St Dominic’s recognised as a 21st Century School of Distinction at US ceremony
By Maurice Garvey
A BALLYFERMOT school were recognised as a ‘21st Century School of Distinction’ at a ceremony in the USA.
St Dominic’s College Principal Mary Daly and guidance counsellor Cheryl Keeler recently attended the College for Every Student award ceremony and conference in Burlington, Vermont.
The awards promote innovation in the classroom and development of a college-going culture in schools.
“St Dominic's has always believed that every student deserves the opportunity to succeed and progress to college and this recognition acknowledges the efforts of the staff to encourage our students to develop the essential skills required to successfully complete college and embark on 21st Century careers,” said Ms Daly.
The scheme selected applicants who showed evidence of leadership activities, mentoring programmes, and support of a technology-mediated approach to teaching and learning.
In June, Dr Rónán Smith, post-doctoral researcher at Trinity Access 21, announced St Dominic’s had been selected for the award, based on their submission ‘Pathways to College, Mentoring and Families as Partners.’
He highlighted St Dominic’s excellent community links and a comprehensive mentoring programme as particular strengths in the application.
Guidance Counsellor Cheryl Keeler said the award will encourage “more students to progress to college” and thanked third level colleges for providing opportunities for students to visit their campuses.