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All Hallows Catholic College Newsletter Epiphany Term Friday 17 Feb 2017

College Prayer Prayer for the beginning of Lent Gracious God, this week begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch out before us and invite us inward to that silent, holy space that holds your Spirit. This special time beckons us to see our lives through Christ's eyes and the truth and reality of your love incarnate. Give us the grace to enter the space of these days with anticipation of our meeting. And, when we open our soul to your presence, let your loving kindness flow over us and seep into the pockets of our heart. We ask this for the sake of your love. Amen. Prayer focus: Preparation for Easter

Specialism Success My Dream Job All Year 7 students enjoyed a day off timetable in January 2017 to be transported into the future imagining what their 'dream job' might be. The day started with students being introduced to the day with input from Mrs Lynch who told of her own career path and that of her father who became a professional footballer. Students were then ready to think into their own futures and imagine working in their own 'dream job'. The job had to be real, but could be anything from a bomb disposal expert to a chemical engineer to a dancer. Students researched real job descriptions, produced a CV 'looking into the future' and then an extended piece of writing imagining 'a day in the life of' their dream job. A great day and a great way to get Year 7 students thinking seriously about their future possible careers!

Visitor Speaking Today we welcomed students from across the Diocese to a science and religion day presented by Father Andrew Pinsent from Oxford University

PTA Trips Forthcoming PTA trips- please pay on Parent pay and see Mrs Heaton in F21 for more details.  

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Monday 20th Feb 8am from College turning Circle - see Mrs Heaton Tubing at Stoke Ski Centre Saturday 4th March £15 and includes food and transport from College. Places limited. Splash Landings at Alton Towers Saturday 22nd April £15 includes transport from College. You must be able to swim. Chester Zoo Saturday 13th May £15 includes transport from College. Blackpool Pleasure Beach Saturday 17th June £20 includes transport from College.

Parents As Partners Parents are requested to remind students that they should be prepared to show their bus passes whenever they board school transport and on the request of the driver. Students must have a valid pass in order to travel. Parents are also reminded... The small number of parents who are still collecting children from the turning circle at the end of the day are once again politely requested not to do this. There is the potential for gridlock and a very small but nevertheless real risk to students if cars are moving around on the turning circle. The alternatives are the roads adjacent to the College eg Cambridge Road where parents are requested to respect the feelings of the local residents and also to not to park too close to the junction. The College has received one or two comments from residents regarding parking across driveways and even rudeness from parents. The College cannot condone such behaviour and would support members of the public who were subjected to inappropriate behaviour.


Upcoming Dates/Trips and Events February



February Half term Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 February Booster Classes Years 10,11 and 6th form students by invitation

Monday 6 March Year 11 Meningitis Vaccinations

Monday 3—Friday 7 April New York Trip (Performing Arts)

Monday 20 February PTA Harry Potter World 8am—6pm

Tuesday 18 April Subject Teachers Issue Progress Grades (Yrs. 7 –9, 11) Year 10 and 12 Mock Resits Week

Wednesday 8 March th 6 Form Showcase Evening 7-9pm (Performing Arts) Thursday 16 March Y8 Pathways Evening 7-9.30pm

Tuesday 28 February Years 8 and 10 Parent Consultation Day 9am – 7pm

Thursday 20 April Year 7 and 9 Parent Consultation Day 9am—7pm

Saturday 25 March PTA Bowling/Laser Quest 9am-12.30pm

Friday 21 April Year 12 Reports issued

Sunday 26—Saturday 1 April Barcelona Trip

Saturday 22 April PTA Spash Landings 9am—3pm

Monday 27—Thursday 30 March Y7 Geography Field Work Tuesday 28 March Y11 Key Marginal Students’ Evening En/Ma/Sc/La 6-8pm

Friday 28 April Year 7 –9 Academic Reviews Issued Year 10 Reports Issued

Lenten Services of Reconciliation Thursday 30— 4 April Iceland Trip

Term Dates 2016/2017 Term

College Open to Students

College Closes to Students


Tuesday 3 January 2017

Friday 17 February 2017


Monday 27 February 2017

Friday 31 March 2017


Tuesday 18 April 2017

Friday 26 May 2017


Monday 5 June 2017

Friday 21 July 2017

Inset Day Please note: College is closed to students on INSET Day Friday 30 June.

