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this week in our school . . .

Volume 3 Issue 17 January 26th, 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 What does mean ‘belong’? to review the each itHead ofto Department

summer’s exam results. This involves We are oftenoftold that and we all have a desire to plenty useful thought-provoking belong, to be part of something discussion, but it is usuallygreater talkingthan about ourselves and that when we lack this wedata are are numbers and letters. Behind this missing something fundamental in our lives. stories: how pupils did, how they felt, what Schoolthey is aliked very and goodwhat example of this they achieved. We phenomenon. always focus on how things can be improved as well as celebrating what went Even ifwell. you As hated school as child,exam I reckon you are a Catholic school, results could just still recall clearly the routines, the sayings, one way of expressing the unique, Godperhaps the talents motto, and the badge, colours, given skills ofthe each pupil. the It is eventsimportant that made that school you were to look beyond the datapart so Iof. am delighted that much more of my job involves Here at St. Ambrose Barlow we around have out being in classes, walking the school mission statement, our Latin motto, and talking to pupils, studentsour andwellstaff. known uniform and badge, our ways of doing things,Ifwe talk about ‘gettingatit all right’. Some of or ever you are feeling despondent these fatigued things have changed recently or have only I reckon a quick tour of the school been introduced in the past two years. would quickly raise your spirits. Let me Regardless theywhat makeI mean. up our identity. show you Today (Thursday, September 29th) for instance, I dropped into Next week are taking timeThere, out of Ithe day-toYear we 10 GCSE Music. was day curriculum to celebrate our identity, foster delighted to listen to performances of a greater sense of belonging and promote Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Holdideas Back of tolerance and respect more widely. the River and When the Saints Go Marching In. I also got to sit with Daniel and Chester Throughout week each department, for DJing as theythe demonstrated their prodigious years talents. 7 – 9 hasNext, devised up to two hours of during lunch, I supervised the learning on these themes. Each pupil in these canteen and made a point of watching the year groups will bethat given a special bookPupils in interactions take place daily. and which staff to record their learning for this week and holding doors open for one another, all pupils in years 7 – 9little willmoments be brought offering thanks, of together personal for a special liturgy and celebration led by Fr. appreciation and gratitude. Of course, Gavin things on Friday. don’t always go well in a school, but it is lovely to witness a voluntary apology from This promises very We a Year 9 to to be onea of thesignificant lunch timeweek. staff, or are still a young and developing school, having see one pupil help another who is unsure been together site for four years. We are where toon gothis for class. still building our identity. Next week offers us the chance to Form, take stock, to question, to chat explore In Sixth I enjoyed a lengthy with and toAidan generate a much greater sense of who explained both the theory of belonging and pride and in our The week differentiation itsschool. potential commercial is a key part of our plan this year to develop a application. In English they were studying much the more coherent school culture, one that play Blood Brothers and talking withis more inclusive, more ambitiousabout and more joyful: humour and excitement superstitions; it matters that we are all happy being part of new the in Year 7 RE they were dissecting our Ambrose community. mission statement and exploring the personal meanings within it. School is a busy, bustling, humming place.

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. Outside it’s: “Sir, have you seen my tie? We have developed this week using ideas from Can you open my bottle? What did you pupils and will be taking pupil voice much further think of last night’s game? What time is it, during the week. Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my days!” It can be noisy at times and in a We have also gathered hundreds of opinions community this size we can’t expect from parents carers the results of these everyone toand get on withand each other all the surveys will be published in due course. A time. But it is our community, and a lively, particular focus of our work at the moment is lovely, positive one at that. emphasising the positives, promoting kindness and tackling behaviourofand Perhaps thebullying single highlight my unkindness. week, if I We are developing a much more empathetic had to pick, would be the conversation I had school as aFay result, we are not with Mrs. whobut is leading the there yet and we are not complacent. development of our new library. I am a library enthusiast and have been ever since I was little. The furthest reach of my memory is back to moments spent in our local library entranced by its colour and 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 escape that a library represented of us Parents and carers are very welcome toorjoin the refuge it offered from unkind world. during the week and for thean final liturgy – details of how to do this will be circulated by letter. I am Mrs. looking Fay spent last Saturday really forward to a very peacefully special week stacking the shelves and to celebrating whatand wewe canare doinching when we closer to opening. What thrilledsense me was work together to create a strong of her comment that several boys, some of whom belonging. affect a dislike of reading, were electrified by presence God Bless. of a library in their school: ‘You mean I can borrow this and, like, read it, Miss?’ wasHeadteacher the breathless utterance of one Ben Davis, pupil. Our library is at the heart of the school:@BenDavis1972 a space for being open to and Twitter: sharing ideas and experiences. It is openplan and its shelves serve as a reminder that there should be no barrier to anyone using its volumes or seeking knowledge, solace, entertainment or information. I can’t wait to see it come to life in the weeks ahead thanks to Mrs. Fay and her band of helpers.

