As part of a global community of Dominican schools, Santa Sabina College is used to working in partnership and learning from others. Biennial Dominican education conferences for staff, and the rich experience of ‘Common Ground’ for students ensure that we connect with Dominicans in Eastern and Southern Australia regularly.
Pilgrimages to the Lands of St Dominic in Spain, France and Italy are very special opportunities for staff to extend their connections with Dominicans abroad.
We also recognise the value of professional partnerships with those beyond our community of schools.
In 2013 we joined the Coalition of Knowledge-Building Schools, a cross-sectoral group of schools committed to action research, particularly involving students as researchers. Emeritus Professor of Education, Susan Groundwater-Smith, who guides Coalition schools in conducting research projects, convenes the Coalition.
As a candidate school for the Primary Years Programme we benefit from the global connections offered by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). Our teachers learn from and with IB teachers in other schools. High quality professional learning workshops conducted by IB leaders are of significant value to our teachers.
We are also enriched by partnerships with individual outstanding educators in their field. Australia’s foremost music educator, Richard Gill, is working in liaison with our Artistic Director, Mrs Karen Carey, to expand opportunities for music education for our students, as well as students from other schools. His orchestra ‘1788’ will be performing at Santa Sabina College on various occasions.
Schools flourish when they seek out and work with community and professional partners to share expertise and resources within an expansive sense of community.