Some of our transition years students got involved in Break the Seal Programme this year. It is an NUIG initiative that aims to support students who wish to complete a Research Study Report. As part of this programme, DCS got in contact with Ms. Anne Tierney, President of the Old Tuam Historical Society. She engaged with all students, gave them advice, guidance and the skills required to research a topic in history. Anne and the editorial committee initially agreed to publish one of our students’ articles in JOTS (a magazine published every year by the Old Tuam Historical Society). After reading all our articles, she was so impressed with our students that Anne and the editorial committee, has decided to publish five. She has complimented all students involved and is only disappointed that she can’t publish them all but has congratulated all students on their work.
Our participating students have developed a range of skills such as collaboration, critical analysis, narrative expression and technological proficiency which will benefit them all when then move onto senior cycle.
All students are still going forward for the competition in NUIG in the coming weeks and I would like to wish them the best. Ms Brogan.
Tomorrow, the 20th April, is the start of the final term of the 2019-2020 school year. This is normally a very busy term with exams classes preparing for final exams, practicals, project deadlines, and the more enjoyable aspects of planning for the end of year awards, graduation ceremonies etc. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic and current lockdown, it will no doubt be a very unusual and different term.
The three weeks in the run-up to the Easter were a learning curve for us all, with everyone adjusting and upskilling with online learning and staying isolated at home. Thankfully our staff, students and parents/guardians embraced this change so positively. Thanks to all who completed the survey at the end of the last term, your feedback was very much appreciated. In response to the feedback and comments from students, teachers and parents/guardians we have developed a set of guidelines that will hopefully make the next few weeks more structured and sustainable and address some of the issues that were occurring. Parents/guardians should have received a text earlier with a link to a letter outlining the guidelines, but I am attaching them here in case you didn’t.
It is vital that our students keep engaging with the material teachers are setting, both from an educational point of view, but also for a focus each day for them. We do understand the issues of poor ICT facilities, poor Broadband etc and we would encourage you to let us know if there are ways we can assist/advise. I know some of you have issues of several children in a home using the same laptop, hopefully the more structured approach to assigning work will assist in this regard. I would also encourage your child to install the Team app on their phone.
Of course, there is no real replacement for the classroom environment, but we will do our very best to assist our students as we head into the final term. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance over the next few weeks.
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.
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.
Well done to our TY students Katie Heneghan, Molly Martyn, Niamh Nestor, Dylan Coleman & Tomas Ronayne who have just launched their publication called ‘My Sibling……then Me!’ as part of their mini-company.
Their mini-company is called “What about Me?”. Their aim was to create an awareness of people with Special Needs but in particular, they were interested in producing a resource for the siblings of people with Special needs. The booklet“My Sibling…….then Me!” is written to help siblings of people with Special Needs to understand the disability and the difficulties, challenges and compromises they may have to make. This resource can also be used by parents, teachers and professionals who may need to have conversations with young people who may have a sibling with Special Needs.
The Mocks results are now accessible by logging into VSWare.dunmorecs.ie Please note, not all results are back, so please check again in a few days if there are any missing. If you can’t remember your password for VSWare, you need to reset it by following these steps.
DCS are thrilled to announce that Sarah, Riya and Niamh have made it through to the National Finals of Junk Kouture with their design Efflorescence on the 30th April in the 3 Arena. An incredible achievement for any students, but as one of the smallest schools involved, with no hired choreography or artistic consultants (as many other schools had access to!) this truly is a remarkable feat! These three students have worked tirelessly since September, hand-making every single element of the design. Their creativity, teamwork and efforts deserve to be highly commended. The girls are the first group of students from DCS to EVER make it through to the National Finals! A special shout out to our model Sarah who absolutely smashed her on-stage performance. Wishing the three of you every success in the next stage of the competition.
We are extremely proud of you and your amazing achievement.
On Tuesday last some of the First Year Business class visited Bank of Ireland. We had a very interesting talk on the workings of the bank. A huge thank you to Greta and Arlene for facilitating the visit.