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this week in our school . . .

Volume 4 Issue 4&5 October 12th, 2018

getting it right ready respectful safe



Head’s start .

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

Over the two weeks I have It ispast about this time of yearbeen that Iprivileged meet with to giveeach assemblies to each house the theme Head of Department toon review the of Travelling Companions. I love assemblies, summer’s exam results. This involves even more moved to the vertical plentysoofsince usefulwe and thought-provoking forms discussion, and new house system, there’s but it is usually talking about something special them.

this data are numbers andabout letters. Behind stories: how pupils did, how they felt, what As well as sharing my ownthey experiences travel they liked and what achieved.ofWe in theyalways assemblies I have been encouraging the focus on how things can be pupilsimproved to consider the idea of the journey as well as celebrating what went through their This was an opportunity to are well. Aslife. a Catholic school, exam results use a just couple of my favourite poems, but also to one way of expressing the unique, Godleave them with the idea of how they witness to given talents and skills of each pupil. It is their faith in our to school, at home and in the important look beyond the data so I am community.

delighted that much more of my job involves being in classes, walking around the school It is easy a Catholic school to be and seenstaff. as andfor talking to pupils, students shut off from the world, absorbed with itself. But weIf are to be living a time when everfortunate you are feeling at allatdespondent or our Pope calls us to enter into dialogue with all fatigued I reckon a quick tour of the school peoples, This is a great show would quickly raiseopportunity your spirits.toLet me that our faith is about communicating with show you what I mean. Today (Thursday, othersSeptember and building a better world. I dropped into 29th) for instance, Year 10 GCSE Music. There, I was We talk to pupilstoabout all the time and delighted listen this to performances of I covered this in my assembly with the idea that Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Hold Back we need to consider who we are carrying the River and When the Saints Go Marching through whogot wetosupport who is Chester, I also sit with and Daniel and supporting us. For this I used the well known as they demonstrated their prodigious DJing prayer-poem ‘Footsteps’. This linked well withthe talents. Next, during lunch, I supervised one ofcanteen the big themes of the week: World the and made a point of watching Mentalinteractions Health daythat on October 10th.

Pupils and take place daily. staff holding doors open for one another, I wanted pupils to consider the waysofinpersonal which offering thanks, little moments their faith can nourish them even when they appreciation and gratitude. Of course, feel life is hopeless or they arego overwhelmed by but it things don’t always well in a school, worry is and stress. When we recognise that wefrom lovely to witness a voluntary apology all need to be helped and supported in life then a Year 9 to one of the lunch time staff, or we also notice that we have a duty to is help see one pupil help another who unsure otherswhere and improve their lives. Doing this is the to go for class. ultimate witness to our faith, it is our own small way ofInimitating the actions and love of Jesus Sixth Form, I enjoyed a lengthy chat with Christ.

Aidan who explained both the theory of differentiation and its potential commercial We can easily lose In sight of the ultimate aim of a application. English they were studying Catholic education. It is about so much the play Blood Brothers and talkingmore with than exam results. These are about just a fraction of humour and excitement superstitions; the formation and development of a young in Year 7 RE they were dissecting our new person. I would much rather we judgedthe the mission statement and exploring qualitypersonal of education by the capacity of young meanings within it. School is a peoplebusy, to make change in the world, bustling, humming place. the extent to which they fulfil our mission statement as Change Makers. Having a head of knowledge and a folder full of achievements, but no ability

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. to influence the society around you other than Outside it’s: “Sir, have you seen my tie? to meet your own needs is not an end that I can Can you open my bottle? What did you easily support. Achieving this is another matter think of last night’s game? What time is it, altogether, particularly when we consider the Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my pressures on young people and their families, days!” It can be noisy at times and in a not least the temptations of materialism.

community this size we can’t expect everyone to get on with each other all the time. But it is our community, and a lively, lovely, positive one at that.

we have a duty to help others and improve their lives. Doing this is the Perhaps the single highlight of my week, if I had to pick, would beto theour conversation ultimate witness faith, itI had is with Mrs. Fay who is leading the our own small way imitating development of our newof library. I am a the library enthusiast and have been ever since actions and love of Jesus I was little. The furthest reach ofChrist my

memory is back to moments spent in our Each I am given hope the wonderful localweek library entranced by itsbycolour and example of the young people I work with and by bright possibilities. On Twitter the actions of staff who aimreveals higher the thanhold mere #RememberingMyLibrary exam success.

