Year 10 pupils who will be taking part in the Leeds Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes met at Immaculate Heart Church on Tuesday evening for some team-building activities and a chance to pray and socialise together. Mr Wicker gave a talk on the history and impact of Lourdes and its significance for Catholics today. Our pupils discussed questions for future pilgrims to the shrine and learnt something of what their work might mean for the sick pilgrims they will be helping. Ice breakers included working as a team to build the tallest freestanding tower out of spaghetti, marshmallows and jelly babies!
The group joined parishioners for evening Mass which was celebrated by our Priest Chaplain Fr Josh Hilton and concelebrated by Canon Wiley, one of our school governors. Our pupils were servers and presented the offertory gifts. The evening ended with pizza and prayers for our pilgrimage preparations. All the pupils involved were a credit to Cardinal Heenan.
Special thanks to Mr Wicker, Mrs Holder and Mr Easter for leading the event
The Year 8 options information meeting for pupils and parents has been rescheduled. It will now take place on Tuesday 20 March at 7.00pm. Letters suggesting an options pathway for each pupil were issued earlier this week. Today Year 8 pupils will be given an Options Booklet setting out the details of the KS4 curriculum from next September. An Options Fair will be held in school on Monday next, 5 March. This gives Year 8 the opportunity to discuss options with pupils in Years 9 and 10 who are already studying the GCSE and vocational subjects available.
I wish to thank parents and carers for your patience with us during these days of challenging weather. We opened the school on Wednesday morning because many students were already in transit on school buses as conditions deteriorated. On the advice of Metro we finished early because there was no guarantee that Metro would be able to provide school bus services at 3.15pm. Along with many schools we closed on Thursday due to health and safety issues related to travelling. Today the site team did fine work in clearing snow and ice so that there is safe access for pedestrians, buses and cars.
Each week we include a book recommendation from a member of our school community. Pupils who would like to see a favourite book featured in this column should see Miss Burns, School Librarian, for an application form.
This week’s reader is Year 9 pupil Wiktoria Szczygielska, Vice-Captain of the Year 9 football team. First Class Murder by Robin Stevens is a favourite story of hers. Wiktoria writes, “I chose this book because I enjoy mysteries and stories about detectives. I enjoy thinking about the clues and trying to solve problems.”
This year’s Options Evening for parents will be taking place on Thursday 1 March at 7.00pm. This occasion will provide an opportunity to find out more about courses and to discuss why these may be best suited to
your child. Pupils in Year 8 will be bringing home a letter on Monday including a form to indicate whether or not parents will be attending the evening. If you are a parent of a pupil in Year 8 please look out for the letter and return the form to school no later than Wednesday 28 February so we can get an idea of numbers attending.