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Spring Newsletter 2014 Easter Edition

April 2014

Headteacher’s letter

Contents

Dear Parent, Carers and Friends of Thornleigh Salesian College,

World Book Day

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As always this term has been busy and you will see from the many

Joe Keegan Performs on The Voice

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Music for an African Cause

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contributions to our Spring Newsletter that our staff and students have, once again, successfully worked in partnership to enhance learning and we are delighted to showcase some of the amazing talent and achievements that happen here each and every day. I am particularly proud of the fabulous new Stations of the Cross mural we now have brightening up the covered walkway. Working with artist Wendy Lawrence, over a hundred students from Thornleigh Salesian College and our partner primary schools, worked collaboratively to design and make the tiles which fit together to surround each station. It really is a fantastic piece of art, but more importantly, it will be a wonderful prayerful focus for our preparation for Easter for many years to come. The Latin and Classics Department visit to Ancient Rome was a huge success and we have students going to Paris and New York this Easter. Next half term there is a water sports holiday to the South of France, next year’s skiing trip is already full and throughout the year we have a variety of retreat programmes for all year groups. I am always extremely grateful to the many staff who, having worked hard all term, are prepared to give up their weekends and holidays to take our students on such

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Don Bosco Feast Day

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Chaplaincy RE Revision in Full Swing

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Latin and Classics Trip to Ancient Rome

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Science - SAM Learning

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Maths - World Pi Day

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SMART Rewards Breakfast

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Music

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Stations of the Cross Art Project

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Mama Margaret’s Project

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Student Council

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Creative Studies Competition

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Textiles Club

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Wider Key Skills

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Thornleigh Sixth Form

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Foundation Studies PE and Dance

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School Games

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interesting and exciting experiences and I thank them for their continued commitment and support of our students. After Easter we see the final preparations for all of our students taking public exams. They are working incredibly hard but we know this can be a very stressful time for them. I ask that you keep them, their teachers and their families in your prayers over the coming weeks. Thank you once again for your continued support and I hope you have a happy and holy Easter Alison Burrowes

Please could we remind parents/carers to be courteous if parking on Sharples Park, as it can become easily congested and a danger to pedestrians.


Whole school

7 march 2014

World Book Day Staff and students at Thornleigh Salesian College dressed up in celebration of World Book Day on Friday 7 March. The day is an annual event recognised all around the world to show support for the value and importance of reading. This year Thornleigh Salesian College’s World Book Day was based on the theme of ‘The Darkness’ and students to dress up as their favourite gothic character or supernatural character. The school was awash with tributes to gothic fiction and every kind of gruesome creature from villainous vampires, to wicked witches, gruesome ghouls and ghastly ghosts. All key stage three lessons also took on the theme of ‘The Darkness’ and students found themselves dissecting eyeballs in science and making slime. In PE students enjoyed participating in our muggle adaptation of Quidditch; a fictional team sport invented by the writer of ‘Harry Potter’ J. K. Rowling and in tutorial period Years 7, 8 and 9 entered into the spirit of the day by creating their own ghost stories. Students in English lessons wrote their own version of Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ at the moment the monster opens its eyes. All in all, students and staff had a wonderful day as we continue to build on the cementing of literacy at the heart of our curriculum and learning. Thanks to all for their participation and support in getting costumes together and preparing exciting and inspiring lessons for the day.

“We continue to build on the cementing of literacy at the heart of our curriculum and learning”. Finally, the winners of the costume competition all received a £10 amazon book voucher as well as a gruesome eyeball gobstopper! All pictures from the day are available on the school website: www.thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk

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Music

February - March 2014

Sixth Form Student Joe Keegan Performs on The Voice

Thornleigh Sixth Form student Joe Keegan

His latest music video on You Tube,

did us and Bolton proud by giving two

performing ‘Tales of an Old Town’ makes

sterling performances on The Voice recently.

for familiar viewing to people from his local

Judges Ricky Wilson and Kylie Minogue

area, filmed in the picturesque scenery of

turned around for Joe in his blind audition.

Rivington, Lancashire.

Joe picked Kylie as his mentor and became

Joe has a number of musical influences.

part of Team Kylie!

“I’ve grown up surrounded by Irish folk

Joe went on to perform in The Battles

music and it’s now part of my musical

against fellow contestant Jamie Johnson. The pair performed ‘Counting

DNA. My real passion is folk music in general and I listen to bands like

Stars’ by One Republic, unfortunately for Joe, Jamie won the Battle and Joe

Mumford and Sons, Noah and the Whale and Gentlemen of Few and also

was eliminated from the competition.

individual artists such as Tom Odell and Newton Faulkner. However, as

Joe is currently studying A levels in Music, Classics, Maths and Geography

the first band I ever really fell in love with was Coldplay, I’d like to think

here at Thornleigh Sixth Form.

that my music is a concoction of pop, rock and folk music.”

Joe who is an accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist (he plays

Joe is also an accomplished dancer and has qualified for the fifth time in

piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, and flute) has been song-writing since he

the World Irish Dancing Championships, London, April 2014.

was 12. He won the Manchester Irish Festival Musician of the Year song-

We predict great things for Joe in the future and wish him all the best for

writing competition in February 2013 competing against established adult

the future.

musicians and went on to open the Manchester Irish Festival with his song.

Visit Joe’s personal website: joekeegan.co.uk

The judges said his winning song ‘China Town’ was very commercial.

Music and Dance

Music for an African Cause What a great evening’s entertainment! Over 50

two sixth form students who tragically died whilst

students from Thornleigh Salesian College and

in the sixth form. The proceeds from this evening

members of the award winning CATS Youth

will go directly to paying Gerrard and Naeema’s

Theatre provided, dance, music and song to raise

school fees.

money for our projects in Tanzania and Kenya.

The opening song of the evening asked ‘What have

From the rock guitar club to classical pieces, from

you done today to make you feel proud?’ I think

solos to the choir, the young people demonstrated

that it is safe to say that by the end of the

exceptional talent that wouldn’t have been out of

evening the question had been well and

place on a professional stage.

truly answered.

