Principal's Welcome

Veronica McLaughlin

Welcome to the St Dominic’s Centre, Mayfield website. I invite you to engage with this site to discover the vibrant faith and learning community that characterises education here. Our school was founded in Waratah by the Dominican Sisters in 1875 and was originally established for girls who were deaf. It has evolved overtime and was relocated to our current setting in 1993.

St Dominic’s is a systemic, co-educational school that caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. Our school is built on the legacy of the Dominican Order of Preachers and we proudly continue in the tradition of the Dominican Sisters. Our foundational beliefs are the four Dominican Pillars: Study, Prayer, Service and Community.

In the spirit of the courageous Sisters of the Order of Preachers, St Dominic’s continues to evolve to meet the needs of our community. We now proudly offer a Catholic option for students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a program that we are developing over the coming years with an additional class offered each year. Currently we have a Kindergarten class, which will continue into Year 1 in 2019.

We are immensely proud of the opportunities that are afforded to students at St Dominic’s with a robust co-curricular and community outreach program. Academic care is at the core of our school life and this is reflected in excellence in learning and teaching. We are a proud Catholic school who offer faith formation and prayer life that assists in developing young people who are prepared for a dynamic world.

Amongst the many gifts that is offered at St Dominic’s, perhaps the greatest is hope. It is a community built on a foundation of faith, and central to faith is hope. Families find a connectedness at St Dominic’s that gives them hope. Students thrive at St Dominic’s academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, giving them hope for their future. Our team are humbled every day by the courage, tenacity and joy our students share with us, giving us hope as educators.

It is best not to confuse hope with optimism. Optimism is a psychological attitude toward life. Hope goes further. It is an anchor that one hurls towards the future, it’s what lets you pull on the line and reach what you’re aiming for and head in the right direction. Hope is also theological: God is there too. – Pope Francis

Veronica McLoughlin
Principal
St Dominic's Centre