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The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College

Parents Bulletin No 3
December 2014

HeadteachersMessage

IwouldliketowishallparentsandstudentsaHappyandHolyChristmasandIwouldliketothank
everybodyfortheirsupportduringthelastterm.Asever,ithasprovedtobeaverybusytermand
Ihavebeendelightedwiththeenthusiasmshownbyourstudentsforthemanyac vi esinwhich
theyhavetakenpart.WehavefacedsomechallengesthistermandthedeathofRhysHewi was
somethingwhichhadanimpactuponthewholeschoolcommunity.IwouldliketothankeverybodyforthewayinwhichtheyralliedroundandsupportedtheschoolandRhysfamilyduring
whatwasaverydicult me.

2015willbemylastyearasHeadteacherofTheEnglishMartyrsSchoolandSixthForm
CollegesinceIhaveinformedGovernorsofmyinten ontore reattheendoftheSummerterm.Thereiss llalotofwork
todobeforethat meandIcanassureparentsthatIhavenointen onofwindingdown.TowardstheendoftheyearIwill
sharereflec onsofmy38yearsatEnglishMartyrswhichhavebeenhappyandtremendouslyrewarding.Governorsarein
theprocessofappoin nganewHeadtostartinSeptember2015andparentswillbeinformedofanydevelopments.

AttheendoftermwesaygoodbyetoourChaplain,AnneMarieLavelleandtoMathsteachers,MrsMcGuireand
MrsRobson.IthankthemforalltheyhavegiventoEnglishMartyrsandwishthemwellforthefuture.

ChristmasMessage

Peacebewithyou!Donotbeafraid!ThereisnothingGodcannotdo!
ThesethreesentenceshaveformedthemessageofschoolassembliesduringAdvent.Thewords
maybefamiliartomanyofyou.ThesearewordsthattheAngelGabrielspoketoMaryasshe
wasaskedtobecomethemotherofourLordandSaviour,JesusChrist.Veryo enhugethings
areaskedordemandedofusandsome mesitsdiculttoknowhowtorespondorwhereto
evenbegin.

Christmasisaverystressful meformanyfamiliesanditshouldbea meofgreatjoy.When


thingsgetoverwhelming,rememberthewordsoftheAngeltoMaryandtrustinthemandrecall
themo en.

ThisshallbemylastChristmasmessageforourbulle nsoIamreallyrelyinguponthesewordstoo,
trus nginthemeverydayasImoveontopasturesnewleavingthewonderfulcommunityofEnglish
MartyrsthisChristmas,butIbelieveonlyphysicallyasnobodyeverreallyleavesEnglishMartyrs.It
willalwaysremainaspecialplaceinmyheart.
MaythisChristmasbeaspecial,blessedandbeau ful mewiththoseyoulovethemost,butremembertospend mewiththeOnewhoitisallabout,withoutwhom,wewouldnthaveit!May
ChristbebornanewinyouthisChristmas.Peacebewithyou,donotbeafraid,thereisnothingGod
cannotdo!

AnneMarieLavelle

Adverseweatherandpublicisingunplannedschoolclosure

WithcoldertemperaturesonthewayIthoughtitwouldbeusefultoremindparentsofourproceduresregardinganyschool
closureasaresultofadverseweather.Parentsshouldbeawarethatwewilldoeverythingpossibletokeeptheschoolopen
andwewouldonlyclosetheschoolinextremelyrarecircumstances.
IfwedoneedtoclosetheschoolwewouldmaketheannouncementviaourwebsiteandviaBBCRadioTees.Thesearethe
onlywaysinwhichwewouldmakesuchanannouncementandparentsshoulddisregardamessagebyanyotherformof
media.

CatholicPartnershipSpellingBee
Twoteams,combiningeightYear7and8students,a endedaCatholicPartnershipSpelling
Beecompe ononFriday28thNovember.Alleightstudentspreformedexcellentlyand
enjoyedafundayofexci nggamesandtoughcompe on!Eighteenteamstookparton
thedayandthestandardwasexcep onallyhigh;ahugewelldonetoallwhopar cipated!
EvePlant,JoshuaCain,RoseAllenandThomasWillsmadeitthroughtothesecondround
whilstGeorgeRelton,MiaSimpson,LukeStokelandMichaelWinshipba ledthroughthe
heatstofinishinthirdplace!Furthercongratula onstoGeorgeReltonwhowasawardeda
SpiritofSpellingcer ficateforhisoutstandingspeedandprecisionthroughoutthe
compe on.

CatholicPartnershipEurovisionSongContest
AbigcheergoestothepupilswhotookpartintheCatholicPartnershipEurovision
SongCompe onheldatCarmelCollege,TheHeadlands,DarlingtononWednesday10thDecember.TheycamearesoundingsecondplacesinginginFrench.
Bravo!

