World Book Day

Staff and students celebrated World Book Day in their customary style of dressing up in their favourite book character and were engaged during every lesson reading a text set in the school to try and get to the truth about a fictional ‘theft’. Could the villain be a ‘trusted’ member of staff? Could the truth be uncovered?

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WBD Reading Quiz

A group of enthusiastic Year 7’s participated the World Book Day Reading Quiz at Huddersfield Town Hall.

Lots of fun was had even if we didn’t win this time round!  Maybe next year.

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Career Ready!

On Tuesday 14th February was the day that we had our annual Icebreaker session for the Career Ready students. This is when our volunteer mentors came into school to meet up with our Career Ready students. The volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds and this year we had people from Leeds Building Society, Locala, Flexitallic, KIrklees Council and Sesame Bankill.

There was a real buzz around the room as the students and volunteers “broke the ice”. By the end most of the students had been paired with their mentor and had arranged their next meeting. Students will be able gain the wisdom and knowledge of their mentors experience of the world of work. Over the years we have had many successful partnerships, many of whom stay in touch long after the programme is finished. Another fantastic opportunity that is available at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy Sixth Form.

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Bernard Higgins – RIP

Bernard Higgins RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Bernard Higgins who taught at the school for very many years.  His subject was mathematics and he was also a year head for many years.  We understand that his funeral mass will take place at St Paulinus church next Monday, 20th February at 12noon.

Speed Dating Success for St John Fisher Students!

Local NHS community healthcare provider, Locala Community Partnerships CIC, invited Health and Social Care GCSE students from St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy, Dewsbury to take part in a ‘speed dating’ session with healthcare professionals.

Around 30 pupils aged 15-16 years attended the Dewsbury event, to find out more about healthcare professions. Practitioners ranging from health visitors, physiotherapists, pharmacy technicians and alcohol nurses had a 10 minute ‘date’ with students, which involved introducing themselves and their roles, before being asked questions about their backgrounds, daily routines and for careers advice.

One student, Lara Kiely, said: “I think the session has been really interesting as I have been able to find out about many different healthcare roles. Being able to speak to the practitioners has taught me so much more than reading a leaflet or looking online. Today has made me realise that there are opportunities to move around in a healthcare career too.”

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Bailey Chatha, another student, said: “Today has been brilliant. It has helped me understand what support patients need, which will help me with my case studies project at school and I’m really interested in finding out more about becoming a Physiotherapist.”

St John Fisher’s Head of Vocational Studies, Mrs O’Hare, said: “It was fascinating finding out more about the different roles and services that Locala provide, some of which I didn’t even know existed. The students really engaged with the practitioners and asked lots of questions. I think this session has been really valuable for them.”

Heidi Curry, Volunteering Services Manager, also attended the session, to give a short talk on the benefits of volunteering for Locala. Jo Swift, Locala Nursery Nurse, said: “I encouraged all of the students here today to volunteer, to help make themselves stand out from others when applying for healthcare roles.”

This event was part of Locala’s commitment to engage more with young people across Kirklees. Locala has also demonstrated this commitment over the last year by supporting ‘Takeover Day’, an annual initiative from the Children’s Commissioner which sees organisations across England opening their doors to young people to take over adult roles. Locala invited students at the event to share their ideas for this year’s ‘Takeover Challenge’, which saw a number of them keen to shadow practitioners, to get a taste of what it is like to work in healthcare.

As a community interest company and membership organisation, Locala values and welcomes the opinions of young service users and members of the community. Young people from across Kirklees are invited to visit the Young People’s Network pages on the Locala website, to find out more information and to have their say. The Network is also responsible for the content of this section of the website and regularly blog about topics such as body image and dealing with stress.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the Network can contact Youth Engagement Co-ordinator Emma Boyes at emma.boyes@locala.org.uk or find out more at https://www.locala.org.uk/get-involved/young-peoples-network/.

Unto Us A Child Is Born

Our Advent charity focus this year has been on Children.  As usual we started with our annual shoebox appeal which was hugely successful.  We then turned our attention to the Gianna Project, a Catholic Care scheme which collects and distributes baby items to family across the Diocese.
Once again our St. John Fisher community pulled out all the stops in donating hundreds of baby items.  Nappies, wipes, clothing, knitwear, toys and much, much more are being handed to Catholic Care this week, and we are happy that our contributions will help families who are struggling at this time of year.

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Well done!

Congratulations to our Sixth Form Debate team for winning their last pair of debates to allow us to qualify for the final round of Jordan Solicitors Debating Matters competition held in the auditorium of the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. Molly Reid and Catherine Bailey won their debate arguing that there should be limits to free speech on social media, which allowed James Sweeney and Zahran Abbas to compete in the Final where they had to oppose the motion that we should accept the risks inherent in contact sports.

Competing against Y13 teams, our Y12 team came second overall, which was a fantastic achievement. Judges such as Dr Elizabeth Clarke and the Rt Reverend Dr Tom Butler praised our team’s passion, enthusiasm and ability to challenge others’ views, think on their feet and respond with precision. They were a credit to SJF and we look forward to the challenge of competing next year.

Textiles & Design (Harrogate) Exhibition Visit

On Friday 25th November 2016, a group of Year 12 and Year 13 ‘A’ level Textiles and Design students visited the Harrogate Stitching Show at the main Harrogate Exhibition Centre.  Students were able to view the work of professional, internationally acclaimed artists and talk to them about their work.

When asked about the Exhibition- students said;

‘The main hall exhibitions were very exciting and there was a wide variety of artists exhibiting their work.  We were able to see first-hand the size and scale of the pieces and exactly how they had been made.  The lower hall was showcasing for various Art and Design Colleges and Universities offering Textiles and Design. The work here was full of portfolios, sketch books and finished pieces.  It clearly showed us what the students had produced and the design process they had used from their initial ideas.  We were able to talk to the students and the tutors about the courses and careers available. Overall we would recommend this as a successful day, enjoyable and a great opportunity to collect information on artists, careers and ideas to use in our own work back in the classroom.’

Emily Worth Yr13, Sophie Harper Yr12, Alex Wilkinson Yr12.

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