Welcome to St Dominic’s College Cabra. We are delighted to welcome you to our school’s website.
We are an all-girls secondary school in the tradition of the Dominican sisters under the patronage of Le Chéile Trust. The school’s governing body is the Board of Management.
St Dominic’s College is steeped in tradition and much of our past informs what we do today. Our future and the future of our society is in safe hands with our wonderful students who will leave here at the end of their formal period of secondary education having achieved their own individual potential and are ready to contribute much to our modern society.
The school is a community or family and any family works well when people are happy. When students are happy most other aspects of their lives such as their academic work, their friendships, their creativity and how they become involved in extra-curricular activities falls into place.
We in St Dominic’s College place huge importance on the happiness and wellbeing of students, teachers and all staff. Our pastoral care structure of teachers, tutors and year heads along with our principal, two deputy principals, student support team, chaplain, two guidance counsellors, librarian and nine special needs assistants means that there is always someone to talk to if a student has a problem or needs help. Our admin staff, caretakers and ancillary staff contribute greatly also to the smooth running of the school which enables efficient teaching and learning.
We value respect and inclusivity in all we do here in St Dominic’s College. We ask all members of our school community to respect themselves, their families, each other, our Dominican tradition, other traditions and our school campus.
Our students are supported by a fantastic teaching and support team. Teachers care very much about their students and encourage them always to do their very best. Teachers avail of continuous professional development in order to deliver a very high standard of teaching to their students. We ask students also to take responsibility for their own learning. The role of parents/ guardians in their daughters’ education is very important. The school works hand in hand with parents to support student learning, academic progress, emotional, moral, social, spiritual growth and wellbeing. We have a very interested and active Parents’ Association which welcomes new members each year.
One of our strongest areas is the area of Student leadership and Voice. We provide students with many opportunities to get involved in student leadership positions from 1st to 6th year such as class and deputy captains, student council, 6th year prefects, social justice committee, wellbeing committee, big sister, little sister project to give a few examples. We are especially proud of our Student Voice Forum which is a discussion group which randomly selects one student from every class in the school. The business of the Student Voice Forum is to discuss the learning of the students in the school and this information is passed on to the teachers at each staff meeting. The communication between students and teachers about teaching and learning is key to us continually improving our practice around teaching and learning.
We will be holding an Open Night in September 2024 and details including the date will be sent to schools and advertised in September. Prospective students and their families can visit the school on that night in September. We hope that you will enjoy the tour our senior students will take you on. You can ask them all the questions you have about the school on that night. They are wonderful ambassadors for St Dominic’s College and we are very proud of them. We will give you an information pack which will provide you with plenty of information to help with the important decision of where your daughter will attend secondary school. We wish you all the best in the future.
For now, please enjoy past Open Nights that we have recorded and there is a virtual tour of the school. Please do not hesitate if you would like to phone the school to have your questions answered.
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