40 pupils and four staff have just returned from a four day residential educational visit to the First World War battlefields in northern France and Belgium. They visited the site of the Battle of the Somme, the Passchendaele Museum, Thiepval Memorial, the Tyne Cot and Langemark cemeteries and took part in a ceremony of the last post at the Menin Gate, a moving tribute to the courage and self-sacrifice of those who fell. The memorial bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. The photograph shows Alistair Henderson and Alice Hobson with a wreath, laid on behalf of the Cardinal Heenan community. This valuable educational visit enabled pupils to engage in historical enquiry about different aspects of the war. It was led by Mr Wild, Curriculum Leader for History, accompanied by Mrs Langan, Miss Gallagher and Mr Milner.
And through some mooned Valhalla there will pass
Battalions and battalions, scarred from hell;
The unreturning army that was youth;
The legions who have suffered and are dust.
Thank you to the Year 9 parents and pupils who attended our Information Evening last Wednesday. Advice was given on how parents can provide support for pupils preparing for the new GCSEs and other examinations. The school’s Guide to Courses at KS4 was distributed at the meeting. The booklet gives details of the main topics to be covered in each specification, tips for parents and useful websites for research and revision etc. Copies have been given to all Year 9 pupils. The booklet and the presentations delivered may be seen on the curriculum page of the school website.
All our Year 11 pupils enjoyed a day of skills building activities last Monday. It included a focus on study skills and revision strategies in preparation for mock examinations, assistance in making post-16 education applications, writing personal statements and interview preparation. Pupils also participated in Restart a Heart Day and received training from Yorkshire Ambulance Service in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Special thanks to Mrs Welbourne who coordinated it all.
Our school’s new system for recording pupil achievement was launched successfully last month. Achievement points are issued for: high standards of oral contribution, written work and effort in lessons; upholding the school’s Catholic ethos and values, in and outside the classroom; and participation in extra-curricular activities such as clubs at lunchtime or sports after school. Congratulations to the pupils listed below on being awarded high numbers of achievement points this half term:
Victoria Besa, Molly McWilliams, James Lewis, Jennifer Harrington, Ruby Joseph, Cindy Moyo, Shona Martin, Niamh Cassidy, Lillie Joseph, Christian Tchokogoue, Isabelle Webster and Christopher Ghosal
Ange Siakeu, Federico Lythe, Khushi Seegoolam, Cameron Bradbury, Dominic Laverty, Charlotte Usher, Carmel Allinson, Lily Smith, Jack Land, Mason Todman, Tessa Duffy and Darren Asare-Bediako
Ruben Hamilton, Jaikaila Benjamin, Evie Lock, Filip Morus, James Connell, Mellentin Ikoe Itale, Wiktoria Szczygielska, James Preston, Joanne Harrington, Ellen Thomas, Angelyka Sedano and Alannah Ward
Cristian Mellett, Henry Langton, Caoimhe Cassidy, Michael Aveyard, Daniel Jenkinson-McLaughlin, Harry Thompson, Callum Dyson-Dalby, Anthony Heffernan, Caitlin Fox, Iven Miles Maac and Kirsten Zoleta
Tare Itie, Maria Lopes-Cruz, Anna Cookson, Louis Pearce, Gorgeous Paka, Eve Thorp, Niamh Birks, Max Crompton, Alexandra Sedano, Aine Mccarthy, Jamie Broadhurst and Abigail Santillan
Our priest chaplain, Fr Josh Hilton, will celebrate Mass for pupils at 1.00pm, just before lunch on Wednesday 1 November, the Feast of All Saints. Those attending will be giving up part of their lunch time. Pupils who do not volunteer to attend at lunchtime in school will be encouraged to join their parish communities at Mass on this Holyday of Obligation.