The sun'll come out, tomorrow...

Posted by St Dominic's Priory College on 28 June 2017
The sun'll come out, tomorrow...


There is just one more sleep until the 2017 St Dominic's Priory College Musical Production of AnnieTickets are available online until 11:59pm tonight, or you can get tickets at the door.  Box office will open at 6:45pm each night, with extra seats being added to meet demand!  For the best seats left available, consider coming along on Opening Night - tomorrow Thursday 29th June.  Don't miss out on the biggest event of the College's Arts calendar!

Also inside today's Bulletin:

  • A statement from Principal, Sr Jillian Havey, re Capital Developments at St Dominic's Priory College

  • There is an important message from the Accounts Office regarding the College's new financial management system and the latest statement(s), which have been posted home to families this week.

  • Parents & Friends 2017 Chocolate Drive: A reminder to families that your allocation of chocolates will be coming home with your eldest daughter next week.  Please let the front office know no later than Friday 30 June if your household would not like to receive a box.   

  • Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea raffle and lucky squares prize winners are drawn, and we give thanks to those who so generously supported this event

  • The Year 6 Class visit Pelican Point Power Station

  • We welcomed representatives from 15 tertiary providers to our Year 10-12 Mini Careers Expo.  It gave our students a valuable opportunity to speak 1:1 with providers and collect information to help inform their decisions about future study and post school options.

  • Year 7 and Year 8 attend the 2017 Meet the Writers Festival at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Get the Week 9, Term 2 Bulletin online now.

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Remembering Sr Mary-Anne

Posted by St Dominic's Priory College on 21 June 2017
Remembering Sr Mary-Anne

A Message from Sr Jillian Havey, Principal

I would like to express the deep gratitude of the Dominican Sisters for your love and messages of sympathy and care.  We have been able to share with you our united sorrow in Sr. Mary Anne's sudden departing.  Monday's celebration of her life at St. Laurence's Church, surrounded as we were by her family, and by so many students, parents and staff of the College past and present will live in my memory always.  Sr. Mary Anne had three families; her own birth family in whom she rejoiced all her life; her family of Dominican Sisters among whom she generously lived out her God given religious vocation since she was 17-18 years old, and a third family.

You belong to her 3rd family, an extraordinary and diverse group of students, staff and parents from schools in Adelaide across 60 years.  For the last 30 years of her ministry we at St. Dominic's Priory College have been the community which has been part her daily life and the recipients of her selfless desire and power to contribute.  Here too she was a student in her own school days.

Your memories of Sr. Mary Anne, expressed in words and symbols are in the Chapel, together with so many floral tributes.  They lift our hearts and remind us of you, dear Mary Anne, and of the truth that it is the humble who, "will inherit the earth".  There is one consistent message from all who knew her, whether that was 50 years ago or as recently as 2017.  We all agree that she was a person with whom we were privileged to share our lives, so profoundly kind, so attentively generous to the needs of everyone around her and, as one of the tributes reads, so able to, "spot the good in everyone".  She was truly a witness to Christ in our midst.

This Bulletin is dedicated to her memory.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Memorial Book

A Memorial Book sits in our College Chapel, and members in our community are invited to place a message which will be forwarded to the Dominican Sisters and the Holland Family. The Chapel is open until Friday, and again on Monday, and you are welcome to stop by.

Students have also formed Flower Wall to create a vibrant garden of thoughts, prayers and messages to remember Sr Mary Anne and her gentle soul. Some of these paper flower tributes appear inside this week's Bulletin.

Also inside this week's Bulletin:

Things to be glad about...

  • We commend nine students who were awarded Certificates of Writing Excellence in the Children's Literary Board's Annual Awards for Poetry.  Read the prize-winning entries in the May edition of 'Oz Kids in Print', online here.

  • Our Year 4-7 Athletes achieved outstanding results at the SACPSSA Athletics Carnival; the girls presented with the Flavio Zandona Shield for finishing first overall and our U/10s and U/11s named as Overall Age Champions.  Congratulations, girls!

  • Year 9 Advanced Maths students participated in the Science and Engineering Challenge at UniSA, and also benefited from a visit from Julia Piotto, Old Scholar of St Dominic's Priory College, whose STEM-based career gave the girls valuable insight into the unexpected occupations that involve mathematics, and educational pathways required to get there.

  • As part of their research on Antarctica, the Year 2 Class visited the Mawson Gallery

  • The St. Dominic's Priory College Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea raised $1,000 on Monday.  Raffle Tickets and Lucky Squares are still available to purchase ($2) from the Primary Office if you would like to go into the running for some great prizes and support this worthy cause.  We will acknowledge our sponsors and announce winners in next week's Bulletin.