Year9visitto
CologneChristmasMarkets
OnFriday5th
Decemberatotal
of39studentsfromEnglishMartyrsandManorCollegeset
otoexperiencethetradi onalGermanChristmasmarkets
inCologneandAachen.WearrivedinCologneonSaturday
morningandspentthedayge ngtoknowthecityand
shoppinginthemarketsaswellascomple ngatownquiz.
Inthea ernoonwevisitedthechocolatemuseumonthe
bankoftheriverRhinewherewesawtheproduc on
processandofcoursesampledthechocolate!OnSunday
wetravelledtothebordercityofAachenandvisitedthe
localmarketandboughtChristmasdecora ons,novel es
and'Printen'-thelocalChristmasbiscuits.Studentswere
alsoabletoprac setheirlanguageskillsandenjoy
Bratwurst,CurrywurstandPommes!Itwasagreat
experienceandreallygotusintotheChristmasspirit!

HartlepoolArtClubCompe

onNov2014

EachyeartheHartlepoolArtClubrunsatownwidecompe onthatisopentoallsecondary
schoolsinthetown.Theysettwocategories:TheStephenCrowtherawardforthebestGCSE
courseworkandTheWalterParkerawardforthebestGCSEExam.Thereisalsoaspecial
awardcalledTheAtkinsonPrintTrophyforExcellencetobepresentedtothestudentshowing
themostcrea vepoten al.WearehappytoannouncethatEmilyWardgainedfirstprizefor
theStephenCrowtherawardandwasalsochosentoreceivetheAtkinsonpaintTrophyaswell!
JennyWilsonalsogainedsecondprizeinthiscategory.WearealsodelightedthatOliviaWard
gainedsecondprizefortheWalterParkeraward.TheawardswerepresentedattheHartlepoolArtgalleryonNov16that6.30pmandthegirls
received100forfirstplaceand50forsecond.

ChristmasCardCompe

on2014

Thisyearwehadafantas cresponsetothe
Christmascardcompe onandtheArt
Departmentwouldliketothankallstudents
fortakingpart.Alloftheentrieswerewonderful.ThewinningentrieswereAndrea
Lopez9MC1,NikolaWidynska8TM2,and
RobynThompson9MC2whoproducedspectacularentries.Allgirlswillseetheircardsprintedprofessionallywithhernameonit
andthesecardswillbeusedbyMrLeetoposttofriendsoftheschool.Allgirlswill
receiveartequipmentfortheirwonderfulandcrea veentries.

TrenchArt100YearsCommemora on
EachyeartheCatholicPartnershipdecides
uponathemeforallArtdepartmentsto
developandcreatedierenttypesofartwork
foramajorexhibi onatDurhamCathedral.
ThisyearthethemeisAweandWonder.
Thisyearwelookedatartworkassociatedwiththe100yearremembranceofWorld
War1.Theideawastoproduce100piecesofceramicstomarkeachyearofthe
war.ToachievethiswefocussedonTrenchArt.Thiswasacollec onofempty
shellcasingsthatthesoldiersworkedintotoproducequitedecora veandpersonal
artwork.Wealsodecidedforthefirst methisyeartoinvolveeveryone:pupils,
teachers,schoolsta,andtheextendedcommunity.Everyonegoton-boardandall
workedtogethertoproducesomewonderfulpiecesofceramicsthatlookedlike
shellcasingsthathadcarvedimageryorpersonalmessagesonthem.Someofthe
workproducedistrulyremarkable.
Years8/9/10/12/13,18teachersand20membersofthecommunity
producedworkforthisproject.Weintendtoarrangeall100piecesintothe
shapeofapoppy,havethecentralpiecespaintedblackandthepoppyshaped
piecesinbronze/gold.Toaddtothiswewillalsoincludeallthepoppieswornby
thestudentsonRemembranceDay,sca eringthemthroughthework.These
poppieshavepersonalmessageswri enonthembythestudents.
Theexhibi onwillopenonthe17thJanuaryatDurhamcathedralforaprivate
viewingforthosewhotookpartinitandwillbeonpublicdisplayfor2weeks
a erthat.wefullyencourageyoutovisititasyouwillnotbedisappointed.

Hexham&NewcastleCatholicPartnership
DesignTechnologyShow
OnMonday17thNovemberwedisplayed
studentsoutstandingDesignandTechnology
workattheNa onalGlassCentreinSunderland.
Theinnova vedisplayformedpartofan
exhibi onofworkproducedbystudentsfromall
schoolsintheHexham&NewcastleCatholic
Partnership.Theeveningstartedwithacouple
oftalks,theneveryonewasinvitedtolook
aroundtheexhibi on,manypeoplecomplimentedthequalityandcrea vityofthework
producedbyEnglishMartyrsstudents.Duringtheeveningpeoplewereinvitedtoa end
oneoftwoglassblowingdemonstra onsandweweredelightedtohearwewouldbe
giventhebowlwehadwatchedbeingblown.Thiswasanamazingopportunityforourstudentstoshowcasetheirworkinsuchafabulousspace.
Thequalityanddiversityoftheworkwasbreath-takingandthestudents
shouldbeveryproud.

