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Dominican College working in partnership with Portstewart Community Association

06-May-2021
Thanks to a grant from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Portstewart Community Association contacted Dominican College at the start of the year with a view to helping disadvantaged pupils during a renewed period of remote learning which resulted in all pupils being forced to attend school remotely.

The school, in line with its own initiatives to alleviate and help all Dominican students to have access to digital technology, was delighted to accept five laptop computers which had been purchased by Portstewart Community Association and loaned to pupils within the school to enable them to attend live lessons, complete assignments and maintain close contact with their teachers.

The school was delighted to recently welcome Nigel Handforth and Elaine Breakey from Portstewart Community Association to thank them in person for their continued support for the school. Elaine and Nigel are pictured here with Mr Gerry Lynch (Vice Principal), Mr Peter McDaid (ICT Co-ordinator), Rebekah Dunbar (Head Girl) and Joshua Fleming (Senior Prefect).

The school looks forward to continuing to foster positive relationships within our local community.

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Parental Info on process of school producing Centre Determined Grades

04-May-2021


Policy for Centre Determined Grades, Summer 2021 to view/download click here.
CCEA CDG Evidence Summer 2021 - Presentation for Parents Final Version to view/download click here.

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Board of Governors Parent Representative Vacancy 2021

28-Apr-2021

Dominican College is seeking nominations from current parents for the position of parent representative on the Board of Governors.

If you wish to nominate a parent please print out the nomination form or request one from the school office and return by post by 3.30pm 10th May.

To view/download Nomination Letter click here.

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Term Three Update April 2021

11-Apr-2021
Dominican College are delighted to welcome pupils from all Years back to Dominican College from Monday 12th April and wish to take this opportunity to thank parents for all their support over this period of Remote Learning and to congratulate all our pupils for the mature and conscientious manner in which they have kept up with their studies.  


We know that our pupils will be both excited and apprehensive about the return to school and we wish to help them reconnect with their friends and teachers and to prioritise both continuing with teaching and learning and promoting positive well-being.


Our focus will be on looking forwards and celebrating what pupils have done during remote learning; our aim will be to reassure and motivate pupils as we move forwards together. We certainly don't want them, or you, to feel too overwhelmed by all the unknowns right now and we want them to continue to build on all the work produced before and during the recent period of remote learning.


We know these have been the most challenging of times and we have much to get through down the line but your dedication and sheer hard work of our pupils, parents and staff have not gone unnoticed.


Pupils will return to week one of their timetable on Monday and will follow the same school day as they did in term one. Pupils will have an extended form class on the morning of Monday 12th April to help them to reconnect with their Form Teacher and classmates.


  • Our senior pupils (Years 11-14) should continue to enter the school by the Pedestrian Gate on Strand Road.
  • Our junior pupils (Years 8-10) should continue to enter by the Diamond gate. 
The aim is to enable pupils to return to the established routines of the first term. 


All pupils will wash their hands immediately on arrival to school and again at the beginning and end of lunch and at the end of the school day. School lunch arrangements and bus arrangements will remain as in term one and each school day will commence with registration with the child’s form teacher followed by three morning lessons and two afternoon lessons.


Timetable:
  •  Registration: 8.50- 9.10 AM
  •  Period 1: 9.10- 10.00 AM
  •  Period 2: 10.00- 11.00 AM
  •  Period 3: 11.00 – 12.00 PM
  •  Lunch: 12.00- 12.30 PM
  •  Period 4: 12.30 – 1.30 PM
  •  Period 5: 1.30 – 2.40 PM 


Bus times:
  • Coleraine: 2.15 PM
  • Portrush: 2.30 PM
  • Ballymoney: 3.00 PM


We will maintain the following school procedures to help keep our school community as safe as possible:

All pupils will carry out handwashing at four key times of the school day;
  • Pupils will be encouraged to continue to use hand sanitiser to maintain positive hygiene;
  • Pupils will adhere to existing one way systems and continue to practice safe social distancing measures;
  • Face coverings are now mandatory for all pupils* at all times within all areas of the school buildings and on public transport; (*Pupils with a specific medical condition are exempt from this mitigating measure)
  • Parents and pupils are asked not to congregate at the school gates.


