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this week in our school . . .

Volume 4 Issue 1 September 14th, 2018

getting it right ready respectful safe



Head’s start .

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

We have excellent start that to the new with It ismade aboutan this time of year I meet schooleach year.Head Like of many staff I have been Department to review the impressed with pupils students summer’s exam and results. This across involvesthe school. Their attitude, engagement and plenty of useful and thought-provoking behaviour has been and they have discussion, butvery it is positive usually talking about welcomed new staff to our community. numbers and letters. Behind this data are stories: how pupils did, how they felt, what Returning school daunting even We for they to liked and can whatbethey achieved. the experienced pupil, but heading to high always focus on how things can be schoolimproved for the first nerveas time well is asespecially celebrating what went wracking. That didn’t stop our Year 7s well. As a Catholic school, examsettling results in are quicklyjust and making a very good impression. one way of expressing the unique, GodFrom their arrival toskills the Mass held specially givenfirst talents and of each pupil. It is for them on the Feast of our patron Saint they important to look beyond the data so I am have been excellent. delighted that much more of my job involves being in classes, walking around the school Our theme in the first five days was very simple: and talking to pupils, students and staff. Welcome. As staff we took the time to reinforce simpleIfroutines these start ever youand areexpectations feeling at all and despondent or with how we welcome young people into fatigued I reckon a quick tour of thethe school schoolwould and into our classrooms. We also quickly raise your spirits. Let me dedicated time to communicating clearly our show you what I mean. Today (Thursday, expectations and values, emphasising September 29th) for instance, I dropped into especially peopleMusic. shouldThere, be treated. Yearhow 10 GCSE I was Most importantly we used the Feast of St. Ambrose delighted to listen to performances of BarlowBeethoven’s to hold liturgies for each house, Ninth Symphony, Hold Back welcoming the pupils collectively in their the River and When the Saints Go new Marching houseIn. identity. I also got to sit with Daniel and Chester as they demonstrated their prodigious DJing Abovetalents. all else Next, (including exam results) we are athe during lunch, I supervised Catholic community, a place where young canteen and made a point of watching the peopleinteractions can learn how grow anddaily. develop so and that to take place Pupils that they can make a difference in society. This staff holding doors open for one another, requires that we all commit to welcoming offering thanks, little moments of personal everybody, seeing Christ in the stranger, the lost appreciation and gratitude. Of course, and those who others have rejected. As I saidbut it things don’t always go well in a school, in my is welcome assemblies we are all of equal lovely to witness a voluntary apology from value,ainYear the words of of Pope 9 to one the Benedict, lunch time‘willed, staff, or loved see and one necessary.’ Our belief as a is school pupil help another who unsure that this loving allows all to flourish where to welcome go for class. within our school. It is one of the many reasons why I am excited about the year ahead. chat with In Sixth Form, I enjoyed a lengthy Aidan who explained both the theory of Our school building has over the differentiation and changed its potential commercial summer. We have invested in several application. In English they werenew studying classrooms to Blood accommodate the play Brothersour andgrowing talking with population andand the excitement new curriculum. is humour about This superstitions; accompanied by the greatest change, our move in Year 7 RE they were dissecting our new to a vertical house system. This newsletter mission statement and exploring the contains words meanings of welcome fromit.new Year is 7s,a personal within School each representing one the houses. Our first few busy, bustling, humming place. days of the houses and forms have been

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. phenomenally successful. It was hilarious (and Outside it’s: “Sir, have you seen my tie? quite touching) to see Year 7s helping Year 11s Can you open my bottle? What did you tie their new ties. think of last night’s game? What time is it, Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my I am pleased to report that in the summer days!” It can be noisy at times and in a examinations we have recorded many community this size we can’t expect improvements, some of which quite everyone to get on with each are other all the significant. The precise detail of the time. But it is our community, and aresults lively, will feature in next week’s newsletter. Of particular lovely, positive one at that. note was our first presentation of A levels from a full Year 13the cohort. sawofamy number Perhaps singleThese highlight week,ofif I pupils head off to university, while others had to pick, would be the conversation Ihave had started apprenticeships, jobs and with Mrs. Fay who is leading the degree apprenticeships. 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, Three this week were our Feast Learnhighlights and Inwardly Digest.’ Others talk ofDay, which saw excellent liturgies led by Mr. Davies the escape that a library represented or of for all pupils; the celebration day where every the refuge it offered from an unkind world. year group had the chance to enjoy activities led byMrs. the Fay PE department; and the peacefully chaplaincy trip to spent last Saturday Adoremus in Liverpool. Each of was truly stacking the shelves and we arethese inching a closer testimony to our faith and ethos. to opening. What thrilled me was her comment that several boys, some of whom The year has started well forwere our sports teams affect a dislike of reading, electrified by with two of them opening their seasons with presence of a library in their school: ‘You wins in football. We were alsolike, overwhelmed mean I can borrow this and, read it, with pupils wanting to try out for our Year 7 Miss?’ was the breathless utterance of one football team. pupil. Our library is at the heart of the school: a space for being open to and I had the pleasure ending the week visiting sharing ideas andofexperiences. It is openseveral of our learning community primary plan and its shelves serve as a reminder schools to talk to Year 6 about transition that there should be no barriertheir to anyone and our Open Evening. They were throughly using its volumes or seeking knowledge, impressive, truly Hope inorBetter. solace, entertainment information. I can’t wait to see it come to life in the weeks God bless, ahead thanks to Mrs. Fay and her band of helpers. Ben Davis Headteacher Ben Davis, Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972 Twitter: @BenDavis1972

