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this week in our school . . .

Volume 2 Issue 17 April 28th, 2017



Head’s start .

Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the week.Headteacher, reflects on the week. Mr. Davis, It is back. about this time of enjoyed year thataI wonderful meet with Welcome I hope you HeadIt of Department review Eastereach holiday. was a delight totosee our the pupils summer’s exam results. Thisand involves and students returning on Monday to be plenty useful and thought-provoking energised byoftheir enthusiasm, the stories of discussion, it ismore. usuallyIt talking about their holidays and but much is no surprise numbers andbeen letters. thiswasted data are then that their has not Behind a moment stories: howstraight pupils did, how felt,atwhat this week - we’re back intothey things St. theyBarlow. liked and what they achieved. We Ambrose It would be easy to suggest always focus onand howdefine thingsthis canterm, be but that exams dominate improved as well as what went while they are important forcelebrating the year groups a Catholic school, exam results sitting well. them,As there is no much more going on inare just one wayasofthis expressing the unique, Godthe summer term week’s newsletter shows.given talents and skills of each pupil. It is important to look beyond the data so I am delighted much of myoff jobtoinvolves The week beganthat with Yearmore 9 heading beingfor inaclasses, around the school Ullswater week ofwalking Outward Bound and talking to pupils, students and staff. explorations and adventures. Many of you will know Ullswater as one the Lake District’s most If ever you are at all groups despondent beautiful settings, butfeeling for intrepid of Y9 or I reckon a quick tourofofchallenging the school pupils fatigued it has offered them all sorts would quickly spirits. experiences. Theseraise haveyour included wildLet me showboating, you whatclimbing I mean.and Today (Thursday, swimming, hillwalking and September for instance, I dropped orienteering. It is 29th) interesting to see the pupils into Year 10 GCSEand Music. There, was themselves thriving reflecting onI their delighted to many listen to performances experiences, with commenting that of they Beethoven’s Symphony, Hold had exceeded theirNinth own expectations. TheBack staff River and thewith Saints Go Marching had a the wonderful timeWhen as well, many In. I also to sit with andgetting Chester commenting thatgot there was noDaniel problem as they demonstrated their prodigious DJing the pupils to sleep in the evening. talents. Next, during lunch, I supervised the canteen made a pointonofthe watching the Assembly thisand week focussed interactions that take place Pupils importance of leadership and the daily. capacity of and holding open for one another, youngstaff people to bedoors community leaders. It was thanks, little moments taken offering by two Y11 pupils who are partofofpersonal Salford and gratitude. Youth appreciation Council. They spoke about Of thecourse, work of thingsand don’t always go others well in to a school, but it the council encouraged participate lovelyactivity. to witness a voluntary apology from in this iscrucial a Year 9 to one of the lunch time staff, or pupil assemblies help anotherit who is unsure In the see lightone of these is a great to go for honourwhere and source of class. huge pride to the school to report that Year 9 pupil Hollie Mellor was In Sixth Form, I enjoyed lengthy honoured by the Rotary Club ata the Civicchat with Aidanthis who explained bothreceived the theory Chambers week when she herof its award potential commercial awarddifferentiation for citizenship.and The was presented application. In English by Ceremonial Mayor Garrido.they were studying the play Blood Brothers and talking with and excitement about10superstitions; Duringhumour the holiday a group of Year and Year in Year REPC they werefordissecting 12 headed out7 to Porto a week ofour new mission andLed exploring the training at the statement famous club. and organised within it. School is as a by Mr.personal Gregsonmeanings the trip was a huge success busy, bustling, humming the pictures demonstrate. Thisplace. week we have

