Students will be sitting their mock speaking exam next week on all of their work so far. The days concerned are as follows:
Mrs Underwood’s group Tuesday 23 or Thursday 25 January
Mr Young’s group Wednesday 24 or Thursday 25 January
Mrs Jackson’s group Wednesday 24 January
Mrs Liddle’s group Tuesday 23 or Friday 26 January
Students have been given a precise time for their individual test by their teacher.
School is open as normal today. All scholars buses are running however they may be delayed due to the weather and traffic.
On Wednesday night we are hosting a worship night with Pete McAllen of Pyramid Park. Pete was Worship Pastor at C3 for 6 years and has played several festivals in the UK, Europe and New Zealand. His new album ‘Vulnerability’ hit number 1 in the UK Christian & Gospel iTunes Album chart. Feel free to join us on Wednesday for an evening of worship and fellowship. 6:00 – 7:30pm. Main Hall. Parking around the back of school.
Following the recent changes to Universal Credit, we realised that this may have a detrimental impact on some of those within our local community over the Christmas period, and therefore we wanted to do a collection of items and monetary donations.
In this past week, we have managed to raise over £1000 and a large selection of items including; gifts, food items, toiletries, children’s toys etc.
A representative from the Salvation Army came into school this morning to collect everything.
Thank you to everyone who donated, your generosity is greatly appreciated.
This year, our Christmas Jumper day has been in aid of a local charity, the IF U CARE SHARE FOUNDATION. They provide emotional and practical support with three aims; prevention, intervention and support after suicide.
The charity was set up by family members of a young boy who took his own life. He had no previous history of mental health problems, nor had he shown any outward signs of his intentions. His family members were devastated by the loss, and hoped to do something to try and prevent another family suffering a similar experience. The foundation encourages young people to share their problems instead of burying them within.
As a school, we feel that this is a vital message to our young people. We have started to look at mental health and emotional wellbeing through pastoral, conveying the importance and promoting an positive attitude to discussing mental health openly.
Lots of pupils and staff members participated, with a wide range of different jumpers and we have been able to raise £560.
A huge thank you to everyone who participated!
On Sunday 17th December, Chamber Choir performed in a concert at the Sage Gateshead alongside the Sage’s own youth choir, Quay Voices. As well as soloists from The Sage, pupils Elizabeth Bircham and Tia Radix-Callixte performed, our own choir sang ‘O Nata Lux’ and ‘The Lily and the Rose’, and the concert culminated with a spectacular performance of Jonathan Dove’s ‘The Passing of the Year’. This was a tremendously challenging but rewarding work to perform, written for double choir and piano, and Chamber Choir should be immensely proud of themselves for working hard to put the piece together with Quay Voices in one afternoon rehearsal to be performed that evening.
Chamber Choir are also performing at Durham Cathedral in February, and The Sage Gateshead again in March. Watch this space for further details.
What is NCS?
National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience you really don’t want to miss. If you’re 15 to 17 years-old, this is your chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make your mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS. Don’t. Miss. Out.
NCE will be working with us from 6th March to help year 11 access an unmissable experience in the summer holidays! To access this early and get a head start click the link to sign up and access more information!
Don’t miss your chance to do NCS! In one amazing summer, you’ll live away from home, develop skills to boost your CV, and meet amazing people you’ll never forget. So what are you waiting for? Change starts at yes!
On Friday 8th December, three student ambassadors from Routes into Languages came into school to talk to year 9 about the importance of learning a language. They talked about their own experiences of language learning and explained to year 9 all of the benefits learning a language could bring to their lives and future careers.
The ambassadors talked about their experiences whilst living abroad and also taught us how to say Merry Christmas in about 20 different languages!
Our Christmas Jumper Day this year will be held on Thursday 21st December 2017.
Pupils will be invited to wear a Christmas Jumper and non-uniform in exchange for a £1 minimum donation. This will then be given to the If U Care Share foundation, a local mental health charity.
Please note, that non-uniform will only be permitted if pupils wear a Christmas Jumper. Normal uniform will be required if not.
The day will be a fantastic opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit whilst also helping a worthy cause and we encourage everyone to get involved!
We are becoming increasingly concerned that the Secretary of State for Education will be making a u-turn on the Government’s Manifesto commitment to remove the 50% cap.
At the Bishops’ Plenary this week it was agreed that a national campaign in England was needed to mobilise Catholics to write to the Secretary of State for Education. To support this we have produced an online tool which we are encouraging all Catholics to complete.
By providing your name and address, the tool automatically generates an email to the Secretary of State and sends a copy to your local MP. This tool can be found on the homepage of our website www.catholiceducation.org.uk or on the Bishops’ Conference website www.catholic-ew.org.uk
Last year the Government promised to lift the 50% cap on faith admissions for new religious schools. This policy had proved to be an effective ban on any new Catholic schools as our Bishops ruled that opening a Catholic school that tuned away Catholics for being Catholic was against Canon Law.
The 50% cap was a policy that specifically targeted Catholics as Catholic schools are popular with parents of all faiths and none. Last September the Government acknowledged the cap was unfair to the Catholic community and pledged to scrap it. The Conservatives even included a commitment to remove it in their manifesto.
Unfortunately, the feedback we are getting is that the Secretary of State for Education is thinking about U-turning on this and breaking the Government’s promise to Catholics.
The Catholic community now needs to make its collective voice heard and tell the Secretary of State that this level of discrimination against Catholic schools, parents and children will not be tolerated.
As such we are urging Catholics to write to the Secretary of State and their MP expressing their concern that this promise to our community could be broken. These letters can be easily sent by visiting www.catholiceducation.org.uk under the section relating to Safeguarding the Future of Catholic Schools, or following this link, inserting your postcode and clicking ‘send’.
Also, it would be hugely appreciated if you could share this link with as many people as possible.