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Annual Progression Evening

Year 11 and 12 students and their parents turned out in force for our annual progression evening. Universities, employers and professionals were on hand to offer advice on courses, entry requirements, A Level choices and careers. We are grateful to them all for the support they continue to offer our students.

GCSE Results

 

GCSE students learned their results this morning and there were many smiles as they collected their envelopes! Mr Carney writes: “We are very pleased that once again students have achieved very well, in many cases exceeding their target grades."

English Martyrs Sports Day- Thursday 6th July 2017

Students in Years 7-10 participated in their houses for our annual Sports Day at Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium on Thursday 6th July. The atmosphere was electric with students performing in a wide array of events and supporting their teammates with banners, flags and face paint! 

County Athletics

Many of our students made it through to the finals in our recent visit to the County Athletics event earlier this month.  Congratulations to the following students who performed excellently in a tough field of competitors, particularly as very few of our students train for these events outside of school.

Leavers’ Celebrations

Fr Martin celebrated a beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving with students in Year 13 on Thursday 25 May to mark the formal end of their education here. For the first time the Mass was celebrated in the Sixth Form Study with music led by Mr Boston and Mr Matusiak.

Year 7 Retreat Castlerigg Manor

Students in year seven are enjoying a wonderful retreat in the Lake District this week. Arriving on Monday they have had a very full programme of activities which include spiritual reflections, discussions, practical activities, times of formal and informal prayer, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass as well as extensive daily walks.

ABRSM Music Exams: exceptional results

Thomas Good (Grade 3 singing), Joseph Higgitt (Grade 1 piano) and Joseph Reilly (Grade 8 singing) all achieved exceptional results in their Associated Board music exams held just before Easter: all three were awarded a Distinction - the highest mark. Katy Toms (Grade 2 bassoon) and Harry Barnett (Grade 2 piano) continued this by each being awarded a Merit in their exams. Congratulations to all five of these students for such exceptional results!

Lent fundraising

What did you do for Lent? These students were inspired by CAFOD’s theme “Turn little fish into big fish” and set about making simnel cakes to sell for Easter making £110. Their efforts and the many other fund raising activities small and large during Lent meant that as a school we raised £1360 for CAFOD. Thank you and congratulations to everyone.

Beats that!

During break on our non-uniform day to celebrate the start of Numeracy week,  Leon George 7Sherwin was presented with a pair of ‘Beats’ which he purchased from the Epraise shop. Leon managed to collect the 800 Epraise points needed mostlyby doing lots of great work in class and being helpful around the school.

World Book Day – Book in a Day - Thursday 2nd March

Each lesson of the day started with the teachers of Years 7, 8 and 9 reading installments from the novel ‘Raven’, by Tommy Donvaband. As the story unfolded, we learned about a young “goth” girl named Poppy, who now wants to be called Raven – and who dyes her hair bright pink because her mum told her she couldn’t dye it black. 

Safer Internet Day 2017

“Be the change: Unite for a better internet” was the theme for this year’s Safer Internet Day. During the week, students in Years 7-9 have been looking at how they can make this possible by watching a sort film, presentation and activities related to images.

Primary School Music Making

Beginning this week, English Martyrs' music department is pleased providing music lessons at both St Patrick's School and Christ the King School as part of a special project to help links through the year 6 to year 7 transition period.

Mr Cassidy will be teaching the year 6s some solo performances pieces and a very special massed item ready to be performed at the Spring Concert on March 30th where all musicians from English Martyrs' and now St Patrick's and Christ the King will join together to play as one, very large, musical force.

Beauty and the Beast

Tickets are now on sale for our school performance of Beauty and the Beast.  

Performances are to be held on Wednesday 1st February and Thursday 2nd February2017.  Performances start at 6pm.

Christmas Carol Services

Christmas Carol Services were held for parents on Tuesday evening and for the whole school on Wednesday morning in the St Cecilia Auditorium. During Advent this year as a community we have been praying for people caught up in conflicts and forced to become refugees. We have also been raising money for the charity Leicester – City of Sanctuary which helps refugees in our community.

Leicester MusicFest - 11th and 12th March 2017

We are delighted that the new Leicester MusicFest is going to be held at English Martyrs! Leicester MusicFest is run by a team of local professional musicians and teachers, all of whom are volunteers.  The festival which offers competitions, concerts and masterclasses is being held on 11th and 12th March 2017.

Gala Concert - 26th November - 7pm

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University Fair 2016

21 universities attended this year's  University Fair. Over 300 students from Years 9-12 and their parents came to talk to the universities about courses, accommodation and finance with many people saying that they found the advice invaluable in terms of choosing the right GCSE and A Level subjects.

