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October 2016 Welcome to our newsletter

A-Level Exam Results Students and staff at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College recently celebrated some excellent A level results. Students have achieved grades allowing them to accept their university offers across a wide range of subjects including History, Chemistry, Music, Engineering, English Literature, Criminology, Psychology, Primary teaching and Nursing. Particular successes include Jessica Muirhead who achieved 3 A grades and is heading to the University of Liverpool to begin her course in Hispanic Studies as well as Aysha Russell who achieved 4 A level passes at grades A and B. Aysha will now begin a course in Mechanical Engineering, also at the University of Liverpool. Sophie Donnelly, who is a member of the Liverpool Philharmonic youth orchestra and a Grade 8 musician, will continue her musical studies in London at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Another Bellerive student, Rebecca Dolan, is travelling a little further as she is off to to start a History degree at Queen’s University, Belfast. Rebecca is one of a number of Bellerive students to gain access to courses at highly competitive Russell Group universities this year. Students received their results in the brand new sixth form building overlooking Sefton Park, completed

with support from the Mayor of Liverpool’s capital investment team. Headteacher Sr Brigid said, “We are very proud of all our students and wish them all the best in whatever pathway they take. The next generation of Bellerive students will be lucky enough to benefit from these wonderful new surroundings and we look forward to celebrating their achievements in the years ahead.”

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5 days in the Eternal City During the last week in June, a group of year 10 and Sixth Form pupils went on a culturally rich trip to Rome. They were accompanied by Mrs Henry, Sr MaryAnne fcJ and Sr Lynne fcJ. The itinerary was packed with wonderful moments, a visit to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, time around the Trevi Fountain, a tour of the Colosseum and the Old Roman City, being among the most memorable. Wherever we went, we touched and breathed history and caught glimpses of the wealth and power of the Roman empire. We visited the site where Caesar’s remains are thought to be, and were treated to a little impromptu recital of Shakespeare’s play there by Sr Lynne who still remembers it from her school days! A lovely evening was spent with Sr Christine, an FCJ sister who lives and works in Rome and who invited us to her apartment for a pizza supper.

The students enjoyed chatting with her and asking her about the interesting work she does in development. It was most special to be in Rome for the Year of Mercy. We had a little prayer service together in front of the door of mercy of The Basilica of St John Lateran – the mother church of all Catholic churches. We then entered the Holy Door. We also took the opportunity to mark the feast of St Peter and St Paul (29th June) by attending Mass at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri. Italy offered us a wonderful feast for the palate as well – with ice cream (gelato!) and lovely food round every corner. The students enjoyed each other’s company as we spent time in the evening relaxing with a lovely meal together. Unfortunately we did not even catch a glimpse of Rome’s most famous resident – Pope Francis!

Bellerive gives back Students and staff raised over £300 as part of the MacMillan Coffee morning on Friday 30th September. Students from our Sixth Form took the lead in organising the event which was held in their new common room. Business was very brisk with some staff making several visits to the common room to purchase their wares!

Students speak the language of success Bellerive students also celebrated linguistic success this summer in a range of community languages at GCSE and A Level. Our students were entered for examinations in Polish, Arabic, Urdu, Dutch, Persian, Portuguese and Mandarin to name but a few. Excellent grades were achieved with many of them at A or A*. A significant number of the students were sitting exams earlier than would normally be the case. One such example was Erin De Bruin from Y7. Erin sat her GCSE in Dutch 4 years ahead of most other students. Erin was determined to sit the examination and we were all impressed by her quiet committment to ensuring she got the best possible grade. She worked steadily through past paper questions outside of school to help her preparation.

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GCSE Results

Year 13 Prom

Students and staff at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College had 2 reasons to celebrate on GCSE results day. Not only were the GCSE results for 2016 excellent, the successful students are the first to take up residence in the new state of the art Sixth Form centre overlooking Sefton Park.

