Cardinal Allen Catholic High School A Specialist Maths and Computing College
School Newsletter June 2011
YOUNG WRITERS OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to all the Year 7 pupils whose poems were selected by Young Writers. These pupils have had their work published in a regional anthology which showcases the work of school children. Pupils’ work was selected for its imagination, energy and creativity. Young Writers’ poetry and short stories are held in the British Library’s national archive. We are very proud of the work and effort that our pupils put into writing their poems; well done for your achievement!
UNIFORM TRIAL Earlier in the year we announced that we were to trial blouses for girls as a potential significant change to our uniform. Around 12 girls Years 7 to 10 have used the blouse as part of their uniform for the past 8 weeks and so we have been able to pick up comments from other pupils as well as the triallists themselves. The blouse is shown with the blazer in the photo on the right. The pupils have been quite outspoken in their views about the potential change. This is a summary of their thoughts: The colour doesn’t match school colours (we chose the nearest) The blouse does not sit well with the blazer By comparison to the current uniform it looks untidy They actually prefer the school tie The costs of the blouses are far greater than for the simple white
shirts currently worn. Inevitably we have decided that there are to be no immediate changes to our basic uniform policy. In some respects it is a shame that a progressive measure has been stopped in its tracks but the fact that the decision was prompted and endorsed by students is a powerful justification for current policy to continue. I wish to sincerely thank those pupils who helped with the trial. As a rider they have asked us to further ensure ties are worn correctly at all times. We will be giving further advice on uniform & appearance rules in due course. I will, in due course be discussing and then providing strong guidance on hair colour & style, piercings, jewellery and make up.
CARDINAL ALLEN v FLEETWOOD HIGH The Year 11 football team had their final game for Cardy in a Wyre and Fylde Cup Final against Fleetwood High School, played at Highbury the home of Fleetwood Town. The boys had high hopes for the game as a win would have taken them to the promised land of Bloomfield Road. A large crowd had gathered from both schools and a slick playing surface made for a fantastic occasion and atmosphere for this much anticipated encounter. As the game got underway Fleetwood High started the better and more confidently causing problems down their right as they attacked. As the game developed Cardy began to come more and more into the match. Caught on the break the Cardy defence were stretched and Fleetwood High took the lead with a shot from close range after several attempts to clear the ball had failed. Not phased by this the Year 11 Boys rallied and had numerous chances. Danny Hadgraft having two good chances to level and Danny Witham hitting the crossbar from a shot from outside the area. As the half came to its conclusion Fleetwood high struck once again on the break with a fast flowing move, again taking their chance from close range. Cardy had little chance to redeem themselves as the half time whistle went shortly afterwards. Half-time Cardinal Allen 0 – 2 Fleetwood High The management team of Mr Walker, Mr McCann and Mr Kemp decided on making three substitutions at half time, introducing Anthony Bowker, Ryan Hastings and Ally Cheal. The changes seemed to galvanise Cardy as they poured forward bombarding the Fleetwood High goal. It only seemed a matter of time before they would score. As they were attacking with such vigour they were caught with a sucker punch as once again Fleetwood High broke forward and scored with a very good finish. It seemed as though three shots had resulted in three goals for Fleetwood High. Cardy again pushed and showed a fantastic attitude as they chased the game. One of the second half substitutes, Ryan Hastings, finally put the ball in the back of the net with 10 minutes remaining as he thundered the ball into the roof of the goal from 12 yards out. As much as Cardy continued to press and create chances they continued to miss when it seemed certain they would reduce the deficit furthermore. The game came to a close with the final score 3-1 to Fleetwood High. A huge amount of praise must go to the boys for their continued effort throughout their time at Cardinal Allen and on another day they would have ended on a high note but unfortunately this time it was not to be. Full-time Cardinal Allen 1 – 3 Fleetwood High
The PE department is extremely fortunate to have the support and backing from our parents and guardians. Our sports teams are a credit to the school and our pupils always aim to ‘be all they can be’. Our current Key Stage 4 football squads have been supported by CAFCA to purchase two full sets of new football shirts for the future seasons. The department has therefore purchased a very attractive set of football jerseys to hopefully inspire our lads to continue to succeed. We would welcome any further support from local businesses and parents via sponsorship to complete the purchase of a full kit with socks and shorts. If interested please contact the PE department to discuss details and options for potential sponsorship. In anticipation of this, thanks for your continued support. Boys PE
Year 11 CONSTRUCTION STUDENTS CLEAN UP
Our Year 11 Construction pupils based at the WAVE Centre beat off strong competition to win a design award from the Blackpool and Fylde College. The School of Construction at the College on Ashfield Road hosted a challenge day for local schools. Twenty-five groups of pupils were asked to design a new kitchen in a given space before sourcing and costing the materials and designing their own company logo, letterhead and a promotional poster. The event promoted teamwork as the groups had to appoint a team leader and other group roles. Pictured are the winning team with their impressive award which was presented to the team by the College at an assembly in school. The team consisted of Isaac Crosbie, Sam Drury, Michael Gilsenan, Danny Hadgraft, Daniel Hammond, Tom Haran, Michael Perry, Niall Richardson, Daniel Roney, Amy Shaw (our first female Construction student) and David Stow. Well done.
