Newsletter 16.09.22

Newsletter 16.09.22

Message from our Chaplain Mairie

St Bernadette Relic tour 
We were delighted to be invited to take part in the welcoming of St Bernadette to St Werburgh’s in Chester. We decided to take representatives from each of our Bernadette form groups. 
When we first arrived, along with many other high school and primary schools we had the opportunity to learn about Bernadette and the reason for the tour. We learnt about what a Relic means to the Catholic faith – that is a way of connecting to a person who inspires us. The students were among the first to see inside the church and to spend time at the reliquary of St Bernadette. We then wrote some prayers and had a blessing of Lourdes water. When we returned to the schools marquee, we celebrated Mass via live stream. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Mark and many other priests from our diocese.  

Thank you to the Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team for organising the day. It will have a lasting effect on our students and make Bernadette a much more real influence on our school life. 
Mass to celebrate the new school year
It was lovely to return to our usual celebration of the new school year by welcoming Fr Paul, from St Wilfrid’s, to say Mass for all of us. We were able to launch the new Mission Statement which reminds us of our daily desire to make sure that ‘Everyone Matters’. In his homily, Fr Paul reminded us of the generous love that God has for each of us. We also remembered Queen Elizabeth in our prayers during this time of mourning. 
Thank you to all our readers, choir members and musicians and everyone who worked to make the day such a success.
Sporting success – Sophie Morrin

Congratulations to Sophie Morrin (second from the front) who represented Ireland U19 against Portugal U19 in Portugal Tuesday evening.
The game ended 0-0. Sophie put in a great performance controlling the game and breaking up the play in front of her own back four.

Sporting success – Rhys Morillo

Rhys Morillo competed in the Archery GB junior masters in Cheltenham on Saturday. This is an invitation only event by Archery GB for archers who have achieved Junior Master Bowmen status by shooting very high scores in record status events this summer season. He won U18 boys recurve and got the Gold medal.  He took it to a one arrow shoot off nearest to the centre of the target.

Rhys has been asked to join the Great Britain U18-U21 Squad. Amazing achievement, well done Rhys!
Sporting success – Ash Rose and Michael Rose – freestyle kayaking

Ash Rose and Michael Rose competed in the Dewerstone European open.
Ash Rose won first place in the European junior men’s intermediate freestyle category ?
Michael Rose came third in the European junior men’s novice freestyle category ?
Ash also came 3rd (Mikey 9th) in the boater x . This is a mix of white water, slalom,  and sheer brute force / strength.

Well done to both brothers!

Race for Life
Next Thursday we will be joining together as a community to raise much needed funds for Cancer Research.
All students will attend school in their FULL St Nicholas PE KIT. This will be checked by Heads of Year and any student not wearing the correct kit will have the normal sports day sanction which is a break and lunch time detention.
Students are allowed to accessorise with pink items.
Students in Key Stages 3 & 4 will complete the fun run as a whole year group.
Our 6th Formers can take part in any Period, they wish. The 5K run will take place on our school fields, and we will start with a blessing from Mairie.
Period 1: Year 8
Period 2: Year 9
Period 3: Year 7
Period 4: Year 11
Period 5: Year 10
We ask for a £1 donation or any sponsor money students may collect. There is also a payment link on ParentPay.
Chester West and Chester Parent Carer Forum

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Year 7 Football match

Year 7 had their first football competition of the year on Tuesday evening held at Middlewich High School. The students were a credit to the school and put in some fantastic performances. Well done to all involved!

European Day of Languages

Year 12 at Catton Hall
All the Year 12’s had a great time today getting to know each other at our Induction Day in Catton Hall last Friday.
Welcome to EduLink – our new parental App.
You should now have the link to join our new App. If not, please email and we can get you set up! 
Absence reporting
The functionality of absence reporting is being trialed from Tuesday. This is easy to do on the app, please click Absence Reporting and you can submit an absence for your child.


