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 although we look to the future to match our service to the students with skills that society will demand of them in the future. 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.
St Dominic’s College encourages and places great emphasis on Student Leadership and we have many practical expressions to give students the opportunity to show leadership skills, such as the Student Council, Head Girls to the Senior School and Head Girls to the Junior School, our Sixth Year Prefect system, Class Captains and Deputy Class Captains, Student Voice Forum on Teaching and Learning, the Junior and Senior Eco Teams, the Social Justice Committee, Gaisce participants, and the first and fifth year mentoring Big Sister Little Sister programme. These student-led committees and leadership positions give students plenty of opportunities to be creative, to take on responsibility and to make a difference to our school community and also the wider 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 co-curricular activities, extra-curricular sports, clubs and events fall into place.
We in St Dominic’s College place huge importance on the happiness and wellbeing of students, teachers and all staff. Our Student Support pastoral care structure of Teachers, Tutors, Year Heads, Principal, two Deputy Principals, Student Support Care Team, Chaplain, three Guidance Counsellors, Librarian and five 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 welcome students of all backgrounds, cultures, religions and beliefs. 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 as well as emotional, moral, social, spiritual growth and wellbeing. We have a very interested and active Parents’ Association which welcomes new members each year. The Board of Management work hard to provide the very best service to our school community.
Due to the Covid pandemic for the last two years we have held virtual Open Evenings which took place in September 2020and 2021 instead of our traditional Open Evening in the school. If you go to the link on the website, it will allow you to have a look at the virtual open evening and enjoy seeing all our great students and teachers giving you a sense of what our school is about. Our students are wonderful ambassadors for St Dominic’s College and we are very proud of them. We hope that you will enjoy the virtual tour around our spectacular school campus.
As well as the virtual Open Evenings in 2020 and 2021 you will also be able to access a virtual tour of our school building and campus. St Dominic’s College is a lovely mix of the traditional and modern. We are lucky with our facilities and buildings and we believe that keeping our built environment looking well and inspirational is part of the experience of being a student in St Dominic’s College, which encourages our students to enjoy coming to school and participating to the best of their ability.
The school application form for September 2022 can be downloaded from the website or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and request that a form be emailed to you. Presently places have been allocated for 2022 but you may apply to the school and ask to be placed on our waiting list.
If we can be of any help to you please call the school or email your question to email@example.com. It is a very important decision for you to make about where your daughter will attend secondary school. We wish you all the best with your decision for the future.
Le gach dea-ghuí,