COMMUNITY NEWS Cleansweep: An enthusiastic group of year 10 volunteers have been helping with the recent ‘Cleansweep’ community project of Rossall ward by clearing the litter from the Fleetwood side of the sea wall. I am sure you will appreciate the impact such work has on our environment. Birla Partnership: Following a review of our partnership with Birla High School Kolkata, the British Council has now awarded us GCP funding. This funding will only be awarded to a few partnerships nationally this year. It is a real testament to the collaborative work of both schools in the development of a number of different projects to enhance the curriculum in each others’ schools. A recent break time bucket collection by members of 7H for the street Children of Calcutta raised over £100 in a week.
CHAPLAINCY NEWS LENTEN APPEAL An amazing total of £1782.82 was raised this year during our Lenten appeal for the Bishop’s Fund, which is used to help improve the lives of vulnerable children. A special mention to Miss Stovin and 7Aiden for the winning Form total of £200.23 and Mr Owens and 7AG for their very generous runner’s up total of £167.58. Pictured is our winning Form 7AD with Miss Stovin EASTER MASS We marked our return from the Easter Break with our Easter Mass in celebration of the Risen Lord. Bringing with it a message of hope, promise and a new start. Our thanks to Fr. Gerry Dunn and Fr. Dick Kinlen for their continued support. CAFOD TEAM Our Yr 10 CAFOD team are in the process of producing a promotional DVD for a Year 9 assembly with a view to recruiting a new Year 10 team in the Autumn Term. Meanwhile their efforts towards supporting and promoting the work of CAFOD features in CAFOD Lancaster Newsletter and on the CAFOD News website. The link for Secondary Schools is http://www.cafod.org.uk/secondary/celebrating-schools (Cardinal Allen Catholic High School is the 2nd photograph in the sequence). Well done team and thank you for your hard work and continued commitment throughout the year. DIOCESAN LOURDES YOUTH PILGRIMAGE In July eleven of our Year 11 students will join the Diocesan Lourdes Youth Pilgrimage of over 100 young people. Easily recognisable in their blue tops, they will work throughout the day, helping the sick pilgrims and those who rely on wheelchairs to get around the undulating town. In the evenings they have time for prayer and socialising. The week includes a full programme: Mass each day, the processions, opportunities for prayer, the anointing of the sick, confession, Stations of the Cross and the rosary. This is a wonderful opportunity for our young people and we are very proud of them. Maisie McGarvey who is returning for her second year explained “The reason why I wanted to do this in the first place was because I was so impacted the first time I went that I wanted to be there to help and encourage other people when they experience Lourdes as well.”
Pictured from front …Maisie McGarvey, left to right …Charlie Foley, Sophie Cronshaw, Tom Wood, Antony Bowker, Erin Smyth, Fiona Finnigan, Sophie Shields, Ben Tse-Laurence, Lucinda Denney and Matthew Steen. 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ST. JOHN SOUTHWORTH’S CHURCH On 9th September St John Southworth’s will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Church. Our music group have been invited to support with the singing at this special mass; an invitation which is of course extended to the whole of our school community. More details to follow.
