Friday, 6 December 2013

St. Boniface's Catholic College Headteachers Blog wb 9.12.13 Week B

Welcome to the latest Blog everybody.

 Please see below a useful guide, produced by the English department, to help you when reading with your son. Aimed at KS3 pupils we are trying to improve literacy skills across the College so any help you are able to provide by asking some of the prompts suggested would be a great help. Thanks.

                                            What do good readers do?
Look at the cover and title
Look at any pictures and read
the blurb
Ask who, what, when, where,
why and how
Decide if what they have read
makes sense
Think about what will happen next
Make predictions and read
ahead to see if their predictions
are correct
Imagine the details
Create a picture in their head
                   Use what they have read to  understand what the author means
Relate what they have read
to what they already know
and their thoughts and feelings

                    In my reading I:
                Infer and deduce
                       See images and visualise events
                     Hear a voice throughout  the text
                   Predict what might happen
                          Speculate about characters and events
                    Summarise what is happening
                    Ask questions
                     Relate to my own experience
                Give comments
                Feel involved
              Rationalise what is happening
                Pass judgement
                          Interpret patterns (theme, language, structure)
               Relate to previous reading experiences
                       Establish a relationship with the author/narrator
                Relate a text to its time and place

A note from Mrs Venn


As you may be aware the College is looking to develop the reading and literacy skills of all KS3 students.  We would like to invite you to join us in helping students to read.  We would like volunteers to come to the library once a week to hear some of our students read.

 Training will be given to all who volunteer.

Please would you contact Mrs Venn in the first instance if you are interested in joining us,


A busy week with the start of advent and many preparations taking place at the College. Tonight, Friday 6th, at 7.30 we have the PTFA Quiz Night, on Sunday 8th at 4pm we have our Christmas Carol Service in St. Peter’s Church, Monday 9th at 7pm is our Science Christmas Lecture, Tuesday 10th is our Year 11 Parent Teachers evening and then we move into the Panto season the following week…It would be lovely to see you at all/some of these events supporting your son and the College.


Thanks to all those parents who were able to make the Ofsted monitoring review meeting last Thursday. I believe the feeling was that progress has been made but that we still have a way to go – I would like to formally thank those parents for their supportive, challenging, open and honest appraisals. With your support and encouragement I am sure we will soon have our College back.

A note from Mrs Polson – Catering

 The catering students will be providing refreshment after the Christmas Carrol concert on Sunday 8th December in the catering block, please come along and support them. There will also be an opportunity to buy crafts and small Christmas presents

Year 7 – Miss Beales

 There are only 10 school days left until the end of term, where have the months gone?! It only feels like two minutes since you were all visiting the college with your son’s back in the summer on our Open Evening! So many achievements have been made since that day and I am incredibly proud of the year group and how exceptional they have been both socially and academically.

 I was lucky enough to give out lots of certificates in assembly on Tuesday, for “Table Tennis Competitions” and “Endeavour in Mathematics”. Well done to those who received a certificate. We are getting closer to the end of term Celebratory Assembly, who will walk away with certificates and prizes this time? There is much suspense at which tutor group will win this term’s trophy for achievement! There are still two weeks to go so come on lads, give it your all!

A special mention and well done to Josh B from 7K, who was in The Herald this week for receiving his Bronze Medal in Judo! Well done Josh! Another special mention to Sam Y from 7G who has run 96 fun-runs and received the same amount of medals for doing so! A fantastic achievement, well done Sam! Well done also to Cameron L in 7G for winning a football tournament at Marjons last weekend!

This week our assembly was spent going through the hymns for our Carol Service on Sunday. We are all very much looking forward to singing our hearts out! Good luck to the readers who have volunteered, Joseph, Jamie and Thomas.

