RE Inspection Report
St. Dominic’s was recently visited by three Inspectors from Westminster Diocese, this is part of the Inspection process for all Catholic schools in the Diocese. Inspectors looked at the Religious Education (RE) teaching and learning that takes place and the opportunities the children have to be part of a faith community.
The RE Report is now published and I am delighted to tell you the Inspectors have recognised all the work that has been done by the school to maintain our high standards in RE and the good and outstanding practice in place.
There are two separate overall outcomes on the school’s performance in RE. The first is to do with the quality of our curriculum, how well children learn in lessons and the progress they make. The Inspectors found this to be overall ‘Good,’ and that “The quality of teaching at St. Dominic’s in religious education is outstanding.”
The second outcome refers to the Catholic life of the school. This considers how well the children understand the importance of following their faith in their daily lives and understanding its practices and traditions. We were very pleased to see the Inspectors also found this work to be of a high standard. They judged it to be overall’ Good’ and that “The experience of prayer and worship that the pupils receive is outstanding.”
In addition, they agreed that “The pupils show an outstanding commitment to helping others and they can talk about the reasons for it based on the teaching of Jesus Christ.”
These outcomes are a reflection of our hard working, very well motivated pupils, who are actively engaged in all their lessons. In addition to our fantastic children, we have a wonderful team of staff who are committed to ensuring that every child is provided with the best learning opportunities. The staff work incredibly hard to make learning enjoyable and help children reach their potential. This work is well supported by our parents and families and also by our Parish Team and School Chaplain, Fr. Lawrence.
I would especially like to thank Miss Leeds for all her work as RE Leader and the support she has given to colleagues and also Ms Giverin for her work as part of the RE Leadership Team.
Parish Art Competition
Congratulations to Charlie, Cristiano, Luna and Ali who were successful in the recent St. Dominic’s Parish art competition and were awarded prizes for their artwork. The children completed artwork on the theme ‘What you would do if you were King or Queen for one day’ and are shown below with their original work. Thank you to all the children who took part and the Parish has asked us to pass on their thanks also.
Class visits to the Church
We are very proud to be part of St. Dominic’s Parish family and all of our classes are named after Saints who are represented in the Church.
During their class visit, the children will join Fr. Lawrence to learn more about their class saint and why they are celebrated in St. Dominic’s Church and other interesting features or information about our Church. The visit will end with a short Prayer Service and we very much hope parents will be able to join the children for this special visit. The dates and times of the class visits are listed below.
Monday 9th October 2017:
1.45pm St. Anne Year 1/2
2.20pm St. Martin Year 6
Tuesday 10th October 2017:
1.45pm St. John Year 2
2.20pm St. Teresa Year 4/5
Monday 16th October 2017:
1.45pm St. Patrick Year 1
2.20pm St. Peter Year 5
Thursday 19th October 2017:
1.40pm St. Bernadette Year 3
2.20pm St. George Year 3/4
'Welcome' coffee mornings and Blessing of classrooms
The Welcome meetings are an opportunity to meet your child’s new teacher and other staff they will be working with this year, learn about their work and helpful activities to do at home and also visit their new classroom.
Thank you to everyone who was able to attend the Key Stages 1 and 2 ‘Welcome’ coffee mornings at school
It was lovely to welcome so many parents/carers at each meeting and talk together about how we can support your child’s learning both at school and at home. Thank you also to Fr. Lawrence for joining us and starting each morning with a prayer. Thank you for also blessing each classroom as we begin our school year.
Meet our new School Chaplain
A very warm welcome to our new School Chaplain, Fr. Lawrence who has recently joined St. Dominic's Parish.
We were delighted Fr. Lawrence could join us at assembly and meet the children. We are very much looking forward to working together with him and the Parish this year as we prepare the children to celebrate Masses and special events, either in the Church or here in school.
We celebrated our ‘Start of the New School Year’ Mass last week on Friday 22nd September with classes from Years 1 to 6. This was an opportunity for the school community to gather together early in the year and pray for a happy and successful year for all our pupils, staff and families.
Our new School Chaplain, Fr. Lawrence Lew, celebrated Mass and the Year 6 pupils in St. Martin’s class led the readings and prayers. The children read very confidently and reverently and were a great example to the younger year groups. The Year 4 pupils also did a fantastic job leading the singing, accompanied by our music teacher, Mr Gamage.
Thank you to all the children for participating so well in the Mass and to the Year 6 staff for preparing them so well. Thanks also to our Religious Education Leader, Miss Leeds for all her work organising the Mass and working with Fr. Lawrence as he celebrated his first school celebration with us. It was also lovely to see parents and other family members and School Governors join us for the Mass and we hope you will be able to join us for other celebrations and events taking place throughout the year.