Parent's Association AGM

Our Parents’ Association AGM will be on Tuesday 20th October @ 7.30pm.  Parental involvement is crucial to a successful school and we would encourage at least one from each family to attend. It is not necessary for everyone to volunteer to go on the committee but your contribution will still be welcome. Perhaps there is an area of expertise which you might be able to offer or ideas to enhance the pupils’ educational experience at Dunshaughlin.

 Sinead Henry from Jigsaw will give a talk on Mental Health for our children and the importance of One Good Adult.  Our AGM will then follow.  We aim to conclude by 9.30pm.  Please mark on your calendar and we look forward to your seeing you on 20th October. Please show your support by attending. Light refreshments will be served first. 


Dingo Dollars Defib

Our Dingo Dollars team were very successful in the AIB Build a Bank Challenge last year. With the proceeds from their win, the team decided to spend some of the money on a portable defibrillator for the school. This is a very noble donation, one which we hope never to have to use, but one I’m sure we are all grateful to have. They have affectionately named it the ‘Dingo Dollars Defib’.


Thanks so much to Ms. Regan for all her hard work with the team and I wish this years’ team the best of luck... they are in very capable hands!



Left to Right: M.Regan (teacher), Sadhbh O'Muir, Jack Hennelly, Nathan Masterson, S. Foley (Principal), Sean Curtin, Tommy Muldoon, Shenice Rochford.



First Year Meet and Greet

This week in DCC, parents of our current first year classes were invited into the school to meet with our First Year Care Team.  It was an opportunity for the parents to meet with the Class Tutors, the Year Head, the Guidance Department, the Learning Support Department as well as the Healthy Eating Dept and to get a feel for how their son/daughter was settling into the college.  They also had the opportunity to chat with other parents over a cup of tea!  There was a wonderful turnout and the feedback from parents was very positive.




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

‘Friendship week’ will begin from Monday 12th -16th October

The following schedule of events is intended for our six year groups.


First Years


‘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.

  1. 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.

Friendship bracelets

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.







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