we all commit to welcoming everybody, seeing Christ in the stranger, the lost and those who others have rejected… this loving welcome allows all to flourish



calendar what’s on



Governing Body Meeting

Year 8 Girls Assembly

Whole school photographs

WED 19

TUE 18

THU 20

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 21 SAT 22

MON 17

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 17.09.18 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 7th) Our attendance continues to improve and persistent absenteeism is decreasing.

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 School

99.2% 97.89% 95.1% 96.7% 94.8% 96.8%

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 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

around the school 

house reports

Our New House system takes off. And we welcomed Year 7. Here’s what they have to say about their first two weeks. Here we have a voice from each house.

outstanding experience. My favourite lesson is English and a lesson I’m looking forward to is food technology.

Each week you can read a report about what has been going on in form and in houses across the school.

This past week I have been at Ambrose has been amazing, I love it here! I was very nervous about making friends, I didn't think I would make any but that all changed the minute I stepped into the school. I have made lots of friends now who are very nice and friendly so I am very happy about it. My favourite subject so far has been Art, I love how I get to express myself and it is really fun but I also love all of my other subjects. French has also been a lesson I have loved because you get to learn a different language. I am very lucky to at St Ambrose and cant wait for the rest for the year.

I have really enjoyed my first week at Ambrose and can't believe how time has flown by. School has been really good and I have had fun meeting new friends yet also seeing my friends from primary school. I really enjoyed the Feast day and it really benefited me as I got to learn new things yet also have lots of fun. I am in the St Michael House with Miss Collier as my form tutor. She has been really supportive and made use all feel welcome. The new form has allowed me to make several friends that I have never met before. I’ve really enjoyed meeting older people in my form as they have made me feel welcome and comfortable during form time. My favourite subjects so far are Religious Education, Maths & It. In Re I have had the chance to learn about different religions as well as Christianity. In maths I get to learn yet also talk to my friends as we solve problems together. I am looking forward to try and get involved in as many things as I can at school hopefully joining in with sport activities as I enjoy playing football outside of school. Ellis, St Michael House During the first week at high school we have enjoyed doing after-school club and making new friends. Our form is St Bernadette 2 and our form tutor is Miss Newman. What we enjoy the most about form are the riddles Miss Newman gives us and having time to speak with other people. Our favourite lesson has been DT along with PE because we like to push our abilities to the best. We love the school lunches. We specifically enjoy the pasta, pizza, burgers and the fish.

Niaomi, St. Benedict House

Leah, St. Teresa House We have really enjoyed my first week at Ambrose and can't believe how time has flown by. We are in Oscar Romero House in form Oscar 1 with Miss Cheadle as our form tutor. We have made several new friends already and have read during a liturgy for St Ambrose Barlow. We've really enjoyed making new friends in my form. Our favourite subjects so far are Art because we like being creative and PE because we like sports and being active. We are looking forward to more trips like the end of year one. Jenny, Mia and Olivia, B. Oscar Romero House I’m in a tutor group led by Miss McClave - she is very nice and an understanding form tutor. My new form members have allowed me to feel welcome and I have seen very different and new personalities. I’ve really enjoyed the welcome of my form members when I arrive every morning. My favourite subject is Maths. I’ve always loved Maths since Year 2 - it’s just something I understand and ‘get’. It boosts my confidence in other lessons as well. I am looking forward to Design & Technology as in the future I want to be a mechanical engineer. Ansel, St. Francis House

Demi, Elizabeth and Olivia, St Bernadette House This week at St. Ambrose has been amazing! It’s been the best two weeks of my life. It’s an

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer4 Trust fundraiser

around the school  

this week

Sporting Success: The year 10 and 11 rugby league teams made an excellent start to the season finishing 1st and 3rd gaining 8 points in the league.

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

around the school  

this week

Going green: gardening club starts back and prepares for the harvest. Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the Teenage Cancer6 Trust fundraiser

Building community: the Ubuntu circle in Drama and one of the House leadership teams at the House liturgy for St. Ambrose Barlow’s Feast Day



St. Ambrose Barlow RE and Chaplaincy @re_ambrose We want our young people to be activists for Christ and today’s second reading reminds us all why! #buildingthekingdom #hopeforthefuture #changemakers #sharethejourney @EducareMUK @SABSalford @DHT_SAB 8




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St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 Issue 1 September 14th 2018  

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

St. Ambrose Barlow Weekly Newsletter Vol.4 Issue 1 September 14th 2018  

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