In partnership with families, St Dominic's Centre, Mayfield, is a Kindergarten to Year 10 school that provides an education of excellence for children with a range of disabilities, including hearing impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Moderate Cognitive disability. In 2016, St Dominic's celebrated 141 continuous years of Catholic education.
From 2018, St Dominic’s is accepting enrolments into Kindergarten for students who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
This class will support each student’s educational needs, in addition to their language, social and sensory needs. The program aims to prepare students for either a smooth transition into a mainstream setting or prepare them for the continuance of learning in a specialised setting. At St Dominic’s, students are directed to establish lifelong learning behaviours and routines to maximise independence.
There are very limited spaces available for this class and appropriate diagnostic reports must be presented with the enrolment application.
At the centre of our work is the dignity of each individual in whom we see the image of Jesus. Our educational philosophy is to provide a holistic education for each student that enables them to lead a fulfilling life in a post-school world.
The aims of all programs are spiritual, personal, social, academic and, with an emphasis on family and community. Our specialist staff and purpose-built environment allows students to achieve success through a focus on communication, literacy, numeracy and social skills. The school achieves its mission by providing each student with a Personalised Learning Plan, which promotes the development of listening skills, language skills, academic skills and positive social outcomes.
Staff members work closely with families, therapists and partner school staff to set and achieve individual goals for each student. To facilitate the goal of success, St Dominic's has partnership agreements with St Columban's Primary School and San Clemente High School. The schools are situated on the same campus and work closely together in a positive and collaborative way to ensure that students with hearing needs are educated in, and have full access to, a rich learning environment.
The Centre has a Speech Pathologist on staff and works with other specialists in a coordinated approach to achieve goals for each student. The purpose-built centre is specifically designed to enhance the learning environment for all students.
St Dominic's has a number of programs including:
PRIMARY PROGRAM - This program enrols students from Kindergarten to Year 6. Students experience individual instruction, small group learning and time integrated into mainstream classes. The curriculum is based on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Curriculum. Students receive instruction in all Key Learning Areas and are included in a variety of mainstream teaching and learning activities at our partner school, St Columban's Primary School.
SECONDARY PROGRAM - Secondary students follow individual programs based on Life Skills outcomes and content. This involves community participation, living and independence skills, as well as some targeted inclusion with the San Clemente community. Students may attend assemblies, Liturgies, sports carnivals or other events that are considered appropriate for the students. All secondary students are in discrete classes and are not integrated educationally with San Clemente classes.