As a college we have committed to sponsoring two students in our Salesian school in Moshi Tanzania in memory of Peter Lynch and Chania Williams, Naeema and Gerrard 3

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Friday 31 January

Whole School

Don Bosco Feast Day On a rather drab, damp Friday morning at the end of January the atmosphere at Thornleigh Salesian College was anything but dreary, we were celebrating! The Feast of St John Bosco (31 January), the founder of the Salesian family and patron saint of our school, is one of the most important celebratory days in our Salesian Calendar and we weren’t going to let a little (not even quite a lot) of rain ruin our celebrations. The Chaplaincy Team started our celebrations with a series of whole school assemblies that showcased the gifts and talents of our students. They also help us to understand the importance of how these gifts and talents come together to build the worldwide Salesian family. As we watched video messages from other Salesian schools around the world, from as far as India and Miami wishing us a “Happy Feast Day!”, and giving us the essence of how they celebrate Don Bosco Day. This special feast day gives us all a chance to share in the celebrations of our school community. Staff and students were given the choice of ice skating, bowling, a trip to the cinema, or to Power League and the excitement levels when all returned to school were electric.

Ash Wednesday - Whole School Service On a beautifully crisp winter morning our whole school gathered together

year’s palm Sunday, or an individual blessing. Our Ash Wednesday service

to take part in a service of reflection to prepare for the season of lent.

allowed the entire school to pause, reflect and begin the season of Lent as

Ash Wednesday marks the start of a period of reflection, a time to stop

a school community. So marked with the sign of our faith we entered in to

and think, to pray and to come together on the road to Easter. Our

the season of lent and started our own personal journeys.

school community gathered on the main school yard to hear reflections and prayers read by students, staff and Fr. Francis Preston SDB – Vice Rector of Thornleigh House. As our service drew to a close the students and staff had an opportunity to receive the ashes, burnt palms from last


Chaplaincy

Lent and St Joseph’s Penny

Year 9 and 10 Retreat

At the time of writing we are already in the thick of Lent with so much

On 21 March some of our students in Years 9 and 10 were given the

going on over this time of preparation. Lent is the 40 days that we as a

opportunity to spend the weekend at Savio House Retreat Centre in

Catholic school mark on the lead up to Easter. It all starts of with Ash

Bollington.

Wednesday and then continues through to Maundy Thursday.

This weekend retreat focused on the theme of water and the currents

Lent is a time where we try to prepare ourselves, to reflect and to give up

that move within ourselves, encouraging our students to look below

something or do something extra.

the surface and giving them a chance to share their attributes and

During Lent, bake sales have been running every break time in the quiet

experiences.

yard. These have proven to be popular with both staff and pupils, St

The weekend saw a service of reconciliation, allowing them to accept

Joseph’s penny will definitely be benefiting from the funds raised from the

their mistakes and think about how they can say sorry. On Saturday

sales. We are also in the middle of the Penny Box appeal with boxes going

afternoon the spirit of the weekend changed and the team at Savio

out to every student and they are coming back in full to the brim. The

House led our students in a series of activities that helped them to

new look boxes have changed from past years and some are even coming

recognise their achievements and strengths.

back coloured in by our students. Let’s remember that every penny helps!

This retreat offered a valuable experience

The preparations for the St Joseph’s Penny concert are well under way,

to our students, it allows them to hear

with rehearsals going on all over the school, we look forward to seeing our

their greatest characteristics expressed by

shining stars display their talents after the Easter Break.

their peers, and encourages confidence

This year we have also started a Lenten harvest where we will be

and independence.

supporting our local

The team at Savio House worked

food banks with food

brilliantly with our students, taking

donations. These are

every opportunity to celebrate the

coming in slowly and

unique qualities that are within us all,

hopefully we will be able

forging new relationships and creating

to deliver a substantial

lifelong memories.

amount of food just before Easter.

St. Joseph’s Penny Concert 7th - 8th May 2014 Access All Areas During this term Year 8 have enjoyed a tour around the school chapel as part of the Chaplaincy and RE link. Classes were given an access all areas pass. Students have had the opportunity to look at some of the vestments that the priest wears and also look at some of the different objects that are used in the chapel. We also had a close up look at the fixtures and fittings in a church and students were given the opportunity to ask questions, enabling them to have a better understanding of Thornleigh Salesian College chapel.


Chaplaincy

Bright Spark Week in Liverpool During the February half term the Chaplaincy Team packed off 9 students to Crosby Hall Educational Trust (CHET) in Liverpool for 5 days of team and confidence building, working together and lots of outdoor activities. Bright Spark is a week aimed at young people in Year 10 and 11 who want to develop their skills, build on their confidence and make new friends. The week is designed to offer young people the chance to come together to try something new and have some fun. Fun was certainly had by all. The students walked through the woods of Crosby, swinging from the trees on a zip wire, some individuals really got into the spirit and rolled around in the mud of the confidence course. Although the week was activity based staff and students also spent some time each day reflecting on the days activities and looking at how this had impacted on us as people. We then also took some time in reflection and prayer each day where we were given the opportunity to offer, our hopes and dreams, our fears and worries, to God. Bright Spark week was a great experience for all involved and the staff and students must put out a massive thanks to Vides UK for organising a fantastic week. Watch this space for Bright Spark next year.

Our Students are Going Bananas! Two of our students Alex Daly and Zach Pierce have been awarded the Fair Trade Student of the Year Award. They have been instrumental in BAFTA - Bolton Awards for Fair Trade Achievement, and the Committee for Fair Trade Bolton since the start of the academic year. They even encouraged fellow members of the Student Council to brave bright yellow t-shirts (and one beautiful banana suit) to spread awareness of Fair Trade produce and to support Fair Trade Bolton on the 1 March. The event was held at Bolton Town Hall and hosted a range of different activities including music, dance, cooking demonstrations, and our very own Mama Margaret stall.


Religious Education

RE Exam Revision in Full Swing It has been a busy term in the RE Department as we have been focussing

quality of exam answers is steadily improving

on making progress in our exam classes and planned to make learning

in RE. The RE Department have enjoyed

even more engaging.

researching new teaching techniques and we

In addition to all of the Chaplaincy based projects that we support, a

try to share what we find and produce on our

number of the RE staff have been involved in training to promote the

twitter site: @TSC_re_dep. We have enjoyed

use of ‘Active Learning’ in lessons. The results have been truly inspiring.

the development of teaching and learning

Students have enjoyed using ‘fortune tellers’ to organise their revision

so much that the school bought us all an

notes and to test other students. Revision has never been more exciting!

invaluable Christmas present: ‘100 Outstanding Teaching Ideas by Teacher

A big aim, with the new linear exam structure, is to ensure that students

Toolkit’.

retain information in both the short

The RE Department constantly strive to make RE more accessible and

and long-term. Using techniques

interactive. Our Mission is to ensure that all students take their faith,

such as ‘revision hexagons’ and

and the faith of others, seriously. We are currently helping to support our

sentence planning techniques has

students and the school community with their Lenten promises and we

given students a way to memorise

are really looking forward to the launching of our Stations of the Cross

chunks of complicated information

mosaic at the end of the spring term.

in more manageable ways. Memory

Wishing you a happy holy Easter and we look forward to updating you

recall has been aided by the use of

again in the summer.

