Social studies, arts, crafts and sport were taught by the sisters and teams from the convent competed against outside schools. Trained teachers were employed in the 1960’s and taught alongside the Sisters. Girls attended Brownie groups in the local community and learnt ballet while the boys played rugby.
St Dominic’s was integrated into the state education system in 1983 to ease the financial burden and the Sisters had to apply for jobs.
Due to falling numbers, St Dominic’s closed in May 1989.
Reference: Pilkington, D. (2008) ‘We see what you mean…a history of St Dominic’s School for Deaf Children and the Catholic Ministry in New Zealand,’ St Dominic’s School for the Deaf Historical Society Inc., Palmerston North.