We have recently been congratulated by the SSAT on our performance in the 2012 end of Key Stage 4 examinations.
Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT said "English Martyrs' Catholic School should be congratulated for their stunning performance in adding value to their students' achievements. It is one of the best schools in the country in outperforming expectations for their students and improving future prospects".
Year of Faith: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord"
This week the school is hosting the Icon of Our Lady which is received by each school in the diocese during the Year of Faith. The Icon was brought today by members of Christ the King School together with Mr Fitzwilliam (Headteacher) and Mrs Carter. During Mass of the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the icon was received by Fr Paul and is enthroned before the altar where it will remain for devotion and prayer this week. The icon will then be taken to St Patrick's School for the following week.
Building Schools for the Future
Building works continue on site at the school with the demolition of the Languages block. There has been great progress with the building of the new car park which is due to be completed and in use this week! This picture shows the foundations for the new Sports Centre.
Let The Children Live!
We are extremely proud of the work our Year 10 students did to raise £2400 in aid of 'Let The Children Live!' through their enterprise day. This charity support the children of the streets in Columbia.
Many thanks & well done to everyone involved in this wonderful effort. The letter to the school from Pauline Allan, Administrator for Let the Children Live! can be viewed here
Beat - Beating Eating Disorders
Congratulations to 9 Fisher for raising £213.20 by making and selling sock puppets in aid of the charity "Beat", who support people affected by eating disorders across the UK.
Bradley Setchell Year 12 completed his Gliding Scholarship Training with No 643 Volunteer Gliding Squadron on Sunday 19th May. Bradley passed the course with flying colours as he completed his first solo flight at RAF Syerston.
Bradley now intends to join the Volunteer Gliding School as a junior staff member and train to one day become a RAF volunteer flying instructor. Eventually, Bradley aims to join the RAF as a flight medic on RAF C-17 transport aircraft supporting critically wounded troops being returned from warzones. So far he is on the right track towards his intended career!
Well done Bradley, we are very proud of you!
Our Year 7 cricket team competed in the Leicestershire & Rutland U12 Cup against Brookvale High School for the first time on Wednesday. After winning the toss and English Martyrs' selecting to field in sunny conditions, Brookvale scored an impressive 142 from their 18 overs, with our most consistent bowlers including Tobias Booty and Arden Monteiro. English Martyrs' reply got off to a solid start with George Lippitt opening the batting, however Brookvale's bowlers were accurate and kept our total to a respectable 68. Despite the loss, all of the students involved showed great character and considering it was their first game displayed encouraging signs for future success!
Duke of Edinburgh Award Applications
Students in years 9-12 are invited to apply for the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award commencing in September 2013. Please download the application form by clicking here. Applications must be submitted to the Student Services Office by Friday 17th May 2013.
Champions of Leicester!!
The schools Sixth Form Rugby Coaches have been working hard this year! Rob Law, Kristian Bailey, Ieuan Cox and Miles Govan have all shown excellent commitment and have worked wonders in developing our KS3 and KS4 teams.
On the 6th February the Year 9 and 10 Rugby squads became 'Champions of Leicester' at the City Schools Festival. Both of these year teams also did very well in the County Plate with the Year 9 team reaching as far as the semi-finals.
Our Year 7 and 8 squads also put in a stoic performance at the City Festival, narrowly missing out on the title after a closely contested final. Many of the boys in these teams were scouted at the tournament and have now advanced on to the City Development Squad.
Thank you very much to all of the boys for their unwavering commitment at training and for their excellent sportmanship.
Claire Lomas Cycle Challenge
On Tuesday 23rd April we were pleased to welcome a very special visitor into school. Claire Lomas who was left paralysed after a horse riding accident in 2007 cycled into school.
Over dinner late in 2011, Claire told her friends she would walk the London Marathon in 2012 despite not walking a step since the accident.
Given Claire's strength of character, not one of her friends doubted that she would complete it - it was just a question of how long it would take! It took her 17 days.
Claire has now turned her attention to a cycling challenge from Nottingham to London.
As part of her challenge she wants to visit as many schools as possible on her journey and give an inspirational assembly encouraging students to help fundraise for her charity.
Claire arrived at 12pm on Tuesday where she was greeted by our School Sports Council cheering her on up the drive. She then went on to deliver an inspirational assembly to Year 7 during lesson 4.
The Leicester Mercury were also present and their article can be viewed on the thisisleicestershire website here
Claire's own website is http://www.claireschallenge.co.uk/ if you would like to take a further look.
To all musicians on their achievements in the Easter exam season. They are -
Liam Wheatley - Grade 1 Euphonium
Lloyd King - Grade 4 Trumpet
Elizabeth Cross - Grade 4 Euphonium
Jordan Harris - Grade 4 Piano
Siobhan Bennett - Grade 5 Theory
Tabitha Bolam - Grade 5 Theory
And a special congratulations to Alice Wright (Year 12 - Clarinet) and Olivia Norris (Year 13 - Saxophone) for being awarded Grade 8 with distinction. A very special achievement!
