New E-Safety Campaign to Tackle Online Extremism

Schools across the region are supporting a new e-safety campaign to tackle online extremism and help keep children and young people safe.

The internet and social media provide opportunities for those with extreme views to target young or vulnerable individuals.

Communities have an important role to play, and you can anonymously report illegal terrorist information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet.

If you would like to report extremist content you’ve seen online, you can do so

If you have any queries, please contact the council’s Prevent Co-ordinator

Re-enactment of Crucifixion

Sixth Formers performed their annual re-enactment on Good Friday infront of the Longcauseway United Reform & Methodist Church, Dewsbury.

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New York New York

Sixth Form trip to New York!

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CAFOD – Walk For Water

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On Tuesday 22nd March, 16, students with 100% attendance from Year 9 went to Leeds to take part in the CAFOD walk for water. The Walk for Water is an event planned by CAFOD to make you think of the less fortunate people who have to walk a long way every morning just to get water.

We started off at Granary Wharf in Leeds and walked roughly three and a half miles down the canal towpath which ran along the back of Kirkstall Road. We were warned that the water in the canal was very mucky and contaminated with Wiles disease. This made us think of the unclean water that others who are less fortunate have to walk miles for, often getting ill from using it. We carried buckets filled with water to help us imagine the daily journey’s that these people take.

When we got to Kirkstall Abbey the Vicar who worked there conducted a short service for us and students from each school were involved and said part of prayer.  It really opened our eyes to how other people live and the struggles that they have to live each day.  We then took a walk round the prayer and reflection labyrinth and had time to reflect on issues around the world.

I think this event is so important to raise awareness of issues such as lack of clean water.  People in other parts of the world could have a much better quality of life if they could have a water pump in their village to give them clean, safe water.


By Leah Howard, Aneesa Ahmed and Shannen Agagon

World Book Day 2016

World Book Day is a celebration of books, authors, reading and libraries. This World Book Day 2016, St. John Fisher’s learning resource centre organised a book fair with Scholastic. The enthusiasm of the children and dressing up for the day became a big hit for the children and the staff of the school. Children remained enthusiastic for a week of book fair which was incredible and became a huge success.
Until the next World Book Day, keep reading and shining!

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World Book Day 2016

Staff and Pupils join in World Book Day

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The Rotary Club Technology Tournament

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The Rotary Club Technology Tournament, Batley Frontier, 1st March 2016.

Congratulations to the KS4 team on winning their category outright… Well done!

On Tuesday 1st March 2016 we went to the annual Rotary club Technology Tournament. We had to work in our groups – Basic, Intermediate and Higher and we had to design, build and test a small vehicle powered by electronics. We competed against over 20 schools in the surrounding area.

To make the task even more difficult we had to make our buggy move through a tunnel and it had to push debris – a pile of wood- through the tunnel and return back again. The other groups had even harder task and had to move the debris back and forwards with the buggy within a short time restriction.

We also had to work out the switch needed for it to move backwards and forwards using the circuit and produce a detailed design portfolio of designs, fully explained. We earned points on each section of work.

Even though our team, the basic section, didn’t win I really enjoyed it because it gave us a challenge to complete and we worked hard as a team to finish it. My favourite part of the day was working as a team developing our idea and making it better.

The Intermediate team won their section so congratulations to them!”

By Mina Flanagan. Yr 9.

Scholastic Book Fair

As part of the World Book Day celebrations we are having a Scholastic Book Fair in the Learning Resource Centre in school.
Students in Years 7 and 8 will have an allocated slot during their English lesson where they can browse the books on offer. Students in other year groups will have the opportunity to browse at break time and lunch time.
If students wish to purchase a book they are to complete the form in the booklet and return to their English teacher by Thursday 3rd March with the payment. Payment for books can be made by cash or (preferably) by cheque made payable to St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy.
Scholastic Book Fairs are a great way for students to buy books at a discounted rate straight from the publisher and it also raises funds to buy more books for the school library and book boxes.
I am sure that this will be a successful event.
Happy World Book Day!

Anti-Bullying Event

Four of our school’s trained Anti-Bullying Ambassadors attended an Anti-Bullying – Sharing Good Practice event Thursday 25th February, organised by the Diana Award. The workshop was hosted by Silcoates School in Wakefield.

The students were accompanied by two teachers and the event was aimed at showcasing the successful anti-bullying initiatives that have been introduced at Silcoates School while giving attending schools the opportunity to share good examples of anti-bullying practice. Another element of the afternoon’s activities was to offer refresher training for our anti-bullying ambassadors.
The event was fun and interesting but with a serious message. The students who attended from SJF behaved impeccably throughout and were a massive credit to our school.
If you are experiencing any issues or feel you are being bullied there are various ways in which you can access help and support:
  • Talk in confidence to a member of staff or speak to your parents
  • Talk to a Mentor or Pastoral Manager
  • Speak to one of SJF’s trained Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
  • Come along to a weekly Anti-Bullying drop-in session on a Thursday lunchtime in Y9
  • You can access help by emailing