‘trigger’ words and pictures. The

Mr Passarello, Subject Leader of RE

Latin & Classics

February Half Term

GCSE Latin & A Level Classics students visit Ancient Rome The group stayed at Porta Maggiore in a hotel placed opposite a Roman

Finally, at the end of the last day the tour finished in St Peter’s Basilica

gate, aqueduct and the famous Baker’s tomb. Each day we travelled into

where everyone was able to see the statue of St John Bosco in pride of

the historic centre of Rome either by foot or Metro. We visited famous

place near to Bernini’s stunning high altar at the centre of the Vatican.

basilicas and churches on route, including

A good time was had by all students. A break in the weather for the first

San Pietro di Vinculi (St Peter in chains)

time meant that the group enjoyed 20° sunshine instead of rain, predicted

where the chains that held St Peter are

the week before.

displayed together with Michelangelo’s

Matthew in Year 11 also celebrated his 16th birthday on the third day,

famous Moses sculpture. Our students

with a cake and card from all of the group to celebrate.

visited the world famous Colosseum and the adjacent Roman Forum, the centre of the Roman world. After exploring the remains of the Curia (Senate house) and the Capitoline Hill, the group took in the Pantheon where Raphael is buried and explored the nearby Piazza Navona – now famous because of its place within the Dan Brown novel and film: Angels and Demons. At the Museo Nazionale Romana, each pupil had the unique experience of standing in the winter triclinium (dining room) of Livia, the wife of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. Here, the galleries were filled with painted walls, statues, mosaics, coins and every imaginable artefact found within the ruins of the city of Rome. In between pizzas and ice cream our students

The next Latin and Classics trip will now be

also visited the beautiful Trevi Fountain and

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the Vatican. At the Vatican Museum everyone

in May 2015, with GCSE and A Level students

had the opportunity to stand in the wonderful

travelling to Naples to visit the equally

Sistine Chapel and take in room after room of

impressive Pompeii, Herculaneum and the top

priceless artefacts and treasures.

of the live volcano, Mount Vesuvius! Thornleigh Salesian College


Science

Mathematics

Year 11 SAM Learning Science leader board

World Pi Day Friday 14 March was World Pi day. In

The leader board recognises the amount of revision tasks completed by students in Year 11 to prepare them for their upcoming GCSEs in May. The leader board is the top 10 students by task so far. A prize will be given after Easter to the student who has completed the

the Maths Department we celebrated World Pi day by running some Pi-themed activities for students to take part in, as well as serving pieces of pie for students to enjoy during lunchtime in the library.

most tasks…Good luck everyone!

Top 10 Students

The Pi Memory Challenge

Number of tasks completed

01. Megan Openshaw

43

The Pi memory challenge activity required students to remember as many

02. Alex Daniels

31

digits of pi (which is an infinite number) and recite as many as they could,

03. Romana D’Atorre

27

competing against each other to see who can remember the most. The winner

04. Tom Foxcroft

25

was Kaitlyn Hynes (Year 7)

05. Lauren Lee

25

who successfully remembered

06. Matthew King

17

the first 57 digits of Pi which

07. Pia Ricioppo

15

is a fantastic effort. Special

08. Ben Norris

12

mention must also go to Ben

09. Rachel Almond

12

Carradus (Year 10) who also

10. Campbell O’Brien King

10

remembered well over 30 digits of Pi.

Year 8 improve their scientific skills

The Pi Tie Estimation Challenge Another challenge on offer was the Pi tie estimation challenge where pupils

In Science we do a Thursday morning registration intervention for Year 8 students to help increase their scientific skills. We have a group

has to estimate the number of Pi symbols that appeared on Mr Fairclough’s Pi tie. Well over 50 pupils had an estimate but the winner of this challenge was Joshua Richardson (Year

of Year 10 students who come in to help mentor the Year 8’s through

7) whose estimate of 100

this each Thursday and it proves to be a very successful learning

was the closest to the actual

session. The relaxed atmosphere and the teamwork that goes on

answer of 93 Pi symbols on

between the two year groups helps to provide a very positive learning

the tie.

environment for all the students involved. The Pi Dingbat’s Challenge

The final activity on offer was the Pi dingbats challenge where pupils were faced with some Pi-themed dingbats to solve whilst they were enjoying their apple and cherry pies. The winners of this challenge were Lizzie Simpson and Holly Brown (Year 11) who successfully solved all 12 dingbats. Here is an example of some Pi dingbats for you to solve. Good luck!

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SMART REWARDS

February

Students Enjoy a SMART Rewards breakfast Treat On Wednesday 12 February 15 students enjoyed a well deserved SMART Rewards breakfast with Headteacher Mrs Burrowes. The group included students from each year group who have been identified as the top performers in the SMART Rewards system for this half term. A feast of fresh pancakes, croissants, sausage sandwiches and fruit and yogurt was prepared by the Mellors staff as a treat for all their hard effort.

Music

BBC Philharmonic Year 9 Workshop On Monday 27 January 2014, a group of Year 9 musicians from Thornleigh Salesian College enjoyed a fantastic day of jazz training which was led by professional musicians from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The students participated in a series of workshops designed to develop their performance and improvisational skills including scat singing, preparing 8 pieces for the evening concert and presentation of their learning from the day. We would like to thank the team from the BBC who came to work with our students for all their hard work, support, amazing skill, expertise and, most importantly, enthusiasm. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and were delighted with our students’ achievement.

KS3 & KS4 Vocal Workshop Day at Victoria Hall vocal workshop with Gitika Partington on Thursday 20 March at the

Year 11 Performance Evening

Victoria Hall, Bolton.

On Tuesday 25 February our Year 11 GCSE

Gitika Partington is a freelance composer, arranger and specialist

Music students delighted an audience

choral Animateur who has worked closely with Bolton Youth Choir,

of family, friends and staff with an array

Bolton Youth Harmonies and many of our secondary school choirs

of musical talent honed throughout the

and vocalists across the borough over many years. The workshop

course of the past eighteen months. They

included a repertoire prepared in advance by our students via a secure

presented their solo performance pieces with

online resource created by Gitika and also by rote on the day to give

excellent musical expression and maturity.

a variety of learning experiences. She is an inspirational arranger and the promised day of the highest

Students should be extremely proud of their

learning and engagement of vocalists was excellent. All arrangements were in SATB form including and

performances.

arrangement of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.

