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Young Citizen of the Year: Lauren Smith Continued on Pg8


“For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength” 1 Corinthians: 25 @HFCSWaltham


HEADTEACHER'S MESSAGE International Women’s Day Thursday of this week was International Women’s Day, a day when the contribution of women to national and global society is recognised and gender equality is promoted. Despite the advances in gender equality seen in the last century, we do well to remember that it is only 100 years ago that women won the right to vote. Indeed it was not until 1929 that women enjoyed the same voting rights as men in the United Kingdom. We continue to live in a world where women are not always treated with respect, are not always paid the same as men and are often subject to more oppressive social control. In some societies these inequalities are even more stark than here in the UK. The History department this week produced resources for every tutor group to promote awareness and encourage discussion of the issues which continue to affect women in their struggle for equality.

Alumni Evening Last Call! Thank you to all who have responded to the invitation to attend our inaugural alumni evening next Thursday 15th March at 6.30pm. Very often as I go around the borough I bump into former students and it is always good to catch up. Lots will have changed in the school perhaps since you were a student, especially with the new building programme, but much also remains the same and most especially our ethos based on the gospel values of service, justice, truth and equality for all. Please contact for more details.

Aquinas Trust Mass As you will be aware, we enjoy an excellent partnership with our fellow Catholic schools in the Waltham Forest Deanery. We call this partnership the Aquinas Trust after the Catholic saint and scholar Thomas Aquinas. Each year it has become our tradition to celebrate a Mass in March which representatives from each of our eight schools attend. This year we held the Mass in in the parish church of St Joseph’s Leyton and it was again an excellent and uplifting occasion to see all the schools represented and young people from infant school to sixth form age coming together.

Please continue to remember us in your prayers.

Parents’ Surgery Parents’ surgery is every Thursday from 4pm to 5pm on the Walthamstow site. If ever I am unavailable, a member of the senior team substitutes for me.

Dr Andy Stone Headteacher


Commendations This week we have Headteacher Commendations students for many students. First, for those who took part in the UK Intermediate Maths Challenge and gained bronze and silver medals. They are: YEAR 10 1. Nadine Bhawanlall Silver and top score in the school! 2. Jonathan Thevarajah Silver 3. Karl Medina Silver 4. Samuel Connal Silver 5. Cameroon Joseph Bronze 6. Luke Serieux Bronze 7. Anthony Ezah Bronze 8. Jilme Yosef Bronze 9. Joel Jaimon Bronze YEAR 9 1. Ryan Power Silver and top scoring boy! 2. Juno Vimalenthiran Silver 3. Tanya Cannon Silver 4. Chantell Berin Silver 5. Abiola Kushanuoniru Bronze 6. Kirsten Aquino Bronze 7. John Pereira Bronze 8. Ovie Epete Bronze Congratulations to each of our mathematicians!


Commendations In addition the following students have done exceptionally well in their recent Yr 10 reports. For achieving a 1 on their Spring Progress Report in all subjects in the behaviour category: Gladys Bosulu-Mbenga, Chloe Contaldo, Taylor Hamer-Nel, Alexander Nish, Jason Quarry, Carl Sandoval, Natalia Tomusiak, Madeleine Williams For achieving a 1 on their Spring Progress Report in all subjects in the Effort category: Chloe Contaldo For achieving a 1 on their Spring Progress Report in all subjects in the Homework category: Rebekah Da Silva For achieving a 1 on their Spring Progress Report in all subjects in the Attitude to Learning Category: Stefan Srinavilns, Marlena Bogdan, Gladys Bosulu-Mbenga, Chloe Contaldo, Rebekah Da Silva, Vanessa Fordjour, Taylor Hamer-Nel, Joshua Masila, Robyn McGill, Emily Morera, Alexander Nish, Jason Quarry, Carol Sandoval, Madeleine Williams For working extremely hard in English and producing a fantastic assessment: Dayana Villacis Criollo Congratulations to all of them!


TEACHER Miss Lippa- Head of Geography

Who or what inspired you at school? So many things - I went to the most amazing school. My geography and economics teachers were super inspirational. There was nothing my economics teacher didn't know. My geography teacher inspired because he started debating and picked me. He once said to me we would work in the same department so  he actually predicted that I'd be a teacher!  Where did you study? I went to a girls school called South Hampstead High School in Belsize Park. I went to Downing College, University of Cambridge and I studied geography.   Have you always been a teacher? Yeah pretty much. I lived in Australia between finishing university and my doing teacher training; I was a pre-school teacher there before secondary teacher here. Why did you want to become a teacher? Because I've always worked with young people, since I was 13 and I wanted a job that would allow me to geography  everyday  If you hadn't become a teacher, what other career would have interested you? Realistically a lawyer, my dad really wanted me to be a lawyer. All my fiends from university are lawyers!  What three words would your students use to describe you? I would hope - knowledgeable, kind and helpful.

