Today we mark the end of another successful year with a Mass of Thanksgiving for the whole school. The new school year begins at 8:55am on Tuesday 4 September for all pupils.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for all that you do in supporting the school and to wish all pupils and their families a safe and happy summer holiday.

Pupils who attend our Science Club at lunchtimes have written and produced the first issue of Argon, a new science magazine.  Congratulations to all our young scientists in Years 7 to 10 on an entertaining, informative, erudite publication.  Editor Ciara Aveyard, Year 10, rightly describes the pupils involved as ‘a team of passionate, curious and questioning scientists’.  The first issue of Argon contains articles on the human brain, water bears and the ethics of stem cell research, an interview with a particle physicist, updates on recent scientific research and an introduction to ‘The Weird and Wonderful World of Synaesthesia’ by Year 7 pupil Hannah Ponting, complete with cartoons.  The issue includes a ‘ridiculously hard’ scientific crossword, reviews of scientific books, a recipe for home-made ice cream and some good jokes.  A copy is attached.  Special thanks to Emily Hobson Year 10 whose prowess in design and unfailing sense of humour helped the team to bring the science articles to life.  Particular thanks also to Dr Castelino who finds time to coordinate all this activity during her lunch break!








 The full copy of issue one may be downloaded here.

Special thanks to Emily Caulfield, Elisa Darcy, Aoife Donnelly and Ciara Grieve who helped with a coffee morning to raise funds for the Sylvia Wright Trust at The Queen’s Hall this week. Our pupils assisted with refreshments and helped with the raffle. The event was an activity to mark Sylvia’s 80th Birthday.

Cardinal Heenan staff and students will engage in our Celebrating Reading Day on Monday 16 July.  All departments in school will be running events to promote literacy and a love of reading.  This year’s visiting authors are:

Alan Gibbons: Back by popular demand, this highly engaging author will talk to Year 7 about the writing process and about the importance of reading for pleasure.  He will then work with smaller groups, helping students to write their own horror stories.  Alan's novels include: The Trap, The Edge, Shadow of the Minotaur and his popular Total Football series.

David Brayley: David has written a series of biographies of famous sportsmen, including Welsh footballer Ashley Williams.  His most recent novel, Champion of Champions, tells the story of a disaffected teenager who finds happiness in the world of cycling as well as discovering a family link to a famous cyclist.  Through his research into this aspect of his family history, however, he uncovers a dark secret which threatens to tear his family apart. 

James Oddy: a journalist and author of In This Together: The Story of the Coventry Bears Rugby League Club.  Since graduating from the University of Bradford, Oddy has written for publications such as Rugby League World, League Express, Forty-20, the Yorkshire Evening Post, Boxing Monthly, MMA Weekly, and the New Statesman.


Signed copies of Alan Gibbons' and David Brayley's books for children and young adults will be available to buy on the day.  The day is designed as a reward for pupils’ efforts with our Reading for Pleasure scheme and enthusiastic participation in Drop Everything and Read sessions.  Many pupils have read a wide range of recommended texts.  They have been involved in reading groups and award ceremonies with students from other schools.

The school is holding two activity days next week to reward pupils for their good behaviour and to raise funds to support our chosen charities, The Sylvia Wright Trust and St. Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds.  

On Tuesday 17 July and Wednesday 18 July 2018 our pupils will be involved a talent show and activities using inflatables and hired equipment, both in and out of doors.  Pupils will be able to choose from a range of options such as foot golf, Frisbee challenge, a NASA experience, orienteering, a woodland walk, arts and crafts, baking and traditional board and card games.  Pupils will be able to view one age-appropriate film only.  The films available are: Moana 2016 (PG); Sherlock Gnomes 2018 (U); Ferdinand 2017 (U); Greatest Showman 2017 (PG); and Night at the Museum – Secret of the Tomb 2014 (PG).

All pupils must bring full school P.E. kit for the sporting events.  When involved in other activities pupils may wear their own clothing, provided that it is of a modest and sensible nature and suitable for the school environment.  Short skirts, revealing tops (including those which show midriff), jewellery and shoes or sandals with heels will not be permitted.  These are sensible precautions for health and safety purposes, bearing in mind the nature of some of the activities.  Any pupil failing to follow these instructions risks being withdrawn from the activities.  Pupils will be supervised by staff throughout the activity days and will be expected to maintain the school’s high standards of behaviour.  The behaviour policy will be running as normal.  It is essential that pupils follow staff instructions, particularly where activities involve physical movement, to prevent injury to themselves and others.

Parents, please remind your children not to forget the equipment required for activity days: full PE kit; pen and pencil (for quizzes); the school planner and, if required, a packed lunch.  The dining room will be open as normal on Tuesday and Wednesday.

We appreciate that financial demands on parents and carers are high so we are asking that pupils make a voluntary contribution of £2 minimum per pupil or family.  Thank you for your support.

The Sylvia Wright Trust supports the work of Sylvia Wright in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu.  Sylvia, a nurse from Leeds, sold her home and possessions in 1982 to work among the sick and disabled in a very poor area of India.  Over the years she has built and established a 180 bed charity hospital, a residential school for 210 profoundly deaf children, two day centres for 80 severely disabled children, a nursing college for 60 students as well as running many community health projects.  St. Gemma’s is Yorkshire’s largest hospice.  It offers care and quality of life support for local people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, both at the Hospice and out in the community.

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