this year.  Each class will participate in a Lenten fundraiser and we would like to ask for your support for their efforts.  Last year we saw a flurry of baking, ballots, coin collecting and sponsored events we are sure this year we will be just as busy and creative.

 

To learn more about where your money goes and how urgently it is needed do visit: - www.trocaire.org

 

i#will Ambassador Success

In October 2016 Therese Crossan was invited to work alongside Youth United to sit on a judging panel comprised of #iwill ambassadors. The panel was faced with the challenge of looking at different projects set up by uniformed organisations and deciding on the top 3 for the 3 categories.  Therese was then invited as a representative of the judging panel to attend the awards ceremony in Buckingham Palace at the beginning of February. The event was hosted by the organisation’s patron HRH Prince of Wales.

Government & Politics News

Students from the Department of Government & Politics took part in a discussion event this week with award winning broadcaster Stephen Nolan. Stephen asked to speak with the girls as part of the research he is doing for a new show. He was extremely impressed by the quality and eloquence of the students as they tackled the main issues of the day. Many thanks to Stephen for giving the girls this opportunity.