Newsletter 07.06.2024

Newsletter 07.06.2024

Message from our Chaplain Mairie

We return to our last half-term of the year with still lots to do and to look forward to. 
Amazing fundraising
I was delighted and very grateful to witness to the many fundraising events held over the Lent term in support of CARITAS and CAFOD. Also, for the donations made through ParentPay. The final total for the Good Shepherd Fund this year amounts to an amazing £2,200. Thank you all very much for your support. 
D-Day Anniversary
This week, together with the whole nation, we remembered the 80th Anniversary of the D-DAY landings. It is important, even in the busyness of school, to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Our Sacred Space reflection is here.  

Sixth Form Welcome Day

Sixth Form Welcome Day
Our Sixth Form Welcome Day will be taking place on 24th June 2024 – applicants have been messaged via Edulink – if you are able to attend, we ask that you please could you reply using the following link: by Monday 17th June. 

Alternatively if you have any questions please email me at

We look forward to seeing you!


We are pleased to announce that we will be participating in Read for Good’s READATHON this term. The charity raise money for children in hospital, providing them with books to read during what can be a very frightening and stressful experience. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be asked to take part through sponsored reading from Monday 24th – Friday 28th June.
More information will shortly be sent out to parents and carers via Edulink.

Music News

Upcoming performances:

Orchestra and Choir will perform at the Royal Cheshire Show on Wednesday 19th June leaving school at 9am and will return at 3pm

Request for Trainers and Football boots

Have you got any unused trainers?

The PE department is running low on spare trainers, shin pads and football boots.

If you have any used footwear lurking at the back of your shoe drawer, please send them in and we will put them to good use should students forget their PE shoes.


Request for used Uniform

Spare Uniform

The office frequently get requests for spare uniform – for spillages, forgotten blazers, broken zips, muddy trousers etc.

If you have any items your child has outgrown, we will happily take it off your hands.

Any extras will be sent to the green uniform and babybank.

Win a Holiday

Look at this amazing raffle prize – a 7 NIGHT EUROCAMP HOLIDAY

Buy your PTFA raffle tickets on ParentPay.


PTFA Newsletter 
Dear Parents & Carers
The Summer Raffle is now live!
Tickets are now available to buy on ParentPay
Here are some of our raffle prizes:
A 7 Night Eurocamp Holiday
A Full car service from D C Lomas
Fortnum & Mason tea and biscuits hamper
£100 Amazon voucher 
We hope you have a wonderful half term & send all our good wishes to those pupils sitting exams. 
Thank you very much for your support. 
Your PTFA 


Thank you to everyone who takes part in Your School Lottery. 

This week’s jackpot winning numbers are:



One of our supporters won £14.10 in the draw! 😀 🎉


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

Thank you. 🤩

Win £1000 Amazon Voucher

We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for you to win a £1,000 Amazon eGift Card through Your School Lottery this June.

On Saturday 29th June, one lucky winner will walk away with a £1,000 Amazon voucher.

Play now:

Library and Literacy

The First Scholastic Graphic Novel Prize Shortlist
Scholastic have launched a new Graphic Novel Prize to celebrate the growing popularity and quality of the format. If you are unfamiliar with graphic novels and comics, but would like to purchase some for your child, this shortlist is a great place to start. Heartstopper, Barb The Brave and The Investigators are all really popular in the school library, even in the upper years. Derek Landy’s Bad Magic is part of the brilliant Skulduggery Pleasant series and guaranteed to entertain. Bad Magic has a rating of 15+ but it’s always best to check it out yourself as you may be happy for your younger teenager to read it.
Best Graphic Novel for 6-8-year-olds
  • Max and Chaffy: Welcome to Animal Island by Jamie Smart
  • Bumble and Snug and the Shy Ghost by Max Bradley
  • Too Pig to Fail by Rob Harrell
Best Graphic Novel for 9-12-year-olds
  • Barb and the Shadow Army by Dan Abdo and Jason Patterson
  • Mexikid by Pedro Martín
  • InvestiGators: All Tide Up by John Patrick Green
  • Finding My Voice by Aoife Dooley
Best Graphic Novel for Teens
  • Vern: Custodian of the Universe by Tyrell Waiters
  • If You’ll Have Me by Eunnie
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Bad Magic by Derek Landy, P. J. Holden and Matt Soffe
  • Heartstopper Volume 5 by Alice Oseman
Follow the link for more information

