Premises Security

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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

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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.

Year 10 Prefect Interviews

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Forty-Seven of our Year 10 students put themselves forward for school prefects last week. These students had written a letter of application explaining why they believe they would make a good prefect and then were given an interview by two members of staff. They will be informed shortly as to whether they were successful or not in applying for this post. Thank you very much to two of our Governors who came in to interview, Mrs Gabriel and Mrs Kells. Thank you also to Mrs Brear who managed to get Ben Thornhill from Protocol, Jack Cole, Max Pembleton and Lucas Chadwick from Aquinas, Chess Patrick and Bobby Muncaster from Monarch who helped add a “real life” experience to the interviews.

School Lottery Update

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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.

Holocaust Memorial Day

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Today was Holocaust Memorial Day and we have been holding a series of activities this week to remember the victims of the Holocaust. Mrs Folan and Mr McNally led Acts of Worship with focus on the Holocaust and the lessons to be learned that are relevant for today’s world. Rachel held a number of liturgies in the Upper Room this week. At 11 o’clock today we held a two-minute silence with each class focusing on an image of one of the victims during that time.

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