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St Dominic`s High School
135-137 Falls Road, BT12 6AE, UK Belfast
+44 (0)2890 320081
www:http://www.stdominics.org.uk/portal.aspxe-mail:info@stdominics.belfast.ni.sch.uk


Principal's Welcome

 

Welcome to St Dominic's web-site.  Our school founded by the Dominican Sisters in 1870, has a long tradition of excellence in the academic field, in sport and in the Arts.  We attract pupils from over forty schools in a wide cathcment extending across both urban and rural areas.

As one of a small number of all girls Grammar Schools in Northern Ireland, we are convinced of the benefits of single sex education for girls both in terms of academic achievement and personal development.

Our Dominican ethos encompasses high expectations, personal discipline, the growth of self respect and a love of truth, reflecting the school motto Veritas.  Our pastoral approach ensures that individual pupils have a supportive caring environment in which to flourish as students and young adults.  We want our girls to be happy confident young people equipped fully for life in the modern world.  In all that we do we value the close partnership we have always enjoyed with our parents.

This site gives a glimpse of life in St Dominic's.  I hope you will find it interesting and informative.  We are happy to provide any further information you may require.


History & Traditions


To access the Dominican Magnificat sung by St Dominic's pupils  click here

Welcome to St Dominic's. Our school founded by the Dominican order has a long tradition of excellence in the academic field, in sports and in the Arts. We attract pupils from over forty schools in a wide catchment extending across both urban and rural areas. As one of a small umber of all girl's Grammar School in Northern Ireland, we are convinced of the benefit of single sex education both in terms of academic achievement and personal development.

St Dominic's which was founded in 1870, is a Catholic Grammar School for Girls, a learning community in which all members work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century in an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect. The stability provided by our Dominican tradition enables us to be a community dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all its forms, the enhancement of human dignity and the realisation that at the heart of of all human knowledge is divine truth. To this end, the gifts of all members are nurtured and their uniqueness as children of God are celebrated.

To find out more about the Dominican Order visit - http://www.cabraop.org


Motto

 

The Dominican Family was founded by St. Dominic de Guzman, a Spanish priest of the Cathedral at Osma. In 1203, "by accident," he began a new ministry to which he would dedicate the rest of his life and to which he would lead many other men and women: preaching. The new order was given the title "Order of Preachers" (O.P. is the designate that you see after a Dominican's name), and their preaching was sanctioned by the Pope. The particular charge to the Dominicans was to preach against heresy.

The Dominican motto: 'Benedicere, Laudare, Praedicare' (to pray, to bless, and to preach) grew out of a basic commitment to apostolic ministry. Because human beings need to be encouraged and supported, community life is a priority for Dominicans. Members of the Dominican Family all share the same priorities: prayer, contemplation, community, study, preaching.


Curriculum Overview

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St Dominic’s provides a broad and balanced curriculum covering the six areas of study of the NI Curriculum including Religious Education.

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 8-10)

Religious Education

English

Art

Technology &

Design

Information Technology

Local & Global Citizenship

PE

Careers (Year10)

Geography

Music

Mathematics

Library Skills

Science

Drama

History

Home Economics

French

Irish / Spanish

At the end of Year 10 pupils make their choice of subjects for Key Stage 4 after careful consultation with parents, subject teachers and careers staff.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 11 and 12)

Religious Education

Biology

Art & Design

Technology &

Design

Information Technology

English Literature

Music

Mathematics

Irish

Physics

Drama

History

Additional Mathematics

Single Award

Science

Double Award Science

Business Studies

Physical Education

Geailge

Chemistry

Spanish

English

Geography

Drama

French

Home Economics

Careers

Modular courses are provided for all students in Health Education.  In addition they may select from other modules including: - Insight into Business, Art, Civics, Media Studies, Welcome Europe, Needlecraft.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 13 and 14)

Religious Education

Biology

Art

Technology &

Design

Political Studies

English Literature

Music

Mathematics                 COPE

Physics

Geography

History

Further Mathematics

(AS)

Theatre Studies

Leisure &

Tourism

Business Studies

Irish

French

Chemistry

Spanish

Home Economics

 

All Year 13 & 14 students participate in the 'Faith in Action' progamme which includes Modular Units in Religious Education & the opportunity to participate in voluntary service.

