On Friday our school's musicians were represented in force at the annual Menphys Carol Concert at De Montfort Hall. The concert brought together the combined choirs of all of Leicestershire's twenty three Catholic schools and was performed to a packed house of guests who included Bishop Patrick, Bishop of Nottingham; Lady Gretton, the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire as well as the Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Cassidy. The orchestra, which featured many of our students played throughout the concert and was directed by our school's former Head of Music, Mr Lowe. As their solo item our Schola Cantorum performed John Rutter's 'Donkey Carol' which they will also be singing at the school's Festival of Readings and Carols on Thursday 17 December at 6pm in the St Cecilia Auditorium.
On Sunday 29th November a small group of us from the Schola Cantorum represented the school at Youth Scratch Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The concert was a gathering of more than 40 youth choirs from all over England. After a two hour rehearsal this massed choir of nearly 1000 performers gave a stunning performance of Handel's Oratorio 'The Messiah' which includes the famous 'Hallelujah Chorus'. The concert took place in the Royal Albert Hall, best known for the Prom concerts that take place there each summer culminating in the 'Last Night of the Proms' of Land of Hope and Glory fame.
To read the letter dated 19th November 2015 from Mr Carney regarding the 812 Bus Service please click here
Students from years 11-13 as well as our most able cohort from Years 9 and 10 enjoyed another highly successful English Martyrs University Fair held in the Exhibition area on Wednesday 14th October. We are grateful to the time and commitment the 25 universities continue to give us year on year offering advice on course requirements, accommodation and finance. The university representatives commented on how clued up all our students were with regards to their A Level subject choices and their future study plans. We are grateful to Oxford University who gave a talk to the more able cohort on Oxford university and the admissions criteria.
A selection of photographs taken at the event can be viewed from our galleries link.
Thanks to all who attended including our students, parents and to the many universities who supported the event.
We were delighted to welcome the Ghirass Dancers from Bethlehem to school on Wednesday 30th September. The group gave amazing performances and subsequently took part in dance and drumming workshops with our students. Our link with this dance company is now well established and it was lovely to see new friendships forged and others renewed. Thank you to Mrs Vincent and Mrs Pemberton for organising the visit.
To view the parent handbook for the Year 11 Residential Visit to Barcelona please click here
Students in Year 13 received their A level results this morning and there were smiles all round! Most students had already heard from universities before leaving home that they had gained their first choice university offers. This was a great relief and meant that all could enjoy celebrating everyone's successes at A Level and Level 3 courses. This year there was a 99% pass rate with a further significant improvement in the number of A and A* grades achieved overall. Students leave us to take up university offers in a wide range of subjects including Engineering, Law, Nursing, Politics, Criminology, Biochemistry, IT, Art, Music, History, Geography, Mathematics, Sociology, Psychology and Physics. Congratulations to all the students on their tremendous success and thank you to their teachers and parents for all their support throughout the Sixth Form.
Mr Carney, Principal
This years Year 11 Summer Ball will take place on Wednesday 24th June at the King Power Stadium. Arrival is from 6.00pm, doors will close at 6.45pm. The ball is due to finish at 11.00pm.
It was announced yesterday, on Thursday 14th May, that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Patrick McKinney, a Priest of the Archbishop of Birmingham, as tenth Bishop of Nottingham. Monsignor McKinney was appointed in succession to Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool on 14th May 2015, and will be ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, in St Barnabas' Cathedral, Nottingham on Friday 3rd July 2015. Commenting upon his appointment, Monsignor McKinney said: "Throughout my priestly ministry, now almost 37 years, I have always tried to do my best in whatever has been asked of me. In this I have been deeply conscious of God's abundant grace and mercy, and I have been greatly sustained by the prayerful support of my brother priests and deacons in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, and by the prayers of the parishioners whom I have been priviliged to serve. Now, as I prepare prayerfully to give my best in the service of the Diocese of Nottingham, I ask for prayers of everyone there. I look forward to getting to know all the priests, the deacons, religious and lay men and women of the Diocese, and also working alongside other Christians and those involved in interreligious work and dialogue in service of the wider community".
