Parents have been informed that there is no school for students tomorrow, Friday March 20, 2020. This is due to staff shortages caused by self isolation.
This should give us time to prepare resources and plan how we will operate in the coming weeks.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at St Bonaventure’s; together we have been working diligently to maintain our usual provision and a sense of routine for all learners. May I also take the opportunity to thank parents and carers for your support and understanding during this unprecedented period of anxiety for us all. Most of all, I would like to thank our wonderful students who, as always, have taken the changing circumstances in their stride. We will miss them, but will remain in regular contact with them.
Thanks for your continued support during these difficult and unusual times.
St Bonaventure, pray for us.
Our Prime Minister has announced this evening that all schools will shut for MOST students on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Schools will have to remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday, March 23.
Once more details become available Mr McCormack will work on the organisation of this but it is going to take an immense amount of organisation.
Our thoughts are with Year 11 and Year 13 students who have spent the last two years preparing for exams that will no longer take place.
As soon as more details are known we will endeavour to get them to you.
Two lucky Year 12 students have been selected for the prestigious Sutton Trust US Programme.
This is a programme that allows students from state schools the opportunity to find out what studying at an American university would be like.
This is a fully-funded programme, giving the pair the opportunity to visit the USA and world-class universities, such as Yale and Harvard, in the summer holidays.
The first part of the programme will be a residential trip to Nottingham University where they will meet the other students who have been selected on the programme from throughout the UK.
They had to go through a very rigorous process that saw hundreds of students from throughout the country applying.
We are so proud of them for making it through such a challenging and selective process.
This week saw two of St Bonaventure’s basketball teams fight hard to make the England Basketball Schools National Finals that are being played next week on March 19 at the University of Essex in Colchester.
In the Under 16 semi-final, St Bon’s ballers defeated two time National Champions Christ’s College in Richmond 109-106 in a keenly contested game.
Two St Bon’s students in particular had a pivotal role in the victory, Marc and Great Britain player Sultan. They played superbly.
The following day saw the Under 14 semi-final between St Bon’s and St Margaret’s Church of England Academy from Liverpool. In an electric showdown St Bonaventure‘s basketballers raced to a ten point lead, with Matas and Nathan combining well.
St Margaret’s came back strongly in the second half, but the home team never looked like relinquishing their lead. It was a brilliant game.
It ended 92-45 to St Bon’s and Domas gaining MVP honours.
Headteacher at St Bonaventure’s in Forest Gate added: “Everyone at school wishes them all the very best for the finals next week.”
We will all be cheering them on, that’s for sure.
Today was a bittersweet day.
Baptista would have been 16 today, February 26, if his life had not been so tragically cut short back in October in Stratford.
Baptista’s family and a small group of his Year 11 classmates gathered in Mr McCormack’s office to remember Baptista on this poignant day.
Mr Hayes and Mr Graham joined them and shared a cake to celebrate his birthday.
It was a sad day but one that celebrated his short life too in a dignified and fitting way.
He will be remembered always and as his family’s tee shirt stated – ‘Gone but never forgotten.’
Afterwards his family attended Ash Wednesday mass with the school at St Antony’s Church.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord.
Have a good week off everyone and we’ll see you all on February 24, 2020.
This week is Children’s Mental Health Week.
Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, the week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.
This year’s theme is ‘Find your Brave.’
We are helping to raise awareness of the importance of supporting children and young people’s mental health during the week in school.
Meet the new Head Boy and Head Girl, 6th Form students, Emmanuel Barco and Elpee Amoa-Oduro.
They were selected last week after an intensive interview process.
Well done and we wish them both well in their new roles.
Our History Department ran a workshop at lunchtime today, January 27, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust.
Students participated in discussion work and analysed visual evidence about the Holocaust.
They welcomed the chance to learn about this topic in more detail and felt that the stories were as poignant as ever.
Students were heard to comment: “We must never be allowed to forget the Holocaust because we must respect our fellow human beings. I feel the message of the Holocaust is to speak out against evil and I am inspired by the courage of Holocaust survivors”.
Our 6th Form Open Evening will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm.
Year 11 students and their parents or carers are invited to come along and see the school, meet our dynamic students and caring staff and meet our Director of 6th Form, Mr Templeman and Headteacher, Mr McCormack.
Information will be available on the many courses we offer and the entry requirements and the structure of the curriculum.
Departments will showcase their subjects and teachers and staff will happily answer any questions interested students might have.
Pop the date in your diary to see what makes St Bonaventure’s 6th Form stand out from other 6th Form providers in Newham.
Entrance is via Lancaster Road. There is no need to pre-book a place or register your interest just come along.
We look forward to welcoming students to St Bonaventure’s – an establishment that has been educating young people since 1877 and has along history of success and an impressive alumni.