Special Character - Catholic & Dominican

2023 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.
Foundress Day Mass

On February 17th we celebrated our 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. 

The Mass was celebrated by Pa Peter Tipene, our College Chaplin, and as always we were extra blessed to have our Dominican Sisters, who continue to support our College with their love and support, with us to celebrate.

We blessed our Student Executive Leaders for 2023 and all our staff and students took the opportunity to offer a prayer of dedication for the year.

Our theme for 2023 is  “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us"
Mā te Karaiti a tātou mahi katoa e oti. Ko ia  tō tātou kai mārohirohi, tō tātou kai whakaora, tō tātou’ kai whakakaha.
Philippians 4:13

Ash Wednesday

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.

The theme for Lent this year is “I am the light of the World” Ko ahau te whakamārama o te ao. John 8:12


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. Click here - God's Work Awaits in Otago.




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