EnglishMartyrsStudentsHostMasterchef2014.
OnWednesday19thNovemberTheFoodTechnologyDepartmenthostedthisyearsCatholicPartnershipMasterchef
compe on.Afusionoffoodfromacrosstheglobefilledourkitchenassevenpairsofyoungchefstooktothestovesto
ba leoutthisyearsPartnershipMasterchef.Eachteamwasgiventwohourstoproduceatwocoursemealonabudgetof
lessthan5.Withavarietyofdishesfromallovertheworldstudentsdemonstratedexcep onalculinaryflairandsynergy,
showcasingskillsofbreadmaking,pastryworkandflavourbalancing.TheEnglishMartyrsteamofNiamhBarkerandAmy
CallaghancookedChickenrouladesurpriseservedwithlemoncouscous,courge eribbonandtomatowithgarlicsauce.For
desserttheymademeltinthemiddlechocolatepudding,servedonraspberrycouliswithacrmeanglaisesauce.
Wewerethrilledwiththeresultsasthestandardswereexcep onallyhighthisyearandallteamsproducedsomefabulous
food.Ourgirlsworkedwithenthusiasmanddetermina onandwereawarded2ndprize!WelldonetoNiamhandAmy.

YoungEnterprise
OnWednesday19thNovember,sixstudentsfromEnglishMartyrsSixthFormCollegetravelledtoNorthumbriaUniversityto
par cipateinaYoungEnterpriseTradingeventtoselltheirproductTwasthenightbeforeChristmas...inajar.Thiswasa
fantas copportunityforstudentstoprac setheirtradingskillsaswellasmeetupwithotherstudentstakingpartinthe
YoungEnterpriseCompanyProgrammeandsizeupthecompe onofcourse!Highlightofthedaywastheteamwinning
BestTradeStandattheevent.ThestudentstakingpartwereConnieSullivan(ManagingDirector),AnnaCook(Company
Secretary),KeiranRobertson(Opera ons&Marke ng),AdamThompson(Opera ons&Sales),KieranTait(Finance
Manager)andMichaelHay(Sales).Studentsares lltakingordersfortheirChristmasdesignsoifyouwouldlikeoneplease
asktospeaktoMrsHughes(HeadofBusiness&Enterprise)oralterna velyoneofthestudentsinvolved.

HartlepoolMailPoetryCompe

on

Congratula onstoRiyaNighoskarof11TM2whowonthe
HartlepoolMailsYoungWritersPoetryCompe on.
Youngpeopleacrossthetownwereaskedtopenapoem
tocommemoratethebombardmentofHartlepoolwhich
tookplace100yearsagoon16thDecember1914.
Riyawonfirstprizeintheover11category;runners-up
fromEnglishMartyrsSchoolwereCatherineWates11JI2,
LilyHannon11MC2andLaurenHowells11MC2.Riyahas
beeninvitedtoa endthecelebra onsattheBorough
HallonTuesday16thDecemberwhereherpoemwillbe
readaloud.

TrenchLe erWri ng
Congratula onstoDominicTimlin7JB1whowon
theTrenchLe erWri ngCompe on;alsoa
hugewelldonetoMelanieBlair7JI1whowas
runnerup.Thankyoutoallstudentswho
entered.

ThenextLiteracyWri ngCompe onisen tled


NewBeginnings:studentsareencouragedto
writeashortstoryofnolongerthan200words.
EntriestobehandedtoMrsFoxandMrsBrown.
Closingdate30thJanuaryGOODLUCK!

U13TownVolleyball.
Congratula onstotheboysandgirlswhotookpartinthetownvolleyballtournamenton3Dec.
Theboysfinishedequaltoponpointsbutunfortunatelyinsecondplaceduetopointsdierence.Thesquadincluded:
BenWeighill,GeorgeRelton,AlfieBingham,JoshWard,NoahNewcomb,ElliotDawson.
ThegirlsfinishedtownchampionsandwillrepresentHartlepoolintheTeesValleyround.Thewinninggirlssquadincluded:
KlaudiaKubrak,WiktoriaBorowicz,EmilyBuckley,ElizabethSkidmore,GraceGilhespy.
Year8boysandgirlsrepresentedtheschoolattheHartlepoolSchoolsSportshallAthle cs
compe on.
Thegirlscame1stwithHighTunstallin2ndplace,DykeHouse3rdandManorin4th.
TheboyswerenarrowlybeatenbyHighTunstall,withDykeHousein3rdandManor4th.
BothteamswillgoontorepresentthedistrictintheTeesValleyCompe oninthenewyear.
Welldonetoallcompe torsandgoodluckinthenextround!

