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John Paul Awards 2017

Dominican College John Paul Awards go from strength to strength
Well done to the eighteen pupils who received their Gold John Paul 2nd Award medals at today’s special assembly; this builds on the success of last year’s three Gold medal winners and demonstrates the growth and success of this initiative within Dominican College.

Congratulating the pupils, Mrs Willighan, the John Paul Awards co-ordinator, spoke glowingly about how these eighteen pupils had each shown great commitment to their community and local parishes in their voluntary work. She spoke of the superb efforts in the Cork to Calais clothing appeal, the work within Save the Children, St Vincent De Paul and the fundraising for the Habitat for Humanity visit to Romania later this year. The pupils had also organised initiatives such as Fair trade Fortnight and taken part in a range of school liturgies as part of their “unique faith journey”.

Commending the Dominican pupils, Pauline Dowds, the Director of Youth Ministry in the Down and Connor Diocese, presented the Year 14 pupils with their gold medals and certificates praising their dedication and commitment to the goals of social justice. Pauline told the Dominican pupils:

“You have all pushed yourselves in the pursuit of this award. The John Paul II awards are all about young people giving back to the communities and parishes that have nourished and nurtured them and you have brought great joy in the incredible gift of your time, commitment and energy. I hope that you will continue in your endeavours and that you will inspire younger pupils in Dominican to follow in your faith footsteps”.

Pauline encouraged the gold medal winners to consider the challenge of the Papal Cross award and offered Dominican pupils the opportunity to take part in a Pilgrimage to Knock in July this year.

Well done to Mrs Willighan for all her work in leading and co-ordinating the work of the pupils his year.
The pupils who received their John Paul II Gold medals and certificates today were:

Naomi Black
Bronagh Mullan
Nuala Mullan
Siena Morelli
Orla Roughan
Emma Kearns
Katie Leigh Turner
Soairse McPeake
Megan Duffy (YR 13)
Shannon O Donnell
Ciara Moore
Ailish Deeney
Shea McGuinness
Thomas Lafferty
Finn Millar
Matteo Genovese
Cora Lagan
Lauren McLaughlin

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Marvellous Movers Project

Dominican pupils delighted to help out with local primary school initiative.
Marvellous Movers is a collaborative project between Portstewart Primary School and St Colum’s Primary School which has been shortlisted as one of 6 UK wide finalists for a Rolls-Royce Science Award.

Pupils from Dominican College have helped to support this exciting initiative both in the form of assisting with editing a promotional video and working with the pupils as they designed their vehicles. As a school we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to share in this work with our two local feeder primary schools which builds on the existing strong relationships between all three Portstewart schools.

Over 400 enterprising school children from across the two local schools have worked together to design and create marvellous moving vehicles from reusable and recyclable materials. The pupils from primary 5 to primary 7 have been given the additional challenge of powering their vehicles using a renewable form of energy.

There will be an exhibition next Thursday, March 30th in Flowerfield Arts Centre which will showcase the children’s work at various stages throughout the project from the design stage to completion. Pupils and teachers from both schools have thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and work with pupils and teachers from another school whilst breaking down barriers and building community relations in the process.

The project has encouraged all pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 7 to think about recycling, renewable energy and more environmentally friendly forms of transport. The future is definitely green for our children!

As part of the project, we are exhibiting the learning process and a selection of our completed Marvellous Movers for everyone to see in Flowerfield Arts Centre.

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‘my Dominican College’………31 years; 68 photographs; 1 unique school


 This book of photographs by Keith Gilmore is now on sale at DCP and other local outlets along the Promenade and forms part of our DCP Centenary celebrations.

It is an affectionate and quirky reminiscence of some of the people, places and events that have featured in his teaching career in Dominican College. Buy it, enjoy the pictures, have a laugh and experience a twinge of nostalgia.

The cost of the book is £10 and all the proceeds from its sales will be used by the College for the benefit of its students.

To order 'my Dominican College' for home delivery:
1. email the number of copies required, your name, and the delivery address to:

2. You will be emailed an invoice which can be paid securely by credit card or PayPal

3. Your book will be posted off to you

The cost of the book is £10 and postage is:
UK £2.50
ROI £5.00
Rest of Europe £5.00
USA £5.00
OTHER: please email

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Association of Friends Inaugural Meeting March 22nd 2017

We would like to invite all those involved with the school, past and present, to join the Friends of Dominican Association in this our centenary year.

We believe that our Dominican families, past pupils, parents and members of our local community all have a key role in helping develop the school in the future.

We envisage this group will help with vital fundraising initiatives which will help ensure that we continue to meet the needs of all our pupils.

The inaugural meeting of the Friends association will be on Wednesday 22nd March at 7.30 PM in the school Assembly Hall.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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BBC News School Report Listen to Recording


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Bronze CREST awards for our Year 11 pupils


Well done to our year 11 pupils who received their Bronze CREST Award today at assembly as a result of their superb work in the recent Sentinus/ Digital DNA App development competition.

The pupils were tasked with creating prototypes of an App for an end user using MIT’s App Inventor software, based on a variety of disciplines for an android smartphone. The range of suggested topics covered the full spectrum from mental health issues to business communications.

As a consequence of their hard work and ingenuity in school, the pupils were then faced with the challenge of creating a display and the opportunity to pitch their ideas at Belfast City Hall to a group of professionals from the IT industry including representatives from Allstate and ebay.

Mr McDaid, IT teacher and the project co-ordinator described how the completion, won by two of our pupils last year, gave this year’s cohort of pupils: “The opportunity to have real-life experience of the challenges of the app development process- from initial market research through to evolutionary prototyping. The pupils’ work culminated in being able to pitch their business ideas and the technology behind them to an industry- based panel of experts from the IT sector. Congratulations to all these pupils not only for their success in this STEM-based initiative but in being wonderful ambassadors for Dominican College and the north coast.”

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