March 4, 2020
Meaning and Purpose
"The biggest problem growing up today is not actually stress, it's meaninglessness"
- Dr. Bill Damon, Stanford Center for Adolescents
At San Domenico, providing an exceptional education and a sense of purpose has been at the heart of our mission for over 170 years. We know that purpose is not defined by one college or career goal, but by a toolkit of skills and inner-knowing that our students can draw upon for guidance, inspiration, and support throughout their life, long after they have graduated from SD.
SD teachers and program directors develop all curriculum and programs through the lens of our core values, Study, Reflection, Community, and Service. We create opportunity for students to explore big questions and intentionally infuse purpose and meaning into every learning experience. In short, we help students develop knowledge and tools that will help them find a path that will lead to successful college and career pursuits, and a happy, meaningful life.
It’s one thing to talk theory. It’s another to see it in action. Below are some stories of how we bring purposeful education to life here at SD.
SD's youngest students gathered together to give thanks, surrounded by family, teachers, and friends.
Thank you so much for all of your love and support for our Thanksgiving Food Drive. In three weeks we collected over 51,000 items for the SF Marin Food Bank.
Sophie Keith-Brown ’20 working towards improving women’s health conditions.
On November 20, the Upper School Biomedical Ethics class moderated and led an Oxford style debate with and for the entire Middle School which examined and posed the question, “With recent deaths and medical and health risks, should e-cigarette companies be held responsible for their products?”
SD Students in Grades K-12 celebrated Holy People from around the world, teaching and learning invaluable lessons about standing up for truth, equality, and love.
The First Graders filled the room with sweetness on their morning visit to Lourdes. They emanated kindness and positive energy, bringing so much love to the retired Sisters.
As part of service learning, SD Fifth Graders Provide Nourishment and Companionship to the residents of Fireside, a retirement community in Marin.
Each year our K-12 community gathers to celebrate our diverse community and add another language to our Peace Pole.