On Monday 16 October, fifteen excited students and three members of staff left behind a bleak, grey Stafford, and just over five hours later arrived in the bright sunshine of Paris.

The weather remained beautiful throughout the trip and we saw Paris at its best: views of the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur against a clear blue sky, autumn colours glowing in the sunshine and cobbled streets and squares with the sunlight filtering through.

We did a lot of climbing. Some were brave enough to go to the summit of the Eiffel Tower; many climbed the towers of Notre-Dame and saw the gargoyles and all enjoyed the spectacular scenery and stunning viewpoints of the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont.

In the Musée d’Orsay, we were fascinated by the beauty of this former railway station, and saw many famous paintings, as well as discovering some which were new to us.

The Jardin des Tuileries, with its French formal design, provided an interesting contrast to this and we explored it and then walked along the nearby Seine to buy ice-creams.

Another food highlight was the Musée du Chocolat, where we learned about the history and the making of chocolate, and enjoyed sampling many different types.

Read more: Paris Trip 2017

This week Year 7 were asked to create a model of a cell for their homework.

The pupils were very innovative as they used novel materials such as cake, cookies, jelly and balloons as well as some colourful modelling clay.

Read more: Year 7 Biology

The Year 7 girls team raced to victory in the recent Stafford & District Cross Country Championships held in Stafford.

With strong well-paced running Caitlyn Disley was the lead finisher taking the individual bronze medal in third place. Caitlyn was brilliantly supported by Ruby Weston 8th, Kyra Kaur 11th, Olivia Bennett 18th, Holly Molsom 19th, Kristen Winfield-Morrey 20th, Daisy Corfield 25th, Porsha Edwards 27th, Darcey Abbotts 26th, and Maizie Braine-Kemp 31st. A wonderful team performance especially by some of our younger team members from Primary 6.

Isaac Graham ran an excellent race to take 6th place in the Year 7 boys race.

Isaac, Caitlyn and Ruby in finishing in the top ten now qualify for the Stafford District Team competing at the Staffordshire County Schools Championships at Staffordshire University in the New Year.

Considering a number of our other runners were soaking up the French culture on the Paris trip this still proved to be a very successful District Championships!

Both Stafford and Stone Sports Partnership Cross Country age group events were held at the same venue in Stafford, on a tough course with a long steep uphill section to start.

The Yr 6 girls team were the best placed team taking the team bronze medal in finishing in third place. Ruby ran a very impressive race finishing in 4th place overall followed by Olivia 10th, Holly 22nd and Daisy 35th.

The Yr 5 girls team came 8th overall with Bella 13th, Sissy 26th and Marcie 37th.

The Yr 6 boys team finished 10th with Joseph 35th, William 37th and Barnaby 38th.

In the second event, the Yr 4 boys team came 7th overall, led in by Joseph in 14th, Rocco from Yr 3, an excellent first run for school finishing in 19th, followed by Louis 22nd and Ted 28th.

St. Dominic's entered the Yr 8/9 Stafford & Stone Sports Partnership 7-a-side Football Tournament held at Stafford Manor High.

We had a mixture of ages in our team from Year 7 to Year 9. Four players were making their debut football team appearances and we were missing some players to the Paris trip.

The girls lost two matches, drew one with BWH and won two against King Edward's and Stafford Manor, scoring three goals in each win.

Well done on achieving fourth place to Mary Ellis, Olivia Glenn, Sophie Hughes, Zoe Mukwena, Georgia Glassey, Caitlyn Disley and Kristen Winfield-Morrey.

Primary 1 had a lovely visit from p3, they came to help the P1 children  log on to their phonics games on the Linx tablets. Thank you P3 you were a great help.

Congratulations to Sophie Titley in Year 7 who has successfully auditioned and secured the role of Jemima Cratchit in the production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Rep Theatre in Stoke.

Charles Dickens’ classic novel is being brought to the stage by Scarlet Theatre this December.

Read more: A Christmas Carol

During  assembly last Thursday, Stoke City visited the Prep school children and invited them to visit their new stand at the Bet 365 Stadium for a forthcoming match.

The children were asked questions about Stoke City players and about the ground.

Read more: Stoke City Assembly

In both the Senior and Prep departments, the house system exists to promote the involvement of our students in a range of activities. When students join the school, they are allocated a house which will be either Hallahan or Ullathorne.

Hallahan’s Head of House is Molly Barton and Deputy Head of House George Page

Ullathorne’s Head of House is Rebecca Sammons and Deputy Head of House Hattie Giles

There are a variety of activities including sports and drama where house points can be gained. The houses will be competing to see which house can achieve the most points throughout the year.

Read more: Hallahan and Ullathorne House Points
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