Due to the adverse weather conditions we have had this week, a decision to cancel our Festival of Carols concert on Monday night had to be taken.

However, a condensed version of the festival did take place today in the Priory Hall to ensure we finished the end of term on a festive note.

Children in Little Dom's, Swans, Reception, P1 and 2 have spent hours rehearsing lines and songs which has all culminated in what we all agree was a spectacular Nativity performance. It was lovely to see so many family and friends attend the performances.

The children began rehearsals with Mrs Dickson in Music sessions where they started to learn the songs. The older children were responsible for remembering and speaking their lines loudly and clearly, first within small groups in class, then with the rest of the cast. When the prep children became more fluent with their lines they progressed to acting out scenes in the Priory Hall. Of course, they had to practise every day to inject expression and actions into the performance.

Read more: Nativity Play

Write up by Helen Howard-Pate

In the morning we learned about the Greek theatre and about the plays that they performed. Performers wore masks to express their feelings and to make it easier for the audience to understand what was going on. We made our own masks.

After that we made our own mosaics because rich people in Greece had them in their gardens. I made a letter ‘H’ using a red middle and the border was blue and yellow.

Read more: Y4 Greek Day

Oh, What a Show..

Well done to the Prep Choir for putting on another memorable show – The Pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ was watched and embraced by pupils in the prep and senior school, parents, siblings and staff. Lots of laughter could be heard all around the Priory Hall.

Thank you to the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE, who gave his time to attend the event as well as engaging with the cast and pupils; It really was a very special occasion.

A special mention must also go out to Mrs Edmondson and Mrs Talbot senior who worked so hard to produce the cow outfit which was spectacular.

Thank you, Mrs Dickson, they could not have done it without you.

Read more: ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ Pantomime

Year 9 have been studying the First World War in History and for a homework project had to create a model of a British trench.

The students were very creative and presented their work to the class with confidence.

Their presentations had been well researched and one group even wore replica helmets and gas masks.

Read more: Y9 Trenches

Year 9 attended an NHS Careers event at The County Showground, Stafford. It was a really useful event inspiring the pupils to consider jobs they were not aware even existed as well as the more familiar ones within the NHS.

The pupils were enthusiastic about the resuscitation practise they experienced and were able to ask questions about the many careers including midwifery, podiatry, occupational health and nursing, both in hospitals and out in the community. All the staff on the stalls were enthusiastic about their jobs and the pupils found it very interesting.

Read more: Year 9 NHS Careers Event at The County Showground

St. Dominic's have retained the title of Stafford & Stone Sports Partnership, Key Stage 3, Tournament Champions for the fifth consecutive year.

Sophie Hughes and Mary Ellis anchored the singles matches and Lydia Goodfellow and Grace Ellam were our nominated doubles partnership.

Congratulations to the girls on beating teams from Blessed William Howard, King Edward V1 High, Stafford Manor High and Alleynes High and on the way to taking the title.

The team now go forward to compete in the Staffordshire County Schools Finals in January.

It just gets better every year! The PFA Christmas Fayre which took place last weekend was attended by an amazing amount of people; it was so lovely to see the Priory Hall so busy and everyone having a wonderful time.

Amongst the attractions were Christmas games and activities, face-painting, tombola’s, cake and this year’s St Dominic’s Christmas Pud stand. A number of outside stalls with a selection of Christmas shopping ideas also attended, but the highlight for most was that Father Christmas paid a visit and handed out some early Christmas presents to the children.

Read more: PFA Christmas Fayre
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