Welcome Letter from Mr Carney

It was exciting to welcome the school on Tuesday and to see students smartly dressed and ready for the new school year. Our beginning of year assembly was about the privilege of our education here and we are asked to keep in our prayers this year those children and young people who because of war or poverty are denied the opportunity to go to school.

Sports Day 2016

On Thursday 7th July 2016 the whole school attended the Saffron Lane Athletics track for our annual Sports Day. Throughout the event, students from years 7-10 competed against one another to represent their form houses.

Organ Discovery Day

Daniel Bennett, one of our Sixth Form Music Officers, writes:

On Saturday 23rd September, the Royal College of Organists hosted an Organ Discovery Day at English Martyrs' School.

Catherine Barnard- Brexit Talk

Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law at the University of Cambridge, spoke to the Sixth Form about the impact of BREXIT on Friday 22nd September.

Henry Bee (Head Boy) and Conor O’Grady (Communications Officer) write:

“Brexit is important to you all; you’ll be paying for it until you die.” These were the powerful closing words of Professor Catherine Barnard when she visited the school on Friday morning.

Agapé

Tuesday 4th July saw the end of year performance of Agape by the combined forces of our music society.

Visit of Liz Kendall MP

When our MP Liz Kendall visited our school, we were honoured to be picked to take part in quizzing her on various subjects. We felt she responded really well to some difficult questions.

Year 11 Prom

Students in Year 11 celebrated the end of their examinations in style at their Prom held at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday 21 June.  Parents came to see their beautiful daughters and sons arrive, stunningly dressed and many alighting from classic cars ranging from a Lamborghini , a Rolls Royce, a Hummer, stretched limos, to a Stock Car!

Area Athletics Champions!

On Thursday 25th May 75 English Martyrs students represented the school at the West Area Athletics Competition at Saffron Lane. It  was a fantastic, if very warm, evening and our students working exceptionally hard and achieved tremendous success – 25 of them qualifying to represent West Leicester at the County Championships on Saturday 10th June.  

Year 8 Reading Rampage

This year's Reading Rampage is well under way!  Students in Year 8 have been frantically borrowing books from this year's shortlist of 20 titles in a bid to decide on their favourite book.

Year 10 Mock Interviews

On Thursday 4th May, Year 10 students took part in mock interviews with representatives from companies and organisations such as Alltruck Plc, Santander, Leicester City Council, Grant Thornton and the Department for Work and Pensions. 

As a school we are very grateful to all the local business people who gave up their time to offer these interviews to each student. 

Alleluia! Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Students have been celebrating Easter with assemblies following the themes of the Easter Vigil Liturgy which begins with the blessing of the Paschal or Easter Candle (pictured).

This year there was a particular focus on our baptism. During assembly students renewed their baptismal promises, declaring that we reject sin so as to live in freedom as God’s children; rejecting the glamour of evil and declaring that we believe in God the Father who created all things, his Son Jesus Christ who rose from the dead and in the Holy Spirit who gives us strength.

Leicester Riders Visit

Leicester Riders captain Tyler Bernardini got Numeracy Week off to a slam dunk start by talking to students about the importance of numeracy in life and how he uses Maths in basketball. Tyler is a graduate of the prestigious Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and attends the Loughborough School of Business and Economics studying for a MSc in International Management alongside his playing duties with the BBL team.

Important School Transport Information

MAINSTREAM TRANSPORT POLICY

There have been no changes to the mainstream home to school transport policy since it changed in September 2015.  A quick reminder is that free transport will be provided to the nearest/nearest Leicestershire or frozen school where the distance is more than 2 miles for primary and 3 miles for secondary age pupils.   Parents of secondary transfer pupils for September 2017 were reminded last September before they applied for their school places and again with their admission offer on 1st March and will get formal confirmation on whether they will be entitled to free transport (11+ and 14+ transfer groups) by the end of April.

Reading Rampage 2017

Year 8 students are on a Reading Rampage as they take up this year's reading challenge.  They have exclusive borrowing rights from the library so they can read as many books as they can from a list of twenty titles, to determine the most popular book!  

Student Behaviour Policy

The school governors are constantly monitoring behaviour in school and are currently undertaking a review of the Student Behaviour Policy 

Should you wish to make any comments or recommendations about the School Student Behaviour Policy please write to Mrs J Washington, Chair of Governors by Wednesday 15th March 2017.

Young Shakespeare Company

The Young Shakespeare Company came into school to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to the whole of Year 8 on Monday 27th February. At the beginning the actors led a workshop, explaining how the play could be performed in different contexts. Students then volunteered to play roles in the Masked Ball Scene.

Travelling to school

Finding a way to travel safely to school needn’t be as difficult as the lessons themselves.

Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council and the Department of Transport have asked us to draw your attention to their website www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk  which includes a lot of information about the best ways to get from home to school and advice on:

walking or cycling / scooting to school
school and college transport services in Leicester City
school and college transport services in Leicestershire.

The website includes a journey planner which will determine best route, travel time, mileage by car, bus routes/service numbers and even calories burnt if travel by foot/cycle! 

Careers Fair

Students and parents took the opportunity to speak to employers, professionals and universities about making the right GCSE option choices, university courses and jobs. We are very grateful for the support and advice offered to all our students at the Fair. 

 

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Songwriting Masterclass

Many of our school musicians took the opportunity to enjoy a songwriting masterclass on Friday 20th January, led by Rosie and Marcus Joseph.  Students learnt about the four different starting points to songwriting: melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics.  Together, the students composed a song on the theme of 'unity', showing great maturity and insight whilst considering the lyrics and melody especially.

Choral Evensong

Once again, the Schola Cantorum of English Martyrs was pleased to accept an invitation to sing Choral Evensong with the Choir of Leicester Cathedral on Friday 20th January as part of the week of prayer for Christian Unity.

The  service of evensong in the Church of England is based on the ancient monastic prayer of "Vespers" which by the time of the reformation in England was already an office set to elaborate choral music.

An end to Slavery

All families are invited by the Justice and Peace Commission of the diocese to a training event on Saturday 14th January at Blessed Sacrament Church. The day is about how we can all put an end to human trafficking and modern slavery in Britain today.

Raising Awareness of Online Grooming

Following on from the film "Kayleigh Haywood Love Story"  shown to all students at English Martyrs to raise awareness on the issue of on-line grooming and e-safety, all students have joined Leicestershire police's campaign to be safe on-line. This has involved students signing a pledge to be safer on-line and follow some basic rules.

Everybody’s Reading Festival - Lauren Child

Everybody’s Reading Festival in partnership with the Literary Leicester Festival was delighted to be able to invite 380 Year 3, 4 and 5 pupils from schools across the city to the auditorium at English Martyrs on November 16th to hear international bestselling author and the illustrator behind Charlie & Lola, Lauren Child.

Requiem Mass

The Church sets aside November as a month to remember and pray for those who have died. As a school, we will also be celebrating a voluntary Requiem Mass on Friday 11th November in St Cecilia Auditorium, to remember all our loved ones, family and friends who have died together with the victims of terror and disaster.  

Rugby Success

On Thursday 6th October a group of boys from years 7-11 attended the first Schools’ Rugby Festival at Belgrave Rugby Club. Year 7 and 8  made a combined team as did the Year 9 and 10.

Visit of Bishop Patrick, the Bishop of Nottingham

We welcomed Bishop Patrick to the school on Friday 9th September, this was the bishop’s first visit. As well as making a tour of the school and meeting some students and staff, he celebrated the Dedication of Studies Mass which was held in the St Cecilia Auditorium with concelebrating priests from the local parishes and Holy Cross Priory.

Jugendkapelle Lindau

As part of our International Programme we look forward to welcoming the Jugendkapelle Lindau, a concert band from Lindau, Germany, to the school next Thursday.

Sini Mathew and Leicestershire's MP6 Competition

Sini Mathew has enjoyed a successful year in Public Speaking. Having helped her team secure second place in a national competition organised by the English Speaking Union, she delivered an outstanding speech on the sugar tax in the semi-final of Leicestershire's MP6 Competition (organised by Sera Shortland from Hamilton School.)

Thanksgiving Mass

The end of the year was marked by a very beautiful Mass of Thanksgiving held in the quadrangle on Thursday 13 July, concelebrated by Fathers Martin Hardy, John-Joe Maloney and David Rocks. In his homily Fr Martin reflected on living the school motto, “May they all be one”.  

Girls’ Rugby Tournament

English Martyrs entered a Girls rugby union competition at Market Harborough RFU. With only three training sessions before the tournament, all of our girls played exceptionally well and managed to break down their opponent’s defence to score tries in every game.

Year 7 Enterprise Day

Recently the whole of Year 7 took part in an Enterprise Day. Teamwork, problem solving, buying and selling along with negotiating were just a few of the skills touched upon during the activities with Bright Futures. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it’s clear that we have more than a few budding entrepreneurs. The whole year group were a credit to the school and the team from Bright Futures were full of praise for the students’ attitude, behaviour and work ethic throughout the day. Well done year 7!

Tales from the Stave

What did you do during the autumn half term? Mr Simeone travelled with a BBC crew to Italy where he went to look at the original handwritten manuscript of one of the most famous operas ever written, “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi. You can hear him talking about the manuscript (and the very tragic story of the opera) on the latest series of the Radio 4 programme "Tales from the Stave" broadcast on Tuesday 2nd May and now available on the BBC iPlayer. The manuscript in kept in the Archivio Storico Ricordi in Milan, where Mr Simeone was able to see it in the company of an opera singer and one of Ricordi's senior archivists.

