Newsletter 13.04.22

Newsletter 13.04.22

You have walked our journey with us
and take our worries as your own.
You have given meaning to our sorrow 

and lightened our lives with compassion.
Through the Resurrection, hope is turned to joy. 
Bless us, our families, and our friends. 
Bless those who care for others and those who have no-one. 
St Nicholas, patron saint of our school – pray for us

Thank you to all who have supported the Lent charity for CARITAS and Ukraine. Thanks to all the form tutors and students who have worked so hard and breaks and lunch to fundraise. 
Our Art clubs and classes have created this beautiful Easter dress – bringing hope and beauty into the world.
Message from Mr Woods
Within our Christian tradition, Easter is always a time of renewal and faith in the future – it very much feels that way in school at this moment in time. I can share that this term has been one of the most challenging since the pandemic started in regards to staff and student absence, and once again your children have responded so positively to all that is asked of them. Thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding and we look forward to this Easter season with hope, belief and renewed determination in all that we do.
I very much hope you are able to participate in your parish Holy Week services this week.
The summer Pentecost term will begin for students on Wednesday 27th April and until then may I wish you all a relaxing and peace filled Easter Holiday.
 To read the whole letter please click here

Parish of St John Vianney 

9.15am St. Wilfrid’s
10.30am Our Lady’s
11.00am St Thomas Becket
11.15am St Bede
11.30am St Wilfrid’s

St Mary’s, Middlewich and St Margaret Ward, Holmes Chapel
Thurs 14th Apr 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Fri 15th Apr 3.00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Sat 16th Apr 8.30pm Paschal Vigil & First Mass of Easter
Easter Sunday 17th Apr 9.00am and 11.00am (Holmes Chapel)

St Joseph’s, Winsford
Maunday Thursday 14th April 7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by watching until 8.45pm

Good Friday 15th April 3pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Holy Saturday 16th April 7pm – Paschal Vigil and First Mass of Easter
Easter Sunday 17th April 10:00am – Mass

St Luke’s, Frodsham and St Cuthberts, Mouldsworth
Thur 14th 7.00pm – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (St Cuthbert’s) followed by  8:00–9:00pm Watching & Prayers for Ukraine – both churches
Fri 15th 3.00pm Good Friday – The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
Sat 16th 8.00pm Easter Vigil & First Mass of Easter
Sun 17th Easter Sunday 9:00am (St Cuthbert’s) and 11:00am Mass

St Vincent’s, Knutsford
Thur 14th – 7.30pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Fri 15th Noon and 3.00pm – Passion of the Lord
Sat 16th 8.00pm – Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday 17th 09.00 and 11:00

Cheshire Hike
Sheila Frampton Rawling, Imogen Constable and Louise Freeman took part in the Cheshire Hike on the 2nd and 3rd April. They are part of the Explorer Group and completed the 60km challenge in the fastest time for their group.
Such an amazing achievement for everyone involved. Well done!
Music Department News

Congratulations to…

Olivia Isted who passed Grade 2 Violin (ABRSM)
Edward Smalley who gained a Merit in Grade 5 Trumpet (ABRSM)
Joe Tarry who gained a Distinction in Grade 8 Guitar (Rock School)
Will Roberts who gained a Merit in ABRSM Grade 8 Piano (ABRSM)

Rehearsals and Instrumental lessons will resume the first week back after Easter (27th April). Timetables and rehearsal schedules will be sent out week beginning 25th April.

Reciprocal Reading Event

Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual Reciprocal Reading Event lead by Mrs Wycherley.

If you missed it and would like to see what reciprocal reading is about, please click here

Jekyll and Hyde

Following the success of the last movie afternoon, the English Department would like to invite Year 11 students to a big screen showing of Jekyll and Hyde in the hall on Thursday 28th April, 3.30 – 5 pm approx.
Popcorn, a drink and a chocolate snack will be provided. Places are limited, so sign up with your English teacher or Mrs Davenport to avoid missing out!

HPV vaccinations in school for years 8 and 9

On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of May the NHS will be doing HPV vaccinations for Year 8 and 9. Please note the deadline to fill in this form is noon on Tuesday 3rd May. The school code is CP111450

If your child is in Year 10 and has missed their HPV vaccination last year, please email


Support for Ukrainian Refugees

Today students and staff had the opportunity to show their support for Ukrainian Refugees by wearing their PE kits or blue and yellow accessories.

Thank you for all your support, we will let you know how much we have raised.  


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

The deadline for signing up to this ‘amazing’ trip has been extended and is now Tuesday 19th 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. Check Teams to access the link.
Free Self Defense Classes

New Images Youth & Community Centre (Nixon Dr, Winsford CW7 2HG) are supporting Motherwell Cheshire to deliver Self defense and personal safety classes for girls aged 13 – 21 years. A parent can also accompany the young person and the sessions are free.

Girls’ After School Sports
After school sports will resume Tuesday 3rd May
Boys’ After School Sports
After school sports will resume Tuesday 3rd May
Upcoming Dates

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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