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REMEMBRANCE 


FAITH IN YOU

LOVE IN LEARNING

HOPE IN BETTER

this week in our school . . .

Volume 4 Issue 8 & 9 November 16th, 2018

getting it right ready respectful safe

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ST AMBROSE BARLOW RC HIGH SCHOOL & SIXTH FORM


Head’s start .

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

It started a whistle, as it that had Iover It iswith about this timejust of year meet100 with years each before.

Head of Department to review the

summer’s exam results. This involves All across theofWestern Front the sound of a plenty useful and thought-provoking whistle, like those that a school would discussion, but it is usuallyteacher talking about use, indicated the order to ‘go over the top’, to numbers and letters. Behind this data are leave the trench and charge the enemy. For us stories: how pupils did, how they felt, what the whistle meant something they liked and what theyaltogether achieved.more We peaceable: it was a call for quiet, hushing always focus on how things acan be of voices,improved a calming shuffling feet as we asof well as celebrating what went prepared to commemorate the dead.

well. As a Catholic school, exam results are just one way of expressing the unique, GodIt is normal us toand observe theeach minute of It is given for talents skills of pupil. silenceimportant on Armistice Day. There was a point to look beyond the data so I am last year when there seemed to of bemy a silence all delighted that much more job involves too regularly in recognition of another terrorist being in classes, walking around the school atrocity in talking the UK.toThis year is different. One and pupils, students and staff. hundred years have passed since the end of the Great IfWar and, well as being milestone, or ever youasare feeling at alladespondent that number tells us that no-one remains fatigued I reckon a quick tour of the alive school who remembers their experience of that would quickly raise your spirits. Letconflict me with clarity. Thewhat task Iofmean. remembering has show you Today (Thursday, become more urgent, vital, something that September 29th)more for instance, I dropped into demands to be passed on to the young.

Year 10 GCSE Music. There, I was delighted to listen to performances of As a result we planned special Act Hold of Back Beethoven’s Nintha Symphony, Remembrance and spent time in the weeks that the River and When the Saints Go Marching led upIn. to itI also preparing. Every pupil was involved. got to sit with Daniel and Chester Hundreds of staff and pupilstheir created poppies as they demonstrated prodigious DJing that have been knitted together into giant talents. Next, during lunch, I supervised the cascades of remembrance that adorn the inside canteen and made a point of watching the of the interactions school. Ourthat newtake library is emblazoned place daily. Pupils and with the phrase ‘Lest We open Forget the staff holding doors forand oneacross another, schooloffering doors and classrooms have been turned thanks, little moments of personal into modest memorials to the fallen, appreciation and gratitude. Of displaying course, poppies and silhouettes of soldiers. things don’t always go well in a school, but it is lovely to witness a voluntary apology from Assembly for9the pastoftwo a Year to one theweeks lunch has timebeen staff,led or by Mr.see Carroll and dedicated to remembrance. one pupil help another who is unsure Mr. Carroll has the story of his where to shared go for class. grandfather, born in 1899 in Salford, who joined up aged just 15 in 1914. He survived thechat war,with In Sixth Form, I enjoyed a lengthy but was deeply affected by what he Aidan who explained both the theory of experienced, saddened angeredcommercial by the differentiation and and its potential wasteapplication. of life he participated in. Many us In English they wereofstudying have ancestors who served in the trenches, the play Blood Brothers and talking with nameshumour perhaps long-forgotten, but they and excitement about superstitions; connect us with this momentous event. our It was in Year 7 RE they were dissecting new certainly the case that Mr. Carroll’s assembly hit mission statement and exploring the home personal with the pupils who watched it, not least meanings within it. School is a because many of them would have busy, bustling, humming place.been of an age to fight. Personal histories such as these help to make sense of the staggering statistics of the war (and of all wars): nearly 1,000,000

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. British casualties or 2,300 deaths between the Outside it’s: “Sir, have you seen my tie? signing of the ceasefire at 5:12am and it taking Can you open my bottle? What did you effect at 11am on November 11th, 1918. When think of last night’s game? What time is it, you can put names and faces to the dead, one Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my hundred years of history fall away and they days!” It can be noisy at times and in a come much closer to your own life and times. community this size we can’t expect That could be me,on wewith think.

everyone to get each other all the time. But it is our community, and a lively, lovely, positive one at that.

