A Testing Time

GCSE examinations for Year 11 begin on Monday next, 11 May. The start of study leave was marked by a moving Leavers' Mass celebrated by our Chaplain Father Michael Doody. Many thanks to the large numbers of parents who joined their children for their last Mass in school. An assembly followed, covering some of the lighter moments of our leavers' time at Cardinal Heenan.

A full programme of revision sessions runs alongside the GCSE examination timetable. Pupils attending those revision classes which have already taken place have found them most useful. We wish Year 11 every success in their examinations and look forward to seeing many of them at the Leavers' Prom in late June. GCSE results will be published on Thursday 20 August at 10am.

Internal school examinations for pupils in Years 7 and 8 also begin next week (on Monday 11 May). Year 9 papers follow from Monday 1 June onwards. Year 10 students have completed their examinations. All our pupils are working towards target grades in every subject. Reports for Year 10 students will be sent home on Wednesday 24 June. Year 7, 8 and 9 reports will be issued on Wednesday 15 July.

Fun Run

Mr McQuillen-Strong, Headteacher at Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Leeds, has been in touch. As organiser of the recent charity fun run in memory of Ann Maguire, he praised the courteous, and polite behaviour of Cardinal Heenan pupils who took part in the event. The day raised funds for the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund and was held at St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School in Cross Gates.

Some of our pupils acted as marshals, others as runners. I am told that they showed great enthusiasm in assisting the many young children in the race, even running alongside them and applauding all the way to the finish line.

In these weeks before the General Election pupils at Cardinal Heenan have opportunities to learn about the British electoral system, political parties and Parliament.  Pupils have taken the lead in organising our own school election and their candidates Margarita Budreviciute (Year 10, Labour), Alessia Da Costa (Year 9, Conservative), Adam Smith (Year 8, Liberal Democrat) and Ethan Hussey (Year 7, Amity) gave memorable and impressive election addresses.   The candidates for the ‘Heenan constituency’ have been grilled by the voting public (our pupils). The questions have been very demanding, particularly on issues facing young people.  Canvassing and hustings have taken place during the lunch hour, in tutor time and in Personal, Health, Citizenship and Social Education (PHCSE) lessons.  Our pupils will go to the polls on Thursday 7 May during a PHCSE session.  All pupils are encouraged to use their vote.

Fabian Hamilton, the sitting MP for the constituency in which our school is situated (Leeds North East), will be visiting school next Tuesday, 5 May.  Two former Cardinal Heenan pupils are standing in the real election next Thursday: Richard Burgon is the Labour candidate in East Leeds.  Veronica King is also standing for Labour in Elmet and Rothwell.

Former Cardinal Heenan pupil Conor Loftus is a Senior Elite Boxing Champion for the second year running.  Welterweight Conor, the defending champion, outscored Ryan Mulcahy in the 69kg welterweight contest at the England Boxing Elite Championship Finals, held in Liverpool last Friday, 24 April.  England Boxing has just announced that, as the 2014 and 2015 champion, England Representative and GB Youth silver medallist, Conor has been placed on a roll of honour that includes Olympians, world champions and sporting legends. Congratulations to our champion.

Two former Cardinal Heenan pupils will continue their learning at Harvard University in the United States next year.  The Ivy League research establishment in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the most prestigious universities in the world.  Michael Plygawko Sullivan, currently a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, has been awarded a visiting fellowship at Harvard for 2015-16.  As Rodney G. Dennis Fellow in the Study of Manuscripts, he will examine the notebooks and draft poems of Alfred Tennyson located in Harvard’s Houghton Library.  Gareth Davies will attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government to complete a Masters of Public Administration.  Eight U.S. presidents and several foreign heads of state have been graduates of Harvard.  To date, some 150 Nobel laureates have been affiliated as students, faculty, or staff.

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