ParentPay – My Account

ParentPay have introduced ‘My Account’. This is to make it easier to top-up your account and to give you flexibility to allocate money for different school items at different times.

This means once you have topped up your Account, you have to assign the money to the relevant payment items such as School Dinners, trips.

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

On 16th May, the Diamond Celebrations of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award were held in Buckingham Palace gardens. Mr Middleton received a plaque to acknowledge the role John Henry Newman Catholic College plays in delivering the DofE award, which was presented by James Haskell, the English rugby union player who currently plays for and captains Wasps in the Aviva Premiership and internationally for England.


Mr Middleton JHNCC representative (left) with James Haskell

STEM Workshop


Thursday 16 June 2016
University of Birmingham’s Research Park

The Design & Technology department selected 16 Key Stage 3 students, who show an excellent work ethic in the subject, to attend a STEM workshop hosted by First Edition. The venue for the workshop was the University of Birmingham’s Research Park and the students were accompanied by Mrs Griffiths and Mrs Jordan.

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Boreatton Park Development Course

May 2016

As a reward for excellent behaviour for learning, 11 year 8 students attended PGL’s Boreatton Park Development Course which is located in Shropshire.

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The activities the students took part in were raft building, archery, fencing, aero-ball, giant swing, zip wire and high ropes. These were all thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed by the students and it was impressive how the staff went out of their way to accommodate the students and develop their skills.

For example, the students were split into two groups for raft making and one of the groups was able to design and make a raft which floated on the lake enabling the students to sail around for a good half hour.

On the way back from the activity the students revised what they had learnt and then carried out a debate to improve their debating skills.

The food at the venue was healthy with plenty of choice and a well organised system for getting all guests and staff fed efficiently. During the evening there were activities arranged such as the ‘photo challenge’ where students were given a theme and had to go away in groups and compete to create the most interesting group photo.

There were other activities such as kayaking that the students would like to try in the future so we plan to return next year and hopefully take more students with us.

British Values

EqualityStreetRiverside Performing Arts visited John Henry Newman Catholic College on the 29th February and delivered a performance to Years 7, 8 and 9 entitled ‘Equality Street.’ The performance collection was short drama’s that addressed a multitude of issues that affect our daily lives and celebrated the importance of treating each other equally and with respect. The plays also looked at the hurt and damage that is experienced through prejudice and discrimination. The performances were a most enjoyable and thought provoking experience. This is what some of our Year 8 student said about the event.

“It taught me the importance of not judging people.”

“Everyone is afraid of something but don’t worry because someone is always there for you.”

“I enjoyed it an found it helpful because if taught us how we should treat each other equally.”

“I thought it was funny because it was aimed at our age group and one important thing I learned is that we shouldn’t judge people because of the way they look.”