Our Ethos and Values
Our Mission statement underpins all that is done at our School. We aim to create and maintain an atmosphere where every person in our school community is valued and respected, regardless of race, gender and ability. We expect and encourage children to work hard and to respect their environment. We hope to encourage positive self-esteem and a sense of belonging.
St. Dominic’s School enjoys positive, valued relationships within the parish and Community which foster a sense of continuity and commitment. We work closely with the Diocese, the Dominican Community and the Parish. Our School Chaplain is Fr. Nicholas Crowe and he says masses, leads liturgies and talks to the children on an informal basis. They also provide support and advice for staff on liturgical themes. Children visit the church regularly throughout their school life.
We aim to offer opportunities for pupils to develop an understanding of their faith and develop spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. The children's faith is developed by the use of the “The Way the Truth the Life”
Participation in Feast Days throughout the year and regular worship in classes and assemblies are an integral part of the children’s faith development. Preparation for the sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion take place when the children are in Year 3. The school works closely with the parish and home, in preparing the children for these important stages in their faith development.
2016 has been called the “Year of Mercy” by Pope Francis and classes have begun to visit the Church to learn more about this. Father Nicholas, our School Chaplain, has talked to the children during their visit about what this Year of Mercy is and what it means for each one of us. The children also had the opportunity to visit the Year of Mercy door at St. Dominic’s Church and share prayers they had prepared.
A group of Year 3 pupils also attended a very special Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Wednesday 2nd March to celebrate the Year of Mercy. Pupils representing every Primary School in Westminster Diocese were invited to the Mass which was celebrated by Cardinal Nichols. St.Dominic’s pupils were asked to lead the Offertory Procession in the Mass and they carried out this role very confidently and reverently. We were very proud of how our pupils participated in the Mass and represented our School.
Our most recent RE inspection took place in 2013, please view the attached report which recognises the good RE teaching and learning at school and the very good Catholic life of the school.
Celebration Mass and Blessing 2014
The Mass to celebrate and bless our refurbished school building took place on Wednesday 24th September 2014 and it was a very memorable event for everyone concerned. Mass was celebrated by His Grace, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, and other clergy. Archbishop McMahon is himself a past pupil of the school and we were delighted to welcome him back to see how the school had changed and bless the work completed. It was an opportunity for the school to give thanks to all the individuals and organisations such as Camden Local Authority and Westminster Diocese who have made this fantastic redevelopment of our school possible over the last two years. In his homily Archbishop McMahon talked about his own happy memories of the school and thought about the learning opportunities the children now have. He also spoke about how each one of us is created in the image and likeness of God and is unique.
Please visit our 'Celebration Mass and Blessing 2014' page under the 'Community' section of our website for more information and pictures from this event.