CHAPLAINCY TEAM There is an opportunity for pupil volunteers from KS3 to form a Youth Chaplaincy Team. This will involve supporting all aspects our school liturgy. More information and application forms can be obtained from the Chaplaincy room. LEAVERS’ MASS Our Yr 11 Leavers’ Mass was a great celebration, bringing together many from our school community to give thanks for the special times we have shared with our Year 11’s. We offered prayers of thanks for the skills they have learned, the friends they have made and the opportunities that lie ahead. We asked for courage and faith to start the next period of their lives, trusting God to guide and protect them in all that they do. We thank Fr.Gerry Dunn, Canon Alf Hayes, Fr. Dick Kinlen and Fr. Peter Clarke for joining us to concelebrate our Mass. ( pictured) BARBEQUE IN THE GARDEN We receive so much ‘hands on’ support from many in our community throughout the year towards enriching our school liturgy. As a gesture of our sincere thanks, invitations have been extended to our Deanery Clergy, our pupil and staff liturgy groups and some members of our parish and wider communities, to gather for a celebration barbeque in the school garden in early July. KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA YOUTH PRAYER COMPETION The K.S.C. Youth Prayer competition is open to all young people aged 12-18yrs. This year’s theme is ‘A Prayer for our Armed Forces in the Field of Combat’ and we have already received some inspiring entries. Prize money and certificates will be awarded for the winner and runners up. All entries to be handed in at the Chaplaincy Room by Friday 24th June. Good luck everyone ! …and finally Someone who gives great support towards school liturgy, Gillian Walsh married Joe Callaghan on Saturday 4th June at St. Teresa’a RC Church. We send them both our love and prayers as they embark on their new life together.
The Art Department would like to congratulate Emily Brand and Joe Scott for their recent success in the 'Young Artist of the Year' competition run by Blackpool and The Fylde College. Schools from all over the Fylde Coast took part, with over a hundred entries being submitted. A panel of judges then had to deliberate, picking a small number of the most creative art works for an Exhibition and awarding these learners either a 'Commended' or Highly commended' Certicifate. Emily for her portrait of Micheal Jackson recieved a 'Highly commended' Certificate! Joe for his portrait of the Artist L.S. Lowry also recieved a 'Highly commended' certificate, as well as attracting attention from the local press! The work of both students were part of the Blackpool and Fylde College and received much attention and praise! Well done! Congratulations to Meggy Hague-Foale (Year 8) on her success at gaining a place to represent Lancashire playing tennis at the International Youth Games in Aalborg, Denmark during August 2011. Meggy has had great success this season – winning the North of England Tennis Championships (Ladies Singles) the Lancashire Tennis Association Winter Tournaments (14 & under Girls), runner-up in the Lancashire Tennis Association Winter Tournaments (16 & under Girls). Winner of the Holcome Brook Junior Tournament (14 & under) and being a member of the winning team at the Lancashire Premier League Team Tennis (14 & under)
CAREERS Visit to Edgehill University, 6th April 2011 Thanks to the Aimhigher scheme, 21 Year 10 pupils had the opportunity to spend a day at Edgehill. The main focus of the visit was Study Skills. Working in groups with two other high schools, our pupils attended three very varied and interactive sessions delivered by University staff. These included a very energetic ‘motivation’ session and some really useful tips on exam and revision techniques. We also got to sample a bit of life at a university and, perhaps most usefully, chat to students about their experiences. Mock Results Assembly All Year 11 pupils received a ‘certificate’ detailing their projected final grades, which they were then able to discuss with a verity of post-16 providers. Our thanks to local 6th Form, College and Training providers for supporting this really useful and timely event as our Year 11 pupils prepare to leave school. Enterprise Again, thanks to funding from Aimhigher, around 20 Year 10 pupils participated in an “Enterprise” event run by an organisation called “Live-n-Learn”. This event encouraged pupils to thank about the skills they develop in school in relation to the world of work. This kind of activity helps pupils to reflect on their work experience and useful attributes such as team building and problem solving. On a sad note, we said goodbye to our Connexions Adviser, Steve Carter who has left us after a number of years of valuable service. We wish Steve well. Sarah Butters is our new Connexions Adviser.
VISIT TO BERLIN The Annual Year 10 GCSE History Study Visit took place at the end of March. We usually go at the beginning of July, but thankfully the weather in Berlin was still excellent, both warm and dry! We visited a range of sights associated with key events in modern world history. The Concentration Camp at Sachsenhousen, the refurbished Olympic Stadium originally built by the Third Reich and Checkpoint Charlie at the Berlin Wall are particularly notable examples. This trip involves a long coach trip (20 hours over-night) and a packed schedule. There was still, however, time for shopping at Ka De We, Europe’s largest department store (second only to Harrods). Berlin is a very modern and vibrant city with lots of outstanding modern architecture and design to inspire our pupils, although it’s the ‘Dunkin Donuts’ that some will remember the most! A great time was had by all. Next year its back to the First World War Battlefields.
