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Noye’s Fludde

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  

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Reading Rampage

It's been an exciting but exhausting week in the library with the launch of Reading Rampage, the annual Year 8 reading challenge! Taking place in secondary schools across the city, students have been challenged to read as many of the 20 shortlisted books as they can, and vote for their favourite.

Leicester Music Fest

On the weekend 9-12 February English Martyrs will be hosting Leicester Music Fest, which features a series of music performances, competitions and workshops.

Performance by Resonations

Everyone is welcome for an evening of music performed by Resonations, a group of undergraduate students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music - Rebecca Köhler Baratto, Petrina Phua and Griff Wadkin on Saturday 24th February at 7pm in the St Cecilia Auditorium.

Dedication of the Evangeliarium

Bishop Patrick visited the school on Friday 8th December. The Bishop celebrated Mass of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and in his homily discussed the difficulties of faith and the risk each one of us has to take to form a relationship with the Lord.

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.

Business interviews

On Thursday 3rd May, students in year ten took part in mock business interviews with representatives from an array of companies and organisations including The Sytner Group, Santander, British Gas, Pepsico, John Lewis, and the Department for Work and Pensions.

Examinations

Year 11 are drawing to the conclusion of their courses now and heavily committed to revision as the beginning of the examinations looms.

Galaxy Tablet Winner

Congratulations to Edward Grey in Year 8 who was the winner of the Samsung Tablet. All students who had 500 or more ePraise points by Easter were entered into a draw and Edward was the lucky winner! Congratulations to Edward.

Visit of Sr Dorothy Paul

As part of the Sixth Form Speakers Programme, Sister Dorothy Paul visited the school in November to speak about the tremendous evil of Human Trafficking in our country and city today. Sister told us about the work of the Medaille Trust which helps to rehabilitate victims.

English Martyrs students visit The Skills Show

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. 

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.

Reading Rampage Author Workshop with Ali Sparkes

On Thursday 15th March, a group of Year 8s were lucky enough to attend a workshop with Reading Rampage author Ali Sparkes. Students were fascinated to hear about the gravestone which inspired Ali's novel, 'Thunderstruck' - and about the effects and likelihood of being struck by lightning.

Bishop Martyn visits

As part of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity which concludes on the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, Bishop Martyn Snow - the Anglican Bishop of Leicester - came to speak to the Sixth Form.

Shakespeare Schools festival at Curve Theatre

On Tuesday 14th November a group of year 10 students took part in the Shakespeare Schools festival at Curve Theatre, Leicester. Every year the Shakespeare Schools Foundation works with thousands of students from different communities across the country.

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.