Pupils from all years in the school are going through their final rehearsals for this Year’s annual Dominican Christmas Carol Service. Mr Terry Cloughley and his musical team are working incredibly hard to ensure that this year’s Carol Service matches the stunning successes of our recent events.
Mr Cloughley promises a wide and varied of musical styles and a balance of traditional beautiful choral music and more modern and contemporary Christmas carols and our RE Department are working hard to complement the wonderful music in a liturgical celebration which will reflect the unique and diverse nature of our school community in words and symbolism.
All members of the wider Dominican family, friends of the school, past pupils and members of Star of the Sea parish will be warmly welcomed at the event which, in recent years, has seen the church full to capacity.
The Carol Service for members of the public will be in St Mary’s Star of The Sea at 7.30 pm on the evening of Tuesday 20th December and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Dominican family and the wider community a very happy Christmas and to invite them to what will be a stunning evening of song and music.
The Carol Service for our own school pupils will be on at 11.00 am on Wednesday 21st December- whilst members of the public are invited to this also- seating will be limited.
A current parent wrote the following words about last years’ service -
“I went to the Carol concert this year for the first time and thank goodness I did. It was stunning, simply stunning. I found it incredibly beautiful and deeply moving ... if I can help it, I’ll never miss it again. Please pass on my congratulations to your talented students – I realise that an incredible amount of work has gone into what was a perfect, effortless concert”
Please come along on the evening of the 20th to escape the stresses and strains of the festive season and to revel and relax in what will be a beautiful Carol service harnessing the talents of approximately a third of our pupils as we approach the eve of our centenary celebrations which will conclude in the 2017 Carol Service.
The school would like to thank Fr Austin and the Parishioners of Star of the Sea for enabling us to use the church and for all the support we have received throughout this year of their centenary.
On Friday 18th November, two teams from Dominican College Portstewart travelled to North Coast Integrated College in Coleraine. One Year 8 and one Year 9 team competed in the NEBSSA Camogie Blitz. Both teams showed great team work playing against North Coast Integrated, St. Joseph's College and Sperrin Integrated, Magherafelt.
DCP's Year 8 team displayed great skill and determination throughout all games and were delighted to reach the final of their first camogie competition. They were defeated by a very strong and worthy winning St. Joseph's College team, all schools involved showed great skill and grew in confidence throughout the day.
The Year 9 team for DCP began their winning campaign early and showed their vibrant skills throughout the day. Their teamwork and positivity grew as the day progressed and were very happy to reach the final after their very tight drawing match against Sperrin Integrated, Magherafelt. It was very evident that both school teams had a variety of talented players and the final would be a great display of camogie. Sperrin Integrated, Magherafelt were brilliant opponents and the girls were delighted to come away with the trophy after a very tough fought game.
The competition was brilliantly organised and promoted the sport of camogie at the highest level. A huge thank-you to Ms McGarry and Mrs Creelman at North Coast Integrated College for organising the blitz.
"The technology we're talking about here is at the nano scale, which is one-thousandth of a millionth of a metre".
Last week Year 14 ICT pupils along with Miss Smyth and Mr McDaid visited Seagate in Derry to gain a better understanding of the skills, attributes and competencies required by a world-leading blue-chip technology.
Seagate is the global leader in data storage solutions, developing amazing products that enable people and businesses around the world to create, share and preserve their most critical memories and business data.
Employing over 1,400 people in their Springtown plant in Derry, Seagate have invested over $1b of capital in the north-west, offering careers in IT, Engineering, R&D and Manufacturing.
Our Dominican A Level ICT pupils were given presentations on the various products that Seagate create – data storage products and read-write heads, and were amazed to learn 25% of global production of this product took place within the Seagate facilities in Derry.
Placement students from Jordanstown and Magee then spoke about their roles and responsibilities and took questions on their areas of expertise, namely Computer Science and Engineering; all serving to instill in our pupils the value of further study of ICT to avail of local jobs within this industry.
Pupils then toured the facility and seen the famous ‘clean rooms’ where operators were manufacturing the read-write heads using fifty elements from the periodic table – food for thought also for the Chemistry students who attended.
Following the tour, Matteo and Mr McDaid could not resist the temptation to try on the cleanroom garb, to the amusement and admiration of the audience! The visit then concluded with another Q&A with our hosts.
Dominican College look forward to sending 12 year 14 pupils to Seagate in December for 4-days work placement in the areas of Engineering, Business and ICT and wish to thank all those last week who made our visit to Seagate so educational and enjoyable.
We look forward to visiting Seagate again next year!
Gaeilge 24 is an event supported by Conradh na Gaeilge in which we speak as much Irish as we can for a day! Conradh na Gaeilge dispatched T shits and wrist bands to help us identify pupils taking part.
The Yr.9 & 10 Irish classes were very keen to get on board and we decided to raise money for a variety of children’s charities by backing some delicious buns and cake and selling top rated Irish products such as Tayto and Cidona to the hungry masses at break time!
The Irish Department was very impressed by the generosity of pupils both in terms of donations and time spent setting up and running the event. Our newly appointed Irish Language Leaders in Yr.11 & 12 ensured that younger pupils were mentored in the art of selling in Irish! We also practiced our numeracy skills ensuring that the items were priced at a profit and that the correct change was given.
We held a raffle to guess how many coins were in the crock of gold that Ms. Ní Mhaoláin found behind the castle. Comhghairdeachas to Adam Willmont ( Yr8) who guessed correctly.
Gaeilge 24 was a huge success. ‘’Go raibh maith agaibh’’ to all the staff who made an effort to greet pupils in Irish on both days. A whopping £400 was made last week which will be gratefully received at this time of year by our designated charities.
Make a note in your diaries for our next big event in March; ‘’Seachtain na Gaeilge’’ We will be dancing to Céilí in the hall amongst other things!