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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Ms Eileen Young has been appointed as the Deputy Chair of the DEA Board of Trustees. https://dominicaneducationaustralia.com/about-us/dea-directors/
Inaugural Executive Officer
Dominican Education Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of its inaugural Executive Officer, Mrs Marita Winters. The Board of DEA looks forward to the contribution Marita Brings to the Vision and Mission of DEA, with her warm personality, her dedication to the principles of Catholic, Dominican Education, and her broad range of skills and experience.
Marita has 18 years governance and leadership experience in the Church in the areas of mission and communications. From 2006 until 2015 she directed the National Office for Evangelisaton (NOE)-Catholic Enquiry Centre (CEC) for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. Prior to that she was Director of Catholic Communications in the Archdiocese of Sydney for nine years, providing communications advice and support to the Archbishop and many of the leaders of Archdiocesan agencies. As well as dealing with crisis situations, there was a strong focus on telling good new stories. Marita was a member of the Board of The Catholic Weekly from 1998 until 2016, including serving as Company Secretary from 2000-2006. Since 2014 Marita has been a member of the Identity and Mission Committee, a sub-committee of the Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools (SACS) Board. The Committee is concerned with promoting the Christian story in Catholic schools, and understanding how to make this come alive for students, families and staff.