Next week offers us the chance to take stock, to question, to explore and to generate a much greater sense of belonging and pride in our school

Ben Davis, Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972 2


 We will be exploring the different cultures of the Francophone world, celebrating the diversity of countries which are all united by French. Additionally, students who speak another language at home will be given the opportunity to teach it to their peers during a lesson which highlights the linguistic diversity of our school and wider community.

will receive a form to complete at home. The form will detail the origins of their immediate family. We have contacted ancestry.com and asked for some trial accounts, so that pupils can conduct research in class to either support or contradict their research at home. Pupils will create a piece of art work, based upon their heritage and each piece will be added to a 'family tree'. An image of which will appear on Twitter

 The Design and Technology department will be celebrating 'Tolerance and Respect' throughout the week commencing 29th January. We will be delivering a range of lessons on the theme of 'SAB's Multicultural Community'. These will be delivered to Year 7, 8 & 9 within Cooking and Nutrition, The Built Environment and Product Design.

GCSE Drama Year Nine
 The students are engaging with the set text, 'Dr Korczak's Example' by David Greig. The final scene voices the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We will be focussing on this scene with a view to the set and thinking about how a set could promote diversity.
 Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
 Pupils will explore the lyrics to 'Don't Look Back in Anger', and write poems which we will then rap about our community and what it means to belong to St Ambrose. This may range from Bullying to standing up for each other and being united.

 How are we unique? Why are we unique? But most importantly how are we the same? 
 In Science we will learn about the importance of genes and DNA and how this leads to us being different but fundamentally all human. Should we be able to choose human characteristics? Students will debate the ethical dilemma of designer babies.
 We are looking at migration and why people choose to move to Britain and the positive impacts this has on the country. We are then looking at how migration has impacted on the culture of Manchester. Followed by our own family's migration stories which will be put on to a world map so we can see our migration history.

 Y7 – Come dine with me, myself And I
 Y8 – Ambrose meets Andrex
 Y9 – A Celebration of Multiculturalism under my Umbrella Elle Ella

 We will be looking at Alan Turning as he is a key figure based in the North West, in the mathematical world. We will be looking at his life and achievements but also the prejudice's he faced; especially focusing on how he did not alter his identity in response to outside figures. We will then be de-coding key facts about Salford, in homage to Alan Turing and discussing how they shape our identity as Salfordians. 
 All Year 7-9 classes will study the case of Linda Brown, the 8 year-old black girl in Kansas in 1954 who was made to walk 5 miles every day to school because of the segregation laws. Her family fought a court case and won, ending school segregation in the USA. This links well to diversity and tolerance, and is a heart-warming story which students will remember. They will produce a magazine article celebrating the event and its significance.
 ICT department 
 plans to have the pupils research their heritage. Pupils

 The Art Department is promoting Anti Bullying combining creativity with a powerful message. The pupils will design and create a mural that addresses themes such as cyber bullying, reporting and talking about bullying. The winning designs will then be combined to create a legacy graffiti mural. All students in Years 7-9 will receive an identical book during the week. This will be used to document all your work undertaken in the week and be a journey through all the tasks. These will be kept by your Form Tutor as evidence of your journey and we can use them at a later date as we continue to develop our culture and community. It is essential that you keep these up to date and complete all tasks in lessons with enthusiasm and an open mind as you explore everything that makes us answer those questions: • Who are you? • What is your identity? • What is our identity?


calendar what’s on

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

915 852 861 870

Year 11 Parents’ Evening 5:00pm - 7:00pm Special parents’ meeting re. recent Ofsted visit, 6pm

TUE 30

WED 31

THU 01

FRI 02 SAT 03

MON 29

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 29.01.18 week a

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 Cancer4 Trust fundraiser


Around the School This Week Top: Languages Day kicks off a whole day of working on a modern language Bottom left: Pupils consulting on the future of Swinton Town Centre. Front cover: pupils photographing Salford Quays


Around the School This Week Top left: St. Teresa House Ambassadors Top Right: Year 11 leading assemblies on The Holocaust Below Left: St. Benedict House Ambassadors Below Right: A house assembly in full swing - no chairs, everyone in a circle.



Kate Parkes Â


Jan 24

Informative and more importantly, positive, discussion tonight @SABSalford re the ofsted monitoring report. Another meeting next Tuesday, if you’re a parent/career at the school I highly recommend attending and learning more about the school. 7 #myambrose




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St Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 17  

All the news from St. Ambrose Barlow RC High School and 6th Form, Swinton, Salford, UK.

St Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 17  

All the news from St. Ambrose Barlow RC High School and 6th Form, Swinton, Salford, UK.