Dominican College, Portstewart Centenary Dinner Celebrating 100 years of Dominican Education in Portstewart
When: Friday 21 April 2017
(arrival from 6.30pm for champagne reception. Seated for dinner from 7.30pm, dinner at 8pm).
Where: Tullyglass Hotel, Ballymena
Tickets: £50 per person or £500 per table of ten,
available from the school office on 02870832715
or email email@example.com
(Selected seating cannot be guaranteed except when tickets are bought as a table of ten. We therefore encourage you to group together and buy a table to guarantee selected seating).
Evening includes a champagne reception,
a five course meal,
live band (The Groove Robbers),
old photographs throughout the decades,
chat, craic and reminiscing with friends
and many fellow Dominicans.
All past and present Trustees, Governors, staff, past students and anyone associated with Dominican College, Portstewart and the Portstewart/North Coast community in general and beyond are very welcome to attend and we very much look forward to seeing you on Friday 21 April 2017…….
Jim MacCool from the Performance Poetry Society came to school on Tuesday 11th October to perform for Years 8 and 9.
Mr MacCool, a poet in the Shanachie ( travelling bard) tradition, is the leading exponent of Dramatic Poems in Britain. His Ionan Tales were premiered at the Sunday Times Literary Festival for the Millennium and he had been touring across the country ever since. His shows typically combine his singing of Irish or Scots folk ballads, a poetic recitation and a Celtic drum performance.
This event provided an excellent example for English and Preforming Arts students. It was a successful and interactive event enjoyed by all the pupils, many of whom will be inspired in their own creative writing
With their feet firmly in the present, Dominican pupils and staff reflect on their past and future in a moving Start of Year mass
On Friday 7th October our school family gathered for our Start of Year mass in Star Of The Sea church. This year’s start of year mass, celebrated by our former chaplain Bishop Tony Farquhar, was uniquely significant in allowing us not only to contemplate our journey as a school over the 2016-17 school year, but also to commemorate the special legacy of Mr Barry Murphy, our ex principal within the context of the 800th centenary of the Dominican order.
In the opening procession ceremony, symbolic of the school’s proud past and confident future, pupils carried photos of each of the class groups, the Dominican Sisters and Barry Murphy to make up the 800 collage which was the focal point on the altar.
Bishop Tony Farquhar, reflecting on the beauty of this opening, spoke of its great beauty in a time when the school, “With its feet firmly in the present”, could also look to the past and the great tradition of the Dominican order and the future spirit of the school within and beyond the local community. Reflecting on his sense of homecoming to Dominican College, Bishop Tony told the pupils, staff, governors, parents and invited guests that last Year’s Dominican mass, which celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his ordination, had been one of the highlights of his year. He also looked forwards to June 2017 when Dominican College, Portstewart would celebrate its own centenary.
In his homily Bishop Tony preached about “the two great friends: wisdom and truth” and how these prevail in all areas of life. He told pupils that Newcastle United FC, who play in black and white at St James’ Park, were inspired by the colours worn by Fr Dalmatius Houtman, a Dominican priest and early champion of the club. Reflecting on a typical school career of 40 years, Bishop Tony spoke of the 50 generations that it would take for us to get back to Jesus and his ministry.
“If you knew him, then you loved him…”, with these words Bishop Tony moved his homily to focus on the legacy of our ex colleague, teacher and principal Mr Murphy. Bishop Tony described Barry’s many virtues of kindness, approachability and fun, his whimsical yet erudite nature, his mischievous smile, his dedication to literature and poetry and his love of fishing.
He described Barry as a great link in the Dominican chain that would go on to Link Dr Cummings and Ms Ronan, concluding, “What a great link he was !”.
Quoting an Irish folk song by Eric Bogle, “If wishes were fishes, we’d all cast nets into the sea”, Bishop Tony spoke of how the life and death of each of us has its influence on others. He also prayed, on the feast of St Mary of The Rosary, for our school chaplain Fr Raymond and his family on the death earlier that morning of his mother Ellen McCullagh.
Concluding his homily, Bishop Tony gave a reading from “Badger’s Parting Gifts”, a book for children by Susan Varley. In the extract he described how, “as the last snow melted…so did the animals’s sadness” as they reflected on the special parting gifts that their dear, deceased friend Badger had left them to remember him by. All of us gathered who had taught with or been taught by Barry took to heart the line that, in their own way, each of the animals did remember Badger and that, from beyond, he was able to watch over them.
Ms Ronan concluded our special mass of thanksgiving by congratulating the Dominican pupils on their “wonderful sense of reverence and respect”. She thanked Fr Austin and the Star of The Sea parish for allowing our school community to congregate in the church and all those who made the liturgy so beautiful, especially Miss Rainey, Mrs McLernon and for the wonderful music co-ordinated by Mr Cloughley. In her closing words Ms Ronan thanked Kate Murphy and family for attending our special occasion and spoke of “ our friend and mentor who paved the way for us on earth as pupils and teachers and who has gone on ahead to pave the way for us in heaven”.
Many congratulations to our Year 9 Netball team who have just won the NEBSSA tournament held at North Coast Integrated on Friday 7th October.
During the Group stages the team had comfortable victories over Loreto, Dalriada and St Mary’s, Magherafelt.
In a closely contested Semi-final against the hosts, North Coast, Dominican went on to reach the final.
The final against Cross and Passion was a very even contest, drawing 4-4 at full time, and 7-7 after extra-time, the DCP team emerged victorious on the golden goal rule. It was a thrilling finish to a wonderful competition for the girls.
Romali WIlliamson was delighted to be chosen as player of the tournament.
Well done our netballing stars!
The girls are pictured here with their coach, Mrs Park, receiving their trophy.