The House System at St Dominic’s Priory School allows every student and member of staff to feel a sense of belonging by becoming a member of either Hallahan or Ullathorne House. By being a member of the House family, students and staff are encouraged to show team spirit as each house strives to excel in the different areas of School life while ‘living and Learning with Christ as our Guide’.
Every student and member of staff has a coloured badge that represents the House that they are in, white for Hallahan House and Yellow for Ullathorne House. Each House is overseen by a Head of House; Mrs Longmore for Ullathorne and Mrs Kemp for Hallahan. Each House meets regularly for assemblies led by the House Captains; this breaks down barriers between the year groups and creates a sense of togetherness where older students can look out for the younger ones.
There are many House events throughout the year from all areas of school life. This blend ensures that everyone has the opportunity to represent their House in something that they enjoy or are good at. For example, House events include various art and sporting activities, fundraising for charity and quizzes. These competitions are eagerly anticipated by the students and each House is well represented.
Introducing our Head and Deputy Head Students:
I am extremely proud to be Head Girl at St Dominic’s Priory School this year and am dedicated to making sure that all pupils have a voice and are encouraged to follow their dreams. I have been a pupil at St Dominic’s for 6 years and was Choir Leader from 2017-2018 for the Senior School. I have two siblings in the school and love the family environment that we are all a part of here. I am very involved in the extra-curricular opportunities at the school and take part in dance, LAMDA, Trampolining, School choir, Netball and singing lessons.
I am delighted to be Deputy Head Girl at St Dominic’s Priory School and am looking forward to taking part in many of the school events over the next year. I have been a pupil at St Dominic’s for 13 years and feel that this is very much my second home! My Mum also came to St Dominic’s and my younger sister is in the Prep School. I wanted to become Deputy Head Girl so that I could continue the fantastic traditions held here and promote our school spirit. I play the piano and love to dance and have been a member of the Senior Choir for 5 years.
Introducing our House Captains!
I am one of the Hallahan House Captains and throughout the year, I intend to maintain Hallahan’s amazing spirit of teamwork and perseverance. I think it is very important for everyone to feel that they can be themselves and in Hallahan House, we help everyone to forge their own paths. I have been a pupil at St Dominic’s Priory School for 13 years and am an extremely loyal and dedicated member of the student body. I love the creative arts as I play piano and love to paint and draw.
As a Hallahan House Captain, I feel that being a part of a School House here at St Dominic’s Priory School is extremely important. The Houses help us to feel like an essential member of a team and I am looking forward to encouraging competitions and a lively team spirit this year. I have been a pupil at St Dominic’s Priory School for 8 years and have always felt that our school encourages us to be ourselves and develop as individuals. I am a keen artist and love helping out in the Art Department, as well as spending time with my cats!
Ullathorne House Captains:
Hi, my name’s Scarlett Caine and I am your Ullathorne House Captain. I have been at this school since nursery and I love it! I look forward to helping to organise the House competitions and collecting and sharing ideas with everyone in the House team. My favourite lessons are Biology and History.
Hi, I am Amelia Moore and I am your Ullathorne House Captain. I have been at this school for 13 years when I started at nursery. The school is a big part of my life and I am happy to work with others to lead and support the House team. My interests are Art and I like taking photos.
Introducing our new rewards system:
At St Dominic’s Priory School we recognise the importance of rewarding achievements. Students are awarded House Points within lessons, for extracurricular achievements and for demonstrating the Spirit of St Dominic’s.
Certificates and pin badges are presented during our ‘Celebration Assemblies’ held each half term.
Students can work towards achieving the following levels of award;
Please see each House area for further information below;
Ullathorne House is named after William Bernard Ullathorne.
Ullathorne was born in Yorkshire in 1806, the eldest of ten children of William Ullathorne, a prosperous businessman with interests in groceries, draperies and spirits, and Hannah (née Longstaff), who converted to Roman Catholicism when she married. When he was nine years of age, Ullathorne's family relocated to Scarborough, where he began his schooling. He is a descendant of Saint Thomas More through his great-grandmother, Mary More.
At 12 he was taken from school and placed in his father's office to learn the management of accounts. The intention was to send him to school again, but Ullathorne wished to go to sea, and at the age of 15, with his parents' permission, he made the first of several voyages to the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean. While attending Mass in Memel he experienced something in the nature of a conversion, and on his return asked the mate if he had any religious books. Ullathorne was given a translation of Marsollier's Life of St Jane Frances de Chantal, which deepened his religious devotion. At the end of this voyage, he returned home. In February 1823, aged 16, he was sent to Downside, near Bath, where he was mentored by John Bede Polding, afterwards the first Archbishop of Sydney, who influenced him greatly.
