Visit by inspirational evangelist speaker


On Monday 13th February, inspirational evangelist speaker, Jimmy Mitchell, flew in from Nashville, Tennessee, to visit year 7, 8, and 9 students at John Henry Newman Catholic College. Jimmy began by asking people what they liked and responses ranged from “quad bikes”, to “eating chicken” and “bed”. Jimmy found that all of these were amazing and really amusing topics to talk about and laugh about. Jimmy continued by reading a line from the Psalms and then asked students what it meant. He was very impressed with every single answer that was given. He also played music, prayed with the students and took part in a question and answer session.


National Careers Week

National Careers Week (NCW) Monday 6th – Friday 10th March 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.

During 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 9th 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. 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 write a piece for the school website.

The Wildlife Garden Fundraiser

On Friday 10th March the Food Technology department will be making a range of baked goods to raise money for the school garden project. Baked goods will be sold at break and lunchtime on Friday 10th March and Monday 13th March.

JHNCC 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.


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Year 13 Business Studies

The Year 13 Business Studies students planned and ran an educational trip for Year 10 Business Studies students. The Year 13 students worked as a team to plan and deliver a trip that helped the Year 10 students to prepare for their Business Studies GCSE. The day helped them to apply business theory that they have learnt in the classroom to the context of a successful local business.


Google Expeditions

On Friday 10th February, representatives from Google demonstrated Google Expeditions to our pupils.

Creative Media Production – February 2017

“As part of Unit 51 in Creative Media Production, year 12 students were asked to plan, design and create a brand new music or fashion magazine. Students have created the magazine front covers and double page spreads using Photoshop in the Mac Suite. There were a range of fantastic pieces submitted by students, some have been displayed below. Isabelle C created the magazine Adore, Erin B created the magazine Mogue and Abigail T created the magazine Lining. All three students achieved distinction for their work”

FREE Computer taster sessions

FREE Computer taster sessions for Parents and grandparents of JHNCC Students

Would you like to feel more confident around a computer, on the internet and with email? Whether you are a complete beginner or you want to extend your skills within Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) John Henry Newman Catholic College are running some free taster sessions from 6.30pm till 8.30pm on Thursday the 9th, 16th  February and the 2nd March.

Come along to as many or as few sessions as you wish.

Simply contact the school on 0121 770 5331 to book your FREE place and we will see you there (just report to reception). Or click on this link and fill out the booking form.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments will also be provided.

If these sessions prove to be helpful in supporting parents with their ICT skills we will provide further FREE training (a five week FREE course would be run after Easter). If you have any suggestions about how we might make these sessions more accessible for parents we welcome feedback.