Our new library is emblazoned with Perhaps the single of my and week, if I the phrase ‘Lesthighlight We Forget had to pick, would be the conversation I had with Mrs.the Fayschool who is leading across doorstheand development of our new library. I am a library enthusiast andbeen have been ever into since classrooms have turned I was little. The furthest reach of my memory memorials is back to moments spent in our modest to the fallen, local library entranced by its colour and displaying poppies silhouettes bright possibilities. Onand Twitter #RememberingMyLibrary reveals the hold ofthatsoldiers such an institution has: ‘A library card

was a free pass to wonderment, words and This ushered all ofobserves Years 7 -one 9 and the Monday ability to we roam the world’ Sixth Form out into the front garden, where we user, whilst another quotes the wrought iron have planted six Peace Trees, one per house. gates of Stalybridge library, ‘Read, Mark, There, Father Gavin Landers, Learnled andbyInwardly Digest.’ Otherswe talkheld of a simple Service of Remembrance. Pupils read the escape that a library represented or of prayers, our itnew poet-in-residence Wilfred the refuge offered from an unkindread world. Owen’s ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est…’ and we held a Mrs. two minute silence. The services for the older Fay spent last Saturday peacefully year groups took place in class.

stacking the shelves and we are inching closer to opening. What thrilled me was her Ascomment expected theseveral pupils boys, were, some in the of words of a that whom local resident, ‘impeccable.’ That is wonderful, affect a dislike of reading, were electrified by but it is not of really the point. were also presence a library in theirThey school: ‘You reverential, respectful, engaged for those mean I can borrow this and, like, read it, few minutes in trying to make sense of loss Miss?’ was the breathless utterance of that one is incomprehensible, engaging with a sad reality pupil. Our library is at the heart of the ofschool: humanaexistence: inability to and prevent space for our being open to conflict. But they also recognised the great sharing ideas and experiences. It is openservice and sacrifice of those who participated plan and its shelves serve as a reminder inthat the there Greatshould War and since: there is beinnowars barrier to anyone inspiration and hope in that.

using its volumes or seeking knowledge, solace, entertainment or information. I can’t God waitbless, to see it come to life in the weeks ahead thanks to Mrs. Fay and her band of Ben Davis helpers. Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972 Ben Davis, Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972 2

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calendar what’s on

HOUSE POINTS

 

Advance Notice Parent Council Christmas Fair December 1st

Governors Meeting 5pm

WED 21

TUE 20 Presentation Evening, 7pm, Maxwell Hall School closes at 2pm

THU 22

This Week

This Year

St Benedict of Nursia

404

2340

St. Bernadette of Lourdes

404

2186

St. Francis of Assisi

409

2322

St. Michael the Archangel

417

2388

Blessed Oscar Romero

508

2460

St. Teresa of Calcutta

443

2432

FRI 23 SAT 24

MON 19

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 19.11.18 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 (w/b November 5th) Congratulations to 7M who achieved 100% attendance last week.

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 School

96.9% 96.2% 94.9% 95.8% 93.6% 95.5%

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


Monday




Tuesday

8:00-8:40

Break

Lunch

3:05-4:00

Morning Club

KS3 & KS4 Nurture

Miss Collier KS4 Art catch up Mr Waterworth Y11 DT Booster Mr Morrison Basketball all years

Miss Collier KS4 Art catch up Miss Turnbull KS3 Art club Mrs McGowan Y11 Food Mrs Taylor Y11 Year book meetings

Morning Club

KS3 & KS4 Nurture

Wednesday

Morning Club

KS3 & KS4 Nurture

Miss Collier KS4 Art catch up Miss Hughes Y11 Maths Booster

Thursday

Morning Club Mr McDonagh DEC club

KS3 & KS4 Nurture

Miss Collier KS4 Art catch up Mrs Taylor F1 CLUB

extra-curricular

Boys PE After school

Girls PE After school

Mr Clancy KS4 CS and Coding revision Miss Newman Y11 Maths Mrs Tulloch Y11 Drama rehearsals Mr Deay KS4 Spanish Mrs McGowan Y11 Food & Nutrition

