Our theme this week was Egypt.

We enjoyed learning about Ancient Egypt Hieroglyphics, and we made some amulets (a small object worn to ward off evil, harm, or illness or to bring good fortune) using salt dough.

Read more: Holiday Club Week 2

This years’ end of term celebrations for our senior school students was a visit to Liverpool; they were able to choose a preference as to what Museum and restaurant they would like to visit -   The options offered were as follows:

  • KGB and the Liverpool Museum

  • Pizza Express and the World Museum

  • Pizza Express and the Tate

  • Nandos and Maritime Museum

  • Wagamamas and the Walker Gallery

Some of the students have written about their day:
Read more: End of Term Trip to Liverpool

We have had a great start to the Summer Holiday Club. From creating masquerade masks, to our mid-week trip to Stafford castle. We had a design your own castle competition with the winner getting a special prize.

We finished off the week with Miss Louise`s Musical film Friday. Our film this week was Beauty and the Beast, where we had a treat of popcorn and lemonade. A great start to Holiday Club.

Read more: Holiday Club Week One

Holiday Club are curently enjoying an 'American Indian' themed week, which has got off to a very creative start. The children have been using traditional American Indian designs to create a totem pole, feather headdresses and their own talking sticks.

You can also thank them for this bad weather as it seems their rain dance has actually worked. 

 

 

For our Form Markets event this year the weather was once again not kind, so the event took place in our Priory Hall. This did not detract anyone from attending as it was very busy.

Year groups worked very hard to raise money - The winning group being offered a home clothes day before the end of term.

The stalls consisted of: cakes, bottle tombola, sports games, a beauty salon, ice-cream, books and DVD’s, throw the sponge. Refreshments were served by year 10 pupils in the Disney cafe; they looked amazing as they were all dressed up as Disney characters.

Read more: Form Markets /Summer Fayre 2017

Despite a rain affected day, some of our senior tennis team players thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Sam Querrey, Thomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Giles Muller and Heather Watson were all spotted on the practice courts.

Just as we took our seats for the start of play on Court 1, the heavens opened. Was the forecast going to be correct as we feared?

Fortunately, the rain blew over and Garbine Muguruza (14th Seed) and Svetlana Kuzsnetsova (17th) were first up in the women's quarter-finals. In a very entertaining and closely contested match, Muguruza's greater consistency and determination saw off Kuznetsova's challenge in two sets 6-3, 6-4.

Coco Vandeweghe, coached by Pat Cash, followed against Magdalena Rybarikova. Vandeweghe displayed the greater power but was rather error prone. With Rybarikova closing in on victory, the rain returned.

After strawberries and cream, and a competitive visit to the Play Tennis Batak Reaction Game and Serve Speed Challenge, our day sadly came to an end with the rain set in for the evening.

A fantastic experience, made even better for having seen the eventual ladies winner.

 

Our School Prize Giving Evening was once again a wonderful event where we were able to honour student’s achievements over the last academic year.

The setting was a marquee on the lawn that accommodated just over 450 attendees.

On arrival, the guests were greeted with refreshments and pupils performing, before the speeches and the awards ceremony starting.

Read more: Prize Giving 2017

We would like to thank Joe Clarke MBE who is from Stone, for kindly agreeing to be our Guest Speaker at our end of year Prize Giving ceremony on Wednesday.

Joe gave a motivating speech and talked about his achievements in canoeing to date and his amazing Olympic Gold win in Rio.

Joe engaged with our pupils, parents and staff by talking about the opportunities he had been given, the sacrifices he and his family have had to make, the hard work and dedication that is required and how he is now focusing and training for the next Olympics in Tokyo 2020.

He also spoke about being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours list, for services to canoeing.

Thank you, Joe, for your inspirational speech and for taking the time to visit and engage with all our pupils, staff and parents.

 

As part of our end of term celebrations, we gave thanks for a successful year in our Whole School Mass which included our traditional light and salt ceremony.

A special mention must go to Sophie Brogan and Sophie Hughes our two loyal Altar Servers for their contribution to the liturgical life of the school.

We are delighted to share some updated news on Lieutenant Danielle Welch (nee Hancock).

Danielle studied at St. Dominic’s Priory School through the 1990’s, later attending Bath University, where she obtained a degree in Aerospace Engineering, with French.

After a prolonged selection period she was given a offerred in the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm, where she initially trained as a fixed wing pilot, prior to the disposal of the Harrier jet aircraft, at which point she transferred on to helicopters. After a successful period flying helicopters she was put back on to the fast jet programme.

Read more: Lieutenant Danielle Welch (nee Hancock).

Our younger swimmers took to the water in the Year 3/4 Stafford & District Swimming Gala at Stafford Leisure Centre. Thirteen schools participated in the gala. In each age group/event there were two heats and certificates awarded to first, second and third in each heat.

We had three heat winners - Alice, Bella and Summer, and four runners up - Joe, Matilda, Louis and Joel.

Congratulations to all the children from Prep that took part in the gala.

Twenty six schools from across the Midlands region were competing in the Midlands Independent Schools Athletics Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Our Junior athletes performed extremely well on the day, with many of them achieving top ten performances in their individual events.

Result of the day was Bella who narrowly missed out on being 150m Champion, just pipped to the title from timed heats.

Read more: ISA Midlands Junior Athletics Championships
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