Monday 8th February saw Queen’s University of Belfast Computer Science staff return to Dominican to share the exciting opportunities in the IT industry and to provide an overview of coding and the opportunities available to pupils.
Mr Aidan McGowan, a Lecturer in Computer Science at QUB, spoke with every pupil in Year 13 about what Computer Science and Software Engineering actually are and the exciting trends in the IT industry.
He also introduced pupils to the upcoming ‘Code School’ at DCP, whereby QUB MSc students will deliver programming classes in App Inventor and Java for the developments of mobile phone apps, in a 6-week after-school initiative.
Aidan delivered a fun and engaging workshop that was enjoyed by all pupils, not just those who study ICT at A Level.
Code School hopes to officially kick-off in the next few weeks!
We hope to see you there.
For more information, see Mr McDaid in the ICT Department.
Fr Raymond presented our first three pupils to achieve the Pope John Paul II awards with their
medals and certificates at today’s assembly.
The three U6 pupils, Emma Downey, Clare McCormick and Anna O’Loan have worked for two years to
achieve this award by leading by example within their school, parish and community. Emma and
Clare were awarded the Gold John Paul medal and Anna the Silver in recognition of their work in
translating their faith into action. Mrs Willighan has worked with the girls in pursuit of
their awards and Miss Rainey took the pupils to Belfast last Thursday where they were awarded
their medals along with pupils from all over the diocese. Ms Ronan congratulated the girls and
their RE teachers and expressed her wish that others in the school would follow their example
Praising these pupils as “ambassadors for our school and for Pope John Paul 11”, Fr Raymond
reflected on the power of individuals to change the world. He spoke about how a young Karol
Wojtyla chose to join a group of twelve students in his formative years in Poland to pray for
peace and a world beyond war. He drew parallels in the same “power of one mentality” in the
example of Fredereick Ozanam who went on to found the SVP society. Having been challenged to
provide evidence of his living faith, Frederick gathered firewood for the downtrodden in Paris.
Fr Raymond also compared our three award winners to Eunice Shriver whose determination to found
Camp Shriver led to the Special Olympics. Concluding today’s assembly Fr Raymond reflected:
“Never underestimate the power of ordinary people to change the world: they are the only thing
that ever has”.
Well done girls on an outstanding achievement.