Every person is important in a Dominican educational community. Our schools and centres strive to be inclusive, caring and welcoming. Our mission is to nurture Dominican Education ministries as places of excellence in teaching and learning in the Catholic tradition. Dominican schools have always been characterised by a strong commitment to outreach and social justice, the encouragement of critical thinking and self-confidence. DEA Ministries work to provide a stimulating learning environment which is holistic and encourages and supports each teacher and student to be his or her best.
Dominican Education Australia takes its vision from the inspiration of Jesus Christ and the spirit of St Dominic. It will continue to build on the grace and traditions of each of the founding Congregations, the Dominican Sisters of North Adelaide, the Holy Cross Congregation of Dominican Sisters and the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia. As Dominican Education Australia, we inherit and are blessed with the work of many Dominican Sisters and educators whose courage and commitment have brought Catholic education, the Gospel message and the Dominican story to countless students and their families across Australia for around 150 years.
The Dominican ideal is characterised by a commitment to truth explored in dialogue, a vibrant preaching of the Gospel, a critical appreciation of culture and cultures, and a love of the beautiful. Our goal in each of our educational ministries is to foster these values, together with a spirit of prayer and contemplation, respect for the dignity and uniqueness of each individual, and the pursuit of excellence.
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Meeting of Archbishop Zani, Secretary for the Congregation of Catholic Education, with Heads of Schools and representatives of Religious Orders and Ministerial PJPs.
DEA was represented at the meeting of Archbishop Zani, Secretary for the Congregation of Catholic Education. Heads of Schools and representatives of Religious Orders and Ministerial PJPs by Mrs Suzannne Fabian, Chair of the DEA Board. Mrs Marita Winters, Executive Officer, was also present.
A two-day workshop for ministry leaders in Dominican schools has been held in Adelaide. Held at Teresa Moore Centre, the workshop was led by Sr Sheila Flynn OP and Marg O’Shea. It was an opportunity to reflect more deeply on the Dominican charism within the mission of Jesus Christ in education and to share resources. Sixteen people attended from both DEA education ministries (Santa Sabina College, St Lucy’s School, Siena College, St Mary’s College, St Dominic’s Priory College and Cabra Dominican College) and other schools with a heritage from NSW, Queensland and South Australia.
Sr Bernadette Kiley OP opened the first day with an exegesis on Matthew’s gospel which participants found very enlightening. This was followed with a workshop on how the Four Pillars can be used as a framework on which to hang formation for staff and students. Then the Salamanca Process was explained and discussed as a tool for social justice education. Later sessions were held in groups, where participants were able to share their curriculum ideas and experiences with their peers.