Information is sent home in a variety of ways, in a student's diary, a parental mail-out, via a student's class or pastoral teacher, or from the office, or through the new Parent Paperwork program.
Please notify the Business Office if you are a Dominic parent/carer who has for some reason missed an important mail-out, and especially if your contact details (address, mobile, email) have changed.
Year level specific notices are often published via the Dominic College App. Download the App to your device to view these notices.
A reminder that the Year 7 swimming trials will be held tomorrow morning (Tuesday 19 February) at 7am at Glenorchy Pool.
This will also be the first training session for the Year 8-10 students who have been selected in the representative team.
At the conclusion of the session, a Redline bus will transport students to school where they will be provided with breakfast.
Please email email@example.com should you have any queries.
Please find attached the JSSATIS 3/4 Boys Cricket information for Term 1.
You will find the initial note and regulations along with the 2019 roster in the attachments.
Nicole Millikan- K-10 Sport CoordinatorAttachment: 3_4_Boys_JSSATIS_Cricket_Note_1_5c65f1f7f3e81.docx
Please find attached the note for 5/6 Tennis for this Term. This note will be sent out to all parents via the class baskets on Friday 15 February.
Please contact me if there are any questions or queries (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms Nicole Millikan- K-10 Sport CoordinatorAttachment: Note_1_2019_Tennis_5c653fe25a9d5.docx
The Principal has written to our parents giving an update on activities and plans for the College. A digital copy is attached.Attachment: Parent_Update_Letter_January_2019_5c51695961f55.pdf
Late last year we sent out information with regards to an opportunity this year for the Dominic College community on Thursday 14 February.
In 2019 students in Years 1 – 6 will be working through the URStrong program in their EMPOWER lessons. URStrong is an internationally recognised Social & Emotional Wellbeing program, which empowers children with the skills, language and self-confidence to be better friends and develop healthier relationships.
A video that outlines details of the program can be found here:
As part of this program, URStrong’s creator Dana Kerford, will be visiting our college on Thursday 14 February to train our staff in the program and will also hold a Language of Friendship Workshop for parents and their children at 6.00pm – 7.30pm on this day. Given the time, the College will provide some light snacks. This workshop involves interactive parent and child activities, where parents will learn strategies to help their child put out Friendship Fires®, how to put a voice to their feelings, and the best ways to support their child through unhealthy friendships.
The College will subsidise the cost for members of the Dominic Community that wish to attend, the cost of which will be $20 per attendee. Simply use the Coupon Code – DOMINIC to get the special rate. We would like to encourage parents and guardians to come to this workshop to gain an understanding of the language and methods involved in this program. This will enable the messages and methods used to be done so consistently between the home and school environment.
Registration for the workshop can be done by following the link:
We look forward to seeing you this at the workshop.
Mrs Olivia Stephen, Co-coordinator of Pastoral Care K-6
Dominic students and parents of Cresswell's school services
Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th
We will be operating with one bus for all stops for Dominic only.
Departing Kempton @ 7.30am then Dysart, Swan Street, Midlands Highway ( due to roadworks limited stops - please use the main staging bus area @ Postoffice ), Mangalore ( limited stops due to road works ), Pontville, Main Road Brighton, Jubilee Ave.
Brighton students arrive at Jubilee Ave by 7.45... The bus will arrive soon after this time. Please don’t worry if the bus is not there like normal as it is coming from Kempton and collecting all Dominic students on the way down.
Departs Jubilee and travels direct to Dominic College
Depart Dominic @ 3.30pm
Direct to Brighton then all stops right through to Kempton...
This is the ONLY BUS running Monday & Tuesday.
So you need to stay on the bus if you live past Brighton.
There are NO LATER BUSES on Monday & Tuesday
Dear Parents and Guardians,
A very happy new year to you all and welcome to the 2019 Academic Year at Dominic College. I hope you all had a wonderful break and had some time to recoup and spend quality time with your children, family and friends during the holidays.
Over the holiday break and during Staff Week last week, our teachers and support staff have been working tirelessly to ensure the return for students to 2019 is as smooth as possible. All staff have been involved with planning sessions, professional learning and making various updates to facilities throughout the school. We are all very much looking forward to welcoming students back this Monday.