CrossCountry
OnSaturday8thNovember,CrossCountryteamsfrom
Years7-10competedintheEnglishSchoolsNorthEast
Finals;theonlyschoolfromHartlepooltoqualify.
Compe onwasextremelystrongwithrepresenta ves
frommanypublicandboardingschools.Thestudents
conductedthemselvesinanexemplarymannerhaving
reachedthishighlevelofcompe on.
TeamsfromallyeargroupsrepresentedtheschoolattheTowneventon19thNovember,heldatHighTunstallSchool.The
studentsperformedadmirably.TeamresultssawtheY7boyscome3rdandtheY7girls3rd.BoysinY8and9came1stwiththe
girlsfinishingasrunnersup.TheteamsinY10and11bothwerecrownedTownChampions.
NotableboysperformancescamefromSonnySmailesandNathanCrosswhowontheirraces,withSamTyersclaiminga
secondplacefinish,closelyfollowedin3rdbyKeatonRobbins.AdamStoklealsomanagedanexcellent3rdplace.Forthegirls,
JodieWalkerclaimeda2ndplacespotcloselyfollowedin3rdbyLauraTemperley.EllieWaddupwasrunnerup.Theolder
girlsmanagedthebestperformanceofthedaywiththefirst4runnersallhailingfromEnglishMartyrs.WinnerwasLucy
Johnson,followedhomebyNiamhMcMorris,GraceLambertandMiaCrawford.Theseperformancescombinedgavethe
teamsanoverallvictorybyamassive124points.Welldonetoallinvolved.

Badminton
Congratula onstotheKS3Badminton
team(girls)whowerecrownedTown
Championson20thNovember.They
progresstotheCountyRoundofthe
Na onalSchoolsFinalswhichwilltake
placeinJanuary.TheKS4boyswere
strongrunnersuptoaformidableHigh
Tunstallteamthefollowingweek.
TheBadmintonteamsputonagood
showattheCatholicPartnershiptournamenton26thNovember.Notable
performancesweretheY9Aboys
teamfinishingasrunnersupandtheY8
Agirlsteamfinishingacreditable
third.Overall,Y8and9combinedteams
finishedthird.
Welldonetoallinvolved.

NorthEastRegionalTrampolining
TheEMSTrampolineSquadcompetedintheNorthEastroundofthe
Na onalSchoolCompe onwithsomeoutstandingresults.The
compe onwasheldatKillingworthwiththetop3individualsand2
teamsqualifyingthroughtoZonalFinalsinNorthernIreland.Lewis
Rodgerswasourtopperformingindividualmanagingtosecure2ndPlacein
acompe veIntermediateU14Boyssec on.Othernotableperformances
camefromOliviaBennisoncoming9th/44intheU16NoviceGirlscompe on.ThebestteamperformancecamefromtheU16GirlsNoviceteamof
OliviaBennison,OliviaAtkinson,ErinDobingandRachelKirbycoming
over-all3rdmissingoutbyjust0.8ongainingaqualifica onspot.
Congratula onstoallstudentswhocompetedandgoodlucktoLewisin
NorthernIreland.Thenexttrampolinecompe onwillbetheHartlepool
SchoolsinJanuary.

RemembranceDay
On11thNovemberweheldashortservice
ofremembrancetorememberthosewho
losttheirlivesinwarandtocommemorate
the100yearanniversaryofWWI.

LentRetreattoAmpleforth
OurannualLentretreattakesplaceatAmpleforthAbbeyontheweekendofPalmSundaywhichisthe27th29thMarch
2015.Thisretreatisopentostudentsineveryyeargroupandisalwaysfull!Thereare45placesandthecostis50.Ifyou
wouldliketogo,pleaseseeMissMalcolmsonorMrDunnforale er,orpickoneupfromtheChapel.
AmpleforthAbbeyisastunningmonasteryinNorthYorkshire,anditwillbetheBESTstarttotheEasterholidaysandthe
greatestwaytoprepareforHolyWeek.Asusual,theretreatwillbealotoffunandwillnodoubtinvolvesomekindoffancy
dress.Placeswillbeallocatedonafirstcomefirstservedbasisuponreceiptofdepositandconsentform.

ChildreninNeed2014
AquickupdateonourfundraisinginNovemberfortheChildreninNeedcharity.Wehadanotherfantas cweekof
fundraisingthisyearsothankyoutosta,parentsandstudentswhohavecontributedtoanyoftheac vi esthattook
place.Weraisedastaggering2925.
Thisamazingamountofmoneywascollectedthroughalotofhardworkanddedica onfromeveryoneinvolved.Ac vi es
includedasponsoredfunrun,sponsoredsilence,sponsoredlegwax,cakesales,hotdogsales,tombolasandmanymany
more.AgroupofstudentstravelledtoStocktontohandoverthechequetotheBBC.

DanielHugheswasle disappointedatmissingtheannualChildrenInNeedfunrun.Asaresultheorganisedtocompletethe
distanceatalater meintheschoolsfitnesssuitetoensurehecouldsupporttheschoolandthecharitywithhiseorts.
Danielcompletedhis5konthe13thofNovemberinafantas c meof30mins27seconds.
WelldoneDanielonsuppor ngthisgreatevent.

