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Wakefield College Taster Day 2018

On Friday 16th March we took several year 10 students to Wakefield College’s 3 Campuses to experience two college courses of their choice.  It was a very successful and rewarding day and the students were able to gain hands on experiences of courses which they may wish to consider for the future.  All students behaved impeccably and were a pleasure to spend the day with out of our school environment.  Making informed choices about colleges is something we continue to encourage and it is hoped that days such as these provide our students with the opportunity to look at the vocational route positively and are aware of the further opportunities available to them.

LINPAC, now known as Klockner Pentaplast, careers day – March 2018

We have an exciting opportunity to take some students who are interested electrical engineering to LINPAC for a careers day.  This day will allow students to have the opportunity to look at the business and experience a day in the life of an electrical engineer.  It will also an opportunity for these students to put forward an application for a possible apprenticeship.

St. Wilfrid’s Careers Fair – March 2018

For the second year running, we have hosted another successful  careers fair with hosts such as  local and national employers, colleges, universities,  training providers and voluntary organisations.  Students in year 8, 9 and 10 were able to access the careers fair during the school day and years 11, 12 and 13 were invited to attend in the evening.  The students were able to gain valuable information about opportunities available to them in the future and had the opportunity to learn about areas of employment they may not have been previously aware of.  Employers, colleges and universities fed back to us that they welcomed the opportunity to speak to our students about what they were able to offer and also said that some of the students showed maturity and communication skills above their expectations.

SACRED HEART careers aspiration day

We have just had the pleasure of working with all students at one of our feeder schools, Sacred Heart in Hemsworth, focussing on aspirations and inspirations for their future career ideas.  The students took part in careers activities and games to help them gain knowledge and develop an understanding towards a range of careers, as they were also given the opportunity to tell us all about what they would like to do when they are older.  As a careers team, we found the day very inspiring and we are looking forward to working with some of the students next September when they become St. Wilfrid’s students. We would like to extend our thanks to the staff at Sacred Heart for allowing us the time to work with their students and taking part in the activities.

NCOP (National Collaborative Outreach Programme) Maths trip

During February half term 21 dedicated maths students went on a residential to Mount Cook Adventure Centre in Derbyshire to boost their maths GCSE performances. The trip involved some intense revision sessions led by Head of Maths, Giles Clarkson, and Maths teacher, Michelle Eadie, alongside some exciting activities; such as rock climbing, archery, land kart building, abseiling and a high ropes course. Staff were extremely impressed with students’ enthusiasm and involvement, as they all attempted the famous leap of faith! This was a great confidence boost as many students conquered their fear of heights and realised their potential. It will soon be time for them to apply the same willpower to their upcoming exams!

This trip was fully funded by the National Collaborative Outreach Project who are aiming to support students on their educational journeys. NCOP are encouraging students to sign learner agreements in order to follow their progress across events such as the maths residential. Please ask your child to collect a learner agreement from Careers if you would like their progress to be monitored alongside the progress of the NCOP project. NCOP will continue to provide fun and exciting opportunities for St Wilfrid’s students in order to increase educational engagement and enthusiasm.

Cambridge University Trip (NCOP)

During the first week of term, 10 students took part in a residential trip to the University of Cambridge which was organised by the National Collaborative Outreach Programme. Students experienced some amazing opportunities during this trip, such as Cambridge university workshops, staying in the local halls of residence, experiencing broader aspects of student life and a night of bowling! The trip included a tour of Cambridge itself, where students were able to explore some of the biggest libraries in the country and also had chance to witness Professor Stephen Hawking’s own personal office! This was a great event to see students experiencing and appreciating life at university in Cambridge, also beginning to think about their own personal journeys and futures. The NCOP project will be aiming to deliver many more events like this to provide positive opportunities for students at St Wilfrid’s.

LOAF Goal Setting and Study Skills Workshops

During the penultimate weeks of the spring term, Year 9 students enjoyed a number of workshops delivered by LOAF Training. An ex-professional football referee, Gavin Scott, delivered two workshops to St Wilfrid’s students. The first session focused on goal setting with a group of selected year 9 boys, to teach strategies such as visualisation, positive thinking and general mindset tips for success. For example, the life of Muhammad Ali was used as a case study to demonstrate the power of positive thinking towards achieving your dream.

The second session was delivered to the whole year group, as Gavin covered a number of strategies to aid students with their revision and enhance their overall academic performance. This included techniques such as pinning, number words, word association and memory enhancement tools.

All students seemed to enjoy the lively nature of these sessions, as the value of the sessions were significantly acknowledged by our pupils (see the attached photo). This event was organised and funded by the National Collaborative Outreach Programme, who are aiming to provide students with the opportunities they need to grow into their dream futures. NCOP will continue to facilitate events such as the LOAF training sessions.

 

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IT and Computer Science Reward Scheme

Starting the first week back after Easter, The ICT Department are running a competition where just by revising Year 11 students can win prizes!

It is simple, by login on to their GCSE Pod and using the IT/ Computer Science areas they will be awarded scores, these scores place students onto a scoreboard for the amount of time they spend completing challenges.