Syria Crisis Appeal
The British Red Cross have wrote to the school thanking us for our donation toward the Syria Crisis Appeal. Special mentions go to Kieran Jennings and Michelle D'Souza for all their hard work. The full letter to the school can be viewedhere
What Next? Sixth Form Evening
Year 12 and 13 students and their parents are invited to attend the What Next Evening on Thursday 11th April at the school. We are delighted that so many employers and Universities will be with us for people to talk to and get advice from. Contact Mrs Conaghan with any queries. The poster for the evening can be viewed online here
Building Schools for The Future
Please see the attached artist impressions of the new English Martyrs' school building.
Larger images can be viewed by clicking this link
The English Martyrs' community raised a total of £2,046 throughout Lent in aid of CAFOD. Students and staff raised this money through various fundraising activities such as a non-uniform day, cake and Easter egg sales, and a sponsored silence. Well done and congratulations to all.
We are extremely proud that two students have been selected to represent England in the Golf National Finals in Spain V's Scotland/Wales & Nothern Ireland. Congratulations to Ryan Southin (Team Captain) and Craig Waite.
A Swimming Success!
Sixteen of our students took part in the first Swimming Competition for Leicester City Schools on 12th March and won the event. They were superb and we are incredibly proud of their achievements, a huge well done to them all. Due to their win, they have qualified to take part in the 'School Games' on Friday 22nd March at Loughborough University, we wish them a very enjoyable day.
Year 9 Kenya Day
"Tuesday 5th March was Year 9 Kenya Day. We learnt lots of facts about Kenya in a fun and enjoyable way. We realised that we are very lucky with all that we have, compared to some children in Nairobi living in slums. We also learnt things about the culture of Kenya including all of the different tribes dotted around the country. We took part in different activities such as writing letters in Swahili to a school in Nairobi that we are linked with. We also designed a Kanga which is a traditional Kenyan garment used for lots of different purposes. Hopefully we will receive responses from the school in Nairobi soon and the bond between the schools will grow stronger.", Tom Walne - 9 Fisher
Congratulations to the following who have achieved their V50 -
Joe Flavell, Alice Wright, Alice Smith, Simon Trzoska, Aleksandra Kosiacka, Laura Saunders, Sophie Iqbal.
And huge congratulations to Alice Wright, who having completed 100 hours of volunteering, now receives her V100 certificate. Well Done Alice!!
Congratulations to Tom Brooker who has recently been awarded his 2 star at Army Cadets and has achieved Lance Corporal. He is currently working towards his 3 star.
Two representatives of the St Vincent De Paul group present a cheque to The British Red Cross for £821.73, the proceeds of a non-uniform day in aid of the Syria Crisis Appeal held in February.
Schola Cantorum Visit to Lincoln Cathedral & Lincoln Minster School
Congratulations to the Year 7 Girls Football Team who played superbly on 5th February at St Margaret's Pastures. They played 3 games, drawing two and winning one. Their commitment and energy in wintry conditions was exemplary.
The Year 7 Netball Team attended the city schools' Netball Tournament at Soar Valley College on Wednesday 30th January hosted at Soar Valley's Netball Centre. English Martyrs played against Sir Jonathan North Community College, Rushey Mead School and St Paul's and managed an impressive win against St Paul's.
Tournament organisers commented on the great talent and sporting ability of English Martyrs' students. The girls didn't progress further in the tournament but were delighted to receive certificates for excellent play and participation. Yaa was also recognised by the tournament organisers as the most valuable player, from all 8 schools, and received a trophy.
Well done to Mark Vethanayagam (Year 8), Thavachelvan Chinnaraja (Year 8) and Allan Praveen (Year 10) who all competed for the school in the Leicestershire Schools Table Tennis Individual Championships at Leicester Grammar school on Saturday 2nd February. All three managed to get into the top 30 which was a great achievement given the amount of competitors attending. Well done to all.
Thank you to our ESU Public Speaking team for performing so well at Oakham School this week. The students were congratulated on their 'bright performances' throughout the evening.
Letter to Parents - Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, has written to all parents, the letter can be viewedonline here
Year 7 French Day by Julia John, 7 Campion
Monday 14th January was the Year 7 French Day and it was a huge success! Every form had a whole day full of fun-packed French-related activities, planned by many members of staff.
We had a whole day where we gained knowledge on the French-speaking world. According to their subjects, everyone learned interesting facts about famous monuments, festivals and the world that speaks French. The day was educational in an interactive and fun way and the importance of different cultures in our world today was highlighted in everything we did.
A selection of images from the French Day can be viewed inour gallery