Term Dates 2017/2018 Term Michaelmas

College Open to Students Tuesday 5 September 2017 (Years 7, 12 and 13 in only) Wednesday 6 September 2017 (All students in)

College Closes to Students Friday 20 October 2017


Monday 30 October 2017

Wednesday 20 December 2017


Monday 8 January 2018

Thursday 15 February 2018


Monday 26 February 2018

Thursday 29 March 2018


Monday 16 April 2018

Friday 25 May 2018


Monday 4 June 2018

Tuesday 24 July 2018


ATTENDANCE MATTERS Over the last week of College attendance was as follows: Year 7 - 95.8% (up 0.2% on last week) Year 8 - 94.5% (up 1.0%) Year 9 - 93.4% (down 1.4%) Year 10 - 94.3% (up 0.3%) Year 11 -94.6% (up 0.5%) Year 12 - 96.3% (up 1.9%) Year 13 - 93.8% (up 0.8%) This was an improved week for College attendance across most year groups. Attendance between Year 7 and Year 11 last week was 94.5% (up 0.1% on last week, but 0.5% higher than the same time last year). Since September our overall attendance across Year 7 to Year 11 remains at 95.5%. We aim for 97% attendance. Last week GIRLS attendance (Years 7-11) was 93.6% (up 0.1%), BOYS attendance (Years 7-11) was 95.4% (up 0.1%). Since the start of September Year 7-11 girls attendance is 95.2% and boys attendance is 95.7%. The gap between girls and boys is 0.5%. Please note that from 1 January 2017 the College has a new attendance policy in force. This can be viewed on our website with changes highlighted in yellow.

Medical Absence From College

well researched and documented and students should be aiming for an attendance rate of no less Whilst the College requires parents to contact us on than 97% over the year. Thank you for your continued support with this importance issue. each day of absence, school policy now requires that any student who accumulates 7 or more days of absence during the course of the academic year Medical Appointments During will be asked to provide medical confirmation of the The College Day need to be absent before any further absences are authorised for medical reasons. This is a necessary Students must sign out at the Attendance Office measure as we closely monitor absence due to before leaving College to attend a medical illness / medical reasons in order that we can appointment. When they return to College the ensure students are supported where needed. student must sign back in. This ensures registers will For your information medical confirmation does not be accurate and we know the student is off site should we have a fire alarm. The Attendance Office have to be a doctor's note but can also take the is located in an office along the RE corridor. We form of a medical appointment card, a copy of a thank parents for making medical appointments, relevant dated prescription or evidence of where possible, that do not take up a whole day of medication being taken. If no medical evidence is provided then the absence schooling. This often allows a student to have their legal registration mark for both morning and will be coded as unauthorised. Ten or more unauthorised absences may result in you receiving a afternoon sessions and so their overall attendance does not fall. Fixed Penalty Notice. This incurs a penalty of ÂŁ60 per parent / carer to be paid within 21 days, Holiday Absence From College otherwise the penalty will rise to ÂŁ120 per parent / carer to be paid within 28 days. If the penalty remains unpaid then the matter will proceed to the Holiday absence from College - please see Magistrates Court where you will receive a criminal our website for an update on holidays regarding the High Court ruling earlier this year. record if you are found guilty. Holidays have not been authorised since 1st September 2013 under legislation on all The link between attendance and achievement is 03

English schools. Requests for holidays must still be made in writing to the appropriate Key Stage leader (Mrs Garvey KS5, Mrs Marshall KS4 or Mr Blades KS3), but in the vast majority of cases they will be unauthorised. A Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued of £60 per parent / carer per student, to be paid within 21 days, otherwise the penalty will rise to £120 per parent / carer to be paid within 28 days. If the penalty remains unpaid then the matter will proceed to the Magistrates Court where you will receive a criminal record if you are found guilty. Please can all holiday requests be made well in advance of the holiday being taken if not before the holiday is booked.

Changes To Persistent Absence Policy From September 2015 the College changed the definition of “persistent absence” we use to include those students who are under 90% attendance. This is in line with national guidelines and increased the threshold from 85% previously.

