A group of 29 pupils and staff flew to Barcelona last Friday for a hectic and very enjoyable visit to Catalonia, Spain. Sightseeing in Barcelona included visits to Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia church, Las Ramblas, the waterfront harbour of Port Vell and a tour of the Nou Camp Stadium.  The group especially enjoyed visiting Montserrat, the famous mountain-top basilica and monastery and an excursion to the Port Aventura theme park.  Special thanks to visit leader Mr Briggs and to Mrs Booth, Mrs Clinch, Mr Dobson, Mrs Holmes, Mr Richmond and parent volunteer Mr Redding who accompanied our pupils.  Behaviour throughout the visit was exemplary.

One of the most successful football teams the school has ever fielded finish their schooling here today as they begin a period of study leave to prepare for GCSE examinations.  The current Year 11 side, pictured with The Rawcliffe Cup, have won fourteen awards during their five years here.  The trophy cupboard at school has been graced with:

Year 7: League Cup; Bradley Cup; Merit Trophy; Leeds Schools Five-a-side Champions; West Yorkshire Five-a-side Champions

Year 8: West Yorkshire County Cup; League Cup; Don Revie Cup; Merit Trophy

Year 9: League Cup, Yorkshire Evening Post Cup, Merit Trophy

Year 10: League Trophy

Year 11: Rawcliffe Cup

(Left to right, back row): Harvey O'Brien, Malek Hercules, Tristan Brennan, Daniel Clement, Nathan Brady (captain), Patrick Dooley, Kai Herbert, Joe Hemsworth, Oliver Casey

(Front row): Albert Asimah, Jefferey Agyei, Darragh Kennedy, Joe Fitzpatrick, Declan Rose, Emilio Avila Gonzalez

Pupils are celebrating a raft of sporting successes.  The Year 7 girls’ football team are the five a side champions of West Yorkshire and Under 12 Cup winners.  Our Year 7 boy footballers hold the Under 12 Rawcliffe Cup.  The Key Stage 3 boys’ badminton team are league winner and play-off finalists.  Year 8 boys are winners of the Under 13 cross-country league.  Year 8 table tennis players are ranked third in Leeds after winning the group stage competition. Congratulations to all on these impressive achievements.

Year 7 pupils Daniel Spencer, Henry Langton, Marinelle Tetteyfio, and Vanessa Biersacka presented a cheque for £2,000 to Bishop Marcus at a ceremony in Leeds Cathedral.  The sum was raised during Lent by a variety of imaginative ventures.  Many thanks to all pupils and parents who contributed.  The monies will help Catholic Care to look after disadvantaged families, especially children, in our Diocese.

Forty Year 10 pupils, accompanied by staff, are taking part in the annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes.  It begins on 6 July.  Preparations are already well underway for this important spiritual event.  Our pilgrims attended the Annual Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary last weekend.  The celebrants were Bishop Marcus and Fr Phillip Hall, Diocesan Pilgrimage Director.

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