Orientation Day

Today we welcomed two more students from Garrafrauns NS to have a look around our school and experience attending some classes. We hope they found the day useful. Special thanks to our excellent guides Ella & Chloe for their help and assistance today.

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!

Orientation Day

It was lovely to welcome 3 Belmont NS students to our school today. This orientation visit helps prepare 6th class students for the transition from Primary to Secondary. We hope they enjoyed the day. I know they are really looking forward to joining us in August. Special thanks to our own students for minding them so well and to Ms Grehan for organising the visit.

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.

Planning submitted for Photovoltaic Panels

We are delighted to have just applied to Galway County Council for Planning permission to erect 30m2 of Photovoltaic Solar Panels on the Southern Roof area of our School in two rows. These 19 photovoltaic solar panels, each comprising a number of solar cells, will help contribute to our electrical power and help us reduce our usage of the national grid. This is just one small step of our upcoming Deep Energy Retrofit which is taking place to our school this summer. More details to follow shortly.

Proposed position of the panels (above rooms 4G, 5G & 6G)
Plan of the school grounds showing the location of the proposed 19 panels.

TY Tour in Italy

At midnight yesterday, our TYs headed off on their tour to Italy. They have a busy itinerary for the next few days, which include visits to a Verona, Venice, lake Garda, Malcesine and Gardaland and a few other excursions.

On day 1, we traveled to Verona to visit a Roman Arena and Juliet’s house and then went for a boat trip on lake Garda. After a good night’s rest, today we are on the way to Venice.

UN YOUTH DELEGATE PROGRAMME 2019/2020

This could be of interest some of our current and past students- The National Youth Council of Ireland, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, are delighted to announce the call for applications for the United Nations Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland 2019 – 2020 which will support two young people aged between 18-25 years to join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations in New York in September/October 2019 and January/March 2020 (Dates TBC).

Applications by May 19th 2019 . Further details and application from available here.

Easter Break study advice

Excellent article in last weeks Irish Examiner that might interest our Exam students –
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/how-to-be-smart-about-studying-during-easter-break-916322.html

The two-week Easter break is time to gain ground ahead of June’s State exams, but not to the point of burnout, says Aileen Lee of the Irish Examiner. For the parents of students sitting the Junior or Leaving Certificates, the two-week Easter break carries the pressure of what can realistically be achieved study-wise. During the break, students can get ahead with their study and get into a better mind-frame for their State exams in June, but only so much can be done in two weeks..….

Photo courtesy of https://samedaypapers.com

Grandparents’ Day

A lovely day of celebration was organized by Transition Year students for our First Year students and their Grandparents. Fr Fergal Cunnane celebrated a lovely Mass and all the First  Years were very proud to participate in the Liturgy. They displayed photographs and a collage remembering all their grandparents . Ms Annette Walsh and her choir added to the occasion with their lovely hymns and songs. There was great entertainment with music , song and dance following refreshments. All enjoyed a lovely day and it is hoped there will be many more occasions to celebrate the school and  parish links.

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