In addition to these measures the Department of Education (DE) and the Public Health Agency (PHA) have put in place the introduction of Lateral Flow testing for staff and pupils in Years 12-14 as a further mitigation to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. We congratulate the very high numbers of staff and pupils who have agreed to undertake these Lateral Flow tests which will be self-administered at home twice weekly. At this stage only pupils in Years 12-14 will be required to take these tests.


Currently there are building works taking place at the front of the school and we would ask all pupils to exercise personal safety at this time and to adhere to all safety guidance.


We would like to take this opportunity again to thank all our Dominican parents and to wish them and our pupils our very best wishes. We will continue to update all our pupils and parents in line with PHA and DE guidance over the coming weeks and months.


We are looking forward to a very positive Term Three.

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Parental update march v2 inc. LF Test info

19-Mar-2021

We are delighted to welcome pupils from Years 12,13 and 14 back to Dominican College from Monday 22nd March and wish to take this opportunity to thank parents for all their support over this period of Remote Learning and to congratulate all our pupils for the mature and conscientious manner in which they have kept up with their studies. We know that our pupils will be both excited and apprehensive about the return to school and we wish to help them reconnect with their friends and teachers and to prioritise both continuing with teaching and learning and promoting positive well-being.

We know these have been the most challenging of times and we have much to get through down the line but your dedication and sheer hard work of our pupils, parents and staff have not gone unnoticed.

Our senior Pupils will have many questions related to assessment and we aim next week to both inform and reassure students about how and when they will continue to be assessed within their GCSE, AS and A2 subjects.

Pupils will return to week two of their timetable on Monday and will follow the same school day as they did in term one. Our senior pupils should enter the school by the Pedestrian Gate on Strand Road. The aim is to enable pupils to return to the established routines of the first term. Pupils will have an extended form class on Monday morning to help them to reconnect with their Form Teacher and classmates.
We will maintain the following school procedures to help keep our school community as safe as possible:
* All pupils will carry out handwashing at four key times of the school day;
* Pupils will be encouraged to continue to use hand sanitiser to maintain positive hygiene;
* Pupils will adhere to existing one way systems and continue to practice safe social distancing measures;
* Face coverings are now mandatory for all pupils* at all times within all areas of the school buildings and on public transport;
* (*Pupils with a specific medical condition are exempt from this mitigating measure)
* Parents and pupils are asked not to congregate at the school gates.
In addition to these measures the Department of Education and the Public Health agency have put in place the introduction of Lateral Flow testing for pupils in Years 12-14 as a further mitigation to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Pupils will be issued with parental consent forms from Monday and, upon the signed return of these forms from Tuesday, pupils will be issued with a set of seven test kits which can be administered at home.

It is suggested that pupils carry out a lateral flow test twice weekly and they will have sufficient tests to see them through the first fortnight after Easter. Familiarisation with administering these tests will take place from Monday in school.

Currently there are building works taking place at the front of the school and we would ask all pupils to exercise personal safety at this time and to adhere to all safety guidance.

Our Easter holidays will commence from on Friday March 26th (a half day) and pupils will be advised of how best to use this time to prepare for the third term. Pupils will be informed next week of the assessment arrangements within differing subjects. We certainly don't want them, or you, to feel too overwhelmed by all the unknowns right now and we want them to continue to build on all the work produced before and during the recent period of remote learning.

We would like to take this opportunity again to thank all our Dominican parents and to wish them and our pupils our very best wishes.

 

Lateral Flow Testing Information from EA.

Lateral Flow Testing Guidance, to view/download click here.

Post Primary Information Leaflet, to view/download click here.

Pupil Consent Template, to view/download click here.

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OPEN LETTER TO PARENTS ON SCHOOL RESTART

05-Mar-2021

 

Please see/download open letter on Education Restart from the Education Minister click here.

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