Eight priests came to con-celebrate at the thanksgiving and farewell mass for Headteacher Paul Halliwell yesterday, July 10, to thank him for his nine years at St Bonaventure’s.

It was a fitting tribute to Mr Halliwell who was very moved by the beautiful sermon by the Right Reverend Monsignor John Armitage and his favourite hymns that were sung with gusto including the magnificent school hymn that was introduced two years ago.

The choir sang ‘Remember Me’ from the film Coco that Ms Warren had adapted specially for Mr Halliwell which was very moving.

Readings and bidding prayers were read by students with Headboy Rishi Patel leading prayers. Chair of Governors, Tim Campbell, did a reading too.

The staff choir performed  The Irish Blessing, May The Road Rise To Meet You which that had been practising secretly for weeks.

It was a lovely tribute to a successful nine years Headship and Mr Halliwell wanted me to pass on his thanks to all staff, students, governors and parents who have shown him love and support during his time at St Bonaventure’s and especially during these last few days when he has been inundated with well wishes, cards and gifts.

He will miss you all.

God bless.

Our lovely Mr Fouabi won The Golden Apple Teacher Award at our special Awards’ Assembly and Liturgy on Friday, July 5.

He was nominated by the students and was very pleased to receive the award.



Mr Fleming received the runner-up award.


Mr Owusu-Nyarko was third.


Year 10 student Thomas Marques received the Servus Deus badge.


Ms Inga-Valdiviezo was given the staff Servus Deues accolade.



Miss Hillan and Miss Prichard were special guests at the German Ambassador’s residence in Belgravia last night for a summer festival of the German language.

Miss Hillan met with the Ambassador, Paul Wittig, in Belgrave Square and enjoyed bratwurst, sauerkraut and bretzel on the lawn in the glorious summer sunshine.

The children’s author, Julia Donaldon,  who wrote the popular story The Gruffalo, was there along with its illustrator, Alex Shaeffer.

It was a splendid occasion and a wonderful celebration of all things German.

In case you were wondering, the postcard translates as “keep learning German”…wise words indeed.




Shanea Oldham, 18, who has just finished her A Level examinations with us attended the Curzon Soho Cinema in Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, last night, July 3, as she had been shortlisted  in The Jimmy Mizen category at the Celebrating Young people Awards.

The awards recognise the outstanding contribution of young people in the presence of His Eminence, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Baroness Sheila Hollins and other dignitaries.

We heard the wonderful news last night that she had won for her work in tackling the problem of increasing violence on the streets of Newham.

Read  the precis here:


Mr Halliwell added: “These awards are a fantastic way to celebrate different aspects of Catholic social teaching lived out in social action. Shanea really deserves the Jimmy Mizen Award as she is determined to bring about change in our community and really wants to make Newham a safer and better place for youngsters.

I am especially proud that St Bonaventure’s has won an award at this humbling event every year since they started which I feel is testament to the way our students are socially aware and involved in the community. They are really tuned in and aware that they play a vital role in changing hearts and minds.”

Congratulations Shanea!



Parents, aunties, uncles, sisters, brothers, neighbours and friends are all invited to this wonderful annual MAD (Music, Art, Drama) event on the friary lawn at St Bonaventure’s on July 4 from 4pm – 6pm.

There will be singing, performances, art for sale, readings and food…what more could you want?

This event is one of the highlights of the year that showcases the talent that exists in St Bonaventure’s and one that the students and teachers love just as much as the parents.

Ms Gilroy would love it if as many people as possible could attend to show their support for students on this magnificent afternoon.

Pop the date in your calendar…it’s something you shouldn’t miss.

Tickets are available from school.

Please join us for this wonderful event.


Mr Templeman and Mr Ancora  are with seven Year 13 Sports Science students in Mr McCormack’s home town of Merthyr Tydfil this week and staying at the beautiful Maes-Y-Lade in the Black Mountains.

They have been rock climbing today and abseiling down a disused quarry. Kayaking is planned for later in the week.

What a beautiful location.



School is holding a non uniform day next Wednesday, June 26, to raise funds to buy equipment for the Duke of Edinburgh intrepid explorers.

They desperately need  a stockpile of tents, boots and sleeping bags that will be utilised for years to come and will benefit many, many students who will take part in the worthwhile scheme.

Please support this effort and send in money donations  via ParentPay by midday Tuesday, June 25, or money will be collected at line-ups on Wednesday.

Mrs Racon went on to explain: “Our students have really embraced the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and have loved learning new skills in the great outdoors. They have learned team-building and experienced some things that will stay with them their whole lives. This is the first year we have run the scheme and it has been so rewarding. The feedback from those involved has been outstanding.”

She added: “The equipment we hope to buy will enable more students to become involved and gain this fabulous programme.”


Don’t forget it’s Sports Day tomorrow, Friday, June 21, 2019.

Students should make their own way to The Terence McMillan Stadium in Plaistow which is behind Newham Leisure Centre on Price Regent Lane.

They should arrive for 8.45am in their PE kit.

They should bring lunch and drinks with them too. If the weather looks like it will be hot, they should bring sun tan lotion. A warm jacket might be advisable too just in case the weather is unseasonable.

Students will be dismissed at  approximately 2pm and they should make their own way home.


Year 8 boys took part in a workshop this morning, June 14, and learned all about renewable energy sources.

They designed electric cars then raced them to see which one was the most efficient.