Newsletter 29.04.22

Newsletter 29.04.22

Message from our Chaplain Mairie
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and Happy Easter. Although we have had 40 days for Lent, we now have 50 days for Easter – so do keep celebrating. 
Thank you to everyone who has supported our students in their Lent charity fundraising – it has been such a successful few weeks time and great to see so many enthusiastically involved. The fundraising can continue to the end of next week (6th May) and I hope to be able to announce our total soon after. I met with one of the CARITAS workers over Easter and they were delighted that we have committed so well to this important work both locally and internationally.   
Our Gospel Values for this term is ‘Purity and Holiness‘ and we can look to Mary as an example of how we can include these values in our lives. We are reminded that God sees each one of us as unique and blessed. We can come up against challenges that try to persuade us into unhelpful and negative ways of being. We are called back to reflect and respond, to choose good and positive ways to live, to be good examples and to move towards being the people we really want to be.  
We look forward to celebrating the Year 11 Celebration Mass next Tuesday at 6.00pm in the Assembly Hall. This is a special milestone in the Year 11 journey, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate it with students and families. 
During May there will be a focus on the Rosary and, particularly, the Hail Mary. May is a traditional time for this and responds to Pope Francis’ request to pray for peace. We will be providing rosaries to form groups so that they can pray together for their particular intentions. 
Stanley Igoe Cup
On Wednesday 13th April, Year 11 took part in the Stanley Igoe Cup, commemorating two former students, Claire Stanley and Michael Igoe who sadly passed away during their time at St Nicholas.
The competition has taken place every year for the past twenty years with only a break for the past two years.
This year it was a joy to once again be able to see the Year 11 students competing in rugby and netball. They were divided into countries and Ireland came out on top.
Well done to everyone who took part.
The Joy of Audiobooks

Research from the Reading Agency confirms that listening to audio books can improve literacy skills in reluctant readers. Positive engagement with audiobooks can specifically develop decoding and comprehension skills, while supporting reading enjoyment, wellbeing, and emotional intelligence. Audio books allow students to access stories beyond their reading level. They can hear them in a range of exciting voices and accents and understand expressions and nuances which are not always clear from printed books. The Reading Agency’s findings can be read here:

Audio books can be costly. However, Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Public libraries have a wide range of eBooks and audio books available to access online. All you need is a library membership, a pin and to download the Borrow Box app.

Music Rehearsals

Tuesday 3rd May
Lunchtime – Bugsy Malone Cast
After School – Staff Meeting followed by Year 11 Celebration Mass (Chamber Choir) 6pm
Wednesday 4th May
Lunchtime – Woodwind Ensemble
Thursday 5th May
Lunchtime – String Ensemble
After School GCSE Revision
Friday. 6th May
Lunchtime – Singformers
After School – Orchestra

Parent Focus Group

Our next Parent Focus Group is scheduled for Wednesday 11th May from 6pm to 7pm and will focus our Pastoral Curriculum here at St Nicholas.

Pastoral support for your children remains a key strength of our school community and our curriculum supports their learning and formation across such subjects as online safety, relationships and sex education, Careers, Citizenship as well as personal, social and health education.

As always we would welcome your feedback and suggestions in relation to any of these matters and please email if you would like to attend in May. 

HPV vaccinations in school for years 8 and 9

On Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of May the NHS will be doing HPV vaccinations for Year 8 and 9. Please note the deadline to fill in this form is noon on Tuesday 3rd May. The school code is CP111450

If your child is in Year 10 and has missed their HPV vaccination last year, please email

PTFA Summer Raffle and Your School Lottery
The PTFA will be holding their summer raffle again in a few months.
If you have any raffle prizes that you could kindly donate please contact school.

Thank you to those who have bought their lottery tickets and joined
Every supporter has  the opportunity to win prizes up to £25,000 every week.
40% of every pound comes straight back to school and there is a guaranteed weekly prize to someone in our community. Tickets are £1

Next PTFA meeting: Monday 9th May at 6.15 pm – 7.15 pm – all welcome.
Year 8 prize draw for 4s on lesson monitor.
Before Easter 120 Year 8s went into the prize draw for getting a 4 on lesson monitor in MFL in the last week and a half of term. The winner has been drawn – congratulations to Rodrigo Swain.
Well done to everyone who got a 4 and were able to take part.
Year 9 Easter Memrise competition

The winners of the Year 9 Easter Memrise competition are: 
Most total points – William Cummings 9Ward
Prize draw from all entrants – Aaron Satingin 9Camara
Well done to all who took part. 
Weaver Vale Housing Trust currently have the following apprenticeships available:
Now Northwich –  Dance and Street Arts Festival
Produced by Cheshire Dance, Now Northwich is an international dance and street arts festival that will be taking place for the third time on 30th April across Northwich Town Centre and Barons Quay. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and families to experience a variety of arts over a 12 hour period for Free.
Charity Safari Walk in aid of Alder Hey

Oli’s Safari Walk takes place on Sunday 15th May at Knowsley Safari Walk. The 3k walk is wheelchair and pram accessible, making it a perfect day out for the entire family. You will be able to walk through a scenic route that is not normally open to the public.

Girls’ After School Sports
Tuesday 3rd May: 
Staff Meeting – No Clubs
Wednesday 4th 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 5th May
All Years- Striking & Fielding with PE Department (3:15-4:15pm)
Friday 6th May:
Run Club with TB (3:15-4:00pm)
All Years- Tennis with PE Department (3:15-4:15pm)
Boys’ After School Sports
Tuesday 3rd May: 
Staff Meeting – No Clubs
Wednesday 4th 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 5th May
All Years- Striking & Fielding with PE Department (3:15-4:15pm)
Friday 6th May:
Run Club with TB (3:15-4:00pm)
All Years- Tennis with PE Department (3:15-4:15pm)
Upcoming Dates

BANK HOLIDAY  –  Monday 2nd May 2022
Year 11 Mass  –  Tuesday 3rd May 2022  (6pm)
PTFA Meeting  –  Monday 9th May 2022  (6.15 – 7.15pm)
Parent Focus Meeting 3  –  Wednesday 11th May 2022  (6.00 – 7.00pm)
Year 13 Celebration & Mass (leave at lunch)  –  Friday 20th May 2022
Year 7 Parents’ Evening  –  Monday 23rd May 2022  (4.15 – 7.30pm)
Year 9 Reports to Parents  –  Tuesday 24th May 2022
SCHOOL CLOSES  –  Friday 27th May 2022
SCHOOL REOPENS  –  Monday 6th June 2022
SCHOOL CLOSES for SUMMER HOLIDAYS  –  Wednesday 20th July 2022

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