Knife Crime Awareness


Children face all sorts of pressures and it may be that your child is in contact with friends who carry knives.

The chances are your child has talked about knives with friends or heard a story about the kid who carried a knife. Whilst many young people do not carry knives – it is still a conversation worth having with your child. You have a role to play in helping your child make the right choice on this subject. If there is one person your child will listen to, it’s you. They respect you more than you think.

At the Academy we know how important the safety of your children are. The attached leaflet holds practical advice for parents/carers on what they can do to reduce the likelihood of a child carrying a knife. The leaflet aims to give some pointers on what to look for, how to raise the subject and who to contact if you need more help.

All students in the Academy will receive an assembly this month as part of the West Midlands police Knife Crime Awareness.

Click here to read more.

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SchoolCal


 

SchoolCal

To keep your child safe and ensure their well-being, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our links with you and keep everyone up-to-date and well informed. As sending written information home is sometimes unreliable, we have Schoolcal; an electronic school communication system. This will enable you to receive all your information from school quickly and reliably.

You will:

  • Receive letters more reliably and promptly
  • See letters in your inbox like any other email
  • Get a short text or app message if we need to contact you urgently
  • Still get paper letters if you don’t have email
  • Not need to rely on your child for delivery

We can:

  • Send more letters and information
  • Save on admin time, printing and paper
  • Contact you urgently when necessary

Next steps:

If you have not received an invite code please email L Craig at info@olscmail.org.uk to request one.

OLSC Results Photos


Catholic Festival – Walsingham Aug 2017


When? Thursday August 25th 5pm – Monday 29th August 2pm

What? A 5-day outdoor Festival, including engaging international speakers, lively music, workshops, discussions, sports, social times, powerful prayer times, evening entertainment and loads more!

Where? Walsingham, The National Shrine of Our Lady, Houghton St Giles, Norfolk NR22 6AL

Who’s it for? Youth 2000 events are primarily for 16-30 year olds. However, we welcome people up to 35. We also welcome families and have a separate family camping field. If you are in this age range and interested in the deeper questions in life and finding out for yourself, then this festival is for you!

Cost: The cost is £100 per person. This covers marquee accommodation, all meals and entrance into the festival. The event is donation-only, so if you cannot pay the full amount we ask you to give what you can. If you can give more, this will help towards a place for someone else.

Transport: There will be coaches running from London, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby. For coach info and to book a place on a coach contact the National Office via: coaches@youth2000.org tel: 02072212124
Public transport info is available upon request from the National Office

What to bring:
Ground mat
Sleeping bag
Pillow
Blanket
Warm clothes for the evenings
Wash-kit
A small amount of cash for the showers, 25 year programme and other Youth 2000 goodies and merchandise
Torch
Your Bible
A pen,

How do I book?
You can book online here: http://www.youth2000.org/#!walsingham-retreat-registration/fi28i

Vote at a local Tesco store to help us win our funding bid.


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

Student wins debating competition!


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.

 

OLSC Ski Visit 2017


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

Company:             Interski

Cost:                     £740

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!