Guest speakers addressed assemblies for pupils in Years 10 and 11 on Thursday 30 November, as part of the school’s ongoing drive to promote wellbeing.  Sergeant Emmanuel Ottih, MBE, one of the co-Founders of the Defence Stammering Network (DSN) and a passionate campaigner for stammering awareness, described how he overcame many personal obstacles to get to where he is today.  His work includes leading teams in difficult situations and addressing large groups of people frequently. Our pupils were spellbound!

Liz Greenwood of Catholic Care told pupils about the support which the organisation offers to those who are young carers.  A young carer is someone aged under 18 who looks after a parent, grandparent or sibling who may have a disability, serious illness, a mental health issue or be dealing with an alcohol, drug or substance problem.  Both speakers were warmly received.

Congratulations to the newly elected members of our School Council.  The body allows pupils to have a real say in issues that affect them and to know that their opinions count.  Pupils can voice their opinions and have their views taken into account in decisions which impact upon them. The names of elected members are listed below.

School Council - Year 7: Mason Vila, Niamh Birks; Year 8: Alex Franz, Bronte McCann; Year 9: Folefac Efuetajong, George Rowley

Executive School Council - Year 10: Dion Dube, Dominic Laverty, Jessica Hamilton, Jack Burke; Year 11: Christian Tchokogoue, Molly Innes, Molly McWilliams, Lidya Berha.

Kate McDermott, Head Girl, Joseph Grindrod, Head Boy, and their deputies Ruby Joseph and Benjamin Boam are automatically part of the executive team. 

Congratulations to the elected members, to all those who stood for election and to the large numbers of pupils who voted.

Parents of pupils in Years 7 and 8 who live in the parish of Our Lady of Kirkstall, please note that next date for Confirmation in the parish is Friday May 18 at St Mary's Church, Horsforth. There will be an information meeting for candidates and their parents on Sunday 10 December at 5.00pm in the School Hall at St. Mary’s Horsforth Catholic Voluntary Academy.  Application forms may be collected from all three churches in the parish or downloaded from Please return completed forms to either Fr Pat Smythe or Fr Emmanuel.  Alternatively, bring them along to the information meeting on 10 December. Candidates must be in Years 7 or 8 (or older).

Charlie Lynch Spence, Year 10, won two titles at the recent world kickboxing association championships in Tuscany. Charlie is now holder of Boys Under-15 Minus 62 kg and Boys’ Light Middleweight world titles, after winning bouts against opponents from England, France, Denmark, The Czech Republic and Poland.  Congratulations to Charlie on a most impressive achievement.

Year 8 pupil Ceara Sexton was presented with the Under 13 Harrier Award by Leeds City Athletics Club this week.  Being named the best Under 13 athlete at one of Britain’s prestige athletics clubs is a most creditable achievement.  Ceara’s award follows a series of stunning performances throughout the cross country season.  We will be hearing more about this athlete in the years ahead!

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