  • Our Year 12 Student Leaders met their counterparts of the three other Dominican Colleges in Adelaide, at a special gathering hosted by St. Mary's College.  The students were able to share what student leadership in their school looks like and give examples on how each leader works with their community in an attempt to bring alive the Dominican ethos.

Dates and Notices

  • There is an important reminder to parents about keeping contact details up to date.

  • The SDPC Old Scholars' Association fundraising screening of Hidden Figures will take place at the Regal Theatre (275 Kensington Road) this Sunday June 25.  The $25 ticket includes a glass of champagne and Afternoon Tea prior to the screening.  Tickets are available from the College Office until 4pm Friday.  See inside today's Bulletin for more information.

  • The Parents & Friends Chocolate Drive will be starting in Week 10.  We ask families to read the notice inside today's Bulletin and, if applicable, return the enclosed reply slip no later than this Friday.

  • There are still plenty of tickets available for next week's production of Annie.  Get your tickets at the door on the night or online here.  For the best seats, come along on Opening Night!

  • The Parents & Friends Quiz Night will be on Friday August 18.  Put this date in your diary now!


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With Courage Let us All Combine...

Posted by St Dominic's Priory College on 14 June 2017
With Courage Let us All Combine...

It is Refugee Week 2017 and the theme, which continues from 2015, is taken directly from the second verse of the national anthem: 'With Courage let us all combine'.

When thinking about the refugees and children of refugees whom have been educated here at St. Dominic's, across many decades, the recurring theme is an awareness of their courage in the face of major dislocation.  The courage it takes to start all over again to find employment, to find schools for their children and then to learn the ways of a different culture is a testament to people who have in their turn helped to build the Australian nation.  May we always educate for the common good of all who come to our shores. 

Also in today's Bulletin:

  • There is a LOT of news from the Primary School: The Year 3 Class went to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre to learn about weaving; the Reception Class hosted their Mother's Day Liturgy and Pampering Morning; we showcase the winning poetry entry of our Year 5/6 da Vinci Decathlon team, Year 1 learn all about China, and there is lots to report on from our keen Primary Footballers and Netballers.

  • We wrap up our Languages Day coverage with the announcement of our winners from across Rec - Year 9.  Like previous years, our French and Italian students submitted work displays of an outstanding creative standard; making the task of judging difficult.  We congratulate every student on their well thought out and colourfully presented entries, and also thank Azzurro Cakes and Gelati for supplying the Continental cakes and Gelati, which were sold on the day.  Proceeds raised will be donated to the St. Vinnie's Winter Appeal

  • The Year 9 and Year 12 Drama classes attended a matinee performance of MatildaThey were in awe of the staging and the phenomenal talent.


  • Our Vintage Vinnie's Fashion Parade was a showcase of the generosity from our community with many classes donating a range of warm winter clothes as modelled by our students.  The Vinnie's Group still welcomes further donations of clothing, blankets, cans and non-perishable food items up until Week 10.  We have also received word that the Vinnie's on Port Road is in particular need for donations of toiletries for refugees.  They would like to receive items such as soap, toothpaste, shaving cream etc.  There will be a box for these items placed near the classrooms over the next two weeks.

  • The 2017 Parents & Friends Chocolate Drive is 'up and away'.  If your family prefers not to be involved in this fundraiser by selling chocolates, the Parents & Friends Association ask that you consider making a donation in lieu of your participation, and to return the slip enclosed in today's Bulletin by Monday 19 June, to ensure your (eldest) daughter is not issued with a box.

  • The Produce Stall is calling for donations of Saville Oranges and Lemons, for the production of jams and preserves ahead of this year's Fete.  Please see inside today's Bulletin for details.

Upcoming Dates

  • 8:00am - 10:00am Monday 19 June is St Dominic's "Biggest Morning Tea", in support of the Cancer Council. 

  • Tickets for the 2017 St Dominic's Musical Production of Annie are NOW ON SALEGet your tickets online here or at the door.  Showtimes are 7:30pm on Thursday 29 June, Friday 30 June, and Saturday 1 July.

  • The Parents & Friends 2017 Quiz Night is scheduled for Friday 18th August.  Prize donations would be greatly appreciated - some ideas could include: chocolates, gift vouchers, wine, raffle-type prizes etc.

Get the Week 7, Term 2 Bulletin here.


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Together we can do heroic things

Posted by St Dominic's Priory College on 7 June 2017
Together we can do heroic things

... and Restore Dignity.

Yesterday saw the College community gather in the Hall for the annual Vinnie's Day Mass, which reminded us of the purpose of all charitable works viz., to restore people to their own innate dignity.

