From Guys chasing dolls
To folks in mission halls.
From guys chasing lady luck
In search of a fast buck,
To mission dolls following their vocation
Impulsively heading on sudden vacation.
From the Big Apple and all its sights
To hot and sultry Cuban nights…..
Guys and Dolls has it all!
Last night’s performance of the 2015 Dominican school production of “Guys and Dolls” went down a treat with a packed school assembly hall audience.
The cast transported a rapt audience to the “Devil’s own city, the devil’s own streets” of 1950s New York City. We first meet “good old reliable Nathan Detroit” (Conor Molloy) and his gambling acolytes in search of lady luck. Nathan accepts the dare of making a bet with Sky Masterson (Timothy Davidson) much to the chagrin of his long suffering fiancée of fourteen years, the nightclub singer Adelaide Abernathy ( Anna Warke) whose mission is to finally marry Nathan. Meanwhile, Sarah Brown( Ellen Duguid) on her own personal crusade to “ convert Broadway all by myself” is the unwitting victim of a bet taken by Sky that he can lure her to Havana.
Will Sarah lose her heart or will Sky lose his marker?
Will Adelaide shake off her lingering cold and walk Nathan down the aisle?
How will Nicely Nicely, Benny, Rusty and Harry the Horse cope when Big Jule arrives from Chicago with his loaded dice?
Will Arvide Abernathy manage to bring enough sinning souls to the mission hall to its survival?
All will be revealed at tonight’s special Gala performance of “Guys and Dolls”.
A limited number of tickets are available for tonight’s production which will be in special memory of Mrs Rosaleen Corrigan.
Proceeds from tonight’s show, programme sale and raffle will go to the Chest, Heart and Stroke Charity, the charity nominated by Rosaleen’s family.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Click here to link to Guys and Dolls web page
Year 8 Pupils reflect on their life journey .
The theme for the Year 8 morning was ‘ Life is a journey’ and it gave the Year 8 pupils an opportunity to reflect on a very important part of their journey – the transition to secondary school. The event was held in Star of the Sea parish centre and was led by our school Chaplain, Fr Raymond McCullagh.
There was lots of fun, laughter (especially when Fr Raymond dressed up as Woody from Toy Story) but there was also time for meditation, reflection and prayer. Fr Raymond used clips from the well-known Pixar films ‘Cars’ and ‘Toy Story’ to illustrate that life is a journey, but that the adventure is in the journey itself, not the destination. He got the students to do their own timeline of life so far and to mark on the ups and downs they have experienced so far. He urged the students to become aware of how special they all were as they were all created by God and born unique.
Fr Raymond told the Parable of the Pencil to illustrate that in life what matters is what is on the inside of each person, sometimes we need to be sharpened to become a better person (and painful as that is sometimes it is necessary), that we must leave our mark on this world, and we can always make mistakes and rub them out and start again. An important part of the journey will involve friends and how we look after them He followed this with the story from the Special Olympics when an athlete was going for gold and leading the race but then he realised his friend had fallen, he was faced with the choice of continuing running and being guaranteed the gold medal, or stop and help his friend, he opted to look after his friend and both of them were cheered as they crossed the finishing line last.
The morning ended with a prayer service and all reflections from the students were gathered and offered in thanksgiving. The school would like to thank Star of the Sea Parish for allowing us to use the Parish Centre and Fr Raymond for all his wonderful work in helping our young people on their spiritual journey.
Fr Raymond praised the thoughtful and sensitive way that the year 8 pupils took part in the morning’s activities and reflections describing them as “one of the best year groups I have ever had the pleasure of working with”.
Monday 9th November witnessed ‘Code School’ in DCP as 18 A2 ICT pupils attended a C# programming workshop, delivered by MSc Computer Science students from Queens University, Belfast.
Pupils were introduced to basic programming concepts such as using the output console, working with variables, methods, documenting code, and identifying and eradicating errors or ‘bugs’ in their code.
Facilitated by Diane Murdock and Andrew Fletcher, both students from QUB, pupils grappled with the syntax and logic of creating basic code that focused on input, processing and output in the console feature within Microsoft Visual Studio environment.
As the number of pupils in DCP interested in a career in the IT industry grows, it was an excellent opportunity for pupils currently applying for Computing and Software Engineering courses at university to sample the world of programming in the C# language.
All pupils enjoyed the workshop and further enhanced their interest in programming, problem-solving and creative use of ICT with a focus on programming.
C# language is used extensively in local and international software development companies. It is a powerful and flexible programming language and like all programming languages, it can be used to create a variety of applications, even games (as shown by Diane at the end of the workshop).
Creating ties with local universities is a focus of the ICT department at DCP and Mr McDaid and Mr Lynch hope to invite staff and students from Queens to return in the New Year with a similar workshop.
The ICT department would like to thank Diane and Andrew, and their lecturer Neil Anderson for making the workshop happen and it was indeed a great taster for the DCP pupils who are interested in a career in the ever-expanding and exciting world of computing and software development.