 

The Curriculum Committee

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The Committee is made up of 8 teachers representing the various areas of study (English, Mathematics, Environment & Society, Modern Languages, Science, Creative & Expressive Studies and Careers Education).  It is chaired by a member of the Senior Management Team and meets fortnightly.

Its role involves keeping staff up to date with curricular developments, reviewing articles/publications relating to the curriculum and addressing curricular issues.  Each year the Committee focuses on an important aspect of the curriculum and prepares a report for staff at the end of the year.

2006/7 - Continued preparation and staff training for the introduction of the Revised Curriculum and new Entitlement Framework at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Additional AVCE qualification 'Travel & Leisure' introduced, pilot offering 'Learning for Life and Work' GCSE qualification (Year 11 pupils), new 'Faith in Action' programme launched for Years 13 and 14. English and History departments involved in the process Self Evaluation Towards Improvement.

2005/6 - Preparation for the introduction of curricular changes, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

2004/5 - Tackling underachievement at Key Stage 4

2003/4 - Review of Assessment Policy with emphasis on Assessment for Learning

2002/3 - Multiple Intelligences / Accelerated Learning

Numeracy

Aim

The Northen Ireland School Improvement Programme (DENI 1998) identified the need to raise standards in Numeracy.
"Literacy and Numeracy are every school's core business"

Every pupil will

  • have a learning environment which identifes and provides opportunity across the curriculum which allows them to apply confidently and coherently their Mathematical skills in a variety of contexts
  • be able to communicate mathematically through explaining, predicting and reasoning

Learning and teaching takes into account the key role of Numeracy.  The school encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own learning and use their mathematical understanding in a number of contexts to become more numerate.  In Mathematics classes pupils aquire the foundations for Numeracy but it is the responsibility of every teacher that these skills are developed and applied in their own subject area.

Mathematics teachers will identify pupils experiencing difficulties in Mathematics and the Numeracy Co-ordinator will infrom subject teachers of individual pupils with difficulties.   Pupils identified are encouraged to attend the Maths Club and/or the Homework Club where teachers are available for consultation.

Pupils in Year 10 with special needs will attend after school Mathematics sessions where they are given extra tuition by a selected team of Lower Sixth students.

ICT

 

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Computer Suite 1

 

The school has 4 Computer suites, 2 of which are dedicated to timetabled classes and 2 of which are bookable by all teachers and classes.  Senior pupils may access these suites with the teacher’s permission throughout the school day.  The school libraries also have computing facilities including internet access.

 

All pupils can access Mgt.s 6 library computer facilities both after school hours (3.30-4.30pm) and at lunch times.  Pupils can in addition access Computer Suite 1 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school (3.30 – 4.30pm).

 

Years 8 to 11 are taught basic computing skills in specially timetabled ICT sessions in addition to skills delivered through the normal junior curriculum.

 

See also the ICT Department entry (under Subjects).

 

Attendance & Punctuality

In Years 8 to 11 perfect punctuality and attendance is acknowledged with the awarding of Punctuality and Attendance Certificates.  Certificates are issued for the following periods: -

  • September
  • October & November
  • December & January
  • February & March
  • April and May
  • June

Each pupil can earn a mximum of 12 Certificates.  Perfect yearly attendance and punctuality is also acknowledged in the school's Award Ceremonies.



SUBJECTS

We aim:

  • to provide a religious framework in which it is possible to develop the relationship with Christ made possible by our baptism
  • to provide a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum
  • to engender a sense of self-worth, a sense of dignity & a tolerence of diversity
  • to imbue each student with a sense of commitment to the community, both in school & in the wider world
  • to assist students to make moral decisions in a morally complex world & to make informed decisions about the ethical use of modern technology
  • to assist students to be happy in themselves



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