Fr John Joe Maloney of the Blessed Sacrament Church presenting Mr Carney and the Schola Cantorum with a cheque for £500 for ‘Let the Children Live’
Spring Concert tickets have raised £658.00 for 'Let The Children Live'
Letter from the Principal
The Year 10 GCSE Music class enjoyed performing to the whole of Barley Croft Primary School last Friday. They have been working hard to perform 'Only You' and 'The Passenger'. The concert was a great success and finished with the whole hall joining in with 'The Passenger'. The next time you can see the year 10 class perform is at the Spring Concert on Thursday 10th April. Well done year 10's.
English Martyrs Music Society Spring Concert
The English Martyrs Music Society Spring Concert will be held at the school on Thursday 10th April 6.00PM until 8.00PM.
Tickets are available from the main school office and the booking form can be downloaded here
All proceeds from the concert will go to "Let The Children Live".
Sixth Form Service of Reconciliation
The Sixth Form Service of Reconciliation for April 2nd can be downloaded here
Ash Wednesday Prayer Cards
Ash Wednesday prayer cards can be downloaded here
Letter from the Principal
The latest letter from the Principal to all parents can be downloaded here
Everyone is reminded that there is a raffle running at break and lunchtimes in aid of LOROS. Tickets are 20p each and can be purchased from the snack area.
BBC Schools News Project
Year 8 members of the school’s radio station SuperSonic FM and Year 8 history students have been contributing to BBC School Newsday in conjunction with students throughout England. Already today our students have taken part in an interview with BBC Radio Leicester for the Jim Davis show and they will be putting together further news reports particularly about a chapter of a book they are writing to raise awareness of the Rwandan Genocide which took place in 1994, twenty years ago.
"Today, we experienced a day of journalism, helping us to understand how reporters work when writing for the BBC news. The topic that we focused on was the Rwandan Genocide in 1994; we focused on this so that we could raise awareness of this tragic 100 days of mass murder. We developed skills such as interviewing, developing questions, filming footage and editing our work. We also learnt how to communicate with other students and professional agencies to develop this project further.
At the beginning of the day, BBC Radio Leicester visited our school and interviewed five members of the team. They were asked many questions about the genocide and their personal response to hearing a survivor speak. The survivors name is Beatha and we are using her first-hand account of the genocide to help write our book.
We linked this BBC Report with the book our school is currently writing, in collaboration with the Institution of Education. Our school was asked to write 14 chapters, distributed between the students filming today. We had guidance from two of our teachers each bringing a different approach to the project. The head of this project, Lead teacher in Holocaust Education Mr Preston, has put endless hours into this project and when he received an email from the BBC informing him about today, he accepted whole-heartedly. We have also had the help of Ms Munday, our English teacher, who has offered to assist with the journalism and writing side.
The students today each took up a role to maintain during the project. Our technical landscaping expert, Kenji N found the day “stressful” but enjoyable. Co-editor Ben H thought the day was educational . Tevin K, Misturah K and Daniella D made up the camera crew; without them this video wouldn’t even be possible. Throughout the news we had several reporters from the team: Reshma A, Lauren G, Joseph M, Milly M and Henry B. Reshma has benefited a lot from this report and said, “I’m very happy that the Rwandans have got back to their normal lives.” Milly didn’t know much about the genocide before and deeply hopes that the book and this report encourages others to learn more about it. Henry found it fun producing the video and hopes it will promote awareness. Finally, the presenters of the report are: Edan R, Anette L and Siena F. Edan enjoyed learning more about the genocide in Rwandan and hopes everyone understands it as not only a tragic event but one we can learn from. Siena thought that it felt great to be a presenter for the day and she hopes that everyone can recognise the Rwandan Genocide as an important point in world history. Anette said, “There should be a lot more projects like this.”
Overall everyone found the BBC School News Report Day amazing and we all can’t wait for next year. We hope that everyone has taken something from this experience. Thank you for the opportunity".
Written by Lauren G, Siena F, Anette L and Reshma A, Year 8 students.
Audio of the English Martyrs School Report from BBC Radio Leicester can be downloaded here
Appointment of Bishop Malcolm as Ninth Archbishop of Liverpool
Statement by Father Andrew Cole, Diocesan Communications Officer
It was announced at 11.00 am today, Friday 21st March 2014, that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham, as ninth Archbishop of Liverpool in succession to Archbishop Patrick Kelly.