National Young Writers Awards 2017

On Wednesday 3rd May, Explore Learning came into school to deliver a writing workshop to the whole of year 7. They introduced a Creative Writing competition. Students were asked to write a story set in 3017 in under 500 words. Students were very enthusiastic and came up with lots of interesting ideas. They learned how to structure a story effectively, so that it was engaging for the readers. 

Numeracy Week Competition

Congratulations to the winner of the numeracy week competition and the beats headphones Brady Doherty, 10 Clitheroe.

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Numeracy Week - 3-7th April 2017

Next week the school is holding Numeracy Week, an exciting series of events and activities for students from year 7 to the Sixth Form. 

The full plan is here.

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Year 9 Poetry Project in collaboration with Curve Theatre

The poem Phrase Book by Jo Shapcott examines the fragmented nature of life and the impact of war upon human lives and also upon language. One of the key aims of the work undertaken by students was to reposition a piece of poetry, in order to lift it off the page and so embody it, using emotion and movement.

ePraise Success

Congratulations to these students in Year 7 who have now achieved 300 ePraise points! The students were presented with their certificates and English Martyrs’ pens by Mr Carney this week. Students said that they were pleased that their hard work has been recognised by teachers. Among this group favourite subjects are Maths, Geography and Science.

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English Martyrs makes music at Cambridge University

Current and former students of English Martyrs were performing this weekend in two of Cambridge University's most distinguished colleges. On Saturday, Liam Leonard conducted Bristol University Symphonic Winds at a concert in Trinity College Chapel, a glorious building completed during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Music Department Wins Gold Quality Mark Award

After a Leicestershire Schools Music Service audit of the music department last year, the music department was awarded the Gold Quality Mark Award at an awards ceremony on Friday 20th January.

The presentation comments rightly focused on the wonderful spirit shown by, and to musicians with an atmosphere of respect and support throughout the whole school.  

Year 9 Careers Fair

Year 9 Careers Fair

Year 9 students and their parents will have the opportunity to speak to a number of employers, professionals and universities at our Careers Fair on Tuesday 7th February 5-7pm. Year 9 are embarking on a very important journey as the choose their GCSE options. All our visitors will be on hand to offer options advice in order to help students make the best choices for their future.

Bassoon Students visit to St John the Baptist Primary School

On Friday 20th January three of our bassoon students visited St John the Baptist Primary School to take part in a promotional workshop with students from English Martyrs, St John the Baptist and Robert Smyth Academy.

The afternoon consisted of a masterclass by renowned bassoon soloist Laurence Perkins, ensemble playing with all senior bassoonists and secondary school students teaching primary students how to play the bassoon. You can learn more about Laurence at http://laurenceperkins.com/ 

Christmas Market and Carol Service

Your family and friends are welcome to our Festival of Readings & Carols, on Tuesday December 20th, in St Cecilia Auditorium. We anticipate a large number of parents, students and staff will wish to attend and so we would ask you to request tickets in order to reserve a place. Festive refreshments will be provided in the Exhibition Area at 5.00pm and there will be an opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts.

Bishop Patrick's pastoral letter for Advent

Bishop Patrick has issued a pastoral letter for Advent, in which he encourages us to pray for our priests and for vocations to priesthood and religious life.

“This Season of Advent is divided into two periods. From today until 16th December, the Church directs our gaze beyond the First Coming of Christ to his Second Coming in glory. The second period, from 17th December until Christmas Eve, directs our gaze towards the First Coming of Christ in his Birth at Bethlehem. Advent truly is a season of joyful and spiritual expectation. It is therefore a providential time to begin afresh our prayer throughout the Diocese for more vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and religious life.”

For the full text of the Bishop’s letter click here.

 

Kayleigh Haywood RIP

This week all students have had the opportunity to see the film Kayleigh's Love Story. This was made following the tragic murder of Kayleigh Haywood in Leicestershire last year and was produced by Leicestershire Police in conjunction with Kayleigh's parents.

Jugendkapelle Lindau Visit

On September 8th English Martyrs' welcomed the Jugendkapelle Lindau for the morning.  They performed in a joint concert with the English Martyrs' massed orchestra to year 7 students. 

Summer Art Exhibition

We were delighted yet again this year to be able to display some of the amazing work of our wonderful art students from year 7 through to year 13 in our summer art exhibition. 

A-Level Results 2016

Please click here to view the article on the Leicester Mercury website celebrating the A-Levl results across Leicester.