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.

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!

Trip to Ballintubber Abbey

Transition Year students enjoyed a lovely retreat at Ballintubber with teachers Ms Doyle and Ms Clesham. They participated in workshops and spiritual reflections with Fr Frank , Maeve and Colin. They thoroughly enjoyed three miles of the Tochar walk . It was a very successful day and great credit is due to the students on their respectful participation throughout the day .  The hot chocolate and the goodies were well received by all!

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.

Connacht U15 Golf

Well done to our 2nd year boys, who participated in the Connacht U15 Schools Development Challenge in Ballinrobe recently.

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.
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