We are delighted that Sini Mathew of 9 Ward has secured a place in the Final of the MP6 Public Speaking Competition organised by Hamilton School. The semi final was held on March 25th at the City Hall. Speaking on 'Why we should vote' Sini impressed everyone with her conviction, content and sheer presence, before answering three tricky questions on current affairs from eminent judges: a former headteacher, a councillor and the Assistant City Mayor Manjula Sood MBE. She will now join the winning speakers from five other schools in the Final at the end of June, where one of the judges will be Keith Vaz MP. Competition to win the ultimate prize of a visit to the Houses of Parliament will be fierce since all the winning speakers were articulate and passionate about their chosen topic.
Congratulations to Joshua Munchi of 7 Ward who has made an amazing contribution to the Lent fundraising by collecting more than 3000 one and two pence coins. Joshua enlisted the support of his family and his church and the contribution totalled over £50. A fantatsic effort: well done Joshua!
English Martyrs’ term dates 2015/2016 are available to view here.
We are delighted to receive our ALP's analysis of the Sixth Form Results 2014. This shows that this year our results were in the top 2% of schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland! Well done to all our students and their teachers on this fantastic achievement. Mr Carney
Please click here to take you to a gallery of photographs of the Performance.
"Once again, Schola Cantorum were on Songs of Praise on Sunday 23rd November. This week they were singing 'Tell Out my Soul'. You can watch again at
Dr Doug Skehan, a Cardiologist from Glenfield Hospital, led a team of volunteers including Accident and Emergency Doctors and staff from Glenfield Hospitals’ Cardiology Department, in training the entire year group in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and use of the school’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Students from Y13, Y12, and Y11 recently took part in the national Senior Mathematics Challenge. Our students earned between them one Gold award, one Silver, and nine Bronze, and all of the competitors who entered took part with an excellent positive attitude.
On Thursday 16th October, 2 teams (Year 7/8 and Year 9/10) attended the Leicester City Schools’ Rugby Festival at Aylestone St James RFC.
All of the boys really gave it their all and represented the school extremely well. The results for each game were as follows:
Very early on Sunday 28th September, the Schola Cantorum, together with a coach full of supporters travelled to London to perform in or enjoy a performance at the Royal Albert Hall. The Schola joined a choir of 600 other singers gathered from across Europe and the world famous Philharmonia Orchestra to perform a piece of music called "The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace". This was part of the nation's centenary remembrance of the outbreak of the first world war and was organised by Sing UK.
Congratulations to our students on terrific achievement this summer. The link below is an article that was published in the Leicester Mercury.
Once again this year we are very proud and excited to present our Summer Exhibtion 'English M-art-yrs 7-13' at the Pedestrian Gallery (in the LCB Depot), 31 Rutland Street, The Cultural Quarter, Leicester, LE1 1RE.
As the title suggests, the exhibition will showcase a range of work from year 7 right through to year 13 and is a wonderful celebration of our fantastic students' hard work, commitment and talent.
Students whose work is selected for display will be invited to attend a special pre view evening on Wednesday 2nd July with their families. This is always a wonderful occasion and lovely way to celebrate together and say thank you to our students for their efforts and contributions to our department and indeed, each other over the past year.
The exhibition runs from Wednesday 2nd July to Saturday 5th July inclusive. It is open from 9.30am -5pm on weekdays and we have a special opening on Saturday from 12-4. Please do come along and enjoy the wonderful work on display.
L Chatterson and M Flannigan
As part of the school’s celebration of Shakespeare week, commemorating the 450th anniversary of his birth, several staff have worn sixteenth century costume. Other activities have included a performance of Romeo and Juliet by the Young Shakespeare Company and even alchemy experiments in Science!
Fr John Joe Maloney of the Blessed Sacrament Church presenting Mr Carney and the Schola Cantorum with a cheque for £500 for ‘Let the Children Live’
Everyone is reminded that there is a raffle running at break and lunchtimes in aid of LOROS. Tickets are 20p each and can be purchased from the snack area.