What has been your most embarrassing moment in teaching? I must have a loads because my life is genuinely being embarrassed all the time! Maybe being mistaken for being a sixth former!  What would be your desert island book/song/film? The book that inspired me to study geography was Half of a Yellow Sun, I could read that over and over again. Or any book about India.    Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t know? I can juggle and can do tricks. Oh and I've visited 28 countries and counting!!! Also I'm going to do some teacher training in Rwanda this summer.  What would you be on University Challenge or Strictly Come Dancing? I think everyone would expect me to say University Challenge but really it would be Strictly because I love the sparkly costumes. Plus I used choreography musicals - I love dancing! What's the best thing about working at Holy Family? The people. The teachers and the students. I feel like I've made some amazing friends since starting here - I love it. 



Congratulations to the Yr 8 and Yr 10 handball teams who both won their round 2 matches in the London Youth games competition. Yr 8 beat Sarah Bonnell 9-7 And Yr 10 beat Urswick 12-10 Both teams now progress to the LYG final 8 tournament which will be held at The Copper Box Arena on 27/03/18. A fantastic achievement , well done girls .


LAUREN SMITH Lauren Smith in Yr13 was nominated for the Young Citizen of the

Year Award in the 2018 Love Your Borough Awards and has won this prestigious prize!   I nominated her not only for all the hard work she does in school, all the filming, editing, photography and generally helping out whenever she is needed but also for all the work she does for the E17 Film Festival - all for free to gain filming experience. Lauren is a quiet and hardworking student. I’m so proud to see her win this award, she is so deserving. To see her confidence grow from when she first started Media Studies in Yr10 to now having made some outstanding production pieces in Media and Art and Product Design as well as all the work experience she has picked up along the way is amazing and I’m so pleased she has won! Miss Gaynor



Shouldn’t Lent be more than just giving up chocolate? Lent is a great time to try something different: silence. Bishop of Brentwood, Alan Williams, says: “the very origin of Lent is Jesus entering the silence of the desert to reflect and pray, to prepare himself for the mission ahead. siLENT not only creates that space but, through sponsorship, raises money to support projects for young people in our Diocese and beyond”. During Lent, a number of the Year 10 Justice & Peace group have committed to staying silent to raise funds for youth charity, Million Minutes. The Diocese is trying to reach a million minutes of silence. Anna stayed silent during the school day, some 400 minutes towards the total! And this is just the start. Bishop Alan himself will be silent for 24 hours on 27th March.

The fourth Sunday of Lent is sometimes called Laetare Sunday. Laetare is a Latin word that means “rejoice”. Even as we observe our Lenten sacrifices, we rejoice in anticipation of the joy that will be ours at Easter. Mother’s Day is also celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This is an important day to remember the role that our mother and mother-figures play in our lives. From aunts to grandmothers to friends, we all have many women in our lives that we can look up to. Let us also remember the special place that Mary, mother of Jesus, has in our faith.

11th March – 4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday) 17th March – Feast of St Patrick 18th March – 5th Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday)

Key Dates

19th March – Feast of St Joseph 25th March – Palm Sunday 29th March – Holy Thursday (last day of term) 30th March – Good Friday 31st March – Holy Saturday 1st April – Easter 9th April – The Annunciation of the Lord



There's lots of fun activities coming up in the local community, see following pages for details

Suntrap School Holiday Club - booking now for the Easter holidays For children aged 8-12 years only (no adults allowed). Just £29 per day or all three days for £80. Drop off 10am, pick up 4pm. Six hours of fun! Bring snacks & packed lunch. Wear old clothes ready for an outdoor adventure! Enquire today; call 020 8508 0611 or email BioBlitz Pokemon Adventure - Wednesday 11th April Become a wildlife explorer for the day, going on a scientific expedition gaining points for every animal you find and identify in the habitats of Epping Forest. Who can get the most points - now go catch ‘em all! Stone Age Warriors - Thursday 12th April Can you survive a day in Epping Forest during the Stone Age? Build shelters, light a fire, boil water, make a pot and make your own cave painting like a Stone Age Warrior. Science Extraordinaire – Friday 13th April An active fun packed day of outdoor science experiments. Can you make your own ice cream, the most disgusting coloured slime and build a water rocket that travels high into the sky?

Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon Sunday 22 April 2018 Would you like to represent Waltham Forest in this year’s Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon on Sunday 22 April 2018? Age categories are: Under 13 - Boys and Girls Must be at least 11 years old on 22 April 2017 Born between 1 September 2004 and 22 April 2007 Under 15 - Boys and Girls Born between 1 September 2002 and 22 April 2007 Under 17 - Boys and Girls Born between 23 April 2000 and 31 August 2004 Selection for Waltham Forest is as follows: The runner must live or go to school in the borough The details of the event are here: In order to be considered for a place runners are being asked to attend any parkrun session between Saturday 3rd – Saturday 24th March 2018 (4x Saturdays) the fastest times in each age group will be used to select the Waltham Forest team. Parkrun is held every Saturday at 9am and runners need to register in advance:

Issue 23 9th march 2018  
Issue 23 9th march 2018