Newsletter 20.05.22

Newsletter 20.05.22

Prayer Garden 
Step Two in our development of the prayer garden. We now have some lovely ‘school blue’ seating in the area for times of quiet reflection and prayer. The two-seater bench with table has been purchased through a donation from the Morris family who did a great deal of fundraising for our students following the Manchester Arena tragedy in 2017.  Our thanks to them for their generous support. Hopefully, the seating here will provide a quiet reflective space for all and for Learning Mentors to meet with students. 
Year 13 Celebration Mass 
We were delighted to welcome Fr Peter to celebrate Mass for our Year 13 students, parents and staff. This was a wonderful opportunity to come together (as we have had rare chances to do in recent years) and to wish our Year 13 students the very best for their exams and their future path into further education or the world of work. 
Uniform Exchange 
If anyone is sorting through their uniforms for this or next year, the Uniform Exchange in Winsford would be glad to take any good quality uniforms, trousers, shirts, coats, shoes  or sports clothing.
They are based above the Winsford Community Grocery (the old job centre building), High Street, Winsford. If you would prefer to send items into school we can arrange to have them delivered (please mark for Mairie Gelling/Chaplain). Please remember Year 11 students do have to attend all their exams in full school uniform. 
Click here to see their Facebook page
Chemistry Olympiad

We are delighted to announce that four of our Year 13 students here at St Nicholas Catholic High School took part in this year’s Chemistry Olympiad 2022. It is an annual event notorious for being the leading chemistry competition for students across the British Isles. All four students achieved highly, with Noah Martin and Luke Deegan receiving a Bronze award, Toby Mitchell a Silver award and Frank Cockhill-Guy even a Gold award.
The Science Department would in particular like to say a huge congratulations!

Mathematics Success

We received results from the maths challenge last week. Overall 48 students achieved a certificate, putting them in the top 40% of the small proportion of student nationally who take part in the challenge, with Alex Simmons year 7 achieving Best in Year and Edward Smalley year 8 achieving Best in School.
A huge well done to both students and to everyone taking part.
Why not have a go yourself? Here is a question from the middle of the paper, so medium difficulty.
Careers Opportunities



  • Virtual Careers Fair with AECOM: ‘Life After School: Get ready!’ event for 14 – 19 year olds running 4th – 8th July 2022.  This is a virtual careers fair to allow young people from across the UK to find out more about how different sector organisations can support them after they leave school or college.  There will be 25 – 30 different exhibitors hosting interactive resources, information and a text-based chat function.
  • Careers Fair STEM Learning – Calling all secondary teachers and young people to visit the @STEMLearningUK ‘Life after school: Get ready!’ virtual fair from 4-8 July. A variety of employers are showcasing their opportunities and support for life after school alongside us, so the fair offers a great chance for students to get ready for the future.  Book your place here.

Sporting Success – European Muay Thai Gold!

A massive well done to Brooke Van Emmenis.

She fought in a European tournament 2 weeks ago and once again smashed her categories, winning European K1 gold and European Muay Thai gold. This takes her to 11 titles.
What a Champion!
Sporting Success – British Acro Champion
On Saturday Charlotte Mills in Year 7 became the British Acro Champion with her partner.
Click here to view their performance –  it is utterly superb.
Well done to both girls!
Music Co-Curricular rehearsals 23rd-26th May

Monday 23rd May
Lunchtime: Year10/11 Vocal rehearsal
Tuesday 24th May
Lunchtime: Bugsy rehearsal
After School: Bugsy Rehearsal 3.15-5pm
Wednesday 25th May
Lunchtime:  Woodwind Ensemble
After School: Chamber Choir 3.15-4.15
Thursday 26th May
Lunchtime: String Ensemble
After School; GCSE/A Level Revision

Hot weather and water bottles

As we enter the hotter summer months, students, parents and carers are reminded to take sensible sun safety precautions

  •  Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Please ensure students have a water bottle which can be refilled in school and/or bottled water can be purchased in the school canteen at break and lunchtime.
  • Use a high-factor sunscreen at least SPF 15 (if possible apply before coming to school and have some with them in school to apply before lunch breaks or extended periods outside/PE lessons, etc)
  • Stay in the shade where possible when outside.
Library and literacy 

NATIONAL TEEN BOOK CLUB: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas  

Application deadline: 13/06/2022 

Dates: 15/06/2022 – 06/07/2022 

The National Teen Book club is an online community for readers aged 14 – 19.   