Bishop Malcolm will be installed as Archbishop during the celebration of Mass at noon on Thursday 1st May 2014 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.
Speaking at a press conference in Liverpool this morning, Bishop Malcolm said:
‘I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool. I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in me, and which the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Liverpool are being asked to put in me from today.
‘I am grateful to the priests and people of the Diocese of Nottingham for their support, guidance and friendship. I am naturally sorry to be leaving my home for the last thirteen years, and I will miss the priests & people there; I hope that the prayers of my Diocese will come with me as I prepare to bid them a fond farewell shortly after Easter.’
St Patrick's Day Mass
The Schola Cantorum represented the school at the annual St Patrick's Day Mass at St Patrick's Church on Monday 17th March. The celebration focussed on the contribution of Irish culture to the people and city of Leicester and was celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington, a native of Leicester. The Mass was attended by Liz Kendall, MP and The Lord Mayor of Leicester amongst many other civic dignitaries. Fr Neil Peoples, a past pupil of English Martyrs', gave the homily. Amongst other pieces our choir sang a setting of "St Patrick's Breastplate" and music by William Byrd, a contemporary of some of our martyrs who lived in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
Year 8 Visit to V&A Museum/Science Museum, London - Friday 28th March
Due to emergency renovations being made at the V&A Museum, the planned Year 8 visit to London on Friday 28th March has had to be postponed. Students will be informed of the re-arranged date in due course.
Our Year 10 Football team played our first County league game at home versus Robert Smyth on Monday 10th March, which we won 5-0 with a great performance and team spirit. We played outstanding football and 16 different players had the chance to play during the game.
Our Year 8 team took part in the Year 8 City Football Cup at Winstanley College with 10 schools taking part. We were drawn in the group with Rushey Mead and St Pauls. Matches were 8 minutes long each way.
We won our first match against Rushey Mead 1-0. The second match against St Pauls was also won 1-0, taking us through to the semi-finals.
We played the semi-final against Winstanley, sadly the match finished 0-0. We had to go to penalties (sudden death). They scored their penalty, we missed ours and we were out of the City Cup despite losing any games or conceding any goals during regular time.
The team were fantastic, and it was great to see Kieran Gethins and Daniel Higgins (both in Year 10) refereeing during the tournament as they are taking a refereeing course.
Recently many students have been, or will be taking advantage of the many musical opportunities at English Martyrs School.
February 28th saw the inaugural Guitar Orchestra take place with our guitar tutor Mr Grimm. The enthusiasm of the guitarists this year has been fantastic, and coming to play together will no doubt improve them further. Their first public performance will be at the Spring Concert on April 10th 6pm.
Music theory lessons have started on Thursday evenings with Mr Trounson. Many students from year 7 to year 13, beginner to advanced have taken the opportunity for free tuition in this important area.
Schola Cantorum have been invited by the BBC to sing on Song of Praise on Easter Monday for two editions of the show. What a great experience this will be!
Letters have gone out this week to all year 7 students who would like the opportunity of free brass lessons with Mr Carter. These will start after Easter and brass students continue learning in year 8 with our brass tutor Mr Holford. The brass group will perform at the American Folk Song concert in late June.
‘Feel it – Feel the Difference’
On Tuesday 25th February 2014, a selection of our Year 8 pupils represented the school in The 'Feel It - Feel The Difference' conference - the end of a collaborative project which aimed to celebrate diversity and multi-culturalism. The celebration took place at The University of Leicester and we were joined by representatives from the collaboration schools in five European countries - Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and UK. The event was covered by Leicester based channel 6 TV and on the University website and was watched by an audience of over 5000.
Duke of Edinburgh
Year 12 students enjoying their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Micro Navigation Training in the Peak District.
The English Martyrs netball teams have been extremely successful in the recent school games city tournaments. Teams entered from year 7, 8 and 9. The year 7 team were unbeatable, and they won in style against Crown Hills, Samworth, Hamilton and Soar Valley. The girls put up an excellent battle against rivals Leicester High and came out with an astounding performance winning 4-3. Other schools proved a challenge and the year 7s came out with draws against Sir Jonathan North and St Paul's. The year 8 team impressed competitors with such tall girls and athletic ability. We particularly had close games against Soar Valley, Samworth and Leicester High. The year 8s battled with an excellent attack and went on to beat Hamilton. Finally, the year 9 team played Rushey Mead, Soar Valley and Sir Jonathan North and put on excellent performances.