Below you will find some last minute reminders to help you get your child ready for Monday.
K-10 Start Date and Times
All students in Kinder timita and Prep-Year 10 will commence the new school year this Monday 4 February. Kinder larila and Kinder tuminana will commence on Wednesday 6 February. A reminder that Duty of Care commences at 8:15am on Year 7-10 and 8:30am for K-6 classes. Full school uniform is to be worn by all students in Prep to Year 10.
K-6 Arrangements for Monday
Classrooms will be open from 8:30am and all students will commence classes at 9:00am. No specialist classes will operate on Monday to give students time to meet and work with their new class teacher for 2019. Please refer to the diary notes provided by class teachers for further arrangements for specific classes.
7-10 Arrangements for Monday
This Monday morning, 4 February, the College is starting a new tradition with the ‘Ringing In’ of our new Year 7 students as a symbol of their commencement of secondary education at Dominic College.
Pastoral Teachers will be available from 8.15am – 8.35am at Pastoral Classes to chat with parents/guardians and reassure students on their first day at school. At 8.35am, all Year 7 students will be moving to the Savio Centre for a short welcome and assembly.
Year 7s will then process up to the Top Yard via a Guard of Honour set up by our Year 8-10 students and 7-10 staff, with student leaders ringing the bells used at Boys Town in 1952, St John’s in 1959, Holy Name in 1962 and the Angelus Bell as a reminder of our history and past and symbol of the transition to secondary schooling. Students will then commence Morning Pastoral immediately after the procession. This is an exciting new tradition that is starting in 2019 and is a prequel to the ‘Ringing Out’ of Year 10 that will take place at the end of this year.
All students in 7-10 are to wear full school uniform on Monday and come prepared for Day 1 classes. Periods 1 to 3 will be organisational activities in Pastoral groups. Formal classes will commence from Period 4 onwards. Students who have practical HPE classes are able to get changed during recess and lunch. The only students who will have HPE classes are: Year 9C HPE, Year 9D HPE, Year 9/10 Adventure Rec A and Athletic Development A.
Staffing Update - K-6 Classes
It was wonderful seeing so many parents and children at the K-6 Meet and Greet on Wednesday afternoon. At the end of 2018, we were still finalising a few last minute staffing arrangements, so parents of Year 6A and 6B would have been pleasantly surprised at the Meet and Greet that Mr Benjamin Crick will also be teaching these classes with Mrs Hayley Joyce and Mrs Sue Cunningham. I do apologise that this was not communicated earlier. Ben comes to us with excellent references and wonderful experiences both here in Tasmania and in the United Kingdom. He is an amazing addition to the Year 6 team and is looking forward to working with 6A and 6B this year. I am sure you will all make him feel welcome in true Dominic style.
Staffing Update 7-10 Classes
Mrs Jessica Agius will be leaving Dominic College on Thursday 21 February to commence a new position and opportunity for 2019. We are very grateful to Jess for her service to the Dominic community and we wish her all the best in her new role. This week we have been been successful in appointing a new Learning Support Teacher 7-10 for 2019, Ms Samantha Crust. As a result, all students who were timetabled to have Mrs Agius for their classes will instead commence the year with Ms Samantha Crust for their English Classes. Sam has had many years of experience teaching English, Humanities, the Arts and Special Education across many schools and we welcome her to our community for 2019. Mrs Agius will continue working in Learning Support and working on Individual Learning plans until 21 February.
We look forward to welcoming all students and families back to Dominic this week and I wish you all a very pleasant and rewarding 2019 and wish your children every success as they undertake an exciting new year of learning with us.
Mr Stephen Casni, Deputy Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians
On Monday 4 February we are holding a Year 5 Laptop Collection Evening at 6pm in Bosco 5 and Siena 1 in (above our Library) for Year 5 students and parents.
As you are aware our 1:1 Laptop Program is an important framework that we use to facilitate and enhance learning for our Year 5 students and beyond.