Also in today's Bulletin:

  • Catholic Education South Australia invites principals, teachers, parents and caregivers of students in Catholic schools to explore the Federal government's proposed new education funding model and to hear Labor's response to our concerns about the federal funding of Catholic Education into the future.  This event will feature an address by The Leader of the Opposition, Hon Bill Shorten MP and will be held TONIGHT at St. Joseph's School, Tranmere.  Download the flyer here for more information. 

  • There is an important notice regarding the College's duty of care towards students and the times at which supervision is provided on campus.  In the interest of ensuring a responsible degree of safety for our students, we encouage parents to familiarise themselves with these details.

  • Primary Parents take note: The following clubs can be added to the Children's University Passports: Cooking, Chess, Thursday Night Netball, Gardening, and Running Club.

  • We congratulate our Year 5/6 participants in the annual Da Vinci Decathlon.  Their efforts were rewarded with a first place for the Art and Poetry Task, second place for the English Task and an overall placing of third.  The girls were delighted with the results and took home a bronze medal each.  We are so proud of their efforts, enthusiasm and growth mindset.

  • Year 12 students studying business related subjects attended Meet the Business Leaders

  • We congratulate those students who participated in the State Cross Country Championships at Oakbank last week.

  • Our Year 9 Student Leaders reflect back on their experience at yLead Altitude Day

  • There are photos from Year 11 Retreat and Year 12 Formal

  • A reminder that there is no Saturday Morning Sport this weekend, owing to the Queen's Birthday public holiday on Monday.

Upcoming Events

  • The 2017 Fete Committee meets TONIGHT in the College Reception area.  7pm for pizza supper, followed by the meeting at 7:30pm.

  • RSVP now for St Dominic's "Biggest Morning Tea", in support of the Cancer Council.  Monday 19 June 8:00am - 10:00am.  Details on the back page of today's Bulletin.

  • Tickets for the 2017 St Dominic's Musical Production of Annie are NOW ON SALEGet your tickets online here or at the door.  Showtimes are: 7:30pm on Thursday 29 June, Friday 30 June, and Saturday 1 July.

Get the Week 6 Bulletin online

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STEM in Schools

Posted by St Dominic's Priory College on 1 June 2017
STEM in Schools
There is a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in this week's Bulletin.
  • Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition (CAT) results are in!
  • Year 12 Chemistry attend an Analytical Chemistry Workshop at Flinders University
  • Environmentalist Tim Silverwood visited the Year 9, 10 & 11 Science classes with his presentation 'No Time to Waste'.  Learn more about Mr Silverwood's work here
  • The State Final of the Australian Brain Bee Challenge is scheduled for June 23rd, and we congratulate those of our Year 10 Science students whose performance in Round 1, back in March, has secured them a place in this next stage of the competition

And in other news

  • Year 12 Geography embark upon Individual Field Studies around Adelaide
  • Year 10-12 Music visit the Elder Conservatorium for a lunchtime concert featuring recent Old Scholars in the Chorale
  • We commemorate and acknowledge National Reconciliation Week and the significant milestones in Indigenous history it marks in 2017, with class activities and discussion
  • There is a new stock of Entertainment Books available for purchase from the College Accounts Office.  Please see online for more details. 
  • The Tuckshop Wednesday Specials are published for Weeks 6 - 10!


  • The Parents & Friends is seeking expressions of interest from members of the College Community who are willing to become coordinator of this year's Chocolate Drive
  • The Parents & Friends is also on the look out for members of the College Community who may like to help the team of parents coordinating the Quiz Night, either in its planning stages, on the night, or in the sourcing of prize donations.  For more information, please see inside this week's Bulletin
  • This year's Fete will see a number of stalls farewelling their convenors as several of their daughters reach year 12.  The College is calling on volunteers to, in turn, step up and fill the gap as the baton passes on to another group of generous parents.  Please see inside this week's Bulletin for more details and feel free to, without obligation, attend next week's Fete Committe Meeting if you would like to learn more

Upcoming Dates

  • Auction Committee "Thank You" Morning Tea for Rec - Year 7 parents is TOMORROW Friday 2 June.  See inside this week's Bulletin for more information
  • Languages Day is on Monday June 5.  This year, the theme is Travelling with Languages.  Our students from Rec - Year 9 are looking forward to showcasing what it is they learn in the LOTE classroom and give us a taste of French and Italian culture
  • The 2017 Fete Committee will convene on Wednesday 7th June at 7:30pm (with a supper of pizza available from 7pm).  This is a good opportunity for parents to find out more about each of the stalls and get more involved in one of the College's biggest fundraising events
  • Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea for parents, old scholars and staff has been scheduled for Monday 19th of June - see inside next week's Bulletin for more information
  • The Parents & Friends 2017 Quiz Night has been scheduled for Friday 18th August.  Put this date in your diary now! 

Get the Week 5, Term 2 Bulletin online now!

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