Well done Aine, you are an Ulster Champion!
Aine McKinney, Year 11, added to her illustrious running achievements by winning the Inter Girls’ 800M final during Saturday’s Ulster Schools’ Finals in Antrim on Saturday May 16th.
Aine won the final in the most convincing fashion with a new personal best of 2 minutes 22 seconds- a time which also shattered the previous Dominican record.
Aine’s success last weekend follows on from last year’s Irish Schools Cross Country Championships when she finished in the top twenty out of almost 100 fellow competitors over the longer distance of 2500M.
This was a super race for Aine and she can be very proud of herself. Certainly all here at Dominican are delighted by her achievement.
Aine is pictured with her gold medal at Saturday’s Ulster Finals.
On the evening of Thursday 8th September 2008, our Year 14 pupils met to celebrate their Year 8 Mass with Fr Raymond on the theme of “Journey”.
The Dominican journey for these pupils and their parents , along with those who joined the year group along the way, culminated in their U6 leavers’ mass on Wednesday 6th May 2015, also celebrated by Fr Raymond, on the theme of “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.
FR Raymond began by asking the pupils to consider the knowledge, understanding and friendships that they had developed throughout their seven years at Dominican and he encouraged pupils to continue to find their own paths in their time beyond DCP.
During their U6 enrichment day in October the Year 14 pupils had each made a distinctive pot reflecting the differences and diversity within the year group; these pots were all placed in front of the altar to represent how Dominican had helped mould our class of 2015 into something unique and beautiful.
In his homily FR Raymond singled out two men who, when challenged to prove their faith, were able to “become the change” they wished to see in others. Firstly he introduced Frederic Ozanam, a young Law student at Paris’ Sorbonne university , whose early endeavours to provide winter firewood for the poor, inspired him to put his faith in to action by founding the St Vincent DePaul society becoming, in the words of his funeral oration, “ one of those special people who came direct from the hand of God”. FR Raymond argued that Frederic joined tenderness to genius in order to enkindle the world. FR Raymond paid tribute to the continuing work of the Dominican community in supporting our local SVP society and in the creation of a SVP society within the school this year.
Secondly he drew on the example provided by Jean Vanier, another young man who, during a visit to an asylum, The question asked by the inmates “Will you love us?” both challenged and inspired Jean leading to the birth of his L’arche organisation which has carried his message of love and acceptance to more than 100 countries.
Drawing on the example of both these men, FR Raymond got pupils to think about ways that they might put their own faith into practice beyond the walls of DCP and to show how few of us at eighteen realise the paths our lives may take. Both men had been challenged at a young age, both proved that “when you share your life with the poor you will be blessed” and both men had to “climb off” the ladder and not “up the ladder” to be the change God wished them to be in the world.
Concluding his homily, FR Raymond prayed that there would always be “arcs” like Dominican which would be places of safety, formation and education.
Ms Ronan concluded the evening’s celebration by thanking Dominican parents for “entrusting us with your babies for the past seven years and working with you to help them become the fine young women and men that they are tonight”. She told parents that they would “always remain part of this Dominican family” and that their young people were “an absolute credit” to themselves and their families and wished the class of 2015 every future success and happiness in both their A level exams and in the years ahead.
Following on from the Beyond Skin dance workshop attended by the Year 8 boys in the autumn term, our year 8 girls had a chance to show off their musical talents at the end of last term when the Beyond Skin group returned for a week of workshops.
Dominican year Mr Darren Ferguson explained how Beyond Skin is a multi-cultural agency which aims to Celebrate diversity through music, arts, dance & new media and how they provide, develop & deliver global & diversity education initiatives in an aim to address issues of racism & sectarianism.
The girls practised their drumming skills and singing skills over the course of several mornings and, reciprocating the boys’ dance performance, invited their year group in for a series of musical performances showcasing the skills they acquired with Beyond Skin. The highlight of the show was “The Chicken Nugget Song”- a self-produced ode to every teenager’s favourite food!
Ms Ronan, Dominican Principal, thanked Mauricio and Heidi from Beyond Skin for their work in the school and praised the girls for what they had put into the week and what they had got out of it.
Three of our 6th year pupils have been accredited for skills in coding / programming after attending a presentation recently in Ulster University’s Magee College campus in Derry. They received certificates for the successful completion of the Widening Access by Introducing Programming in Schools (WABIPS) course.
The project ran over three days during the Easter holidays and focused on introducing pupils to programming, combining programming theory and practice using the Java language. The course addressed fundamental programming concepts such as variable declarations, conditional statements, loops, etc. Its aim was to provide Year 13 and 14 pupils with knowledge that will encourage them into computing and engineering disciplines, and promote essential skills that will aid them in their first year in higher education.
On completion of the course, in addition to receiving certificates in recognition of their achievement, pupils gained accreditation towards a first year computing module at Ulster University. Congratulations to Niamh Phillips (Year 13); and Kieran Linehan and Claire Melville (both Year 14).
During the presentation, staff at the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems at Magee explained that the WABIPS project was designed to help Year 13 and 14 pupils with the transition from school by giving them a taste of what it would be like to study computing at university. The pupils were then given a VIP tour of the Robotics lab where leading, cutting-edge research takes place.
DCP hopes to have greater representation in this exciting course next year. For more information, contact Mr McDaid, ICT Department.