TheEnglishMartyrsSchoolandSixthFormCollegeannualproduc onof
TheWizardofOzwasaresoundingsuccess.Theshowfeaturedover60
studentsfromYears7-13bothonstage,back-stageandintheorchestra.
Theshowranforfournightstoapackedaudienceofnearly1000people.
Sta,parents,governorsandallwhoa endedhadathoroughlyenjoyable
evening.NotableperformancesincludedAmyChapmanandGeorgia
Lennon(Y11)whoplayedDorothyontwonightseach;SeanMcCloskey
Y13(TheLion);EllisMillerY11(TinMan)andSamBurrellY12(Scarecrow)
andAlexMailen(TheWizard).Inaddi on
PoppyStuartY12andOliviaCareyY10played
adeligh ulGlindaandNikitaNighoskarY13,a
veryscaryWickedWitchoftheWest!!
Thecostumeswerewonderfulanda
dedicatedteamofstaledby
MrsLiddell-Fisherensuredallthecastlooked
fantas constage.Theorchestradeservea
par cularmen onforcopingwithanextremelydicultscoreofwhichnot
manyschoolswouldbecapable!Wearealreadylookingforwardtonextyear.

OnTuesday4thNovemberweheldourveryfirstEMSFolkFest!
LocalfolkbandTheYoungUnsspentadayworkingwithourGCSEandASLevelMusic
studentsandtheeveninggigfeaturedperformancesfromthedayandalsospecially
formedgroupsandsoloists,includingsome
specialstaappearances!Welldonetoallinvolved!

DVDsoftheshowareavailableformtheSchoolOcepriced7.00.Therearetwoop ons,Wednesdaynight
featuringAmyChapmanasDorothyandThursdayNightfeaturingGeorgiaLennonasDorothy.

HistoryLondonTrip
Thisyearwasapar cularlypoignantyearfortheHistoryLondontrip,aswewereabletoseetheclaypoppiesattheTower
ofLondontomarktheCentenaryoftheOutbreakofWorldWar1.Asusual,wethoroughlyenjoyedtheChurchillWar
cabinetsandthelondondungeons,aswellasseeingthespectacularshowWicked.Thestudentswereanabsolutecreditto
theschool,andtheylearntalotfromtheverybusytwodays!Wealreadyhaveanumberofstudentsaskingtogoagainnext
year!

BombardmentProject
OnWednesday10thDecember,agroupofY7studentsworkedwiththefolkmusicgroupTheYoungUnsinprepara onfora
performanceforlocaldignitariesattheBoroughHallonTuesday16thDecember.Studentslearnedaseriesofsongsinspired
bytheBombardmentofHartlepool100yearsago.TitlesincludeBillytheButchersboyinspiredbyalocalbutchersboy
whorantoWestHartlepoolwithtwocowsandsomesaveloyswhileHartlepoolwasbeingshelled.Thestudentsalsotook
partinsomeroleplayac vi esand4students;DanielHughes,SholaBuckle,GaryBoltonandBekkahJacksonhavebeen
selectedtoperformtheirroleplayattheBoroughHallonTuesday16thDecember.

TheChristmasDayTruce.Wewereluckyenoughtobeabletotakepartin
the100yearcommemora onsatDurhamUniversityPalaceGreenlibrarythis
December,andtook14yr8studentstothisevent.Duringtheday,wewere
abletoresearchandtakeanac veand'handson'approachtothestudyof
theoutbreakofTheGreatWar,andtheChristmasdaytrucethatoccurredon
theNoMans'LandoftheWesternFrontin1914.Studentshadafantas c
day,learningsomuchinadierentenvironment.

OnThursday11thDecember,7Y10studentsa endedarangeofcommemora veworkshopsatHartlepoolCollegeofFE.


ThemorningwasdesignedtogivestudentsadetailedunderstandingofHartlepoolsroleinWorldWarOne.Themorning
includedlecturesfromkeynotespeakers,filmandvoiceclipsofsurvivorsofthebombardmentaswellasanexamina onof
artefactsandartworkinspiredbytheWar.

CatholicPartnershipMediaOscars.
OnTuesday25thNovember,sixteenofoursixthformstudentsputontheirgladragstoa endtheannualCatholic
PartnershipMediaOscars.Havinghadtheiroutstandingworknominatedbytheirteachers,RebeccaSco ,JamesIrvin,
OliviaAnderson,EmilyWard,JulianneManitandChloeHarveyallbeatos compe onfromalloftheschoolsinthe
partnership,takinghomeOscarsfortheirwork.AmberWilliamsandHannahFergusonnarrowlymissedoutonachievingan
awardfortheirmagazinefrontcoverandar cle,comingawaywithcer ficatesforhighlycommendedwork.Thewinners
weredecidedbylecturersinMediaStudiesfromtheUniversityofTeesside.
Thiswasafantas coccasionandachievementforthestudentsandagreatnightwashadbyall!

SixthFormChristmasMarketandJumper
OnFriday5th,Year12andYear13hadtheirannualChristmasMarketand
Jumperday.
StudentsarrivedwearingtheirChristmasjumpers,inthehopeofbeing
judgedthebestorevengainingrecogni onfrombeingthemost
tasteless!Somejumperswerefull
ofsparklinglights,whilstothers
boastedjinglingbellsand nsel.
Somestudentsdecidedtogoone
stepfurtherandwearonesiesor
evenbringFatherChristmastolife!
Studentsworkedinformgroups
withtheirtutor,runningtheirown
crea veChristmasthemedstalltoraisefundsfortheLeaversDinner.Thestalls
includedtheopportunitytochatwithSantahimself,feastonhotturkeysandwiches,a
fes vethemedphotoboothandlotsandlotsofdeliciouscakes!
Allhadajolly meandmanagedtoraiseover600.Abigthankyoutoallinvolved.

