Newsletter 4.03.22

Newsletter 4.03.22


We are all incredibly dismayed at the images and news coming out of Ukraine. We hold all involved in our prayers. Together with Pope Francis, we have held our Ash Wednesday liturgies with the prayer intention that there will be a movement towards peace and reconciliation. 

In school, we hope to support our students as much as we can in these challenging times. This support includes the following opportunities:
  • Learning Mentor hub will now be open from 8.30am, in addition to break time and lunch.
  • Our Chaplain, Mairie, is usually in the chapel before school and at break and lunch.
  • The chapel is available for times of quiet prayer and reflection, or to light a candle for a special intention. 
  • There is a ‘post box’ outside the chapel for prayer requests or requests for a chat. 
  • Our Drop-in email, which proved very helpful during lockdown, is still active. Parents or students can access:  (monitored 9.00am to 3.00pm)
If you have concerns about your child, or if you would like us to know anything about your family situation in respect of the crisis, please let us know. You can email the appropriate year leader or via the drop-in email. 
Support for Ukraine 
We had nominated our Lenten fundraising to support CARITAS Shrewsbury. CARITAS  already have schemes in place. locally, to support refugees and work with the government sponsorship scheme. CARITAS International is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee which has recently launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Scheme. They are already ‘on the ground’ with CARITAS Ukraine and CARITAS Poland giving humanitarian support. Our students will soon be focusing on their fundraising projects.  Fundraising will happen through to the end of April and the final amount will be shared between the local and International branches. We thank you for your support as always. 

We have already seen the local Ukrainian and Polish communities mobilising to collect supplies that will be travelling overland from this weekend.  Sadly, this will be an on-going need and we will send out information next week with information about St Nicholas’ plans to help with immediate need. 

We continue to pray for peace, Our Lady of Kyiv pray for us. 
Our Prayer for Ukraine 
Holy and Gracious God​
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.​
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your arms hold them in this time of great fear.​
We pray for all those who have the power; that they will choose life, and life in all its fullness.​
We pray for leaders; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.​
Above all, Lord, today we pray for peace for Ukraine.​
And we ask this in the name of your blessed Son.​
Lord have mercy.​
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
It was a great blessing to, at last, be able to celebrate our Lenten tradition with the Ashes liturgy.
Each year group attended a time of reflection and prayer in the assembly hall and were able to have the imposition of Ashes or a Lent blessing. We reflected on the idea that Ash Wednesday gives us the opportunity to set an intention for Lent. To consider who we are and who we would like to be, and how faith might help us to move forward.

World Book Day 2022

World Book Day celebrated its 25th year this year; that’s 25 years of sharing a love of books, listening to our favourite authors and escaping into another world – at least for a couple of hours. Here at St Nicholas’ we have celebrated by taking part in a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed treasure hunt; guessed which staff are hiding behind copies of their favourite books; shared book reviews and recommendations with one another; heard our subject teachers talk about their favourite curriculum related books and entered photographs into our ‘read with an animal’ photography competition.

It’s safe to say there has been a real buzz around the school today about books and reading. Reading really is a superpower and the impact regular reading has on progress and attainment (across the school, not just in English) should never be underestimated. According to Renaissance Learning:

We hope that you have all found a 15 minutes – or perhaps more – to enjoy a good read today. Thank you for your continued support.

English Department

World Book Day.

Thank you to all the staff for taking part in this fun challenge.

Can you guess who is behind the mask?

£1 book tokens

Years 7, 8 and 9 have been issued their World Book day book tokens.  They can be swapped for a free book or redeemed for £1 off a book of your choice over £2.99.  We hope you make good use of them and find something to read and enjoy.

All major supermarkets including Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and most large bookshop chains such as WHSmith, Waterstones are accepting tokens.

Sporting Success – Sophie Morrin plays for Ireland.

Sophie Morrin, 12B, received her first international call up for Ireland U17s. They travelled to Spain last week to play against Switzerland in two friendlies where they lost one and won one. Sophie also plays club football for Liverpool FC.

Well done Sophie – what an achievement!

Sporting Success – Rhys Morillo Archery Success
Another huge step forward for our Junior National standard Archer Rhys Morrillo in Year 12.
 Rhys took part in his first Senior Competition during Half Term. The Cheshire Senior Indoor Championships. He only went and WON the Gents Recurve beating 20 male archers, shot a Personal Best and set a NEW COUNTY RECORD!!!.
He also won Cheshire Junior Archer of the Year.
Amazing work Rhys!
GCSE revision sessions

Year 11 are all getting ready for their GCSEs this summer.
There are plenty of revision support going on in school both during lunchtime and after school.

