“I like going to school at St Dominic’s. My favourite subjects are maths and sport. I like adding and taking away numbers and playing ball sports. My favourite thing to do at school is to play soccer on the playground with my mates at recess and lunchtimes. I’m in the Red house “Molloy” and we won the athletics carnival this year. It was a great day and everyone dresses up and cheers loud. Camp is another great activity. I hit the target in archery and each time I climbed the rack wall I got a little higher!” - Jack
"My favourite room at St Dominic's is my classroom because it is very busy. I sit nicely around the table and learn about cities and about St Dominic. He travelled very far. I like building and can build my own house during science." - Harry
"My name is Laura. I have been at St Dominic’s for three years. When I went to a mainstream school it felt like I wasn’t understood and in the background. Now I am at St Dom’s I feel happier, confident and really enjoy learning. Teachers are really nice, caring and understanding. They help each student with their different needs and help them to do their best." - Laura
"I am so proud to be a part of the St Dominic’s community. We are a school that embraces the individual needs of each student, and encourages their learning in a purpose built environment. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to see our students thrive." - Jennifer Bone
“St Dominic’s is a setting that promotes student growth, spiritual development and social connectedness surrounded by strong teaching and learning processes. This truly is a wonderful place to educate students and watch them thrive – I feel very fortunate to be part of the St Dominic’s journey.” – Mrs Katie Philpott, Secondary Coordinator
“When Laura came to St Dom’s in Year 7, her experiences of school were not positive for her as she knew she was different to the majority of the other children. She felt lost in mainstream schooling which cause anxieties and a withdrawn, unhappy student.
Enter St Dom’s, what a gift this school has been for Laura with the most wonderful staff. Laura has exceeded our expectations in her time at St Dominic’s and this has only been possible due to an extremely talented, understanding and dedicated staff both past and present, who believe in these children, who encourage them to achieve their best.
We know Laura will remember these years with happy and positive memories of a time in her life where she was understood, learnt and gained confidence.
We will sadly miss St Dom’s as this school has been a blessing for Laura and us as parents. The school has been more than a school, it is like a family. The school develops a sense of community and guides students in finding their place in the world. St Dom’s has played a significant role in the person Laura has developed into.
We will be forever grateful to this amazing school for all the time the staff have dedicated to special events, camps, graduation etc and also the belief that staff have in our children." - Paul and Maryjane Malone
"We came to St Dominic’s over two years ago, searching for a place for our children, parents of four children with extra needs... two were already struggling greatly in mainstream and we had two more quickly to follow. After our first taste of St Dom’s we knew that this was the place to not only educate our children but to grow, strengthen, regulate, understand, support and do all the things that are needed (and parents of extra needs kids will understand at a glance what I mean... it’s been a steep learning curve).
The relief at staff just understanding what we meant when we explained our “stuff “ and even “knowing “ before we spoke what happens for our kids was amazing and lifted such a big burden of our hearts. At this point the struggle became that we had found an answer and tasted something wonderful and had to wait for the process... We wanted it so badly for our kids. Fast forward to now and all four are at St Dom’s and thriving, not just 1 or 2 of them thriving but all 4. Friends and family see the difference and growth.
We love the staff, their professionalism, understanding, skill and compassion and as an added bonus we are so blessed to be a part of a community of other parents who are all at different parts of this journey to lean on and learn from and laugh with, to celebrate the joy and understand the struggles." - Craig Fowles
"Transitioning to high school in 2016 for our daughter was a daunting (scary) prospect for our family, but after attending open days and interviews at St Dominic's we were sure that we were heading in the right direction. Within days of our daughter starting at St Dominic's, the feed back from staff and her attitude toward school (she didn't want to stay at home) was so positive that we new we had made the right choice.
Our daughter is now in Year 9 at St Dominic's and developing into a young lady with a mature attitude, spiritually, socially and emotionally.
We attribute this development to the exceptional teachers and support staff at St Dominic's who go above and beyond their duties, and have accepted our daughter and our family into the St Dominic's family." - Carter Family
"When my daughter first started at St Dominic's, she changed from being a child who fought relentlessly against going to school, to the child who dressed for school without argument or prompting. She has an individual learning plan, based on her style of learning and the use of assistive technology to help her reach her specific learning goals. St Dominic's is a rare and unique place and each day when my daughter prepares willingly for her day at school, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to be here." - Anne Mahony, Parent
"I would like to say that since my grandson Dominic started at St Dominic's, he has come out of his shell. Dom has come in leaps and bounds with his social skills and personal development. I attribute this to the dedication of all the teachers and support staff who put all their time, effort and patients in teaching these wonderful, unique and beautiful kids with their own special needs, gifts and talents.
We as a family are very thankful for all the support we receive from the teachers and staff, and always kept up to date. This is a wonderful close community that feels more like a close knit family. Thankyou. - Melissa Wilson, Grandparent