39 pupils set off armed with passports and pillows on the 700 mile coach journey to Lourdes yesterday. They are accompanied by Mr Wicker, Mrs Holder, Mr Easter and Governor Mrs Woliter. Fr Josh Hilton, Priest Chaplain, will be joining them in Lourdes. I have just heard that all have arrived safely in Lourdes. The theme for the 2018 Diocesan Pilgrimage, led by Bishop Marcus, is “Do whatever He tells you.” All our pilgrims were in high spirits before embarking on a hectic nine day schedule. Our pupils are asked to be courageous and share their faith with others. They will be working closely with sick and able-bodied pilgrims from our Diocese. We have asked them to keep all members of our school community in their prayers. The group will return on Friday 13 July. Follow their progress on Twitter @CHCHSLeeds.
On Thursday 13 July all pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be taking part in the school’s annual Sports Day. The theme of the day will be the Tour de Yorkshire. Teams will be made up of one tutor group from each year group and will compete for medals in 100m, 200m 300m, 400m and 800m races, relays, shot putt, hammer, javelin, crazy catch, zone baseball, football, netball, dodgeball, badminton, boccia, new age kurling, table cricket and even a tug of war. The entire event will take within the school grounds. Those not participating in the sporting events will be there to 'cheer on' their team. It is recommended that pupils bring plenty of water to drink and a snack for the morning. Pupils not participating in sports will be there to 'cheer on' their team. Staff will supervise the pupils and activities. The full school meals service will be provided in the dining room at lunch. School will start and finish at the normal times. We hope pupils will enter into the spirit of the occasion. Parents, please ensure that your child wears sensible and appropriate clothing, taking into account the weather forecast for the day. Pupils participating in any sporting event must bring PE kit appropriate for the event, with a T-shirt or top in team colours. An awards ceremony will follow in school on Friday 13 July. Please note that in the interests of security and safety, no guests (neither adult visitors nor parents) will be admitted to this event. In the event of poor weather the day may be postponed.
Some of our more eagle eyed visitors have noticed ‘a bit of digging’ in the upper school playground. This is the site of our new school allotment, part of our ongoing Wellbeing initiative. The allotment, or as Mr Hartwell would like to call it The Heart Well Garden, will be a key part of our work with pupil groups next year. The School Council, Year 9 Key Skills group and Year 9 Nurture group will be helping out at various times throughout the week. Pupils will also be invited to get their hands muddy by joining our gardening club and to enter school gardening competitions. Mrs Powell-Wiffen welcomes donations of gardening equipment including spades forks, seeds and seed pots. From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.
Cardinal Heenan’s Year 8 cricket team proved that this sport is on the rise here in school. Our Year 8 defeated Tadcaster Grammar School in the semi-final of the U13's Joe Root Trophy and will face South Craven High School next week in the final, to be played at Sutton-in-Craven Cricket Club.
After losing the toss and batting first, Cardinal Heenan hit 143/2 from 16 overs with Abdul Chaudray, Year 7, retiring on an impressive 50 not out from 39 balls. In the second innings, eight bowlers were used to hold Tadcaster Grammar School to 115/4, 28 runs short of the total.
The team have progressed through four rounds in this competition, most notably beating Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley, in the quarter final after which staff there commented on the excellent attitude of the Cardinal Heenan students.
Our Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition has been rescheduled for Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September, assuming that the heatwave does not last until then! Originally planned for this coming weekend, the postponement is due to the very high temperatures forecast, taking account of advice from Public Health England in such circumstances. Experience gained on the recent practice expedition (pictured) will not be wasted.