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this week in our school . . .

Volume 3 Issue 30 June 8th, 2018

getting it right ready respectful safe



Head’s start .

Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the Mr. Davis, Headteacher, reflects on the week. week.

On Thursday evening, as of I came backI into It is about this time year that meet with schooleach fromHead afternoon duty and climbed the of Department to review the stairs summer’s to the first exam floor, Iresults. becameThis aware of an involves incredible scent in theand air. thought-provoking The source of this plenty of useful appetising aroma was quickly located: was all discussion, but it is usually talkingitabout that remained of Year 9 baking Challah bread as numbers and letters. Behind this data are part ofstories: their RE class. Led by the formidable how pupils did, how they felt, what Miss Singleton, most of they liked the andclass what had theyspent achieved. Wethe day carefully crafting enriched dough from, always focus on how things can be amongst other ingredients, 45 eggs and 7 bags improved as well as celebrating what went of flour. well. As a Catholic school, exam results are just one way of expressing the unique, GodChallah bread is baked for special or pupil. ceremonial given talents and skills of each It is occasions and often served on the Sabbath. It important to look beyond the data so I am is a plaited bread, composed of 6 strands and it delighted that much more of my job involves is ritually separated, symbolising an offering, at being in classes, walking around the school the table. It also stands for students the manna fell and talking to pupils, andthat staff. from Heaven as the Israelites wondered in the desert.If ever you are feeling at all despondent or fatigued I reckon a quick tour of the school Earlierwould that day I hadraise arrived work atLet exactly quickly youratspirits. me the same time as Miss Singleton, helping her in show you what I mean. Today (Thursday, with the groceries29th) that would becomeI dropped the September for instance, into challah, the supplies she had purchased Year 10 GCSE Music. There, I wasthat morning in ASDA, drawing amused comments delighted to listen to performances of from the staff. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Hold Back the River and When the Saints Go Marching It would been easy for her to decide simply In.have I also got to sit with Daniel and Chester to impart information about the challah, but as they demonstrated their prodigious DJing instead she engaged the pupils in Ian activity the talents. Next, during lunch, supervised that brought their learning to life, that added canteen and made a point of watching athe richness to their experience: it is hard forget and interactions that take place daily.toPupils havingstaff baked your first loaf. Harder still if, like holding doors open for one another, one pupil I spoke to, you had to negotiate an offering thanks, little moments of personal extra egg from a peer one of Of your group’s appreciation andafter gratitude. course, carelessness resulted in a breakage. things don’t always go well in a school, but it is lovely to witness a voluntary apology from How much that the time young people a Yearmore 9 to powerful one of the lunch staff, or bakedsee thatone bread, imagining themselves as part pupil help another who is unsure of an extended Jewish family, gaining both where to go for class. empathy and knowledge through the activity. And how appropriate more halfchat an with In Sixth Form, I that, enjoyed a than lengthy hour after the work was complete, their learning Aidan who explained both the theory of infused the school. and its potential commercial differentiation application. In English they were studying It struck asBlood a strong metaphor learning theme play Brothers and for talking with in general. So much of our learning at school is humour and excitement about superstitions; private, shuttered away in books or on in Year 7 RE they were dissecting our new computers, butstatement of courseand it lives on in the mission exploring theminds and bodies of the pupils once they have left. personal meanings within it. School is a The work that the Year 9s did on Thursday busy, bustling, humming place. reminds us that learning fills the air in our school, if flows from classroom to classroom and out into the yard as the pupils move around

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. the building. And it is led and designed by staff Outside it’s: “Sir, have you seen my tie? who are prepared to do the unusual, to think a Can you open my bottle? What did you little differently and to offer an experience that is think of last night’s game? What time is it, inspiring and out of the ordinary. Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my days!” It can be noisy at times and in a It was exactly this spirit that we sought to community this size we can’t expect celebrate 7 Parents’ and Carers’ everyoneattothe getYear on with each other all the evening this week. Attended by 77%a of parents time. But it is our community, and lively, and carers, the night was all about showing lovely, positive one at that. what the pupils had learned; making visible their progress Perhapsand the development. single highlight of my week, if I had to pick, would be the conversation I had with Mrs. Fay who is leading the 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 ability this to roam the world’ observes Tothe support the pupils had spent partone of the user, whilst another quotes the wrought iron week creating academic posters that gates of Stalybridge library, ‘Read, Mark, summarised their work throughout the year and Learn and Digest.’ Others reflected on Inwardly the difference it had madetalk to of them. the escape that a library represented or Like the portion of challah bread set aside,ofthis thean refuge it offered from an unkind world. was offering of sorts, a thanksgiving for the year as it moves towards its conclusion. Mrs. Fay spent last Saturday peacefully stacking the shelves and to weprovide are inching Form tutors were on hand an closer to opening. What thrilled wasthan her overview of each pupil, discussingme more comment that several boys, some of whom simply their learning. It is evident that this affect a our dislike reading, evening, firstofattempt at were such electrified an event, by presence of a library in their school: suffered from some teething problems‘You with mean I can borrow thisappointments and, like, readsystem, it, communication and the Miss?’ was the breathless utterance of however these can be improved for next one time. pupil. Our library is at the heart of the a spaceanother for being open toofand It school: was, however, example the sharing ideas and experiences. It is learning by our young people being theopenplan andforce its shelves serve as a reminder dominant in the school and this is surely that there should be no barrier to anyone something to celebrate. 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 helpers. Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972

learning is led and designed by staff who are prepared to do the unusual, to think a little differently and to offer an experience that is inspiring and out of the ordinary

Ben Davis, Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972



calendar what’s on

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

452 506 516 496

Year 9 Parents’ Evening

TUE 12

WED 13

THU 14

Year 6 Transition Day

FRI 15

SAT 15

Year 10 Malham trip departs Year 9 Mock speaking tests

Year 11 Prom

MON 11

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 11.06.18 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 (w/e May 25th)

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 School

95.7% 94.9% 95.2% 93.2% 93.2% 94.4%

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 0161 921 1589/1551. If the school has not been contacted within five days, the absences will automatically be unauthorised. Ten Challenge; Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster unauthorised marks may lead to a fixed penalty Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer3 notice being served.

Trust fundraiser

it’s your time to shine 

FRIDAY 22ND JUNE 7:00pm St Ambrose Barlow RC High School & sixth form

TALENT Showcase Supported by the Parent Council



Refreshments & snacks on sale Raffle

Pay on door



Top: The first DEC students to complete and pass the Construction Law course - another first! Bottom: a little piece of history as the fist full to capacity Sixth Form year group bows out at their Prom.



45 eggs and 7 bags of flour and a whole lot of elbow grease: Year 9 baking Challah bread in RE. 6

Sporting Success: our two rounders teams who made the top 3 in recent sporting competitions in Salford.



Alisha @GetawayGomez_ Jun 7

Just finished DofE bronze practice today

It was quite painful but a lot of fun!






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St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 Issue 30 June 8th 2018  

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

St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.3 Issue 30 June 8th 2018  

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