Relationships are key to success
In St. Dominic’s, we firmly believe in the necessity of building strong relationships between the school and parents and see this as key to the school’s effectiveness.
Beyond the many events which include Parents’ Meetings, Induction and Careers events, concerts and school shows, the following contribute to developing a strong partnership between the school and our parents
Our Parents’ Association, Parent Link further enhances the relationship between the school and parents.The main focus of the organisation is to ensure that parents have the opportunity to be fully engaged in their children’s education and to provide effective communication channels between home and school. This group is an invaluable sounding board for the school and acts in an advisory way on many aspects of school life including policy development.
Partnerships with Parents
As valued stakeholders of the school, our parents are also actively encouraged to share their expertise and views on the quality of school provision. Through meetings, discussions and evaluative questionnaires, we invite parents to evaluate school policies, the effectiveness of leadership and management within the school, the learning and teaching and extra- curricular opportunities provided for their daughters.
Each term, we invite parents to a Parent Workshop or Talk. These are designed to support parents and pupils with all aspects of their daughters’ education and life both within and outside the classroom. The workshops address important subjects that will equip our pupils for life in the 21st century. They include study skills, appropriate use of social media, positive relationships, building resilience/ confidence and mental health and well-being.
Contributing to Society
The school is committed to developing a sense of social conscience and active citizenship in all of our pupils and to this end, pupils are encouraged to help people who are less fortunate than themselves in our local and global communities.
Pupils contribute to the Volunteer Now Programme. They fundraise for numerous charities including LEPRA, Tuesday's Child, the Shoebox Appeal, St. Vincent de Paul, Trócaire and Project Zambia. Pupils often nominate a charity of personal interest to them and seek permission to fundraise. Nominations arise out of personal circumstances, participation in projects in their local community and also in response to local and national disasters.
There are also a number of global projects in place in school including Project Zambia and Habitat for Humanity. In 2010, the school established a link with St. Mary's CBGS which culminates in annual joint student/staff immersion visits to Lusaka, Zambia to deliver local community improvement schemes.
St. Dominic's has also developed links with other schools across various sectors including a Music partnership with Jordanstown School for the Deaf and Blind, an Art project with Glenveagh Special School and a History collaboration with Friends' School, Lisburn.