I get to Maths to find all of Year 9 embroiled in a task in that is so challenging exciting continued a sporting vein with and victory for that I7want and have a9-a-side go myself. Years and to 10stay in the Salford Rugby OutsideCompetition. it’s: “Sir, haveWell youdone seento my League alltie? the Can you open bottle? What did you participants. Themy Year 10 and 11 Girls Football thinkwon of last game? What time is it,cup. team thenight’s Rio Ferdinand Foundation Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my days!” can be noisy at times in a on its With theItweather improving and and summer community this to size weScience can’t expect way it was great see club head everyone to get each other garden all the outside to work in on thewith newly created time.AsBut is our community, and were a lively, area. theitpictures show not only pupils lovely, positive one at that. planting they were getting used to our new inhabitants - three stick insects named Sticky, Perhaps single highlight my week, if Ito Toffee andthe Pudding. Not quiteofgood enough hadYear to pick, would also be the conversation I had eat. 11 pupils saw Science in action with they Mrs. attended Fay who is the when theleading NHS Careers Day this development of our new library. I am a week. library enthusiast and have been ever since I wasislittle. The reach of my There plenty of furthest additional study on offer for memory in our Year 11 - itisisback timetoformoments all pupilsspent to make a real local libraryto entranced by itsfor colour and commitment the last push success. bright possibilities. On Twitter Science revision classes after school on a #RememberingMyLibrary reveals the hold Thursday are compulsory and are being offered an institution ‘A library cardto bythat all such Science teachers -has: we expect pupils was a free passSpanish to wonderment, and attend. Similarly revisionwords classes are the ability roam the world’ one being run bytoMs Higson, Tues-observes Fri mornings user, whilst another quoteslunchtime the wrought iron 8:00 - 8:40 am, Wednesday gates of Stalybridge library, ‘Read, until Mark,4pm. 13:30-13:55 and Friday after school Learnare andvoluntary Inwardlysessions. Digest.’ Others talk of These the escape that a library represented or of theintake refugefor it offered an unkind world. Our Year 12from is heavily oversubscribed and Year 11 students are asked to return their Mrs. Fayacceptance spent last Saturday peacefully 6th form slips as soon as possible the shelves and weresults. are inching tostacking secure their place pending closer to opening. What thrilled me was her comment thatlook several boys, of whom Next week we forward to some the formal affect a dislike of Parent reading,Council were electrified constitution of the at the by presence of aParent library Forum in their on school: ‘You meeting of our Wednesday mean I can and, like, read evening, Mayborrow 3rd at 7this pm. Details haveit,been Miss?’ breathless utterance of one sent out was to allthe parents and carers. pupil. Our library is at the heart of the school:a ahuge space for being open and Finally, congratulations toto Josh sharing ideas and It is openPennington (Year 8)experiences. and Miss Alker who plan anda its serveover as athe reminder attended tripshelves to Lourdes holiday - it that there be no looks like a should wonderful trip.barrier to anyone using its volumes or seeking knowledge, solace, entertainment orstart information. I can’t What a week and a great to the term wait to it comefew to life in the weeks here’s tosee a fantastic weeks. ahead thanks to Mrs. Fay and her band of helpers. God Bless.

BenDavis Davis, Headteacher Ben Twitter: @BenDavis1972 Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972



calendar what’s on 

Parent Forum 7 pm

Year 11 Drama performance, 7 pm

Bank Holiday School Closed

TUE 02

WED 03

Year 8 Parents’ Evening 5 pm - 7 pm

THU 04

FRI 05 SAT 06

MON 01


ATTENDANCE We aim for 100% attendance for all of our students and have set 96% as satisfactory attendance for this year. Attendance is monitored period-by-period and statistics are published each week. Excellent attendance guarantees excellent learning. Best Attendance by form (week ending April 7th):

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 overall

7L 8B 9C 10A 11A

Attendance and its impact on learning

95.0% 99.2% 97.4% 96.4% 95.7% 93.2%

10 days absence means 95% attendance 19 days absence means 90% attendance 29 days absence means 85% attendance 38 days absence means 80% attendance 47 days absence means 75% attendance Please note: If your child is off school you need to contact student services the same day on 0161 921 1589/1551. If the school has not been contacted within five days, the absences will automatically be unauthorised. Ten unauthorised marks may lead to a fixed penalty notice being served.

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer3 Trust fundraiser

Top: Josh and Miss Alker in Lourdes; Below: Science club in action.



The girls at Salford Dance explosion; working with Frantic Assembly

Year 7 and 10 teams victorious at the 9-a5 side tournament

Top: Girls’ football team celebrate their win Below: Years 10 and 12 in Porto


TWEET OF THE WEEK Jamie Graney @jamieg2892 Mar 30

Great evening at @SABSalford , thanks for inviting @LivUni to come talk all about #comingtolivuni ! Looking forward to future visits!





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St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 Issue 17 April 28th  

All the news from St. Ambrose Barlow RC High School and Sixth Form College, Swinton, Salford, UK.

St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.2 Issue 17 April 28th  

All the news from St. Ambrose Barlow RC High School and Sixth Form College, Swinton, Salford, UK.