Newsletter 02.12.22

Newsletter 02.12.22

Message from our Chaplain Mairie

Happy Advent!

On Sunday we entered into the time of Advent, not Christmas. As we begin the season of Advent we have had our first services in the Chapel and we open our hearts to God’s love as we prepare to welcome Christ into our lives and homes.

Charity foodbank Advent Collection

Part of our Advent preparation is our annual collection for the Foodbank and SVP. We have had our Advent assemblies and launched our Advent charity which as always will be to support the work of the SVP and the local food banks. We appreciate that the need for these charities has increased over the past years.  We also appreciate that our own families may well be suffering financial hardship. We only ask that families donate what they can to help others in need. We thank you in advance for your support at this time.  

Sixth Form Applications 2023
St Nicholas Sixth Form Applications for 2023 are now OPEN, and can be found on the school website, or click on the link: Sixth Form Applications 2023
2023-24 Holiday Dates
We have been waiting for Cheshire West and Chester to confirm their changes to the 2023-24 school holiday dates before we were able to consult with Governors and our Partner Primary schools again.
We are now in a position to confirm the dates as follows.
The holiday date are also available on the website – click here
Library and Literacy News
Curl up with a Christmas read
It’s that time of year again and what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than curling up with some festive fiction?
These Christmassy titles will be hitting the shelves next week.  We’re open for reservations so let me know if you want to get your hands on a new book.
As the city grinds to a halt, twelve teens band together to help a friend pull off the most epic apology of her life. But will they be able to make it happen, in spite of the storm?
 

 

All the things that made Christmas special are gone: the human connection, the baubles passed down through generations, even the rubbish cracker jokes.Instead, Christmas is run by robots, while 3D holograms of Santa Claus called Santavatars check if you’ve been naughty or nice – and on Christmas Eve, all of the presents are delivered by ZoneDrones instead of Santa’s reindeer!

 

 All Tog wants to do is work in Santa’s workshop and one wonderful day, the letter from Santa arrives: Tog has been selected as an apprentice elf! Making toys is a lot more technical and a lot less fun than Tog had imagined, and even though his new friend Holly tries to help him, he’s quickly relegated to cleaning out the reindeer stables. But someone has been stealing the presents from the workshop and a case of mistaken identity finds Tog accused of being the culprit! Can Tog use his special Christmas magic to discover the real thief and save all the presents before Christmas Eve is over?
 
A Heartstopper novella from the YA Prize winning author and creator of Netflix series HEARTSTOPPER
At the urge of her lucky-in-love brother, sixteen-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favourite bookshop shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Curious, Dash isn’t one to back down from a challenge – and the Book of Dares is the perfect distraction he’s been looking for. As they send each other on a scavenger hunt across Manhattan, a whirlwhind romance ensues on paper. But finding out if they share their on-page chemistry in real life could be their biggest dare yet……

 

Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily’s beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone. Even though they are still together, somehow the magic has gone out of their relationship and it’s clear that Lily has fallen out of love with life. Action must be taken! Dash teams up with Lily’s brother and a host of their friends, who have just twelve days to get Lily’s groove back in time for Christmas.

 

 ‘Midnights’ is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year’s Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .

 

 

The brand-new snowy, festive, feel-good, rom-com from bestselling Beth Garrod, perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Kissing Booth.
When three very different siblings, Fern, Rowan and Willow, go home for a Christmas reunion at their family home in Edinburgh, it’s not long before some VERY BIG SECRETS threaten their cosy holiday …
Christmas Carol Concert 15th December 7pm

Our Christmas Carol Concert takes place at 7pm on Thursday 15th December.

We look forward to welcoming parents, carers and families to join us in celebrating the end of a busy term and enjoying some festive music.

The evening includes performances from all our ensembles and choirs with a selection of pieces and readings for the season.

In order to give us an idea of numbers, please fill in this form https://forms.office.com/e/S3GEw8K0mG to book your seat.

Maths Art – Christmas Special
In advance of the Maths Art Club starting some challenging 3D origami shapes next year, we are creating some Christmas bows on Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 13th December in M7 at lunch time. All years welcome.
Duke of Edinburgh
Current Bronze DofE Candidates:
Now that you have completed the Bronze expedition, can you please ensure that you are logging on to eDofE and are submitting evidence and your assessor’s reports for each of the three sections: skills, volunteering and physical.
The sooner that all of the sections are completed, the sooner you will receive your certificate!
Hartford Community Advent Calendar

Sporting success – U13 Girls’ football
This week saw the U13’s girls football team compete against Bridgwater in the Cheshire Cup.
St Nicholas started strong taking the first goal.  The game was evenly matched with both sides fighting for the ball and taking every opportunity to score.  Unfortunately St Nicholas conceded the winning goal for Bridgewater in the last minute.  Final score 3-4 .  We had three amazing goals off Eve Kelly x2 and Alice Jordan x 1.
Well done girls, we are incredibly proud of you!
Borrowed ties

When students forget their ties, they are able to borrow one from the office. Unfortunately they have not all been returned to student support. We kindly ask that all borrowed items are returned as soon as possible.

Text service for parents

The Starting Well 0-19 Service has recently launched ChatHealth offering text support to Parents and Carers within our locality.