We have learnt that it is essential that both students and parents receive the same information about the care of laptops, access to laptops and the Internet, safe use of the Internet and all the necessary details about effective storage of files.
Students and parents are invited to attend the Year 5 student and parent ‘Laptop Collection Evening’ designed to ensure responsible use of laptops by students and enhance parent knowledge and understanding of the program and our expectations of students. During this session all Year 5 students will collect their laptops as well as take part in a ‘getting started’ session which will be held in class groups. Members of our teaching staff and eLearning team will be running these sessions and will be available to answer any questions that you may have.
The evening will be conducted in the Year 6 rooms that are now located in the 7-10 area of the school. 5A will be in Bosco 5(across from the old Art Room) and 5B will be in Siena 1 (formerly the Robotics Room).
The Year 5 Laptop Collection Evening is expected to conclude around 6:45pm. As the Laptop sessions will be held in the 7-10 classroom areas it is suggested that you park in the top car park near the Chapel or in the parking area above the Savio Centre.
We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact me.
Ms Sue Cunningham, Coordinator of Teaching and Learning 3-6
In 2013, we launched a detailed pastoral education program called EMPOWER, for our Year 7 to Year 10 students. This program was specifically designed to address identified social and emotional needs within our student body. As part of this program we introduced ‘The Rite Journey’ for our Year 9 students.
The Rite Journey is based around the traditional rite of passage of moving from childhood towards adulthood. It has been specifically designed for Year 9 students with the help of numerous specialist educators and child psychologists. This program is gender specific, and taught by staff specially selected and trained.
We are launching ‘The Rite Journey’ program for 2019 on Monday 4th February 2019 at 6:00pm in the Savio Centre (Gymnasium).
All Year 9 students and one or both of their parents/guardians are invited to attend. The evening is expected to finish at approximately 6.30pm. Parking will be available in the gravel car park which allows easy access to the Savio Centre.
This program requires significant cooperation between teachers and parents and will test and challenge our students on a regular basis. The extent of success depends on students and parents being active participants.
We look forward to seeing you on the night as we launch this program for 2019. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.
Mr Aaron Davey, Coordinator of Pastoral Care 7-10
Dear Parents and Guardians
Dear Year 7 parents
On Monday 4 February we are holding the Year 7 Camp Information Session and Year 7 Laptop Collection Evening.
The Year 7 Camp Information Session will provide important information about the upcoming Year 7 Camps being held on the 18-20 & 20-22 March 2019. This session will be held in the Savio Centre and begins at 6:30pm. Parents will be briefed on the structure and activities of the camps and will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Immediately following the Year 7 Camp Information Session we will be holding the Year 7 Laptop Collection Evening. As you are aware our 1:1 Laptop Program is an important framework that we use to facilitate and enhance learning for our Year 7 students and beyond.
We have learnt that it is essential that both students and parents receive the same information about the care of laptops, access to laptops and the internet, safe use of the internet and all the necessary details about effective storage of files.
Students and parents are invited to attend the Year 7 student and parent ‘Laptop Collection Evening’ designed to ensure responsible use of laptops by students and enhance parent knowledge and understanding of the program and our expectations of students. During this session all Year 7 students will collect their laptops as well as take part in a ‘getting started’ session which will be held in House groups. You will be directed to these areas from the Savio Centre at the conclusion of the Year 7 Camp Information Session. Members of our teaching staff and eLearning team will be running these sessions and will be available to answer any questions that you may have.
The Year 7 Camp Information Session and Laptop Collection Evening are expected to conclude around 7.45pm. As the Laptop sessions will be held in the 7-10 classroom areas it is suggested that you park in the top car park near the Chapel (head straight up past the Business Office) or park in the parking area above the Savio Centre. This will allow easy access to the Savio Centre using the steps and a short walk to cars at the conclusion of the evening.
We look forward to seeing you there. If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Ganga Fraser, Coordinator of Teaching and Learning 7-10 and Mr Aaron Davey, Coordinator of Pastoral Care 7-10
There will be a K-6 Meet and Greet Afternoon on Wednesday 30 January 2019 in your child's 2019 classroom, from 3.30pm – 5.30pm.
