23rd November 2020
We hope everyone is well and has settled back into the new school routine. It is extremely important to follow the guidelines and safety precautions in place, for everyone’s health. If there are any concerns, issues or suggestions, in regards to Covid or otherwise, do not hesitate to talk to your own year’s Student Council representative.
In other news the Student Council have been very busy over the past couple of weeks with Ms Egan after saying goodbye to Ms Edgely, who helped and supported us so much the past year and who we are incredibly grateful for, so thank you Ms Edgely!
So far, we have finished the elections for this year and you can find all of the representatives on the notice board at the main student entrance. Saoirse Mulvaney was elected chairperson and Deabhan Murray, elected secretary. Best wishes to the girls in their roles for this year.
We have also set up a St Dominic’s/Student Council Instagram to post about school events and other news. Be sure to follow it @sdcstudentcouncil
This week we also celebrated Stand Up Week to stand against homophobia and transphobia. The effort put in to decorating the school with the different flags of LGBTI+ were a lovely addition to the school and very much appreciated, so thank you.
In relation to that, we as a school are looking to become involved with Amnesty, a human rights organisation. The Student Council has been in contact with them and are hoping to see some contribution from them to our school.
We have also started planning our art project for the year. We hope you have noticed last year’s project designed and produced by Fionna Vergel from 6th year on the walls at Ms Arlow’s and Ms O’Leary’s room. It represents ”Inclusivity” in our school as that was our theme for the year 🙂
Friday 4th December is Yellow day, when the school gets involved with St Vincent de Paul and helps give to families in the area for Christmas. We are very lucky we get to be a part of such a helpful organisaion.
Don’t forget to bring your food items, 2 euro and accessorise with yellow on the day.
3rd April 2020
We hope you and your families are all well! It is vital to be making sure you are keeping good hygiene and helping your families out as much as you can. Keeping your exercise up and good eating is also very important, not only for your physical health, but also for your mental health. These are very difficult times and it’s important to making sure we are keeping our spirits up.
To help get outside for a bit try a work out/ meditation/ yoga in the or even just have a cup of tea in the garden to get some fresh air.
Be as productive as you can, it’s very easy to sit around on a phone all day but this is an excellent opportunity to complete anything you have been meaning to do.
To stay in contact with your friends, look into some multiplayer phone games. “Pysch” is a great one!
Remember if you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed do contact your guidance counsellor/ teachers or year head
23rd March 2020
We hope you are all doing well during this difficult time. It is important we keep on top of our schoolwork and do not take advantage of this time off as a break from school. However, it is also important to look after yourself and not overload yourself with study and work. The school is managing the situation very well and continuing to teach via Google Classroom and Email. I hope their efforts are reciprocated by students handing in assignments on time. We as students must be responsible for our own work.
It is also important that we communicate with our teachers too. Or, if you have any worries or difficulties, you can always contact your guidance counsellors via Email.
Here are some things we can be doing at home to look after ourselves and our families:
- Social distancing is one the most important things we can do to slow the spread of the virus, as well as good hygiene. I understand this is difficult but with the use of social media, we are lucky to still be able to connect with friends and family.
- Go for a walk with a family member or a dog. It is necessary to get out of the house and get fresh air but observe the correct distance between you and others and do not go to busy places.
- Start a new book/series or pick up a new instrument/hobby.
- Help out at home, cook dinners and help tidy as this is a stressful time for our families also.
As a school and community we will get through this and hopefully be back to normal soon. In the meantime, stay positive and safe.
– Your Student Council
4th March 2020
Canteen Food Tasting and Inclusive School Art Project
This Wednesday we met with the owner and chef of Glanmore Foods, the company that supplies the food for our school’s canteen. During this meeting we had a taster of the foods given to us at the canteen currently, along some new lunch options. We tried:
- The chicken korma/curry
- Chicken/ vegetable soup
- Lasagna with garlic bread
- Pizza baguette
- Pasta with meatballs.
All of the food was really tasty and Glanmore Foods are going to send us a menu soon. Then we will decide on the lunches for the school’s canteen. In this meeting we were informed that the food served in our canteen is made from organic, fresh food with no additives or MSG. Each year group will be given feedback by their Student Council representatives about the meeting, with more information, by next week.
Lastly today we made a start on our Art project, with the help of one of our Art teachers, Ms. Armstrong, on an “Inclusive School”. Our project is about embracing diversity in our school. This week we are going to start the sketch of the art on the walls and next Wednesday, six Student Council members will meet to begin the painting after school.
Please feel free to speak to your Student Council year representative if you have any suggestions or inquiries.
1st February 2020
New Constitution and Student Council Training
The Student Council has been quite active as of late. We feel it is important for our fellow students to be involved with and aware of what we are doing to improve the school. Here are some of the things we have kicked 2020 off with so far:
- We have written up the official constitution.
- We had a training day with Rob from ISSU (Irish Second Level Students Union) in which we learned about how to manage our tasks and go about improving the school.
Currently we are working on the following:
- An art project that promotes inclusivity and equality.
- We are working on the clarity of the rules and trying to improve them as best we can for everyone.
- We have planned a meeting with Ms Cameron to talk about our ideas in the next few weeks. We are also hoping to attend a meeting with the Board of Management and the Parents Association to discuss ideas and projects.
- Finally, we have a menu taster planned in the next few weeks to improve the school’s canteen options.
If you have any recommendations or concerns you are welcome to come to your year’s Student Council representative. If you are unsure of who your representatives are, there is a list by the student entrance.