Removal of Transport to Catholic Schools

You may not be aware but Kirklees Council are currently considering the removal of support for transport to those children living more than three miles away from their schools (2 miles for under 8s). Currently, these children receive a free bus pass as an acknowledgement of their right to attend a Catholic school. You may know that this ‘discretionary’ arrangement has been in place for many years and is a consequence of the 1944 Education Act that established the modern position of the Church in education. All school bus services for all children (paying or not) may be affected as the bus operators will only run buses that are financially viable.

Two years ago, a similar proposal was withdrawn after a concerted campaign by parents and those connected with our schools. We understand that at least one political party locally have insisted that the withdrawal of transport be reconsidered in return for supporting the Labour Groups budget proposals.

We would be most grateful if you would write to your three local councillors to encourage them not to pursue this issue. The addresses for all Councillors are on the Kirklees Council website or available from school. Please find enclosed a draft letter that may help you. It is for you to use any way that you wish.

We would also be grateful if you would sign the petition below:

‘Bebras’ Computational Thinking Challenge

Can you solve the computational thinking puzzle below? Next week pupils will have the opportunity to enter the Bebras Computational Thinking Challenge. This global competition is designed to improve computational thinking skills that are needed to succeed in many areas of life.

Language Perfect – Northern Championships

lpnc_web_posterFollowing on from our success in the Vocab Express League of Champions, French and Spanish GCSE students will be participating in the Language Perfect Northern Championships 2014 for ten days during November. There is a wealth of prizes to be won, including $10,000 for the school, Mac Books, iPads and iPods, and an exchange with an Australian school. GCSE students see the languages VLE site for more details. Wish us luck!

League of Champions – Champions!

languages champion Over the past week, 150 students at St. John Fisher have been competing in the international Vocab Express League of Champions competition, which was run to promote the European Day of Languages on September 26th. Our students have been learning and testing themselves on vocabulary from a variety of languages with the aim of scoring as many points as possible and achieving a higher score than the other schools who were competing around the world. In last year’s competition, we came 13th so the aim this year was to reach at least the top 10 and we certainly achieved that – winning the French competition and coming second in the overall competition. There were also several student successes

Results:

Overall League of Champions Piccolo Competition: 2nd place

French League of Champions Piccolo Competition: 1st place! Lauren in 11H came in the top 40 of the student genius competition.

Polish Genius Cup: 4th place with Filip in 8J coming second in the individual student competition.

Urdu Genius Cup: 7th place with Umar S in 8R finishing in the top 40 of the individual student competition.

Spanish League of Champions Piccolo Competition: 10th place with Eboney and Beverlyn in 11H both finishing in the top 30 of the individual student competition.

We also had a student, Sidrah in 9F, who finished in the top 30 of the Arabic competition.

Félicitations to everybody who took part. The whole school is proud of your effort, especially the Languages department!

European Day of Languages: League of Champions

Students at St. John Fisher are currently competing in the Vocab Express League of Champions, a week-long, international languages competition, in which the aim is to score as many points as possible by learning and testing yourself on vocabulary in your chosen language. The idea of the competition is to encourage language-learning in readiness for tomorrow’s European Day of Languages.

There are many prizes to be won and we would like to wish all of our students the best of luck! C3 is open at break and lunch all week for those competing. Apps are also available from the Vocab Express website.

Tour de France Virtuel

Three year 9 students went to the University of York yesterday for a Languages Taster Day and prize-giving event, having taken part in the Tour De France Virtuel competition for the past 10 weeks. They had to display teamwork skills and work to deadlines in order to answer a variety of reflective, research and creative questions in French, based on the Tour de France. They spent the morning learning Mandarin Chinese in an art workshop and Italian in a digital kitchen before being narrowly beaten to first place (1 point!) in the lightening round of the quiz. Congratulations to the boys for working so hard!