On that note, a reminder that I hope you all received the email I sent earlier in the week and the letter from our Chaplain, Miss Chapman, regarding this year’s Carol Service. The Carol Service for the Community of St Boniface’s College and the Year 7 students and parents, will be held at St Peter’s Catholic Church on Sunday 8th December at 4pm. Year 7 students will be singing in the service, therefore attendance by all students in Year 7 is imperative please. Students need to be registering at the catering block between 3.30pm-3.45pm in full school uniform. We also welcome you along to the service and to enjoy some mulled wine and mince pies after in our new catering facility. Please send a letter for my attention if your son cannot attend. I look forward to seeing you all.

 Some final reminders please as we head towards the end of term;

·         We have the OAP Christmas Party on Thursday12th December. This is run and organised by the Sixth Form team and students, and this year we have some of our Year 7’s helping distribute gifts and mince pies to our guests. Traditionally, Year 7 students have been asked to donate gifts, so please can I ask that if you are possible, please can you donate a small, wrapped gift. Tutors will be collecting these this week. Also, we would love for mince pies to be donated (Home-made or purchased!). Thank you so much in advance for your kind contributions, we invite the local OAP homes to attend and I know this is a real highlight in their calendar!

·         We have the I have been asked to let you know of this year’s Christmas Concert and Pantomime, “What the Dickens!” (An exceptionally loose adaptation of Charles Dickens’, “A Christmas Carol”!). This year’s pantomime is written by an exceptional former student, Peter Simpson, so is one not to be missed! (Oh no, it’s not!). The pantomime will be on the 18th and 19th of December and you should’ve received a letter home with have full details of how you can snap up your tickets before they sell out! There are a number of Year 7 students involved this year, both on stage and behind the scenes, so please come along and show your support. There will also be a raffle and refreshments to raise money for our fantastic on-going PTFA “Project Motiv-8” and any donations towards the raffle will be gratefully received.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I very much look forward to seeing you all on Sunday at the Carol Service.

Miss Beales – Head of Year 7

 Year 8

Well done to all the boys for another week of hard work and commitment! Thanks to all the adults involved with the Year group for their continuing and invaluable support of the boys.

Our assembly last Friday was another cycling classic from Mr Romaine. He described the astounding journey of Thomas Stevens who cycled from San Francisco around the world and then back to San Francisco in the days when the Penney Farthing was the cycle of choice! The theme was conquering fear of the unknown and Thomas Stevens certainly did that! I’ve tried to get Mr Romaine to lead every Friday’s assembly because the boys were riveted by the account. Congratulations to the following for receiving certificates during assembly: Owen (cross-country), Jacob (skipping!) and Leon (Parkour).

Congratulations to the boys who have been taking part in the inter-house football during lunchtimes this week. The result of the tournament will be known next week. Thanks to Mr Edwards for organising this very popular event! A huge ‘well done’ to the basketball team who inflicted heavy defeats on Stoke Damerel and Ridgeway on Thursday evening. They are playing some very mature basketball for a group of boys who are still in the very early stages of their basketball development.

 Here’s to another great week next week!

B. Tucker


Year 9

It is so good to be able to stand up in assembly and congratulate the lads on their positive achievements, and present awards for their efforts, and what is even more encouraging is this is starting to become the norm so well done lads let’s keep it up.

Thank you to all the lads who returned their option form to their tutor this week Mr Budge is extremely grateful, now begins the task of trying to accommodate as many lads as is possible when the new timetable comes out next academic year, watch this space for further news on options.

During the lead up to Christmas there are a number of events taking place in school, the annual pantomime, Christmas Science Lecture, Carol service, PTA Quiz, Old peoples party to name but a few, be sure to check your red diaries –or the bottom of your sons rucksack - for details
Mrs Mcloughlin

Head of Year 9

Year 10

Year 10 have had a good week, with positive reports coming from RE, Science and Computer Science classes. Well done lads!

The breakfast and after school clubs are growing in popularity. Parents – please check your email for details.

Students who have service personnel in their immediate family can take part in the HMS Heroes program. 30 students took part in a paintballing trip today.

The boys have managed to work their way through 9 footballs this term! If you have any spare at home, they would be grateful for any donations!

Mr Scott

Year 11

Year 11, acknowledged   the beginning of advent by celebrating during their tutor period, the Feast of St Nicholas who became famous for his care for children, for looking after the poor and for his concern for sailors and ships. The true story of Santa Claus or Father Christmas begins with St. Nicholas. In the spirit of St Nicholas the year 11 boys will be asked to donate just 25p this Friday morning in aid of St Boniface’s    Fundraising Challenge for the Children of Anjara, Jordan.   Even though the Christmas holiday is nearly upon us, your son should still remain focussed on his studies until the very last day of this term in this most important year.  It is vitally important that your son attends the many intervention sessions   now on offer at the school and he should be pro-active in seeking out advice and support from his mentor and teachers.  To this end please be aware if you are not already that the year 11 parent’s evening is next Tuesday evening, the 10th of December 2013.  Your son should arrange an appointment time with his respective teachers for you.   He has also been provided with an appointment time for his interview to attend the Sixth Form with either Mr Tew, Miss Blackshaw or Mr Claricoates.  Even if your son thinks he has decided to go elsewhere after year 11 to continue his education it is still important that he attends his interview appointment to reserve his place at the College.   We have had several students that have decided to move to another school only to change their minds soon afterwards.   By reserving a place at St Boniface’s, your son will know that he has definitely got somewhere to go post 16.

Mr Redfern

 Post 16

A good week for the sixth form, much preparation for Christmas.

UCAS must be in before Christmas or you will not receive offers.

The old peoples Christmas party is on Thursday, great competition for Father Christmas. Many local residents are coming. Food and sherry is being prepared and the elves and fairies are getting ready. The music and presentations are coming together. The year 7’s are providing the gifts and also helping serve.

Mrs Cox and the sixth form prefects are decorating and preparing the rooms. Mrs Polson and her students are cooking. A merry feast of merriment awaits. Mr Davies will make a guest appearance, note not as a guest.

The year 11 applications and meetings to look at options have started. Yr11 parents are welcome to make an appointment to see me at Parents Evening, either just sit down or make an appointment by email. This is an important time for students to discuss and look at options.

The first two weeks after the Christmas break is sixth form mocks. It is very important that students are prepared for examinations in June, a timetable of exams will be issued. Our TLP schools also have exams.

Mr Tew



November - December Clubs and Activities

Week B
Fitness club (lunch)
Year 7 & 8 basketball (after school)
School Play – Lord of the Flies (after school) Mr Trimmer
Geography clinic (lunch) Miss Beales
Year 7 Music club Mr Ousey
KS3 badminton (lunch)
Drama club (lunch) Mr Trimmer
Geography clinic (lunch) Miss Beales
Instrumental opportunities Mr Ousey and Mr Crossman
Fitness club (lunch)
Year 9 & 10 basketball (after school)
Knitting club (lunch) Mrs Parsons E123
Board games (lunch) Mrs Williamson-Firth E123
School Play – Lord of the Flies (after school) Mr Trimmer
Geography clinic (lunch) Miss Beales
Guitar club Mr Ousey
Fitness club (lunch)
STEM (lunch) Mr Smart
KS3 table tennis (after school)
Geography clinic (lunch) Miss Beales
Wind band – Mr Ousey
KS4 badminton (lunch)
Android club (lunch years 9-11) Mr Neethling
Geography clinic (lunch) Miss Beales
GCSE music Mr Ousey


