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Dublin Centre of Education will be closed on the following dates:
18th December – 1st January inclusive
*We will reopen on the 2nd of January.
Wishing you a magical and blissful holiday! Have a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!
The 31st of October is an important day in Irish culture. It is Hallowe’en, or Samhain in Irish. The ancient Irish people believed that on this day, the border between this world and the Other World was very thin, and this gave rise to some of the traditions we still follow today.
Dublin Centre of Education would like to invite you to experience some of these traditions with us. Here is the schedule of events for the month:
Friday 27th October: This is the closing date for our two Hallowe’en competitions.
- Find the questions hidden behind apples around the school. Answer the questions (use the entry form you’ll find at Reception, or email your answers in) and a winner will be drawn.
- Write a scary story, following the opening paragraph you’ll find at Reception. You can write it on the entry form, or email it in.
Monday 30th October: This is a bank holiday – Dublin Centre of Education will be closed.
Tuesday 31st October: Halloween!
- Come to school in fancy dress – the best costume will win a prize.
- Prizes from the competitions above will be awarded.
- Enjoy some traditional Hallowe’en brack cake with us. Will you find the ring?
- Play some traditional Hallowe’en games, designed to tell you about your future.
- Carve a pumpkin with your class.
The special events will take place in the second half of your class. We hope you’ll enjoy them!
In the evening, look out for these traditions:
– Children might come to your door dressed in costume. It’s traditional to give apples and nuts, but most children these days only want sweets!
– Fireworks are illegal in Ireland, but you’ll probably still see some, because it’s very easy to buy them in Northern Ireland and bring them back. Be careful, because the people who use them can’t have proper training or instruction, and it might be dangerous. Loud noises scare away evil spirits, so listen out for bangers and snappers!
– You might see a bonfire burning outside. This is traditionally used to ‘burn away’ all the things you don’t need as you move into the winter months. Hearth fires were ritually extinguished at this time and re-lit from the bonfire flames. If you’re making or attending a bonfire, please check that there are no animals sheltering under the wood before you light it! The biggest bonfire was traditionally lit in County Meath, the centre of the country, and this still happens today.
– Some families set an extra place at the table to welcome any family members who have died that year. It’s believed that they can come back and visit on this night.
Dublin Centre of Education looks forward to celebrating this liminal time with you, and moving forward into the Celtic New Year with confidence and optimism!
Summer Writing Competition Winner:
We have the Summer Writing Competition winner. For More information click here
Summer Writing Competition:
Are you enjoying the Irish summer?
Dust off your pen and enter our Summer Writing Competition. You could win a prize! For More information click here
Dublin Centre of Education will be closed on the 14th and 17th of April. We hope you enjoy the long weekend – eat lots of chocolate!
St Patrick’s Day 2017:
Dublin Centre of Education will be closed on the 17th of March for St Patrick’s Day.
This is an important national holiday in Ireland, and there will be a lot of celebrations all over the country. If you want to find out more, and plan what you’d like to see, check out the official website at www.stpatricksday.ie.Enjoy your long weekend!
Dublin Centre of Education Culture Party:
Share your culture!
Date: 16th March 2017 10.45am
Dublin Centre of Education invites you to a morning of cultural exchange and celebration. Learn about each other while practising your English and enjoying food and drink from around the world!
Everyone attending the party should:
- Prepare a short (2-5 minutes) presentation about your country or culture – use the computer or your mobile phone, or just speak if you prefer
- Bring a traditional food or drink to share
Know any former students? Bring them along!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Christmas Holidays 2016:
The College will be closed from the 19th of December until 2nd of January 2017. The college will re-open from the 3rd of January 2017. DCE staff would like to take the opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.