Last week was national Anti-Bullying Week and, in school, our prayer focus has thought about the need to uphold the dignity of every person we meet and, following our 4R’s, act respectfully towards others and protect them whenever we can. We are also reminded by our Gospel Values for this term which are Faithfulness and Integrity.
The ABW focus for this year was ‘Speak Out’ and this means not only for victims of bullying, but witnesses as well. We cannot be bystanders when people are treated badly. Being prepared to make good, though difficult, choices is what Integrity is all about. We commit ourselves to the care and wellbeing of others. Everyone Matters.
A bully is fearful, and fear is always the enemy of goodness, and so it is the enemy of love and peace. Pope Francis
St Nicholas Music Festival
Last week St Nicholas celebrated two amazing evenings of music. On Wednesday we had visits from St Luke’s, St Bede’s and St Wilfrid’s Primary Schools and Thursday St Joseph’s, St Vincent’s and St Mary’s Primary Schools were on stage singing their hearts out.
We were also incredibly proud of all the St Nicholas performers – the music you all produced was beautiful and we heard several primary school students and parents expressing how impressed they were.
Huge congratulations to Luca Gasparini and Edward Smalley: Both passed their grade 5 music theory exam with distinction.
St Nicholas U14 Cheshire Cup v All Hallows
St Nicholas played All Hallows in the Cheshire Cup on Thursday.
The girls played their hearts out against a very good team but sadly couldn’t come back from a 9-1 loss. Annabelle Hunter scored a very good goal and Rachel Aldridge executed some amazing saves as Goal keeper. The referee was impressed by the determination shown by the girls.
Well done all involved, we are very proud of you.
On Friday 16 teams from 14 different primary schools came to St Nicholas for a Boccia tournament.
20 Sports Leaders from Year 10 ran the day and were excellent officials.
MFL Christmas Card Competition
Sixth Form Applications Open
Sixth Form Applications are OPEN – Please click on this link to complete your application. Deadline for St Nicholas students is 1st December:
World Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling Championships Birmingham 9-19th November 2023
George Avraam, Eleanor and Edward Ma are gymnasts who all train and coach at Hartford School of Gymnastics. They also volunteer for the British Gymnastics Ceremonial Team and the past 2 weekends this has seen them working hard as part of the BG Events Team at the Utilita Arena Birmingham.
Their duties include escorting world class athletes and VIP’s, as well as taking part in the medal ceremonies which are broadcast live on the BBC.
George, Eleanor and Edward are valued members of a dedicated team of gymnasts who are all inspired by the World Gymnastics Champions and the incredible life experiences which volunteering for British Gymnastics brings them. Their coach Michelle Oakes has reported that the BG Events team are extremely proud of the professionalism which the ceremonies team show both on stage in the limelight and also behind the scenes throughout the event. Well done to them all!
SEND at St Nicholas
Last week the SEND department visited classes to see the rich learning experiences our SEND students receive at St Nicholas.
Here are some of the excellent things we saw during the week.
The Big Ambition
The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched The Big Ambition, to hear from all children and young people in England aged between 6 and 18 years old. Adults can answer on behalf of a child or young person aged up to 18.
Meet this year’s Book Quiz team! Congratulations to Emma Parkhill, Daisy Warren, Grace Baker, Holly Marshall and Penny Lee (not pictured) who beat the competition to make it into the St Nicholas team. Historically, we have reached the final every year we have entered and actually won the Cheshire School’s Book Quiz in 2013, 2017 and 2018. Two time champion and senior prefect George Dutton has volunteered to coach our new team in the hopes that they can repeat his success.
We held our PTFA AGM in school last Monday – thank you to those in attendance. If anyone feels you are able to be part of the PTFA or help in any way please do get in touch with school.
This school year we are going to be fundraising for outdoor canopies – watch out for our campaign
How school benefitted last school year:
drama resources (books)
2 x iPad for the maths department
chess club: clocks and folding chess boards
help towards the Prom (£400 donation)
Dungeons & Dragons Club.
We are incredibly grateful for all the help and support from our school community.
🎄Our Christmas Raffle is on ParentPay at £1 per ticket.🎅
7 Night Euro Camp Holiday
Nintendo Switch from GSF Car Parts
Food & Drink Hamper
MOT – Priceless, Northwich.
D.C. Lomas car service.
The Crows Nest Moulton: wine & £20 café voucher.
Edena therapy gift voucher.
If anyone has any donations for the hamper, please let school know.
Monday : Script Reading Club in Drama Studio Monday : Linguistics Club, Years 10,11,12,13 in E7 Tuesday : Science Club in S5 Tuesday: GCSE Computer Science Revision in C2 Tuesday : Chess Club in M5 Wednesday : Art club – all years in A1 and A2 Wednesday : Easy as Pi – Maths Club – in M6 Wednesday : Dungeons and Dragons in B5 Thursday : Art club -all years A1 in and A2 Thursday : KS3 History Club – Week 2 in H1 Friday : GCSE History Film Club – Week 1 in H1
Tuesday Performing Arts Club – 3.15 – 4.30 Drama Food Club – Year 9 and GCSE – 3.15 – 4.30 in T6 Wednesday Dungeons and Dragons – in the library
Thursday Art club for KS4 and 5 in A2
Music - lunchtime and after school clubs
Monday : Altos sectional Monday : Woodwind Ensemble in 1M Tuesday : Ukulele Club Tuesday : Tenors and Basses sectional 2M Wednesday : Jazz Band (GCSE and A Level) Thursday : String Ensemble
Tuesday Rock School – year 7-9 – (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal) Wednesday Choir (3.15-5pm) Thursday Orchestra
PE - lunchtime and after school clubs
Monday : Football – sports Hall – Year 9 Tuesday : Football – sports Hall – Year 10 Wednesday : Football – sports Hall – Year 7&8 Thursday : Football – sports Hall – Year 9 Friday : Football – sports Hall – Year 9
Tuesday 21st November
Football Practice Year 7-9 Year 7 Netball away @ Knutsford
Wednesday 22nd November
Boys & Girls KS3 Rugby
KS4 boys Football
Netball practice Year 9 boys Cheshire Cup vs St Gregory’s, Warrington (Away)
Thursday 23rd November
GCSE PE Practical Cup Match Away v All Hallows
Friday 24th November
Wednesday 22nd November Nasal Flu vaccinations for years 7-11 Friday 24th November – INSET DAY – school closed Thursday 23rd November Year 11 Alliance Francaise trip Tuesdays 28th November Year 9 Parents’ Evening 4.15 – 7.30pm Thursday 7th December Year 9 Options Evening 5–6.30pm Friday 8th December Chamber Choir Performance at Tatton Park Concert (School Day, Post School & Evening) Monday 18th December Christmas Carol Concert 6.30pm Tuesday 19th December SCHOOL CLOSES – 12.30pm Tuesday 2nd January – INSET day Wednesday 3rd January – STUDENTS BACK IN SCHOOL