We have an established Catholic Community of Caring based on the values of faith, caring, respect, responsibility, trust and family. The Catholic Community of Caring focuses on building respectful and compassionate school environments, rooted in Catholic values.
Within our school, we focus on inclusive communities where respect for one another, our community and our diversity are celebrated. Using these values as building blocks, we create a positive school community by developing relationships through activities such as student leadership, social justice projects and professional development opportunities.
Through the incorporation of its essential elements into the daily life of school, a climate is created where the whole school community embraces these values and where we can be champions for all of our students. Our priority is to ensure that all of our students are provided with a safe and caring school environment where they can excel and be healthy and productive learners.
At St. Dominic Fine Arts School, we meld buddy classes, our District Faith Theme, daily prayer, spirit days, faith activities and service projects together to bring our Community of Caring to life. These activities create an opportunity for us to work together and to connect with one another so that we can be champions for one another and work towards to success academically and socially.
September Community of Caring Champion Activity
Monthly Popcorn Champion Snack Days - building community and connecting with our champions! In October, we had a food drive to support the St. Vincent de Paul Society and we collected over 400 items! In November, we challenged St. Jean Brebeuf to a Peace Prayer Challenge and our school wrote over 250 prayers to spread peace! Their principal, below in the white t-shirt, had to wear one of our ST. Dominic T-shirts because our students wrote a few more prayers than his. It was a fun challenge done in good spirits to spread peace!
In November, we worked together with our Buddy Classes to make book marks to share at St. Luke's Catholic church to celebrate Catholic Education Sunday. All of our students took part by decorating book marks or by handing them out to members of the parish.
Mrs. McQuaid, our principal, and Ms. Dooley, our assistant principal, also volunteered to be ushers in November at our CCSD District Faith Day, where all employees from Calgary Catholic come together to celebrate in faith our gift of Catholic Education.
Advent Catholic Community of Caring - Acts of Mercy Focus: Feed the Hungry and Give to the Thirsty - donate birthday kit items for our Food Bank Collection throughout Advent. Let's prepare our hearts for Jesus' birthday and "get caught" being kind!! When students are caught being kind, they can write their name on a piece of "straw" to help make the creche comfortable for Jesus arrival at Christmas! SPREAD THE KINDNESS!!
Throughout the year, students participate in Buddy activities focused around the Acts of Mercy. We also foster social justice projects and student leadership in ways that help the Calgary Community. Our choir performed at 4 Senior's Centres this year during Advent! Our art club worked together to create an amazing Nativity Mosaic to share with our school community during our Advent Liturgies.
Students showcased their Leadership skills by organizing and running our Student Wellness Conference - see our school nurse below discussing sugar and healthy eating with our students. Below are a few photos from student run sessions on wellness that included info on fitness, healthy eating, prayer and functions of the brain.
Our Buddy classes came together to write Valentine's for Vets this. This is an initiative where students write Valentine cards for vets. to thank them for their service in the Canadian Military.
In February, we celebrated THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE at St. Dominic School. Students were challenged to complete acts of kindness throughout the month and to focus on what being a good friend means. Our School Council parents organized the sale of friendship bracelets with the help of our student leadership group. We ended the month by honouring students who performed outstanding acts of kindness with certificates. Students were also able to share the acts of kindness they completed by adding their names on paper hearts at our CUPS OF KINDNESS bulletin board near the foyer.
We started off the Lenten Season by inviting buddy classes to create Lenten Prayer cards to share with our parish and families. Below are a few samples that we were able to put on twitter, since classes were cancelled due to COVID 19. We also had our artistic students at it again by inviting them to paint our front foyer windows in a celebration of Lent, just before classes had to be cancelled.
Despite classes being cancelled due to COVID 19, our students and staff still worked hard to spread messages of hope and joy. We donated $200 toward the Catholic Family Services from our popcorn funds. Our School Council is working to match that amount to also help families in need at this time.
We continue to promote student kindness and engagement with our various spirit days and through every effort to connect - whether it be spirit wear day, crazy hair day, Hats on for Mental Health Day or simply a popcorn snack day online with our teachers...we are hear to support your children!