Students in Year 7 pictured here commemorate the Holocaust during a History lesson with their teacher Mr Preston.
Students are holding images of victims whilst learning about the Holocaust and other genocides.
English Martyrs - Wins the Basketball School Games Super Series Finals Yr8 Boys
Representing West Leicester, English Martyrs were pitted against 9 other teams representing regions throughout Leicestershire and Rutland in a finals tournament held at Rushey Mead school. 3 wins and a draw saw English Martyrs finish top in their pool A and set up a semi-final game against tough opposition from pool B. A win by 6 points saw us advance to the final.
Tiredness was always going to be a factor in this last game and so it proved with both teams struggling to score at either end. We managed to forge a slender lead of 2 points with 7 seconds to go. Our opponents launched one last shot from 3 point range with 2 seconds left on the clock. In slow motion the ball sped towards our basket, thought about going in but hit the rim. The final whistle...we had won! The winner’s trophy was presented by players from Leicester Riders to the boys.
Well done boys you've done the school proud.
Shakespeare for Schools
We are very pleased to announce that Mr Prescott and the students who acted in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival at Melton Mowbray Theatre in November 2013 have offered to give an additional performance of their plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet.
The performance will be held in school on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at 6pm, tickets are £2.00 each and are available to purchase from the school office.
The performance will be in aid of our 50th Anniversary charity ‘Let the Children Live’ which works with street children in Colombia.
Mr Prescott was delighted with the students’ performance which he rates as among the best over many years at English Martyrs, so I do hope that as many members of the family as possible will attend. Student’s friends from school are also welcome to support.
Our Year 10’s enjoyed participating in their first Public Speaking Competition at Oakham College on Tuesday 21st January. Lewis Fazackerley was a confident chair and Rebecca Laurel a sensitive questioner. Gwen Koanga impressed the judges with her thoughtful speech persuading us that religious beliefs do NOT ultimately cause harm.
Two wonderful aerial images that were taken of our site in October 2013. We are very excited to see the on-going developments and even more so to move into our new facilities in September this year.
School Council Meeting
The next School Council Meeting will take place on Monday 27th January at 8.25am. If you have any matters that you wish to be discussed please raise them with your School Councillor.
Let the Children Live
A huge thank you and congratulations to students, staff and families for supporting us in raising £3,297 for ‘Let the Children Live’ throughout Advent. Proceeds were raised from a non-uniform day, carol singing, sponsored silences, St Cecilia concert, Carol concert and Christmas market, cakes sales raffles and a danceathon.
£2,463 was raised for this same charity in July and October last year making the grand total raised during the autumn term 2013 £5,760.00 – a wonderful achievement by all.
On Wednesday our Year 8 basketball team were invited to play in the Sainsbury School Games Basketball competition held at Lancaster School.
In the first game we played Lancaster Boys and came out winners by 12 points. Lancaster then played Fullhurst and lost to them by 30 points.
That set up a final game between English Martyrs and Fullhurst. We are proud to say that after some outstanding team play English Martyrs came away winners by 16pts thus winning the tournament.
As winners we will go forward and represent South-West leicester in a 10 team tournament for area winners to be held in Jan-Feb 2014
Christmas Carolling - St Peter's Square, Monday 9th December
The music society went carolling at St Peter's Square, Highcross Centre on Monday afternoon. £153 was raised for "Let the Children Live" in just three hours.
Martyrs' Miles to Medellin
Every student in years 7-11 has 6 raffle tickets to sell as part of the Year 10 fundraising event 'Martyrs' Miles to Medellin'.
Each raffle ticket is representative of 1 mile in distance. If all raffle tickets are sold we will have reached our goal of travelling the distance between our school and Medellin in Colombia.
Prizes from the raffle draw include £25, £15 and £10 Highcross vouchers and there will also be a prize of an afternoon's 10 pin bowling for the form who raises the most from their tickets.
Once you have sold your left feet tickets bring in the right feet tickets, the record of your money raised and the money itself and hand it in to your form Medellin Miles Manager
If you have any questions then please see Miss Seal or members of Year 10
Well done for contributing to our Advent fundraiser for the 'Let the Children Live' charity!
