Newsletter 18.02.22

Newsletter 18.02.22

Lent Charity 
We have enjoyed celebrating our Saint assemblies to introduce our Charity Challenge for Lent. It has been interesting to see how each saint inspires us to act with kindness and compassion. Each form has been asked to raise as much as it can during Lent, with a minimum challenge of £30.  This fundraising will go to CARITAS to support their work in the diocese. CARITAS provides support for those in need within our local diocese. This includes working with schools, families, community groups and individuals to provide practical and emotional support. Click here to read a copy of the Impact Report that gives details of the breadth of support that CARITAS has been able to offer over the past year. I am sure that you agree that the work that they do is invaluable, and we thank you in advance for supporting your child with their fundraising. 
Ash Wednesday 
Our first Wednesday after half-term, 2nd March, is Ash Wednesday and begins our Lenten journey. We will be having prayer liturgies throughout the day to give out ashes as a sign of our commitment to this journey of faith. You can watch a short video on Ash Wednesday and the meaning of Lent here. 
Please do have a safe, restful and restoring half-term break. We look forward to seeing all our students back in school on 28th February. 
Accessing the Foodbank 

Whilst we hope that everyone is coping well with the present situation, this is a difficult time and we appreciate that there may be some families who are undergoing hardship because of changes in work or personal circumstances. So that we may support our St Nicholas family, we have registered as a referral organisation for the Foodbank. If you would like to have this support, we are able to process an on-line referral and arrange an appointment for you to collect a five-day food package from an agreed centre. For those who are self-isolating, a delivery can be arranged instead, subject to volunteer capacity. Please do contact us if we can be of help in this manner. As always, our conversation and any information that we need to pass on to the Foodbank, will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. For alternative access, you can also contact the local Citizens Advice in the Community on 07894 238963. 

World Book Day at St Nicholas

There will be a variety of activities throughout the day, across all curriculum areas including: a form-time reading activity and a KS3 photography competition, ‘Read with an animal’ – further details will be sent home via Teams. Please support our reading initiatives by encouraging your child to read at home and encouraging them to spend their £1 book voucher.

Willy Wonka Treasure Hunt

Can you find all 15 Willy Wonkas hidden around the school site?
Collect a treasure hunt sheet from E4 on Thursday morning, 3rd March. Spend break and lunch-time trying to locate all of the figures hidden on the school site.
All correct entries will be entered into a draw for an edible prize!



The Masked Reader

Can you spot which teacher is reading behind the disguise?
Images of school staff reading one of their favourite books will be displayed on the English corridor. Can you identify who is who? Look for the clues: perhaps the book they’re reading is linked to their subject specialism or maybe their disguise is linked to their favourite hobby.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2022

Last week St Nicholas marked Children’s Mental Health week in a number of different ways:

Our staff offered over 15 hours of wellbeing activities for our students to get involved with. Below is a picture of some Bike Maintance in action!

Staff met with the local Mental Health Team CAMHS to learn practical strategies to support Young People.

Our Sacred Space offered prayers, moments of pause and inspiring videos for all students.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2022
Over 100 students took part in a wellbeing challenge hosted by our Learning Mentors.
We are proud to announce the winners of our Wellbeing Raffle who all won an Amazon Voucher.
Emma  7 Camara
Dan 11 Romero
James  7 Romero
Izabella 7 Romero
Zak 7 Camara
Becky  10 Romero
Amelia 9 Vincent De Paul
Clara  7 Vincent De Paul
Imogen 10 Kolbe
Nneoma 7 John Paul
Charlie 7 Teresa
Justin 10 Romero
Kayden 9 Camara
Chloe 9 Vincent De Paul
Toby  7 Vincent De Paul
Anaya 8 Camara James 10 Teresa
Caitlin 13 John Paul
Ellie  7 Kolbe
Erin 8 Ward
Drama trip to see Blood Brothers

On Wednesday 16th February, the Year 10 and 11 Drama students went to see the musical ‘Blood Brothers’ By Willy Russell at the Palace Theatre Manchester.
Here is an account of the trip written by Leah Barrow & Charlotte Mullett.

The visit was extremely well planned, this was some student’s first visit to the theatre and some of us had not been since theatres closed due to Covid. Our evening started with pizza, a mini bus journey to busy Manchester and a short walk to the theatre. The teachers were very comforting and before we went we were told what to expect, we all felt safe, ‘’Behaviour was exceptional’’ and we all had a lovely time even before we walked into the theatre! To top this off, the night was paired with an outstanding performance by the very talented cast.  This is a very emotional musical and we were all very moved by the performance.  We found the production enlightening and very useful for our exams.  In our written exam we have to describe a variety of different theatrical techniques, such as how to design the lighting, set, costumes or how to perform certain roles, so seeing the production live has really inspired us.

It was a fantastic experience, which opened my heart and my eyes to the suffering caused by class divisions” -Charlotte Mullett Year 11

Tears were shed, and moments had me rolling with laughter. It was like watching the show in a different perspective than just reading it” -Leah Barrow Year 11

Completely convincing and created realism, I really enjoyed it!“-Emelia Jones-Sargeant Year 10

It affected me more emotionally than I thought it would. It made me reflect on my own life” -Oliver Green Year 10

Music Department Congratulations

William Jaberi (7 Vincent de Paul) who successfully auditioned for chamber choir-well done William!


