Parish Youth Group


Jake Smith and Louis Smith delivered an outstanding Act of Worship on Wednesday.  The brothers returned to SJH to invite and inspire pupils to attend the Parish Youth Group they are setting up.  How wonderful to see past pupils putting their faith into action!

Safer Internet Day


Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7 February with the theme ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet’.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.  The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.  It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers and wider to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Students gathered for Act of Worship and were spoken to during the morning for the message of Be the Change, with the help of some small pyrotechnics we thought about images we post on online; ‘Are they always appropriate?  Do they reflect who you really are?  Would you be happy for the world to see it?’  At Saint John Houghton we promote the idea that the internet is a fantastic tool but isn’t always used appropriately and there is a lot of inappropriate content online.  To Be the Change, students should aim to tip that balance post positive messages to your friends, unite with groups to raise awareness, help to boost your own self-confidence and unite for a better internet.

Premises Security


We have been reviewing our safety procedures in school recently.  The school gates will now be closed at 8.45am.  Students arriving late to school after this time will have to press a buzzer at the gate for entry.  Students who arrive to school before 8.00am are to go and sit in the reception area.

Year 7 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


On Thursday 26 January the Year 7s were off timetable for the annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle day.  The first part of the day they watched a Theatre performance led by the Gibber Team on the theme of reducing waste, reusing everything from clothes to electrical items and the importance of recycling.

The day was then split up into lessons led by the tutors and a workshop led by the Gibber team. During the classroom lessons the pupils were given a task to encourage people to reduce, reuse, recycle.

Some pupils did a PowerPoint and posters, some did songs and others made items out of recycled materials from home.  Some good examples were musical instruments, famous buildings and clothes all made out of recycled materials.

Mr Ritchie would like to thank all of the Year 7 tutors and pupils for making the day so enjoyable.

School Lottery Update


Many thanks to everyone who has signed up for the school lottery so far. It only costs £1 per week and the more people that are signed up, the greater the weekly prize money. There are currently under 100 people signed up which means every week someone from our school community wins £39.90. Everyone entered is also in with the chance of winning a weekly £25,000 jackpot.

At the moment the lottery is generating £50 a week towards PTA funds which is great. Please spread the word.

Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy