The challenge for our KS3 students this year was to design, build and market a working wind turbine.

The brief for the teams of 5 was to produce a turbine with the highest voltage output, be stable and aesthetically pleasing, and at minimal cost.

The Priory Hall was a buzz of activity throughout the day, with team members adopting a variety of roles – design, construction, testing and marketing.

Read more: STEM Day 2019

Mums and Dads joined our Pre-school for their last Stay and Play session of the year yesterday, where the topic for the week has been trees.

The children followed the normal morning routine which started with name recognition on the self-registration board and also completing the date board. They then looked into the learning suitcase and found out what they would be learning about

Read more: Pre-school Stay and Play Session

Our Year 10 students faced some different challenges this weekend on their Duke of Edinburgh expedition due to the rain and muddy conditions they had to endure.

They all worked together to keep spirits high and help each other through the challenges they all faced.

Navigation skills improved and all students passed the Expedition section of their DofE Bronze – A BIG well done to them ALL!

Read more: Year 10 - Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Year 9 students have been studying the characteristics of the tropical rainforest biome in their Geography lessons.

They were set a homework project to study a specific rainforest such as The Amazon Rainforest; they focussed on the adaptations of plant and animal species to the rainforest climate.

The Y9 class enjoyed exploring the rainforest topic and chose to present their work in different forms, such as; fact files, wall displays, paintings, and even a cake model! Shauney created a cake model of the rainforest and shared the cake with the class.

Read more: Year 9 Geography- Rainforest Homework Project


Following an audition, Matthew (pupil of Helena Cox Dance) has gained a place on the Associate programme at Elmhurst Ballet School. He will travel to Birmingham every week for classes with top class professional ballet teachers.
He has been invited to a couple of taster sessions this term but will start in September.

Read more: Ballet Success for Matthew


One of our Prep students Matthew, has just completed a 14 show run of Oliver! at China Hall in Spode by Stage Productions where he played Nipper in Fagin’s gang and was also a Workhouse Child and Book Seller’s Boy. He has had a marvellous experience performing to audiences of up to 400 people each show. He had a singing solo and played an important role as the comic value in Fagin’s Gang, pulling out Fagin’s underwear, flossing and being dragged off stage by his collar amongst other things, much to the enjoyment of the audiences.

Read more: Never before has a boy wanted more... OLIVER!


On Wednesday 5th June our Year 10 History students visited Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. As part of their History Around Us module, the students have to visit a historical site and examine its physical remains. They then use this knowledge to form an enquiry in their exam. We were lucky enough to enjoy a sunny day at Kenilworth Castle, exploring the ruins of this spectacular site.

The students created a movie on their experience – explaining who the key individuals associated with Kenilworth were and why they are so important to its development.


For the start of their new topic ‘The world around me', Pre-school have been learning all about different habitats and the animals that live there. They enjoyed a discussion about the different features the animals had to survive in the different places.

Read more: Habitats in Pre-school

At St Dominic’s we love to recognise the achievements of our students through House Celebration Assemblies.

In the Senior school, Hallahan and Ullathorne Houses met to celebrate their recent achievements. It was such a pleasure to award so many badges- lots of silver and gold badges in particular.

A special mention must go to four of our Year 8 students who achieved their Ruby Award for gaining 125 House points each!
Congratulations to Tabitha, Madeline, Caitlyn, and Sophie. 

Read more: House News- Ullathorne takes the lead!
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