This is a four-week interactive opportunity for you to connect with other young readers across the UK and to meet people who love the same books as you ­ or different books too! 

Between 3.30pm and 4.30pm every Wednesday 15th June – 6th July, you will be able to share your thoughts on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Read more about the book here: 

Your participation in the National Teen Book Club means you will get special access to purchase the book at a discounted price. 

What will you gain through the National Teen Book Club after school club: 

  • You will meet with other teens and build your communication and teamwork skills each week through virtual interactions. 
  • A certificate of participation from Speakers for Schools and Book Clubs in Schools to help in your future education and career opportunities. 
  • Across National Teen Book Club events, completing the tasks week to week fulfil the skills element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award. 
  • Be introduced to a variety of careers by meeting authors, writers and publishers as well as people working in other sectors. 

  Students can apply to take part via the link below: 

Sixth Form Expeditions 2024
To Year 10 and 11 Students
Please don’t forget to register your interest for our once in a lifetime opportunity to join one of our Expeditions in 2024 to either Morocco or Vietnam and Cambodia. If interested please use the QR code or click here to register for a Webinar on Monday 16th May 7-8pm where you will be able to find out further details on both expeditions.

Thank you to those of you who have joined Your School Lottery.
Did you know that 40% of every pound comes straight back to school and there is a guaranteed weekly prize for someone in our community.
If you have still not signed up please consider doing so to help our school to raise funds:
Tickets are £1
Good luck! 🤞🏻
Thank you very much.
Your PTFA 
Become a Foster Carer

Foster carers play such an important role supporting Children in care and we need even more people across West Cheshire to become foster carers and provide a stable home for local children.

Click here for more information.

Girls’ and Boys’ After School Sports
Monday 23rd May:
Staff Meeting – No Clubs
Tuesday 24th May: 
Year 11 GCSE with PE Department (3:15pm-4:30pm)
Year 13 A Level Revision with PE Department (3:15pm-4:30pm)
Wednesday 25th May
Year 11 GCSE with LF (3:15pm-4:30pm)
Year 13 A-Level Revision with TB (3:15pm-4:30pm)
All Years- Athletics with PE Department (3:15pm-4:15pm)
Thursday 26th May
All Years- Striking & Fielding with PE Department (3:15-4:15pm)
Friday 27th May:
Run Club with TB (3:15-4:00pm)
All Years- Tennis with PE Department (3:15-4:15pm)
Upcoming Dates

Year 7 Parents’ Evening  –  Monday 23rd May 2022  (4.15 – 7.30pm)
Year 9 Reports to Parents  –  Tuesday 24th May 2022
Last Day for Year 11 – Friday 27th May 2022
SCHOOL CLOSES  –  Friday 27th May 2022
SCHOOL REOPENS  –  Monday 6th June 2022
Year 8 Exams –  Monday 6th June – Friday 17th  June 2022

6th Form Retreat Day  –  Wednesday 15th June 2022
Year 11 Prom  –  Friday 17th June 2022
Sports Day  –  Tuesday 21st June 2022
Years 10 & 12 Exams commence  –  Wednesday 22nd June – 1st July 2022
Prize Night    –  Thursday 23rd June 2022 (6.00 – 8.30pm)
INSET DAY –  SCHOOL CLOSED TO PUPILS  –  Friday 24th June 2022
Extra HOLIDAY for Queen’s Jubilee – Monday 4th July 2022
SCHOOL CLOSES for SUMMER HOLIDAYS  –  Wednesday 20th July 2022

For future dates click here


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