39 Year 10 pupils, accompanied by staff, are taking part in the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes which departs for France next Thursday, 5 July.  Many thanks to the parents who attended the information meeting in school last Thursday evening. The Youth Section will be there to care for sick pilgrims, to acknowledge their faith and to spend time in the healing atmosphere of Lourdes.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them as take upon themselves the responsibilities of caring for others.  Our pupils will be accompanied by Mr Wicker, Visit Leader, Mrs Holder, Mr Easter and school Governor Mrs Woliter.

All pupils and staff will be participating in the Cardinal Heenan annual Sports Day on Thursday 12 July, weather permitting.  Please note that this is a change to date published in the School Calendar.  The event will take place in the school grounds.  School will start and finish at the normal times on Thursday 12 July; school buses and school meal services will operate as usual.

The theme of the day will be the Tour de Yorkshire.  Pupils will be assigned to teams of one tutor group from each of Years 7, 8 and 9 to compete for medals.  Pupils not participating in the sporting events will be there to 'cheer on' their team.  Staff will supervise throughout.  First aiders from the Cardinal Heenan staff will be on hand throughout the day to ensure the safety of our pupils.  It is recommended that pupils bring plenty of water to drink and a snack for the morning. 

We are asking all pupils to dress in the colour assigned to the team which they will represent on the day.  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 during the final week of term.  In the event of poor weather the day may be postponed.

Thank you to the Cardinal Heenan pupils who gave up their time last weekend to help at the Strawberry Fayre at Immaculate Heart Church.  Tessa Duffy, Carmen Gomez Puentes, Vanessa Nartey, Ciara Aveyard, Libby Deedigan, Lily Smith and Emma Wolstenroft helped to run the ice cream stall and collected money for the rock climbing.  They also promoted the work of CAFOD and asked people to sign a petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK takes a lead during UN refugee negotiations. 

Author Scott Allen led a very lively session for Year 7 pupils this week which included the Icelandic football team's famous thunderclap.  The author talked about the writing process and the current football World Cup.  Allen read from his latest book Llamas Go Large before signing copies for staff and students.  Special thanks to Year 7 pupil D'Jai Stapleton-Halliday for joining in a performance involving a Viking helmet.

Year 9 pupils who have taken the GCSE Design and Technology (D&T) option have been recycling cardboard packaging used in deliveries which have come in to school throughout the year in order to create a strong, durable piece of furniture.  The project takes its lead from the influential Frank Gehry and his 1972 Wiggle side chair.  D&T has become a popular GCSE option and many of our former pupils have gone on to study Product Design at GCE A-Level and university.

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