The Emmaus Walk


A big group of staff have decided to set out on a challenge, we aim to complete The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a 39.2km circular walk starting in Horton-In-Ribblesdale.

 The challenge consists of climbing the summits of Pen-Y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m) in less than 12 hours. We aim to complete this challenge on Saturday 7 July.


We are going to title this walk ‘The Emmaus Walk’ and our aim is to raise money for the new kitchen we would like to install in our Emmaus Support Centre.

The Emmaus Support Centre in school has been opened for just over a year now. It aims to support the students in school who are facing barriers in making progress in school. By assisting these students and enabling them to overcome whatever barriers there are to making progress, the Emmaus Support Centre is helping all students in school, because these are the students who can disrupt learning and teaching in the classroom.

The preparation of food and drink is a key part of the Emmaus Centre and clearly it is vital that any preparation of food must be done in a hygienic environment and thus the need for a kitchen in our support centre. This requires money and this then has led this group of staff to accept this challenge and set out to conquer these 3 peaks and to raise some vital money for our school.

To sponsor the ‘Emmaus Walk Team’ you can donate online:

  1. a) If you are already a user of the SchoolComms system you can donate online through the usual payment methods.

This is available to parents/guardians and to all staff – simply select Payments then look for Emmaus Ctr – Yorkshire Three Peaks.

We also ask that you consider declaring your donation for GiftAid which will increase your donation by 25p in every £1 – this is available if you are a UK tax payer, simply comment with “Yes” in the box beneath your payment.

  1. b) Online Bank Transfer, please pay your donation to the following account:

Bank Name:        Lloyds bank plc

Account Name:  St Ralph Sherwin Catholic Multi Academy Trust Online Account

Account No:       54226768

Sort Code:          30-96-18

To make your bank transfer gift aid eligible, please forward a declaration form to school.

Help Support Our Student Council


Student Council Fund Raising

At the last meeting of the student council a target was set to try and raise £5000 this term for various equipment and seating requested by students to support their leisure time within school. The student council decided on the following initiatives which will run through or finish within this term. The fund raising activities are as follows: 

Row to Lourdes (Sponsored by Concept 2 rowing machines)

Following the success of the Ride to Rome 2 years ago that raised over £1500 the council this year is going to Row to Lourdes. This will involve 1 team from each new house (3 teams in total) and a Staff team trying to Row the 1008 mile to Lourdes over 2 days. Each team has been asked to raise £1 per mile so hopefully this event will raise a minimum of £1008. The teams will be chosen in the first week of July so anyone interested please talk to Mr Nash, the student Council lead for this event Anica Taylor 10KF and put your name down.

Does your pet need a new pet tag?

The student council with the help of the design and technology department will be selling pet tags in various shapes. You can have your pet’s information such as name and contact number on the tag. The cost of the Pet tag is £2.25 and the tag is made of weather resistant acrylic. If you would like one of these original pet tags then please drop Mr Nash an e-mail at or pop a long to see Mr Nash in room 15 or speak to Danielle Horsley (10AR) Student council Lead who will be happy to give your further details.

Donington Park Race experience

As part of the Saint John Houghton student council fund raising campaign this term we have a Donington Park race track driving simulator set up in room 6 every dinner time. If  students/staff in school feel you are the next Lewis Hamilton or Giovanna Amati come on down and drive the Ford Focus RS around the circuit and see if you can lead the leader board.

The cost of entry is £2.00, this includes a test lap and a timed lap to give you the experience and chance to be the best driver in the school. The experience is open to all year groups. The best driver will receive a prize at the end of this round of fund raising activity.

All funds go towards the school council to support activity and equipment that the students have asked the student council to buy, please spend just £2.00 and give it a go.

Finally, if there are any businesses or people who know of anyone who would consider supporting the Student Council in terms of providing sponsorship, prizes for these activities or prizes that the student council could Raffle in the future. Please get in touch with Mr Nash, Student Council Lead for further information.


Run Club


Run Club runs every Tuesday after school with all students welcome.

Run Club is for everyone of all abilities, the part exercise plays in developing a healthy lifestyle is vital today and it is very important the students understand this and get involved and get active.

Running will help our students eat healthier, study more effectively and sleep much better, please encourage your child to take part.


Your School Lottery – How to Join


What is your School Lottery?

We are currently part of an online lottery, which helps raise money for our school with a guaranteed weekly cash prize every week for one of our supporters.

Its and excellent way to support us with 40% of the ticket sales going towards the school.

It’s simple to join and fun way to support Saint John Houghton.

Who can Join Your School Lottery?

Parents, family and friends can all take part as long as you are over 16 and have a bank account.

How does it work?

There will be a weekly prize draw every week, just for our supporters with one winning a guaranteed weekly cash prize, the more people that take part the bigger the prize will be! Tickets cost as little as £1.00 week.

When you take part you will be entered into a separate national prize draw with the chance of winning £25,000!

Both Prize Draws take place every Saturday evening, the results are then posted on Your School Lottery website. Winners will be contacted directly and paid automatically.

How do I Join?

Joining Your School Lottery is simple, just visit and follow the instructions.


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