The generosity of our school community was, once again, amazing. During our December food drive we were inundated with tins and dried food, chocolates and small gifts for those less fortunate than ourselves. These donations were split between Catholic Care and Batley Food Bank. Pictured below are some of our students loading up the school minibus with food to deliver.
Sixth Form students continued the Fisher tradition this morning to stage the Live Crib in this period of advent. Mary was played by Chloe Flynn and Joseph by Luke Norris with a guest appearance of baby Edie Hartley who played the beautiful baby Jesus. Over £55 was raised by those who gathered to watch the annual event which will help fund the pilgrimage to Lourdes.
PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY, Diocese of Leeds
O God, Father most merciful, you created the world in wisdom and in love, and you walk with your children on the journey of life, pardoning and welcoming them always. Your Beloved Son, the visible face of your mercy, is present in our midst. He loves us with a heart full of merciful love, and teaches us to be merciful and to love one another.
Grant to us your children, as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, an outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, that our hearts may be open to our brothers and sisters who hunger and thirst for mercy, and the Good News of your merciful love may be always and everywhere proclaimed. Through Christ our Lord.
On Monday 7th December, 13 of our year 7 Students made an Advent Retreat to Myddelton Grange in Ilkley. The weather was windy and rainy but it didn’t stop us from making the most of our time there. Our group leaders, Paddie & Rianne, ran sessions on the theme of friendship as well as organising fun games, activities and the famous “Myddelton Walk” – when we got very wet!!! Overall it made us realise that we should love God first, then our neighbour and then ourselves.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Ben Restall (Year 12) and that his family may be comforted.
Ben died today (9th December) following a relatively short illness. His bravery was an example to us all. Even whilst ill, he achieved much in his GCSE examinations in the summer. He was a keen sportsman and sports fan. Hugely popular, our community is a poorer place without his physical presence amongst us. He will always be with us. We trust that he will now rest in peace with the Lord.
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!
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.
Year 9 Students building their own robotic arm, which they later programmed to follow basic tasks and commands.