Glendalough Retreat

Glendalough or Gleann Dá Loc as gaeilge, meaning Valley of the two lakes was the venue for the 6th class retreat on Monday. Our 6th class are preparing for confirmation next week and spent today taking in the wonderful surroundings of Glendalough and St. Kevin’s monastic settlement. Sister Margaret from the retreat centre showed us many of the 7 churches of the monastery and we walked up to the lower and upper lakes, to the area where St Kevin first settled when he came from Kilnamanagh to Glendalough. Our visit included opportunities for prayer and listening to stories of St Kevin’s life. We  were then brought to the retreat centre for soup and sandwiches which  were very much appreciated after our long walk! 

  

  

  

 

   

 

        

 

  

          

Pointillism 🎨

This week in art Senior Infants did Pointillism Painting. We looked at the artist George Seurat and some of the paintings he did! We used cotton buds to create the dots – it was really  fun and Ms. Larkin loved how colourful everyone’s picture was!😃

  

  

  

Dominic’s Youngsters Produce Great Performance

Well done to our 4th and 5th class boys who gave a great account of themselves in today’s FAIS City Division 4 match against John Scottus School in Donnybrook. Despite losing 2-1, the young Dominics team showed superior technique and skill and were, yet again, very unlucky not to take the points. 

With our five 6th class players missing, the team featured only our younger players, with two 4th class pupils stepping up to 11-a-side football for the first time.

Dominic’s were captained by Sean from 5th class, who gave a great performance at centre back alongside Eoin (also 5th). Man of the match was Aaron from 5th, who played as a strong holding midfielder, showing his versatility around the pitch. A tall John Scottus team towered over some of our players, but dependable defenders Brandon and Ciaran gave their usual solid, strong showing. Goalkeeper Josh showed good hands throughout and after just five minutes made a superb save with his feet to keep the score 0-0. 

St Dominic’s went one down shortly after but fought back, winning several frees through the trickery and tenacity of Thomas (5th), David (5th), Muhsin (5th) and Jamie (4th), making his debut up front. We equalised just before half time with a powerful shot from Stuart (5th) after Aaron’s free kick. 

John Scottus went 2-1 up with ten minutes to go following an unstoppable volley. But Dominic’s didn’t let their heads drop. Thomas showed bravery and skill in midfield and was one of several players to have their best performance of the season.  

Excellent play from substitute Paul (4th) and winger Muhsin continued to worry the home team. David almost scored the goal of the season, beating six players on a mazy run, only to be stopped by a great save. Several Dominic’s corners resulted in goalmouth scrambles, the last being blazed just over the bar by Sean, but the match was to finish 2-1.

The skill and positive attitude on show was a credit to our players. We have made a huge improvement over the course of the season and we look forward to our final game this coming Wednesday against St Damian’s. 

Team: Josh, Ciaran, Brandon, Sean (c), Eoin, Stuart, Thomas, Aaron, Muhsin, David, Jamie. Sub – Paul for Jamie

Man of the Match: Aaron

Dominic’s footballers desperately unlucky in 9-goal thriller

Hard luck to our boys footballers who fell to a 5-4 defeat in today’s FAIS City Division 4 match versus Scoil Mhuire Shankill in Killinarden.

Despite going two goals down, Dominic’s came back to lead 3-2 with 15 minutes to play, with goals from Cian, Muhsin and Aaron. Scoil Mhuire brought it back to 3-3, only for Dominic’s to take the lead again with Cian’s second goal. But a dramatic last two minutes saw Scoil Mhuire equalise, and then grab a penalty in injury time which they duly converted. 

It was desperately unlucky on a hardworking Dominic’s team, who have matches on Friday and Wednesday to round off a season of great football, but unlucky results. Here’s hoping we can get that deserved win!

Team: Josh (5th); Ciaran (5th), Sean (5th), Lee (6th), Brandon (5th); Stuart (5th), Thomas (5th), Cian (6th – c); Johnathon (5th), Muhsin (5th), Aaron (5th); Adam (6th), Aaron (6th), Eoin (5th)

  

6th Class Video – Embrace Every Race 

 

 6th class’ wonderful submission for the 2015 Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition is now online at http://youtu.be/syy7hGJbRAk .

Our written submission is below. 

St Dominic’s NS 6th class has 27 pupils from a multicultural background. We decided to learn about racism because “we wanted to stop it” (Josh), “it wasn’t fair that people were discriminated against because of their differences” (Hafswa) and “it’s happening so often now and we’re trying to stop it once and for all” (Taylor W).

WHAT WE DID TO PREPARE

We started our SRTRC work “by watching videos about people being racist at matches” (Naomi) and “people trying to stop racism by talking about it and reporting it” (Josh). “We got wristbands to show we are against racism” (Khadija). “We coloured Jeff the Ref posters and wrote slogans and hashtags” (Aaron). We took part in an anti-racism sports blitz organised by South Dublin County Council involving 10 children. “Before the blitz, we made a poster with slogans including Jeff the Ref” (Hafswa). Our main slogan was “EMBRACE EVERY RACE” (Taylor W). This poster won second place in the competition. We have used our class twitter account (@dlooneyteacher) to “show us all working together and use the hashtag #embraceeveryrace” (Anna).

OUR SRTRC PROJECT

“We split up into two groups – an art group and a video group” (Daniel). The art group decided to make a graffiti wall including a stencil feature. They worked closely together and included splatter paint, hashtags, a picture of Jeff the Ref, handprints, a rainbow, paintings of people of different backgrounds, photos of our class working together, and the main slogan, “EMBRACE EVERY RACE.” Madara was Art Director, Karolina was captain, and they were joined by Leah, Khadija, Abby, Aimee, Jessica O, Jessica M, Adam, Katie, Josh, Taylor B, Hannah J and Taylor W. All of the concepts were the children’s own. They chose their own media and did all the work – the only teacher involvement was supervision.

Our video team split into smaller groups. Hafswa, Amy and Naomi came up with our introduction video which shows the multicultural backgrounds of our pupils. Aaron, Isaac and Hannah J shot a video explaining some of the work we’ve done in class to combat racism. Jamie, Anna and Hannah P shot a video with inspirational quotes about tackling racism. Finally, Daniel directed a short drama about the stupidity of racism and the importance of working together.



In all of the videos, the work was the children’s own – concepts, scripts, video backgrounds, etc. The only teacher involvement was in shooting the videos and mixing them together as per the pupils’ concepts. 

WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED FROM SRTRC

Naomi: “There are lots of different races around the world; people can be racist on the pitch playing football and in school for different reasons. We should stop racism now.”

Abby: “It’s good to be different, because it makes you your own person.”

Jamie: “We know now that there are other people in the world who are going through tougher times than us. We learned that people are being called racist names and we need to try to stop it before it gets out of hand.”

Hafswa: “Racism hurts. You are who you are, and you can’t change that. We should join together to tackle racism.”

Amy F: “The spirit of Jeff the Ref should stay in your heart forever!”