News from St. Dominic’s Priory School

Rotary Young Artist Competition 2017

The Rotary Club of Stafford Knot asked us to take part in their Young Artist Competition.

It was a free to enter competition for students attending schools and colleges within Stafford and its surrounding area, with the aim to further encourage an appreciation of and participation in the visual arts.

The two categories St Dominic’s entered were ages 11-14 (years 7,8 &9) and 15-16 (years 10 & 11). With a wide ranging brief, any art form including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture and pottery could be submitted.

14 of our students entered two or more pieces of work across the two age groups with paintings, drawings, collages and even a case decorated with paper butterflies!

The award ceremony was held earlier in the year:

We were delighted to learn that Ava Stacey won the 11 – 14 age group, with Miles Forrester wining the Gallery Prize and Francesca Burda receiving A Highly Commended certificate.

In the 15 – 16 age group there were four Highly Commended certificates for pupils from St. Dominic’s Priory School in Stone: Oliver Lang, Anna-Grethe Schwartz, Ella Hughes and Sophie Nelson.

Art work by all prize winners from the competition can be now seen in a current exhibition at “Gallery at 12” in Eccleshall.

Staffordshire School Games County Trampoline Champions

Congratulations on becoming County Champions to Lucy Hadley, Ava Stacey, Eleanor Dimbleby and Miren Stacey, pupils at St. Dominic’s Priory School in Stone.

The trampoline team had qualified for the prestigious Staffordshire School Games at Keele University in winning the Stafford & Stone Partnership Competition.

They were competing in the beginners category against the other six area finalists from across Staffordshire. They all had to perform a compulsory routine followed by their chosen voluntary routine, in front of a panel of experienced judges.

The competition was closely fought and the pressure was on Lucy, who had the most experience, to pull out an outstanding performance to put them in medal contention.

As the tension rose, the results were out – St. Dominic’s were crowned the overall champions!

Lucy also added to the medal tally by taking the individual gold medal.

All the team were presented with their trophy and gold medals on stage by sports stars, Sam Quek (Rio 2016 Olympic Hockey Gold Medalist) and Ian Marsden (Rio 2016 Bronze Medalist Paracanoe) in front of a packed crowd.