Pupils visited Leeds Beckett University on 27 March for Science Circus where they enjoyed workshops and activities on robotics, speech and language therapy, computing, physiotherapy, acoustics, bioluminescence, dietetics, nutrition and nursing. The event represented the broad spectrum of scientific, technological and engineering-related degree courses available.
Politics Matters is a well-established, annual event to promote engagement in the political life of Britain today. It give pupils from schools across Leeds an opportunity to interact with councillors and political commentators. This year’s event took place on 19 April at Leeds Beckett University and was presented by Dr Paul Wetherly, Reader in Politics at Leeds Beckett. Our Year 10 pupils met with James Vincent, BBC Yorkshire Political Editor, and Leeds Councillors Mohammed, Robinson, Bentley, Goodall and Smart to discuss local government, policies, manifestos and the role of local councillors. The event was organised by Cardinal Heenan and Roundhay School in partnership with the Politics and Applied Global Ethics Team of Leeds Beckett University.
Congratulations to Year 10 pupils Tessa Duffy, Ella Brownbill and Ciara Aveyard on being selected for interview as part of the Refugee Council mentoring scheme.
Performance poet Andy Craven-Griffiths was in school recently as part of the school’s collaboration with Ilkley Literature Festival. Our visiting poet worked with groups of pupils to discuss the writing process from inspiration to finished piece and to demonstrate ways to apply this process to creative writing. Pupils came up with their own performance poems for the forthcoming Words in the City project. The judges found it very tough to make a final decision but the two Cardinal Heenan teams going through to the final at the Carriageworks Theatre in May are: Oracene Drovi, Emma Hughes, Marella Diaye, Aaliyah Francis, Kya O’Reilly and Romai Thorpe for their poem about the nature of friendship and trust. A further team of Patrick Crowe, Ellie Walker, Lucy Moyo, Natalie Kangai and Alicja Gulmantowicz will present a poem as extended metaphor on a visit to the zoo to explore the impact of stereotyping and prejudice.
Special mentions are due to Alison Chokuda and Rachel Luzitu who were very sporting in congratulating other participants and continued their discussion about the pressures of social media expectations long after the selection day was completed. Dion Dube and Christian Chisadza led a group of much younger students (Henry Oduro, Adaugo Okofor and Anya Weaver) to share the theme of difficult personal experiences maturely and sensitively. Jordan Faba and Nathaniel Alota stepped out of their comfort zones and became fully involved in group performances.
Throughout the season of Lent, our pupils have been encouraged to develop their relationship with God and to deepen their faith. It has been pleasing to see them making the effort to get to the Stations of the Cross, Benediction, Lightfever and voluntary lunchtime prayers in our school chapel. A Holy Week liturgy, led by pupils, will be held in school on Holy Thursday next week to help pupils reflect on the Lenten themes of Pray, Fast, Give and to prepare for the Paschal Triduum which will be taking place in parishes over the following three days. Our aim will be to help pupils think about their experience of Lent and to prepare for the celebration of the Triduum and Easter services in their parish communities. Thank you to all pupils and parents who supported our fundraising for St Vincent’s and Catholic Care which provide much support for children and their families in our diocese.