The recordings of their solo and ensemble

The workshop day was available to any vocalist, musician or ensemble studying in either secondary or

performance pieces then took place the

sixth form education across the Greater Manchester Hub. Students from KS3, GCSE, and some AS/A2

following Thursday and Friday. AS students

Level and choir/music centre ensembles attended.

recorded performance pieces on the Thursday

We had a very exciting and enjoyable day. Thank you to all the students in Years 7-10 who took part in

morning.

Bolton Music Service and the GM Hub Vocal Vision group extended an invitation to Thornleigh Salesian College vocalists to join their

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ART

Stations of the Cross Art Project Thornleigh Salesian College Gifted and Talented students have been

The artwork will be on permanent display under the covered way, so it is

working with professional artist Wendy Lawrence to design and produce

important the materials used are resilient and weather proof.

a contemporary response to the Stations of the Cross for an area of the school’s busy walkway. The project started way back in October and will be

The students involved in the Stations of the Cross art project range from

will be unveiled in the summer term.

Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5. The students have responded to the brief and engaged with Wendy to develop their creative and practical skills in support of the spiritual and religious faith of Thornleigh Salesian College. The project has been led by art teacher Mrs Keogh with close collaboration with Wendy. Wendy’s art studio is in Denbigh, North Wales, although she is originally from Clitheroe, Lancashire. Wendy has taken part in many school projects in the past, and has come highly recommended. Alongside Thornleigh Salesian College students, 16 Year 6 students from our feeder primary schools have worked on the initial design stages of the project.

‘Over 130 students have worked on the Stations of the Cross Art Project!’ Stage 1

Stage 4

Students gathered ideas,

Once all the sections of the ceramic tiles

sketched and produced designs

were completed, Wendy took them back

for each station during a

to her studio in Wales to fire them in

number of sessions during

her Kiln. The ceramic tiles were then

Mission Week. They worked

transported back to college, pieced back

in groups to come up with the

together and then glazed by the students.

final design.

‘Students worked in small Students attended a number of groups preparing and rolling out the clay.’ class workshops with Wendy Stage 2

Lawrence, they answered the brief and worked from the final design to create traced

‘The ceramic tiles were then transported back to college, pieced back together and then glazed by the students.’

sections on paper. Students

Stage 5

then worked in small groups

The final stages

preparing and rolling out the

of the project

clay.

have involved

Stage 3

the complex

Once the clay was prepped, smooth and even in depth, textures, patterns and decoration was added using a vast array of tools. As you can see the project is starting to come to life.

‘Textures, patterns and decoration was added using a vast array of tools.’ 10

‘16 Year 6 students from our feeder primary schools worked on the initial design stages of the project.’

construction of the tiles onto the wall of the covered way over February half term. The grand opening of the Stations of the Cross Art Project will be unveiled in the summer term. Please check the school websites for further updates.

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Mama Margaret’s Project

Mama Margaret’s Project Many thanks to the parents and staff of St Brendan’s and St Joseph’s for inviting Mama Margaret’s to their Christmas Fayre. Mama Margaret’s is a project set up between Thornleigh Salesian College and a Salesian project in Dagoretti – a huge slum area on the edge of Nairobi, Kenya. The project is co-ordinated by Sr Eleanor and Sr Lucy. The project

Thornleigh students at St Brendan’s

gives women technical and vocational skills. The women, our ‘Mamas’ make a range of craft work items – keyrings, bracelets, necklaces and seasonal produce. Our challenge is to get their goods to market. We return ALL sales to the Mama Margaret’s Project. So far, this year, through sales

So far, this year, through sales events in and out of school - we have sent over £3,500 back to the Mama’s.

Thornleigh students at St Brendan’s

events - in and out of school - we have sent over £3,500 back to the Mamas. Considering that the annual income of one of the Mama’s could be £90.00, the project is having a huge impact. Our partners in the project, Salesian Sisters, are developing and expanding the project to embrace the Mama’s children – many cannot secure education for their children. The Sisters run an educational ‘bridging’ programme to help the children catch up on missed schooling and, through a sponsorship programme, they are placed in full-time education. The future is a bright one. Sr Eleanor has recently secured funding from two international aid organisations. A two storey building, encompassing workshops and classrooms has just begun. Our challenge is to increase our sales to keep the Mamas busy! We would be delighted to bring our stall to more of our partner primary schools and parishes in the future. Mr Burrowes

A two storey building, encompassing workshops and classrooms has just begun.

The real Mama Margaret herself!

Mrs Burrowes meets Sr Lucy

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Student Council

Friday 7 - Sunday 9 February 2014

Student Voice Weekend Retreat

In February 6 students from Year 10 and 11 attended a Student Voice weekend at Savio House in Bollington. The Student Voice weekend invited three other schools, Salesian College in Farnborough, Savio Salesian College in Bootle and St John Bosco Art College in Liverpool. The students enjoyed a variety of workshops and activities over the three days. After dinner on the Friday evening the students took part in ice breaker games and each school did a short presentation. In each presentation, the students explained how their Student Council progressed within the roles as councillors within the school and how they had gone about attaining this achievement. We looked at the values of communication, respect, teamwork and trust in a fun and interactive way. On the Saturday after breakfast students were split up into groups and took part in 4 different student voice workshops in rotation: • Communication – Articulate game, Charades • Presentation – A drama workshop looking at presentation, projecting your voice • Team Games – Leadership skills • Trust Games – Blindfolded following instructions In the evening, after each school wrote proposals for the coming year, there was a Mass of Commitment celebrated by Fr David O’Malley SDB. In the evening Sr. Gill managed to fix the Karaoke machine for everyone to enjoy. The staff were all enthused by the weekend and are looking forward to next year.

Thornleigh Radio Station

This update coming to you fresh from the hottest station this Spring, the airwaves from Thornleigh Salesian College Radio… Over the course of this term the Student Council have been heavily involved in the establishment of our new school radio station. Working together with local radio station Tower FM, we have already taken over the airways and produced our first pilot broadcast! The radio station is developing quickly while we train up our student DJs, production assistants and presenters and we hope to broadcast “on air” officially after Easter with an exclusive interview with Joe Keegan talking about his experiences on national TV. It will certainly be an exciting show, maybe he’ll write us a jingle…?