The revision challenge will run for five weeks and at the end of every week the top 10 students from the leader board will be given raffle numbers to enter into the final week prize draw. There will be £50 worth of prizes up for grabs from the department. The amount of raffle numbers you are awarded will depend on where you place on the scoreboard. The winner for every week will be awarded 10 raffle numbers, 2nd will receive 9 numbers, 3rd will receive 8 numbers right down to the 10thperson receiving 1 raffle number. At the end of the five weeks’ numbers will be drawn for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.

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Dignity Action Day 2018

Over the last week or so & as part of the Aspire leadership programme being delivered at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School. Mrs McDonnell-Spencer in Religious Education has successfully worked with her Aspire mentor Miss Morris to create resources and promote the Dignity…

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Young People’s Services Information Bulletin

Welcome to our bulletin aimed at keeping you up to date with all things CGL in the Wakefield area and to provide useful information on local and national drug and alcohol trends.  We have recently been made aware of an increase in the use of MDMA and ecstasy by young people in the district.  MDMA and ecstasy use is on the increase nationally and there have been reported deaths associated with these substances. There is a fact sheet below and these are links to websites for more information on ecstasy MDMA and drugs in general:

www.talktofrank.com

www.kfx.org.uk/drug_facts/drug_facts_ecstasy

www.drugwise.org.uk

Emergency Help

Most young people don’t use drugs and even amongst those that do, emergencies are rare.  But no one can be certain how drugs/alcohol will affect them so there’s always the risk that they’ll have a bad time, fall ill, hurt themselves or even worse.  Young people can be reluctant to call for an ambulance if drugs and alcohol are involved.  They should be encouraged to do this if they are concerned about a friend.  The link below is from Talk to Frank about emergency help and the recovery position.  This is useful to share with young people

www.talktofrank.com/emergency-help

What is it?

Ecstasy, and MDMA which forms part of an ecstasy pill, are the most commonly used party drugs. Ecstasy pills come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. Often they have a symbol embossed on them. MDMA is the base that ecstasy is made from before it is mixed with other chemicals and nasties to form a tablet. MDMA is sold as a powder that is snorted or swallowed. Different ecstasy tablets contain different amounts of MDMA, and there is no telling how ‘pure’ each tablet is, which can put you at risk. Given that young people will be buying impure powders or tablet, it is difficult to assess and regulate their intake.

What are the health effects?

There is no way of knowing what is actually in E or MDMA. Clearly it’s safest to steer clear. But, if you do go ahead with E, take half or a quarter of a tab at first to check for any bad reactions you may have. This way, you will get an idea of how strong it is as well. Too much E can give you full-blown hallucinations, which can be very scary. Because it often takes a while to kick in, there is a danger of overdosing. You need to drink plenty of water, but it’s tempting to drink too much. Drink too quickly and it affects your body’s salt balance, which can be as deadly as not drinking enough. The drugs can also cause the body to release a hormone which stops it making urine. Long term use can cause you all sorts of health problems, from depression to heart disease, to liver and kidney damage.

The law

Ecstasy is an illegal class A drug. The maximum penalty for possession is seven years in prison. For supply its life in prison. You can get an unlimited fine for both.

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Notice to Parents

Please note that with immediate effect we cannot allow parents to collect students from the school bus bay after school until 3.30 or later.  Safety of students is our main concern and the bus bay is extremely busy between 3.10 and 3.30.  If you intend to collect your child after school students are welcome to remain in the school dining room until 3.30 until which point the volume of traffic has reduced.  Your understanding and cooperation with regard to this matter is greatly appreciated.

Students with specialist provision for transportation are to be collected from the front main carpark in the taxi or visitor allotted parking bays.

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OAP Christmas Party 2017

On the 6th of December we celebrated our community links with the annual Christmas party. We welcomed residents from our parishes, from our local nursing homes and from sheltered accommodation in Featherstone.

The staff and students worked together to provide a fun filled afternoon which included the students, with Mr Clarke, singing Christmas Carols, bingo expertly called by Mrs Dakers and a raffle, the prizes for which were generously donated by the staff here at St. Wilfrid’s.

The dinner was delicious and thanks were given to Helene Askham and her team for its preparation. Each of our guests left with a gift and our best wishes for the coming year.

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Armistice Day Service

Today, 12 of our students represented our school at the Featherstone Armistice Day Service which was held at the War Memorial Garden. We were accompanied by Mr Robin Slavin, the Chair of the Academy Council.

All the students, as always were a credit to St Wilfrid’s.

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Diocesan Pilgrimage to Ripon

30 students represented our school community. The student’s were exemplary ambassadors for the school. The staff are incredibly proud of the way they conducted themselves not only during Mass but for the whole day. Mrs Gilroy attended the pilgrimage with us and has given 5 students a P5 Headteacher award for their exceptional contribution to the day.

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Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham Shrine

On Saturday 30th September 14 of our Students took part in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham Shrine. Bishop Marcus led us in the Pilgrim Mass, we then walked the Holy Mile to the Priory Grounds where we participated in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We spent some time in Walsingham town before heading to Wells-On-the-Sea for a fish and chip supper. Thankfully the weather was on our side and the sun shone down on us, we had a wonderful day.

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