JINGLE BELLS

THIS week, ten of our Year 11 students completed the second part of their GCSE PE cycling course.
All boys displayed great enthusiasm and effort throughout the two days and have come away with strong practical grades as a result according to Mr Firth.
The Top Performer title went tor was Tristen Tenido, although Julien Lath did manage to beat Mr Templeman in the timed trial which caused much joy to the boys and made Mr Templeman more determined to up his game next year.
Leading Practitioner for Languages Ms Prichard has been sharing her knowledge of German traditions and customs with her Year 7 German linguists all this term and the latest festive custom they learned about went down really well. 
St Nicholas traditionally leaves chocolates, nuts and oranges on St Nicholas Day as a treat for good boys and girls in shoes that are left out by excited children in the hope they will be filled with goodies when they wake in the morning. 
Twigs and lumps of coal can also be left if the ‘kinder’ haven’t been so good all year but our boys were hopeful they had been little angels and St Nick would fill their shoes with nice treats. 
Our lads got involved and left their shoes outside the door of their classroom to be filled by St Nicholas. 
It was a tense wait and at the end of the lesson the anticipation was over and Ms Prichard was delighted to report that as her Year 7 class had all been well behaved this year the news was all good. 
There were plenty of smiling faces all round as the boys went out to collect their filled shoes for the little angels  to enjoy their yummy treats. 
Phew! 
What a fun way to learn about how our European neighbours spend this special season. 
Thanks Ms Prichard or should that be Mrs Claus?

JUST DIVIN

Football crazy Divin Mubama who is 14 and on Year 9 was given the first Jack Petchey award of the year for September last week.
Mr Halliwell called him into his office to tell him Mr Bartlett had nominated him for his consistent excellence in sport. He added that he is a brilliant footballer and fantastic role model. Divin represented England in the summer when his team played against Mexico. 
Divin encourages others in school to pursue their interest in sport and helps them do their best. 
Well done Divin.

BRIAN DEALS A WINNING HAND WITH CARD CLUB IDEA

October’s Jack Petchey award was given to a Year 7 boy last week.  
This is a very unusual step for a new student to be given such an accolade but this student impressed the Head so much the rules were broken to accommodate this excellent pupil. 
Brian Chyzowski who is 11 and joined St Bonaventure’s 12 weeks ago from Shaftesbury  Primary School and settled straight in.
Although Brian is a new Bon’s boy he has already demonstrated lots of enthusiasm and organisational skills and determination. 
He went to see the Head about starting a card club and set about designing posters and marketing them. The club is proving popular.
“The club is a good way for new students to get to know each other” commented Mr Halliwell. He added: “Brian is very keen and he is to be applauded for his direct approach and can do attitude.”
Brian plans on designing  and buying special badges and awards for his club with his £250 award money. 

BUSINESS AS USUAL TOMORROW

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday November 20, school is open as usual for all staff and students.

The only change is that Reception will close at 4pm and there will be no after school clubs, detentions or sporting activities so staff can leave to attend the planned demonstration outside the Catholic Cathedral in Westminster.

The protest is to secure funding for education and to protest against cuts to school funding.

No student should be in school after 4pm.

 

 

SCIENCE LADS HAVE THE WINNING FORMULA

A group of our scientists have made it through to the next stage of the RSC Chemistry  Mastermind Competition’s Essex heat.

This is brilliant news especially as it’s the first time the school has taken part.

Kairon Conception from 11 Bell, Shams Ullah from 10 Heath and William Mena and Selorm Amenu from 9 Gregory had to complete a gruelling test that was marked externally.

Mr Adenekan was thrilled when he heard St Bonaventure’s had been placed in the top 7 out of 41 schools that participated,  most of them fee paying and grammar schools  from across Essex.

The lads prepared by having additional booster classes and tests to decide who would go on to represent the school.

Mr Halliwell wishes them all the luck in the world at the semi finals next month.

SPECTACULAR LUNCHTIME SHOW

This lunchtime Cardinal Manning Hall was alive with the sound  of music as our talented performers and musicians put on a concert for staff and students.

Head of Music, Ms Warren  and Mr Reece should feel very proud as it was spectacular and a great way to spend lunchtime.

Here are some of the performers in action.

 

 

YEAR 6 OPEN EVENING THIS THURSDAY

We open our doors this Thursday, October 11, to Year 6 boys and their families for our Open Evening.

Tours of the classrooms, chats with students and teachers and the Headteacher’s address will all be on the curriculum.

Mr Halliwell will speak to parents at 6pm before students take parents on a tour. The evening runs from 6pm until 8pm.

We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students.

 

CURRENT STUDENTS ARE REMINDED THAT WE ARE HAVING AN EARLY CLOSE ON THURSDAY TO ACCOMMODATE THE OPEN EVENING.

STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED AT 12.30PM  AND THE FOLLOWING DAY SCHOOL STARTS AN HOUR LATER AT 9.45AM (OCTOBER 12.)

ENGLISH DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES GAINING MARK FOR OUTSTANDING TEACHING

St Bonaventure’s has been awarded The Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) Schools Programme Mark for outstanding teaching in  the English Department.

The PTI launched the Schools Programme in 2007 to recognise and reward school departments that develop inspirational ideas and activities which enhance the teaching of Art, English, Geography, History, Latin, Maths, MFL, Music and Science, regardless of their pupils’ backgrounds or abilities.

The programme is run as a membership group for school departments that choose to commit to increasing the challenge of their subject provision.

Our English department received the Mark in recognition of the hard work, dedication and innovative work staff do every day to get the best outcomes for their students. 

Curriculum Leader for English, Ms Adedoyin-Salau, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded the PTI Mark and we will be proud to carry the Mark on all our marketing materials in school as evidence of our commitment to inspirational teaching.”

Mr Halliwell commented: “The English Department should feel very proud.” 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH WORKSHOP

Year 8 boys  took part in a very active workshop this morning, Thursday October 4, when staff from Eastside Community Heritage came into interact with them for Black History Month.

Hannah Forsythe and Francis Ball helped the students in Ms Patel’s and Mr Flynn’s class celebrate and learn about the contribution the black community has made to the UK.

The lads acted out scenarios and filmed and recorded their minidramas in class which was a lot of fun and very informative. 

Thanks to Eastside for coming in today and making the lesson so enjoyable.