Student Notice

Dates to Remember

Are You Creative?

Up and coming Student Council meetings in the summer term:

Year 7 - Tuesday 6 May and Tuesday 3 June

Are you creative? Can you help the School Council in its forthcoming

Year 8 - Wednesday 7 May and Wednesday 4 June

anti-litter campaign? We are looking

Year 9 - Thursday 8 May and Thursday 5 June

for designs to display around school

Year 10 - Tuesday 13 May and Tuesday 10 June

together with a short film clip to get

Year 11 - Wednesday 14 May and Wednesday 11 June

our message across. For inspiration visit You Tube or look at past national campaigns organised by Keep Britain

All Year Reps

Tidy.

There will be a whole school Student Council meeting on Tuesday 1 July

For more information pop into the library and speak to Miss Mallion

at 3.15 - 4.00pm in the sixth form conference room.

or Mrs Pawlowski or contact your class representative for more details.

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Creative STudies

Bolton UTC Competition The University of Bolton is looking for local schools to enter a competition

The competing schools have been briefed and the finalists’ presentation

that will influence the design of a new building in Bolton.

day will be hosted at the University on 3 April 2014. The judges will be

We have four year nine students from Creative Studies that are involved in

led by the Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Colin Shaw with the former High

competing for the following

Sheriff of Manchester and Architect, Christian Wewer, local Architect, Neil

A £10,000 prize will be awarded to the winning school, 10 per cent of

Pike, and Architectural Technology course leader, Nooshin Akramil being

which will be given to the prize-winning pupils. And a one-year University

amongst the prestigious panellists selecting the final designs.

of Bolton Tuition Fees Scholarship is to be awarded to the winning school,

Good luck to Adam Hall, Maria Antazo, Emmanuel Moro and Marta

to be awarded to any student from the school.

Marckiewicz.

Textiles

Wider Key Skills

Student Textiles Club

Year 10 Wider Key Skills

Textiles Club is held in H3 every Monday Lunchtime. So far this

The Year 10 Wider Key Skills group have now completed their ‘Improving

term we have made tie-dyed T-shirts and bags as well as being open

own Learning’ for map reading and orienteering. The group have

to any textiles student who wants to work on their class project.

participated in several orienteering activities in and around the school

Students are invited to choose what they would like to make,

grounds, this has helped them to learn and understand map reading and

the more creative the better! We have also been making African

symbols. They have used this information to plan their own route using an

inspired padded air

Ordnance Survey map and then take part in 2 walks on Smithills Moor.

fresheners to hang

The first walk took place in the cold

in the wardrobe to

December weather; the students were

raise money for the

suitably dressed and welcomed a

event ‘Music for an

hot chocolate at Horrocks Fold. The

African Cause’.

weather conditions on the second

Everyone is

walk changed rapidly and the high

welcome to attend!

winds and rain meant the students risk assessed the walk and decided it was unsafe to continue.

Thornleigh Sixth Form

Easter Here We Come! With the mock exams over and the real test of mettle just around the

of fun this year, and despite all the complaining about the work, we could

corner, the dark cloud of examinations can seem to loom over us and never

have had it much worse.

disappear – but fear not! After we have amazed our way through the thirty

So, as the Easter break comes upon us, make sure that you have a lovely

something days we have left we are free to do what we want – festivals,

break and refresh yourself for what will be, for most of us, the most

parties, trips around the world; the full shebang!

challenging part of the year when we come back - examination preparation

However, before we think too far ahead, let’s remember everything that has

will truly be underway as, for us up in the Sixth Form, our exams start on

happened this year that has made it so special; pyjama day in the height of

the 13 May - yikes! But for now, let’s all keep our heads up high and our

winter, all the fun had on Don Bosco day, the setting up of the tuck shop,

books open as there is still some time before the panic begins.

the Indian theme day, Christmas jumper day and who could forget the

Good luck to all, I’m sure that we will do well - but only time will tell!

Valentine’s serenading? I think that it is safe to say that we have had a lot

Zak Riding - Thornleigh Sixth Form student

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The Year 12 Foundation Studies have had another busy term, they have

First Aid

been completing their units in Retail, Sports Leader, Personal, Social and

The Foundation learners have also been completing First Aid Awareness

Development.

with first aider Mrs Blackburn. The students are working towards the

Sports Leader

following certificates:

As part of their Sports Leader qualification the students have continued

Emergency First Aid at Work Certificate

to coach primary school pupils from St Osmund’s and St Andrew’s.

Paediatric Basic Life Support

This qualification has given the students invaluable self-confidence and

Sports Injuries

assurance. In lessons the sixth formers are now planning for the summer sports and will be delivering rounders to Year 5 and 6 students after the Easter holidays.

In March the students covered Child and Baby Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), previously they have covered

Personal Social Development During the students’ Personal Social Development (PSD) they have been studying and understanding the importance of having leisure time as a part

Adult Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and recovery position.

of a healthy lifestyle. This has brought some challenges along the way, and the students have been taking part in two very different activities recently a relaxing one and a competitive one. Foundation Studies students were asked to make a group booking with all the arrangements at a local ten pin bowling venue. This proved to be a challenging task for the students. All the bookings and prearrangements were planned to perfection. So a big well done!

Yoga The second activity has been a really interesting challenge for the students.

Bolton Wanderers

This term they have taken part in a 5 week yoga course with Julia, a

This term Bolton Wanderers Community Trust have been delivering

professional yoga instructor with over 20 years experience. The students

an Active Families programme to the Foundation Studies group. The

were taught to relax, stretch and have an understanding of the benefits of

programme focussing on health issues with a hope to ‘inspire people,

yoga. The students have really embraced these sessions, it is amazing for the

creating chances and changing lives’ within groups in Bolton.

students to be given such an opportunity and participate in an activity that

Bolton Wanderers have been teaching the students how to use a Heart

they may never have done if they were not following the PSD programme.

Start machine. This not only covers their units in PSD but also the Sports Leader qualification. In addition, the skills they are learning are for life which will benefit the individuals into young adulthood and when applying for jobs in the future. Mrs Crosby

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Thornleigh Sixth Form

Madhur Jaffrey Had Better Watch Out! Year 13 student, Aamirah Musa has been cooking up a storm in the

kitchens in a bid to introduce authentic Indian food to the staff and to raise funds for the Sixth Form Student Committee. Over four weeks, Aamirah has taught staff how to make dishes like Chicken Biryani and Rice and Dhal. She has prepared her unique combinations of spices, so that the staff are ready to cook as soon as they walk through the door! Aamirah’s Kitchen will now be open for a further two weeks, by popular demand!

