Newsletter 18.09.2023

Newsletter 18.09.2023

Message from Headteacher Mr C Burns

Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you and your families are well.  Your children continue to impress me with their positive attitudes, excellent behaviour and enthusiasm for learning.  I have visited several lessons this week and what has impressed me the most is how engaged our students are in what they are doing.  I observed them asking questions and getting involved in debate; in more practical lessons, I saw our young people helping each other out and motivating one another in team games. 
The teaching here is exceptional and our support staff team go the extra mile on a daily basis to ensure our young people have the support that they need to be happy and successful.  Our pastoral review is underway where we are looking at all aspects of our support for students, particularly around their mental health and wellbeing, rewards and student leadership.  
On Friday, it was great to see the launch of our new student leadership structure and new training being provided to enable them to develop opportunities for other students in school, as well as enhance the student voice.  They are an impressive team and I know they will make a huge difference. I am looking forward to working with them.  
A prayer for you and your families:
“Forgive your brother from your heart”  (Matthew 18: 21 – 35)

Lord Jesus, you taught us to forgive one another. 

May all peoples of our world learn to see each other as a brother or sister to be loved. 

Where there is conflict, may true reconciliation and healing bring about lasting peace.  


Best wishes,

Craig Burns 


Message from our Chaplain Mairie

In this Season of Creation, Pope Francis often speaks about education and its importance in creating a better world. This short reflection by Fr David O’Malley reminds us of why our school and its ethos matters. Why everyone matters.


Pope Francis has said that we no longer live in an era of change, instead we live in a change of era. Everything is changing, human relationships are in radical change as migration increases, traditional cultures are losing their power to hold people together, the patterns of employment are adapting to increasing mechanisation, virtual reality is eating into everyone’s free time. In the background to those changes the relentless progress of climate change threatens the very existence of humanity. We are part of a great acceleration into uncertainty and time is short. We cannot ‘fix’ many of these issues, but we can fix ourselves and adapt to a new future, and that is the task of education.


 Young people are resilient, usually optimistic and have a natural energy for life. They are the greatest resource that humanity possesses. As educators we need develop in them not just intelligence but also wisdom if we are to prepare them for the unknown…That inner call to fullness of life in young people is our best hope for the future.

Sporting Success

Well done to Orla Geraghty and Niamh Whittaker who have been selected to play for Cheshire Rugby.
Both girls have worked so hard to get there – Mrs Simms is very proud. 

Year 11 Art Workshop

Year 11 Art students have completed an Art workshop with artist Jeanette Barnes.  Working on the theme of Architecture, students explored drawing techniques using willow charcoal. They created some beautiful studies which will enhance their coursework.

Many thanks to the PTFA for making this possible with their kind donation. 


Language ambassadors

Language ambassador opportunity for two students per year group!
Would you like to be a Modern Foreign Languages student ambassador? Would you like to have excellent leadership opportunities plus the chance to share your love for languages with other students?

If so, email Mrs Bainbridge ( or hand in your letter of application to your Modern Foreign Languages teacher by Friday 22nd September.
See any MFL teacher for more details.


Mrs Azakli will be doing a project with the Year 8s later this term.
They will need plenty of newspapers to complete this.
Please send any old newspapers you may have at home. Drop off at Student Support.

Open Evening

We would like to welcome prospective students and their families to our Open Evening which will take place on Wednesday 27th September 6-8pm

Starbooks reading cafe

The ARC launched their new reading cafe ‘Starbooks’ this week. The aim is to encourage a love of reading, which in turn will help students will all curriculum areas. The initiative is being led my Mrs Richardson who has started with a focus on Roald Dahl. This was perfect timing as it tied in with Roald Dahl day (his birthday) and his work in renowned for capturing the imagination of the reader. 
There is an upcoming trip to Cadburys world so where better start than with an extract from Charlie and the Chocolate factory.  

Music Success

Congratulations to Charlie Fitzsimmons who passed his Grade 4 Violin exam at the end of last term

Congratulations to Lucy Riddell who passed her Grade 3 Flute exam with Merit at the end of last term

Congratulations to Gemma Chadwick who passed her grade 5 Theory exam with distinction at the end of last term

Congratulations to Livvy Black, Year 13, who took part in the very prestigious Rodolfus course in the summer holidays. Click here to hear an excerpt of the choir recorded in York Cathedral

We send our good wishes to Livvy as she prepares for her Choral Award audition at Oxford University in 2 weeks!

