English Martyrs' Catholic School is consulting on changes to our admissions arrangements which will take effect for the academic year 2020-21. The consultation will run from Monday 3rd December until Monday 14th January. Details of the changes and how you can submit comments can be found at http://www.aquinas-cmat.org/admissions.
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.
11 and 12 students and their parents are invited to attend the annual Progression Evening.
For our Sixth Form dress code, the preferred supplier is Grahame Gardner Ltd of Leicester. You can order online by following these instructions.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Parents and family members may find this video on the BBC news site helpful in explaining the new GCSE grades being introduced from this year.
During 8th – 12th October we are celebrating Oscar Romero week. Blessed Oscar Romero was a catholic priest and later a bishop who stood up for the oppressed poor in El Salvador and spoke out against the unjust government of his day who actively persecuted the people - using weekly broadcasts to criticise them and to preach Jesus’ Good News of human rights and freedom for all.
Preparations for Noye’s Fludde are going well. Pictured here are some Year 7 singers rehearsing singing in 7 parts (yes, 7 parts!) for the finale of the piece accompanied by our team of handbell ringers. Students were also trying out some of the more curious bits of stage equipment for the show: a wind machine which sounds surprisingly like wind howling in a storm and an instrument Benjamin Britten designed specifically for Noye’s Fludde: the Slung Mugs. These mugs have been carefully selected by Mr Simeone as each sounds a different note and will be used as part of a large percussion section including 4 timpani drums, a bass drum, a tam tam and cymbals.
Year 11 are drawing to the conclusion of their courses now and heavily committed to revision as the beginning of the examinations looms.
On Friday 17th November 2017 a party of Year 10 and Year 11 students attended the UK's largest skills, apprenticeships and careers event at the NEC in Birmingham. The skills show was packed with career advice and skills activities across a huge range of sectors. With hundreds of career ideas to explore the students wasted no time when they arrived in seeking advice from local and international businesses, colleges, universities and armed forces. They all thoroughly enjoyed the day's experience and feed back was extremely positive.
On Thursday 12th October year 7 put on a fantastically spirited concert to celebrate their first half term at the school.
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.
On Saturday 23rd September 2017, in association with the Royal College of Organists, we are having an Organ Discovery Day in the St Cecilia Auditorium. To view the flyer, please click here.
Tuesday 4th July saw the end of year performance of Agape by the combined forces of our music society.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
A Level Results Day – Thursday 16th August 2018
You may collect your A Level results from 9.00am – St Mary’s Building
GCSE Results Day – Thursday 23rd August 2018
You may collect your GCSE results from 9.00am – St Mary’s Building
Interviews for a place in Sixth Form will be available all day. An appointment is not necessary.
Students from Year 7-10 and Sixth Formers are currently rehearsing for our Arts Festival Production of Noye’s Fludde. This work uses the words of a play from Chester written about the same time as the Black Death, The Hundred Years' War and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales - which means that some of the lines are rather demanding - but our students are doing incredibly well and the performance will be really special. Pictured here are members of Year 7 who form the chorus of animals who board the ark with Noye (Noah). Meanwhile Mrs Noye, convinced her husband has finally lost the plot is having nothing to do with the absurd enterprise. Will she make it in time….
Performance: 29 June, 6pm. St Cecilia’s Auditorium.
Tickets cost: Adults £5; U19s £2
A FESTIVAL OF CHORAL MUSIC
Cantiunculae Choir, Belfast
Schola Cantorum, English Martyrs
Nicholas Morris, baritone, Andrew King, organ
''BBC Blue Peter recently launched an amazing competition with Aardman Animations whose next film - Early Man - will be released next year.
How can you play with your feet? What are all the buttons for?
Conor O'Grady, student Communication Officer, has created this radio piece for the event this Saturday.
English Martyrs’ Catholic School still has a small number of Sixth Form places available this year for students wishing to join Year 12.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Congratulations to the winner of the numeracy week competition and the beats headphones Brady Doherty, 10 Clitheroe.
This year’s Lent Services of Reconciliation, held last week in the Auditorium, ended with a dramatized reading of the poem: A Recipe for Kindness.