End of another School Year

Well done to all our students who completed their House Exams the past few days. Study is provided for 6th and 3rd years tomorrow from 9 – 1:15. All other students can remain at home.

This evening we held our End of Year Awards Ceremony, and we were delighted to have Mr. Joe Healy, President of the IFA, come along to speak to our students and present our awards today. We really appreciate Joe taking time out of his busy schedule to join us today. Photos will be uploaded later.

Third Years participated in Comhairle Na nÓg Workshop

On May 16th nine Third Year students travelled to Youth Work Ireland Centre in Tuam to attend a workshop with Comhairle Na nÓg. It centred on the environment and the problems caused by today’s society. 

We learned that not only are we a part of the problem, but a part of the solution as well. 

Firstly we had a talk from Mark Molloy about waste management. It benefited us because we learned how to sensibly manage resources. He taught us about alternatives to plastic and how to use less packaging. He shared pictures of turtles and other marine animals, wrapped in plastic, which has been discarded by humans. These were effective in expressing the problem in an eye-opening way. The frightening statistics made us question our actions and ourselves, on whether we are helping the environment to the best of our ability. 

We next got involved in a more hands on workshop. We got to interact with the students from different schools. We got to plant plants, which we learned helped with pollination. He encouraged us to refurbish abandoned places and small areas of land by planting plants. We got to make an outfit with scraps of old fabric. This was great fun, because we got to make a dress that we thought would not look nice at all, but we were wrong. It taught us that we can make use of unwanted materials. 

We are glad we got the opportunity to attend such a worthwhile workshop. It was a very enjoyable experience. We would be happy to attend another in the future.  Rebecca Gormley 3rd Year. 

Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied Graduation

Congrats to all our students who graduated last Thursday. We celebrated their achievement by holding a LC/LCA Graduation Mass and Awards Ceremony, followed by some light refreshments and tea. 

We hope you enjoyed the evening in DCS and the rest of the night!  Special congrats to our “Claudia Gavin Student of the Year” award winner Colin Comer, the “Anne Flynn Science Award” winner Leah Noone and the “Pat Heaney Music Award” joint winners Colin Comer, the Sports Star Awards Dylan Hanley and Alife Sheehy, and the inaugural Sisters of Mercy Award winner Chloe Fleming. Also congratulations to all our Award Winners and those who received Certificates yesterday, and of course to all our students who graduated on the night. We are very proud of all of you.

Leaving Cert/LCA Graduation 2019

We look forward to welcoming the Graduation Class of 2019 and their families to Graduation Ceremony in the Sports Hall @ 5pm this Thursday. Please ensure your child is at the school by 4:50 as we are taking the class photo before the ceremony begins.

Please be seated in your family groups in the Hall before 5pm and save a seat for your son/daughter. The format for the evening is mass, awards and refreshments immediately afterwards.

Best of Luck!

Dunmore Community School would like to congratulate Brendan Carr, Shane McGrath and Conor Mitchell on making the Galway minor Panel and also to Darragh Heneghan who made the Roscommon Minor Panel.

The teams are playing against each other this evening at 7:30 in Hyde Park. 

Dunmore Community School would also like to congratulate past students Darren O’ Malley, Andrew Glennon and Cathal Heneghan who performed recently for the Roscommon Senior football team against Leitrim in the Connacht Championship. DCS wishes them the very best of luck and a long summer of football!

Deep Energy Retrofit Works eTender

Although the school will be closing for the summer break shortly, the school building will hopefully be busier than ever during the break as we are delighted to have finally reached the etender stage of our upcoming Deep Energy Retrofit. It is now available on https://www.etenders.gov.ie

All going well, and subject to budgets and the tendering process, during the summer we are going to see the 67 building, auditorium and canteen getting new windows & external doors, new piping & radiators and 200mm of external cladding insulating this building. The whole school will also be getting an energy efficient cascade Gas heating system installed to replace our aging inefficient oil fired heating system. The 2009 building will also have thermostatic valves incorporated into the existing system to allow for individual zoning of classrooms and common areas. We are also adding 2 draught lobbies to control heat loss from the building from the two main entrances to the building.

To further enhance our energy rating, we are also installing LED external lighting for the whole school grounds, which will complement the LED lighting we already have internally throughout the school. Hopefully, all of this work, plus the 19 Photovoltaic Panels will place our aging school building in an energy class comparable to many new builds.

We will be able to monitor and control our energy usage by a state of the art computerised Building Management System (BMS) and a simple traffic light system will show students and staff if our average energy usage is acceptable by showing green, amber or red.

Exciting green times ahead for DCS!

Enterprise Final

Congratulations to our Skitts Intermediate Enterprise team who made it to the Student Enterprise Programme Final in Croke Park recently.  They did an amazing job to get there.  They came up with the idea of Skitts, a game which can be used in the Community Games Skittles Competition.  They sold it to Community Games participants and schools.  This highlights a great set of skills that will stand to the students in later life.  A huge thank you to your mentors PJ Mullin and Gary Lowe from Whizzkids and to the Breda and Gillian in the Galway Enterprise Office for your support.  Your teachers Mary Grehan and Anne Fallon really enjoyed working this fantastic team of students.  You showed great confidence when interviewed by the Judges.  Well done!

Parent Rep for Upcoming BOM

The 3-year term of the current Board of Management of Dunmore Community School is coming to an end this academic year. If you would be interested in joining our next Board of Management as a parent nominee, please submit your name to the school office by Monday 20th of May by emailing bom@dunmorecs.ie by calling 093 38203 and we will include you for a possible ballot. If you would just like to inquire, please do so via the email or phone.

I would like to express my appreciation to my existing Board for their help, support and advice that they have offered me over the past 2 academic years since my appointment as Principal. In particular, our two existing parent nominees, Ms Helen Gildea & Ms Margaret Diskin.

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