Newsletter 03.02.23

Newsletter 03.02.23

Message from our Chaplain Mairie
Catholic Social Teaching 
Last week we spent part of Mission Day looking at Catholic Social Teaching and members of our Sixth form attended a conference on this subject. 
Catholic Social Teaching is a way of understanding how we live out our faith by what we do and how we behave. It is faith in action and comes out of scripture. A description that many people would recognise is working for the Common Good. This begins with The Dignity of the Human Person. We believe that every person is created by God as a unique and precious individual and that we have a responsibility to recognise and protect those in need. Our 4R’s show our understanding that we need to respect ourselves and each other. Our Mission Statement reminds us that ‘Everyone Matters’ and our Gospel Values for this term place service at the heart of all we do.  These elements are all part of the Commandments of Jesus to ‘Love one another’.
Food Hubs –  Very Green Grocery
As well as the support offered by the Foodbank, there are Food Hubs serving the local community.  Hubs are available to the whole community and, by using them, the community helps to address food waste. You can register as a member at your first visit, £4 per visit and take your shopping bags with you. More information from the hubs themselves or follow on Facebook – Very Green Grocery.
The days and venues are shown on the picture.
“What We’re Scared Of” author Keren David talks to year 7s
Last Friday, our Year 7s had the opportunity to experience a live virtual author talk with Keren David. Keren talked about her new book What We’re Scared Of and how her experiences as a Jewish woman inspired the story. Oscar Zatonski, Rachel Aldridge and Jack Daley submitted thoughtful questions which were put to Keren and evoked interesting discussion about her favourite books, characters and whether she would ever write a biography.
Industrial action Wednesday 1st February

We would like to thank all students and parents for your understanding on Wednesday while the strike took place.
We were very impressed by the number of students who engaged with the lessons and the work you all produced.

Sporting Success – Matthew Jackson, Karate

On Sunday, Matthew Jackson attended the England Karate Championships. He won Silver for second place in Kata.  A massive achievement as this was the first tournament of the year.  He will be attending the British Championships in February. Well done Matthew and good luck!

Cost of living support

It is a really challenging time for households throughout the Borough and families may be worried about the rising cost of energy bills, food, and transport. Families may want help accessing welfare rights, benefits and debt advice, support getting all the money they’re entitled to, or simply want to know more about national support put in place.  Whatever their money worries may be, the Council has put together some useful information to help which includes a wealth of information. Visit: Cost of living support


At St Nicholas we are very proud of our students, past and present.
We always enjoy hearing about their future journeys and the success they achieve after studying with us.

Viane Urgelles is currently a third year Nutrition Sciences student at the University of Chester.
She says “All of my teachers and form tutors were so supportive and were always happy to offer their extra time”
Mental Health Week
Next week we be will marking and celebrating Mental Health week with Place 2 BE
There will be a variety of activities in Form times on the theme of Connection using resources from Place 2 Be and the Mental Health Ambassador Team.
Games and a treasure hunt (from Channel 4 Taskmaster) have been planned.
Please click on this link and enjoy a few minutes of connecting with your inner child and to make you smile
Chemistry Olympiad
The Science department are very proud of eight Year 13 Chemistry Students who recently took part in the 55th International Chemistry Olympiad.
We await news about their results but wish Eva Grice, Tharanya Gunaseelan, Jack Watson, James Williams, Charlene Lam, Emily Zhou, Oliver Keighran and Niamh Emes.
Good Luck!

To read more about the Olympiad, please click here.

STEM work experience opportunity

Work Experience at Daresbury Laboratory 

Each year the Daresbury Laboratory runs a highly successful work experience scheme for Year 10, 11. 12 and 13 students. For the summer 2023 programme, the Daresbury Laboratory (DL) work experience team will be delivering on-site work experience provision for young people.

