Lots of reading is taking place in school this week as we continue our celebrations of World Book Day. On the day itself, 5 March, pupils and staff brought the book which they are currently reading into school. During English lessons pupils discussed books they have enjoyed. Titles chosen include many ever-popular titles such Dickens’ Great Expectations, Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Works by Roald Dahl and Jacqueline Wilson abound! Patrick Ferguson, Year 9 is even tackling James Joyce’s Ulysses. Special thanks to Miss Burns who has coordinated this excellent initiative to encourage reading by pupils.
The Parent Forum meeting for the spring term will be held in the school hall at 7.00pm on Wednesday 25 March. The focus for the meeting is outlined below:
1. “Dressed for Success”: this session will provide an overview of the school’s introduction of the new school uniform from September 2015. Discussion will range from the nature and style of the new uniform and outline minimum standards of dress for pupils across all years and how they will be implemented. We welcome parents’ views and comments.
2. Update on revisions to annual reports to parents.
3. Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education: Leeds’ My Health, My School Survey. This is an online anonymous pupil survey which the school is encouraged to use. The school wishes to canvas parents’ views regarding suitability of the survey for use with pupils.
The session will end no later than 9.00pm and will be attended by members of the school leadership team and a number of other key senior staff. We hope to see you on 25 March: I would encourage parents of pupils in Years 7 to 9 to come along, particularly in relation to the phased introduction of the new school uniform. I look forward to seeing many of you there.
Our pupils were greatly entertained by The Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra in school earlier this week. The group gave a performance and led a workshop for pupils. A number of Cardinal Heenan pupils who play in the LYJRO were performing. The orchestra was led by Mr Brendan Duffy, one of our visiting peripatetic music teachers.
In today’s issue of the Yorkshire Post our school is once again highlighted as one of the top performing schools in the county, based on information from the Department of Education. This follows the publication of leagues tables and the school’s high percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more good GCSEs (at grades A*-C) including English and Maths in 2014. Congratulations to pupils and staff on this continued success. A copy of the Yorkshire Post feature can be downloaded here
Today is CAFOD Family Fast Day. All our pupils are being encouraged to do some fasting and to make a donation to CAFOD, the Catholic aid agency for England and Wales which works to alleviate poverty and suffering in developing countries. Collections will be taken at break and lunchtime in school today. The money raised will go to CAFOD’s Lenten appeal for the victims of floods. This Lent, every pound given will be matched by the UK Government, up to the value of £5m. This means that a gift to CAFOD will have double the impact, helping even more of our sisters and brothers around the world whose lives are being affected by storms, droughts and floods. The Fast Day prayer below has been said in tutor groups today:
who made our beautiful world,
appointed us as its guardians
and gifted us with everything we need,
for the times we cause it harm;
for the times our way of life
affects our neighbours.
to care for the environment;
to help rebuild lives and communities;
to share in the griefs and anxieties,
joys and hopes of all your people,
so that all your people may flourish. Amen