Maths Week at DCS!

Today marks the start of “Maths Week” at Dunmore Community School. Some of the activities include a deal or no deal competition, daily maths puzzles, guess how many sweets are in the jar and a maths quiz for first years.  A new maths puzzle will be posted on each maths teachers door each morning, so to take part you can submit your answers to your maths teacher or give them to Ms. Duignan.  Best of luck to everybody!

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. 

TY-A Geography Field Trip

Yesterday our Transition Year class 4A conducted their Geographical Fieldstudy. It was made all the more enjoyable by the glorious temperature of 19 degrees on Silverstrand. Just fresh off the plane from the tour in Italy all the class were motivated to measure beach fabric, analyse beach slope and find wind and wave speed to name a few tasks. Well done to all of 4A and Ms. Canny & Ms. Maher for assisting. 

Trip to Lourdes

Safe travels to our 5th-year student, Jane Ryder, who is traveling to Lourdes during the Easter with HCTP (Hosannah House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust). She will be working with young children who have disabilities or are disadvantaged.  Well done Jane.

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.

Galway Final Student Enterprise Competition

This year Dunmore Community School entered four teams into the Galway Final of the Enterprise Competition.

Intermediate Category:

  • Team 1: Cosy Mug Company designed mug cosies to keep that cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate piping hot!
  • Team 2: Skitts designed a unique game for use in the Community Games Skittle competition

Senior Category:

  • Team 3:  Halo Health Shots,created an immune-boosting beverage to lift the spirits of Irish teens.
  • Team 4: Casa de Spice designed a unique gingerbread house which were a huge hit at the Dunmore Christmas market last December.

This project fosters cross-curricular links within our school which we could not complete without the generosity of teachers.  Ms Fallon oversaw all projects from initial brainstorming to the final product. Ms Grehan had a huge involvement in organising the Skitts game.  She spotted the niche in the market at the Community Games competition last August.  She got a team of students behind her and they are well on the way to success.  Mr Burke gave generously of his time in the woodwork room.  He designed a template to help cut out the standers for the game.  We are indebted to him as he ensured the product was ready for the market.  Ms McManus guided Casa de Spice to making and decorating the gingerbread houses in time to meet the Christmas market.   Ms O’Reilly advised the Cosy Mug Company through the process of making the mug cosies.  She also created logos, posters and bunting with her Art classes that really caught attention on the day of the competition.

We were delighted to bring home three prizes on the day of the Galway Final.

  • Skitts won the Intermediate Category and they go on to represent Galway in the National Final in Croke Park on the 3rd of May.
  • Halo Health Shots won Best Health Product.
  • Ms Fallon won the teacher’s prize for the Best Educator.

Well done to all involved and a huge thank you to the mentors, Emily Corr, Tina Kelly and Liz McCarthy in the Adult class who guided the students through the many projects.  They also attended on the day of the Galway Final.

57 French students came to visit Dunmore

Ms. Scarry and Ms. Clesham along with our Transition Year students welcomed 57 French students and their teachers from Normandy to Dunmore Community School today. They were given a tour of our school and shown our facilities. They learned alot about the opportunities our TY students get with us here in DCS. Ms. Walsh and the Music Dept entertained our visitors with music, song and dance. 

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