Newsletter 4.12.2023

Newsletter 04.12.2023

Message from our Chaplain Mairie

Advent and Charity Challenge
This week we held our Advent Assemblies to talk about the forthcoming season of Advent and its meaning for Christians and our school. Advent means ‘coming’ and reminds us of the need to prepare for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. In school, we will be noting the season with the colour purple, the Advent Wreaths, the Crib and our services in the chapel. 
This time of reflection also inspires us to act, so our Advent charity challenge will be to collect groceries, baby goods and toiletries for the local community and Foodbank. The need within our local community grows larger every year and I am sure that the recent cold snap has caused many people to pause before putting the heating on. Your support for our challenge is very much appreciated and ensures that we can do our best help others. 
Please see the list of suggested goods and check the use by dates for the end of January 2024. 
Thank you 
Just a reminder that we are Foodbank referrers so if your family needs support please contact me @

Tatton Park Christmas Concert

Get into the holiday spirit with the Northern Chamber Orchestra’s enchanting Christmas Concert at Tenants’ Hall, Tatton Park on Friday 8 December, 3:30pm! 🎶
Experience an unforgettable evening filled with timeless melodies:
🎻 Grieg’s Praeludium from Holberg Suite
🎼 Sibelius’ Andante Festivo
🎺 Strauss’ Pizzicato Polka
🎶 The Nutcracker In About 3 Minutes
🌙 Silent Night (Choir of St Nicholas)
❄️ Walking in a Winter Wonderland (Choir of St Nicholas)
🎼 Purcell’s Prelude and Hornpipe from the Fairy Queen
❄️ Anderson’s Sleigh Ride
And many more! Plus, join in the joyous sing-along of beloved carols, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and O Come, All Ye Faithful.
Join us for festive favourites, heartwarming readings, and joyful carols sung by the Choir of St Nicholas Catholic High School, Northwich. Tickets sell out fast—book yours today and kick off your holiday celebrations with the Northern Chamber Orchestra!🎶
To book tickets click

Christmas Lunch

All students are invited to join us for our Christmas Lunch, Wednesday  13th December.
Traditional Roast Turkey served with pigs in blankets, stuffing, Mash Potatoes, Roast Potatoes, Peas, Carrots & Gravy.
Vegetarian option – Nut Roast

Sporting Success

Huge congratulations to Thomas-Tyler Lee in Year 7 who competed in gymnastics this weekend. He won in the Under 12 category and got Gold for the City of Manchester Gymnastics Club. 

Well done Thomas-Tyler.


Christmas Raffle
Christmas Raffle
🎄Our Christmas Raffle is on ParentPay at £1 per ticket.🎅
Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket.
The raffle closes on Monday 11th December – don’t miss out.
Prizes are:
  • 7 Night Euro Camp Holiday
  • Nintendo Switch from GSF Car Parts
  • Food & Drink Hamper
  • MOT – Priceless, Northwich.
  • D.C. Lomas car service.
  • The Crows Nest Moulton: wine & £20 café voucher.
  • Edena therapy gift voucher.
If anyone has any donations for the hamper, please let school know.
Thank you so much as ever. 😁

Your School Lottery:

This week’s jackpot winning number is:


One of our supporters won £14.10

If you haven’t signed up yet visit our lottery here –

This week you can win a HUGE PlayStation bundle, consisting of not only a Limited-Edition Spider-Man 2 PS5 console (disc edition, of course) but also the BRAND-NEW PlayStation VR2 Virtual Reality headset, which ALSO comes bundled with Horizon: Call of the Mountain, for an unforgettable Virtual Reality gaming experience!

Library and Literacy

Sora: The NEW Ebook and Audio book App for St Nicholas Students

St Nicholas School Library is pleased to announce that our brand new ebook and audio book app Sora has now officially gone LIVE! Some of our students have been testing the platform over the last couple of weeks and we’re now ready to roll it out to the whole school. It’s really simple to use and, as with all our library services, completely free of charge.

Download “Sora” from your app store
Search for our school
Log in with the same username and password you use to log into the school’s computers.

You can also use on a laptop or desktop computer via the following link

This is an excellent resource for those who like to have instant access to books, any time of the day. Please encourage your child to download the app or log on via their computer and see what’s on offer.


Employer Readiness Programme
For our Employer Readiness Programme, Y13 students looking at apprenticeships, employment or a gap year have taken part in their first session. They have done a CV and Linkedin workshop and met with current apprenticeships – Oscar and Jess from RMG UK and alumni Charlotte from Deloitte. They will now get 1:1 feedback on their CV, take part in a mock interview and assessment centre.
If you are an employer able to help with 1:1 CV feedback on the 13th December 1.15-3.15 or take part in mock interviews on the 10th Jan 1.15-3.15 please email

Flying Start degree apprenticeship programmes.

