St. Dominic Savio Overview
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School is nestled in the Monarch Woods subdivision in the west end of Kitchener. The building was constructed in 1999 and is currently home to 467 Mighty Dragons! St. Dominic recently celebrated its 15 year anniversary and is developing a powerful sense of tradition and of being in a welcoming and inclusive community. The respect for diversity and the 18 different languages spoken and celebrated are testament to our growing multicultural mindset.
We are a vibrant faith community that takes pride in developing passion, patience and perseverance in our child(ren). We believe that every student is a gem that has the capability of illuminating the world in their own special way. As a staff, we will work tirelessly to create a community filled with laughter and joy to create opportunities for the children entrusted in their care. Students are encouraged to share their gifts, celebrate their uniqueness and be the best they can be as we develop the whole child (mind, body and spirit) through a commitment to high expectations and collaboration. Our mascot is the Dragon whose tenacity is reflected in our approach to learning. We believe St. Dominic’s is a place where children want to be, and where parents want their children to be. The heart of the community, success for each and every child, and a place for all holds true.
Our patron Saint is a boy-saint, St. Dominic Savio from Turin Italy whose feast day is March 9th. At a very young age Dominic modelled how to live the Golden Rule through word and deed as one of Don Bosco’s congregation. Those blessed to be in his presence would observe Dominic doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way looking after struggling boys that were dismissed and forgotten. Dominic died at 15 years of age and was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1954. All could see why the spiritual son of St. John Bosco with his cheerful humility and holiness would serve as a beacon of hope to all!
As a Catholic school community, our faith at St. Dominic School is celebrated in a variety of ways beginning with student-led morning prayers, weekly meditations, monthly liturgies and virtue assemblies. We work hard to develop positive and reciprocal relationships with our community partners and foster the parent-school-church triad. Under the guidance and leadership of our St. Mark parish priest, Father Don Sanvido and Deacon Basil the students have the opportunity to grow and flourish through the sacraments and daily life through their bi-weekly visits.
Through the efforts of our Peace Tree team the St. Dominic Catholic School community has always remembered its connection to the local and global communities including Free the Children through WE Day, St. Vincent de Paul and more. We have responded generously and consistently throughout the years.
Our school is blessed with a caring, talented staff and school council committed to creating opportunities for students to share their wonderful gifts. We place great value on our three cornerstones of community-school, home, and church! Together, as a “People of Hope” we are preparing our 21st century learners to be difference makers in the image of Jesus Christ.
“We can do all things through Christ who strengthens Us”