Headteacher's Blog 10.09.2018

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Dear Parent / Carer

I would like to begin the first blog of this New Year by welcoming parents of students who have joined us in Y7 and in Y12. Both Mr Saunders (Head of Y7) and Mr Birch (Head of 6th Form) have been really pleased with the first impressions made by those students, who have made a positive start to the year.

I must also take this opportunity to congratulate last year’s Y11 and Y13 students on their exam results. We were delighted with some excellent results and were particularly pleased to see one of our strongest ever set of GCSE results in what was the first year of the new style GCSEs for many of the subjects. We saw some similarly great performances from our Y9 and Y10 students in their ‘short fat exams’.

Of course, there are always some results that are disappointing and things that we can learn, but that is part of life. It is always what we do next that matters.

With that thought, as we look ahead to the new academic year, we have our information evenings for parents over the next two weeks. During these evenings we look to give a summary of some of the key features of the year ahead for your children. We will have various workshops running, generally aimed to provide advice that we hope will be useful to you in helping your children to cope with the challenges and make the best of the opportunities in the school year ahead. I look forward to seeing you there.

Last Friday I again represented the school on the annual Bishop’s Walk, which has been going for 20 years raising money for the St Wilfrid’s Centre which serves homeless and vulnerable adults. The weather was definitely Autumnal, but as always, it was great to walk with the Bishop, priests, representatives from our Catholic schools and staff, volunteers and clients from the St Wilfrid’s centre. This year it was particularly lovely to see Mr Murray, who having retired from Notre Dame just over a year ago, is now volunteering at the centre and was asked to plan and lead this year’s walk.

The St Wilfrid’s centre is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when a community pull together to ensure that those who are facing challenges in their life are not forgotten. There are so many great stories from over the years since the centre was established and, although they depend entirely on charitable donations and volunteers, the centre continues to thrive.

I will be speaking to all year groups about the centre in assemblies over the coming week and I will be asking students to continue our tradition of support by raising some money to sponsor the walk. I have also included a link to the centre in the blog and, if you don’t know much about them, I would encourage you to take a little look at what they do and maybe to consider making a donation to support their work if you feel you can.

Before I finish, please can I remind parents who are collecting their children at the end of the day to obey the parking restrictions by not parking in the bus bays and also to avoid stopping near the junction between Fulwood Road and Riverdale Road. I am well aware that parking is very difficult around school and you may need to park some way from the main gate on one of the side roads. However, doing so really helps to ensure that students here and at St Maries are able to safely leave school to walk home or to get on the bus and I know that will be the highest priority for all of us.


St Wilfrid’s Centre Website; http://www.stwilfridscentre.org/

Dates for your diary:

·         Parents' information evenings (all starting at 5pm in the Salle);

·         Parents of Y7 & Y8 students; Wednesday 12th September

·         Parents of Y9 & Y10 students; Thursday 13th September

·         Parents of Y12 students; Tuesday 18th September

·         Parents of Y11 students; Wednesday 19th September

·         Y6 Open Evening; Tuesday 25th September 5.30-7.30

·         Friends Of Notre Dame meeting; Wednesday 26th September 6-7pm (Ranmoor Inn)

·         Y11 Parents’ Evening; Thursday 4th October 5-7pm

·         FOND Car Boot Sale; Sunday 7th October, 11:00am - 1:00pm (in the school grounds)

·         Y7&Y8 Disco; Wednesday 24th October 7-9pm

 

An update from the PE department on some of the extra-curricular activities which are available to students at Notre Dame:

Our extra curricular programme at Notre Dame continues to be one of the strongest in the City. We enter most competitions at a range of age groups. Last year our students were given opportunities in athletics, dance, cheerleading, basketball, cricket, outdoor activities, skiing, football, golf, rounders, netball, mountain biking, gymnastics, trampolining, rowing, fitness, orienteering, bouldering and cross country! All extra curricular takes part due to staff volunteers both in and out of the PE department. Last year we had competitions in school, in the City and Nationally.


Most practices have an 'open house' policy with all students welcome - the only time we have to change this is when there are too many to fit! Please take a look at the opportunities on offer and join in!

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In the summer term at the end of each year we try and celebrate all the extra curricular effort that has been given by the students by inviting them to the 'Sports Presentation Evening'. Here we have a chance to recognise individual achievements and efforts.

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PE Winter Practices Timetable 

 

SPORTS HALL

FIELD

GYM

F SUITE

OTHER

MONDAY

Y10+11 BBALL RDO

SPORTS HALL

GIRLS FBALL LG

SPORTS HALL

TEAM GYM CK

GYM

Y11

FITNESS SUITE

 

TUESDAY

Y9+10 NBALL LT

SPORTS HALL

Y9 FBALL RDO

SPORTS HALL

   

Y7+9 DANCE CW

CHAPEL

GCSE PE CLUB S13

WEDNESDAY

Y7+ 8 NBALL JH/JN

SPORTS HALL

Y10 + SIXTH FORM FBALL SD

FITNESS SUITE

Y8+10 DANCE/ LYRICAL TEAM CW

GYM

Y7 ROWING LT

FITNESS SUITE

 

THURSDAY

Y8+9 BADMINTON

SPORTS HALL (Y7 AFTER FEB HALF TERM)

Y7 FBALL JOS

FITNESS SUITE

RUGBY

FITNESS SUITE

 

Y9

FITNESS SUITE

AFTER SCHOOL TRAMPOLINING

FRIDAY

Y7-9 BBALL RDO

SPORTS HALL

Y8+11 FBALL JOS

FITNESS SUITE

CHEERLEADING CK TBC

Y10

FITNESS SUITE

 

 

 

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