Newsletter 1.10.2021

Newsletter 1.10.2021

Year 7 Retreat Day 
It is always a great pleasure to be with the Year 7 students for the retreat day to enhance the Catholic Life of the School. This is a great opportunity for students to broaden their knowledge, ask questions and to take part in their first Mass together in school.  The students were all so enthusiastic as we spent the day learning about the Church, meeting and interviewing two of our parish priests and watching the National Assembly from CAFOD which will inspire our October fundraising across the school. 
Despite a very short time for rehearsing, our Mass with Fr Simon, Fr Paul and Mark, gave a real sense of community and togetherness. As one student commented ‘it was good for a first time together’.  We look forward to growing in knowledge and spirit as time goes on. 
Covid-19 vaccinations in school

As with all childhood vaccinations programmes hosted on school premises, parent/carers will be provided with detailed information and a consent form in advance. This will include comprehensive risk-benefit information, assisting parents/carers and students in making an informed decision on whether they feel a COVID-19 vaccination would be in their best interest. Further information including proposed dates will follow when received from the local authority vaccinations team.

Important information from PE
Following Mr Wood’s letter regarding the additional measures, PE activities will now be taking place outdoors. 
Students should plan and dress for wet weather.
Studs are needed in boys PE to play football on the grass.
There are restrictions in place for co-curricular activities and changing.
 The girls can select Netball, Hockey or Football on their chosen night.
Hopefully, this is only a temporary measure.
Any issues please don’t hesitate to contact me
Mrs Simms
Open Evening

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to St Nicholas during our forthcoming Open Evening on 7th October.
Bookings are now available – please click here

St Nicholas in the Northwich Guardian
Welcome to St Nicholas Catholic High School – a true school community where everyone is welcome and ‘everyone matters’

Click here to read the whole article

Sixth Form Open Evening

Further details and booking form to follow next week.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Day
On the 8th October 2021 we will be supporting ‘Hello Yellow’ – a Wellbeing Day to show young people they are not alone with their Mental Health.
Through form time we will be exploring a number of strategies to promote positive Wellbeing and at Break and Lunch our Wellbeing Ambassadors will be distributing information and there will be a number of activities to get involved in. See You Then!!
Mental Health – hints and tips for Parents and Carers

If your child tells you they’re struggling, it’s important to make sure they feel seen and heard. If you’re worried about something that’s come up in conversation, be honest and clear about how you see things and how you want to support them.

When responding, it helps to:
1/ Validate their feelings. You could say ‘it’s really understandable that you’re feeling…’ to let them know that their feelings are okay.
2/ Thank them for sharing what’s going on and be encouraging about the way they’ve opened up.
3/ Let them know that you love them, you’re there for them, they can talk to you whenever they need to, and you can help them get support if they need it.
4/ Ask them if there’s anything you could do that they would find particularly helpful.
5/ Spend time together thinking about what’s making them feel this way. It could be something at home or school, a relationship with a friend or family member or something else.
6/ Let your child know about the helplines, textlines and online chat services that are available. Young people can find it difficult to talk and worry about upsetting their parents, so reassure them that it’s okay to open up to other people.
7/ Remind your child that this is temporary. Reassure them that things can change and they can feel better.
8/ Avoid conversations at the height of distress. It’s important to be there for them, but it can be more helpful to talk about the causes when things are happening
Parent Governor Vacancy

St Nicholas currently has a Parent Governor vacancy.

No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. Training is available for all governors.

If you would like to stand for election please complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the school no later than 3pm on Friday 15th October 2021.

Further Information:
Letter regarding Parent Governor Vacancy
Qualifications and Disqualifications to serve as a school governor
Parent Governor Nomination Form

The school production is back…

This year we will be singing, dancing and acting our way through the prohibition era with a production of ‘Bugsy Malone’.  This is open to all year groups and will be performed 2nd – 4th February 2022 at 7pm in our school hall.  We will be holding audition workshops on Tuesday 28th September and Tuesday 5th October 3.15 – 5.00pm in the Drama Studio.   If you are interested in performing in the production, please come along. If you are unsure come along anyway and see what the Drama and Music department have planned for this wonderful musical. 

Audition Workshops:
Tuesday 28th September and Tuesday 5th October
3.15 – 5.00 in the Drama Studio.  

St Nicholas Alumni
Leavers of St Nicholas Catholic High School and Sixth Form have a special connection with our school and have a wealth of experience and skills to share with current students. Click here to sign up to our alumni system to receive a yearly newsletter highlighting what has been happening within the school community and inviting you to share updates with your career and to share your wealth of experience and expertise.
Please pass on the link to any St Nicholas Alumni you know.

Library news 30.09.21

National Poetry Day 7th October

It’s National poetry day next Thursday, 7th October.  To celebrate this, why not borrow a book of poems or a book written in verse from the library?  We have many to choose from.  Take a look at our most popular titles below.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019

Winner of the 2018 National Book Award
Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But X has secrets – her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight. Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (winner of the Carnegie Medal, CliPPA Poetry Award, YA Book Prize and CBI Book of the Year Award.

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row. But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with him, no matter what other people think …

The astonishing novel from ‘Devastating … Any reader with a heart will weep buckets’ – Sunday Times

Lunchtime and After  School Clubs

Homework Club for all students.
Available at break, lunchtime and after school from 3.15pm – 4.15pm.
No prior notice is needed.
It is held in C1 and supervised by a teaching assistant

Year 7, 8 and 9 Languages Games Club
Tuesday Lunchtime in L5

Chess and Rubik’s Club
Tuesday Lunchtime M5

Maths Homework Help
Wednesday Lunchtime in M6

Mathematical Art Club
Thursday Lunchtime in M7

Boys After School Football
This week’s results
Year 9 played in a 8-a-side tournament at Middlewich on Tuesday 28th. We played 6 games drew 5 and won 1.
Year 11 played 11-a-side against Middlewich on Tuesday 28th and won 3-0. Calum Ferguson scored a hattrick
Year 8 played in a 8-a-side tournament at Hartford won 3, drew 2 and lost 2.
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Girls’ After School Sports
Due to current additional measures the nights for training have changed next week.
The girls can select Netball, Hockey or Football on their chosen night.
Monday 4th October- Year 7 students only & Year 7 football fixture @Hartford
Tuesday 5th October- Year 8 only
Wednesday 6th October- Year 9 only & Year 7 netball fixture @ Hartford (Year 7’s to get changed in the toilets)
Thursday 7th October- OPEN EVENING- No clubs
Upcoming Dates

Open Evening  –   Thursday 7th October 2021  (6.00 – 8.00pm) book a space here

Year 8 Retreat Day  – in school – non uniform for Year 8 – Wednesday 13th October 2021

Sixth Form Open Evening  –  Thursday 14th October 2021  (6.00 – 8.00pm) bookings opening soon – please keep an eye on the website

Year 9 Virtual Careers Day  –  Tuesday 19th October 2021 

Year 11 SEN Information Evening  –  Tuesday 19th October 2021  (4.00 – 5.15pm) 

Year 7 Parents’ Information Evening for Residential  –  Thursday 21st October 2021  (5.00pm & 5.45pm) 

Half term starts after period 5 – Friday 22 October – return Monday 1st November

For future dates click here