The cultural life of the school is rich and varied. Students are encouraged to involve themselves in a range of extra-curricular activities and experiences. Art, cookery, chess, computer, gardening, newspaper and sports clubs are some of the activities on offer.
The school is recognised for an outstanding provision in the creative and performing arts, we are very proud to have been awarded a much coveted Gold Arts Mark Award, this is in recognition of the school’s commitment and excellence in Arts education. Our annual whole school production involves students of all ages in a range of different roles. Drama and dance workshops are offered as part of our extra-curricular activities. Music pervades the life of the school. Piano, drums marimba, brass, singing, flute, clarinet, saxaphone, violin and guitar are offered to P3- P6 pupils by peripatetic music teachers.
St Dominic’s offers varied opportunities in sport. Specialist PE staff coach a range of sports, including netball, football, tennis, cricket, swimming, golf, cross-country and athletics. Sports teams participate in fixtures against local schools on a regular basis. Our prep pupils enjoy success in district, regional and national competitions over the year.
Trips to local theatres, exhibitions and galleries also feature as part of our extra-curricular provision. Beyond the classroom, St. Dominic’s ensures there are many opportunities for personal development. The school grounds, our eco-garden and the local area provide many varied opportunities for learning outside the classroom.
Mrs Cox offers dance classes as an extra-Curricular lesson. She offers Infant Dance lessons for Children in Reception, P1 and P2 and Project Dance groups for P3 to P6 children after school.
LAMDA Speech and Drama
LAMDA Speech and Drama Lessons are offered as an extra-curricular activity for Prep and Senior pupils. These lessons take place within and around the school day by Mrs Caroline West.
Mrs West is a LAMDA teacher (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) and has been active within the Performing Arts profession for over 25 years. She has been an actress and teaches various dance classes including ballet, tap and modern dance. Her skill set also includes being a qualified vocal coach, production directing and choreography for many theatre companies within the UK.
Children receive various benefits whilst working with Mrs West and the overall objective is to provide pupils with the facility to develop life skills such as self-confidence, expressive communication and clear speaking. Classes are in verse and prose, acting, mime, public speaking, reading for performance, devised drama and musical theatre. Pupils can take one or more examinations in their chosen fields.
Universities in the UK require candidates to earn a certain amount of UCAS points. The QCF (Qualification Credit Framework) recognises LAMDA’s advanced level grades 6, 7 and 8 as an equivalent to GCSE, AS Levels and A Levels.
Please click here to view the Prep Extra Curriculum Timetable.