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Special Character - Catholic & Dominican

2021 Theme

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St Dominic's is a Catholic School integrated into the state system.  As such it has a Special Character which distinguishes it from other schools.   Our Special Character is both Catholic and Dominican in that we are imbued with the spirit and tradition of St Dominic handed down to us by the Dominican Sisters who established the College and still maintain an interest here.


150 Years of Dominican Education in New Zealand

Former principal of our college, Sr Elizabeth Mackie tells the story of the first Dominican Sisters to come from Ireland to New Zealand and their legacy 150 years later.

God's Work Awaits in Otago




Student Retreats

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.

Year 11 Retreat 

All year 11 students enjoyed two days of spiritual, personal, social and academic growth at the end of the term.
The retreats, held at Te Pai Netball Centre and led by Logos, were a great opportunity for students to reflect on faith, personal growth and relationships.
The theme was ‘Selfie-check’ and the focus was on values around self-respect and social media.
Students worked together throughout the day, taking time to reflect and share their thoughts, ideas and experiences.

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.

Enrol Your Daughter at a School that Encourages Achievement in All Areas

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