Click here for further information

PTFA Family Quiz


If you haven’t yet joined our school lottery please think about joining. There is a winner every week. This week’s winning numbers are 75826 and one of our supporters has won £10.80

This term you can also win a year’s supply of fresh food brought straight to your door by Hello Fresh

Thank you as ever for your support.
Kind regards,
Your PTFA.
Member of Youth Parliament
One of our fabulous students is standing for the Youth Parliament election.
Please read through the anonymous statements and vote for your favourite – click here
Borrow an iPad from your local library
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Libraries Service is launching an iPad lending scheme, which will allow residents to boost their digital skills by borrowing a device from their local library.
Click here for further information
Vacancies at St Nicholas
Curriculum Support and Data Manager
Full time, Grade 8
Closing date 9 am on Monday 13th February 2023
Click here for further details
Student Support Administrator
Full time, Grade 4
Closing date 9 am on Monday 13th February 2023

Click here for further details

Part time for the Exam Season, £10.50/hour

Duke of Edinburgh

A reminder that the deadline for Bronze DofE in Friday 17th February.

Please contact Miss Forsey with any queries or questions.

Boys’ and Girls’ After School Sports

Tuesday 7th February
Football All Years, boys and girls with PE Dept. – 3:15pm – 4:15pm -outside, bring boots
Wednesday 10th FebruaryNo netball practice due to fixtures
Rugby – All Years with PE Dept. 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Thursday 9th February
GCSE PE Trampolining with LF – 3:15pm – 4:15pm
KS4 Rugby with DJ – 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Friday 10th February
Run Club 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Ski Fit 3:15pm – 4:15pm


Year 5&6 Quicksticks at St Nicholas

Year 7 & 8 Netball v Weaverham @ home 3:15-4:45
U14 7-a-side football tournament @ Hartford 3:15-5:30
U16 Tabletennis at Leftwich

Music Department Co Curricular Timetable

Monday Lunch Woodwind Ensemble
Tuesday Lunch GCSE Theory
Wednesday Lunch GCSE coursework
Wednesday 3.15-5pm Chamber Choir

Thursday Lunch String Ensemble
Thursday Lunch GCSE Coursework
Thursday 3.15-4.15 Orchestra
Friday Lunch “Everyone Aloud”

Lunchtime and after school clubs

Monday lunch – Year 8 Technology Club in T3
Monday lunch – Woodwind Ensemble in 1M
Monday lunch – Art Club in A1
Monday lunch – Year 7 & 8 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (NJS/JC)
Monday lunch – Art Club in A1
Tuesday lunch – Computing Club in C3
Tuesday lunch – Science Club (for KS3) S5
Tuesday lunch – Art Club in A1
Tuesday lunch – Lunchtime Mass in the Chapel
Tuesday lunch or Thursday after school – KS4/5 Spanish Film Club in L5
Tuesday lunch – Year 9 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (LF)
Tuesday lunch- Year 11 GCSE PE Revision in PE1 (NJS)
Tuesday after school 3.15 – 4.30 – Performing Arts Club in DS1
Wednesday lunch – MUSIC GCSE COURSEWORK in 1M
Wednesday lunch – Dungeons and Dragons Club in B2
Wednesday lunch – week 1 – Book Club in the Library
Wednesday 3.15-5pm Chamber Choir in the Hall
Wednesday 3.15-4.15 GCSE Spanish Speaking Revision Club in L1
Wednesday lunch – Year 10 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (MA)
Thursday lunch – String Group in 1M
Thursday 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
Thursday lunch – Year 11 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (NJS/JC)
Friday Lunch – Easy As Pi Maths Club in M1
Friday Lunch ‘Everyone Aloud’ 1M
Friday lunch – Art Club in A2
Friday lunch- 6th Form Football in Sports Hall (NJS/MA)

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 14th February – Year 8 SEN Information Evening 4-5.15pm
Thursday 16th February – Year 11 Parents Evening   4.15 – 7.30pm
Friday 17th February – SCHOOL CLOSES – February Half term
Monday 27th February – school opens
Thursday 2nd March – Year 13 Parents and Carers Evening

Wednesday 5th April – Easter Holidays

For future dates click here


“Everyone matters – so attendance matters”

Facebook and Twitter

Follow St Nicholas on  Facebook and Twitter for updates and insight into what is going on in school.