The Year 13 students celebrated the end of their exams with a party at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel. They were joined by many staff, including Ms Palmer and Mr Morgan. There was a champagne reception followed by a delicious three course meal. Mrs Allerston then presented some of the students with Prom awards. The students danced into the small hours. A brilliant time was had by all. There was a photo booth and Sr Catherine fcJ made a lovely “Bellerive Prom Cake “.

Results improved from 2015, with 70% of all students getting C grades or better in both English and Maths. 73% of all GCSE entries were at C or above on average and 22% of all grades awarded were either A or A* grades. Increased numbers of students secured A/A* grades in all their subjects with particular congratulations going to Lamisa Musarat who achieved all 9 A/A* grades (7 grade A* and 2 grade A), Aisling Barron who achieved all 9 A/A* grades (6 grade A* and 3 grade A), Jade Owens who achieved all 9 A/A* grades (6 grade A* and 3 grade A) and Lucy Owens who achieved 9 A/A* grades (6 grade A* and 3 grade A and 1 grade B). We are also delighted to report that progress has been secure across the year group as our Progress 8 measure (reflecting progress for all students in 8 subjects) is positive, as is the value added measure. Levels of progress in both English and Maths were also improved from 2015. We were delighted to see some new subjects among the more familiar GCSE options this year, including Ancient History which was taken by a group of students as an after school class with support from the ‘Classics for All’ team at the University of Liverpool. Bellerive’s headteacher, Sr Brigid Halligan said: ‘Our students have really excelled themselves in achieving these results which are testimony to their own hard work, the dedication of their teachers and active support from their parents. We are very proud of all of them, regardless of the final grade, for giving of their best. We are looking forward to welcoming them back in September to start their Sixth Form studies in our new Sixth Form centre.”

Ogden Trust Physicist of the Year 2016 Emma McCarthy attended a presentation evening on Wednesday 21st September at Liverpool University to be awarded ‘Physicist of the Year’, in collaboration with the Ogden Trust. Emma attended the evening, along with her parents and Physics teacher, Miss Yates. The evening, held at Liverpool University, included a lecture on the topic of relativity and a presentation ceremony were Emma was awarded with a certificate, book gift token and the opportunity to apply for a scholarship studying a Physics degree at University. It was an evening for Emma to celebrate her efforts and achievements in Physics. Emma is hoping to apply her physics knowledge to real-life situations next year and study an Engineering degree at University. Well done Emma!

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Bronze Duke of Edinburgh June and July saw the culmination of the KS4 Bronze DofE experience. Such was the interest in DofE this year that two cohorts and four weekends were needed for all pupils to complete their expedition section. The expeditions took place in and around Wigan, Upholland and Skemersdale. All in all, 62 pupils completed their expeditions and several new staff joined the DofE ranks, to assist in the supervision of the pupils. A big thank you to Mrs Louden, Mrs Rannala, Mr Hall, Mr Coupe, Miss Kelly, Miss McGiveron, Miss Holt, Miss Cooke and Ms Fielding who gave their time and energy to help the pupils complete their expedition. The weather didn’t always play its part and two of the expeditions were very wet indeed…but showing true Bellerive grit and determination, the girls trudged on through and were fabulous ambassadors not only to their families and the school, but also for the DofE scheme. It is hoped that many of them will continue with their DofE experience and sign up for Silver in the future.

Sixth Form Open Evening 23rd November 6-8pm

NEW purpose-built Sixth Form Centre now open! “This centre gives you help and support whenever you need it” Sixth Form student

Come along, meet the staff and students, ask questions, enjoy a guided tour of our brand new facilities and see for yourself why we are such a unique, successful and appealing Sixth Form Centre.

All are welcome! We welcome boys and girls from all areas of Liverpool & beyond in our Sixth Form

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Bellerive FCJ Catholic College 1 Aigburth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 3AA Tel: 0151 727 2064

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Bellerive News October 2016