This week we will be focussing on this very important issue in school. This is an excellent opportunity for us all to promote the importance of looking after mental health issues in our young people and families.  

The prep school will be having yoga sessions every day with a yoga instructor to help them maintain and understand positive mental health.

Read more: Children’s Mental Health Week 2018.

This is such an important topic for all parents and carers of young people whose lives are today dominated by an online presence. This year’s slogan is:

“Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.”

It is vitally important that all our pupils and staff are fully aware of the dangers that can arise when using the internet. As a school we will be holding an assembly tomorrow so all the children are aware of the day and what it stands for.

Read more: Safer Internet Day Tuesday 6th February:

The staff in our prep department were thrilled that the ‘Prep Creative Countries Day’ which took place on Friday 26th February for children in our Reception classes to P6 went so well.

The children had a fun and educational day as they jetted around the world visiting and learning about a particular country from the seven continents of the world. They visited New York in North America, Peru in South America, Germany in Europe, Japan in Asia where they stopped for a delicious lunch, The Congo in Africa, New Zealand in Australia and finally finishing in Antarctica.

Read more: Prep Creative Countries Day

Eight Sports Partnership District winning teams qualified to compete in the prestigious Staffordshire School Games Finals held at Clayton Sports Centre in Stoke-on-Trent last week.

Representing St. Dominic's at the Finals were Sophie Hughes and Mary Ellis who anchored the singles matches and Georgia Glassey and Lydia Goodfellow who were our nominated doubles partnership.

Read more: Staffordshire County Badminton Girls KS3 Tournament Finalists

On Wednesday 10th January Year 9 pupils, accompanied by Mrs Cook and Miss Jovanovic, travelled to Liverpool to carry out some preliminary work for their Stations of the Cross Project.

After a guided tour of the stunning modern Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King, the girls settled down to each sketch one of the fourteen  beautiful  bronze sculpted stations that adorn the walls of this ‘Cathedral in the round’. 

Read more: Year 9 RE/Art Trip to Liverpool

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
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