WestminsterTrip
TheYear13Sociology
studentsa endedthePalace
ofWestminsteronMonday
1stDecember2014.They
enjoyedatouroftheHouses
ofCommonsandLords
respec vely.Theyalso
experiencedaneduca onal
visittotheVictoriaand
Albertmuseumwhich
includedTheDisobedient
Objectsexhibi onandthe
Horstphotography
exhibi on.

Deba ngMa ersCompe

on

Anotheryear,anotherDeba ngMa ersCompe on.


ThisyearthefirstroundwasheldatTeessideUniversityandsaw
ourstudentsfacedwithtopicaldebatesaroundwhethersports
peoplearegoodrolemodelsandwhetherBritainshouldremain
withintheEU.Althoughweputupanadmirablefight,wewere
narrowlybeatenbyStokesleyschool,evena erwinningavote
takenbytheaudience.Wehadanotherfantas cteamthisyear
fromthosewhoagreedtospeaktothosewhoablyassistedinthe
detailedresearchandspeechesthatwerepresented.The
studentsweresuperbambassadorsforthecollege,asking
challengingques onsandreallyge ngintothespiritofthe
debate!ThanksgoestoMrsWalkertoofortheprepara on.

SPEEDCHESSPROVESAGREATSUCCESSATENGLISHMARTYRS!
Monday,December1st,sawthefirsteverEnglishMartyrsSchoolSPEEDCHESSTournamentwith11studentsplayinga
seriesofgamesinStAnnesHall,withonly5minuteseachtocompletealltheirmoves.Thiswasaturbo-chargedformof
thegamewhichwasnewtomostoftheyoungcompe torsbuttheycopedwellwiththedierentdemandsofthegame
andtheextrapressureofthe ckingclock!
Intheend,itwaslastyearsmaintournamentwinner,BrandonCasey(of
Year9)whotriumphedremainingunbeatenthroughoutthea ernoon
althoughhewaspushedallthewaybymanyofhisopponentsincluding
somes llrela velynewtochessasagameletalonethemorerapid
style.PaulLee(alsoofYear9)wasaclosesecond,withaverystrong
performancefromJoeSpaldin(ofYear7).NathanLiddell-Archerwasthe
bestperformingYear8studentontheday.
HeadteacherMrLeepresentedthetrophytoBrandonCaseyandachess
booktoeachcompe tor,sotheycancon nuetheirprogressinchessat
homeaswellastheWednesdaya er-school,chessclubsessionsinthe
schoollibrary.

EngineeringPlantVisit
OnMonday20thOctober201413ofourY10engineering
studentsvisitedtheNissanSunderlandPlant.
PupilsfoundouthowNissanengineersareadap ngtoan
ever-changingworldandhowengineerswhostudiedtradionaltechnologiessuchaspetrol-poweredvehiclesare
nowlearningaboutelectricvehicletechnology.
Studentshadapresenta ontofindoutmoreaboutSTEM
careersanddiscoveredmoreaboutthe100%electricNissanLEAF.Theywerethentakenonatourofthe
produc onlinetoseehowthecarswerebuiltusingtheir
con nualmanufacturingandJustInTimeprocess.This
wasanamazingopportunityforyourstudentsandthey
hadawonderfulandinforma vemorning.

Enterprise
OnFriday21stNovemberourY10Businessstudents
par cipatedinatownwideenterpriseeventaspartof
Globalentrepreneurweekwhichistheworldslargest
campaigntopromoteentrepreneurship.
Thestudentslistenedtoaninspira onaltalkfromlocal
entrepreneurLucindaGrangeandthenworkedwithlocal
businessentrepreneurstolearnabouttheskillsneededto
setupandrunasuccessfulbusiness.
Itwasafantas candinforma vea ernoonforour
students.

EDFEnergyMentoringScheme
Thisyearwehavecon nuedworkinginpartnershipwithEDFEnergyontheirmentoring
scheme.ThisisafabulousopportunityforourSixthFormstudentstobecomeinvolvedwith
localbusinessandgainexperiencefortheirfuturecareers.ThisyearsawthesecondEDFenergymentoringschemewhichwasoeredtoourScienceandMaths6thformstudents.
Theprocessinvolvedalauncheveningtointerestedstudentsandtheirparentsandthenacompe veapplica onand
interviewprocess.Eightofourstudentswereshortlistedtothesecondphaseandsevensuccessfullyappointedtothe
scheme.
Thesuccessfulcandidateswillnowpar cipateinmentoringcontactsessionswiththeEDFEnergyMentorsandhave
trainingdaysthroughouttheyearatthepowerplantinHartlepool.Thiswonderfulopportunityprovidesourstudentswith
highqualityworkexperience,employmentprepara onandworkbasedskillsalongsideaninsightintoamarketleader
industrytohelppreparethemfortheirfutureandalsopoten alforstudentstoprogressontotheirgraduatesponsorship
scheme.ThisprogrammeispartofEDFsstrategytoprepareyoungpeopleforworkandbeginsthestartofastrong
workingrela onshipwithEnglishMartyrs.

