Newsletter 08.04.22

Newsletter 08.04.22

Lent Charities and Chapel 

It has been a very thoughtful and inspiring few weeks as all the students have worked towards their Saints challenge for CARITAS. We have been overwhelmed with the array of activities taking place at form and lunchtime and how many students have been involved in organising and running the events.

We were pleased to hear that our Postcards of Kindness, that were part of the Northwich convoy to Poland, have arrived. It is very touching to think that our prayers and good wishes are possibly being carried by volunteers and refugees across Europe. We continue to pray for Ukraine and all areas of conflict during our Lent liturgies in the chapel. We have been taking time to reflect on our own relationships with each other and the world so as to bring a sense of peace into all our lives. 

We thank Fr Paul, who has been celebrating Mass for our staff on Friday mornings, and Sr Phyllis for sharing our prayer time. It has been a lovely opportunity for peace and reflection at the end of the school week. 

Lent Charity Events in school

Over the past few weeks the school has been buzzing with activity at break and lunchtimes.

All forms have organised fundraising events – here are some of the great things that have taken place.

10 W organised a penalty shootout for the fundraising. 
Lily and Alex were fantastic goalies with only a few pupils ending up in the prize draw. 
Congratulations to Tom Freeman, Giorgio Veradi, CeCe Mullen who won Easter Eggs in the draw.
9 Camara have had a busy few weeks fundraising-with many events including Bingo, a chocolate raffle and a Tombola organised by the form group. Congratulations to Edward Bishop 8 Teresa for winning the raffle! Enjoy your chocolate!
7 Camara organised an Easter Egg hamper raffle for Caritas. They each brought in a number of items to create 3 fantastic hampers as prizes to raffle to staff and students, and in doing so have managed to raise just over £120.00!
The winners were – 3rd Place- Harry Bainbridge 8K, 2nd Place- Sophie Eaton 7W, 1st Place- Tom Power 9K
The winner of 10 VP’s Lent Giant Easter egg raffle was Finn Scott in 9C. Huge congratulations to him and thank you to everyone who contributed. We managed to raise £148 
Year 9 Maths success! 
Alexander Kirkby, Alexander Bickerton, Gemma Chadwick, Bailey Fearn and Ben Petrie were all invited to compete in the UKMT Grey Kangaroo competition on 17 March following their success in the UKMT intermediate challenge. This is a huge achievement for the students being amongst a select group in the country.
Extra congratulations to both Alexander Kirkby and Alexander Bickerton both went on to achieve a certificate of Merit in the Kangaroo competition. 
Cheshire Hike

Last weekend some of our St Nicholas students took part in the Cheshire Hike.

There were 3 categories which were all different distances: pathfinder, pathfinder plus and explorers.
It was a fantastic experience and achievement for all of them, they all showed great resilience in completing this. They camped overnight on Saturday and continued to walk again on Sunday.
Ben Leigh and William Robertson year 7 completed the pathfinder (30km)
Edward Mae year 8 and Harry Mitchel year 9 completed the pathfinder plus (40km)
Emily Durney, Jessica Johnson and Sara Hardman year 9 completed the explorers (60km)
Such an a amazing achievement for everyone involved. Well done!
Support for Ukrainian Refugees

In response to student and staff voice, we will be designating Wednesday 13th April (the last day of term) as a day when students may choose to demonstrate their support for Ukrainian Refugees should they wish to do so.

You may choose to show your support by donating a pound for the privilege to do the following:

  • Wear your blue and yellow PE kit (including trainers)
  • Wear your full school uniform as usual with any of the additional items:

Blue and yellow socks
Blue and yellow hair bobbles
Blue and yellow pin ribbon attached to their blazer


CARITAS International is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee which has launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Scheme. They are already ‘on the ground’ with CARITAS Ukraine and CARITAS Poland giving humanitarian support.

As well as this they have schemes in place, in our local area,  to support refugees and work with the government sponsorship scheme.

PTFA Summer Raffle – Prizes needed
The PTFA will be holding their summer raffle again in a few months.
If you have any raffle prizes that you could kindly donate please contact school.
Thank you, we appreciate your support.
Kind regards,

Support the school and win some cash.


Every supporter has  the opportunity to win prizes up to £25,000 every week.

40% of every pound comes straight back to school and there is a guaranteed weekly prize to someone in our community. 

Tickets are £1

Year 8 Theatre Visit Wednesday 8th June 2022

The Drama department will be taking Year 8 to seeJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A reminder that the deadline for signing up to this ‘amazing’ trip is Tuesday 12th April.

Click here to read the letter. All information and payment option is on ParentPay.

