SciFest 2016

On Thursday 21st April, Ms Tuttlebee's Science Project class  headed off to DIT Kevin St to present their six projects at Scifest.  The projects included such varied titles as "Can horses see in colour?", "Does music motivate us?", "What's out there? A study of wildlife in rural Meath", "Does the presence of nanoparticles affect suncream?", "The effects of gaming on teenagers" and "Inside the CPU".

After projects had been set up, judges visited the different groups over the next two hours to determine the quality of the projects and the students' ability to communicate their findings to the them.

There followed a break in which students got to hear talks from people in various science careers and also to investigate other research areas with a more hands-on approach.

Finally, came the prizegiving and we were delighted that Jorge, Guillermo and Fernan won the Newstalk prize for best communication skills for their project "Inside the CPU".

Well done to all the students who participated!








2nd Year PE Trip 2016

Yesterday all our 2nd years travelled to Tanagh Adventure Centre for the annual Outdoor Adventure Trip. Basking in the sunshine, students enjoyed canoeing, mud sliding, team challenges, orienteering, archery, and wall climbing.

A wonderful day was had by all and a big thank you to the PE department for organising the trip.





Junk Kouture Success

Last night Tom Watte and Olivia Flanagan's Junk Kouture entry 'Amberle' strutted the stage at the 3Arena as the Western Wildcard entry at this year’s Junk Kouture Final.


After weeks of canvassing online and getting the support of the entire school and local community, it all boiled down to last night’s performance.


The competition was incredibly tough but the students of DCC cheered the loudest as Olivia took to the stage as the silver warrior Amberle.


As the results were being read, the tension in the arena was palpable, particularly as the result of the Most Enterprising result was being announced. This is the category that our team had set their sights on as it was an indication of all the hard work and community support received throughout the process.


As ‘Amberle’ was announced as the winner, the DCC contingent were joyous, cheering Tom and Olivia as the model took to the stage once more to receive her prize.


The college are incredibly proud of their achievement and we especially want to thank the entire school and local community for fulfilling the hopes of dreams of Tom and Olivia.


Pictures of the event to follow.


Below are some pictures of our supporters enjoying all that was on offer at the 3Arena yesterday evening and the video showing the Wildcard announcement.












Glory Days for DCC athletics

Morton Stadium in Santry was basking in sunshine for the first day annual North Leinster Track and Field Championships.  D.C.C. athletes were presenting with a confidence in their step thanks to their recent triumphs in the Meath T&F meet and they didn't disappoint.  Conor Jones sailed to victory in the much coveted 100m Inter Boys race.  Niamh Hetherington had an awesome battle up the home straight and was just nudged out of the gold position in the last 15 metres of the 100m senior sprint.  Eoin Harkin was very impressive in his heat of the 400m and was just beaten by half a stride in the finals.  Paddy Maher lined out for the 1500m and this was a spectacular race to watch as himself and his rival vied for the top position.  Paddy made a number of bursts to overtake only to be pipped to the post at the end, lifting silver.  Jarlath Jordan was the final competitor for D.C.C. in the what can only be described as the exhausting 1500m steeple chase.  A combination of endurance, skill, dexterity and sheer determination is required here and Jarlath showed this in abundance and he was on the podium once again with a bronze medal, taking the total haul of medals for D.C.C. to 5.  Luke Brady was nearly on the podium as well with a very close 4th in his race while Rahul Singh threw a very solid 10.46m in the shot.  Sarah Bateson looked very comfortable in the 1100m minor girls race and secured a very respectable 5th.  Sean O'Connor and Jake Cullen proved their consistent ability in their race while Surjeet Singh, ID Yussuf and Luke Phelan are knocking on the door of sprinting glory with very solid performances.  Evan Maher coped well with a move up in shot weights while Amy O' Connor enjoyed her venture into the world of 300m running.  Some of these athletes will be travelling back to Santry on Friday for the next leg of the North Leinster competition while those in the medals yesterday are setting their sights on the upcoming Leinster T & F Championships in the coming weeks. We wish all these fantastic young athletes all the best!











10 medals for D.C.C. at Meath Athletics.

A total of 22 students competed in the first major meet of the season in a variety of disciplines at Claremount Stadium in Navan.  Amy O’Connor, who recently joined the school, was the first to put D.C.C. on the scoreboard with a super 2nd place in the long jump.  Niamh Hetherington proved she is the Queen of the Sprints with a convincing 1st place in the U19 race-this is the 6th year in a row that she has taken the title.  The boys were very successful in the initial rounds of the sprints with Luke Phelan, Eoin Harkin and Aaron O’Connor battling their way to the finals.  Eoin Harkin secured 3rd in his competition.  Jarlath Jordan was very impressive, making the transition from cross-country to track look effortless with a 1st in the 800m and a 3rd in 1500m, while Paddy Maher took the 1st in the later race.  Sarah Bateson, despite being our youngest competitor is already established as a stalwart of the school’s athletics team and she shone in her 800m race as she sailed to victory with ease! The u15 1500m race was very tight throughout and a great battle ensued on the home straight for the bronze medal with Sean O’ Connor just inching ahead of Jake Cullen.  Ciaran Quinn, a new man to the track was rewarded for all his hard work over the past few months with a well-deserved 3rd in the senior race, while Evan Maher ended the day with a solid 3rd in the shot putt.  Special mention must go to both Aaron O’Connor and Rajul Singh who showed great determination today in their respective competitions. 



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