Senior Mathematics Challenge
Twenty students from Y13, Y12, and Y11 recently took part in the national Senior Mathematics Challenge. Our students earned between them one Gold award, four Silver, and six Bronze, and all of the competitors who entered took part with an excellent positive attitude and a desire to succeed. The Gold award was won by Chris Bowron, Y13, who also achieved the best mark of the twenty entrants from English Martyrs. This also qualified him to enter the next level, an International competition known as ‘Silver Kangaroo’. The Silver awards were won by Oliver Dearden Y12, and Nathan Leung, Dominic Cross and Aofie Holohan in Y11. Bronze awards went to Elizabeth Gannon, Grace Burley Jones and Sally Walsh in Y13, Katie Berwick in Y12, and Stephen Bowron and Jenny Musson in Y11. Congratulations to all of these students on their achievement.
Admissions Policy 2015 - 2016
Please find attached the proposed Admissions Policy for admission into English Martyrs' Catholic School from September 2015.
If you have any comments you wish to make, please could you contact the Clerk to the Governors at the school by 31st January 2014.
Christmas Carol Concert
Please note that the school Carol Concert is now taking place at English Martyrs School on Thursday 19th December 2013 and not Wednesday 18th December as previously advised. Tickets are available from Miss Church in the school office until Friday 6th December.
Last Friday, the Year 10 football team took part in the County Cup quarter-finals against Longslade.
The year 10's showed great team spirit and gave 100% on the pitch to secure a 2-1 victory against Longslade in the County Cup Quarter Finals, behaviour and attittude was very positive as well.
The goals were scored by Dan Higgins (captain) and Finn Doherty but every single one of the players played at a very high standard and as a team. A special mention for the contribution of two year 9 players: Dennis Hewit and Nathan Lescott who both played a fantastic game.
Congratulation to the year 10 boys, who have gone through to the semi-finals of the County Cup and are all eager to play the semi-finals and try their best to reach the final.
Marion Peutrill RIP
We are sad to announce that Mrs Peutrill died on Sunday after a long illness. Mrs Peutrill was very fond of English Martyrs and loved working with the young people here as a Teacher of English and Head of Year.
We believe that God calls us to eternal life after death and that for Mrs Peutrill life is changed, not ended.
You are asked to join us in praying for the happy repose of her soul and for those who mourn her. We extend our condolences to Mr Peutrill and the family circle.
Eternal rest grant to her O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon her,
May she rest in peace. Amen.
The Year 11 Liturgy for Mrs Peutrill can be viewed here
Marius Carney, Principal
25th November 2013
On Tuesday afternoon the Year 7 boys football team advanced into the second round of the Ron Jackson County Trophy by beating Lutterworth High School 4-3 at home. The game was a tight affair and could have been won by either team. However, an excellent team performance in the second half and goals from Tobias Sutek and Connor Barrett secured a victory for English Martyrs. Well done to all of the boys and good luck for the next round!
The documents from the Year 9, 10 and Sixth Form information evenings are now available for download and can be downloaded by clicking the relevant links below.
Dyslexia Friendly Schools Kite Mark
English Martyrs is working towards the Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ Kite Mark which is awarded by the British Dyslexia Association.
I am delighted that we have already achieved Level 1 status. We will be working towards full accreditation this year.
English Martyrs aims to support all its students to achieve their best and we believe that we are a dyslexia friendly school.
If you would like further information about this initiative or would be interested in attending a presentation about Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) please contact Mrs Patricia Jones (Literacy Coordinator).
A Celebration of English Martyrs' Building Schools for the Future
The Leicester Mercury published an article regarding our celebration yesterday, the article can be viewed here
Raising Participation Age
The latest raising participation documents have been released and can be found here
Letter to Parents - Miller's Gift for Students
The latest letter from the Principal is available for download here (adobe reader required)
Government Initiatives IQ
Government Initiatives IQ recognises English Martyrs’ Catholic School as a top performing and Improving School (Click Here)
Students have had a very successful year with A level students achieving top marks once again. 100% of students passed with 79% achieving grades A*-C. We are delighted that everyone has secured their place at university! At GCSE 91% achieved 5 A*-C with 20% of all entries graded A* or A. Congratulations to all our students on their individual succeses. Thank you to the teachers, parents and families for all the support.