Our history and our future
Every day our students have the opportunity to connect deeply with our rich history and many traditions.
Our story truly began in 1206, when St Dominic founded a religious order of women to care for and instruct the girls and young women of Prouille, France. From that foundation stem the many Dominican establishments – schools, colleges and universities – that, all over the world today, are centres of learning for youth.
In 1886 a group of young Dominican nuns from Cabra in Ireland founded our college in an area then regarded as bare, and which we now know as the land of the Kaurna people. The convent the founding sisters built, and the chapel that followed in 1917, form the heart of our college grounds today.
In 130 years the rooms within have changed over and over, responding to the times and moving from their original purpose as a home to boarders and Dominican sisters, to a hub of state-of-the-art facilities.
Today we are continually inspired and shaped by our heritage and the founding Dominican sisters’ values, faith and courage. We encourage each student to find, nurture and enjoy the ‘good, the beautiful and the true’ in themselves, each other and the broader community. With a strong emphasis on social justice, we invite students to be proactive, caring citizens with a deep respect for and commitment to, each other and the world.