The art department recently entered a range of work in the National ISA Arts Competition. The competition was judged at St. Dominic's Grammar School by Mrs Harrison & Hannah from Yellowstone Art Boutique.

Hannah Stoney is a painter, designer, and entrepreneur who runs the company and gallery shop 'Yellowstone Art Boutique' on the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire. Along with her own artwork and creations, she sells work by 40 other British makers and designers. Specialising in personalised and bespoke commissions, Yellowstone is a space known for it's unusual, contemporary and thoughtful gifts and homeware.

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On Tuesday 9th October, Year 11 Geography students visited Cannock Chase to complete an investigation of the characteristics of the Sher Brook river and how they might influence flood risk.

The group began their study at the Punch Bowl Car Park and observed the drainage basin characteristics along the brook and ended the day at the Springslade Lodge. The students worked well together to collect primary data such as; the width, depth, velocity and bedload characteristics at three sites along the brook.

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Primary 6 pupils worked very hard during our Harvest Festival! After presenting the Harvest Festival assembly P6 helped to load up the collected food donations into the school minibus. Once again, the amount of food donated exceeded expectations. Children then took a trip to the Trussell Trust foodbank warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent to deliver the food. After unloading the food pupils were given a tour of the warehouse and staff answered questions about the service. The foodbank distributes to people in need all over the city and over 1000 people each month are helped by the donations. Many thanks to all who helped by making donations for the food bank collection.

A group of ten Year 9 students travelled to North Wales last week to participate in a Geography Residential visit. They stayed at the Field Studies Centre in Betws-y-Coed and enjoyed three days of Geographical fieldwork in the glorious autumn sunshine!

The aims of the visit were:

• To provide the opportunity for the learners to undertake physical geographical fieldwork, experiencing firsthand the geographical investigation process
• To allow learners to improve their knowledge and understanding of the glaciated landscapes, river processes and tourism management
• To give learners the chance to experience the varied landscapes of North Wales first hand in order to spark curiosity and enjoyment of natural and built environments.

Read more: Year 9 Geography Residential News

Year 9 completed their study of vocation to married life this week, by hosting a wedding fair in the RE room.

Today the average cost of a wedding in the UK is £20,000, with money spent lavishly on outfits, venue and catering. For many young couples, this is prohibitive and marriage is put off, whilst for others, married life starts with money problems and debt.

Read more: Wedding on a Shoe String

Primary 1 have been thinking about the changing seasons this week. They have been for a walk around the school to look for signs of Autumn.

They collected lots of different coloured leaves that have fallen from the trees to use in their art work.

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