A Warm Welcome
I am delighted to welcome you to St. Dominic’s, Belfast. Our school which was established by the Dominican Sisters, Cabra in 1870 is rich in tradition and has a long and well-respected history. Since 1870, it has acted as an educational beacon, providing a first class education for young women from across Belfast and beyond. It has spread its tentacles far and wide and our past pupils have been influential in shaping many aspects of local society and indeed life beyond the confines of this island. Pupils join St. Dominic’s at age eleven and leave us at aged eighteen, grown in stature, wisdom and knowledge but of equal importance, they leave us as potential leaders, empowered to take their place in, and make their mark on society.
The education we offer in the twenty-first century, while different in many aspects to that which was offered in 1870, still bears the essence and ethos of the pioneering women who travelled from Dublin to establish the school. The education which they offered was driven by their charism which is crystallised in the school’s motto of Veritas/Truth. Today, we aim to draw out our pupils’ potential, to encourage them to identify their gifts and talents and to build on them in a spirit of truth.
Our core business is to educate young girls and prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils consistently achieve very highly and while that is a key priority in the school, so too is the development of character, sincerity, goodness and kindness. Our school community is values-driven and this enables our pupils to be fulfilled and to contribute to society in the widest possible sense.
Currently, over one thousand young women attend the school and their days are characterised by learning, developing self-awareness, building enduring friendships and stretching themselves to reach beyond their comfort zone. We believe that the key to success in any aspect of life is for an individual to feel cared for and to enjoy what they are doing. Pastoral care permeates all aspects of our work and we aim to make learning enjoyable. A strong sense of community enriches the school and creates a sense of family and mutual dependence.
One of my favourite proverbs is "Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann daoine" (It is in one another’s shelter that we live) and that for me captures what it is to be a member of the St. Dominic’s community. We provide shelter and care for one another and through that, we survive and thrive. I hope you will enjoy our website and it will be a lens through which you gain a glimpse of life in our beloved school.
Carol McCann (Principal)