Green Schools Flag 2020

In such times of uncertainty, one thing is for sure; Dunmore Community School is environmentally conscious. We have just heard the fantastic news that we have been successful in obtaining yet another green school flag under the theme of Global Citizenship: Energy.

We have been acknowledged for the positive impact our work has made and the Green Schools awarding body were very impressed with the activities we have been undergoing. Our hardworking committee of Caoimhe Herviaux, Shanell Ronayne, Ciara Keane, Cian McWalters, Eoin Conneally, Erica Ryan, Isabella Gheorge, Isabelle Murray with staff members Mr. Quinn, Ms. Griffiths, Mr. Fleming, Ms. Davin, Ms. McHugh and Ms. O’Reilly must be commended on being generous with their time, their hard work, their persistence and their creativity in coming up with plans to make us an energy-efficient school. No small thanks either to the tireless work of our auxiliary staff. Our caretaker John and our cleaners Mary and Patsy have been key to making our goals realities.

We would also like to thank the school population for their support and participation with the programme, it really is a team effort. The last two years, while we have been pursuing this flag, has seen some major developments in our school. The tireless work of Mr. Quinn and Mr. Fleming were instrumental to this with their carefully constructed research and application securing us funding for a pilot scheme of a major deep energy retrofit. This new insulation of the old building and a change in fuel from oil to gas, a cleaner fuel, external led lighting, new double glazed windows and doors have all had a major effect on our energy use and carbon emissions. They also secured a total of 19 solar panels to generate our own energy. Our reading of the meters highlights that all our work has resulted in a 14.3% reduction in our energy use and a 22.5% reduction in our carbon emissions. I think you will agree that these are colossal numbers and deserve to be celebrated.

There are so many other projects at play in a school-wide undertaking which are making us more aware of our actions and effectively more green. These include but are not limited to a pollinator zone, a bug hotel, a vegetable garden, gardening lessons, junk kouture participation which has resulted in a space secured in the All Irelands and the Binja’s success in the SEAI competition, One Good Idea, making them All Ireland winners. We are so proud of our school community for being so proactive. We look forward to the future when we can have the opportunity to celebrate with a flag-raising ceremony. Just remember this work continues so… Don’t be Fuelish! There is too much energy conversation, not enough energy conservation.

@GreenSchoolsIre @SEAI_Schools @SEAI_ie #OneGoodIdea

Binjas Win the National SEAI One Good Idea Competition

Well done to our Binja’s and their mentor Ms Canny on winning the National Final yesterday. #OneGoodIdea

Staff and students watched the Virtual National Final together in a Video Meeting and it was lovely to celebrate together, even if it was online!

We are so proud of their achievements. When we return to school in the near future we have no doubt their great work will continue.

Virtual Online National Awards Announcement
The video part of our entry

Student Enterprise 2020

Well done to all our students who took part in the Galway Enterprise Awards recently.

In the Senior Category (TY) we came 1st with the company What About Me? and 3rd with Agri Attack. (Daniel, Pasha, Gerard, Darragh and Andy.)

In the Intermediate category (2nd Years) we came 2nd with Top Songs From Beginner to Pro . (Ella, John, Job, Sarah and Alicia.)

Finally in the Junior Category, our 1st Year Team Jazzy Jars came 1st.

Well done to all who took part, and who supported the companies by purchasing their products, and to all that helped prepare them for the competition.

Senior Student Enterprise Award Winners

Meet the What About Me? team…. 

Tomas Ronayne(TL), Niamh Nestor (Mid), Dylan Coleman (TR), Katie Heneghan(BL), Molly Martyn (BR). They are delighted with the support they are getting with their sales on http://wam.dunmorecs.ie/ & they have just won the Galway Senior Student Enterprise Award for their company!! They now represent Galway in the National Student Enterprise finals. 

Junior Enterprise Winners

Well done to our First Year Mini- company Jazzy Jars & their Transition Year mentors who won the Junior section of the Galway Enterprise Competition. They now represent Galway in the National finals. They set up their company in September and used recycled jars to create candle holders, desks tidies or trinket holders.  They designed the jars for different occasions & themes. Jazzy Jars will continue with their orders when they return to school. 

West Regional Champions

Well done to our talented 2nd Year lads who started off a busy sporting week with a win & they have secured the West Region Crown in Basketball. We were slow to start in the first quarter against a well prepared Headford side. But we took off in the second quarter with great team play and scores from Robert Heneghan and Dylan Connolly. A big lead was generated and they never looked back. Colm Costello, our captain fantastic accepted the cup and they now look forward to the All Ireland playoffs where they will try to secure a place in the Arena like last year. Best of luck to all the other sports teams who are representing the school this week 


DCS Prospectus 2020

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.

Business Studies Awards Ceremony

A huge congratulations to Conor Mannion, TY, who attended NUI Galway’s Junior Cert Business Studies 2019 Awards ceremony. Just over 50 students from 29 schools across Connacht were recognised on the night for their outstanding achievement of a distinction in their Junior Cert Business Studies exam. Conor is among only 1.8% of students nationwide who sat the exam to receive a distinction. Conor is pictured with his teacher Ms. Martina Duignan, Mr John Mchale, Dean of the College of Business, Mr Tom Acton, Head of School of Business and Economics, Ms Johanna Clancy from the Business School and Ms Margaret Mcdonnell, President of the Bstai. 

Well done to the LC & LCA Class of 2018-2019

Well done to all our Leaving Cert and LCA students who received their results today. As a school, we are delighted with the excellent results you achieved. We are very proud of your efforts and your grades,

We wish you all the best in your future endeavours, whatever route you may take. As I pointed out to you previously, these exams are just a stepping stone to an exciting and adventurous future, there are many paths open to you. It was lovely to chat with you all today and hear your plans for the future. Go n-éirí leat. D Quinn.

Ms Scarry will be available over the next few days to assist with any queries, please email her to arrange a meeting. Please note the national Exam helpline is available @ 1800265165

A few more photos of some more very happy students of Dunmore Community School. Well done to each and every one of you on your excellent results. You can all be very proud of your achievements,

End of Year Awards 2019

Well done to all the students, staff and parents of our school on another successful year in DCS. This was, yet again, a year of outstanding academic performances, excellent attendance achievements and remarkable extra-curricular successes. We were delighted to welcome our special guess, Mr Joe Healy, IFA President, to present awards to some of our students to acknowledge their excellence in various areas of school life.

Special thanks to the students, staff, parents and the broader community of Dunmore for all the support, help and commitment they have given to our school throughout the year. I hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather and the break from school. D.Quinn,

Thanks to Ms Colleran for all the photos and captions. Apologies for the delay in posting these photos.

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