that such an institution has: ‘A library card was a free pass to wonderment, words and Inthe thisability edition thethe newsletter you can one read to of roam world’ observes about the week in our school, but we have also user, whilst another quotes the wrought iron included key information about the charities gates of Stalybridge library, ‘Read, Mark, each house is supporting; the Others recent talk AGMofof Learn and Inwardly Digest.’ our excellent Parent Council; the range the escape that a library represented orofofextracurricular activities onfrom offer;anand the world. the refuge it offered unkind forthcoming House celebration assemblies.

Mrs. Fay spent last Saturday peacefully Thank youthe for shelves your continued and stacking and we support are inching encouragement.

closer to opening. What thrilled me was her comment that several boys, some of whom God bless, affect a dislike of reading, were electrified by presence of a library in their school: ‘You Ben Davis mean I can borrow this and, like, read it, Headteacher Miss?’ was the breathless utterance of one Twitter: pupil. @BenDavis1972 Our library is at the heart of the school: a space for being open to and 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.

Ben Davis, Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972 2


calendar what’s on


Reminder: Year 7 Mass of Welcome, St. Mark’s Church, Swinton Thursday, October 19th Year 7 Mass of Welcome

Morning Prayer throughout October from 8:15am Student Led Rosary Walks at 8:30am

WED 17

TUE 16

THU 18

This Week

This Year

St Benedict of Nursia



St. Bernadette of Lourdes



St. Francis of Assisi



St. Michael the Archangel



Blessed Oscar Romero



St. Teresa of Calcutta



FRI 19

School closes for half-term at 3:05pm

SAT 20

MON 15

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 15.10.18 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/e September 28th)

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 School

97.2% 96.7% 95.2% 95.7% 93.8% 95.7%

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







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


Morning Club

KS3 & KS4 Nurture

Miss Collier KS4 Art catch up Miss Hughes Y11 Maths Booster


Morning Club Mr McDonagh DEC club

KS3 & KS4 Nurture

Miss Collier KS4 Art catch up Mrs Taylor F1 CLUB


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


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

Parent Council The Parent Council held its AGM on October 2nd. Sarah Bell stood down from the role of Chair that she had held since the Parent Council’s inception - thanks and best wishes go to her. The new office bearers are: Chair: Kerry Farr Vice Chair: to be confirmed

Secretary: Kate Parkes Treasurer: Jeanette Pickup

House Charities This year we have identified the following as House school charities: St Benedict

Young Minds

St Teresa of Calcutta

Anti-bullying Alliance

St Bernadette

Francis House

St Michael

Teenage Cancer Trust

St. Oscar of Romero


St Francis

Salford Loaves and Fishes

House Celebration Assemblies Tuesday, October 16th St. Bernadette of Lourdes        St. Teresa of Calcutta         

10am 12.15pm

Thursday, October 18th St. Francis of Assisi           St. Benedict of Nursia         

10am 12.15pm

Friday, October 19th St. Oscar of Romero             St. Michael, Archangel         

10am 12.15pm

Building the Kingdom: pupils taking part in the Share the Journey walk; some of the daily Rosary Walk crew with Fr. Landers.

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer5 Trust fundraiser

around the school  

this week

Sporting success: Year 7 rugby are still unbeaten in Salford; Girls’ netball coming 2nd.


around the school 

this week

From top left: Year 11 in Alton Towers; St. Oscar Romero House Family Fast Day; Hot Chocolate Friday at the St. Oscar of Romero Canonisation Breakfast.


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Mr Carroll @DHT_SAB @SABOscarRomero are leading the House Achievement Points this week. Extremely fitting considering his canonisation this weekend. Well done to all pupils that have succeeded this week. @SABSalford





ST AMBROSE BARLOW RC HIGH SCHOOL & SIXTH FORM 37 Ash Drive Swinton Salford M27 9QP 0161 921 1570 @SABSalford Headteacher: Ben Davis 11

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St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 Issue 4&5 October 12th, 2018  

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

St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 Issue 4&5 October 12th, 2018  

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