Physical Education

Netball

Netball Thornleigh Salesian College had a fantastic win beating Turton High School. The Year 7 netball team are sitting now sitting comfortably at the top of the league. The girls have been outstanding this year and we are really excited about their performances in the tournament and the inaugural knockout final night. All lower school tournaments have taken place this half term and the girls have all shown dedication and commitment throughout the season. The results are as follows.

Year 9 Tournament results – finished 4th in the group Thornleigh V’s St James – Drew 2-2 Thornleigh V’s Sharples – Won 6-0 Thornleigh V’s Bolton School – Lost 8-1

Year 7

Thornleigh V’s Mount St Joseph’s – Won 3-2

At the time of writing we still have the knockout finals to play and we are

Thornleigh V’s Canon Slade – Lost 4-3

sure that there will be more success to come. There have been some brilliant individual and team performances throughout this half term. Well done to all involved.

Gymnastics After the massive success from Thornleigh hosting and winning the Bolton Schools’ Gymnastics Competition we successfully ran our third year of gymnastics. The girls worked relentlessly on their floor

Year 8 Tournament results – finished 3rd in the group Thornleigh V’s Bolton School – Lost 5-1 Thornleigh V’s Canon Slade – Lost 4-3 Thornleigh V’s Little Lever – Drew 1-1 Thornleigh V’s ESSA – Won 3-2 Thornleigh V’s Ladybridge – Won 2-1 Thornleigh V’s Westhoughton – Won 3-0

routines and their vault from September until the competition in February. Gymnastics has been extremely popular this year and has had a massive turnout from Year 7 pupils. We entered three categories again into the competition and the groups were split into novice, intermediate and advanced categories and the girls practiced their 6 agilities and their linking movements and they produced some fantastic routines. This year the competition returned to St Joseph’s where a large number of other schools competed. The girls were outstanding showing excellent poise and aesthetic qualities. The results showed how well our gymnasts performed as they achieved silver medals in the group beginner section. Gymnastics will resume in September and we look forward to some more outstanding group and individual performances and Thornleigh Salesian College look forward to hosting the competition again.

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Physical Education

Badminton

Badminton Thornleigh Salesian College entered the 2013/14 badminton season as

won 7 of their 11 games in the league. Special mention must go to Eilish

defending champions. With the title winning senior squad moving on

Parkinson from Year 11 who has played her final badminton season in

to further education, this season has been about the development of a

Thornleigh colours. Aside from her own development, Eilish has been a

talented group of junior players.

role model to other girls taking up the sport. She has been ably partnered by Mary Chin (Year 8) this season.

The A-Team has been predominantly made up of Year 9 students this season. Stand out results in an open-age league include a 14-4 win over Turton and a narrow 8-10 reverse against a strong Bolton School team. The promise of this young team was further demonstrated, as they were crowned Bolton Schools U14 champions. This meant that the team progressed to the Greater Manchester County Final of Badminton England National Schools Championships. Held in Trafford, the team won two of their matches and lost one. Out of school, a core of this committed young group is now broadening their skill set at local clubs. We are proud of Zak Grundy who was crowned Markland Hill Badminton Invitational Champion. Meanwhile, A-Level student Daniel Rice has represented Lancashire.

The growth of female participants in badminton has been evident at lunch time OOSHA sessions in the sports hall and at badminton practice on a

The strength and depth

Monday evening after school. Run by a club coach, the after school club

of our young pool of

has been attracting regular participating numbers of over 40 students, both

badminton players was

boys and girls.

never more evident than in the B-Team

And finally, at A-Level, we are delighted that two of our PE students have

badminton league.

completed a practical assessment and coursework in badminton. Leonie

Players from Year 9

Hazelwood (A2 Level) and Joe Burke (AS Level) have both successfully

were joined by students

used performance in badminton to contribute to their final A-Level PE

from Year 7 – 11 and

grades.

Girls Football

The football season has started and the Thornleigh girls already have had

The games were 6 minutes long and they played 3 other teams and our

outstanding achievements. Our U13’s girls were entered into The English

girls were extremely unlucky to not go through to the final, going out on

Schools U13’s Football League Cup before the Christmas holidays. The

goals scored. The players that contributed in the competition were: Codie

first stage of this competition was a local competition so our girls were up

Corless, Hannah Lowe, Mollie Young, Ruby Yates, Katie Currie, Isobel

against all of the other football teams in Bolton. This tournament was a

Dean, Isa Da Silva Lobo Pais, Courtney Buchanan, Paige Doeg.

round robin format and it took place on 27 November at the Eddie Davies

Due to their success, the girls were invited to Bolton Wanderers football

Academy. Our girls produced fantastic results and were the overall winners

stadium with their parents to have a pitch side presentation for their

beating St Joseph’s High School in the final. Owing to this success, the

achievements and also to watch a game against Sheffield Wednesday.

girls then entered the next round at the UCLAN Sports Arena in Preston

The KS3 and the KS4 teams also have two additional competitions to take

representing Bolton Wanderers and they faced fierce opposition from

part in on

teams around the North West of England. The girls were undefeated and

28 April

they demonstrated fantastic motivation, team work and resilience. They

2014 and 1

were then crowned the North West Football Champions. As a result of

May 2014.

their outstanding achievements the girls went through to the Regional

We look

Finals and the girls were faced to challenge the winning teams from

forward to

Northern England for a chance to go to Wembley to play in the final.

more success in the near future.


Physical Education

Dance

Table Tennis numbers at table tennis practices

Thornleigh’s Got To Dance Take 4

and fixtures which run every Friday

There has been a lot going on in Dance this term with students from

evening. Practice sessions regularly attract numbers in excess of 30

all years taking the opportunity to get involved. Thornleigh’s ‘Got to

students and this year it has been very pleasing to see the emergence

Dance Take 4’ was a huge success with over 200 students taking part on

of a very talented group of around 10 Year 8 girls who are consistently

each evening. The show sold out for its two night run and all students

improving. We completed our league fixtures this year with the majority

involved were fantastic and proud to be part of such an exciting event.

Thornleigh continues to attract huge

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of our team made up of students from KS3 students as we faced tough

Planning and preparations are already taking

opposition from St. James’ and Harper Green who were predominantly

place for next year’s dance show ‘Got to

made up of KS4 students with vast experience. If the students continue

Dance Take 5’; Students: make sure you

to commit to practice sessions and fixtures over the next two years, then

don’t miss the opportunity to get involved in

we should have a very strong team when the current KS3 students reach

September.