The Schola Cantorum represented the school at the annual St Patrick's Day Mass at St Patrick's Church on Monday 17th March. The celebration focussed on the contribution of Irish culture to the people and city of Leicester and was celebrated by Bishop John Sherrington, a native of Leicester. The Mass was attended by Liz Kendall, MP and The Lord Mayor of Leicester amongst many other civic dignitaries. Fr Neil Peoples, a past pupil of English Martyrs', gave the homily. Amongst other pieces our choir sang a setting of "St Patrick's Breastplate" and music by William Byrd, a contemporary of some of our martyrs who lived in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
On Tuesday 25th February 2014, a selection of our Year 8 pupils represented the school in The 'Feel It - Feel The Difference' conference - the end of a collaborative project which aimed to celebrate diversity and multi-culturalism. The celebration took place at The University of Leicester and we were joined by representatives from the collaboration schools in five European countries - Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and UK. The event was covered by Leicester based channel 6 TV and on the University website and was watched by an audience of over 5000.
Students in Year 7 pictured here commemorate the Holocaust during a History lesson with their teacher Mr Preston.
Students are holding images of victims whilst learning about the Holocaust and other genocides.
Two wonderful aerial images that were taken of our site in October 2013. We are very excited to see the on-going developments and even more so to move into our new facilities in September this year.
Twenty students from Y13, Y12, and Y11 recently took part in the national Senior Mathematics Challenge. Our students earned between them one Gold award, four Silver, and six Bronze, and all of the competitors who entered took part with an excellent positive attitude and a desire to succeed. The Gold award was won by Chris Bowron, Y13, who also achieved the best mark of the twenty entrants from English Martyrs. This also qualified him to enter the next level, an International competition known as ‘Silver Kangaroo’. The Silver awards were won by Oliver Dearden Y12, and Nathan Leung, Dominic Cross and Aofie Holohan in Y11. Bronze awards went to Elizabeth Gannon, Grace Burley Jones and Sally Walsh in Y13, Katie Berwick in Y12, and Stephen Bowron and Jenny Musson in Y11. Congratulations to all of these students on their achievement
English Martyrs is working towards the Dyslexia Friendly Schools’ Kite Mark which is awarded by the British Dyslexia Association.
I am delighted that we have already achieved Level 1 status. We will be working towards full accreditation this year.
English Martyrs aims to support all its students to achieve their best and we believe that we are a dyslexia friendly school.
If you would like further information about this initiative or would be interested in attending a presentation about Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) please contact Mrs Patricia Jones (Literacy Coordinator).
Government Initiatives IQ recognises English Martyrs’ Catholic School as a top performing and Improving School (click here)
Year 7 were set the charity challenge of filling shoe boxes for the Blytheswood Care charity. They had just 10 days to donate a range of items that would fill christmas wrapped shoe boxes, that would then be flown to Eastern Europe and Asia for families in need to open on Christmas morning. Year 7 managed to produce 87 beautifully filled shoe boxes, with some also kindly donated from Year 8 students who chose to get involved in the project. Derek and Richard from the charity came to collect these from students in assembly and were hugely impressed with their efforts in such a short space of time. Very well done to all involved!
A group of sixth form students and four staff boarded a coach for Heathrow Airport to catch a flight to JFK Airport in New York on 14th October. Ahead of us were five action packed days that would include visits to Coney Island, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Wall Street, Federal Hall, the Museum of the Native American Indian, the 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport China Town, Little Italy, Grand Central Station, St Paul's Chapel and Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral. We saw Manhattan from the "Top of the Rock" (Rockerfeller Center) and the top of the Empire State. We could not resist seeing a Bradway show; either Les Miserables or Avenue Q and we all enjoyed a meal at the world famous Hard Rock Cafe on Broadway and a walk in Central Park. Besides all the cultural and historical aspects of the visit, gift shopping at Bloomingdales, Macy's, Times Square, Dylan's Candy Store and the shops on 5th Avenue completed the amazing experience.
