Newsletter 26.05.23

Newsletter 26.05.23

Message from our Chaplain Mairie
This week we celebrated Our Lady, Help of Christians feast day. She is the patron saint of Shrewsbury Diocese. In the chapel we reflected on the importance of Mary in our faith as an example of discipleship and faith. 
This Sunday is the feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit inspired Jesus’ disciples to continue his Mission. This year the theme for Pentecost is Creation. At this time of year, it is lovely to see the world around us grow and blossom. We take time to see God’s hand at work in the wonder of our world. 
A message regarding Confirmation for students belonging to St Mar’ys, Middlewich or St Joseph’s, Winsford. There will be an introduction session for both Parents/Carer and the Candidate/Child at St Mary’s Parish Centre. (Next to the church, in King Street, Middlewich) on Thursday 15th June, commencing at 7pm.
As the exam season continues, we pray for all of our students and their families. We hope that the half-term break gives an opportunity for rest as well as revision!
Year 11 – Last day in school.

Year 11 celebrated their last day in school today.

They had a wonderful and emotional assembly, finishing off with a beautiful rendition of ‘Let it be’ with everyone standing up and singing along.

A lot of shirts were signed, tears were shed and memories remembered.

We wish you all the best for your remaining exams and for all your future endeavors!

Year 13 – Chemistry Olympiad

We are delighted to announce that eight of our Year 13 students here at St Nicholas Catholic High School took part in this year’s Chemistry Olympiad 2023. It is an annual event notorious for being the leading chemistry competition for secondary students across the British Isles. All eight students did extremely well and in particular a huge congratulations to Charlene Lam, Eva Grice, Jack Watson, James Williams and Tharanya Gunaseelan for receiving a Bronze award. Well done on behalf of the whole Science Department!

Accelerated Reading update
Our fabulous year 7 readers are continuing to impress the English department and Ms Roberts in the library with their increased focus on Accelerated Reader. There has been some fierce competition between three form groups in particular who are vying for the top spot on our leader board. However, 7 Vincent are proving too much of a challenge having been at the top spot for several weeks now. During the last half-term, 7 Vincent have successfully passed 100 quizzes between them: a fantastic achievement!
Individual successes to be noted include the following students who have all read more than 500,000 words each since January:

Stan Shallcross
Siyana Chunara
Sean Connolly-Aston
Ebony Orme
Isabelle Camacho
Aleksander Wieckowski

Looking ahead…
During the week beginning June 26th, all Key Stage students will take part in a sponsored reading event organised by a charity called Read for Good. There will be an increased focus on reading at home and at school. Further information will be shared with parents/carers after the half-term break. In the mean time, please continue to encourage your child to read regularly (all KS3 students have 1 reading homework per cycle in English) and perhaps chat to them about the texts that they are reading currently.
Our final reading newsletter of the year will also be released next half-term with some holiday reading recommendations and a special interview with our new Headteacher, Mr Burns.

Dear Parents and Carers 

At St Nicholas we strive for students to be in school 100% so learning and progress is maximised. It is evidenced that students who attend school achieve the best and have the most options at the end of Year 11. 

We operate an attendance policy which highlights students with ‘broken weeks*’ and therefore irregular attendance. There is a staged response and support from their Form Tutor, Year Leader and Learning Mentor at each stage. 

Amber stage results in a letter home to inform you that attendance is becoming a little concerning even if absences have been authorised.  

If broken weeks continue, then an escalation to red stage and Year Leader contact to go over the reasons for absence and to offer in school support. 

Following this, any students not improving their attendance will receive a blue stage letter and this could result in action such as local authority referral for fixed penalty notices or even prosecution. 

To summarise: 

*A broken week is when a student misses 1 or more AM or PM in a week. 

Please contact the attendance officer in the first instance at school if you wish to discuss this further.

Used Uniform

St Nicholas is now a drop off point for The Green Uniform Bank. If your child has outgrown their uniform please send it to school and we will pass it on to the Uniform Bank.

We accept the following CLEAN items:

blazers, shirts, skirts, trousers, ties, PE kits as well trainers,  school shoes and football boots.

Please click here for further information regarding The Green Uniform Bank.

School Ties available to purchase

If your child has lost or damaged their school tie you can now purchase a new one on ParentPay.

The cost will be £7.69.

If you child has ever borrowed a tie from Student Support we kindly ask that it is returned.,

Dear Parents & Carers,
We will be holding our summer raffle on ParentPay after half term (£1 per ticket). We have some wonderful prizes including a food & drink hamper. If anyone has any prizes, they would be able to kindly donate please contact school. Thank you as always.
We hope you have a relaxing half term & are able to enjoy some family time.
We would like to wish those pupils in the middle of exams continued good luck. 🍀
Take care.
Your PTFA.
Your school lottery

This week’s jackpot winning number is: 692476

Our supporter won £13.50 in the draw.

If you haven’t signed up yet visit our lottery: 

This month all participants have the chance to win a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset bundle.

