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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: [email protected] tel: 02072212124
Public transport info is available upon request from the National Office

What to bring:
Ground mat
Sleeping bag
Warm clothes for the evenings
A small amount of cash for the showers, 25 year programme and other Youth 2000 goodies and merchandise
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
WILLENHALL                                          WV13 2PZ
EASTFIELD EXPRESS                             WV1 2HD
CLAREGATE EXP RESS                           WV6 9ED
WALSALL EXTRA                                     WS2 8EQ
ALDRIDGE EXPRESS                               WS9 0BP

Home / school coach travel

Urgent action required…


home-school-travel-passParents are reminded that a travel pass is now required for all pupils who wish to make use of the home to school coach service.

Friday the 16th September will be the last day pupils will be allowed to travel without presenting a valid travel pass.

We currently have only a small number of tickets remaining for this term and these will be supplied on a first come first served basis. Therefore if your child requires a travel pass your urgent action is required to avoid disappointment.

 To order your home / school travel pass

Passes can be purchased on-line by clicking here.

Alternatively, passes can be ordered via the school finance office on 01902 551589 and arrangements can be made to pay in installments via ParentPay.

If you have any queries regarding this letter or need assistance please feel free to contact the finance office using the number above.


Yours faithfully



Simon Williams
Academy Business Manager

Moving to a cashless environment within school

Mandatory Requirement for all parents.


parent-pay-round-logoAs you will be aware, via the introduction of ParentPay, we have extended the choice of payment methods parents can use to pay for additional items such as school meals, uniform, travel expenses etc. This introduction has proven popular with parents and the feedback we have received suggests that most parents find this a more convenient way to pay.
We are now in a position where the majority of transactions are received through ParentPay and the amount of students paying for school meals with cash via our automated money collection machines is reducing.

The introduction of new £5 and £10 polymere banknotes has forced us to review our existing infrastructure as our current money collection machines will not accept this new type of banknote. To upgrade our systems would require significant investment, using money that we would prefer to spend on educating our pupils.

Having reviewed various options, we have come to the decision that it is now necessary that we ask all parents who are still providing cash to their children to pay for school meals, to now switch to using ParentPay.

This does note mean that you can no longer use cash to make payments…

paypoint-logoOpening a ParentPay account is free of charge and is easy to set up. ParentPay offers a range of payment methods including debit card, credit card, pre-paid cards and also cash.
For parents who prefer to pay by cash, we can arrange for a PayPoint card to be issued that will link to your ParentPay account. This will enable cash payments to be made through the PayPoint retailer network.

Letters will be sent out today to all parents who are not currently registered with ParentPay. This letter will include a unique user code and password that will enable you to set up your account via visiting www.parentpay.com.

If you do not have access to the internet or would prefer to use a PayPoint card, please contact our Finance Team for assistance on 01902 551589.

We believe these changes will not only enable us to operate more efficiently, they will also offer an improved parent and pupil experience and safer school environment.

Yours faithfully

Mr. S Williams
Academy Business Manager

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!

Emma Reynolds visits Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy to praise excellent ‘A’ level results

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”