Vacancies at St Nicholas

Cover Supervisor

We are looking for a professional, enthusiastic and adaptable Cover Supervisor.

The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering prepared lessons, supervising whole classes of students, providing support and continuity of learning in the absence of the class teacher.

The Cover Supervisor will have the ability to motivate students, ensuring that lessons are delivered in a calm, focused and constructive atmosphere.

Application deadline is 9am Tuesday 26 April 2022.

Click here for further information


Facilities Manager

We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to undertake the vital role of Facilities Manager. The role, reporting to the Strategic Business Manager, will have overall responsibility for leading the site team effectively and maintaining high standards of cleaning, facilities maintenance and improvements, security and health and safety management of the school site, both internally and externally.  The successful candidate will be skilled in a specific trade or buildings maintenance in general, to ensure compliance with current legislation relating to site safety and premises management.  Experience of working in a related area/school site would be advantageous.

Closing date: Tuesday 26 April 2022, 9am

Click here for further information


Sixth Form Administrator

25 hours per week, 41 Weeks per Year (Term time, INSET days, plus two weeks during the summer)
Five days per week – working hours to be discussed at interview
Grade 4 (SCP 4-6) £19,264 -£20,042 (Actual salary £11,754 – £12,229)
Closing date: Wednesday 27th April 2022, 9am

We are looking to appoint a sixth form administrator to join our busy student support team. This varied role will support the Director of Sixth Form and Senior Sixth Form Tutor with various administrative and operational duties to support the students in Y12 and Y13 within our Sixth Form including:

  • Monitoring of attendance and punctuality
  • Admissions
  • Transition arrangements into, through and from the sixth form
  • UCAS/high education applications
  • Coordination of events such as induction days, educational visits, open evenings, welcome and taster days
  • Communications and marketing including updating the school website.

Click here for further information

Accessing the Foodbank 

So that we may support our St Nicholas family we have registered as a referral organisation for the Foodbank.

Please do contact us if we can be of help. As always, our conversation and any information that we need to pass on to the Foodbank, will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Year 9 MFL Easter Memrise competition
Challenge your brain over the Easter holidays and win a prize!
The competition is to all Year 9s (both French and Spanish) and there will be prizes for the most points scored on Memrise between now and the end of the Easter holidays. To enter, students just have to get the link to the Memrise competition group from their MFL teacher or see Mrs McAleenan with any questions. 
Library News

New Books

The new books have arrived in the library! The library assistants have been busy processing them, to get them ready to go out to students and staff.  Many books have already gone out to the students that requested them but there are still plenty up for grabs.  Come and be the first to borrow one of our shiny new titles.

Learning Mentors’ Easter Challenge
Apprenticeship Training Scheme – Property Management

Residential Property Management are offering an apprenticeship scheme aimed at A-Level students.

Click here to read more

Parent and Carers Forum – CWaC

Please click here to read he PCF Newsletter , including information on

Mental Health Support Group
Working Parents Focus Group
Parent Volunteering
Sensory processing Workshop

Hospitality Vacancies for students

Chester Racecourse is looking for Bar Staff (over 18) and Hospitality Staff (over 16).

Click here for further details

Rowing success

Another successful win for Northwich rowing J15’s last weekend at Northwich Head.

Well done to everyone involved
Girls Quads: Emily Neale, Izzy Garlick, Eleanor Hankin (Cox)
Boys Quads : Oliver Neale, Eleanor Hankin (Cox )
Girls’ After School Sports
Monday 11th April:
Year 7/8 Total Sport Club (3:15-4:15pm)
Tuesday 12th April:
Year 11 GCSE Sports Science Athletics Assessment Evening (3:15-4:30pm) with PE Department
Wednesday 13th April:
Year 11 Michael Igoe/Clare Stanley Memorial Competitions (1:00pm-3:15pm) with PE Department


Boys’ After School Sports
Monday 11th April:
Year 7/8 Total Sport Club (3:15-4:15pm)
Tuesday 12th April:
Year 11 GCSE Sports Science Athletics Assessment Evening (3:15-4:30pm) with PE Department
Wednesday 13th April:
Year 11 Michael Igoe/Clare Stanley Memorial Competitions (1:00pm-3:15pm) with PE Department
Upcoming Dates

Year 11  Stanley Igoe Cup for year 11  –  Wednesday 13th April 2022
Easter Holidays – School closes Wednesday 13th April – reopens Wednesday 27th April 2022
BANK HOLIDAY  –  Monday 2nd May 2022
May Half Term Holiday  –  Friday 27th May 2022 – returning Monday 6th  June

For future dates click here


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