About Us

Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Miramar, Gqeberha, St Dominic's Priory School is an esteemed independent, Catholic, co-educational institution that offers a comprehensive education to pupils from Grade Pre-R to Grade 12. With a rich heritage and a commitment to fostering excellence in education, St Dominic's Priory School has established itself as a leading institution in the region. 

St Dominic's Priory School prides itself on providing a holistic education that nurtures the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and emotional development of each pupil. The school's comprehensive curriculum integrates academic excellence with character formation, emphasizing critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills. With a strong focus on personal growth, pupils are encouraged to explore their talents, participate in extracurricular activities, and develop a well-rounded personality.

As a Catholic school, St Dominic's Priory School upholds and promotes the values of the Catholic faith. The school fosters an environment of respect, compassion, and moral integrity, encouraging pupils to embrace these values in their daily lives. Regular religious instruction, liturgical celebrations, and retreats are integral to the spiritual development of pupils, helping them grow into responsible and ethical individuals.

St Dominic's Priory School boasts modern and well-equipped facilities that enhance the learning experience. From spacious classrooms to fully equipped science and computer laboratories, the school provides an environment conducive to intellectual growth and hands-on learning. The campus also offers specialized facilities for sports, performing arts, and extracurricular activities, enabling pupils to explore their interests beyond the classroom. Coding and robotics is integrated into the curriculum from Grade R onwards as the school recognizes that in today's technologically-driven world, proficiency in coding and robotics is essential. By introducing these subjects at an early stage, pupils develop a solid foundation in computational thinking, problem-solving, and logical reasoning.

Recognizing the importance of holistic development, St Dominic's Priory School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities to enrich pupils' lives. These activities include sports, cultural events, clubs, and societies, allowing pupils to pursue their passions and develop skills outside of academics. Participation in extracurricular activities fosters teamwork, leadership, and personal growth, contributing to the overall development of pupils.

DOMINICAN SCHOOL VISION

Dominican schools aim to provide forward thinking education of the highest quality based on a tradition that goes back over seven hundred years of commitment to education. Our schools seek to care for the whole person in order to develop in young people

  • A love for learning
  • An enthusiasm for truth
  • A love for others
  • A respect for the culture and religious values of all
  • A willingness to serve in a spirit of healing and reconciliation, flowing from an appreciation of the Word of God and a deep commitment to Christ.

OUR MISSION

Being guided by the principles of our Catholic faith and acknowledging Christ as our Leader and Teacher, we strive for excellence and creativity in education, committing ourselves to the preparation of our pupils by instilling in them a sense of responsibility and attempting to ensure that they leave St Dominic's Priory with a solid foundation on which to build their future in high school and beyond.

We do this by:

  • Promoting Gospel values
  • Creating a happy atmosphere, where all students are accepted as they are, in a family environment
  • Instilling in every child a feeling of equal importance, belonging, pride and loyalty to the school
  • Working together in justice and love
  • Worshipping and celebrating the Sacraments together
  • Inspiring the Priory Family to appreciate each other, the environment and God's world
  • Caring for the whole person and striving to develop the spiritual, academic, cultural, physical, emotional and social needs of the children and encouraging each pupil to maximise their own potential in every one of these spheres
  • Maintaining our belief that parental involvement is essential and encouraging appropriate structures both formal and informal
  • Believing in a holistic education with the emphasis on fostering a sense of respect, responsibility, self-worth and discipline in each pupil
  • Remaining flexible to the demands that society will continue to place on us in order to achieve our goals
  • Encouraging our pupils to be true to the motto of the school, VERITAS, which means TRUTH.

Senior Management Team

Fr Grant James C.O.
Head of School (Pre R – Grade 12)

Ms Alison McQuaide
Deputy Head of School (Pre R – Grade 7);
HOD (Reception Phase; Educational Support & Intervention PreR – Grade 9)

Mr David Viljoen
Deputy Head of School (Grade 8 – 12)                                                                                                                                                                                                    HOD (IEB Curriculum & Examinations)

Fr Michael Theron C.O.
Head of Ethos (Pre R – Grade 12)

Mrs Catherine Lynch
HOD (Foundation Phase)

Mrs Janis van Aardt
HOD (Grade 4-7)

Mrs Deanè Loubser
HOD (Grade 8-12)

Mrs Alison Hiscock
Head of Music