How do you eat an elephant? A bit at a time. This was the advice that helped the ex-Blue Peter presenter complete a 2000 mile kayak trip along the Amazon - the inspiration for her new book, 'Amazon Summer'. Helen visited us as part of this year's Everybody's Reading festival, regaling students from accross the city with tales of tarantulas, howler monkeys and pink dolphins. She answered lots of questions - from how long it took her to write a book to whether or not she used social media while in the jungle. Infact, it was the six weeks without internet access that the students found hardest to imagine!
To view the letter from Mr Carney regarding the 812 bus service please click here
GCSE results will be issued to students in Year 11 from the Sixth Form building between 9.00am and 11.00am on Thursday 20th August 2015.
Students in Year 10 may collect their grades from 11.00am - 12 noon.
APPLICATIONS TO THE SIXTH FORM
Sixth Form interviews will be held on Thursday 20th August from 9.30am- 2pm in the Sixth Form building. All students who have already received offers should attend a 'drop in' interview with one of the senior teachers to confirm their courses. Anyone who has not previously applied and who wishes to discuss the possibility of studying at English Martyrs should attend on Thursday also between 12noon and 2pm. Further interviews for admission of students who have not previously studied at English Martyrs will be held on Thursday 27th August. Applicants should bring their GCSE grades and a recent school report to interview.
Information about courses may be found at www.emsixth.co.uk
We offer our congratulations and prayers to Bishop Patrick who was ordained the Bishop of Nottingham on Friday 3rd July 2015.
Schola Cantorum took part in the Requiem Mass for Richard III at Holy Cross Priory on Monday. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and attended by many Bishops and Priests and over 600 people. At the liturgy Schola Cantorum sang a piece by Orlando Gibbons:- Almighty and Everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and in all our dangers and necessities stretch forth thy right hand to help and defend us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Year 8 student Dylan is making his debut on the small screen in a new Channel Four sitcom, click on the link below to read more
The Music Department's Mr Simeone was recently in Austria and the Czech
Republic making programmes for the BBC. "Tales from the Stave" is a
programme which looks at the story behind a piece of music as revealed in the
composer's handwritten manuscripts. Previously Mr. Simeone has been a guest on
episodes about Bernstein's "West Side Story" and Berlioz's
The Young Voices choir enjoyed a wonderful evening at the Birmingham LG arena performing with 4,000 children. The choir have been busy preparing for the concert since September and enjoyed singing with Lucy Spraggan and boyband Mic Lowry.
As part of the week of prayer for Christian Unity the Schola Cantorum is joining forces with the boys of Leicester Cathedral Choir to sing an evening service of Choral Evensong
Congratulations to Kieran Wheatley, Year 11 on his amazing international sporting achievement. Yesterday Kieran won a Bronze Medal at the International Children's Games in Sydney, Australia!
Congratulations to Markian Lachman, year 12 musician, for his stunning success once again the Leicester Competitive Festival of Music and Dramatic Art. Not only did he win the under 17's piano solo prize
The Year 11 Football Team played Samworth Academy on Thursday 27th November. The students were very committed and willing to play for the school even though their examinations were about to begin on Friday.
Members of the Schola Cantorum together with Mr and Mrs Simeone and Mrs Trounson were featured on Songs of Praise on Sunday 16th November singing the hymn 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind'. You can watch this on demand by following this link:
We are delighted to announce that English Martyrs' has recently been reaccredited with full International Status, an award which runs from 2014-2017. This prestigious award from the British Council is recognition for the outstanding development of the international dimension in the curriculum.
Extra-curricular sports clubs will start on Monday 15th September.
Once again Supersonic FM is live! We would love you to tune in and listen.
Twelve students from English Martyrs’ Catholic School are taking part in the LOROS Accumulator Challenge 2014. With less than two weeks to go before the challenge ends they have already achieved so much to be proud of.
Once again our highly talented music students, aided by their highly talented instrumental teachers have achieved great results in their graded performance exams.
Sean Berwick and Anna Charalambou passed grade 2 (with Merit) and 5 respectively, taught by Mrs Taylor.
The Year 10 GCSE Music class enjoyed performing to the whole of Barley Croft Primary School last Friday. They have been working hard to perform 'Only You' and 'The Passenger'. The concert was a great success and finished with the whole hall joining in with 'The Passenger'. The next time you can see the year 10 class perform is at the Spring Concert on Thursday 10th April. Well done year 10's.
