The concept of Jubilee comes from the Old Testament celebration of the 50th year. Every seven years was considered a Sabbath year and after seven lots of seven years (49) the following year was especially dedicated to God and marked by: the RELEASE of slaves and captives; the RESTORATION of the land; and the RENEWAL of all relationships.
Each year, as part of the Religious Education programme, all students at St Dominic's College attend a day retreat, organised and led by the Director of Religious Studies and staff from the Religious Education Department.
The junior retreats take place at the Shri Ram Mandir Community Centre in Henderson, a short walk from the College. Students leave with their teachers at 8:50am and return by 3:10pm. Umbrellas will be provided if necessary. The students must take morning tea and a packed lunch as there will be no opportunity to buy food during the day. There will be an opportunity for a hot drink at morning tea and lunchtime. Out of respect for our hosts we ask the students to bring a vegetarian lunch that day. The students are not expected to wear their uniform on retreat days but need sensible clothing in which they can be active.
The Year 7 classes will attend as follows:
Tuesday March 7
7JM Mrs Ah Ken
Wednesday March 8
7AC Miss Kim
Thursday March 9
7CQ Mrs Stevenson
Friday March 10
7KR Mr Girdwood
Monday March 13
7EY Miss Kim
Two staff members from the College will accompany each group.
In this year of Mercy we have been asked to support the work of those who minister in prisons. This is one of the corporal works of mercy inspired by the Gospel – “I was in prison and you visited me” – Matthew 25: 36. Earlier this year our Young Vinnies students organised a very successful collection of stationery for the women in the prison at Wiri.
One way we can all be involved in this work of mercy is through prayer. To this end every student of the junior school and all staff have been given a prayer card. On the front is a message from Pope Francis and on the back is a prayer. The cards are individualised with a particular cell number in a particular prison. We are asked to pray for the occupants (past and present) of that one cell and all those connected to that person – families, friends, victims, prison staff, etc. Prayer is, of course, always about opening oneself to change. We pray, therefore, that opening ourselves to the love of God, we may become a more peaceful, reconciling and forgiving influence in our society.
Pastoral Care and Guidance
St Dominic’s offers a guidance network that is geared to providing the best possible assistance to our students and their families, with help on personal matters, educational issues and career planning. Each student not only has a Form Teacher and a Year Level Dean, who will be primarily responsible for their development and wellbeing, but she will also have access to a Careers Advisor and an Academic Advisor, who can provide vocational and academic advice.
In addition, assistance with personal concerns is readily available from our College counsellors and a Public Health Nurse, and the College works with Maori and Pacific Island community groups.
800 Year Dominican Celebration Mass
On Sunday 4th of September 2016 some students together with Mrs Coddington, Ms Heffernan and Mrs Cala, attended Mass at St Dominic’s Parish with the Dominican nuns and friars, friends and parishioners as they celebrated the momentous event of 800 years of Dominican Life.
It was a joyous occasion filled with gratitude to those men and women who willingly gave their lives to educate young people and live the mission of the Dominican family – to praise, to bless, to preach.
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