Our Story

The Dominican Tradition

Dominican School Semaphore was established in 1899 and was opened and staffed by the Dominican Sisters in order to give the Catholic children of Semaphore a comprehensive religious and academic education.

Over the years this aim has remained central to an ever expanding and changing educational system. We focus on nurturing children's faith and their development as Christians and we extend our enrolments to all people wisihing to educate their children in the catholic tradition.

Prayer, Study, Ministry, Community


The four pillars are the way in which our life is divided; yet the life of a Dominican is not divided at all. At Dominican School all four Dominican Pillars are experienced in a faithful and rich way. Living a balanced life placing emphasis on each value helps us do the work that our founder Dominic has asked us to do.

“Children are the heart of Dominican School. Their presence, their love, their exuberance, growth and development are our reason for being.”
Tides of Change

“From the first moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic School, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illuminated by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristics.”
The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, n.25.

Veritas = Truth

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The Dominican motto Veritas, refers to our desire to seek and embrace truth and what is right.