This event provides you with the opportunity to drop in for a short time to meet with the teacher or teachers in your child’s new classroom.
The idea is for your child to find his or her desk and bag locker, drop off stationery and books and generally orient themselves with the new learning space.
This time also provides parents with an opportunity to ask any general questions they might have before the school year begins. We hope the first day of the year will then be less stressful for everyone.
Mr. Stephen Casni - Deputy Principal
This letter was emailed to parents and students on 7 December 2018 regarding student laptops during the summer holidays:
Dear Parents / Guardians and Students,
Thank you for your ongoing support of the College laptop program. We trust that your child has seen great benefit from being involved in 2018.
This year the College has made the decision to change its end of year process. In 2018 students in Years 7 through to 9 will be able to continue to use their device over the December - January term break.
We hope that access to these devices during the December - January break will allow students to remain engaged in their learning and enable access to timetables and other useful information in the new year.
Once the students return to the College for the academic year in 2019, students who are then in Year 9 will be issued a new device during the first week of the term. At this point, current devices will be handed in and then a new device will be issued. If a laptop is damaged beyond a level of reasonable wear and tear, the College may need to enforce a repair fee on this device. A schedule for this change over will be distributed to students on their return.
We ask Parents and Guardians to take an active role in the supervision of the device over the break. Students will be required to continue with the same level of care and respect for the device, any damage that occurs during this time will be handled as in term time, where damage occurs a repair fee may be charged.
Students who would like to return the device for safekeeping are more than welcome to do so (eg moving house or travelling), these can be handed to E-Learning before the end of term.
If your child is not continuing with Dominic College in 2019, we ask that they return their device to E-Learning on Thursday Dec 13.
Please feel free to contact me directly on email@example.com if you have any questions.
Matthew Taylor - E-Learning Manager
The 2019 Stationery Guide is now available on the College Website using the link below.Attachment: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/digistorm-websites/dominic/content/Future-Current-Families/STATIONERY-GUIDE-2019.docx.pdf
All K-9 students can wear Sports Uniform on the day.
Year 5-9 students will participate in a game of ‘Flags’ and can change into their House colours for this activity.
Students in Years 5-9 can also bring water pistols and a towel is recommended. A hat should also be worn.
Dear Parents and Guardians
I hope you are all well and your children are enjoying the final two weeks of school for the year.
Yesterday afternoon, I received a briefing along with other Principals from the Executive Director of Catholic Education, Mr John Mula, on the Archbishop’s plans for the future delivery of education in Catholic Schools in southern Tasmania.
The letter sent to Principals, the Salesians of Don Bosco and intended for the broader community, can be viewed attached to this message.
The Archbishop and Catholic Education Tasmania have been developing these plans for some time, but the actual report and data have not been shared.
The possible changes sketched here are subject to detailed plans and business case development projected to conclude in 2019 and the Archbishop suggests no changes will occur before 2021.
As the Archbishop makes clear, he believes the delivery of education, especially in Years 11 and 12, needs to change to face the challenges from state education expansion.
Although there will be an enormous amount of speculation regarding these plans, it is quite impossible to comment on the implications without any detail or data or explanation. Hopefully, this will come from Catholic Education Tasmania soon.
The Salesians of Don Bosco, who own, oversee and govern Dominic College will continue to consider our context and the future developments of the College as appropriate for our school within the Tasmanian sector. The Salesians have always shown great prudence and wisdom in their decision making, enabling the school to thrive in every challenge we have faced since we were established in 1946.
Our immediate focus is on our K-2 development and plans for this development, commencing in 2019 will be shared with the community in due course.
As we move rapidly toward Christmas, I extend our best wishes and every blessing to you and your family.
Beth Gilligan, Principal Dominic CollegeAttachment: Archbishops_Announcement_Greater_Hobart_Review_5c0719e3980fd.pdf
Dominic College telephone services have now been restored to full working order. The College would like to thank parents and guardians for your understanding as we worked through the issue.
Dominic College is currently unable to receive calls to our 03 6274 6000 number from some providers (Telstra), some users on other networks, Virgin etc, are able to call us.