LINKS WITH SPAIN This term 8S and 10C have been making contact with a new link in Spain. We are linking with La Salle Virgen del Mar school in America in the south of Spain. So far we have sent greeting videos and email. We will receive emails and videos back from Spain. Our pupils will improve their use of Spanish, and the Spanish pupils get to practice their English!!
KEY SKILLS AT BEACON FELL
Year 10 pupils visited Beacon Fell Country Park on 12th and 18th May as part of the ASDAN Bronze/ Silver Award Scheme. We set off from school at 9am and followed the route the pupils had carefully planned to Beacon Fell. It is therefore surprising, that Mr. Higham took a wrong turn! Before the visit Mrs. Lyne had arranged for the pupils to learn to cook outdoors using a Triangia Stove (the smell of bacon and sausage butties attracted a lot of attention from staff and students alike). Guest speaker John Lyne, taught the pupils to read Ordinance Survey maps and make compass readings to use at Beacon Fell. They did more food preparation by making their own healthy picnic for the visit and they learned about the environment at Beacon Fell, making a presentation of the Countryside Code and presenting a study of a plant or animal they learned about during the walk. They even took responsibility for cleaning their own boots back in school! An enjoyable and enlightening time was had by all and the project has inspired some excellent classroom based work that will contribute over 2 credits towards their ASDAN Silver Awards.
WHEELCHAIRS FOR GHANA The school was delighted to welcome Mr Stephen Harrington from the Westhoughton Rotary Club earlier in the term. Mr Harrington spoke about the incredible need for wheelchairs in Ghana and how just £75 would transform a young person’s life. Mr Harrington spoke to each year group at assembly and such was the strength of his message that £600 was raised in the course of one week! Staff also contributed to the collection by means of a Coffee Morning and raffle. The school’s contribution will enable a further 8 wheelchairs to be purchased and sent to Ghana.
SCHOOL PRODUCTION ……. TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Its school production time again! We have an extra special show for you this year as it has been written and directed entirely by our staff. “He Had It Comin’” is a musical play performed in three acts and with a cast of 50 pupils and many well known musical items. There’s sure to be something to entertain everyone. Tickets are on sale now from the Drama Department, get them before they sell out—FAST! Adults £5, Children £4. The show is scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 4th, 5th & 6th July 7.30pm in the Studio.
MUSIC AT CARDINAL ALLEN There is ample opportunity for music tuition in the next academic year. We currently have brass and woodwind teachers who have space for pupils wanting lessons in these instruments. I am also welcoming interest for lessons in other musical instruments too. If there is enough interest in any particular instrument, then I can prepare the teachers ready for September. Anyone interested should see Mr Shaw in Music Room 8.
PRINT SOLUTION Last summer we engaged with a new supplier for our printing services in school. We now have 16 multi-function devices for all printing. The purpose of this was to establish best value for the school in terms of cost but also to ensure that, as an Eco School, we were not wasting paper. Over the course of the year all staff have had to adapt to the new system, but, now that we are over the teething problems, we are rolling it out to the pupils. From September all pupils will be given a quota of ‘free’ printing. The quota is based on a detailed audit of pupil use over a twelve month period and has been set at a figure that will accommodate a pupil’s need to meet the demands of the curriculum. The quota will be more generous for KS4 pupils, acknowledging their greater need to print for exam preparation and controlled assessments etc. Pupils will see exactly how much of their quota is remaining each time that they log on to the network. Pupils will be charged if they go beyond their allocated print quota. Details of the various quotas and charges will be published on the school website before the end of term. As staff, we were all probably guilty of too much printing; the same is true for many pupils. The hope is that the quota system will provide better value for money for the school and also add to our Eco credentials. We will obviously monitor the situation during the course of next term and report on progress.
KATIE’S GARDEN Congratulations and thanks must go to Joe Watkins (9 AG) who raised over £110 towards Katie’s Memorial Garden. Joe took part in a sponsored Aerobatic flight from RAF Woodvale near Southport. In a connected matter, we are looking for a VOLUNTEER GARDNER to help us with maintenance over the summer holidays. So…. Do you want to garden an award winning garden? Do you have excellent plant knowledge? If you have answered yes to the above questions you may be what we are looking for! Cardinal Allen require a volunteer gardener for 3-5 hour per week during the summer months and over the school holidays to look after our award winning memorial garden.
If interested—please telephone Mr Owens on 01253 872658