It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to St Dominic’s College, Penrith, a Catholic school in the Blessed Edmund Rice tradition.
St Dominic’s College is a boy’s school for students Years 7 – 12. Situated at the foot of the beautiful Blue Mountains, the College has delivered quality education to students since 1959.
The story of Blessed Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian Brothers in Ireland, is integral to the life of the College. Edmund aimed to promote an education that recognised the dignity of each individual and thus liberate them from the ignorance of God of their faith, while at the same time empowering them with an education that would enable them to take up their rightful place in an oppressed society. St Dominic’s College is proud of Edmund’s influence on its history as we continue to service the young men of Western Sydney. St Dominic’s commitment to social justice is a mark of our faithfulness to Blessed Edmund Rice.
The Christian Brothers were instrumental in establishing St Dominic’s College in 1959. Under their guidance the College grew rapidly, providing quality education to both primary and secondary students. Primary classes unfortunately discontinued in 1980 to accommodate the increasing enrolment in the secondary school. The College was also co-educational in Year 11 and 12 from 1978 to 1985 to support the growth of secondary education within the Penrith region. Currently, we are a comprehensive 7 – 12 Catholic College for boys.
Today, the College is part of an extended family with the formation of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) who have been charged with the responsibility of governance of the Christian Brothers schools throughout Australia, to ensure that Edmund’s charism lives on in this work at a time when the Christian Brothers are being called to new directions within a shared vision.
The College motto “Dominus Lux Mea” proclaims “the Lord is my Light”. It is the responsibility of members of our College to allow the Lord’s light to shine brightly in our lives so that we use our unique gifts and share them with those we encounter on a daily basis. By allowing the Lord’s light to shine in our learning, in our cocurricula involvement and in our contribution to family life, we are accepting the responsibility to aspire to become the best person we are encouraged to be.
As we continue our journey, St Dominic’s College is dedicated and committed to developing the God-given talents of all students so that they develop into the young gentlemen that can proudly take their place in our society.
The College has a wonderful heritage of producing well-rounded young gentlemen with high aspirations and a commitment to making a positive difference to our world. From the classroom, to the sporting fields, through music and the performing arts, to the Social Outreach Program, we have built a wonderful reputation of nurturing every child’s talents to be the best that they can be.
Each year the College develops a theme based on the values contained in the EREA Charter and highlighted by the Charter’s Four Touchstones – Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Justice & Solidarity, and Inclusive community. In 2018, the College theme is “Live the Gospel” which is based on the Gospel Spirituality touchstone. Through this theme, St Dominic’s College will continue to make the message of compassion, justice and peace a reality within our community.
St Dominic’s becomes a home away from home for the young men who attend the College. The College becomes an extension of your family; a place where life-long friendships develop; a place where opportunities in all aspects of school life present themselves for an individual to excel; a place where a holistic education is provided for each student; a place where you have been able to become closer to your God; a place where we appreciate the diversity of each person, no matter who they are or where they come from; a place where all are welcome into a an inclusive community.
St Dominic’s College would love to share with all future students and their families this journey of becoming a gentleman. I invite you to join the St Dominic’s College family as we journey in partnership to develop our sons.
Is a matter of birth,
Being a Man
Is a matter of age
Being a Gentleman
Is a matter of choice
Yours in the spirit of Edmund Rice and St Dominic Savio,
Mr Michael Ronchetti