Domremy College


Principal Ms Vivienne Awad
Year levels 7 to 12
Enrolment numbers 675
Boarding or day day
Website http://www.domremy.catholic.edu.au
Phone (02) 9712 2133
Fax (02) 9712 5296
Postal address 121 First Ave,
Five Dock NSW 2046, Five Dock, 2046
Address 121 First Ave,
Five Dock NSW 2046

Domremy College Five Dock is a Catholic secondary school for girls and is part of the Sydney Archdiocesan system of schools. Our community was founded by the Presentation Sisters in 1911 at the request of the St Joan of Arc parish in Haberfield. Our College is named after the birthplace of St Joan of Arc. The College motto, ‘La Verite’ meaning ‘truth’, is emphasised in our Mission Statement, as are justice, independence, integrity, and the dignity of the human person. Through these values we carry on the traditions of the Presentation Sisters. We have strong links with the local parishes, sacramental programs, a Catechist program, community service, and student social justice and environment committees. The College has been working collaboratively with the University of Southern Queensland on the IDEAS project and has developed a learning framework that captures our vision, ‘Let the Light shine true…’ Domremy is a learning community where we can all SHINE. Learning is Shared, Holistic, Innovative, Nurtured and Engaging. The success of the SHINE Learning Framework is reflected in our excellent HSC results – where at least 80% of all results are in the top three bands – and our NAPLAN results, which are analysed extensively each year so that classroom teachers are able to assist each student. Our literacy results are consistently well above the State and this is despite the number of high support students in each cohort. In numeracy, the Year 7 results from 2009 to 2011 show an increase in the top band and significant improvement in Number Patterns and Algebra. Each year the Year 9 Numeracy results show learning growth. In 2010, the growth percentage was a significant 12% above that of the State. The student population has grown considerably over the last 10 years and comes from 59 different cultures. We cater for a diverse range of learners within the classroom, from the gifted and talented to those with specific support or ESL needs. Selective classes run from Year 7 to Year 10. In 2012, the program for the Year 7 selective class, called ‘The Newman Stream’, has been developed as part of a project with three other Archdiocesan high schools. This initiative demonstrates our emphasis on innovation and best practice in teaching and learning. Our achievements include successes in the Science and Engineering challenge, Tournament of the Minds, representation in State and National sporting teams, top place getters in HSC History and Society and Culture, and HSC projects rated among the high achievers in Textiles, Visual Arts and Music. We offer a variety of co-curricular activities including debating, public speaking, mock trial, Band, Choir, musicals and a wide range of sports, and have had success in all areas. Leadership programs include a senior Prefect body, Peer Support training of Year 10 for support for Year 7 and a Student Representative Council. Further leadership opportunities occur informally through the House system. This system is based on the four traditional houses of the College and has significant Catholic women as House patrons. Homeroom classes are linked to one of four Houses and in each class there is a mixture of Year groups, from Year 7 to Year 12. House Assemblies go beyond sporting events to include pastoral and academic foci, eg study techniques and learning styles. A unique feature of Domremy is the strength of pastoral care, including a Restorative Justice Framework. Our students are cared for holistically through integration of the academic and pastoral. One example of this is the individual support students receive through the Academic Review Committee. This sees the student meeting with the Guidance Co-ordinator, Curriculum Co-ordinator and the Assistant Principal with a view to developing strategies to assist them in their learning. The resulting education plan is provided to parents. Those who visit us comment on not only the quality of our students, but also of our teachers. They provide a high level of care, get the best possible results from our students and give extra tuition in holidays. Many of our teachers have received NSW Quality Teaching Awards. Domremy is situated within extensive grounds and gardens. In 2011, the Mary MacKillop Learning Centre was completed and early in 2012 a multipurpose hall will be completed. The College plays an important role in the local area. Support is given to Council events, such as National Tree day and other environmental projects, Youth Summits and consultation on community projects. In 2011 we began weekly visits to a local Nursing Home. Domremy is integral to the local history of the area. This was very evident in 2011 when the College held its Centenary and past students and staff came from far and wide to celebrate at a Centenary Mass, a Dinner Dance and then a Garden Party in the College grounds. We did indeed “celebrate with the followers of the lantern: past, present and future”.