What an end to 2021. In the last three days of Term 4, we have had three major events that are usually spaced out throughout the final months of the year. This included the Year 7 2022 Orientation Day, the Graduation Mass and Academic Awards Ceremony for our Year 12 students, and finally the Academic Awards Ceremonies for Years 7-11. It has truly been a very busy time for staff and students.
The Year 7 Orientation Day was an opportunity to meet our incoming Year 7 students for 2022. The day was filled with laughter and smiling faces and was an encouraging start for the group. The day began with a welcome, followed by a range of activities including an Embark lesson and a mini-writing task to gauge their writing abilities. The boys got to review the changes to the College over the past few decades by analysing satellite photography of the College over the last 50 years. After recess the boys participated in a STEM catapult activity and a Question-and-Answer session with College Principal and 2022 College Prefects. After lunch the boys participated in a range of House based physical activities. Finally sending them home with their parents with many smiling and happy faces. We look forward to meeting them again in 2022 as they begin their journey as “Dommies Boys”.
The Year 12 Graduation Mass and Academic Awards Ceremony was a much awaited and fitting event to give our Year 12 cohort the conclusion they deserved for their 13 years of schooling, and many months of COVID induced lockdown both in 2020 and 2021. The opportunity to celebrate the successes and hard work of this year group was relished by students, parents and staff alike. The camaraderie and atmosphere that the final Year 12 walk and war cry produced was amazing. The College looks froward to continue the celebration of their success once their HSC results are released in January.
The final day of Term 4 also gave us the opportunity to celebrate the academic, sporting, cultural and social justice successes of 2021 for our Years 7-11 students. Despite the unusual nature of 2021, it was reassuring to end the term in our traditional way of celebrating these successes. There is so much to celebrate in a community like St Dominic’s and we are thankful that we get to work with such wonderful young men who have a great deal to offer the world.
As we end this term, we hope that you and your families enjoy a restful and peaceful break over Christmas, celebrating the birth of our saviour. The College looks forward to resuming what we hope is an uninterrupted academic year in 2022.
Stay safe and God bless.
Mr David Gerlach
Director of Teaching and Learning
Mr Luke Borg
Director of Curriculum
Ms Monica Day
Director of Diverse Learning and Acting Director of Pastoral Care