The Music department will be hosting two spring concerts next half term on March 16th and March 17th. All our ensembles will be performing alongside some Year 13 and Year 11 soloists. Tickets will be available after half term.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band rehearsals will resume after half term in 1M on Thursday`s 3.15-4.15pm

St Nicholas Alumni
CALLING ALL PAST STUDENTS – We are looking to provide an exciting opportunity for past and present students of St Nicholas Catholic High School and Sixth Form. We would like to build a database for an Alumni. This would not only enable us to see how past students are doing, but also create valuable network which could hugely benefit our current students.
If you could spare 2 minutes to fill out the form below it would be greatly appreciated. Please click here
Prom Dress Shopping in aid of St Luke’s Hospice

Wednesday 23rd March, 7pm – 9pm

Lunchtime and After School Clubs

Monday Lunch – KS4/5 Art Club in A1
Tuesday Lunch – KS3 MFL Games Club – in L5
Tuesday After School – KS4 French film club in L2 (3:20-4:15)
Tuesday Lunch – Chess Club, in M5, all year groups
Tuesday Lunch – KS3 Art Club in A1
Tuesday After School – KS4/5 Art Club in A1
Wednesday Lunch – Hegarty Maths Homework Club in M6
Wednesday Lunch – Sparx Maths support, in C3, for Year 9
Wednesday Lunch – Wellbeing Wednesdays for KS3 students. Year 9 ambassadors mentor younger students.  and we run wellbeing activities every week in E6.
Thursday Lunch – Knitting Club  in R1
Thursday Lunch – Writing Club in E3
Thursday Lunch – KS4/5 Art Club in A2
Thursday Lunch – KS4 French Book Club – in L4
Thursday after school – KS4 Spanish Film Club –   in L5
Thursday After School – KS4/5 Art Club in A2
Friday Lunch – GCSE English revision in E4
Friday Lunch – KS3 Art Club in A2

A huge congratulations to all students who took part in the interform Maths quiz for Year 8. Each form entered two students who carefully calculated their way to success.
The three winning teams are:
1st Charlie Lynch and Edward Cranmer-Gordon of 8C
2nd Edward Smalley and Rory Johnston of 8R
3rd Charlie Fitzgerald and Megan Warren of 8K
Covid19 Vaccinations in the Community

If you are looking to get your child vaccinated or if you need your booster, Hartford Metodist Church is open for booked appointments and walk-ins on Saturday 19th February.
Click here for further information and booking.

Below is a list of other vaccination centres in the area.

Northwich Vaccination Centre (Leftwich Pharmacy) CW8 3AB
Winsford (Pharmacy2u) CW7 1AS
Site 1 – Victoria Hall CW10 9AS
Remedi Solutions WA7 1TQ
Hollowood Chemists – Crewe CW1 3HH
Appleton Village Pharmacy WA8 6EQ
Highfield Hospital WA8 7DJ
Nantwich Masonic Lodge (Hollowoods Chemist) CW5 7ER
Larkhill Centre (Timperley Pharmacy) WA15 7AZ
Vicars Cross United Reform Church (Vicars Cross Pharmacy) CH3 5LL
Alsager Pharmacy ST7 2AA
Allied Pharmacies WA9 4TU
Forum Vaccination Hub M22 5RX
Boots – Wilmslow SK9 3PA
Girls’ After School Sports
Monday 28th February:
Year 7/8 Total Sport Club in Sports Hall (3:15-4:15pm)
Wednesday 2nd March: 
Year 9 Netball tournament (3:15-5)
Boys’ After School Sports
Monday 28th February:
Year 7/8 Total Sport Club in Sports Hall (3:15-4:15pm)
Year 13 EAPI Assessments with PE Department
Tuesday 1st March: 
Year 13 EAPI Assessments with PE Department
Wednesday 2nd March: 
U18 Cheshire Cup Football Fixture vs. Sandbach High School (Away) with MA & AW (2:00pm kick off)
Thursday 3rd March
Year 9/10 Rugby Training with MA & DJ (3:15-4:05pm)
Year 13 Parents Evening (4:15-7:30pm)
Friday 4th March:
U13 Indoor Cricket Competition @ Hartford High School with MA
Run Club with TB (3:15-4:00pm)
Sporting Success
These wonderful students are our brilliant curling bronze medal winners.
They competed in the Interschool Championship and represented the school brilliantly.
A big well doe to Faye, Katy, Daisy and Harrison.
They had a wonderful day. Thank you to Mrs McCormick for taking them.
Mrs Simms
Vacancies at St Nicholas’
Cover Supervisor 

The Governors wish to recruit 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.
31.25 hours per week – 39 weeks per year (Term time plus INSET days).
8.30am until 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

Closing date Monday 7th March

Click here for more information

Student Support Administrator – Closing date: Monday 28 February 2022 at 9 am

Starting as soon as possible
39 weeks per year (Term time plus INSET days) – between 20 and 25 hours per week
Monday to Friday – Job share would be considered
Grade 4
We are looking to appoint a Key Stage Administrator to assist in the Student Support Office within our school.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced administrator to join a professional, friendly team to provide essential administration support.
The post holder will work in partnership with Teachers, Year Leaders, other Support staff and students.
The ideal candidate will have strong skills in communication, the ability to prioritise, be a strong team player and have an understanding of school systems and procedures, and / or a busy office environment.

Please click here for further details, job description and people specification.


Upcoming Dates

SCHOOL REOPENS  –  Monday 28th February 2022
Ash Wednesday Services  –  Wednesday 2nd March 2022
Year 13 Parents’ Evening Virtual  –  Thursday 3rd March 2022  (4.15 – 7.30pm)
St Marys’ Presentation Evening for Year 6  –  Thursday 3rd March 2022  (6.30pm)
Year 11 English & Maths Additional Mocks  –  Friday 4th – Tuesday 8th March 2022
PTFA Meeting  –  Tuesday 8th March 2022  (6.15 – 7.15pm)
Year 10 SEN Information Evening  –  Tuesday 15th March 2022  (4.00 – 5.15pm)
Easter Holidays – School closes Wednesday 13th April – reopens Wednesday 27th April 2022 

For future dates click here


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