The Transition Year and Second Year Class had a busy week last week preparing for the annual Christmas market organised by Dunmore Town Traders. This year we sold a wide variety of products. We all co-operated and worked well to ensure the success of the project. We really enjoyed being involved in this community project. A huge thank you to Ms McManus, Ms O’Reilly, Ms Fallon and Ms Scarry.
A snapshot of our 1B Geography class displaying excellent group work and communication skills as they debate (for/against) “It’s not earthquakes that kill people but poorly built buildings”. Debating is one of the many group work activities our 1st year Geog classes engage in facilitated by Ms.Canny & Ms.Maher.
Team teaching underway this week in DCS as Ms Colleran and Ms Gilmore, our English teachers, deliver “Press Pass” to our second-year students. The main aim of Press Pass is to encourage our students to read and write more. Using newspapers as part of the daily curriculum, students will get a better understanding of news and current affairs and be exposed to a range of views and analysis.
Aoibhe Burke and Andrea Delaney participated in the Soroptimists Public
Speaking Competition in Ballinasloe today. Both girls acquited themselves
brilliantly. They were competing against students from Tuam,
Mountbellew and Ballinasloe. The girls did not go through to the next
round, an honour that went to two very experienced competitors.
Each participant was presented with a Newbridge silver bracelet. Well
Paul Gillen, Health Promotion Officer with the HSE visited today to further the school’s attempts to gain The Health Promotion School Flag. During the past number of terms, Paul has worked with Ms McGagh and Ms. McManus. Today he met with the Student Council and teachers Ms McGagh, Ms. Weadick and Ms. Doyle, Student Council Co-ordinator. He complimented the Council on their efforts this term to ensure that students of DCS can have a tasty, nutritious and very reasonably priced lunch each day in the canteen. Paul complimented the staff and management for the introduction of new programmes like Big Brother/Big Sister and the MindOut Programme for senior students, both of which we have introduced this year. These programmes, along with our other new initiatives, like our Tutor system, ensure that the well-being of our students is being kept as a top priority.
We would like to congratulate Conor Naughton and Holly Redington, who attended The Junior Certificate Business Studies Awards Ceremony at NUI Galway, which celebrated their fantastic achievement of an “A” grade in Higher Level Business Studies. Well done to both of them and their teacher, Ms Martina Duignan.