Dominican College commences its centenary celebrations with launch of special book of prayer and reflection.
Laudare, Benidicere, Praedicare.
Well done to our Key Stage Three pupils who have raised more than £2250 this year for the school’s annual Readon campaign designed to support NICFC. This superb sum exceeds any sum previously raised throughout the school’s long association with Readon.
Rebecca Oates, the representative of NICFC came to school assembly today to reiterate the benefits that the money raised by the Dominican pupils in helping the families of children diagnosed with cancer in N. Ireland. She spoke of her amazement at the amount raised by a school of our size and for the culture of reading that exists within the school.
Pupils were encouraged to read for pleasure at the end of last term and over the Christmas period and Mrs Davies, our school librarian, stamped more than 500 books from the school library over the Christmas period and pupils ravenously read books from home too to meet the Readon challenge.
Jessica Hanson from Year 10 has been nominated for a special prize for her exceptional efforts within this year’s campaign and the class prize for the most money raised has gone to year 10 group 1 with a total of £455. Year 10 (2) came a close second with a total of £450 and Year 8 (2) £405.
Later today Year 10 (1) class will celebrate with their very own Readon cake within their English classroom. Also recognised at today’s assembly for their excellent endeavours were: Reuben Tosh, Sasha Tannahill, Ryan Taggart, Amber McCaughan, Jack Dalzell, Dylan Wright, Reece Hunter, Clodagh Dempsey, and Finn Lafferty.
Several pupils were also drawn from a list of all readers to receive special prizes of movie and bowling passes for The Jet Centre. These pupils were Olivia Lappin, Charlotte Muldoon, and Michele Riche.
Very well done to every single Dominican pupil in Years 8-10 and their families and friends for supporting this important initiative and for the fantastic sum raised as a consequence of all that reading.
Today a reader: Tomorrow a leader!
Well done to our U14 rugby team who have qualified for the regional finals for the Schools’ Cup at their very first attempt.
The boys, mostly from Year 10, have only been playing together for a very short time and they came up against much more seasoned teams in the qualifying rounds. The Dominican team won both of their heat matches to go through to a play-off against Ballymoney High School. Victory in this game ensured that the Dominican boys would be assured of a cup finals place on February 9th.
Mr Gerry Lafferty who is both a member of Coleraine Rugby Club and Ulster Branch has worked with the Dominican boys since before Christmas and has been very impressed at the way the team of seventeen boys has gelled so quickly into a successful unit. Seven of the squad are members of the Coleraine Youth Academy, one is a member of the Ballymoney Academy and one a member of the Ballymena Academy; eight of the boys however have never played competitive rugby before.
This is the first time that the school has fielded a Rugby team and builds on the recent success in the Ulster Championship that our U-14 and U- 16 Gaelic teams experienced.
Mr Carey praised the wonderful work ethic of this talented young team and their commitment to after school sport. He thanked Gerry Lafferty for his inspirational coaching and wished the boys continued success at the regional finals in Ballymena.
Well done boys from all here in DCP!
Today marks the start of church unity week and, as in many previous years, Dominican College were delighted to welcome to our school members of our local churches to share their faith and vision with us.