Congratulations to Year 7 pupils Amelie Wolstenholme and Lola Kennedy on fine performances on the West End stage this week. The girls were taking part in the national final of the English Speaking Union’s Performing Shakespeare competition.  The event was held at The Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, as part of the ESU’s centenary celebrations. Our girls’ performance of a piece from Romeo and Juliet was strongly commended by judges. Special thanks to Miss Burns and Miss Gallagher for coaching our pupils in this richly rewarding experience of celebrating Shakespeare’s genius.


Congratulations to Ruby Joseph on winning a special commendation for clarity of speech and intelligent questioning at the 2018 Debate Matters competition for Leeds high schools.  A Year 11 team of Joseph Grindrod, Ruby Joseph, Kate McDermott and Molly McWilliams came second overall, after being narrowly beaten on the last debate.  Our debaters received high praise for fine performances from the competition judges.  Mrs Evans and Dr Bradley give generously of their time in preparing pupils for these debates and co-ordinating this very popular and successful activity in school.  We are grateful for their work.  The event took place at the Heart Centre, Headingley. This weekend the teams will be debating at University of Durham.

Geographical skills were put to the test this week when Cardinal Heenan teams took the top three places in a Geographical Association Worldwise Quiz. Our Year 9 team of Joseph Hedge, Michael Toher and David Boam were overall winners.  Four schools entered (Cardinal Heenan, Corpus Christi, Guiseley and Swallow Hill) fielding a total of eight teams. Rounds included Physical Geography, Capital Cities, Globalisation, Geography in the News and Where in the World. The event was hosted at Cardinal Heenan.

Year 9 pupils took part in the annual Mock Trial on Saturday 10 March at Leeds Magistrates Court. The 11 pupils took on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, defendants, legal advisors, court ushers and, of course, magistrates. The Cardinal Heenan team won their prosecution case but unfortunately lost their defence case, finishing in fourth place overall.

Leeds University’s Festival of Science is always popular with our pupils.  A group of 25 Year 8 pupils took part in virtual reality workshop at the university on Tuesday 13 March. They enjoyed the virtual experience of viewing cells and looking at structures inside the human body and plants, using the latest technologies.

Year 9 attended another festival event on Monday 19 March.  This investigated the climate, structure and inhabitants of Polar Regions. Our pupils met polar scientists for a ‘question and answer’ session about life at the poles and they tried out specialist clothing and equipment used on polar expeditions.

The following day Year 7 pupils worked with university staff to set up practical experiments which modelled spectacular volcanic eruptions.  They were investigating factors which control how a volcano behaves and what type of magma is erupted.  Our pupils used powerful microscopes in the university’s state-of-the-art Earth Visualisation Laboratory to examine volcanic rock formation.

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