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this week in our school . . .

Volume 3 Issue 16 January 19th, 2018

getting it right ready respectful safe



Head’s start .

Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the week. week. It is about this time of year that I meet with In previous issuesofI have written to about ourthe each Head Department review schoolsummer’s priority this year:results. improving culture exam Thisour involves and ethos. identified at the start of the plentyWe of useful andthis thought-provoking year after a great but dealitof and about discussion, is reflection usually talking numbers letters. Behind this data are evaluation, afterand discussions with pupils, parents stories: how pupils did, how they felt, what and staff and because we believe that an theyeducation liked anddepends what theyonachieved. excellent excellent We always focus on how things can be relationships and a vibrant, joyful culture. improved as well as celebrating what went well. As a Catholic school, exam results are We have made many changes this year already just one way of expressing the unique, Godto our given systems, our and ways of working aspects talents skills of eachon pupil. It is of school life such as behaviour, to our pastoral important to look beyond the data so I am system and to our of more recognising delighted thatways much of my job involves achievement. These are just some of the being in classes, walking around the school changes there more to followand because andand talking toare pupils, students staff. we are completely committed to our task, totally If ever you school are feeling allexcellent despondent focussed on our beingatan one.or fatigued I reckon a quick tour of the school would quickly raise your spirits. Let me Our latest focus is anti-bullying, something that show you what I mean. Today (Thursday, was noted by Ofsted in their recent visit, we are September 29th) for instance, I dropped into also raising our expectations of pupils as Year 10 GCSE Music. There, I was regards attendance and punctuality. Our new delighted to listen to performances of HouseBeethoven’s system is slowly provide Ninthdeveloping Symphony,toHold Back an extra layer of support in the St. Ambrose the River and When the Saints Go Marching BarlowIn.family. is sit ideal to and devote a I alsoSo gotitto withtiming Daniel Chester week to the development of our DJing ascelebrating they demonstrated their prodigious schooltalents. culture.Next, during lunch, I supervised the canteen and made a point of watching the interactions that January take place daily. Pupils in and Next week (beginning 29th) all pupils staff holding doors open for one another, Years 7 - 9 will experience special lessons in all offeringlooking thanks,atlittle personal departments themoments themes ofoftolerance appreciation and gratitude. Of course, and respect. Inspired by our mission statement things don’t always go well in a school, but it we have named this week #OneBody: Head is lovely to witness a voluntary apology from Hand aHeart. thislunch we have Year 9Intoplanning one of the time started staff, or with the views of pupils. see one pupil help another who is unsure where to go for class. In form time last week we asked them to respond to three different words: Ambrose, In Sixth Form, I enjoyed a lengthy chat with Aidan who explained both theory of Identity and Relationships. Theirthe responses differentiation its potential commercial were collated by Y10and pupils and the results were application. In English they training were studying reflected back to staff at a special and thesession. play Blood Brothers and talking with planning humour and excitement about superstitions; in Year 7 RE they were dissecting our new Armed with this information staff got to work in mission statement and exploring the departments planning a series personal meanings withinofit.special School is a lessons. These will take place place. throughout the busy, bustling, humming week alongside retreat activities led by Father Gavin Landers and culminating in an act of worship involving all three year groups. It is

