Pupils in Years 9 and 10 enjoyed a Give Construction a Try event at The John Charles Centre for Sport in The South Leeds Stadium.  The 25 pupils met over 30 employers in the industry and sampled architecture, town planning and engineeering activities.  They also had a go at bricklaying, pointing, drain aid and many more practical tasks.  The event was organised by Keepmoat Homes.

Year 7 pupils Abdul Chaudray and Archie Farrell-Smith have been gaining plaudits since the start of the cricket season.  To date Archie has scored 51 runs from 44 balls and Abdul 47 from 48.  Notable performances included Abdul’s unbeaten 25 and retirement in the Yorkshire Cup, as well Archie’s 25 against GSAL. 

Please note key dates from the school’s calendar for 2018-19 below:


Holiday School Closes School Opens
Summer Friday 20 July 2018 at 1.20pm Tuesday 4 September 2018
Autumn mid-term Friday 26 October 2018 Monday 5 November 2018
Christmas Friday 21 December 2018 at 1.20pm Monday 7 January 2019
Spring mid-term Friday 15 February 2019 Tuesday 26 February 2019
Easter Friday 5 April 2019 at 1.20pm Tuesday 23 April 2019
Summer mid-term Friday 24 May 2019 at 3.15pm Monday 3 June 2019
Summer Friday 19 July 2019 at 1.30pm  

Staff training days will be held on Monday 3 September 2018, Monday 26 November 2018 and Monday 25 February 2019.  The school will close early for pupils (1.30pm) on Wednesday 26 September, Friday 5 October 2018, Wednesday 16 January 2019 and Tuesday 25 June 2019 to facilitate staff training.  The school’s Open Day for prospective pupils, their parents and families will take place on Saturday 6 October 2018 from 11.00am to 1.30pm.

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 Caitlin Pigott.  Caitlin has represented the school in sports, drama and enterprise projects.  She recommends The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, a number one New York Times bestseller that has been marketed as an older children's book in some countries and as an adult novel in others.  Caitlin writes, “I chose this book because of its breath-taking pace. It’s an emotional, thought-provoking story of the Second World War, superbly told.”

Steve Carey, Chair of Governors, writes:

I am writing to let you know that our interim Head Teacher, Mr Whelan, has been diagnosed with a condition that is likely to mean that he will be absent from school for the rest of the term.  Everyone at the school wishes Mr Whelan a speedy recovery.  I am sure that parents and pupils will keep Mr Whelan in their thoughts and prayers.

The school remains in good hands, however, and arrangements have been made to cover Mr Whelan’s absence.  Mr Gibbons, Deputy Headteacher, and Dr Caldwell, acting Deputy Headteacher, will take over Mr Whelan’s responsibilities until the end of the term.  We are also looking to agree an arrangement which will see Mr Kelly, the newly appointed Headteacher who is due to take up his post in September 2018, spend more time at the school between now and the end of term.

Mr Whelan has done an excellent job since his appointment in September 2017 and the Governing Body has every confidence that the cover arrangements will continue to see the school expertly led. 

Finally, the GCSE examinations which started this week for Year 11 pupils will not be affected by Mr Whelan’s absence or the cover arrangements that have been put in place.

Mr Whelan writes:

My apologies for being out of action at this time: it is deeply frustrating and disappointing. I will miss the day to day conversations that I have with the young people from the Cardinal Heenan community.   I would like to send my best wishes to Year 11 pupils starting their GCSE examinations this week. I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.

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