Year 8 Pupils told to "Be a light to the World" at Mass to celebrate the beginning of their Dominican Journey
Speaking for the first time in Dominican College, our Celebrant, Fr Francis O’ Brien welcomed our new year 8 pupils to their special mass. He described how the pupils, despite their very short time at the school, already considered themselves "part and parcel" of the Dominican family. He reflected on the symbolism of the opening of the liturgy where each new Dominican pupil carried a candle into the hall to place in one of the Olympic rings.
In the introduction Mila spoke about the endeavours of each of the athletes competing at the Rio Olympics and Paralympics to strive to be "Faster, Higher, Stronger. Citius, Altius, Fortius, the Latin for "Faster, Higher, Stronger", was a phrase coined by friend Henri Didon, a Dominican priest who was an athletics enthusiast who also stressed the value in taking part as much as winning. Each of our pupils had a role to play in the celebration with special mention due to the year 8 pupils who sang beautifully in the choir and to Olivia and Mollie for their beautiful accompaniment on the violin.
In his homily Fr. Francis spoke of his friendship with Fr.Raymond and asked the congregation to pray for his mother, Ellen McCullagh, who is currently very ill. Fr Francis spoke of the Olympian ideal to strive for perfection and drew parallels for our young Dominicans in their quest to do better and to be better. Drawing on St Paul’s words: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.",
Fr. Francis reflected on the year 8 pupils’ attempts to "do something you give your all to" and asked them to consider that our greatest race is the race of life itself.
He spoke about how Rio demonstrated how sport transcends people, culture and backgrounds. He encouraged our pupils to strive for excellence in all areas of school life and to "be the best you that you can be" over the course of the next seven years. He encouraged our new Year 8 pupils to take part in the rich life of the school but also to bring others with them. Concluding on the theme of light, Fr. Francis encouraged pupil, as children of the light, not to hide their talents but to let them shine within Dominican College.
The post communion reflection, "Dream Big", inspired pupils to
"Believe in the incredible power of the human mind,
Of doing something that make a difference.
Of working hard,
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lasting friends,
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.
At the end of the liturgy each of our new Year 8 pupils was presented with a special gift from their form teacher to remind them of this special night and to encourage them to be a light to the world.
Special thanks are due to Miss Rainey, Mrs McLernon and the RE Department, Mr Cloughley for the music and for the U6 mentors who helped with the evening. We would also like to thank our new year 8 parents, some of whom will perhaps recall their own year 8 days in Dominican, for their attendance and for their continued support of the school.
Dominican College would like to particularly thank Fr. Francis O’ Brien who agreed to Celebrate the mass with our pupils and their families in such a beautiful way at such short notice.
Well done all our Year 8 pupils.
Superb success for local Dominican pupils at GCSE
This year’s GCSE results at Dominican College were excellent and the school is especially delighted to congratulate four of our local parish pupils, Lauren McKenna ,Rosie McClelland, Orla Stanton and Orla Tracey, all past pupils of St Colum’s, who have each attained an exemplary ten Grade A*/ A grades at GCSE. The girls are pictured here with Ms Cathy McGowan, Form Teacher. All thirteen of our St Colum’s pupils have returned to Dominican to commence their AS Studies within our biggest Lower Sixth group to date.
This year Dominican College will celebrate its Centenary with a key event planned for each month in 2017. Highlights include a Musical celebration in The Riverside in March, a Gala Dinner event in April, a Mass and Open Day for the local parish in June, a School Musical in November. Our Centenary celebrations will conclude in December 2017 with the annual Dominican Carol Service, a Commemorative Christmas Card and a School publication collating the centenary celebrations.
As well as looking back at its proud past the school will also this year look to future success by increasing its intake for the 2017-2018 school year to 100 pupils with 31 of these places being allocated by non-academic criteria. Parents are reminded that registration for P7 parents for this year’s Entrance Assessment will close on Friday 23rd September and that registration will begin in May 2017 for P6 pupils wishing to apply for a place in the school for the 2018 school year.