Newsletter 20.01.23

Newsletter 20.01.23

Year 7 Residential

Year 7 have spent Wednesday to Friday at Whitemoor Lakes in Staffordshire.

It has been a wonderful experience for both students and staff – everyone has participated in a variety of activities from canoeing to fencing, climbing and archery. It has been great to see the students working together, helping each other and making new friends.

Thank you to all the staff who took part – in particular Year 7 leader Mrs Azakli who has worked tirelessly to make the trip happen.

Library and literacy Newsletter
I have discovered a great new resource which I want to share with you called Books Up North. Books Up North organises literary events across the North of England and has some great book related content on their website.
The first link I would like to direct you to is their book review page.  All reviews are written by members of the junior review panel. Children can apply to join the panel by following the links on the website and will get a free copy of any book they review. If you have an avid reader at home, please encourage them to sign up and let me know if they get chosen.
The second resource worth mentioning is their podcast.  This is a great way to find out about new authors and books. They have podcasts by Simon Farnaby, Michael Morpurgo, Alexander Mcall Smith and Katherine Woodfine. 

At St Nicholas we are very proud of our students, past and present.
We always enjoy hearing about their future jouneys and the success they achieve after studying with us.
Victoria Fletcher has been in touch to tell us what she is up to now and about her experience at St Nicholas.

Request for old laptops

With the exam season approaching we have more students needing to use laptops and the exam department is struggling to meet demand.

If you have an old laptop you no longer need, it would be really helpful if you would consider donating it to school. All that is required is Notepad which we will install, so even older machines will work.

Careers in the NHS

Jobs and Apprenticeship Fair

The Pledge Jobs and Apprenticeship Fairs, one of three local authority wide Fairs organised by The Pledge Partnership for Cheshire & Warrington on

· 25th January – Cheshire West, Ellesmere Port 13:00-18:30

· 2nd February – Cheshire East, Holmes Chapel – 17:30-19:30

· 8th February – Warrington, YouthZone – 17:30-19:30

Fuel Poverty Help

Improveasy are partnered with Cheshire West Council and HUG ( home upgrade grant) to help improve the energy efficiency of homes in the Cheshire West areas. We are able to do this by using government funding which is earmarked to be distributed to homes within this area to carry out energy efficient upgrades, such as new efficient heating systems, insulation and solar power.

This is a fully- funded grant that is not repayable and carries a value of up to £25,000 per property. Click here to read the letter which has the necessary qualifying criteria.

Nasal Flu Vaccination

The NHS nurses will be in school on Tuesday 24th January to administer the flu vaccine.

Years 7, 8 and 9 will be offered the vaccine. Please give your consent by clicking on the link in the letter or here. The school code is CP111450 


Online Mental Health and Wellbeing Support for young people

Over the coming weeks your child may mention they have been made aware by school or a professional of a service called Kooth. It provides a safe, secure means of accessing online emotional health support from a professional team of qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners for ages 11-18/19 in Cheshire, Warrington and the Wirral.

Kooth offers wellbeing support 365 days a year via a range of self-help materials and peer to peer support which young people are able to contribute to. Kooth also has an online wellbeing team from 12pm- 10pm on weekdays and 6pm- 10pm on weekends offering 1:1 text- based online counselling via live chat or messaging.

Kooth is free to access via any internet- enabled device. Your child simply needs to visit

Sporting Success – Year 8 Athletics

On Thursday, our Year 8 Sports Hall Athletics team took part in the Vale Royal Schools event held at Rudheath Senior Academy. There were some fantastic performances in the track and the field, and students were a credit to the school all evening.

Sporting Success – Martha Nicholl

Congratulations to Martha Nicholl who competed in the Lancaster Acro Competition last weekend. Her trio came first in their section. Amazing achievement – well done girls!

Duke of Edinburgh
For information about the Duke of Edinburgh Award please contact Miss Forsey at
Boys’ and Girls’ After School Sports

Tuesday 24th January
Football All Years, boys and girls with PE Dept. – 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Wednesday 25th January
Netball – All years with PE Dept. 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Rugby – All Years with PE Dept. 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Thursday 26th January
GCSE PE Trampolining with LF – 3:15pm – 4:15pm
KS4 Rugby with DJ – 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Friday 27th January
Run Club 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Ski Fit 3:15pm – 4:15pm

Music Department Co Curricular Timetable

Monday Lunch Woodwind Ensemble
Tuesday lunch “Everyone Aloud”
Wednesday Lunch GCSE coursework
Wednesday 3.15-5pm Chamber Choir
Thursday Lunch String Ensemble
Thursday Lunch GCSE Coursework
Thursday 3.15-4.15 Orchestra
Friday Lunch GCSE Theory

Lunchtime and after school clubs

Monday lunch – Year 8 Technology Club in T3
Monday lunch – Jazz Band in 1M
Monday lunch – Art Club in A1
Monday lunch – Year 7 & 8 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (NJS/JC)
Monday lunch – Jazz Band in 1M
Monday lunch – Art Club in A1
Tuesday lunch – Computing Club in C3
Tuesday lunch –  Glee Club (All Years) in 1M
Tuesday lunch – Science Club (for KS3) S5
Tuesday lunch – Art Club in A1
Tuesday lunch – Lunchtime Mass in the Chapel
Tuesday lunch or Thursday after school – KS4/5 Spanish Film Club in L5
Tuesday lunch – Year 9 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (LF)
Tuesday lunch- Year 11 GCSE PE Revision in PE1 (NJS)
Tuesday after school 3.15 – 4.30 – Performing Arts Club in DS1
Wednesday lunch – Woodwind Group in 1M
Wednesday lunch – Dungeons and Dragons Club in B2
Wednesday lunch – week 1 – Book Club in the Library
Wednesday 3.15-5pm Chamber Choir in the Hall
Wednesday 3.15-4.15 GCSE Spanish Speaking Revision Club in L1Wednesday lunch – Year 10 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (MA)
Thursday lunch – String Group in 1MThursday 3.15-4.15pm Orchestra in the Hall
Thursday lunch – Chess Club in M5
Thursday lunch – Art Club in A2
Thursdays at 3.30 – KS4/5 Spanish Film Club in L5
Thursday lunch – Year 11 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (NJS/JC)
Friday Lunch – Easy As Pi Maths Club in M1
Friday lunch – Art Club in A2
Friday lunch- 6th Form Football in Sports Hall (NJS/MA)

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday 24th January – Nasal flu vaccination Years 7,8,9
Thursday 26th January – Mission Day
Tuesday 31st January – Parent Focus Meeting 2  6-7pm
Tuesday 14th February – Year 8 SEN Information Evening 4-5.15pm
Thursday 16th February – Year 11 Parents Evening   4.15 – 7.30pm
Friday 17th February – SCHOOL CLOSES – February Half term

Wednesday 5th April – Easter Holidays

For future dates click here


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