EMAEsteeLauder
BeautyandHairEvening
OnThursday13thNovemberEnglish
MartyrsSchoolhostedaneventto
raisefundsonbehalfoftheEMA.The
hairandbeautyeveningtookplacein
theSixthFormCommonRoomwith
lotsofstallssellingtheirproductsfor
Christmas.Over60 cketsweresold
andtheeveningwasagreatsuccess
withmorethan450beingraisedfor
theEMA.Aspecialthankyougoesto
theCateringandHospitalitystudents
whostayedbacka erschooltocater
forthisevent.Thequalityofthefood
producedwasoutstanding.

MERRY
CHRISTMAS
from
the EMA
OnFriday12thDecember
theEMAheldanotherof
theirverypopular
tombolas.Weraisedatotal
of312.20.
Manythankstoeveryone
whodonatedprizesandto
allthosewhotookpart.

TheEnglishMartyrsAssocia on
TheEMA(TheEnglishMartyrsParent/Teacher/FriendsAssocia on)workstoraisemoneytobenefittheschool.Allmonies
raisedbytheEMAaredonatedtotheschoolandusedtocontributetomanyprojectsacrossarangeofDepartmentsand
ac vi es.AsaparentofapupilatTheEnglishMartyrsSchoolandSixthFormCollegeyouareautoma callyamemberofthe
EMAandareinvitedtoa endmee ngsandevents.Mee ngsareheldonceperhalftermonMondayeveningsat7.00pm
intheConferenceRoom(StAnnesBuilding,oppositethemainschooloce).Theynormallylastforapproximatelyone
hour.ThenextEMAmee ngwillbeheldonMonday12thJanuary2015.
Allparents/friendsoftheschoolaremostwelcometoa end.Allsupportisgreatlyappreciated.

ChristmasServiceTimes
ChristmasAcrosstheTown
20thDecemberHCPTATradi onalChristmas7.00pm
ChristmasEve
StJosephs4.30pmCarols5.00pmVigil
StThomasMore5.30pmCarols6.00pmVigil
StMarys5.30pmCarols6.00pmVigil
StPatricks5.30pmCarols6.00pmVigil
StJohnVianney6.30pmCarols7.00pmVigil
StCuthberts7.00pmCarols7.30pmVigil
StTeresas7.30pmCarols8.00pmVigil
100

HOUSEPOINTS
75
StJohnBoste
StMargaretClitherow
BlessedJohnIngram

50

StAnneLine
StThomasMore
25

88

91

79

64

65

ChristmasDay
StJohnVianney9.30am
StThomasMore9.30am
StTeresas10.00am
StJosephs9.30am
StMarys11.00am
BoxingDay
StPatricks10.00am
StThomasMore10.00am
StCuthberts12noon.
30thDecember
5.00pmStTeresasCarols,MulledWineandMincePies
ExamInvigilators/Vacancies
WearecurrentlylookingtorecruitExamInvigilatorsfortheSummer
2014GCEandGCSEExams.Theexamsrunfrom11thMay24thJune.
Invigilatorsareemployedonatemporary,casualbasis.Youdonot
needtobeavailableeverydayduringthisperiodbutwedoaskthat
youareavailableatleasttwofulldayseachweek.Pleasecontactthe
Examina onsOcer,DianeRutherfordifyouwouldlikemore
informa on.
Pleaseseeourwebsiteforvacanciesforcasualdrivers
andcoversupervisors.

Onlineepaymentsforschoolmealsandotherschoolpurchases
Youmaybeawaretheschoolisintroducingonlinepaymenttohelpreduceadministra onandcashhandlinginschooland
alsotoallowpupilstoreducetheamountofcashtheycarrytoschool.Forschoolmeals,eachpupilhasanaccount.Ifthey
aretopurchasefromthecafeteriayouwillberequiredtotopupthisaccountwithmoney.Therearenowthreewaystopay
moneyintothisaccount:

ipayimpactwebsitewww.ipayimpact.co.uk

ChequesmadepayabletoHartlepoolBoroughCouncil.Pleaseputpupilnameandyeargrouponreverseofcheque.

Cashpaymentsusingtherevalua onunit(s)locatedintheschool
Inordertousetheipayimpactwebsiteyouwillneedtoemailtheschoolreques ngyourlogindetails.
EndofTermAc vi es
ThefollowingChristmasac vi eswillbetakingplaceforallstudentsonThursday19thDecember:
Year7
Pantomine
Year8
Cinema
Year9
TalentShow
Year10
Disco
Year11
St.Hilda'sChristmasService
SixthForm
Quizandfilms

Year11Photograph-Friday9thJanuary
AllYear11studentswillhavetheirphotographtakenonFriday9thJanuary.Studentsshouldbeinschoolfor
8.50amandshouldassembleintheDiningHall.Anystudentwhoturnsupforthephotowithar ficial
colouringontheirhairwillnotbeallowedonthephotograph.