Please also check on your permissions. We often take photos of the students but will only do so if we have your permission.

Library and Literacy  

The recommended wider reading titles for A Level Business have arrived. They’re bound to fly off the shelves so business studies students should get themselves to the library ASAP. 

Why do wider reading? Evidence suggests that it will improve your grades and improve your chances of achieving a place on your desired post A-Level course, be it university or an apprenticeship. Check out these online articles for further tips on how and why to start wider reading. 

Open Evening – Thursday 29th September

No need to book – just turn up.

CAR BOOT SALE?? at St. Nicholas Catholic High School
Having a clear out?
If so, why not consider a stall at our car boot on Saturday, 24th September.
Set up from 9 am & open to the public from 10am until 12 noon.
£10 car, £12 van. £1 entry per family. All proceeds go to school.
No booking required & bring your own table.
If the weather is going to be very wet on the day we will have a table top sale in the school sports hall.
Please support Your School Lottery:
Log onto
Find St. Nicholas Catholic High
Buy a ticket at £1 & hopefully win a prize.
Thank you very much to the school community for your continued support of the PTFA ?

Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket for the summer raffle. Here are the winners.
If you haven’t yet received your prize, please arrange to pick up from school reception.

A big thank you to our sponsors and parents for the kind donations.

Lunchtime and after school clubs

Clubs are starting in the next few weeks.

Monday lunch – Year 8 technology club in T3
Monday Lunchtime Jazz Band in 1M
Tuesday Lunchtime Glee Club (All Years) in 1M
Tuesday lunch – Glee Club in 1M
Tuesday lunchtime – Science Club (for KS3)
Tuesday after school 3.15 – 4.30 – Performing Arts Club in DS1
Wednesday Lunchtime Woodwind Group in 1M
Wednesday 3.15-5pm Chamber Choir in the Hall
Thursday Lunchtime String Group in 1M
Thursday 3.15-4.15pm Orchestra in the Hall
Thursday lunch – Chess club on  in M5
Thursdays at 3.30 – KS4/5 Spanish Film Club on  in L5
Vacancies at St Nicholas

Teaching Assistant 

Permanent Part Time Position: 31.25 hours per week – 39 weeks per year.
Grade 5 – Application deadline is 9am Friday 30 September 2022.
For further information Click here

Cover Supervisor 

Permanent position – 31.25 hours per week – 39 weeks per year (Term time plus INSET days).
Grade 5 – Application deadline is 9am Friday 30 September 2022
For further information click here


Working hours will either be mornings 5.30-7.30am or afternoons 3.30-5.30pm, £9.50 per hour
Please contact Mrs Dawn Poole on 01606 706020 for further information and/or an application form.
Closing date for applications: Friday 21 October 2022 at 9am.
For further information click here

Circus at Hartford Manor

Girls’ and Boys’ After School Sports
Monday: Staff Meeting
Tuesday: Football (All Years- Boys & Girls)
Wednesday: Netball (All Years- Boys & Girls)
Thursday: Hockey (All Years- Boys & Girls)
Friday: Run Club (All Years- Boys & Girls)
Fixtures next week:
Wednesday 21st September: Boys Year 7 Football Competition @ Knutsford (Team TBC)
Upcoming Dates

Monday 19th September – School closed – Bank Holiday due to Queen’s Funeral
Tuesday 20th September – Year 9 SEN Information Evening 4-5.15pm

Wednesday 21st September – Year 11 Information Evening 6 – 7pm
Monday 26th September – Student Photos – (Years 7,9,11 & 12)
Tuesday 27th September –  Year 11 Careers Day
Wednesday 28th September – Year 7 RE Retreat Day
Wednesday 28th September  – Year 10 Information Evening 6 – 7pm
Thursday 29th September – Whole School OPEN EVENING –6 – 8:00 pm
Thursday 13th October – Sixth Form Open Evening 6-8:00pm

For future dates click here

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