Careers Advice For Students

Being Punctual At All Hallows Most students appreciate the importance of being in College on time. Children who are regularly late do miss out on their education and form bad habits that will not be tolerated in the workplace. We need to inform parents that students must be in the registration form class for the register to be taken at 8.45a.m. This means students should arrive 5-10 minutes earlier in College to be on time. Any student who arrives after 8.45a.m. will receive an L code. Two L codes within a week will result in a whole college detention to be held each Thursday. Any student who arrives after 9.05a.m. will receive a U code. This means they will be classed as absent for the whole morning and this may have consequences for overall attendance. We are aware that College buses are sometimes late and we can confirm these students are not negatively marked in the register when this happens. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter. Gates are manned by members of staff and names will be taken of those students who are late.

If any parent would like their son or daughter to have a careers interview with Mrs Pilling, our Careers Advisor, this year then please notify the relevant Year Learning Leader who can ensure names are added to the list. Mrs Pilling will prioritise Years 10-13, but students in Years 7-9 are welcome to attend her Thursday lunch time drop in. She uses the Student Support Office based next door to Music.

Drop In Sessions 2016/17 DAY Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday 04

SUBJECT Geography Controlled Assessment Catch up

TIME 1:15 – 2:00p.m.

Maths Drop-In ADT Science Revision ADT ADT Product Design

3:30—4:30p.m. 1:15 – 2:00p.m. 3:30—4:30p.m. 12.45—1.15p.m. 1:15 – 2:00p.m. 11:15 – 11:30a.m. and 1:15 – 2:00p.m. 3:30p.m. 11:15 – 11:45a.m.

English Revision Science Drop-In

Performing Arts Extra Curricular Activities 2016/17



Performing Arts Extra Curricular Activities 2016/17 MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY Brass Group KS3 Drama Singing Club 1:30–2:00 Club 11:15–11:45 Miss V 1:15–2:00 Ms R Douglas Elliott (E2) Miss J (E2) Pridding (Drama Studio) Back to the 80’s 3:30-4:30 Miss J Pridding (Drama Studio)

Inspire Orchestra 3:30–4:30 Miss V Elliott (E1)

Junior Band 2:45–3:15 Mrs L Howard (E2)

KS3 Chase Dance company 3:30–4:30 Miss S Mellor (Dance Studio)

Boys Break Dancing 3:30–4:30 Mr R Prince (Dance Studio)


Inspire Choir 3:30–4:30 Mr J Andrews (E1) Inspire Dance Company 3:30–4:30 Miss S Mellor (Dance Studio)

Student Support Across The College 2016-17 NAME Mrs J Pilling Mrs L Nolan

JOB Careers Advisor Visyon Counsellor


VENUE Student Support Office Student Support Office

Mrs R Czerwinski

College Nurse

Student Support Office

Mrs P Shatwell

Family Support

Office between rooms A9 and A10

Mrs J Beard and Mrs P Prince

Education Welfare

Pastoral Office (ground floor of Fisher Building)

emails will be read by a Senior Teacher

= Staff Present


All Hallows Catholic College Newsletter Christmas Term

Girls’ Sports RESULTS SPORT / YEAR GROUP Year 7 indoor athletics

Year 8 indoor athletics

OPPOSITION (& H/A) Poynton Fallibroome Wilmslow Tytherington Knutsford Macclesfield Academy Same opposition as above

AHCC WIN / LOSS & SCORE The Year 7 team came 3rd overall

The Year 8 team came 3rd overall.

PLAYER OF MATCH / OTHER COMMENTARY The following girls all took part and contributed to the overall position of coming 3rd. Very well done girls and a great effort. Erin More O’Ferrall, Emma Edwards, Jodie Izzard, Isabelle Anders, Aaliyah Madden, Maddie Idehen. Again all girls contributed through the different events for which they were selected. Very well done to you all. Ruby Hamilton, Olivia Delany, Ellie Pollard, Naomi Gamon, Holly Stanway, Francesca Bartoli.