Year 8 members of the school’s radio station SuperSonic FM and Year 8 history students have been contributing to BBC School Newsday in conjunction with students throughout England. Already today our students have taken part in an interview with BBC Radio Leicester for the Jim Davis show and they will be putting together further news reports particularly about a chapter of a book they are writing to raise awareness of the Rwandan Genocide which took place in 1994, twenty years ago.
Due to emergency renovations being made at the V&A Museum, the planned Year 8 visit to London on Friday 28th March has had to be postponed. Students will be informed of the re-arranged date in due course.
Year 12 students enjoying their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Micro Navigation Training in the Peak District.
We are very pleased to announce that Mr Prescott and the students who acted in the Shakespeare for Schools Festival at Melton Mowbray Theatre in November 2013 have offered to give an additional performance of their plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet.
The performance will be held in school on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at 6pm, tickets are £2.00 each and are available to purchase from the school office.
The performance will be in aid of our 50th Anniversary charity ‘Let the Children Live’ which works with street children in Colombia.
Mr Prescott was delighted with the students’ performance which he rates as among the best over many years at English Martyrs, so I do hope that as many members of the family as possible will attend. Student’s friends from school are also welcome to support.
A huge thank you and congratulations to students, staff and families for supporting us in raising £3,297 for ‘Let the Children Live’ throughout Advent. Proceeds were raised from a non-uniform day, carol singing, sponsored silences, St Cecilia concert, Carol concert and Christmas market, cakes sales raffles and a danceathon.
£2,463 was raised for this same charity in July and October last year making the grand total raised during the autumn term 2013 £5,760.00 – a wonderful achievement by all.
Last Friday, the Year 10 football team took part in the County Cup quarter-finals against Longslade.
The year 10's showed great team spirit and gave 100% on the pitch to secure a 2-1 victory against Longslade in the County Cup Quarter Finals, behaviour and attittude was very positive as well.
The goals were scored by Dan Higgins (captain) and Finn Doherty but every single one of the players played at a very high standard and as a team. A special mention for the contribution of two year 9 players: Dennis Hewit and Nathan Lescott who both played a fantastic game.
Congratulation to the year 10 boys, who have gone through to the semi-finals of the County Cup and are all eager to play the semi-finals and try their best to reach the final.
The Leicester Mercury published an article regarding our celebration yesterday, the article can be viewed here
Congratulations to our Year 11 Table Tennis team: Allen Biju, Thava Chinnaraja, Cleto Saju and Mark Vethanayagam on their table tennis victory against 9 other finalist schools on Monday 16 November.
We were delighted to host Literary Leicester's launch event on Wednesday, welcoming students from accross the county to listen to award-winning author, David Almond. David enthralled students with his experiences of writing - sharing pages from his notebooks and reading extracts from his novels - including 'A Song for Ella Grey', recently shortlisted for the Guardian's children's prize for literature. Several of our Year 9 students helped to prepare for the event and ensured the smooth running of the day itself. Once our visitors had departed, a group of our Year 9 and 10 students stayed behind after school to attend a workshop with the man himself. Imaginations were unleashed as students were asked to explain a manner of random events - inlcuding what part a bulldog clip played in the murder of Jack Marsh - and why Francesca came back from Australia last Friday. They developed their creations further, learning helpful tips along the way - in fact they were nearly convinced to become authors themselves, until they learned that David earns less than a pound for every £6.99 book sold!
"Every year, in August, there is the Leicestershire Tennis County Championships. This year, I was in the under 14 boy's doubles final with my best friend Alex, after winning a tough first round match and winning the semi-final comfortably. On the day of the finals, I was really excited, thinking about the chance of becoming county champion. My hopes became reality when I hit a great shot to win the match (6-4, 6-3). I am County Champion"
Andrew Laurel, Year 9
On Thursday 24th September the Year 9 Boys Football Team were victorious in the first round of the School National Cup. After extra time, English Martyrs' were 3-2 winners away against Long Eaton School. The team showed a great deal of effort and character throughout the game and thoroughly deserved their place in the second round. Both members of staff highlighted Keiron Adjovi, Connor Barratt and Tobias Sutek as three students who were very influential in ensuring victory. Well done to all!
