SVP at DCP
In keeping with the Dominican ethos of charity, openness to the wider community and a mindfulness of justice issues, the Religious Education Department, in fellowship with the principal and senior management, felt that the establishment of a Young SVP Conference in Dominican College was advantageous in helping to develop the moral and spiritual needs of the pupils. Through the creation of a Youth Conference in Dominican College, pupils are provided with the opportunity to put their faith into action and making a difference in their local community. Participation in the Youth Conference also provides pupils with numerous opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills, skills which would benefit them in their future academic and professional careers.
With the support of the Youth Development Officer, Claire Morgan, the SVP Conference was established in Dominican College in 2014. Initially membership was only offered to Year 13 students. Thirteen Year 13 pupils volunteered to become members of the SVP Conference. The girls were tasked with raising the profile of SVP in school. Some of the activities that were conducted by the SVP Conference consisted of fundraising for the annual Christmas Appeal, hosting a coffee morning in aid of Fair Trade and also co-ordinating the Clothing Bank.
Due to the success of the SVP Conference it was decided that membership would be opened to include both junior and senior pupils within the school in 2015. Membership numbers soared beyond our expectations and is a real testament to the generosity and compassion of our pupils who actively want to address social justice issues both locally and globally. Currently there are 39 senior members and 40 junior members.
Recent tasks of the Senior SVP Conference have included assisting with the co-ordination of the Toy Appeal and also creating the Christmas Hampers. Fifteen members of the junior SVP Conference kindly donated their time after school on Tuesday the 8th of December 2015 to help choose the toys for the Toy Appeal. Furthermore the senior members of the conference also volunteer each Wednesday after school to assist with the homework club.
Looking toward the future of the SVP group in DCP it is hoped, that the kindness and generosity of heart which permeates from our current members will continue to shine and inspire future pupils. In the words of the founder of SVP;
“Be kind and love, for love is your first gift to the poor. They will appreciate your kindness and your love more than anything else you can bring them.”