The College is working with upstream providers to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
Email is the current best contact method, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Dominic College Community,
I hope this email finds you well and that Term 4 is progressing nicely for you all. I am writing to let you know about some changes that will be taking place at Dominic College in the 2019 Academic Year.
We are pleased to officially announce that in 2019 we have secured a three stream Kinder class. Our 2019 Kinder students and their families have already joined us for a series of orientation days and evenings to prepare themselves for the new school year and are all very excited to be joining the Dominic Family. We will also commence the building of the new K-2 Learning Precinct which will take place where the current Year 5 and 6 classrooms are located. This is an exciting project that will see the building of state of the art learning spaces to cater for 21st century learning styles and provide more room and comfort for quality learning to continue to happen.
As a result of the increase of a stream in Kinder and the commencement of the new building program, we have had to make some changes to classroom locations for 2019.
With Kinder increasing to three stream:
Kinder A (Monday – Wednesday) will be located in the Magone Room
Kinder B (Wednesday – Friday) will be located in the MPC
Kinder C (Wednesday – Friday) will be located in the current Kindergarten Classroom
The Launch into Learning (LIL) Program will continue in 2019 with two sessions on Thursday and two sessions on Friday. This will take place in the Magone Room.
With Kinder A and LIL moving to the Magone Room:
Before and After School Care Program will now be located in Rooms 14 and 15 (current Year 6 classrooms).
Due to the commencement of the building program of the new K-2 Learning Precinct, we have had to reconfigure Year 6 into three groups. As a result, we will be moving our Year 6 (2019) students into the following Year 7-10 Classrooms for 2019:
Year 6A will be in Library Classroom
Year 6B will be in Siena 1
Year 6C will be in Bosco 5
Year 6 students will continue to have their Recess and Lunch breaks on the Oval.
As a result of moving Year 6 classes to the 7-10 area, Year 7-10 Pastoral Groups (2019) will be relocated to the following rooms:
Siena 1 – Library
Bosco 5 – Little Theatre
We have tried very hard to ensure the least amount of disruption to learning as possible, hence the decision to move all Year 6 classes to one area to ensure that stability to learning remains. Year 5 (2019) will remain in the current Year 5 classrooms and will not be impacted by the building work. If you have any queries regarding this please email the College: email@example.com
I want to thank you all for your ongoing support in working in partnership with us and wish you all the very best in the lead up to the busy Christmas season.
Please find attached the program for this Thursday 13 November- JSSATIS 3-6 Athletics Carnival. Also attached is the cover page which has some important relevent information.
Any issues please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Cameron Golding- Director of HPE and K-6 Sport CoordinatorAttachment: JSSATIS_PROGRAM_DOMINIC_NAMES_ENTERED_5bea862346930.xlsx
Dear Parents and guardians,
Marshalling for the pageant will be from 9am on Saturday 17 November. Our area for marshalling is number 7 and this is directly outside the hospital in Argyle Street. An A3 map showing where this is has been given to your child’s teacher for display in the classroom should you need to refer to it.
It is important that students are there before 9.30 am, if you could ensure they have gone to the bathroom prior to meeting us that would be appreciated. All children will need to bring with them a drink bottle with water, please ensure this is CLEARLY NAMED. We will have two carts to use in the pageant for drink bottles.
If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us via email email@example.com
Let’s sparkle! “Follow the Star”
Dominic College Year 1 & 2 walking entry Hobart Myer Christmas Pageant 2018 Saturday 17 November
There are about 60 floats in the parade Dominic College is entry No 7
We will be assembling outside the hospital in Argyle Street between 9am and 9.30am. The parade starts at 10.30am.
Please collect your child at the end of the Parade outside the Mantra Hotel in lower Collins Street (this is closed off to public for the duration of the pageant).
Please ensure you see the Marshalling teacher when you drop off and collect your child
Parents are encouraged to join in the theme and walk with the students
Olivia Stephen and Allison Lowe, Coordinators of Pastoral Care K-6
The College Principal, Ms Beth Gilligan warmly invites Year 5-10 boys and their fathers, or carers, grandfathers and uncles to our International Men’s Day Breakfast to celebrate the achievements of men past, present and future.
