This Tuesday was National Safer Internet Day. As teachers and parents, we all recognise the many benefits of the internet to education, as well as from the social point of view. It does, however, pose many dangers and it is important that we all keep ourselves informed on the everchanging online world that our children have access to. Webwise has many useful resources for parents here to help keep you informed. We hope that you find them useful.
Best of luck to our Senior lads who are playing in the Connacht Final tomorrow, the 14th February in the Centre of Excellence, Bekan at 3:00 pm. The team would appreciate as much support as possible for this fantastic achievement. If your child has booked a seat on the supporters’ bus, parents will have received a text this evening with further details. Please note, there are no more seats available on the school supporters’ bus.
Special thanks to Anne Tierney, President of The Old Tuam Society who joined us in DCS last week to give a presentation to our students who are involved in Breaking the Seal. The Old Tuam Society are participating with the Breaking the SEAL Programme (BTS), an NUIG initiative programme. The programme connects second-level students to the archival material, primary sources, and collections of the Hardiman Library at NUI Galway and the students own locality. Anne is mentoring some of the students, as they complete their mandatory research, and will provide access to archival material from the society. The winning article will be published in a forthcoming issue of the JOTS. For further information please see http://btsnuig.weebly.com/about.html
Our 1st year girls basketball season opened with a game against Pres Tuam last Thurs with a fabulous performance from all our team. These skilful bunch of girls are quick to learn and through their application of the fast break, tight defence and great layups their debut game ended in a scoreline of Dunmore 28pts Pres Tuam 10pts. Huge congrats to our MVP Isabelle Murray who scored an unbelievable 20 pts in this game! The basketball future is bright with these stars coming through, and best of luck against Headford and Pres Athenry.
Our 2nd-year girls team started their league against Pres Tuam last week with a fine performance from all. Great teamwork and skill ended in a scoreline of Dunmore 22 Pres Tuam 10 which is very impressive and these girls will only build on their talents as the league progresses. Well done to Meadhbh Hanley and Emma Heneghan who scored 12pts and 8pts respectively who use their experience of playing with the u16 to 2nd yrs advantage! Best of luck against Headford and Pres Athenry girls.
Last week saw our Juvenile boys deservedly earn a spot in the semi-final after a strong challenge from Mohill in the quarterfinal. Fortunately, the game went ahead in a new venue of Castlerea last Monday after a weekend and morning of uncertainty with initial venue Frenchpark deemed unplayable. A sluggish start from Dunmore with slippy conditions saw many wasted opportunities for both sides and it certainly was either teams for the taking with half time seeing a solitary point separated the teams in Mohill’s favour; 1-5 to our 1-4. We were guilty of overpaying and over carrying the ball trying to force our scores rather than take our opportunities. The second half saw an invigorated Dunmore, eager not to let this opportunity pass, hungrily take to the pitch. Dunmore began to dominate possession, with some superb passing and teamwork creating some devastating scores against Mohill and slowly build a credible lead. Not for one moment could we rest on our laurels though as Mohill were putting up a strong fight with their small but nippy no. 11 looking particularly dangerous in front of our goals and tensions were certainly running high with two of our players earning yellow cards for their defensive efforts. Surely if it wasn’t for some phenomenal saves by our goalie Marcus Halliday and a number of well-worked blocks from our defense, in particular, Oisin Cloonan in the role of sweeper, the result may have been different. Meanwhile forwards Niall Heneghan and Jack Jordan were annihilating Mohill’s kick-outs, midfielders Robert Heneghan and Ruairi Walkin tearing down the pitch and Colm Costello did not fail to delight in front of the posts. A superb performance by all our players, especially in the second half saw us come away with a brilliant win of 5 points and secure a semi-final place. Scoring by Colm Costello 0-8, Jack Jordan 0-3, Robert Heneghan 2-1, Padraig Martyn 1-0, Ruairi Walkin 0-1, Matthew Connolly 0-1 and Niall Heneghan 0-1.
Final score Dunmore CS 3-15, Mohill 3-10 We eagerly await to hear who we play next (Tuam V.S. or Manorhamilton) in the semi-final due to be scheduled the week after the midterm break.
Three of our talented TY students – Sarah, Riya and Niamh – participated in the Junk Kouture competition this year. They have made it into the regional finals with their incredible design; Efflorescence. This is the first time in a number of years that our school has made it into the regional finals, and we are very proud of our three hardworking and creative students.
Now the girls need our help to achieve their goal! 10% of their overall score at the regional finals is based on the number of votes they get between Monday the 10th (tomorrow) and Friday the 14th of February.
This is how to vote:
– go to app.junkkouture.com
– register or login into your account (please note the text can take a while to come back)
– filter the designs to the Western Region and Dunmore Community School, or type Efflorescence into the search bar
– then click vote on their design
Please do this every day until the voting closes on Friday the 14th. You can also earn super votes by entering words into the earn votes category or by sharing any design on Facebook or following Junk Koutures social media pages
The girls would really appreciate your support, every vote counts! Please make a big effort to vote daily for Efflorescence throughout the week. Thank you!!!
Our 2020 Prospectus is now available to view below and on our General Info Menu. I look forward to calling into the local National Schools and meeting the 6th class students over the coming weeks with information packs and enrolment forms.
Reminder: Our open night for incoming 1st years is taking place Thursday, 27th Feb @ 6:45 pm. We look forward to meeting you and showing you around our school.
Our TY’s are holding a fundraising Tractor Run on the 1st March starting from the Dunmore McHales GAA carpark. Registration taking place between 12 – 1 and then leaving the carpark at 1:30. Please note: Participants are required to provide valid licence and insurance details at registration to take part and must follow marshals instructions.
€20 per tractor and Vintage tractors welcome. Further information from Ms Scarry, Darragh W or Andrew G.