Our cultural groups took to the stage at the ASB Polyfest in Manukau. Our Chinese, Korean, Burmese and African groups performed on the Diversity Stage, whilst our Samoan and Tonga groups performed on their respective stages. Some outstanding results were achieved.
As one of New Zealand’s oldest island sanctuaries, the motu is brimming with wildlife rarely seen on the mainland, you can gain first-hand knowledge of these threatened species and our country’s conservation history. Thousands of people visit the motu each year.
We celebrated Ash Wednesday as a community. Together we reflected on and prepared for the 40 days of Lent, reminding ourselves of prayer and how we can develop our relationship with God, fasting from those things in our lives that take us away from God, and giving to those who are in need.
Foundress Day Mass
The celebration was a joyous occasion, acknowledging our Foundress Gabrielle Gill, who with the support of nine other Dominican Sisters, arrived in Dunedin on the 18th February 1871. Celebrated by our College Chaplin, Pa Peter Tipene and our Dominician Sisters, we also blessed our Student Executive Leaders for 2023.
Our St. Dominic’s and Liston Orchestra performed for the first time at the KBB Music Festival. The orchestra received the Commendation Award and was selected as one of the recipients of the Joyce Fisher Mentoring Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award is a leading youth development program empowering young New Zealanders aged 14-24 to explore their full potential. There are three levels to the Award (Bronze, Silver & Gold) that participants need to complete activities in.
St Dominic's Day Mass 2022 was especially joyous and memorable as it was the first time in a year we had gathered as a community to celebrate Eucharist. 'Shackles' once again brought the house down and showed the love us Dominicans have of singing.
Cultural Week was a celebration of authentic delicacies and cultural activities which allowed individuals to embrace their cultural identity. Cultural Night allowed students to showcase their culture through the performing arts with waiata, dances and singing.
After a two year absence, the Dance Showcase returned in 2022. Around 90 students were involved in dance items ranging from disco to contemporary, lyrical to hip hop.
The highlight of 2022 for the Drama department was undoubtedly our school production of High School Musical. Over 100 students across all year levels were involved either performing or helping with technical aspects of the show.