KS3 Football Mr Morrison Fitness Miss Harrop

Year 7 Netball Mrs Grundy

Mrs Tulloch Y10 Drama rehearsals Mrs Taylor STEM Enterprise club Y7&8

Football Fixtures

Year 8, 9 and 10 Netball Mrs Grundy

All Years Football Miss Macphail

Football Fixtures

Mrs Tulloch Y10 Drama rehearsals Mrs Robb KS3 Gardening club Mr Lewis KS4 Imedia catch up Mr Deay KS4 Spanish Mr Waterworth KS3 DT club

activities 2018

Fitness Miss Harrop

Football Fixtures

Netball Fixtures

All Years Badminton Miss Rhodes

All Years Trampolining Mrs Grundy

GCSE/ Coursework in the LRC

Miss Macphail

All Years Badminton Miss Rhodes

All Years Trampolining Mrs Grundy

GCSE/ Coursework in the LRC

Miss Macphail

Friday

Morning Club Mr McDonagh DEC club

KS3 & KS4 Nurture

Miss Collier Mrs Tulloch Y11 Year 7 Rugby KS4 Art catch Drama Training up Mr Top: atrehearsals the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; WaterworthBelow: Y11 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer4 DT Booster

Trust fundraiser


around the school  

this week remembrance special

Sixth Form students and Years 7-9 share two minutes of silence in commemoration of the fallen in all wars since 1914-18. 5


around the school  

this week remembrance special

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer6 Trust fundraiser


around the school  

this week remembrance special

Displays around the school for Remembrance. On the doors to Design & Technology and in the new library. Above left, pupils are rapt by Mr. Carroll’s personal and moving assembly.

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster

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around the school  

this week remembrance special

Senior Prefects laid wreaths and we were joined by local poet Isaiah Hull at the service led by Fr. Gavin Landers.

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer8 Trust fundraiser


around the school  

this week

Here are our pupils at The Landing in Media City overcoming fears to present to businesses and developing an idea from scratch for the NHS. VR and artificial intelligence. Teamwork, communication, laughter and resilience. A brilliant day,

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer9 Trust fundraiser


around the school  

this week

Incredible art work inspired by the collages of Bob and Roberta Smith.

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 10 6th formers at the Teenage


around the school 


this week

Creative Industries success for former and current students IF Creative Scholars is an elite network of the best of the best students, say the Ideas Foundation. Exceptionally talented students are invited to apply through a challenging selection process for a year long programme of intensive support brokered by Ideas Foundation with some of our industry’s most outstanding agencies. We are delighted that two of our students have been recognised by this prestigious scheme. After periods of industry coaching by Ideas Foundation industry coaches and work experience placements in Manchester agencies including Markettiers, BJL and Mediacom and ITV, two of the first cohort of Ideas Makers have now secured entry level jobs in the industry. Ellie Stephens has secured a sought-after advertising apprenticeship with awarding agency McCann Manchester, whilst Olivia Hulme has secured her first step with a marketing apprenticeship at within the Manchester marketing team of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Successful student Olivia said, ’Working with the Ideas Foundation over recent years, in particular mentoring from my industry coach from Markettiers and my work experience placement at Mediacom, Manchester, meant I was really positioned to stand out from the crowd at interview. Without the support of the Ideas Foundation I really don’t think I would have secured this, my first step on the ladder to my dream job.’ In addition, Ellie (pictured below) is one of only eight apprentices to join McCanns this year - a huge achievement. Also, current Year 12 student Rachel Charles was awarded the Ideas Foundation/ Comino Creative Scholar Award this year.

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer11 Trust fundraiser


Year 11 Mock Interviews Year 11 pupils looked fantastic as they all took time out of their mock exams to experience mock interviews. These are brilliant preparation for life, learning and work. Well done to them and thanks to the local employers who gave up their time to help out.

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TWEET OF THE WEek More

Charlie Ryan @Charlie_Tolinka Nov 12 @SABSalford @BenDavis1972 from my garden adjoining the school, I have just participated in the most wonderful tribute to our fallen. Absolutely moved to tears. And the behaviour of your students was impeccable. Superb, St Ambrose, just superb. Thank you #lestweforget18

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