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this week in our school . . .

Volume 4 Issue 2 September 21st, 2018

getting it right ready respectful safe



Head’s start .

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

How many timesthis each dayofare you asked how It is about time year that I meet with you are? Across an organisation the size each Head of Department to review of theour schoolsummer’s those words (‘How are you?’) must be exam results. This involves utteredplenty hundreds, perhaps thousands of times of useful and thought-provoking each day. They can be meant in all sincerity, discussion, but it is usually talking about they even replace greeting, but they numbers anda letters. Behind thiscan data are sometimes be met with a robotic response: stories: how pupils did, how they felt, what ‘Fine.’they liked and what they achieved. We always focus on how things can be Let’s reconsider thiswell dialogue and instead improved as as celebrating what went recognise that this simple exchange is at the are well. As a Catholic school, exam results very heart of what are as a Catholic school. just one way of expressing the unique, GodPlacing the welfare of another aheadItofis given talents and skills ofperson each pupil. our own, enquiring after and supporting important to look beyond the data asopupil’s I am or colleague’s are distinguishing delightedwellbeing that much more of my job involves features of our faith andwalking our school. I saw being in classes, around the this school throughout last week. and talking to pupils, students and staff. To build on last column, thedespondent commitment If ever youweek’s are feeling at all or to welfare is expressed firstly in the welcome we fatigued I reckon a quick tour of the school give towould others. As I have quickly raise said your many spirits.times Let me beforeshow this isyou evident in the enthusiasm and care what I mean. Today (Thursday, staff put into starting their lessons, in the smilesinto September 29th) for instance, I dropped that greet young people as they come into Year 10 GCSE Music. There, I was schooldelighted or in the to way stafftostart again afresh listen performances of when Beethoven’s things did notNinth go well last time.Hold Back Symphony, the River and When the Saints Go Marching Secondly, examples of service to In. Iyou alsocan gotsee to sit with Daniel and Chester othersas across the school each day. There are they demonstrated their prodigious DJing the pupil leaders andduring seniorlunch, pupilsI who serve the talents. Next, supervised the school by contributing to supervision and the canteen and made a point of watching maintaining a calm and orderly atmosphere. interactions that take place daily. Pupils and staff holding doors open for one another, There offering are the thanks, small acts ofmoments service and care little of personal between pupils: helping someone who has appreciation and gratitude. Of course, fallen things and hurt themselves towell get treatment, don’t always go in a school, but it speaking to a teacher about a classmate who from is is lovely to witness a voluntary apology struggling and needs to talk to someone. a Year 9 to one of the lunch time staff, or see one pupil help another who is unsure Then there thefor more magnified acts where whereare to go class. pupils put their skills and knowledge to work in the service of others, as the DEC pupils In Sixth Form, I such enjoyed a lengthy chat with designing a school for an African community, Aidan who explained both the theory of the pupil Chaplaincy team a liturgy or differentiation andorganising its potential commercial members of a form or house collaborating in application. In English they were studying activities raise money for charity. the to play Blood Brothers and talking with humour and excitement about superstitions; Amongst our parents, carers governors we in Year 7 RE they were and dissecting our new have great role models of service in people who mission statement and exploring the give freely of their time and expertise personal meanings within it. School is a to support the school and work tirelessly to busy, bustling, humming place. improve it for the good of all.

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. Each week in this newsletter there are examples Outside it’s: “Sir, have you seen my tie? of service in our school, of pupils taking Can you open my bottle? What did you responsibility and through developing their faith. think of last night’s game? What time is it, And each day our pupils and staff, to borrow Sir?” and, at least once a day, “Oh my from the new Beatitudes proposed by Pope days!” It can be noisy at times and in a Francis, ‘look into the eyes of the abandoned community this size we can’t expect and marginalised andwith show them their everyone to get on each other all the closeness.’ time. But it is our community, and a lively, lovely, positive one at that.

each day our pupils and staff, to Perhaps the single highlight of my week, if I had to pick, would be new the conversation I had borrow from the Beatitudes with Mrs. Fay who is leading the development our new library. ‘look I am a into proposed byofPope Francis, library enthusiast and have been ever since the eyes thefurthest abandoned and I was little.of The reach of my memory is back to moments spent in our marginalised and show themand their local library entranced by its colour bright possibilities. On Twitter closeness.’ #RememberingMyLibrary reveals the hold

that such an institution has: ‘A library card This commitment to those who faceand great wasdeep a free pass to wonderment, words challenges in their lives is another distinguishing the ability to roam the world’ observes one feature of ouranother school. quotes It applies the extra user, whilst theto wrought iron lengths to which a teacher might go reach out gates of Stalybridge library, ‘Read, to Mark, toLearn a troubled pupil or the way in whichtalk pupils and Inwardly Digest.’ Others of refuse to give up on a friendship that seems the escape that a library represented or of at first have itbeen compromised by discord. thetorefuge offered from an unkind world. It is also evident in the ways in which young people for whom of coming to school is a Mrs. Faysimply spent the last act Saturday peacefully huge effort are welcomed. stacking the shelves and we are inching closer to opening. What thrilled me was her It comment is all the more appropriate thisofweek our that several boys,that some whom Year 7 pupils have been exploring our mission affect a dislike of reading, were electrified by statement, in which presence reflecting of a libraryoninthey theirway school: ‘You we ensure the welfare of all members of our mean I can borrow this and, like, read it, community. first of ourutterance House Assemblies Miss?’ was In thethe breathless of one there was a clear message of careofand pupil. Our library is at the heart the respect, placing needs for of others before school:the a space being open toyourself, and whilst still seeking to live life to the and sharing ideas and experiences. Itfull is openachieve our ambition. Later this half term, plan and its shelves serve as a reminder when we gather houses celebrate child’s that thereinshould betono barrier toevery anyone achievement that too is an act of welfare, using its volumes or seeking knowledge, recognising the uniqueness and dignity Iofcan’t the solace, entertainment or information. individual. wait to see it come to life in the weeks ahead thanks to Mrs. Fay and her band of God bless, helpers.

Ben BenDavis Davis, Headteacher Headteacher Twitter: @BenDavis1972 Twitter: @BenDavis1972 2


calendar what’s on


Reminder: Year 7 Parents’ Evening Thursday, October 11th

Year 7 & 12 Open Evening

WED 26

TUE 25 Duke of Edinburgh trip begins

THU 27

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 28 SAT 29

MON 24

COMING UP THIS WEEK week beginning 24.09.18 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 September 21st)

Year 7 Year 8 year 9 year 10 year 11 School

97.7% 97.1% 95.3% 95.4% 94.6% 96.1%

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  

this week

Rugbee: The St. Ambrose Bee proudly on display for the final few days in Manchester Cathedral; another fine example of Year 13 art work; the Year 9 rugby team victorious again.

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

around the school  

this week

Mission into action: pupils in RE reflecting on the school’s mission statement; Year 9s as activists for Christ writing to their local MP; more art work from sixth formers.

Top: at the Siemens Rollercoaster 5 Challenge; Below: 6th formers at the

Art in the community: Year 12s visit Salford Lads’ Club; work below from Year 10 and Year 12.



St. Ambrose Barlow RE and Chaplaincy @re_ambrose Year 9 have drafted letters to our MP @RLong_Bailey asking for her support on local and global issues of concern. We’re writing them up with amendments tomorrow and will send them on #ActivistsforChrist #changemakers #TuesdayMotivation @SABSalford @EducareMUK #buildingthekingdom





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