We had a beautiful week to celebrate Earth Day! Sustainability is an important school value at San Domenico, and that begins with celebrating and valuing our planet. We have taken measures throughout the dorms to promote sustainability. We have recycling bins in every lounge and throughout the courtyard. Additionally, we also added compost bins throughout the dorms to reduce our contributions to landfills. We have also added motion sensor lights and water faucets, to reduce water use and electricity, and we regularly remind students to avoid single use plastics and use reusable water bottles, grocery bags, and containers instead. We had a fun Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, with planned activities, scavenger hunts, and presentations, organized by Sustainability Director Shelley Flint and science teacher Hilary Staples.
We are looking forward to a fun weekend with trips planned to Vintage Oaks, Red Hill, Northgate, The Village, and hiking. The students are enjoying their time off campus, and we encourage them to request trips to places they’d like to visit.
This week I sat down with sophomore Bernardo Atalla, who came to San Domenico in December. Bernardo is a Brazilian soccer player who works diligently on the field to improve his skills.
What brought you to San Domenico?
The SD coaches. As soon as I came here I felt like a part of the community, which was really nice.
Where did you go to school before?
I’m from Brazil but before I came here I was living in Paraguay because I had to be there for twenty-one days to get my visa to come here.
What do you most appreciate about being at San Domenico?
The community contributes so much. Everyone is really friendly and they make you feel like you’re at home.
What do you miss from home?
My family is my support. They help me when I have a bad day. Especially my Dad, who is my role model. The first month it was especially difficult to be so far away. It makes me want to do more as an athlete to dedicate myself to them.
I often see you practicing soccer. What are your goals?
I want to be a professional soccer player. I want to play in college in the US. Right now I’m playing in a club soccer team. I want to work hard and play professionally. That is my goal.
Welcome to San Domenico, Bernardo! We look forward to seeing your success on the field and off.
- Sonya Evans, Resident Faculty and Upper School English Teacher