New Head Girl and Head Boy elected
Students and staff have voted for the new head students for the school following speeches made to every year group in school. The candidates had to speak to six different assemblies and then wait for the outcome of the voting which was counted on the last day of the half term.
The new Head Girl is Olivia Brett, and the Deputy Head Girl will be Joy Hunter, while the new Head Boy is Frankie Serra and the Deputy Head Boy is Matthew Langford.
The speeches were first class, with the students each telling their own stories about what they had gained from school life, and what they wanted to put back into the school as head students.
The Head of Sixth Form Mrs Fitzgerald spoke about how proud she was of each of the candidates and thanked each of them for what they had already done for the school and the Sixth Form.
SCHOOL TURNS RED FOR THE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
Students at The Catholic High School, Chester left their traditional green uniforms behind today as they turned the school red in support of The British Heart Foundation Appeal. Todd Williams of Year 11 approached Headteacher John Murray with the idea in January and found himself with the job of organising the day. Students throughout the school dressed in red tights, red shoes, red jumpers, and probably many other items too.
The only rule was ‘no football shirts’ and the response was really imaginative. One student simply added a red bow tie to her uniform, while others turned up head to toe in red.
There was a special cheer for Head of Year 8, Bernadette Letissier, a lifelong Everton fan who claimed ‘they only did this to see me wearing red’.
‘We try to make sure we build in plenty of opportunity for our students to learn how to be generous’ said John Murray. ‘As well as well raising money, we have had some fun and we have learnt more about the work of the BHF’.
St Lucy's Day
13th December is the feast day of Santa Lucia - Saint Lucy.
Saint Lucy's Day or the Feast of St. Lucy is marked by Catholics and Orthodox Christians and also celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church.
Celebrations take place in the USA and Europe, especially Scandinavia. Lucy, whose name means 'light', is the patron saint of the blind.
Lucy was born in 283 AD in Syracuse, Sicily, and was killed there in 303 AD during Roman persecution under the Emperor Diocletian.
She wished to spend the money intended for her dowry on alms for the poor. So in St Lucy's name we had a spectacular day here at school raisng money for The Lourdes Jumbulance, Chester Aid for the Homeless and SVP. Staff and Students contributed to the festivities through donations and a variety of Christmas attire.
Mo-vember joined by the Mo-Sisters too
School was brightened up today by the appearance of painted moustaches on students who contributed to the Movember Cancer Research Charities. Boys and girls alike paid up to have a black 'tache added to their faces, choosing from traditional handlebars through to scary pirates. The Movember movement is as much about raising awareness of male cancers, especially prostate and testicular cancer, and school staff, lead by the Boys PE teachers, have taken the opportunity to add this educational element to the fun.
'We support Movember each year' said PE Teacher and Head of Year 10, Dylan Green. 'It's really nice to see the students joining in this time, especially those who would never usually sport a Mo'.
What a fantastic performance!
The school production of Our House – The Musical opened on Wednesday to a matinee performance for our partner primary schools, and then to a packed audience for the first public performance on Wednesday night. The talent on display was exceptional at every level, with students stepping up to superb debut performances on stage, in the band and in the support crew.
Curtis Hall’s performance as the lead character was excellent. In turn angry, funny, lonely and loyal – he is required to summon up a full range of emotions and make every entrance perfect. He rose to the occasion every time, but with perhaps his best moment coming in ‘The Sun and the Rain’. The trio sung by Ania Nowakowska, Ben Davies and Maisie McMahon was a very special moment, and as the long-suffering Sarah, it is an understatement to describe Maisie as first class. A really professional performance.
The sheer energy of the dance routines, the choral singing and the band made for a wonderful first night. Thanks go to all those involved in every way, but there has to be special mention of Mrs McCarthy and Mr Hussin who lived and breathed this show since the summer. Well done.
Remembrance Parade 11th November
One of the moments that gives me greatest pride in our school community is the way the students respond to the act of remembrance. For the last few years we have gathered as a school for a few minutes on 11th November. We stand in silence as the trumpets sound the Last Post, observe the two minutes and hear the words ‘Lest we Forget’.
As ever the students were fantastic and a real credit to the school and their families.
It was a real pleasure spending time last week with our Year 7 students at The Conway Centre on Anglesey. As well as joining in with some great activities (canoeing was my favourite) I also got the time to spend just chatting with our newest students and getting to know them.
The lads on my floor were great company, and were very kind about my trombone and saxophone practice. They even asked for more.
Well done to all of Year 7 for a marvellous week, and thanks to Mrs Bilko and her team for making the whole thing possible. Each year group always looks back to their time at Conway with great fondness, and this year will be no exception.
Thank you for a great Open Evening
We held our Open Evening on Tuesday 24th September and it was a real credit to the school. We welcomed parents and children from our partner primary schools, and from many other local schools, and also had a significant number of visitors looking at our Sixth Form provision too.
The governors were well represented and were delighted with what they saw in each of the different subjects around school. Parents are still welcome to visit the school and look around. Please contact the school office to arrange a time.
The usual school timetable was suspended for our 'Respect Day' on Thursday 12th September. The students heard from guest speakers including John Pridmore, we held our start of year Masses and everyone had a chance to find out about e-safety, work together on ideas about respect, and as an extra bonus, pass on an Olympic baton. Feedback from students has been excellent. On the same day a group of Year 11 boys went camping with Mr Cross, Mr Pedder and Mr Bottom. They came back into school on the Friday morning looking really tired. And while this was going on our new Year 12 students were away at their residential in Shropshire getting to know each other and their tutors. A really special day for everyone at The Catholic High School.
Welcome and Congratulations
Welcome to our new website, welcome to this new page – the Headteacher’s Blog – and welcome to the new school year. But before we go any further, congratulations to all those young people who have done so very well in their A level and GCSE examinations this summer.
There are news pages on the website which give more information about the exam results, but it is particularly pleasing to see so many of our students going on from our Sixth Form to the very top universities, to see our GCSE results continue to improve, and to see records being broken through the sheer hard work of our staff and students.
One of the key measurements for schools is the proportion of GCSE students gaining five or more GCSEs at C grade or above including English and Maths. We have had our best year ever on this measurement, at 61%, and it is complemented by our most successful year ever at GCSE Maths, with 72% of our students reaching at least a C grade. Well done.
The New School Year
Each year we pick out a theme for the whole school, and this year it is RESPECT. We have had assemblies and tutor time already looking at the example set by great figures such as Dr Martin Luther King Jr. We will be celebrating a very special day on Thursday 12th September when the school will look at respect with the help of some inspiring speakers and in our start of year Masses. The students will also have time in their tutor groups to discuss the ways in which we show respect for each other in school and in our community.
A New Date for the Open Evening
Our school Open Evening is much earlier this year – instead of mid-October we are holding it on Tuesday 24th September. The format will be very similar to previous years, with exhibitions in different academic departments and two talks in the School Hall, one at 6.30pm and one at 8.00pm. The earlier talk will be followed by an open rehearsal of our school production ‘Our House’, and the second talk will be followed by music from our internationally famous swing band ‘CityJazz’.