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FAITH IN YOU

LOVE IN LEARNING

HOPE IN BETTER

this week in our school . . .

Volume 2 Issue 4 September 30th, 2016

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ST AMBROSE BARLOW RC HIGH SCHOOL & SIXTH FORM


Applications Soon to Open for Teacher Training Train here to become a Teacher with School Direct Applications to join the St Ambrose Barlow School Direct Teacher Training Programme will open on October 18th 2016. We are looking to recruit talented candidates with a passion for their subject, who have the qualities and attributes suited to a career in teaching. You could be a recent graduate, a Teaching Assistant with a good degree or looking for a career change - whatever your circumstances this path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher, while learning on-the-job with our outstanding teachers. There are tax-free bursaries of up to ÂŁ30,000 for candidates with top degrees in priority subjects. Come along to our Information Event on Tuesday 18th October 5-7pm to find out more. Register via email tracy.reeves@salford.gov.uk or call 01619211571.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK ‘Really impressed with the @SABSalford sixth form open evening. Highly informative and great range of courses. Son very impressed also.’ Claire Simpson 3


around the school this week The Year 9 Netball team entered the Salford Netball Tournament on Tuesday. They played 4 matches, winning one game against Salford City Academy. The girls developed as a team throughout the tournament. Madelyne Axtell was the woman of the match for one of the games and Kamilla Kurpan scored a number of the tournaments goals alongside a range of other shooters. The girl's worked really hard throughout and I hope that they continue to develop this season. Year 11 Boys Rugby beat Irlam 44-18. The boys played with 11 players against 13 for the majority of the match. They showed amazing grit and determination and came out with an emphatic win!!! There were great wins for both the Senior and Junior Girls football teams today (7 nil against Harrop Fold and 3 - 1 against Walkden High respectively) This week also saw great results for the year 10 football team winning their first game in the Greater Manchester Cup 4-0. Man of the Match was Tyler Moreland. Wednesday saw the first game from our new 6th form boys football team. They made a positive start to the league (and were up 3-0 at half time) despite being beaten 5-4 by St. Monica’s. Captain Alfie Belcher scored a hattrick. In Creative Media Year 12 and Year 13 students were involved in a Visual Effects workshop that was provided by Matt Lilley from Bolton University. The students learnt about different career routes in TV and Film effects and looked at real life examples of how visual effects are used in the Media industry. Course leader Adrian Cammann commented: "the opportunity to work with an expert in the visual effects sector was excellent and students got the chance to sample visual effects work from TV and Films".

We are delighted to report that our Macmillan Coffee Morning last week raised over £550 and there is still more money coming in - well in excess of last year’s total. In last week’s newsletter we reported on Jonathan Devine’s triathlon. Jonathan and his friends raised an amazing £849 along with friend Esme McComb part who took part in the triathlon and baked for the event. Year 7 pupils were doing their bit for charity with Friday’s CAFOD Fast Day which asked them to show solidarity with the poor and malnourished across the world by going without food during the school day. The ProLife Group led assemblies this week to raise awareness of their work and to encourage pupils to support mothers and their children through donations. Following on from the citizenship award they received last year pupils enjoyed lunch with Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor Karen Garrido. Not only did the Mayor sit down to lunch with the pupils she served it to them. Miss Chester, Teacher of History, took two pupils on a trip to France in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. We will have more on this in a later edition of the newsletter. The biggest event this week was the 6th Form Open Evening on Thursday. We are now full in Year 12 and have begun recruiting for the 2017 intake. Attendance at the evening topped 400 with well over 150 prospective students and their families visited to find out more about the excellent offer for post-16 study with us. And finally, there was very happy news for one of our many talented Year 11 pupils, Holly Grimes, who found it that she had been selected for the Lancashire U-18 rugby union side - a fantastic achievement.

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and 4 Beautiful OOPs by Barney We learnt about the different types of talk that are the chance to explore the idea of making mistakes In the first two weeksSalzberg of lessons our stimulus fordiscussion talk was… used in and learnt to focus on one of without shame and these types as a role in a discussion without fear. There were The Dot by Peter H Reynolds A torn piece of paper is just the some beautiful beginning. Seeing mistakes / Instigator: the starter who begins conversations. comments which showed accidents/errors/stutters as“Just part make a mark and see where it takes you.” how courageous you Vashti says she can’t draw. Her teachers think shebuilding can. She that there’s a creative spirit of the process of creative Builder: on knows and developing others’ haveintoeveryone, be to learn.and All where there’s a dot, there’s a way… possibilities. answers just like a runner. my students did a short presented sentence and

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weeks 4 &oracy 5 DEVELOPING reflections our new approach ORACYonSTARS!