Library and Literacy
Mental Health Awareness Week books and digital resources
As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, I would like to draw your attention to the Reading Well website, an excellent resource for both teens and adults.
Reading Well for Teens provides recommended reading and online resources to support your teen’s mind, feelings and confidence.  All the books are available in the school library and in local libraries nationwide.  The list for teens is targeted at 13 – 18 year olds and has been selected by teens and wellbeing experts. The collection contains a mix of fiction and non-fiction and includes books suitable for those with lower reading levels.
Vacancy at St Nicholas
Teaching Assistant –  Autism Provision

Permanent position – 32.5 hours per week – 39 weeks per year.
8.20am until 3.15pm Monday to Friday, with an occasional meeting until 4.15pm on Wednesdays.
Grade 6 – £24,054 – £26,845 pro rata per annum
Closing date: 9am Friday 16 June 2023

Click here for further information

Teaching Assistant

Permanent Part Time Position: 35 hours per week – 39 weeks per year.
Start / End time to be discussed at interview.
Grade 5 – £21,968 – £24,054 pro rata per annum (Actual salary £17,850 – £19,546)
Closing date: 9am Friday 16 June 2023

Click here for further information

Year 13 Leaver’s Ball

The Year 13 Leaver’s Ball will take place on the 23rd June and will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Chester


There has been an increase in the number of cases of measles in England since January 2023, both in children and adults.

Measles is highly contagious and can lead to complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the brain which require hospitalisation and on rare occasions can lead to long term disability or death. People whose immunity is compromised, pregnant women and unvaccinated children are at increased risk of severe disease.

Measles symptoms to be aware of include:

  • high fever
  • sore, red, watery eyes
  • coughing
  • aching and feeling generally unwell
  • a blotchy red brown rash, which usually appears after the initial symptoms.

Anyone with symptoms that could be measles is advised to stay at home and phone their GP or NHS 111 for advice, rather than visiting the surgery or A&E. This is because measles spreads very quickly and easily and so it is important to try and prevent the illness spreading further.

The free MMR vaccine is a safe and effective way of protecting against measles, as well as mumps and rubella. It is never too late to have the MMR vaccine. Click here to read the letter from Cheshire West and Chester

Ballistic Bingo – Free fun community event
On Wednesday 31st May, Brio Leisure in Northwich will host Ballistic Bingo – a fun night of music, dancing and bingo for 11-16year olds. Each event previously organised has been well attended and all the kids have had a great time. Click here or scan the QR code for more details plus for students to book their places on the event.
Boys’ and Girls’ After School Sports
Tuesday 7th June
Tennis – Girls and Boys – all Years
Wednesday 8th June
Athletics – Girls and Boys – all Years
Thursday 9th June
Tennis – Girls and Boys – all Years
Rounders – Girls and Boys – all Years
Boys’ Cricket
Friday 10th June
Girls’ Cricket
Lunchtime and after school clubs

Monday lunch – Year 8 Technology Club in T3Monday lunch – Woodwind Ensemble in 1MMonday lunch – Art Club in A1Monday lunch – Year 7 & 8 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (NJS/JC)Monday lunch – iMedia Support for Year 11 in C2Tuesday lunch – Computing Club in C3Tuesday lunch – Science Club (for KS3) S5Tuesday lunch – Art Club in A1
Tuesday lunch –  Y11 GCSE Chemistry revision in S4
Tuesday lunch – Lunchtime Mass in the ChapelTuesday lunch or Thursday after school – KS4/5 Spanish Film Club in L5Tuesday 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 DS1Tuesday lunch – iMedia Support for Year 11 in C2Wednesday lunch – Dungeons and Dragons Club in B2Wednesday 3.15pm-4.15pm Dungeons and Dragons Club in B1Wednesday lunch – week 1 – Book Club in the LibraryWednesday 3.15-5pm Chamber Choir in the HallWednesday 3.15-4.15 GCSE Spanish Speaking Revision Club in L1Wednesday lunch – Year 10 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (MA)Wednesday lunch – lunch – iMedia Support for Year 11 in C2Thursday lunch – String Group in 1MThursday lunch – Chess Club in M5Thursday lunch – Art Club in A2Thursday lunch – Year 11 Badminton/Table Tennis in Sports Hall (NJS/JC)Thursday lunch – Programming revision for Year 11 in C2Thursday 3.15-4.15 – Orchestra
Friday Lunch – Easy As Pi Maths Club in M1
Friday Lunch ‘Everyone Aloud’ 1MFriday lunch – Art Club in A2Friday lunch – iMedia Support for Year 11 in C2Friday lunch- 6th Form Football in Sports Hall (NJS/MA)

Upcoming Dates


Monday 5th June –  SCHOOL REOPENS
Thursday 8th June – Year 7 Parents Evening 4.15 – 7.30pm
Friday 16th June – Year 11 Prom
Tuesday 19th June– PTFA Meeting 6.00-7.00pm
Tuesday 20th June – Sports Day
Wednesday 21st June – Reserve Sports Day
Friday 23rd June – INSET DAY
Thursday 20th July – SCHOOL CLOSES

For future dates click here

Click here to download 2023-24 Holiday Dates


Everyone matters – so attendance matters

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