SINT MAARTEN (SOUTH REWARD) - Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, St. Dominic High School is celebrating its twenty-fifth year of offering Catholic education on St. Maarten. On Saturday, December 14, 7:00 pm-12:00 am, to kick off the celebrations, St. Dominic High School presents its fundraising cocktail soirée at Emilio’s. Tickets are offered at $55 per person which includes a welcome drink, menu of lite fare and champagne toast.
The proceeds from this event will be applied towards creating a school improvement fund for the following innovations:
- a daylight projector, microphones and surround sound system for the school auditorium which will be used for weekly assemblies, student performances, parent and community meetings
- acquisition of 50 computers for the library and computer lab
- an internationalization project for students and teachers which permits them to participate in exchange programs with other schools from the European Union
The school was a vision of the Foundation for Catholic Education and St. Dominic Primary School parents, to provide faith-based secondary education where the language of instruction was English. Under the name St. Dominic Secondary School, the first classes 7A and 7B began in August of 1994 with 32 students sharing space with the St. Dominic Primary School.
Eventually, with the dynamic efforts of parents and students and the “Buy a Block” campaign to assist in the construction of a separate building, four classrooms were built. The school’s first principal was Mrs. Judith Halley who was also the principal of the St. Dominic Primary School.
In 1996, the school transitioned to the CXC-CSEC curriculum under the guidance of Mrs. Jacintha “Jane” Buncamper who became the second principal. At this time, the school’s name became what it is recognized as today - St. Dominic High School.
St. Dominic High School has made considerable contributions to the community as well as innovations in the field of education and is committed to creating more opportunities for its students. According to the School Manager Mrs. Gianne Wilson-DeWeever, “This is a time to honor the groundbreaking efforts of the past and present stakeholders of St. Dominic High; without them we would not have arrived to this point. Imagine instituting the community-based service learning programme as a requirement for graduation, including music, drama and dance in the curriculum, being the first government subsidized IB Diploma Programme school in the Caribbean, creating the Emilio Wilson Teens group who cleaned and cultivated an area of the park, starting the Grow It, to Give It school farm in order to donate the sweet potatoes harvested to the White and Yellow Cross, implementing the Form 4 Annual Senior Citizen Christmas Lunch, having a 24-hour Lesson-thon, launching of the Student Government Organization.
We are called to be grateful that all of these programs and more have become the reality that makes St. Dominic High what it is today. I would also like to acknowledge the talents of Form 1 student Adio Williams who had the winning design for our twenty-fifth anniversary logo and one of our alumni, Kevin “Suppa” Kid with the assistance of Cardo Great Music Films who completed the concept. We proudly look forward to creating the next 25 years with our current and future partners in education.”
Tickets for the fundraising cocktail soirée are available at St Dominic High School and Lazy Lizard Restaurant on the Philipsburg Boardwalk. If needed, we can deliver too. For more information call +1 721-548-4277.