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

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

Last week we had a visiting from author Mackenzie Keeble who came to show us his new book 'The Jackson Chronicles and the Dragon Hunt'.

Mackenzie shared with the children a little bit of information about himself and his father, who inspired him to be a writer. He also talked to us all about what it takes to be a writer and gave the children tips on what they need to do to succeed in writing.

Read more: Mackenzie Keeble

Year 7 have been learning about Medieval Castles and as part of a homework project had to research different castle designs and produce a booklet and model to present to the rest of the class.

It was excellent to see how confidently the students could explain their findings to each other and how much they now know about Medieval Castles.

The work they have produced is fantastic and they should all be very proud of themselves.

Eleanor Thornton a student in our year 8, recently supported ‘The Little Princess Trust’ charity by having her beautiful hair cut off for a very good cause.

Please read her story:

The Little Princess Trust is a charity which provides wigs made from real hair for children who have suffered from hair loss, whether through chemotherapy or alopecia.
Many people donate their hair to this wonderful charity.

Read more: ‘The Little Princess Trust’ Charity

Holly in year 6 returned to school this week with some very exciting news!

Her Father Martyn Molsom (Chief Engineer) and three other JCB employees had the privilege of helping and being a part of TV Presenter Guy Martin's crew on an amazing project.

They were tasked with helping to build a replica of a WW1 tank in readiness for Armistice Day commemorations in France at the weekend, which marked 100 years since tanks were first used in battle.

Read more: Guy Martin's World War 1 Tank

Reception and KS1 children paid a visit to the Stone Cenotaph earlier this week, as they wanted to see the Poppy wreath that had been laid by the school on Sunday.

They have been learning all about Remembrance and what it means.

Last week St. Dominic's became the Stafford & Stone School Sports Partnership, sportshall athletics, small schools champions.

Sportshall athletics consists of short and longer distance team track events staged on a linear track, along with speed bounce, chest ball push, foam javelin, standing long, triple, and vertical jump in the field events.

In the Stafford & Stone Sports Partnership Small Schools Competition we took on and beat St. Peter's for a place in the Staffordshire School Games Finals.

The Staffordshire County Final takes place at Fenton Manor in February next year.

Congratulations to Daisy, William, Joseph, Tilly, Bella, Ted, Holly, Porsha, Cal, Joseph, Ruby and Joe.

November is a month in which we pray for the Holy Souls.

Pupils and Staff visited St. Anne's Chapel at lunchtime to light a candle for those they have loved and lost.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace.  Amen.

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