U16 Girls meet their match in Monaghan
St. Louis’ started the game strong with a four point lead in the first two minutes. But Dunshaughlin’s starting five Olivia Flanagan, Niamh Curtin, Megan O’Reilly, Ellen Byrne and Lara Reynolds fought back with Byrne getting a challenged rebound and getting the first basket for Dunshaughlin. DCC worked tirelessly in defence with Olivia Flanagan making three blocks, one including a steal which resulted in a basket by Fiona Cahalin. But Monaghan kept on top finishing the first quarter ahead 14-7.
Dunshaughlin made a few changes in the second quarter hoping to go back to their winning ways with Jane Larkin and Ciara Galvin stepping up to make their mark with Galvin getting a steal in the opening minutes. Lucy Kelly showed her value on the team by securing another two points for Dunshaughlin. However St.Louis’ rarely missed a basket putting lots of pressure on DCC. Curtin and Larkin added two fine scores for the hawks but unfortunately St.Louis’ kept ahead 26-12.
Flanagan dominated the third quarter scoring eight skilful points in a row. Niamh Curtin was disciplined on defence stealing the ball aggressively from the opposition. Byrne took a nasty hit as she fought for the ball which resulted in Lucy Kelly taking her place on the court.
Curtin, Flanagan, Kelly, Galvin and Reynolds went into the last quarter ready to give all they had. Sarah McConnell and Cahalin came on to give the exhausted Curtin and Reynolds a well-deserved break. With Flanagan adding two more baskets to the score sheet, Sarah one of the youngest on the team made her mark getting the final score of the match. Monaghan however were on top of their game winning the game securely 41-28 much to DCC’s dismay.
By Kelly O’Dwyer, Martha Ní Riada and Eimear Traynor.
‘Friendship week’ will begin from Monday 12th -16th October
The following schedule of events is intended for our six year groups.
‘Songs for Syria’ a lunchtime performance concert performed by first years. The venue and time for this event is 1.30pm in the music room on Monday 12th. One euro entry fee towards UNICEF.
“Humour Fit”, an educational theatre company will run a 90 minute presentation for all first years covering the theme of anti-bullying on Tuesday 13th October.
(Morning event Assembly Hall)
All First years will receive classes on the theme of bullying from the cool schools programme in SPHE
As part of these classes students will focus on the following.
- What is Bullying?
2. Different categories of Bullying
3. Making a class agreement
4. How to get help
5. The role of a bystander in assisting a victim.
6. What makes a friend?
Conversation Circle Time
First year students will meet with their Peer Mentors in Religion class to discuss in small groups their transition to Dunshaughlin CC.
Friendship week breakfast morning
All 1st year students with year head and tutor teachers Wednesday morning 14th periods 1 and 2.
1st year Home- Economics students will make and wear friendship bracelets as part of Friendship week
Second & Third Years
Humour fit to give a 90 minute presentation to all 2nd year students on Tuesday 13th covering the theme of peer pressure and its negative influence on substance misuse
2nd and 3rd year SPHE teachers will cover the theme of Bullying in their classes.
TY/Fifth and Sixth Years
Humour fit: To give a 90 minute presentation on the Value of Life to all 5th year students, Tuesday afternoon 13th October in assembly hall.
Senior Cycle Religion classes
All senior students will have cover the theme of homophobia and its impact on relationships.
Whole School Activities
Poster and Poetry Competitions
There will be prizes for Art work and poetry/slogan/short stories on the theme of Friendship and Anti bullying….lots of prizes to be won!
Special Friend/ Act of Kindness Nominee
All students from all year groups are encouraged to nominate a ‘special friend’. A student can nominate a friend that perhaps has been there for them through a difficult or challenging time. Tutors will distribute slips for nominees during tutorial time and students return completed slips to a box in Rm. 24(Slips will be forwarded to tutors ahead of Friendship week)
Teachers can also nominate a student who has shown an act of kindness and return nomination to box.
Junior SPHE/Senior Religion...kind thought sheet
Each student is given a blank sheet with the name of a student in the class (30 names 30 sheets) each student gets the chance to write a kind word or thought about the student named on the top of sheet as they are passed around the class. Teachers will collect sheets at the end of session and distribute back to relevant student.
Lunchtime Music entertainment
In assembly area each day at Lunch.
Our aim is to highlight that Bullying behaviour is not and will not be acceptable in DCC. We also hope that students will feel supported and that they can approach key staff personnel for help if they are being bullied. We also hope that the week will reinforce the importance of positive relationships built on trust and empathy and respect for one another.