Link to sign up and further info are in the attached as well as here:

Community Notices

Urgent Winter Water Safety Message

RLSS UK offer safety advice for winter water safety, with simple steps to keep safe during the winter: 

  1. Never go onto the ice to play, to retrieve an object, or a pet

Never enter the ice to rescue somebody, call 999 and ask for the Fire and Rescue Service

Community Notices

Free Peer Tutoring

Unlock Northwich presents… PEER TUTORING 📚

Are you in year 10 or 11 and feel like you could benefit from some extra support or a confidence boost in maths or english? Maybe help with homework, past papers or understanding a certain topic? Peer tutoring could be for you! 💯

Our peer tutoring is great because:
1. It’s completely FREE 👏
2. Your tutor will be a college student. That’s someone who’s not long since done their GCSEs, is approachable and can give real, up-to-date advice on exam stress & revision strategies too! 😇
3. The tutoring takes place in the Unlock youth cafe, away from any stresses at school or home. The tutoring will be in the quiet, back room of the cafe, but you can also fuel yourself with our sweet and savoury treats! 🍟

You will be paired with one of our amazing tutors, and meet them once a week, for 30-45 minutes, for 4-6 weeks. Based on your availability and the tutor’s availability, the tutoring will be sometime on a Tuesday or Thursday between 3pm and 6:30pm.

Contact us with your interest and we will match you up with a tutor, and agree on a weekly time. Direct message us on here or Instagram, or message us via WhatsApp on the Unlock Northwich number: 07476977035

Forster Ave, Weaverham, Northwich, CW8 3BH

SEND and Disability Webinar – Next steps in Learning and Work

Providing information around next steps in learning and work.  You will get links to key resources/networks that can help you make choices about next steps learning and work. Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) Pathway on Livewell site.Speaker(s):   Daniele Kennaugh – Deputy Head, Paul Arista – SEND Manager CWaC and Emma Walker – Live Well website co-ordinator Provider: Greenbank School & Cheshire West and Chester Council
Date: Wednesday 6th December 2023Time: 4-5pmTo Join: Click here to join the meeting

To see our full programme of webinars click her

Lunchtime and after school Clubs


Monday Linguistics Club, Years 10,11,12,13 in E7
Tuesday : Science Club in S5
Tuesday: GCSE Computer Science Revision in C2
Tuesday : Chess Club in M5
Art club – all years in  A1 and A2
Wednesday : Easy as Pi – Maths Club – in M6
Wednesday : Dungeons and Dragons in B5
Art club  -all years A1 in and A2 – KS4
KS3 History Club – Week 2 in H1
GCSE History Film Club – Week 1 in H1

After School:

Performing Arts Club – 3.15 – 4.30 Drama
Food Club – Year 9 and GCSE – 
3.15 – 4.30 in T6
Drama Club in Drama Studio – not on this week due to parents evening
Dungeons and Dragons  – in the library

Art club for KS4 and 5 in A2

Music - lunchtime and after school clubs


Monday Altos sectional
Monday : Woodwind Ensemble in 1M
Tuesday Ukulele Club
Tuesday : Tenors and Basses sectional 2M
Jazz Band (GCSE and A Level)
Thursday : String Ensemble

After School:

Rock School – year 7-9 – (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal)
Choir (3.15-5pm)

PE - lunchtime and after school clubs


Monday : Football – sports Hall – Year 9
Tuesday Football – sports Hall – Year 10
Football – sports Hall – Year 7&8
Football – sports Hall – Year 9
Football – sports Hall – Year 9

After School:

Tuesday 5th December
Football Practice Year 7-9
Wednesday 6th December
Boys & Girls KS3 Rugby
KS4 boys Football
NO Netball practice
Thursday 7th December
NO GCSE Practical
Friday 8th December
Year 7 Mid-Cheshire Football Tournament
Run Club

Upcoming dates

Thursday 7th December Year 9 Options Evening 5–6.30pm
Friday 8th December Chamber Choir Performance at Tatton Park Concert (School Day, Post School & Evening)
Monday 18th December Christmas Carol Concert 6.30pm
Tuesday 19th December SCHOOL CLOSES – 12.30pm
Tuesday 2nd January – INSET day
Wednesday 3rd January – STUDENTS BACK IN SCHOOL

Click here for future dates


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