I get to Maths to find all of Year 9 embroiled in a task that is so challenging and exciting that I want to stay and have a go myself. fitting that it’s: during week alsomy welcome to Outside “Sir,the have youwe seen tie? the school a guest thedid Holocaust. Can you open myspeaker bottle? on What you think of last night’s game? What time is it, Sir?” and, least oncetoa achieve? day, “Oh my So what areatwe hoping Well, firstly days!” It can be noisy at times and in we expect that pupils will thrive on the a communitytothis size we can’t expect opportunity engage in lessons with a everyone to get on with each otherchallenging all the difference, ones that are especially time. But it is our community, and a and that go beyond the boundaries of lively, the usual lovely, positive one at that. subjects. Secondly, we have placed great emphasis in lessons, so that Perhaps on thecollaboration single highlight of my week, if I pupils will talk more, work in teams and had to pick, would be the conversationcome I had together to Fay create work that is of with Mrs. who is leading thevalue and that expresses theirofideas about tolerance development our new library. I amand a respect. Finally, weand arehave deliberately seeking library enthusiast been ever sinceto celebrate andThe develop ourreach schoolofculture I was little. furthest my memory is backso to that moments spent in our through learning the experiences of this local library entranced by its colour and themed week become more the norm. bright possibilities. On Twitter #RememberingMyLibrary reveals the hold that such an institution has: ‘A library card was a free pass to wonderment, words and the ability to roam the world’ observes one user, whilst another quotes the wrought iron gates of Stalybridge library, ‘Read, Mark, Learn and Inwardly Digest.’ Others talk of the escapethe thatweek a library represented or ofin Throughout we are keen to invite the refuge it offered from an unkind world. parents, carers and family members to look at what we are doing, so if you are keen please get Mrs. Fay spent last Saturday peacefully in touch. As the recent Ofsted report noted we stacking the shelves and we are inching have made ‘substantial improvements’ to the closer to opening. What thrilled me was her school in a short space of time. When comment that several boys, some of whom something is improving in this wayelectrified it can beby affect a dislike of reading, were tempting to criticise the aspects that not fully presence of a library in their school:are ‘You developed and we are only toolike, aware mean I can borrow this and, readofit,where Miss?’ thebetter. breathless utterance of one we needwas to get pupil. Our library is at the heart of the school: a space being to and This special weekfor offers theopen chance to sharing ideas and experiences. It is appreciate, celebrate and enhance theopenlifeblood and its shelves serve as a reminder ofplan the school: relationships. I very much hope thatcan there you joinshould us. be no barrier to anyone using its volumes or seeking knowledge, solace, entertainment or information. I can’t God Bless. wait to see it come to life in the weeks ahead thanks to Mrs. Fay and her band of Ben Davis, Headteacher helpers.

this is the chance to appreciate, celebrate and enhance the lifeblood of the school: relationships

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calendar what’s on

Achievement Points this week St. Benedict St. Francis St. Margaret Clitherow St. Teresa of Calcutta

Special parents’ meeting re. recent Ofsted visit, 6pm Steve Murray visit to speak to Y11 Governors meet 5pm

Year 11 reports issued

TUE 23

WED 24

915 852 861 870

Year 12 & 13 Parents’ Evening 5:00pm - 7:00pm

THU 25

FRI 26 SAT 27

MON 22

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 22.01.18 week b

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. Attendance by year (January 19th)

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 School

96.4% 94.9% 95.3% 93.5% 93.9% 94.8%

Attendance and its impact on learning 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

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


Around the School This Week Top: Year 8 at their retreats run by the Life charity Bottom left: Year 11 at Hot Chocolate Friday with Mrs. Whitehead, Chair of Governors. Bottom Right: Year 7 pupil Annabel Pattison who is currently starring in a radio play, The Midwich Cuckoos. You can read her blog here: http:// graeae.org/graeaes-midwichcuckoos-cast-blog/ Front cover: pupils visit Macclesfield 4 Silk Museum.

Around the School This Week Top left: Science club preparing the beds for spring sowing. Top Right: Melissa in Year 11 who is pursuing a course in Equine Studies as part of her learning this year. Below: The Sixth Formers with pupils from St. Charles, planning some wonderful work together.


TWEET OF THE WEek Barry Pilkington Â


Jan 19


A rewarding day with @SABSalford Year 7 pupils in the @SalfordCouncil chambers, setting the children a design challenge around what a new Swinton Town Centre could look like in 10 year's time from their viewpoint. Some amazing 'Postcard from the Future' ideas generated!





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St Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 16  

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

St Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 16  

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