Thankyoutoeveryonewhocontributedtothisyears
Opera onChristmasChildappeal.
Wewereabletosend31shoeboxestochildrenforChristmas.

ContactDetailsPleasewillparents/guardiansno fytheschooloceimmediatelyifthereareanychangestonames,
addresses,telephonenumbers,mobilephonenumbersorthenamedcontactpersonsofstudents.
Itisveryimportantthatcontactinforma oniskeptuptodate.

Medicines/TabletsPleaserememberthatstudentsmustnotcarryanytablets/medicinesinschool.Ifstudentsneedto
bringtabletstoschooltheyshouldhandthemintoMrCraddyforsafekeeping.Thankyou
StudentSafetyWouldparentspleaseavoiddroppingtheirchildrenoinanyofthestacarparksatany meduringthe
schoolday.Itisinthebestinterestsofallstudentssafetyifthenumberofvehiclesenteringthesiteiskepttoaminimum.

CALENDAR
Wednesday17thDecember

Thursday18thDecember
Friday19thDecember
Monday22ndDecember
(to5thJanuary)
Tuesday6thJanuary
Thursday8thJanuary
Friday9thJanuary
w/cMonday12thJanuary
Monday12thJanuary
Wednesday14thJanuary
Thursday15thJanuary

Friday16thJanuary
(to18th)
Monday19thJanuary
Wednesday21stJanuary
Friday23rdJanuary
w/cMonday26thJanuary
Tuesday27thJanuary

Y12EDFWelcome
EES
ChristmasAc vi es
Y11SixthFormQuiz

ChristmasBreak
NewTermstarts
BTECExams
Y11Photograph
Dip/Tet/PolioVaccina ons
EMAMee ng
MusicTechnologyExam
CPBannerWorkingDay
Y11DramaWorkshop

SixthFormretreat
CPArtExhibi on
Trampolining
StAnneLineMass
SixthFormMockExams
Y10GCSECateringExam

Wednesday28thJanuary
Thursday29thJanuary
Friday30thJanuary
Monday2ndFebruary
(to3rd)
Tuesday3rdFebruary
Wednesday4thFebruary
Thursday5thFebruary

Friday6thFebruary
Saturday7thFebruary
Monday9thFebruary

Saturday14thFebruary
(to22nd)
Monday16thFebruary
(to20th)
Wednesday25thFebruary
Thursday26thFebruary

Y11DanceShowcase
Y10ParentsEvening
CPSociologyCrimeDay
RockNight
Y11MusicPerformance
TalentShow
YMTMass
IntermediateMathsChallenge
Y9TechnologyDay
Y11ParentsEvening
CPCrossCountry
CatenianPublicSpeaking
Y11MusicComposi onExam
History-HitleronTrial

ParisICTTrip

HalfTerm
Y9Enterprise
Y9Op onsEvening

SchoolUniform/PEKit
AllschooluniformandPEkitisavailablefrom:
AlteredImages,HartlepoolEnterpriseCentre,
BroughamTerrace.
Thestoreisopenfrom9.00amto4.30pm
MondaytoFriday
and10.00amto2.00pmonSaturday.Tel:
01429265413.
IfyouhaveanyitemsofschooluniformorPEkitthatyourchildnolongerneeds(whichares llingoodcondi on)wewould
begratefulifyouwouldsendthemtoschool.WewillthenkeepasupplyofuniformandPEkitinschoolwhichcanbeloaned
tostudentsinanemergency.
Thankyou

FREESCHOOLMEALS
Childrenwhoseparentsareinreceiptofoneofthefollowingareen tledtoreceivefreeschoolmeals(FSM):
IncomeSupport(IS)
IncomeBasedJobSeekersAllowance(IBJSA)
Anincomerelatedemploymentandsupportallowance
SupportunderpartVIoftheImmigra onandAsylumAct1999
ChildTaxcredit(providedtheyarenoten tledtoWorkingTaxCredit)andhaveanannualincomewhichfrom6thApril2013
doesnotexceed16190asassessedbyHMRC
Ifyouareinanydoubtwhetheryourson/daughteriseligibleforFreeSchoolMeals(andtheassociated
PupilPremiumpayment)contactHartlepoolCivicCentreon266522.Youwillneedtosupplyyour
Na onalInsurancenumberbeforetheycarryoutasimpletestviatheirEligibilityCheckingService.
Remember
SchoolcanprovidepackedlunchesorahotmealaspartoftheFreeSchoolMealsservice
Inthe2014/2015financialyearschoolswillreceive935persecondarypupilwhohasever
beeneligibleforfreeschoolmeals.Thiscouldhelpyourchildinawiderangeofways.

SchoolfinishesonFriday19thDecember2014at1.55pmfortheChristmasBreak
SchoolreopensonTuesday6thJanuary2015at8.50am.
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