St Dominic’s students continue to shine in an array of sporting codes, with representation at local, national, and international level. We were blessed to have past student and Northern Mystics netball player Filda Vui as guest speaker and presenter.
This year saw some incredible achievements acknowledged in academic success, as well as those students who have experienced success or shown outstanding leadership in spiritual, cultural, and extra-curricular areas.
In January 2022, construction began of the three-level building that will accommodate 19 classrooms (including our whanau room), a new staffroom and areas for our Learning Support team, Counsellors, and Careers advisor.
Winter Tournament Week sees over 25,000 students, their coaches, managers and parents involved in 67 school sport tournaments! We had two teams away - our First XI Football team and our Premiere Netball team.
Vinnies is a youth branch of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The Vinnies leaders attend regular meetings, events and fundraisers throughout the year with other student leaders from other Catholic secondary schools across Auckland.
The amazing Year 11 and 12 drama classes (plus two talented Year 10 drama students) had a fabulous time performing in their senior play, Revenge of the Amazons by Jean Betts (New Zealand playwright) and William Shakespeare.
Each year, as part of the Religious Education programme, all students at St Dominic's Catholic College attend a day retreat, organised and led by the Director of Religious Studies and staff from the Religious Education Department.
An opportunity for year 10 students to attend the Hillary Outdoors Education Centre in Tongariro National Park. Students will participate in a 5-day course involving all elements of the outdoors to build confidence, resilience and teamwork.
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.
Since 1983, the KBB Festival has attracted many of New Zealand’s finest young musicians performing in secondary school orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands and chamber orchestras from within the Auckland region. This year, our St Dominic's and Liston College orchestra received the Bronze 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.