To view Mr Carney's letter to parents regarding the 812 bus service please click here
Extra screen time 'hits GCSE grades' - BBC News, see article here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-34139196
Eliazar George and Farah Salim share 15 A - A* between them
Students are delighted at the results in this years examinations which has seen them achieving fantastic results across a range of subjects. Staff too are pleased to see so many students rewarded for their hard work and commitment to their studies. We look forward to welcoming them back in September to start the next phase in their education in our Outstanding Sixth Form.
Thanks go to our dedicated staff, Governors and parents for all their support.
To view Important Dates for 2015-16 please click here
A letter and information booklet outlining school uniform policy was issued to parents on Friday 19th June. To view a copy of this letter you can click here. There is a detailed School Uniform section on the Information page of the website.
During Lent we raised a total of £1742 for Let the Children Live and CAFOD which is a record amount. Thank you to everyone for your efforts and contributions. All good wishes for a successful term ahead. Mr Carney.
We are delighted that Yvonne Lee in Year 13 recently won the regional round of the annual Catenians Public Speaking Competition for Catholic Schools. She spoke for four minutes arguing that tradition was NOT a necessary casualty of progress. For her efforts she won £100 for herself and a further £100 for the school. She will now represent the region in the National Final to be held in Manchester on September 13th.
To mark World Book Day, teachers of students in Years 7 to 9 will narrate instalments of ‘The Passenger’ - an exciting story by local author, Dan Tunstall. Fast-paced, with a great twist, students will see the main character, Matt go through a range of emotions. Who would have thought a journey on a bus could have such dramatic consequences?
To read more please click here.
We are very pleased to welcome Hinckley Gymnastics Club to English Martyrs.
We will be running a taster session (for a maximum of 20 students) on Thursday 12th February, 2.45-pm in the Activity Studio. Following this the club will run at the same time for 5 weeks after half term for 20 Key stage 3 students.
In order to fulfil the requirements of the School Admissions Code the Admissions Policy 2016-2017 must be consulted for an 8 week period beginning on 1st January 2015. The changes to the Policy are outlined below:
£874.75 has been raised for CAFOD - read more here
Mrs Jones’ Year 7 class has done some descriptive writing about the demolition. Here are their thoughts:
The digger is a dinosaur, a giraffe coloured T. Rex. It is a sneaky snake, creeping along to the building.
Basketball really is becoming even more popular now we have moved into our brand new sports hall. It is not uncommon for 30+ boys and 10+ girls to turn up to training on Tuesday and Thursday after school clubs, across all year groups.
For the first time we received guests for our annual MacMillan World's Biggest Coffee Morning in our new Exhibition Area on Friday 26th September. Students provided beautiful homemade cakes, refreshments and the opportunity for people to get together and relax.
Mainstream Home to School Transport Policy Revision for September 2015
In April a number of our students entered a storywriting competition along with students across the city of Leicester. The title of the story was Heroes!
Five English Martyrs' students have got through to the semi-final stage. We congratulate LLoyd King, Andoncia Noronha, Siena Fernandes and Eleanor Gaskin from Year 9 and Megan Lowe from Year 7.
Final judging to choose the stories that will be printed in a collection takes place in the next few weeks. Watch this space!
On Thursday our Year 8 Football team played Judgemeadow Community College in the City League. It was a fantastic game of football with the final score being 9 – 3 to English Martyrs’. A special mention to James Mvula for his excellent goalkeeping skills, Kenan Muganda for leading the team, James Brennan and his composure with the ball, Brady Doherty for scoring from the halfway line and finally Szymon Donnerstag for scoring 6 goals! Well done to all of the team!
Schola Cantorum enjoyed recording two episodes of BBC Songs of Praise over Easter at Leicester Cathedral. It was another thrilling experience for the young singers who, with visits to Selwyn College Cambridge, Lincoln Cathedral and Leicester Cathedral are now becoming very experienced at prestigious events. You can watch one of the episodes on Sunday 8th June. Next stop for Schola Cantorum, the Royal Albert Hall London in September.
