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The Aims of Dominican College

Dominican College Portstewart Crest Image The aim of the College is to assist each pupil in his or her pursuit of full human and spiritual development. The school is concerned not merely with imparting knowledge and skills, which have their place, but, more importantly with training pupils to think, to evaluate and to make decisions.

We seek to engender an atmosphere enlivened by the Gospel spirit of freedom and charity, encouraging in pupils a sense of human worth, of the value of human life, a sense of choice, responsibility and decision making, a sense of fellowship, tolerance and respect for each other, a spirit of independence and initiative and the development of every aptitude. The school has a long tradition of educating young people from all Christian denominations and we value the contribution made to the school both by our Catholic students and also by those from other traditions.

Our pupils are encouraged to develop an appreciation of cultural richness and a respect for the environmental diversity of the world we inhabit.

Our aims are summarised in four statements, which are in accordance with the Declaration on Christian Education of the second Vatican Council and with Dominican educational policy. These are:

  • The school values the importance and uniqueness of each person, and aims to help each reach his/her potential.

  • We aim to provide opportunities and experiences through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which appreciates the varied needs of all pupils and prepares them for adult life.

  • We seek to foster an educational partnership involving parents, pupils, school and the wider community for the benefit of all.

  • We seek to create a school which, as part of a wider community, facilitates the implementation of these aims.



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