Speak Out Challenge – Regional Final

Some of you may already know but Miriam represented JHNCC at the “speak out” challenge regional final, this was a follow up from the most recent Y10 impact day.

Miriam truly rose up to the challenge and did a phenomenal job amongst some really tough competition, especially at such short notice. Judges on the night included Preet Kaur (MP of Edgbaston), Mathew Shaer (Birmingham superintendent) and Sameena Ali-Khan (Journalist/ITV News presenter) just to name a few.

STEM Day – Small Piece Trust

On Monday 11 June 2018 sixty engineers of the future were invited to participate in a STEM Day run by Small Piece Trust and funded by National Grid. Students were set the challenge of developing a water collection system that would filter and pump water effectively. Teamwork and problem solving skills were in use for the whole of the day and I am delighted to say that all students involved managed to design, create and present a fully functioning water filtration system. As a College we are proud of the on-going affiliation we have with National Grid and we would like to thank them publicly for the endless amount of opportunities that they have presented to all of the students at John Henry Newman Catholic College. On Monday 2 July, two of our Year 10 students are travelling to the National Grid Training Centre in Newark where they will complete a week long residential work experience gaining skills in a variety of engineering careers.

University of Birmingham – Biomedical Sciences Taster day

This month the year 12 chemistry class took a trip to the University of Birmingham for a biomedical science taster day. Before the trip my class mates told me what they wanted to get out of the day , for example one student told me that they wanted to see what studying this course would be like and if the university suited them. Well throughout the day their questions where answered. From exciting lab work to a gripping lecture we explored the different aspects of the university course and helped many students on the trip to make up their mind on if they would like to study that course after their A levels.

During our time in the lab we extracted strawberry DNA and used electricity to shock our very own teacher Mr Harvey to find out that he is in fact a robot as his hand didn’t clench from the shock while the rest of our hands did. During the lecture we earnt about how signals are sent between neurons and other cells which helped us understand the electric shock experiment.

Over all the day was an exciting opportunity to have a glimpse of lab work in a university environment, even though the experiments we did were more for the entertainment factor. However it nonetheless helped us discover what university would be like, and the food was nice.

Release of Examination Results – Summer 2018

AS/A Level results will be available for collection by students on Thursday 16th August.

Year 13 students can collect their results from 9.00 am

Year 12 students can collect their results from 10.00 am

GCSE results will be available for collection by students on Thursday 23rd August from between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm.

If you are unable to collect you results you can leave a stamped addressed envelope at reception so that they can be posted to you.

If someone is collecting results for a student they must have the written permission of the student and have proof of I.D.

Impact day: Faith and Relationships

The John Henry Newman Impact day programme this year has had a significant focus on enabling our students to investigate the ways in which our faith in Christ impacts on the relationships we aim to grow with each other, including our vocation to married life. Our school mission statement is the foundation of all we do at John Henry Newman but has a particular significance within the most important relationships we hold in our hearts

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Lourdes 2018 Review

This year, a college, we embarked on our first Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. A a year of planning, risk assessments and lots and lots of fundraising lead to 16 fantastic year 10 students setting off with myself and (the equally fantastic) Miss Hickox and Miss Welsh at the beginning of May half term.

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Richard Kurti visit

Award-winning screenwriter and author, Richard Kurti, conducted an exclusive workshop with 15 year 7s to mark the culmination of a special reading project.

Mr Kurti, known for his popular titles ‘Monkey Wars’ and ‘Maladapted’, spent an afternoon on Monday, June 4 working with 7W5 on honing their creative writing skills.

Students have been reading a specially-adapted version of Monkey Wars as part of a Teach First-supported project aimed at informing how best to developing a love of reading within the school.

The students found it an invaluable experience and participated in each part of Mr Kurti’s brilliant workshop with excellence and enthusiasm.