In 1823 Ullathorne entered the monastery of Downside Abbey, taking the vows in 1825, taking the additional name "Bernard", after Bernard of Clairvaux. He was ordained priest in 1831, and in 1832 went to New South Wales as vicar-general to Bishop William Placid Morris (1794–1872), whose jurisdiction extended over the Australian missions. It was mainly Ullathorne who caused Pope Gregory XVI to establish the hierarchy in Australia. In 1836, Bede Polding sent Ullathorne back to Britain, to recruit more Benedictines. While in England, he visited Ireland, where he met Mary Aikenhead. He returned to Australia in 1838 with five Sisters of Charity. Ullathorne returned to in England in 1841, suffering what Judith F Champ says would in modern terminology be described as "burnout". He then took charge of the Roman Catholic mission at Coventry, where he recovered his health and spirits.
Ullathorne had turned bishoprics in Hobart, Adelaide, and Perth as he did not wish to return to Australia, but in 1847 he was consecrated bishop as Vicar Apostolic of the Western District, in succession to Bishop C.M. Baggs (1806–1845), but was transferred to the Central District in the following year. Ullathorne helped found St Osburg's Church in Coventry.
On the re-establishment of the hierarchy in England and Wales, he became the first Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham. During his nearly four decades of tenure at the see 67 new churches, 32 convents and nearly 200 mission schools were built. In 1888 he retired and received from Pope Leo XIII the honorary title of Archbishop of Cabasa. He died at Oscott College and his monument is in the crypt of St. Chad's Cathedral, Birmingham, although he was buried in the sanctuary of the Church of St Dominic and the Immaculate Conception at Stone, Staffordshire.
Of Ullathorne's theological and philosophical works the best known are The Endowments of Man (1882); The Groundwork of the Christian Virtues (1883); Christian Patience (1886). For an account of his life see his Autobiography, edited by A. T. Drane (London).
Hallahan House is named after Margaret Hallahan
Margaret Hallahan (23 January 1803 – 10 May 1868) was an English Catholic nun, foundress of the Dominican Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena (third order)
She was born in London and was the only child of poor Irish Catholics. Due to the illness of her parents, when she was six years old she was sent to an orphanage, St Aloysius's Charity School in Somers Town, for three years and then at the age of nine went out to service, in which state of life she remained for nearly thirty years. In 1826 she accompanied the family with which she was living to Bruges; there she tried her vocation as a lay sister in the convent of the English Augustinian nuns, but only remained there a week.
She became a Dominican tertiary in 1842, and then came to England, proceeding to Coventry where she worked under William Bernard Ullathorne, afterwards Roman Catholic Bishop of Birmingham, among the factory girls. Presently she was joined by others, and with the consent of the Dominican fathers formed a community of Dominican tertiaries, who were to devote themselves to active works of charity.
The rule of the Third Order of St. Dominic, is intended for persons living in the world, was not suited to community life; she, therefore, drew up, from the rule of the first and second orders, constitutions which she adapted to her own needs. The first professions were made on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, 1845. From Coventry, the community moved to Bristol, where several schools were placed under their charge, from there they went to Longton, the last of the pottery towns in Staffordshire.
In 1851 her congregation received papal approbation, and in 1852 the foundation stone of St. Dominic's convent was laid at Stone, Staffordshire, outside the Black Country: this became the motherhouse and novitiate, and to it, the Longton community afterwards moved. This Stone convent at one time enjoyed the reputation of numbering some of the cleverest women in England its subjects, of whom the late mother provincial, Augusta Theodosia Drane, was one.
At Stone a church and a hospital for incurables were built; this latter was one of Mother Margaret's schemes and was begun on a small scale at Bristol. In 1857 she opened another convent at Stoke-on-Trent, a few miles from Stone, and the same year founded an orphanage at the latter place.
In 1858 she went to Rome, to obtain the final confirmation of her constitutions, which was granted, and the congregation was placed under the jurisdiction of the Master General of the Dominicans, who appoints a delegate, generally the bishop of the diocese, to set for him. New foundations were made at Our Lady and St Catherine of Sienna next to Grove Hall in Bow, London where Mother Margaret donated a relic of the Saint, and at St Marychurch, Torquay, before her death.