Information also available at www.startingwell.org.uk/chat-health

PTFA News
Thank you to everyone who has already bought a raffle ticket in our Christmas Raffle. We have some fantastic prizes – please do have a look on ParentPay. There is plenty of time to buy a ticket as our raffle will run until the 11th December. Good luck. 🤞🏻
Prizes are:
Euro Camp holiday
Luxury Hamper
Toiletries hamper
Champagne
Prosecco
Bottle of whiskey
Boxed wine glasses
Bottle of vodka
Mulled wine
Box of chocolates
If anyone has any prizes they wish to donate especially for the hampers, please send into school for the attention of: PTFA Raffle.
Thank you for your constant support.
Our next meeting is in school on Monday 9th January at 6pm.
Kind regards,
Your PTFA
Your School Lottery

This week’s jackpot winning numbers are:
035894

One of our supporters won £10.80 in the draw! 😀 🎉

If you haven’t signed up yet visit our lottery here – https://www.yourschoollottery.co.uk/lottery/school/st-nicholas-catholic-high-school 

Illness

Please remember that students must stay off school for 48 hours after the last bout of vomiting or diarrhea to avoid infection in school.

Please also remember to let us know if your child is unable to attend school. This can be done through the Edulink App or by leaving a message on the absence line before the start of the school day.

Accessing the Foodbank and new Food Distribution Centre, Greenbank

Whilst we hope that everyone is coping well with the present situation, this is a difficult time and we appreciate that there may be some families who are undergoing hardship because of changes in work or personal circumstances. The majority of Foodbank users will only access the Foodbank three times. but those three times will make a difference. 

So that we may support our St Nicholas family, we have registered as a referral organisation for the Foodbank. If you would like to have this support, we are able to process an on-line referral and arrange an appointment for you to collect a five-day food package from an agreed centre. 

Please do get in touch if we can be of help in this manner. Our chaplain is the point of contact –  Mairie Gelling at m.gelling@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk .  As always, our conversation and any information that we need to pass on to the Foodbank will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. For alternative access, you can also contact the local Citizens Advice in the Community on 07894 238963

For local families, a new Food Distribution Centre has now opened at Christchurch in Greenbank. The church is located at the Greenbank station car park. Open 12.15 – 12.45 every Wednesday.
Vacancies at St Nicholas

Cleaner

10 hours per week, two hours per day for 43 weeks per year (Term time + 4 weeks)
Working hours will either be mornings 5.30-7.30am or afternoons 3.30-5.30pm
£10.50 per hour

Please contact Mrs Dawn Poole on 01606 706020 or d.poole@st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk for further information and/or an application form.

Leisure Assistant

We are looking for a are looking to appoint a reliable, independent, and enthusiastic individual to undertake this new role, supervising the hire of the school facilities including the sports hall during weekday evenings and weekends. This includes opening and locking up.
Part time casual contract.
Hours between 5.00-10.00pm Monday to Friday and potentially weekends.
Hours to be agreed in advance on a termly basis.
Grade 3 – £10.60 per hour
Closing date : Monday 12th December 2022 at 9am

Click here for further information

Music Rehearsals 5th-9th December

Monday Lunch Jazz Band (1M) – Altos (2M)
Monday 3.15-4.15 Choir
Tuesday Lunch – Everyone Aloud -Soloists (2M)
Wednesday Lunch Woodwind Ensemble (1M) – All choir (2M)
Wednesday 3.15-5pm Choir
Thursday Lunch String Ensemble (1M) – Choir(2M)
Thursday 3.15-4.15 Orchestra

Boys’ and Girls’ After School Sports

Tuesday 6th December: 
KS3/KS4 Basketball
Wednesday 7th December:
KS3 Rugby & Netball Club
Thursday 8th December:
GCSE Sport Science Practical
KS4 Rugby Training with DJ
Friday 9th December:
Run Club

Fixtures
Monday 5th December:
Year 5/6 Mixed Basketball Primary Finals
U14 Girls Cheshire Cup Match vs All Hallows (Home) 3pm KO
Tuesday 6th December:
Year 7 Girls’ 7-a-side football tournament @ Rudheath

Lunchtime and after school clubs

Monday lunch – Year 8 Technology Club in T3
Monday lunch – Year 7 Coding Club in C3
Monday lunch – Jazz Band in 1M
Monday lunch – Art Club in A1
Tuesday lunch –  Glee Club (All Years) in 1M
Tuesday lunch – Science Club (for KS3) S5
Tuesday lunch – Art Club in A1
Tuesday after school 3.15 – 4.30 – Performing Arts Club in DS1
Wednesday lunch – Woodwind Group in 1M
Wednesday lunch – Dungeons and Dragons Club in B2
Wednesday 3.15-5pm Chamber Choir in the Hall
Thursday lunch – String Group in 1MThursday 3.15-4.15pm Orchestra in the Hall
Thursday lunch – Chess Club in M5
Thursday lunch – Art Club in A2
Thursdays at 3.30 – KS4/5 Spanish Film Club in L5

Friday Lunch – Easy As Pi Maths Club in M1
Friday lunch – Art Club in A2

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday 7th December – Parishioners Advent Dinner 2.30pm
Thursday 15th December – Christmas Carol Concert 7pm
Friday 16th December – SCHOOL CLOSES 

Tuesday 3rd January – INSET DAY – school closed to pupils
Wednesday 4th January – SCHOOL REOPENS

For future dates click here

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