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.
As an IB World School 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 universities and individual outstanding educators in their field. Our research partnership with the University of NSW School of Education resulted in Santa being awarded their Community Engagement Award in 2017.
Our innovative education programs also include authors and artists in residence who provide models of excellence to students and teachers alike. These partnerships expand opportunities for our students, as well as students from other schools. Our newest partnership is with Sydney Youth Orchestras whose rehearsal base is at Santa Sabina, where exceptional young musicians from across NSW gather every weekend. We also perform with international choirs and orchestras both here and overseas, in churches, cathedrals and recital halls.
Sydney Youth Orchestras rehearse in the College Hall
Increasingly in our Gifted and STEM programs we are partnering with specialised industry mentors, often from our parent body. These mentors give their time to work with students on special projects and help them prepare for national competitions.
As one of the first schools in Australia to introduce Rugby Sevens for girls, every year our students work with the Wallaroos, Australia’s national rugby (women’s) team.
Schools flourish when they seek out and work with community and professional partners to share expertise and resources within an expansive sense of community.