The Sixth Form Service of Reconciliation for April 2nd can be downloaded here
It was announced at 11.00 am today, Friday 21st March 2014, that our Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Bishop of Nottingham, as ninth Archbishop of Liverpool in succession to Archbishop Patrick Kelly.
Bishop Malcolm will be installed as Archbishop during the celebration of Mass at noon on Thursday 1st May 2014 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.
Speaking at a press conference in Liverpool this morning, Bishop Malcolm said:
‘I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by our Holy Father Pope Francis as Archbishop of Liverpool. I promise to do my best to repay the trust that he has placed in me, and which the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Liverpool are being asked to put in me from today.
‘I am grateful to the priests and people of the Diocese of Nottingham for their support, guidance and friendship. I am naturally sorry to be leaving my home for the last thirteen years, and I will miss the priests & people there; I hope that the prayers of my Diocese will come with me as I prepare to bid them a fond farewell shortly after Easter.’
Our Year 10 Football team played our first County league game at home versus Robert Smyth on Monday 10th March, which we won 5-0 with a great performance and team spirit. We played outstanding football and 16 different players had the chance to play during the game.
Our Year 8 team took part in the Year 8 City Football Cup at Winstanley College with 10 schools taking part. We were drawn in the group with Rushey Mead and St Pauls. Matches were 8 minutes long each way.
We won our first match against Rushey Mead 1-0. The second match against St Pauls was also won 1-0, taking us through to the semi-finals.
We played the semi-final against Winstanley, sadly the match finished 0-0. We had to go to penalties (sudden death). They scored their penalty, we missed ours and we were out of the City Cup despite losing any games or conceding any goals during regular time.
The team were fantastic, and it was great to see Kieran Gethins and Daniel Higgins (both in Year 10) refereeing during the tournament as they are taking a refereeing course.
The English Martyrs netball teams have been extremely successful in the recent school games city tournaments. Teams entered from year 7, 8 and 9. The year 7 team were unbeatable, and they won in style against Crown Hills, Samworth, Hamilton and Soar Valley. The girls put up an excellent battle against rivals Leicester High and came out with an astounding performance winning 4-3. Other schools proved a challenge and the year 7s came out with draws against Sir Jonathan North and St Paul's. The year 8 team impressed competitors with such tall girls and athletic ability. We particularly had close games against Soar Valley, Samworth and Leicester High. The year 8s battled with an excellent attack and went on to beat Hamilton. Finally, the year 9 team played Rushey Mead, Soar Valley and Sir Jonathan North and put on excellent performances.
Our Year 10’s enjoyed participating in their first Public Speaking Competition at Oakham College on Tuesday 21st January. Lewis Fazackerley was a confident chair and Rebecca Laurel a sensitive questioner. Gwen Koanga impressed the judges with her thoughtful speech persuading us that religious beliefs do NOT ultimately cause harm.
Every student in years 7-11 has 6 raffle tickets to sell as part of the Year 10 fundraising event 'Martyrs' Miles to Medellin'.
Each raffle ticket is representative of 1 mile in distance. If all raffle tickets are sold we will have reached our goal of travelling the distance between our school and Medellin in Colombia.
Prizes from the raffle draw include £25, £15 and £10 Highcross vouchers and there will also be a prize of an afternoon's 10 pin bowling for the form who raises the most from their tickets.
Once you have sold your left feet tickets bring in the right feet tickets, the record of your money raised and the money itself and hand it in to your form Medellin Miles Manager
If you have any questions then please see Miss Seal or members of Year 10
Well done for contributing to our Advent fundraiser for the 'Let the Children Live' charity!
On Tuesday afternoon the Year 7 boys football team advanced into the second round of the Ron Jackson County Trophy by beating Lutterworth High School 4-3 at home. The game was a tight affair and could have been won by either team. However, an excellent team performance in the second half and goals from Tobias Sutek and Connor Barrett secured a victory for English Martyrs. Well done to all of the boys and good luck for the next round!
The latest raising participation documents have been released and can be found here