St Dominic’s celebrated outstanding success at A Level at their annual awards ceremony just before Christmas. Delighted students, of whom 96.5% achieved A*-C grades at A level returned to meet up with friends and celebrate with each other, their parents and teachers. 84% of their grades were A*/B.
The school was particularly delighted to welcome back past pupil Nuala Sheerin who currently leads Pfizer’s UK Global Commercial Operations team as Guest Speaker.
Whilst the whole school performance was outstanding, it is the individual stories that are most rewarding for the school. Having achieved 3 A*s and an A, in Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics, A Level student Shusma Balaji has secured her place in Cambridge university to study engineering and is currently short listed for a British Education Award for her academic achievement. Shusma will attend the National award ceremony in London at the end of January.
As well as being a top-performing school, some students have achieved top position in their individual subjects. Katrina Mc Daniel achieved full marks in English Literature earning her first place in Northern Ireland for A Level English Literature. She is celebrating alongside Ciara Wilson who also achieved full marks in Art and Design A Level, making her first in Northern Ireland in A Level Art.
Carmen Bascones, having moved from Spain to Northern Ireland to begin her A Level studies in St Dominic’s is also celebrating achieving first place in Northern Ireland in A Level Spanish.
Other pupils who achieved placings in Northern Ireland at A Level were; Blanaid Kearney who came first in A Level Irish and Anna Hunter who came 3rd in A Level Irish.
While the girls work very hard to achieve top grades, they also manage to develop themselves well beyond the classroom, excelling in sport, drama, public speaking and music. This year, Senior pupils will represent Northern Ireland in the Mock Bar Trial competition in the Royal Courts of Justice in London having won the Northern Ireland final of this prestigious competition. Junior pupils have also been very successful in the Young Magistrates Mock Bar Competition, winning the regional final 3 times in recent years.
Mrs Mc Cann, the school’s principal attributes the school’s continuing success to the unfailing commitment of the staff, students, parents, partner primary schools and Board of Governors.