Boys’ Sports RESULTS SPORT / YEAR GROUP Year 7 indoor athletics

Year 8 indoor athletics


OPPOSITION (& H/ A) Knutsford Fallibroome Macclesfield Academy Poynton Tytherington Wilmslow Same opposition as above

AHCC WIN / LOSS & SCORE The team came 1st overall by 2 points! Well done!

The team came 2nd overall.

PLAYER OF MATCH / OTHER COMMENTARY All of the boys that took part played a huge part in getting to the top place; they will now go on to represent Macclesfield and district in the next few weeks. The boys that took part were Liam Woodrow, Dan Sant, George Sankey, Alfonso Paa, Ben Cobley, Oliver Bradley, Oliver Carter. The ear 8s again did very well and managed to get the silver position. All boys put in the maximum effort so well done. Those that took part were: Aiden Butterworth, Roan Clarke, Owen Wright, Euan Morrison, Mo Shah, Jacob Towse, Adam Hurst, Tom Mason.

School PE Clubs Monday lunch (Break 2): Fitness Suite (all Years) Basketball (Y7-9 in the Sports Hall) Monday after school until 4.30/4.45 Girls Netball (Y9-13) Girls Football (all Years) Boys Rugby (all Years) Boys Football (Y9) Academy Football training (Y12/13) Girls gymnastics (Y7/8) Wednesday after school until 4.30 Netball fixtures (certain pre-arranged dates) Academy Football fixtures Sports Leaders club (dates to be confirmed) Girls rugby (all Years). 3-4

Tuesday lunch (Break 2) Fitness Suite (all Years) Tuesday after school until 4.30/4.45 Cross-country/running club (all Years) Girls Netball (Y7/8) Boys Football (Y8) GCSE Girls Trampolining Fitness Suite (all Years) Academy Football training (Y12/13) Thursday lunch (Break 2) Basketball (Y10-13 in the Sports Hall) Thursday after school until 4.30/4.45 Boys Football (Y7) Boys Football (Y10) Boys Football (Y11) Fitness Suite (All Years)

Friday lunch (Break 2) Fitness Suite (all Years) Friday after school until 4.30/4.45 Fitness suite (All Years)

Rugby Training Monday 3.30-4.30 During March, Year 7-10 will have the opportunity to take part in the Emerging Schools Rugby Tournaments. In order to prepare for them students wishing to play should attend training on Monday evenings.


Library Opening Hours Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm Friday 8am - 4pm

Library Information Borrowing Books Years 7 - 11 can borrow 2 books for 2 weeks Year 12 & 13, 3 books for 3 weeks.

Recommended Reads Author of the Month - Harriet Goodwin, who is visiting on world Book Day, Thursday 2nd March. Log onto: http:// .

Recommended Read: The Hex Factor Xanthe Fox can't wait to turn thirteen, but as the big day arrives her world starts to fall apart. Set-up at school for something she didn't do, it seems her age old enemy, Kelly, is making trouble for her ...and as things escalate, even her best friend Saul starts to doubt her innocence. With the school threatening to expel her, and mysterious glowing Xs appearing in front of her eyes, Xanthe turns to Grandma Alice for help. But what the old lady tells her will change Xanthe's life for ever...


Half term Activities For a recommended read, why not try one of the books by our visiting author, Harriet Goodwin or one of the novels on the Cheshire Schools' Book Award shortlist?

Cheshire School Book Award 2017 Cheshire Schools' Book Award This is the 11th year of the annual county wide schools book award. The shortlisted titles are: The Box of Demons by Daniel Whelan Flawed by Cecilia Ahern A Seven Letter Word by Kim Slater The Novice by Taran Mathau Fire colour One by Jenny Valentine The House on Hummingbird Island by Sam Angus Unboxed by Non Pratt All Hallows current favourite is Unboxed by Non Pratt, closely followed by Flawed by Cecilia Ahern. Students, staff and parents can read the books and vote. Copies available from school and your local Cheshire library. This week's recommended read: The Novice by Taran Matharu Demons, magic and epic adventure - introducing the first book in the New York Times bestselling Summoner Trilogy...Fletcher was nothing more than a humble blacksmith's apprentice, when a chance encounter leads to the discovery that he has the ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, he must travel with his demon to the Vocans Academy, where the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. The academy will put Fletcher through a gauntlet of gruelling lessons, training him as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire's war against the savage orcs.

