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Fáilte & Welcome

A sincere and heartfelt welcome to all members of our school community at Dominican College, Griffith Avenue.

Céad Míle Fáilte to all our readers, whether parent, student, teacher, past student or friend. The website is designed to give you an insight into the aims and activities of our highly regarded College.

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Mission Statement & Ethos

Here at Dominican College, we strive to support, develop and realise each individual's full potential in a Catholic environment.

Our Roman Catholic traditional motto - Veritas - permeates and imbues all aspects of school life - academic and personal.

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German Scholarship Winner

It was late March, a week or two before the Easter break, when the Principal, Dr. Laffoy, made an announcement on the intercom. I was in class, not paying much attention to what she was saying, until I heard her say my name: “I would like to congratulate Julian Burke and Rosa Lorenz for receiving over 97% in their JC German exam. They will now attend an interview in the hope of winning a scholarship to Germany for 3 weeks”. I couldn’t believe what I had heard: I froze with the shock. I had thought that I had done well in the exam but definitely not that well.

The interview was on the Monday after the Easter break, so I didn’t have too much time to prepare. There were 5 other students being interviewed also and 3 German interviewers. I was terrified. I thought for a second that I had forgotten all the German I had learned in the last 4 years. After I had started though, I was okay. I didn’t think that I had gotten the scholarship.

I thought everyone else was so much better than me and that they must have won the scholarship. That’s why I nearly cried in the classroom when my German teacher announced 2 days later that I had won. I was having a really bad day and this was just the thing I needed to cheer me up.
This was the last thing I expected to happen this year. I had absolutely no idea that it was going to happen. This was a really big milestone for me because it validated for me that I actually am good at German because I never really thought that I was that good.

I have learned from this experience not to underestimate my abilities and to believe in myself. (Julian Burke TY)