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Dominican College are delighted to support a Dominican School in Myanmar

24-Sep-2018
Dominican College are delighted to support a Dominican School in Myanmar as one of its designated charities this year.
Our annual School Beach walk will be held on the afternoon of Friday 28th September and, once again, our entire school community, in line with our school ethos, will walk together in support of social justice.

Over the past fifteen years we have raised in excess of £150,000 for our sponsored charities.  This is due to the generosity of parents and friends of Dominican and to the commitment and dedication of our students. We want to thank everyone who contributed or helped in any way. During the course of this school year we are asking again for your help and we would like to continue to support a range of charitable causes including the following:

Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust
The KBRT aims to help alleviate the cost of returning the bodies of loved ones who have died tragically or suddenly abroad. The charity helps families in Ireland.

The charity was founded by the family of a late GAA player who died in an accident in America and have raised over £100k to help other families who find themselves in the same tragic situation. Kevin Bell, from Newry, died in June in a hit-and-run accident in New York.

This is our first year supporting the KBRT.
This charity was very involved in helping, among others, the family of Craig Church, a past Dominican pupil who passed away suddenly in China this summer.

This is our second year supporting this charity.
St Vincent De Paul Society
SVP aim to turn concern into action. This charity helps the disadvantaged, marginalised and vulnerable in our local community. The charity was founded by Frederick Osman who was inspired to fight poverty in Paris.

Our school has its own SVP society and we have worked closely with this charity for a number of years.

Dominican Myanmar.
Our final charity this year was specially chosen to reflect the Golden Jubilee of boys arriving in the school in 1968. We have decided to support a Dominican School in Myanmar.

The house that the present school situated was established in June, 2014 by the Master of the Order, Brother Bruno Cadore, with the permission of the Archbishop of Mandalay, Msgr. Paul Zinghtung Granwg. It is located in the middle of Myanmar, in the region of Mandalay Division, near the Mandalay City. The official name of the house is St. Martin De Porres.

For this reason the school has been given the name of DOMINICAN, ST. MARTIN DE PORRES’ BOARDING SCHOOL. The school is just running as a supplementary course. Most of the students have to go to the government school during the day and come to study with us at night. The school is now in the fourth year of running. There are about 100 students each year.

There are 103 students studying in four levels this year: 20 students in the fourth grade, 15 students in the eighth grade, 27 students in the ninth grade and 41 students in the tenth grade. All students (44 boys and 59 girls) from different grades study 6 subjects respectively even though the subjects are not the same. Half of the students are Catholics and the rest are Buddhists. The majority of the students are 14 to 15 years’ old in the average. Football and Cane ball are the sports that the students usually play. A small amount of money is required for each student in accordance with their grades.

From the very beginning of its opening till the present, therefore, the school needs to depend on the Province financially. The school normally begins in May and ends on March. There are 10 teachers all together including night-guide students. The last grade (G – 10) is very important and rather difficult for all students to pass. Unless they pass this grade, they cannot join the university. Therefore, they have to try very hard in order to pass this level. Most of the students who pass this level will join the university or go to the higher education.