Our whole school Oracy strategy is a key part of the development of the school this year. Its main focus is Year 7 and each week we will provide an update on our work here to help parents and carers understand the learning better. Please do not hesitate to get in touch and/ or follow-up the work at home. Howard Oparaocha: Taonga Mututa: Taonga speaks with confidence When Howard was and with real charisma. He responds to all my On Monday of this week pupils led an assembly on the power of oracy that finished with a short and asked to discuss the oracy instructions and has spoken beautifully prayerful reflection from Marianne Williamson that is often attributed to Nelson Mandela. You can read lesson’s work with his consistently in class. (Mrs Tulloch) this table, hetowards corralledthe back of the newsletter. them with a ‘Let’s use In the first two weeks of lessons our stimulus for talk was… our Oracy Skills here!’, he is similarly The Dot by Peter H Reynolds inspiring and engaged in our lessons. (Mrs “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Tulloch) Vashti says she can’t draw. Her teachers think she can. She knows that there’s a creative spirit in everyone, and where there’s a dot, there’s a way… We considered how… • The golden frame of the first dot and the gallery sharing of Vasti’s work was similar to our Oracy lessons and Speech day – we are raising the profile of talk to make sure everyone uses their talk for their learning

If the teacher had shouted at Vashti to tell her off, set a detention and phoned her mum...

The golden frame/signing it as a metaphor for our speech day

The 3 Ms of Listening 1. ME listening For their excellence in lessons with Mrs Norris: • Attention is focused entirely on themselves • You think about a solution before they have finished talking Luke Hoogan Dewar, Martin McDonagh, Nathaniel Osinki • You may judge someone/or analyse what they have • You are me listening when you are bored, distracted 2. MICRO-listening • Focus entirely on what the person says verbally (100% For their excellence in lessons with Mrs focused) Norris:• You should be able to remember everything the person has said Leanna Grundy, Evie Millie Crook,

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3. MACRO –listening • A large net absorbing everything • Consider their tone, energy, facial expression, silence, emotion • You notice what they are and are not expressing (mood)

The 3 Magic Keys to Good Listening 1. Focusing Cordelia McNamara for her purposeful calm, caring • Give the person who is speaking the centre of attention. of others and great talking skills. (Mrs Tulloch) • Maintain eye contact with the speaker. • DoEgbe not interrupt, tell your owncalm, storyability or givetoopinions without Alexandra for her purposeful being asked listen to others and strong discussion skills. (Mrs 2. Accepting Tulloch) • Nod or smile. • Show that you understand. • You may not always agree with the speaker but listen with interest and respect. 3. Drawing Out • If you ask good questions the speaker will feel free to express her/himself and you’ll learn

What the Teachers Said:

Maxwell Chidley and Emily Mrs Norris: who live in the spirit of Fitzpatrick Oracy from every ‘Good afternoon’ Great enthusiasm & willingness to take on through to every discussion with the new ideas & put them into immediate Mrs Chalk.

practice. Discussed how it was difficult to be a macro listener all the time, but when we revert to 'me' listening, we should try to selfregulate. Students loved the story & the ideas of resilience & confidence building. We also had great fun trying the different groupings & are determined to nail the onion formation next week! Miss Chalk: I found that my class were super at listening to each other in a wide range of groupings. Ask them what “the onion” looks like! They were also very impressive at accepting – one of the magic keys to good listening. Mrs Tulloch: I was bowled over by how enthusiastic and happy all the year 7 students were. I loved hearing our students’ reflections. The best comment said by many was ‘Vashti has inspired the boy and one day the boy will inspire someone else, the story is a circle.’ 6

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calendar what’s on

Open Events

oct 20

nov 26

Year 12 Liverpool trip

WED 12

TUE 11 PSHE Super Day

THU 13

MON 10

FRI 14 SAT 15

COMING UP THIS WEEK

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. Best Attendance by form (Sept 30th):

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11

7C 8f 9J 10C 11l

99.3% 98.0% 98.2% 97.4% 98.6%

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 unauthorised marks may lead to a fixed penalty notice being served. 7


FAITH IN YOU

LOVE IN LEARNING

HOPE IN BETTER

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