Newsletter 20.11.2023

Newsletter 20.11.2023

Message from our Chaplain Mairie

Anti-Bullying Week

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


Music Festival

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.


Music Success


Huge congratulations to Luca Gasparini and Edward Smalley: Both passed their grade 5 music theory exam with distinction.

Sports News

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.

Sports News

Boccia Tournament

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:

Sixth Form Application Form 2024

World Gymnastics Championship

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.
Views will then be shared with the Government. To complete the survey click here About this survey : The Big Ambition – Have your say! (
To find out more, visit their website.

Library and Literacy

Cheshire School’s Book Quiz

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:

We bought:

  • SEN iPads
  • Art resources
  • drama resources (books)
  • 2 x iPad for the maths department
  • chess club: clocks and folding chess boards
  • help towards the Prom (£400 donation)
  • English books
  • Dungeons & Dragons Club.

We are incredibly grateful for all the help and support from our school community.

Christmas Raffle
🎄Our Christmas Raffle is on ParentPay at £1 per ticket.🎅
Prizes are:
  • 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.
Thank you so much as ever. 😁

Your School Lottery:

This week’s jackpot winning number is:

One of your supporters won: £13.50

If you haven’t signed up yet visit our lottery here –




Vacancy at St Bede’s Primary School

Click here for further information

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: GCSE Computer Science Revision in C2
Tuesday : Chess Club in M5
Art club – all years in  A1 and A2
Wednesday : Easy as Pi – Maths Club – in M6
Wednesday : Dungeons and Dragons in B5
Art club  -all years A1 in and A2
KS3 History Club – Week 2 in H1
GCSE History Film Club – Week 1 in H1

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 the library

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

After School:

Rock School – year 7-9 – (Drums, Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal)
Choir (3.15-5pm)

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 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

Upcoming dates

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

Click here for future dates


“Everyone Matters – so attendance matters”


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