KS4. Individually, Year 11 student Bethany Farnworth continues to

Pictures from this year’s Thorneigh’s Got

perform well at a local, regional and national level. Bethany represented

To Dance will feature in the summer

her area in the National School Games where she performed brilliantly

newsletter, and on the school website.

against the best performers from around the country.

Trampolining Last year, Year 9 student Alex Bradshaw made it to the English Schools

In addition, Alex has been training

National Trampolining finals and finished in an excellent second place in

vigorously, six times a week, and has

the elite U13 boys category. Alex again entered the same competition but

earned a trial to get on to the Great Britain

this time, a year young in the U15 elite boys division. Alex cruised through

performance squad. Alex recently attended

the regional qualifying round and subsequently won the Northern finals

the trial and is awaiting the results. A

event equally as comfortably. Alex then progressed to the National Finals

sure star of the future, we wish Alex huge

again but this year went one step further to become the U15 elite boys

success in all of his endeavours.

English Schools Trampoline Champion 2014 – well done Alex.

Football

Building on the many achievements of last year, we are heading towards

Thornleigh Salesian College also continue to perform well in regional and

a very successful season again as we move into the final weeks. The results

national football competitions and this has been highlighted exceptionally

displayed below are all from the Bolton Merit Leagues in which we were

by the Year 8 team who made the 6th round of the ESFA National Cup

winners last year at Year 7 and Year 8, so both teams are well set to retain

and went out of the GMCSFA County Cup at the semi-final stage.

their titles as fixtures are ongoing.

A huge thank you must go to the staff and parents who dedicate huge

In the Bolton Cup competitions the Year 9 team performed excellently to

amounts of time and passion into running these teams and a big well done

reach the Semi-final stage and emulating last year’s cup runs, Year 8 and

to all the students involved.

Year 10 are both in their respective cup finals, to be played on Thursday 27 March. We wish both teams the best of luck. Week Commencing

Opponent

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

9 September

Smithills

W 9-0

W 4-2

W 8-0

W 6-2

L 2-1

16 September

St. James’s

L 5-4

W 7-6

W 6-1

L 4-2

L 4-2

23 September

Turton

L 5-4

W 3-1

W 3-1

L 4-0

30 September

St. Joseph’s Horwich

D 3-3

D 2-2

D 4-4

W 4-3

L 2-0

7 October

Little Lever

W 3-1

W 5-2

D 1-1

W 7-0

W 4-1

14 October

Mount St. Joseph

W 5-3

W 6-3

W 4-1

W 6-1

L 3-2

21st October

St. Catherine’s Academy

L 5-3

W 5-3

Winter Break 24 February

Harper Green

3 March

Westhoughton

D 3-3

W 3-1

D 1-1

L 4-3

W 4-0

W 2-0


Physical Education

Intra School Sports Series

Basketball Apprentice Coach Award

Inter Form Indoor Athletics

Seven Thornleigh Salesian College students in Year 9 recently completed

The latest Inter Form competition for Years 7, 8 & 9 delivered as part of

and passed England Basketball’s ‘Apprentice Coach Award’.

the Thornleigh Intra School Sports Series was Indoor Athletics held over

The National award follows a set syllabus of ‘How to Coach’ and ‘What

the course of this term.

to Coach’ and is a practical assessment of a candidate’s ability to teach the

All Forms in KS3 were presented with the opportunity to enter a team

core individual skills of basketball at a basic level to beginners.

into their year group event to compete in a series of ‘Track’ and ‘Field’

Mr Dyson who tutored the course was impressed with the students’

events in the Sportshall.

willingness to learn as well as their ability to take on board information

Competition was fierce as it always is during the Inter Form challenges.

and lead others in various themed coaching drills.

Students battled it out in a series of relay races on the ‘Track’ as well as

The award itself is the first rung on the ladder of England Basketball

the Chest Push, Long Jump and Speed Bounce in the ‘Field’ with athletes

coaching pathway providing candidates that pass the award with the

scoring points for their Form depending on how fast they ran and how far

opportunity to progress onto a higher level coaching award and potential

the threw and jumped.

paid & volunteer employment coaching Basketball.

Full results were as follows:

The Year 7 students who passed the Award have since used their new skills and knowledge working alongside Mr Dyson to facilitate the Bolton

Position

Year 7

Score

Inter Form PTS

School Games Primary Schools Basketball Final held at Thornleigh in

1

Gamma

140

20

February. Here they did a fantastic job undertaking roles such as referee,

2

Beta

128

18

scorer & table judge.

3

Alpha

114

16

Well done to Jack Cowen, Stanley Dunsdon, Joshua Grundy, Zak

4

Sigma

104

14

Grundy, Cameron Lamb, Joe Pennington and Rocco Vivace.

5

Delta

96

12

6

Theta

90

10

7

Omega

82

8

8

Kappa

66

6

at Bolton Arena. The one day course is aimed at young people aged 13

Position

Year 8

Score

Inter Form PTS

+ with an interest in tennis who may wish to pursue a pathway into

1

Theta

156

20

coaching, volunteering and/or officiating.

2

Gamma

140

18

Whilst the course provided an understanding of the game of tennis it

3

Beta

136

16

also taught the participants the importance of effective communication,

4

Sigma

86

14

planning & organisation skills. Further modules covered on the course

5

Delta

72

12

included ‘Leading Practice Sessions’, ‘Introducing Tennis at your school’

6

Alpha

58

10

and ‘Helping at Competitions’.

7

Kappa

54

8

Students on the course will now be deployed in the summer term to assist

8

Omega

40

6

School Games and the Greater Manchester County School Games Finals.

Position

Year 9

Score

Inter Form PTS

Well done to Oliver Barnes, Jared Birkitt, Cameron Lamb, Jack Cowen,

1

Alpha

72

20

Stanley Dunsdon, Joshua Grundy, Zak Grundy, Lauren Holt, Jake

2

Gamma

66

18

Horner, James McDowell, Rhianna Molyneux, Megan Myles, Jake

3

Kappa

64

16

Strickland, Rocco Vivace & Hannah Vosper.

4

Omega

59

14

5

Sigma

43

12

6

Theta

39

10

LTA Tennis Leaders Award Fifteen Year 9 students recently completed the LTA Tennis Leader Award

at the prestigious Primary Schools Tennis competitions at both the Bolton

At the time of writing this article the latest Inter Form Challenge, Tugof-War, is currently underway and the results of this will appear in next terms newsletter.

