A project put together to bid for funding that will enable us to improve the outside seating and recreational spaces for our students has been shortlisted to be put forward to a customer vote at local Tesco stores.
Our project along with two other successful projects in our region will go forward to a vote in Tesco stores where their customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favourite project each time they shop. Voting will take place from 2nd January to 28th January and we will be notified by the end of February 2017 confirming the amount of funding we will receive. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £5,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.
Voting can be placed at any of the following participating stores.
BUSHBURY EXPRESS WV10 8PN
WEDNESFIELD EXPRESS WV11 3HD
WILLENHL BRNG BCK EXPRESS WV12 4JR
WILLENHALL BHAM EXPRESS WV12 5UL
WILLENHALL WV13 2PZ
BILSTON WILNHL RD EXPRESS WV14 6NW
WOLVERHAMPTON METRO WV1 3NJ
EASTFIELD EXPRESS WV1 2HD
WOLVERHAMPTON EXPRESS WV3 7BW
PENN RD WOLVRHMTN EXPRESS WV4 4DF
WLVRHMPTN HRST RD EXPRESS WV14 9EU
CLAREGATE EXP RESS WV6 9ED
CODSALL WOLVHMTN EXPRESS WV8 1EU
WALSALL EXTRA WS2 8EQ
ALDRIDGE EXPRESS WS9 0BP
A student at Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy has won a prestigious debating competition. A sixth form student aged 17, entered the event after being nominated by the school for the 31st Annual Caterham Public Speaking Competition, held at Princethorpe College in Rugby on Sunday 10th April 2016. He formulated arguments on why “Practice Makes Perfect”. He had to speak for four minutes, whilst being assessed on appearance, clarity, timing and persuasiveness. He fought off competition from eight other schools on the day to come first. This was the first time Our Lady and St Chad had entered the competition.
The student said – “The event was an amazing experience, not just winning first place but the very audience and the people I was competing against. When I first arrived at Princethorpe College, the size of the school made me feel very intimidated and very anxious. As I stepped into the building it was as though they were all waiting for me because everyone within that hall were so welcoming. I was humbled when I saw the judges and the host of the event greeted me because I honestly didn’t think they would be so welcoming to someone they just met.”
“Walking into the hall and analysing my stage was very exciting because they told me that they I could move around and I use the stage in the way that I wanted. Being the seventh speaker wasn’t very nerve-wracking but stepping onto the stage whilst I was being introduced was the scary part because over hundred eyes were staring at me; I had spoken publicly at church (Living Waters Church) many times but this time it felt different. As soon as the timer went all I had to rely on was God as well as the prayers I made and once I started my speech everything flowed and it was the best speech I have ever delivered.”
The student will now move on to represent the region in a national debating competition in September.
It is the aim of the school not only to encourage students in their academic studies, but also to offer them opportunities to experience environments outside of their daily experiences, which will in turn develop their social skills, physical fitness and broaden their horizons. We are therefore organising a school Snowsport visit to the Aosta Valley in Italy, using Interski, the UK’s market leader.
Date: 18/03/2017 – 26/03/2017
Resort: Pila, Aosta Valley
Please see Mr Bunn in CM6 to receive a letter with information regarding the Ski & Snowboard Visit in 2017. Once the reply slip has been signed and handed into Mr Bunn a ParentPay letter will be produced and sent out with login details. Parents will then be able to pay the deposit of £100 (Ski) or £130 (Snowboard).
Please see the poster here!
Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, visited Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy to congratulate students and staff for their excellent ‘A’ level results and for moving up the national school performance league table.
Emma said: “I was delighted to visit Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy to congratulate students and staff for their recently announced place in the national performance league table.
“It is brilliant news that the Academy is ranked amongst the top schools in the city for academic success and amongst the top schools in the country for vocational results post-16.
“I took the opportunity to congratulate students and staff on their achievements. I also had the chance to meet some Year 12 students to talk about my role as their MP and the way that Parliament makes laws.
Our Lady and St Chad Principal Miss Ellis praised the incredible hard work and skill of staff and students: “The progress, aspirations and successes of the students in the sixth form is inspiring. Having Emma Reynolds, MP here with us to share in these achievements has been invaluable today”
We are now a few weeks into 2016 and so much has happened already. Year 11 have received their Pre-Public Examination results and are working every evening towards their final GCSE examinations that will begin in 12 weeks’ time.
Paralympic Judo Player Ian Rose has visited school, giving inspirational speeches to some year groups about the importance of ‘never giving up’ and ‘practice makes progress’.
Congratulations to the Year 7 and 8 girls’ football team who represented Wolverhampton Wanderers in the regional competition last week.
There are a number of key dates I would like to draw your attention to:
Year 10 Parent Information Evening – Tuesday 19th January at 4:00pm in the Performing Arts Centre
This is an opportunity for the Academy to share essential information about exam preparation, forthcoming Pre-Public Examinations and issue revision guides.
Year 7 Resilience Day – Thursday 21st January 2016
This day teaches Year 7 students the importance of resilience skills to secure success.
Year 10 Examination Week commences Monday 1st February to Friday 5th February 2016.
Pre-Public Examinations will be held in all subjects. It is essential that students are revising daily at home in preparation for these important examinations.
Year 8 Resilience Day – Thursday 4th February 2016
This day will focus on the importance of making positive choices in readiness for Year 8 students making key decisions about which subjects to study at GCSE level.
Year 11 Reports to Parents – Thursday 4th February 2016
Formal reports on each student’s performance in every subject will be issued to parents and students.
Year 11 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 11th February 2016
Parents of Year 11 students will be able to make an appointment to meet all of their child’s teachers and tutors between 4:30pm and 7:00pm.
HALF TERM – Monday 15th to Friday 19th February 2016
Ten Ten Theatre Group performing to Years 7, 8 and 9 – Monday 22nd February 2016
This is a Catholic Theatre group who address key concerns that some young people may experience.
Year 8 Pathways Evening – Wednesday 2nd March 2016
Year 8 students and their parents / carers will have the opportunity to speak to all curriculum areas and begin to consider the most appropriate subjects to study at GCSE level.
Year 7 and 8 Review Day – Monday 7th March 2016
During this day, Post-16 students will continue with normal lessons. Other year groups will not be in school at this time, but will be set work to be completed at home. Year 7 and 8 students will receive a letter with an appointment time to meet a member of staff to discuss their progress during this day.
Year 11 Photographs – Wednesday 16th March
Year 10 Reports to Parents – Thursday 17th March
Year 9 Resilience Day – Wednesday 23rd March 2016
During this day, Year 9 will learn study skills to support their ongoing revision for their GCSE examinations.
Year 10 and Post-16 Parents’ Evening – Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Parents of Year 10 and Post-16 students will be able to make an appointment to meet all of their teachers and tutors between 4:30pm – 7:00pm.
BREAK UP FOR EASTER – Thursday 24th March 2016
STAFF TRAINING DAY – Monday 11th April 2016
Students Return from Easter Break – Tuesday 12th April 2016
In light of recent news about a number of incidents across the country involving knife crime all students in school will receive a presentation from Precious Lives over the course of of December, January and February. This will help guide them about how to make safer choices in their lives, now and in the future.
Year 8 Netball Team beat Aldersley 7 – 5.
Year 10 Netball Team beat St. Peter’s 7 – 5.
Year 11 Netball Team drew to St. Peter’s 10 – 10.