Monday 9 December 2013
10:00 – 13:00 - Year 11 SEN students visiting Guildhall
13:35 – 14:20 - Geography Clinic - (Miss Beales)
13:35 – 14:20 – Film Club with Mr Redfern (Room 136)
13:35 – 14:20 – Christian Union – (Chapel)
13:35 – 14:20 – Quiz in the Library – Years 7, 8 and 9
13:35 – 14:20 – Card Club– (LfLC)                                                             
15:00 – Maths Drop in Session Room A37
15:00 - Year 11 Higher GCSE Homework , Catch up and Revision - (A29)
15:00 - STEM -  (Mr Smart)
19:00 – 20:30 – Annual Science Lecture with Mr Glanville – ‘Wonderful World’ - Hall
Tuesday 10 December 2013
11:35 – 12:35 – Year 7 Carol Service Rehearsal
13:35 – 14:20 – Film Club with Mr Redfern (Room 136)
13:35 – 14:20 – Card Club with Debbie Grieve – (LfLC)
13:35 – 14:20 - Drama Club – (Mr Trimmer)        
13:35 – 14:20 - Workshop Sessions Catch up – (Mr Griffin)
13:35 – 14:20 - Geography Clinic – (Miss Beales)
13:50 – 14:20 – Year 8 Inter-House Football ‘Barrett v Kieley’ – Year 8 Yard
15:40 – 18:30 – Year 11 Parent Teachers Evening - Hall
Wednesday 11 December 2013
13:35 – 14:20 – Film Club with Mr Redfern (Room 136)
13:35 – 14:20 – Card Club – (LfLC)
13:35 – 14:20 – Panda Knitting Club – (Miss Gosling’s Room)
13:35 – 14:20 - Board Games (Mrs Williamson-Firth – Miss Gosling’s Room)
13:35 – 14:20 – Geography Clinic – (Miss Beales)
13:35 – 14:20 – Careers Club – Mr Dennis Venn Director of Vickery Holman Building Surveyors (Library)
15:20 – 16:20 – Philosophy Club with Miss Sandford – (Room 150) – Week B only
15:40 – 16:00 - Staff Liturgy in Chapel
Thursday 12 December 2013
13:35 – 14:20 – Film Club with Mr Redfern (Room 136)
13:35 – 14:20 – Card Club – (Back room in LfLC)
13:35 – 14:20- Geography Clinic – (Miss Beales)
13:35 – 14:20 – ICT Careers Club – (Room 108)
13:35 – 14:20 – Creative Writing Club – (Room E112 Mrs McLoughlin’s room)
13:50 – 14:20 – Year 8 Inter-House Football ‘Grimshaw v Vaughan – Year 8 Yard
OAP Christmas Lunch
15:30 – 15:45 – Time for Prayer for Staff and Students – (Chapel) – Week B only
Friday 13 December 2013
13:35 – 14:20 – Film Club with Mr Redfern (Room 136)
13:35 – 14:20 – Years 9 – 11 Android Club - (Mr Neethling)
13:35 – 14:20 - Geography Clinic – (Miss Beales)



PE Extra-curricular Clubs Timetable



Breakfast Club
Basketball / Badminton
All Years
Breakfast Club
Basketball / Badminton
All Years
Breakfast Club
Basketball / Badminton
All Years
Breakfast Club
Basketball / Badminton
All Years
Breakfast Club
Basketball / Badminton
All Years
Fitness Suite + Basketball
All Years
Fitness Suite + Basketball
All Years
Fitness Suite + Basketball
All Years
Fitness Suite + Basketball
All Years
Fitness Suite + Basketball
All Years
Year 8 Basketball
All Years Boxing
Sixth Form Rugby
All Years Volleyball
Year 9 Basketball
Year 12+13
A Level Revision3.30-5pm (A18)
All Years Table Tennis

The light of the candles

Come Lord of us all,

Stir up the darkness.

We light just one candle

To keep us awake.

Come Lord of nature,

Wise and just ruler.

The light of two candles

Shows us how to live.

Come Lord of our life.

Deserts are greening.

The light of three candles

shows that you are near.


Come Son of David,

He who was promised.

By four candles' brightness

the true king will come.


Sue Allerton/CAFOD


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