Book of the Week

Girl, Goddess, Queen by Bea Fitzgerald
Greek myth retellings are bang on trend at the moment and Bea Fitzgerald has come out with an empowering coming of age tale about Persephone and Hades. 
It is widely believed that Persephone was abducted by Hades and forced to live in the underworld against her will for six months of the year. In this version, she flees to the underworld to avoid an arranged marriage and imposes herself on long suffering Hades by invoking the laws of Xenia.  As Persephone frees herself from the rule of her loving but controlling mother, she discovers a strength she never knew she had.  The more time she spends with the annoyingly attractive Hades, the more she realises that she’s not the only one putting on a front to live up to everyone else’s expectations. Perhaps together they can take on the status quo. 
Although the story obviously takes some liberties with the original myth, the book is a great introduction to Greek mythology and the volatile and vindictive natures of the Gods. We also meet some of the lesser known deities in Hades’ court who are an interesting bunch (Styx is my favourite). The slow-burn love story trope gets annoying at times, especially when Persephone goes all Bella Swan (you’ll know what I mean when you come to it), but it is worth putting up with for other elements of the plot.  
Contains a couple of sexual references, dealt with very sensitively and nothing graphic.

Community Notices

Picnic in the Park
Sunday 9 June, 1 – 4pm, Grange Park Hartford

If you are free this Sunday afternoon, please come down to Hartford’s Picnic in the Park event. It takes place from 1pm to 4pm on the main park in Hartford (the one with the cricket pitch and playground on Bradburns Lane).

It is free-of-charge to attend and there are lots of free activities to enjoy – such as crafts, sport, mini golf, games, hook-a-duck, and more, plus you can meet some real hedgehogs! You may also want to bring some money for the BBQ, refreshments and stalls. There will be a DJ playing music, and Hartford Church of England High School’s orchestra will be playing at about 2pm.

There are toilet facilities at the cricket club on the park. If you are coming in the car, there are disabled parking spots next to the park for Blue Badge holders. The Grange School has kindly said that drivers can park in their Senior school car park.

The weather forecast for the picnic this Sunday is looking good, so cross your fingers for sun! We look forward to seeing you there.

Lunchtime and after school Clubs


Monday Linguistics Club, Years 10,11,12,13 in E7
Monday : History Musical Mondays – watching Hamilton – H1
Tuesday : Science Club in S5
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
Friday : Book Club in the library

After School:

Performing Arts Club – 3.15 – 4.30 Drama
Drama Club in Drama Studio

Tuesday Year 10 RE Revision 3.20- 4.15.
Tuesday, 11th June 2024: RC Practices
Tuesday, 18th June 2024: RC: Sources of Wisdom
Tuesday, 25th June 2024: RC: Forms of expression
Dungeons and Dragons  – in the library

Art club for everyone in A2

Music - lunchtime and after school clubs


Monday : Woodwind Ensemble
Tuesday : 
Year 9 band 1M
Wednesday : Jazz Band (GCSE and A Level)
Thursday : String ensemble
Friday : Keyboard Club 2M

After School:

Wednesday Choir 3.15-5pm
Thursday Orchestra 3.15-4.15

PE - after school clubs

After School:

Staff Meeting- NO CLUBS
Rounders v Middlewich Home Years 7,8&9
Tennis- ALL Years
Cricket- All Years
Tennis- ALL Years
Quad kids
Rounders- ALL Years
Tennis- ALL Years
NO CLUBS-Year 11 Prom

Upcoming dates

Friday 14th June Y8 Exams finish
Friday 14th June Y11 Prom 6 – 10pm
Monday 17th June PTFA Meeting 5.15 – 6.15pm
Tuesday 18th June Sports Day
Thursday 20th June Reserve Sports Day
Friday 21st June Y13 Leaver’s Ball 7pm – midnight
Monday 24th June Year 11 Sixth Form Welcome Day
Wednesday 3rd July Year 10 Exams finish
Thursday & Friday 4th/5th  July Y10 Residential
Thursday 11th July Prize Night
Friday 12th July Year 10 rewards trip
Monday 15th July Years 7, 8, 9 rewards trips
Friday 19th July School closes 12.30pm

Click here for future dates


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