Rubbing shoulders with the children of the most powerful nobles in the land, Fletcher must tread carefully. The power hungry Forsyth twins lurk in the shadows, plotting to further their family's interests. Then there is Sylva, an elf who will do anything she can to forge an alliance between her people and Hominum, even if it means betraying her friends. Othello is the first ever dwarf at the academy, and his people have long been oppressed by Hominum's rulers, which provokes tension amongst those he studies alongside. Fletcher will find himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with nothing but his demon Ignatius to help him. As the pieces on the board manoeuvre for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands …

some other reading group books we have recently taken delivery of. Towards the end of this half term they will be holding a short 'book chat' where students who have read one of the books can join them. Details about the scheme have been passed on to tutors and English teachers. Any students with questions can see Ms Sinclair in the library.

Overdue Books Please search at home for any overdue AHCC school library or education Library Service books as we still have many missing that our students would like to read. It doesn't matter how old they are, they will be gratefully accepted.

Active Kids We are now collecting Sainsbury's Active Kids Voucher, so please send to the Library and we will let you know what we are going to order for Food Technology and PE in the Summer Term. Thanks in advance.

Dictionary Sale in the Library Parent Consultation Day Tuesday 28th February Discounted dictionaries and a small selection of fiction 500 Words will be available to purchase. Please bring cash. Titles available: Try your hand at creative writing. English Dictionary - £5 If you are under between the ages of 9 and 13 (on Thesaurus - £5 16th June) and a budding writer, why not send your French, German, Spanish dictionaries - £5 story off to the BBC. Their 500 words stories Chinese dictionary -£6 competition has had over half a million entries in the Latin dictionary - £8 last seven years. There are fabulous prizes to win and There will also be a maths dictionary - £5, a science a whole host of celebrity judges deciding on the dictionary - £5, a spelling and grammar dictionary - £6, winners. The rules are simple and there are lots of an atlas - £6 and a Shakespeare dictionary - £8. ideas and support on the website: log onto: http:// The dictionaries will be available for the week and beginning Monday 27th February for students to buy explore! The closing date is Thursday 23rd February at at break times in the library. 7pm.

Bookbuzz and Beyond Book

New Term Events


World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March Some of the teachers and teaching assistants are busy Author Visit reading books from the year 7 Bookbuzz list, as well as Award winning author, Harriet Goodwin will be working with year 9 and year 11 students on 09

their creative writing skills to support their GCSE practice. Harriet will also be talking to all year 7 G students during their English lesson about her life and work as an author. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and buy a signed copy of any of Harriet's books for £5. Cash only can be accepted. (All students in 7G will meet a visiting author later in the year more details to be revealed soon). All students will receive a World Book Day £1 Book Voucher, which can be used to buy one of the special World Book Day £1 books or put towards the purchase of a book costing 32.99 or more. We have stock of two of the World Book day special editions in the library which students can exchange their tokens for. Details will be sent to form tutors after half term.

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Forthcoming PTA events 2016-2017     

Bowling / laser quest - Saturday 25th March Splash Landings - Saturday 22nd April (children need to be able to swim) Chester Zoo Saturday 13th May Blackpool Pleasure Beach Saturday 17th June Year 6 &7 Disco Friday 7th July

For more info or to discuss individual needs please contact Or pop in to see me in F21

XCell Youth Group

everyone at secondary school (ages 11+) welcome

for fun, friends, and tuck!

St Patrick’s Games Night Friday 17th March, 7-9pm,

St Alban’s Parish Centre, opposite the church

Shamrock Scramble, Irish Trivia, Pot of Gold Relay, and of course pool, table tennis, twister, air hockey, crab football.

Come and join the fun! Bring your friends, meet up with friends, make new friends.

Bring £1 entry & some money for tuck. We’ll ask you to complete a Consent Form the first time you come. If you email us, we can send it to you beforehand.

Next meetings: 21 April – Bowling with the Confirmation Group 19 May – to be decided……. For more information, contact Anna & Greg Hughes 01625 614406

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