The Exam Boards 
English After School revision sessions
Year 11 Revision Sessions

Music Department news

At this time of the year we usually join with our partner primary schools for our Music Festivals. Unfortunately, due to the disruption caused by the pandemic our primary schools can’t join us at this point, however we have re-scheduled for later this term once GCSE and A-Level examinations have taken place. We are therefore holding a Spring Concert on Wednesday 16th March  in which all our ensembles will perform as well as some performances from GCSE and A-Level students.

A notification will be sent next week on Parentpay about ticket allocation.

Information and support for parents
Cheshire West and Chester Parent Carer Forum.
Please click here for further information
St Nicholas Alumni
CALLING ALL PAST STUDENTS – We are looking to provide an exciting opportunity for past and present students of St Nicholas Catholic High School and Sixth Form. We would like to build a database for an Alumni. This would not only enable us to see how past students are doing, but also create valuable network which could hugely benefit our current students.
If you could spare 2 minutes to fill out the form below it would be greatly appreciated. Please click here
Virtual Work Experience At Daresbury Laboratory
For anyone who is interested in science, engineering, technology or computing – Daresbury Laboratory are offering virtual work experience in the summer.
Open for students from Year 10-13
Closing date for applications is 7th March
Click here for further details
Lunchtime and After School Clubs

Monday Lunch – KS4/5 Art Club in A1
Tuesday Lunch – KS3 MFL Games Club – in L5
Tuesday Lunch –  Chill Club run by Learning Mentors – in R1
Tuesday After School – KS4 French film club in L2 (3:20-4:15)
Tuesday Lunch – Chess Club, in M5, all year groups
Tuesday Lunch – KS3 Art Club in A1
Tuesday After School – KS4/5 Art Club in A1
Wednesday Lunch – Hegarty Maths Homework Club in M6
Wednesday Lunch – Sparx Maths support, in C3, for Year 9
Wednesday Lunch – Wellbeing Wednesdays for KS3 students. Year 9 ambassadors mentor younger students.  and we run wellbeing activities every week in E6.
Thursday Lunch – Knitting Club  in R1
Thursday Lunch – Writing Club in E3
Thursday Lunch – KS4/5 Art Club in A2
Thursday Lunch – KS4 French Book Club – in L4
Thursday after school – KS4 Spanish Film Club –   in L5
Thursday After School – KS4/5 Art Club in A2
Friday Lunch – GCSE English revision in E4
Friday Lunch – KS3 Art Club in A2

Girls’ After School Sports
Monday 7th March:
Year 7/8 Total Sport Club in Sports Hall (3:15-4:15pm)
Tuesday 8th March: 
Hockey 3:15-4:30
Wednesday 9th March: 
Netball 3:15-4:30
Thursday 10th March
Trampolining (GCSE Sport Science students only) 3:15-4:30
Badminton 3:15-4:30
Friday 11th March:
Run Club with TB (3:15-4:00pm)
Boys’ After School Sports
Monday 7th March:
Year 7/8 Total Sport Club in Sports Hall (3:15-4:15pm)
U15 Indoor Cricket Competition @ Hartford High School with MA
Tuesday 8th March: 
Year 7 & 8 Rugby with MA & AW (3:15-4:15pm)
Wednesday 9th March: 
Year 13 EAPI Assessments with PE Department
Thursday 10th March
Year 9 Basketball Competition @ Rudheath Senior Academy with AW (3:15-5:30pm)
Year 9/10 Rugby Training with MA & DJ (3:15-4:15pm)
Friday 11th March:
Run Club with TB (3:15-4:00pm)
Vacancies at St Nicholas

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Upcoming Dates

Year 11 English & Maths Additional Mocks  –  Friday 4th – Tuesday 8th March 2022
PTFA Meeting  –  Tuesday 8th March 2022  (6.15 – 7.15pm)
Year 11 Food Technology Practical GCSE Exam  –  Monday 14th May 2022 & Tuesday 15th May 2022
Year 10 SEN Information Evening  –  Tuesday 15th March 2022  (4.00 – 5.15pm)
Spring Concert  –  Wednesday 16th March 2022  (6.30pm) 

Easter Holidays – School closes Wednesday 13th April – reopens Wednesday 27th April 2022

For future dates click here

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