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School Games Thornleigh Salesian College continues to engage pro actively with its linked primary schools with regards school sport and competition. Mr Dyson has been visiting a number of schools this term delivering PE lessons and/or after school clubs for Reception to Year 6 as well as continuing to facilitate and deliver the Primary Schools competition programme. Below is a taste of some of the events that have taken place this term.

Eight Primary Schools from across the borough came to Thornleigh Salesian College on Wednesday 12 February to contest the Year 5 and Year 6 Bolton School Games Basketball Final. The overall winner going forward to represent Bolton at the Greater Manchester School Games in

Primary Schools Gymnastics Thornleigh Salesian College hosted the KS1 and lower KS2 School Games Key Step Gymnastics competitions in January and February with a number of our linked primary schools attending. For such young gymnasts the standard of some of the performances was excellent with every single one doing themselves and their school proud. Having been required to learn three separate routines of Body Management, Floor and Vault, the

April. Mr C Dyson who co-ordinates and manages the School Games programme across Bolton, said; ‘the level of skill of the players and the overall commitment to their schools cause was fantastic to see. Well done to all schools that qualified and progressed to the final’. A very big thank you goes to the seven Year 9 students from Thornleigh Salesian College who recently undertook and passed the England Basketball Apprentice Coach Award and who refereed the games at the final with such confidence. Overall winners

young people came well prepared,

and Bolton

performing their routines full of

Primary

confidence in front of a gymnasium

Basketball

full of spectators.

Champions

Well Done to St Brendan’s, St

2014: Hardy

Columbas, St Thomas of Canterbury,

Mill.

Holy Infants and Hardy Mill Primary schools for taking part.

High 5 for our Primary Schools

Congratulations go to St Brendan’s who triumphed in both competitions.

Thornleigh Salesian College hosted it’s now annual High 5 Netball

Thanks again also go to our six Year

tournament on Tuesday 11 March.

8 students who undertook the roles

High 5 is England Netball’s small sided version of the game specifically

of judges once more and did another

aimed at primary children. Players rotate around the different on court

fantastic job with such confidence,

positions from game to game to give them a taste of the various roles

enthusiasm and self-belief.

played within a game of netball.

Update: Since taking part and winning The Y3/4 Thornleigh competition

The tournament was eventually won by St Brendan’s with St Johns 2nd

St Brendan’s progressed to and won the Bolton Final to become Town

and Ss Osmund and Andrew’s 3rd. St Brendan’s now make the familiar

Champions. They now go forward to represent the Borough at the Greater

progression to the Bolton Final to represent the Thornleigh cluster and

Manchester School Games finals in April for a chance of becoming

compete for the accolade of Town Champions.

County Champions. We wish them the best of luck!

Our partner primary schools will be invited to take part in the normal

Quick Sticks proves a Hit with the Primary Schools Eight Hockey teams from four of our linked Primary Schools (Holy Infants, St Brendan’s, St Joseph’s and Ss Osmund and Andrew’s) attended a Quick Sticks Hockey festival on the astroturf here at Thornleigh Salesian College in January. Quick Sticks is England Hockey’s introductory game of Hockey aimed specifically at schools and players that have very little experience of playing the game. Games feature fewer players, no goal keepers & fewer stoppages all which positively contribute to the players having more touches of the ball and more time on the pitch to develop the fundamental skills of Hockey. 19

Primary Schools Basketball Bolton Final

7 a-side version of the game when the annual Thornleigh Netball league kicks off at the start of April. A report from the League will be in the summer newsletter. This was the first ever Quick Sticks festival to be delivered with our linked Primary Schools and despite the cold evening and hail storm that greeted us half way through the final games the event was a great success with all the players thoroughly enjoying the occasion. The event was billed very much as participatory festival encouraging schools to compete in a new sport and thanks go to the primary teachers & schools that supported the event. A very big thank you must also go to the Thornleigh Salesian College Hockey Leaders from Years 9&11 who braved the bitterly cold weather to ensure that the games were umpired superbly.

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Dates to Remember

2013 - 2014

2014 - 2015

Term Dates Academic Year 2013 - 2014

Term Dates Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Spring Term 2014

Autumn Term 2014

Break up, last day of term

Friday 11 April 2014

Inset day (students not in school)

Monday 1 September 2014

Easter holidays

Monday 14 April - Friday 25

Inset day (students not in school)

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Term begins

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Inset Days (students not in school)

Friday 19 September 2014

April 2014

Summer Term 2014

Half term holiday

First day of term

Monday 28 April 2014

Monday 27 October - Friday 31 October 2014

Bank Holiday

Monday 5 May 2014

Last day of term

Friday 19 December 2014

Half term holiday

Monday 26 May - Friday 30 May

Christmas holidays

Monday 22 December 2014 -

2014 Bank Holiday

Monday 26 May 2014

Students return to school

Monday 2 June 2014

Inset day (students not in school)

Friday 13 June 2014

Break up, last day of term

Friday 18 July 2014 1:00pm

(early finish) Summer holidays

Monday 21 July - Friday 29

August 2014

Parents’ Evening 2013-2014 Year 10

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Year 12

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Year 8

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Year 7

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Inset Days (students not in school) Friday 13 June 2014

Exam Results Days A-Level Results Day

Thursday 14 August 2014

GCSE Results Day

Thursday 21 August 2014

Friday 2 January 2015

Spring Term 2015 Inset day (students not in school)

Monday 5 January 2015

Term begins

Tuesday 6 January 2015

Half term holiday

Monday 16 February - Friday 20

February 2015 Return to school

Monday 23 February 2015

Last day of term

Friday 27 March 2015

Bank holiday / Good Friday

Friday 3 April 2015

Bank holiday / Easter Monday

Monday 6 April 2015

Easter holidays

Monday 30 March - 10 April

Term begins

Monday 13 April 2015

Bank Holiday

Monday 4 May 2015

Bank Holiday

Monday 25 May 2015

Half term holiday

Monday 25 - Friday 29 May 2015

Last day of term

Friday 17 July 2015

Summer holidays

Monday 20 July - Friday 4

Summer Term 2015

September 2015

Inset Days (students not in school) Monday 1 September 2014 Tuesday 2 September 2014 Friday 19 September 2014 Monday 5 January 2015

Autumn Term 2015 (Academic Year 2015 - 2016) First day of term

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