It has been lovely seeing our school traditions and practices coming back. Our year assemblies give us a real sense of community and bring us together to focus on the skills and attitudes we need for the start of the new year. Hymn practice reminds us that we will soon be able to celebrate as we always have.
Sadly, it was not yet practical to have our whole school Mass for the start of year, but we did celebrate, as last year, with a Liturgy presented by staff and students and shown throughout the school on Thursday morning. Our Gospel passage for this year’s theme is the healing of the blind man. A little unusual for a school focus but we were drawn to the line ‘What do you want me to do for you’, which reminds us of the importance of service and putting others first.
We have had some wonderful, thought filled work from our students in RE. They have been creating their own form prayer book to start the year. These prayers will then be used to support our daily Sacred Space activities each morning and we will be putting some of these on Twitter over the next few days.
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The school has reviewed planned events for this first half term and the following events will now take place virtually:
· Year 11 Information Evening
· Year 10 Information Evening
· Year 7 Welcome Mass – this will now take place as part of the Year 7 Retreat Day and a video will be made available to parents following the event
Further details will be provided by staff members leading these events in due course.
Careers Expo Years 10-13
We are excited to announce the Northwich and Winsford Pledge Virtual Careers & Education EXPO’ organised by The Pledge Partnership for Cheshire & Warrington on Thursday 23rd September 6pm – 7.30pm. This event is free and open to all within Northwich and Winsford those in Year 10 – Year 13 including parents/carers. The purpose of this event is to enable students to explore ideas of what subjects to study, careers to pursue, connect with businesses and understand educational pathways and opportunities.
For now, we are not sure if we will be able to host traditional careers fairs, so this is a great chance to get the same information. The event will be hosted on Learn Live, an online platform. Students will watch a series of videos from employers and local colleges and take part in our Live Chat function which is fully moderated, allowing them to ask questions safely and directly to employers and education providers during the live event.
A vacancy has arisen for a Parent Governor to join the Governing Board. Further details will follow in due course.
We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to St Nicholas during our forthcoming Open Evening on 7th October.
Further details are available on our website.
Year 11 Rewards Trip
Last week Year 11 enjoyed a day of excitement, laughter (and a few screams) at Alton Towers. Thanks to a prayer from Miss Lowe, the rain held off and we were able to experience the loops of The Smiler, the speed of Rita, and the Terrifying drop of Oblivion. It was an amazing day for everyone, but it could not have happened without Mrs Azakli who organised the day and the staff who accompanied us. It truly was an excellent start to the year!
Livvy Morris 11 Kolbe
Year 7 Transition Lunchtime Activities
This week there are various optional lunchtime activities for Year 7s.
Year 7 Charity Fundraisers
Year 7 students, Lucy Edge and Libby Dutton, along with Eva Estcourt, completed a sponsored walk at Knowsley Safari Park over the weekend. They did it to raise money for Alder Hey Hospital and raised an amazing £560!
Library and literacy news
The year 7’s Bookbuzz books have been ordered and will hopefully be arriving in school in the next couple of weeks. The Haunting of Aveline Jones and Rat were the most popular titles this year, closely followed by Wonderscape. Having read Rat this week I can highly recommend it (although I suggest you have a box of tissues at hand as it gets emotional in parts). The Haunting of Aveline Jones will be a great read for October half term for those who enjoy spooky stories. As for the rest of the Bookbuzz books, they are now all available in the library for students from all years to borrow. I personally am really looking forward to reading every one of them.
Year 7s will soon have completed their Star reading tests and will be taking part in the Accelerated Reading program in English and library lessons. The AR book quizzes are great fun to do and I can’t wait to see who our first “word millionaires” are going to be. Students will earn points for each successful book quiz they complete so get reading everyone!
We also have some great new fiction in for students in year 9 and above. Fans of drama, romance and dystopia will love the titles below. As always, if you have any other recommendations for new books for the library, please let me know. Ms. Roberts (librarian)
Music – lunchtime and after school
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
Year 9 played another tournament at Hartford High School tonight. All players played well producing 5 wins and a loss. Well done to all boys involved.
Year 7 played their first tournament last night at Middlewich High School. They won 3, drew 2 and lost 2. Excellent quality showed by all the players.