Achieving success at Dominic College

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DOMINIC College has continued to support students in achieving success and working towards their future goals.

“One of the most important things that we strive to do at Dominic College is to instill a love of learning in our students,” principal Beth Gilligan said.

“Engaging students’ curiosity is the first step alongside seeing the relevance of their learning to the real world and preparing them for the challenges of a rapidly changing future.”

Dominic College year 10 students Max Brideson and twin brothers Oscar and Harry Breslin have enjoyed being challenged and continued to engage in extension learning.

Max, Oscar and Harry have been accelerated in their Mathematics studies since they were in year six when they were able to take advantage of the K-10 student body being together on the Tolosa Street site and commenced year seven Maths.

“It was possible to genuinely accelerate students because we are K-10 on one site and the students have enjoyed being with older students in the higher grade for their Maths,” Ms Gilligan said.

Each year, the three boys have studied Mathematics a year level above their cohort.

In 2019, Max won the college’s year 10 Maths prize and year 10 Maths Extension award as a year nine student.

This year, Max, Oscar and Harry transitioned to studying Maths Methods Foundation three so they are ready for Maths Methods Foundation four at college.

They have been taught by year seven to 10 Maths coordinator Sunita Kumrai, and recently sat their mid-year college exams at Dominic’s senior college, Guilford Young College.

“The boys have put in an outstanding effort and our acceleration program has provided an excellent pathway for these students to continue at the highest level possible in years 11 and 12 before entering university,” Mrs Kumrai said.

“Their love of learning and diligence will undoubtedly ensure a path to future success.”

Beyond the comprehensive curriculum, all Dominic students are given opportunities to be challenged by engaging in enrichment and extension programs, as well as by experiencing a range of competitions and opportunities from Mathematics and Japanese to Robotics and Creative Arts.

During the annual goal setting day, students from year three to year 10 plan and discuss their individual goals with their teachers and parents to develop an action plan to support goal achievement.

In this process, students are encouraged to identify their extension areas and take on new and interesting challenges.

“Research suggests that engaging students in their learning by teaching them goal-setting skills not only motivates them, but promotes their engagement in more meaningful self-identified learning experiences relevant to them as individuals,” Ms Gilligan said.

“This approach at Dominic that focuses on educating the whole child academically and spiritually, as well as physically, culturally, socially and emotionally, supports each student to become fully equipped to achieve their own individual and unique goals.”

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