The event will be held in the Savio Centre, Dominic College, 204 Tolosa Street, Glenorchy on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 7.15am for breakfast being served at 7.30am. Proceedings will conclude by 8.30am.
Guest Speaker: Old scholar Massimo Mele
Cost: $10.00.Attachment: http://www.trybooking.com/YMUJ
Please find attached information in relation to the 7-10 Swimming Carnival to be held on Thursday 8 November at the Aquatic Centre.Attachment: 7_10_Swimming_Carnival_Letter_to_Parents_2018_003__5bdfc49772104.pdf
A reminder that on Wednesday 31st October, the Creative Arts Captains are holding Spooktober for all 7-10 students.
Students are encouraged to bring a gold coin and dress up in something scary for Halloween.
A competition for the best dressed will be held.
Please note this is only for Year 7 – Year 10 students.
This letter was emailed home to parents this afternoon:
Dear parents and carers
On Wednesday 24 October, the Dominic College P&F are running the Run4Fun Colour Explosion on the College oval. All students from Kinder to Year 10 will have the opportunity to participate. The run will commence at 1.30pm. Here are a few reminders about the event:
Please register your child for the colour run using this link: https://myprofilepage.com.au
All Students are encouraged to raise a minimum of $10 to help cover costs of the colour run.
Students not registered will not be able to participate in the run and will be supervised in another part of the College.
Your child should come to school in old clothes
If your child catches the bus please ensure that they have clothes to change into after the colour run.
If you are picking up your child then you might like to bring a towel for them.
We look forward to this event and hope to see many smiling faces on the day.
Mrs Selina Kinne, Director of Teaching and Learning K-10 & Admin Coordinator 7-10
Mrs Olivia Stephen, Coordinator of Pastoral Care K-6 & Admin Coordinator K-6
Dear Parents, Students and Staff,
It’s almost time for our “Colour Explosion” - which is on Wednesday 24 October. One week to go!
Please register your child for our “Colour Explosion” via https://myprofilepage.com.au/ It will ask you for a code. If you have misplaced your booklet, please skip this step.
We ask that every student raise $10. By registering online and donating $10 the supplier then sends direct to the school the following for your child:
By each student paying $10, they participate, cover the cost of the colour pack and receive a prize. This is all about raising funds so our students receive the benefits over the whole College.
We want to make this an amazing event but we also need to cover the costs associated with this. Should you have queries on this please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kind regards, The Parents and Friends Committee
Kinder to Year 2 Athletics Carnival
Wednesday 31 October
11.00am - 3.00pmAttachment: Athletics_Dominic_College_K_2_Note_2018_Final_5bc54a2b8d2d9.pdf
Please find attached the 3/4 and 5/6 girls cricket rosters for the 2018 JSSATIS season.
Mr. Cameron Golding- Director of HPE K-10 and K-6 Sport CoordinatorAttachment: JSSATIS_Girls_Cricket_FIXTURE_Yr_3_4_2018_V1_5bc53cb08296c.xls
Please find attached the note, rules and roster for the 5/6 Touch Football season.
Mr. Cameron Golding- Director of HPE K-10 and K-6 Sport CoordinatorAttachment: Touch_Football_Note_2_2018_5bc53a8c5b477.docx
Please find attached the 3/4 JSSATIS Teeball Roster for 2018.
Cameron Golding- Director of HPE and K-6 Sport CoordinatorAttachment: 3_4_JSSATIS_Teeball_Roster_2018_5bc5388faa58a.docx
Please find the 5/6 Indoor Cricket note and roster attached.
Cameron Golding- Director of HPE K-10 and K-6 Sport CoordinatorAttachment: JSSATIS_Term_4_Indoor_Cricket_Roster_2018_5bce3839d04b6.docx
The P&F is organising a fundraiser for Wednesday 24 October and have sent home this letter for the information of parents.Attachment: School_Colour_Explosion_Kick_Off_Parent_Letter_5ba4f1e384745.pdf