In this issue:
Visit by Author – National Careers Week
Dear Father during this Lenten season
Create a clean heart in me, God.
Dust off the unmindful activity that constantly collects there.
De-clutter my heart from harsh judgements and negativity.
Wash away my resistance to working through difficult relationships.
Rinse off my un-loving so the beauty of my generous and kind
John Henry Newman College hosts Question Time
with local MP’
Local MP Dame Caroline Spelman joined pupils at John Henry Newman Catholic College to take part in a ‘Question Time’ style panel discuss with pupils. Speaking to an audience of around two hundred pupils, Dame Caroline answered questions on a variety of local issues including; Brexit, HS2, Affordable Housing and how MPs can encourage more young people to get involved in local and national politics.
Commenting on the visit, Dame Caroline said: ‘Having recently welcomed pupils from the John Henry Newman College to Parliament in November, I was thrilled to be able to visit the school last week and take part in this panel discussion as part of their BBC School Report project. I strongly believe that it is important for MPs to actively encourage young people to get involved with our system of politics and democracy. ‘Pupils raised some very interesting questions about key issues which affect many people across our Borough and demonstrated their very keen understanding of politics and current affairs.
‘I would urge all of our local schools to consider visiting the House of Commons to meet with their MP, go on a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster and take advantage of our new, state of the art education centre’.
Speaking after the event, Shannon I, said “My experience with Caroline Spelman was very enjoyable. I was interested in her thoughts on school funding, dangerous motorbikes, NHS funding, and Britain’s leaving the EU.
Author Christopher Edge visiting JHNCC
On 28th February, Author Christopher Edge presented to Year 7 students in the Theatre.
Christopher has written several novels including the ‘Twelve Minutes to Midnight’ trilogy and his latest ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright’.
His visit was to celebrate World Book Day on 2 March to promote the joy of reading for pleasure.
Please, can all parent’s and carers encourage their children to read at least two books a month.
‘Good readers are good learners’
NATIONAL CAREERS WEEK
Monday 6 March 2017 to Friday 10 March 2017
National Careers Week (NCW) is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.
In College this week we shall be running lots of different activities and events across all year groups to promote careers and get students thinking about their future pathways.
We will be having guest speakers in for year assemblies. The ICT department will be working with Year 7 and 8 students in IT lessons to go through our school careers software Kudos. Subject areas will be working with Year 9 to promote their subjects and careers within their subject area for the Year 9 Options Evening. We will also have guests from local universities and apprenticeship providers at the options evening on Thursday 9 March. There will also be two trips arranged – Year 10 girls will be selected to attend a ‘Women in STEM’ day at Severn Trent in Coventry and selected Year 11 students will be attending an apprenticeship fair in Birmingham. Our Sixth Form will also have an apprenticeship and assessment centre skills workshop that week. Finally, our BBC Schools report team will document the events happening that week and will write a piece for the school website.
If you have any questions regarding any of the above or would like to know more information please do not hesitate to contact me Miss Beddoes—Student Services Coordinator for KS5 on 0121 717 1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SECTION 48 INSPECTION
Maureen O’Leary, the senior advisor for Section 48 Inspections visited the College on 20th January to carry out a Diocesan Monitoring Visit of RE and Catholic life. She met with the Principal, leaders and school chaplains she went into some of the RE lessons to meet the teachers and students and get an experience of RE teaching in the college. Mrs O’Leary also had a discussion with a number of students to ask them about the school and how they felt Catholic life impacted their lives. She looked through their RE exercise books and asked questions about their learning.
The visit was very positive and Mrs O’Leary was extremely complementary about the wonderful Gospel values that she sees being displayed and lived out in the relationships the students have with one another and in the work and activities they are engaged in.
RE and Catholic life is Outstanding here at John Henry Newman Catholic College. Mrs O’Leary thanked Mrs McGuirk for all the work we do here in the service of the young people and said, ‘Your staff are working incredibly hard to give your pupils the best Catholic education possible.
Thank you to Mr Lane for organising such a fantastic ski trip to Andorra. Also a huge thank you to all the staff who accompanied the students on the trip.
IMPORTANT FORTHCOMING DATES
Wednesday 8th March
Parents Meeting – Helping your child with KS3 Maths – 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Thursday 9th March
Year 9 Options Evening – 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday 10th March
Impact Day (4)
Monday 13th March
Parents Meeting -The Hidden Effects of Social Media – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Thursday 16th March
Parent Training KS3 – 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Parent Partnership – 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Thursday 23rd March
Year 11 Parents Consultation Evening (2) 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Thursday 6th April
Sixth Form Consultation Evening 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Friday 7th April
End of Term
Monday 24th April
Start of Term