Friday, 11 January 2013

Welcome to SchoolBlog

Dear Parents and Friends of St. Boniface’s Catholic College,
Welcome to my first Blog aimed at helping to keep you more informed about what is going on at the College each week. I do not intend to write reams of prose and trust that in your busy lives you will find the weekly blog succinct and of use. Please put up with my humour when I try!
 So here goes for the week beginning Monday January 14th 2013.

·         The College is once again focussing upon school uniform and could I thank you for supporting us in this on-going venture. My understanding is that Governors, staff and parents all appreciate the desire for St. Boniface’s Catholic College to continue to foster the good name it has always had, helping parents to turn young boys into confident young men who are able to play active roles in society. Well dressed, well behaved pupils taking a pride in belonging to the St. Boniface’s family, not surprisingly, do of their best in lessons, their best in tests and examinations at whatever levels and achieve in life. This, along with a spiritual dimension, is our aim for the young people in our care. We have had a focus upon shoes and this will be continuing next week. Hair length is next on the list!
·         There is much activity within the College over our migration from our present computerised management information system, CMIS, to our new one SIMS. The migration is due to take about 6 weeks and our aim is to be better than ever for February 25th – as with all computers -  here’s hoping!
·         Apologies to all students and parents for the delayed production of the most recent Blue Card reports but CMIS has had many problems – these are now due out by Friday 18th Jan.
·         This coming Tuesday 15th Jan at 6pm in the school hall there is a very important evening for all Y9 pupils and parents where we look at the options programme available for KS4 courses and explain the makeup of the Key Stage 4 curriculum, years 10 and 11.
·         For the present year 11 pupils’ discussions and interviews have and still are taking place over plans for their studies next year. Obviously we are hoping that all pupils will find what they want at St. Boniface’s and we are trying our best to accommodate all.
·         Last week we had a very uplifting Epiphany Mass at St. Peters attended by pupils from years 10, 12 and 13.
·         Well done to those in year 11 who sat their GCSE English examinations, they certainly looked as if they were all working very hard in the examination room. Unfortunately with all the palaver over last year’s GCSE English results the examination boards are not releasing final grades before August. This will make it very difficult to find out those pupils who may need to resit their exam but the English department will be scrutinising raw marks released earlier to produce a viable plan for the way forward for any students they are remotely concerned may not have passed.
·         Year 11 pupils also have a second opportunity to improve upon their mock RE GCSE performance with another full mock examination in the gym on Thursday 24th Jan. It is hoped that further examination practice under the appropriate conditions will help the students produce of their best in the summer examination round.
·         Year 7 pupils appear to have settled in well to their new academic groupings but if there are any concerns or problems then please do not hesitate to contact your mentor here at the College. We would rather hear of a concern early, and resolve it, before it has the opportunity to become a problem.
·         At this stage some year 8 students would rather not spend time doing their homework – could I ask all parents to look on the school website for directions on homework for pupils, under the “Subjects” banner and then Key Stage 3 or 4. The aim here is to give guidance to both parents and pupils on how to produce good quality homework.
·         Our post 16 students are in the midst of sitting AS level modular exams and may need more “understanding” than would be usual for a teenager.
I do hope that you have not found this blog too long and that it has been of use to you. I attach a programme of activities that are taking place on the various days and would like to finish my inaugural blog with a prayer:
Prayer for One's Family
Father, sometimes the family can get us down. The children are noisy and bills pile up. Relatives and friends make demands on my time and attention.
I try to keep first things first and create an atmosphere where Your name is honored, Your word observed. But I get tired and a hard edge creeps into my voice. Help me to cope with the daily strains of living in a family.
Help me to sustain a climate in which my family can develop fully the talents You have given them and to make of my family the community of love that Your Son came to bring.
Mr. A. Davies
Deputy Head
St. Boniface’s Catholic College




Thursday this week is the Art2Day private view of the Plymouth Schools Exhibition. Many of our GCSE and AS and A2 students from last year’s entrants were selected for exhibition, which celebrates the strength of the department and the visual intelligence of those students who have been chosen.

The exhibition will run at the Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth University from the 17 January until the end of February. 

Monday 14 January 2013   

08:10 – 08:45 Table Tennis Breakfast Club
11:35 – Year 9 Student Voice
13:35 – 2:20 Film Club (F136)
13:35 – Christian Union (Chapel)
13:35 – Geography Club (A9 or A6)
13:35 – Quiz in the Library
13:35 – Various Clubs in the Learning for Life Centre
13:35 – Table Tennis Club for Years 7 and 8 (Hall)
13:35 – Badminton (Gym)
15:20 – 16:15 – Art Club (Week B only)
15:20 – 16:20 Extended Learning Club – Library
15:30 – 16:30 Table Tennis After School Club

Tuesday 15 January 2013

13:35 – 2:20 Film Club (F136)
13:35 – Card Games in the Library
13:35 – Various Clubs in the Learning for Life Centre
18:00 – 19:30 Year 9 Options Evening (Hall)

Wednesday 16 January 2013

13:35 -  Games Club (Miss Gosling’s room)
13:35 – 14:15 Careers Club in the Library
13:35 – 14:10 Board Games Club (Art Room E123) 
13:35 – 2:20 Film Club (F136)
13:35 – Geography Club (A9 or A6)
13:35 – Various Clubs in the Learning for Life Centre
13:45 – ‘Africa Club’ Room (A9)
15:20 – 16:20 Extended Learning Club – Library
15:20 – 16:20 Gardening Club (LfLC)

Thursday 17 January 2013

Art2Day Plymouth Schools Exhibition
10:50 – 11:15 – Year 10 Student voice (Room 136)
13:35 – 14:20 Film Club (F136)
13:35 – Various Clubs in the Learning for Life Centre
13:35 – Geography Club (A9 or A6)
13:35 – Prayer and Rosary Group (Chapel)
13:45 – ‘China Club’’ Room (A9)
15:20 – 16:20 Extended Learning Club – Library
15:30 – 16:30 Year 9 Rugby Training and Fixtures

At present there are no clubs running on Friday 18th January.

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