Library and Literacy

Podcasts are a great way to keep up to date with children’s literature and are especially handy for busy parents looking for book recommendations for their child. Play this during the school run, the commute to work, on a morning run or in the background as you do household jobs and by the time you’ve finished you’ll have a good idea of which book to buy/borrow for your child next.

Podcast of the week: The Island of Brilliant 
Nadia Shireen and Frank Cottrell Boyce’s new podcast finds the pair ‘shipwrecked’ on the Island of Brilliant with 3000 children’s books. Each episode, Nadia and Frank discuss what they enjoyed reading in their childhoods, what’s new and welcome visiting authors and special guests. The book recommendations range from picture books to middle grade (age 8-12) and are generally recently published.


This Monday, 18th September will be our first meeting of the new school year. It will be held in school 5.15pm – 6.15 pm.
Everyone is welcome. 

Cycling to school

A reminder to all students who cycling to school to wear a helmet. Please also be careful when arriving at school as traffic is very heavy. Students must dismount their bikes inside the school gates.

School Photographs

Last week photographers came in to get pictures of our new starters in year 7 and year 12. Should you wish to see the photo please go to and enter the ‘shoot key’ which you can find on the flyer your child will have brought home this week. Deadline for free delivery to school is 29th September.

Army Officer Scholarships

For 2024 the British Army will again be accepting applications from year 12 students to try and gain an Army Scholarship. Click here for further details


Lunchtime and after school Clubs


Monday Script Reading Club in Drama Studio
Monday Linguistics Club, Years 10,11,12,13 in E7

Tuesday : Science Club in S5
Tuesday : Chess Club in M5
Art club – all years in  A1 and A2.
Wednesday : Dungeons and Dragons in B5
Art club  -all years A1 in and A2.

After School:

Performing Arts Club – 3.15 – 4.30 Drama
Food Club – Year 9 and GCSE – 
3.15 – 4.30 in T6
Dungeons and Dragons in New Library
Art club for KS4 and 5 in A2

Music - lunchtime and after school clubs


Monday : Singformers in 2M
Monday : Woodwind Ensemble in 1M
Tuesday Ukulele Club (start 26th September)
Tuesday : Singformers in 2M

Jazz Band (GCSE and A Level)
Thursday : String Ensemble

GCSE Music

After School:

Tuesday 14/9 
Rock School – year 7-9 (start 26th September)
Wednesday 20/9 

Choir (3.15-5pm)
Thursday 21/9 

PE - lunchtime and after school clubs


Monday : Football – sports Hall – Year 9
Tuesday Football – sports Hall – Year 10
Football – sports Hall – Year 7&8
Football – sports Hall – Year 9
Football – sports Hall – Year 9

After School:

Tuesday 14/9 
Football, boys and girls – All Years
Wednesday 20/9 

Football – boys and girls Year 10 & 11
Netball – boys and girls, All Years
Thursday 21/9 
Hockey – boys and girls, All Years
Friday 22/9
Run Club – boys and girls, All Years

Message from PE

Labelling PE kit

All students have been set homework which has been to label their PE kit. This is very important as many students have identical bags and obviously all have the same kit.

It also really helps the office staff reunite bags with their owners if all items are labelled.

Lunchtime clubs:

We love seeing all students participating in the sports hall. Please remind students to bring trainers, remove their blazer and tie and sign in as they enter the sports hall.

Free sessions for Parents

Community Notices

We are a not-for-profit organisation called the “Female Basketball Association” and are working alongside Basketball England to increase opportunities for girls in basketball. 
We have a free taster session for girls led by qualified female coaches
– Sunday 17th September
– The Winsford Academy
– 12 – 4pm
– 7 – 18 years girls
Click here to sign up and for further information

All girls will receive a free t-shirt.

Become a Young Producer and help organise the Now Northwich Festival.

Become Young Producer at Weaver Hall Museum.

Upcoming dates

Monday 18th September
Year 12 Catton Hall Induction Day
 PTFA Meeting 5.15-6.15pm
Tuesday 19th September
Parent Information Evening for Year 10 RE London Trip 5pm

Friday 22nd September
ARC Trip – Cadbury’s World
Monday 25th September
Student photos for Years 8, 9, 10 & 11
Tue 26th September
Year 7 RE Retreat Day

Wed 27th September 
Whole School Open Evening 6 – 8:15 pm
Tues 17th Oct
Sixth Form Open Evening 6-8:15pm

Click here for future dates


“Everyone matters – so attendance matters”

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