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June 2022

Headteacher Ms. A. Knight
a.knight@olqp.lancs.sch.uk

 

Faith in Action Award

Twelve students have been successful in completing their Faith in Action Award this year. Y10 students Cate, Anna and Amylee have achieved the Gold Award, Noah and Olivier in Y9 the Silver Award, Bibi, Lucas, Logan and Lucy in Y8 the Bronze Award and Lucy, Kaiya and Elizabeth achieved the Pin award. As part of this award students were involved in reading in assembly, helping with cake sales, being form prefects, taking part in interviews for new staff, volunteering to help at the local food bank and the library. We are so proud of these students living out their faith in practical ways in the community. Students will be presented with their awards at a special event in school next week.

Year 10 Textiles Work

Mrs Gillies' Y10 Textiles class were given the opportunity to try a new technique called sun printing. This is a wonderful way to capture the summer sunshine using a variety of flowers, leaves or seed pods. The chemically treated light sensitive paint is an incredibly quick way in which to design beautiful botanic prints. Students are encouraged to undertake experimental work which forms part of their coursework. Some examples are included here.

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School of Science Event

This term 15 Able and Ambitious Year 10 students attended the 'School of Science' event hosted by West Lancs College. The students worked as a team to complete challenges in Chemistry, Biology and Maths. They had to use various skills to complete challenges and 'unlock' the next level before combining all knowledge to create a final answer. Their fantastic attitudes and phenomenal abilities helped them to come in third place. Each student received a certificate and some students such as Will Baldwin received additional accolades from the hosts for their teamwork skills.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

We are delighted to share with everyone this certificate celebrating our Duke of Edinburgh group's work in volunteering and its impact. Students in years 9, 10 and 11 who are the Duke of Edinburgh Award participants, dedicated 286 hours to volunteering between April 2021 and March 2022, which is an incredible achievement! Our Lady's students volunteering activities include helping local elderly people by making meals and doing chores, fundraising for cancer research, litter picking in the local community, serving in Mass, dance leadership and many more activities!

The certificate includes a statement from the national Duke of Edinburgh team: 'We are incredibly proud of the dedication, effort and achievement of young people making an impact in their community'.

Transition Events

This week we have been welcoming Year 5 children from our local Primary Schools, as they begin experiencing life in high school. They have delighted Our Lady's staff with their enthusiasm and efforts in all activities, including Science, Maths, English and Sport. Year 5 children have been helped during the day with us by our own Year 7 Primary Ambassadors. We look forward to welcoming Year 5 again in our summer school during the holidays.

Year 10 students have been visiting local colleges over the past few days, experiencing taster courses at St John Rigby College and West Lancashire College. They have been fully engaged in enjoyable activities, gathering information about courses and talking to tutors. These are part of the fuller Careers Information Education Advice and Guidance Programme offered to all our students in Years 10 and 11, helping them to find the right destination for them post 16.

Outstanding Sport Success

Our young people are absolutely brilliant! This term has seen school records broken on sports days, including Joe in Y9 with 300m, Adam in Y10 with 400m, Y7 record breakers were Lucy breaking the 800m record, Joey 100m, Lewis 100m, Tomisin 100m and girls' relay. Year 8 record breakers were Alexis 300m and Temi 100m. Congratulations to all!

Outstanding success has also been achieved in the West Lancs District Athletic event at Edge Hill with Our Lady's winning the event overall, finishing first out of 7 schools! The students' passion and support of each other as a team were outstanding. Well done to all our athletes in Years 7, 8 9 and 10.

Rugby players in Years 7 and 8, playing in their very first competitive rugby league match are also to be congratulated on their sheer determination, effort and skill. Well done to the boys who scored the winning tries – Zane, Neo, Ethan and Seb!

Empowered Poetry

Our students' latest literary success is the publication of their poems in the 2022 'Empowered' anthology, with entry into the final stages of the national poetry competition for these talented young writers. Students wrote about all sorts of issues they felt strongly about and it tied in well with the Y8 curriculum rhetoric topic. One of my favourites is by Jay, aged 12:

Freedom

Freedom is not worrying and being able to say your opinion without judgement
Respect each other, no matter their skin colour, gender or sexuality
Every day you're allowed to choose who you are without fear
Everybody feeling safe and having an endless voice
Days of peace without violence
Our voices are heard and valued
Minutes, hours, days of fun in the sun without feeling afraid of not being accepted

Goodbye and Good Luck Year 11

After the pressure of their external examinations, Year 11 were able to relax and enjoy a superb night of celebration at Hurlston Hall last Friday. Year 11 students have worked hard over the last few months, applying themselves to revision and preparation for all their examinations and both students and staff were really able to enjoy a wonderful Leavers' Prom together. We are proud of them all and wish them all continued success as they move on to their chosen destinations. We look forward to celebrating with them on Results Day in August.

Dates for diary

Thursday 7th July - Year 6 Induction Day

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Ms A Knight

Headteacher

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