This year our school made up 110 shoeboxes; all filled with toys, toiletries, stationery and sweets to be sent to children less fortunate than ourselves. Activities of a Bake Sale, Sweet Tombola and donations enabled us to present a cheque for £450.50 which will cover postage charges for all of our boxes plus more. Operation Christmas Child send boxes to children in 100 countries all over the world. This year 100,000 boxes from the UK will be given to Syrian refugee children. Planning suggests that the boxes collected from West Yorkshire will go to Liberia and Romania.
Thank you to everyone who helped by bringing in things to bring joy into children’s lives.
As it is Chemistry Week this week, we are launching a Chemistry Competition for students and teachers. The theme is ‘Chemistry in Everything’ and the competition involves taking a photo and explaining the Chemistry in it – the more creative the better!
There will be house points and goodies available for all entries (including those from staff) and prizes for the top 5 photos. Please can all entries either be given to me (in M8) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 11th December
and the Science Faculty will decide on the winners before the end of term.
Below are some ideas to get you thinking:
Fireworks: the colours in fireworks are caused by metal salts
Coca cola (fizzing): carbon dioxide gas causing bubbles
Plant: photosynthesis reaction equation – carbon dioxide + water –> oxygen + glucose
You can also speak to any science teacher or look on the internet for some more ideas.
We look forward to receiving the amazing photos!
St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy – Sixth Form Information Evening
Wednesday 18th November 2015 – Registration from 6.25pm, Talk at 6.45pm
Can you help our appeal this year? If you have any old shoe boxes at home, wrapping paper or new stationery items, toiletries or toys, please bring them into school and help support Operation Christmas Child 2015.
The school’s Open Day is a fantastic way to meet and chat with teachers and see the fabulous facilities provided by the school. This year the annual Open Evening was held on Wednesday 23 September for Year 6 students due to transfer to secondary school in 2016. All school staff was present to talk about their respective departments and other aspects of the school. A great help was extended by the sixth form students accompanying groups of parents around the school. The school is unique in the way it aims to plan and develop the whole curriculum and pastoral care based on the teachings of Christ and caters to all the children from Catholic community.
This year’s Desktop Background Challenge goes to Mina Flanagan 8I. Well done Mina!
We had some fantastic entries this year and thank you to everyone who took part in the competition. We’ll change the background ready for September.
Runner Up – Kacper Lubisz.
A national educational charity “Prison Me! No Way!” staff visited St. John Fisher’s and aimed to raise awareness among the students about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime. Pupils in the school were given workshops on anti-social behaviour, cell van, child exploitation, online protection and insight on offender’s behaviour. A fully furnished prison cell was on display in a Luton Box van to exhibit conditions of a real cell.
The services of this charity helped the young people to factually see the consequences of any anti-social and criminal behaviour.
Los Mexicanos, our team of six, year 8 students, has been competing in the El Mundo Hispano competition run by Routes Into Languages and York University for the past eight weeks.
During the competition, teams had to complete a variety of research tasks based on Spanish-speaking countries, answering questions in Spanish, and a weekly creative task. Los Mexicanos, comprised of Brendan, Caitlin, Joshua, Kieran, Matthew and Michael, won two categories – Best Nazca Story and Best Group Photo, and were presented with trophies at a prize-giving and languages taster event at York University on Thursday 2nd July.
Congratulations to the whole team, who have continued a winning streak for languages students at St. John Fisher this year!
Year 7 adventure to Boreatton Activity Centre, Shropshire was very exciting. Activities included Quad Biking, Giant Swing, Challenge Course, Abseiling, Archery, Raft Building, Kayaking and climbing walls.
The trip gave pupils a chance to get to know each other outside the classroom and to challenge themselves by going out of their comfort zone. Over the course of the trip pupils surprised themselves with their bravery; climbing higher than they ever thought and pushing themselves in a range of different feats.
The trip also showed how supportive of each other the pupils at St John Fisher can be with screams and shouts of encouragement and congratulations throughout. A great time and big congratulations to all the pupils who took part.