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 Newman, Romero or Teresa 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, Red for Newman House, Green for Romero House and Blue for Teresa House. Each House is overseen by a Head of House; Ms Jovanovic for Romero House, Mrs Kemp for Newman House and Mrs Longmore for Teresa House. 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.
Head & Deputy Head Student
I am very proud to be Head Student and I am looking forward to taking part in many of the school events over the next year. I have been a student at St Dominic’s for four years and I have a sister in the
Prep School. I am a keen member of the senior choir and I take part in extra-curricular activities such as netball.
I am delighted to become the new Deputy Head Student. I have been at St Dominic’s since nursery and I believe that the link between the prep and seniors is vital for us to promote good relationships
between all students. My younger sister is part of the Prep school and I look forward to helping her and her peers in any way I can.
I am looking forward to being Sports Captain again this year. I have been at St Dominic’s since nursery. I am excited to help to support lots of different sporting competitions this year.
I am one of the Newman House Captains and I am really looking forward to bringing a new look to the House System. As we have three new houses, I would like to bring competitiveness and positive
spirit to Newman House.
I have been at St Dominic’s since the start of Year 9 and this year I’m looking forward to encouraging people to bring out the best in themselves through new competitions and events throughout
the school year.
I am a House Captain for Romero House and a Senior Art Prefect. I am looking forward to taking on these responsibilities and I will strive to make Romero House the most victorious House whilst
maintaining an enthusiasm and supporting the environment. I hope to encourage the Romero House students to develop a healthy competitive streak whilst remaining respectful to the other Houses.
I am a Romero House Captain, I am in Year 10 and have been at St Dominic’s since Year 7. I am very much looking forward to having three Houses this year and any competition this may bring
forward. My favourite lessons are English and History.
I am a House Captain in Teresa House and I have been at this school since Year 7. I am excited to try and encourage more competitiveness within the House competitions in all subject areas,
not just sport.
I am a new House Captain for Teresa House. My favourite subjects are Geography and Music. In my spare time I like to dance. I am looking forward to working with the House Captain team to
help organise competitions and events.
Introducing our rewards system
At St Dominic’s Priory School we recognise the importance of rewarding achievements. Students are awarded House Points within lessons, for extra-curricular achievements and for demonstrating the Spirit of St Dominic.
Certificates and pin badges are presented during our ‘Celebration Assemblies’ which are held each half term.
Students can work towards achieving the following levels of award;
Please see each House area for further information below;
Oscar Romero was the Archbishop of El Salvador in the 1970s. At that time, in this Latin American country, most of the wealth was held by just a handful of families, whilst the majority of the population lived in extreme poverty. Priests that spoke out against this unfair system were often tortured or even murdered. Romero had been a quiet priest, but when he became Archbishop, he quickly realised that he had to speak for the people;
‘The world that the Church must serve is the world of the poor’, he said.
For three years Romero was a fearless leader: he wrote letters to the government and the military; he openly and consistently preached about the rights of the poor and against injustice and oppression; he sent words of comfort and hope to the people via his little radio station that he set up at home; he pleaded with the soldiers that came to Mass to disobey the law if it opposed God’s law; he was ‘the voice of the voiceless’.
Romero knew that his life was in danger, but he had no choice but to continue. He said, ‘They will kill me, but I will rise again in the people of El Salvador’ Sure enough, he was silenced by an assassin’s bullet, at the altar, saying Mass, on 24th March 1980. He was the people’s hero, and now a martyr. The people of El Salvador called him a saint both during his life and after his death, but he was officially canonised (or made a saint) by Pope Francis (our first Latin American Pope) in October 2018.
We can be inspired by Romero and his brave challenge against injustice. He calls on us to make a change, to make a difference:
Aspire not to have more, but to be more.
‘’Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; they will be satisfied.’’ (Mt 5:6)
John Henry Newman is set to become a saint later this year.
Newman was a very intelligent as well as a very devout man. He studied at Oxford and entered the Church of England, serving as an Anglican priest for several years. However, his studying drew
him to the Catholic Church and he left the Church of England to become a Catholic, in 1845. He was quickly ordained a Catholic priest and later a cardinal. He was a very important figure in the
Church, writing and delivering lectures, in a country that, at that time, was quite anti –Catholic; in fact, it was a common occurrence for priests to be pelted with rotten fruit and stones in the street
and for churches to be attacked. Becoming a Catholic came at a great price for Newman; he lost many friends and even his family became distant. However, he was convinced that he had made
the right choice and that God had a plan for him; ‘I will trust Him’, he said. And he wrote,
‘God has created me to do him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission.’
Newman is particularly associated with our diocese and our parish, being received into the Church by our own Blessed Dominic Barberi, the young priest who walked daily from Alton, past
jeering mobs, to say Mass in our little St Anne’s Chapel.
We can be inspired by Newman in our response to our vocation, trusting in God’s love for us in whatever it is we are called to be.
‘’Blessed are the pure in heart; they shall see God.’’(Mt 5:8)
Teresa (christened Agnes) was born into a poor family in Kosovo in Serbia in 1910. At 12 years old she felt called to a life serving God and so she became a nun, joining the Irish order of Loreto sisters.
However, she spent the majority of her life, loving and caring for the poor, the vulnerable and those no one else would care for, in India. To begin with she taught in a good school in Calcutta, but when she saw the suffering on the streets of the city and the general disregard for human life, she stepped away from her comfortable lifestyle and set up, first a school for slum children, then homes for the poor and dying. She was quickly joined by other volunteers and after securing permission from the Pope, they established themselves as an order called, the Missionaries of Charity. She took in many destitute, diseased and dying people; she did not claim to be able to cure them but she bathed them and fed them, she showed them that they were loved and gave them dignity. When challenged about her work and how she could stomach it, she said, ’I look into the face of every dying person and I see the face of Christ.’ Although she died in 1997, the Missionaries of Charity continue her work, caring for the poorest and most vulnerable in many countries of the world today.
Teresa was a humble and obedient servant, refusing any privilege, living simply - among those she cared for and choosing to dress in a habit that reflected the dress of those around her. She was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1979 and, although she refused to attend the lavish banquet she accepted the honour humbly and requested that the prize money go straight to helping the poor.
Mother Teresa has been called the greatest humanitarian of the twentieth century.
In 2016 Mother Teresa was canonised by Pope Francis, so we can now call her Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Although we may think the problems of the world are too great for us to ever solve we can be inspired by Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s words. She said:
‘We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop’, and
‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love’
We can learn a great deal from her words, her humility, and her example of service.
''Blessed are the meek; they shall inherit the earth.'' (Mt5:5)