Saturday, 17 October 2015

Head's Blog; 17th October 2015

Over the last few lessons your sons' teachers have been assessing their progress ready to report on where they are. Please find time to log in to SIMS learning gateway to check what progress they have made and speak to your son about his school work.

The other thing that happened last week was the Harvest Liturgy. Thank you for your generosity in contributing food items - we collected over 600 items. These have gone to the Plymouth Food Bank and the Shekinah Mission.

We also a passed a milestone last week - over 10 000 merits were earned. Well done to all the boys for their hard work in lessons.

This is how the Leader Board for merits looks:


Merit Leaderboard
1Ciaran Olford190
2Jack Humphris112
3Esala Lomani105
4Gee Paul103
5Liam Hamley94
6Spencer Luetchford87
7Tyler Gregory86
8Jack Rigbey84
9Alfie Tasker83

We are also half way through our Year 7 retreats. Last week it was 7B and 7K. Next week it will be 7G and 7V.  I really enjoyed sharing Wednesday evening with 7K up at Buckfast and I am sure that 7G and 7V will enjoy Buckfast Abbey as much as 7B and 7K.

This week for Year 11 student we have our Sixth Form Open Evening starting at 6 pm on Thursday and those students going to New York over half term are very excited and can't wait to start.

Year 7 News
Mr MacCormick congratulated Mr James' Form on Wednesday on their time spent at Buckfast Abbey. The boys had a fantastic time bonding with their peers, whilst being involved in lots of different activities.  All arrived back at school today buzzing with excitement!  Mr Ousey's tutor group left for the retreat today at 3.20pm and I look forward to joining them in the morning.

Lots of photos have been taken already and I will make sure I include some in the blog after the half term break, once each tutor group has had their chance to visit Buckfast Abbey.

Mr Scott has been incredibly busy planning this year's St Boniface's Most quick though as there are limited spaces and they will fill up quick! Please see the details below;

Kind Regards,

Mrs Swann

Year 7 and 8 News
This week starts off with a big thank you to all the parents who contributed by donating gifts to our harvest appeal.  On Wednesday Years 7 & 8 had an assembly/liturgy on the topic of harvest and the starving. 

All gifts were greatly received by the Plymouth Food Bank and the Shekinah Mission who were seen leaving the school site with fully laden cars and big smiles. 
Did you know if all the starving stood hand in hand they would reach 20 times around the world - a sobering thought?

A big thank you also to our readers from year 7, they did a stoic job to stand up in front of the older boys and to lead the prayers, well done and many thanks.

Congratulations also to Callum Hill, Joe Cocker, Daniel Cornish and Joe Farr who successfully auditioned for the Plymouth schools choir who will be going to America in the summer to participate in the Mayflower celebrations.

Further congratulations to year 9 student Bartosz  Gwizdala  who successfully made the Plymouth schoolboys football squad for this season – hope the hand injury soon heals– not good for a goal keeper.

Keep up the good news stories

Mrs McLoughlin

The prayer theme this week is "One World". Boys will be using this prayer:
God of the impossible,

We pray for justice, peace and reconciliation;
When the challenges seem too many,
Remind us of your resurrection power;
Remind us of your vision of a world made whole.
Help us to hope that the impossible can happen


Sunday, 11 October 2015

Head's Blog: 10th October 2015

This week we have two meetings for parents to explain the changes that the Government are making to GCSE grades. On 13th October Year 10 parents are invited to a presentation by Mr Davies and Mr Ramage. Two days later on 15th October Mr Ramage and Mr Davies will talk to KS3 parents. The changes do not apply to Year 11 so their parents do not need to attend.

Also on Wednesday we have our Harvest Liturgy. We are collecting donations for Shekinah Mission and Plymouth Food Bank. We would be most grateful if each student could bring a contribution to the harvest. This could be any tinned or packet food with a good expiry date. The list below might help you decide.

Long Life Milk (UHT or powered) Tinned fruit
Long Life Carton of Fruit Juice Pasta Sauces
Pasta Sauces 
Tinned Vegetables 
Tinned Tomatoes 
Tinned meat/ fish
Pasta Baked beans
Tinned Rice Pudding 
Hot Chocolate
Tomato Puree 
Salad Cream
Biscuits or Snack Bars 
Tomato Sauce

Please bring all donations by Tuesday 13th October to the Chapel. 

Last week I mentioned that Bishop Mark visited the College. As well as looking round the College he had lunch with the School Council. This is their report of how it went:

Bishop Mark O’Toole’s visit to St. Boniface’s on Friday 2nd October.

Two or three School Council Representatives from each year group had the privilege of having lunch with Bishop Mark O’Toole on Friday 2nd October. We really enjoyed the meeting and learned a lot from it. Bishop Mark was interested in the wide range of activities we are involved in and the opportunities we have in school. We all found him really positive, warm, supportive and approachable. He was really happy to answer our questions about his own subjects and interests at school, his vocation, the significance of his vestments, and about his work as Bishop of such a large diocese which runs from the Scilly Isles through Cornwall and Devon to Poole in Dorset. 

While we were happily tucking in to lunch we were wondering why Bishop Mark did not seem to be eating anything, until he told us he was booked on a visit to the dentist as soon as he left us.  

Sam Grant, Toby Marks, Daniel Jackson, Joe Gumbrell

The Merit Leaderboard looks like this:
Merit Leaderboard
1Ciaran Olford135
2Jack Humphris100
3Esala Lomani94
4Gee Paul94
5Jack Rigbey77
6Ben Baggott75
7Liam Hamley74
8Alfie Tasker73
9Joshua Darke73
10Tyler Gregory70

Well done to all!

And by houses:

Congratulations to Barrett

Year 7 News
Mr James has shared some more exciting news regarding the The Year 7 Rugby Team “we travelled to Stoke Damerel once again tonight in order to play their three league fixtures.  
Our first fixture was against Eggbuckland who pushed us all the way last week (15 - 10) however - such is the progress the boys are making - we ran in 4 tries to win the game 20 - 0. The second game we were 10 - 0 winners against All Saints and then ran away 20 - 0 winners against Sir John Hunt. A fantastic performance!

10 tries scored, 0 conceded.  Along with great commitment and determination, the boys also showed great empathy and sportsmanship when the other schools got hurt or upset about losing.  

A big thank you to Mr Cahill for giving up his evening driving the minibus, and to Cairan Olford in Year 13 for refereeing the games.”

Mr MacCormick and several other members of staff will be taking Year 7 on a  residential to Buckfast Abbey over the next two weeks, I hope to have many photos to share with you in the new term.  I will be visiting throughout the two weeks to see what the boys are getting up to, and in the hope of joining in with some activities.  The dates are below;

7B – Mr James – Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th October

7K – Mr Ousey – Wednesday 14th to Friday 16th October

7G – Mr Trimmer – Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st October

7V – Mr Chambers - Wednesday 21st October to Friday 23rd October

Year 7’s are all doing fantastically with receiving Merit Tokens for their achievement in and out of lessons, please see below for results (taken from Wednesday 7th October);

1 Bradley Bishop 54 

2 Morgan McLean 48 

3 Dylan Jones 41 

4 William Gillen 39 

5 Alex Smith 38 

6 Samuel Hammond 38 

7 Rayan Kalam 36 

8 Joshua Martin 35 

9 Oliver McLean 35 

10 Max Edney 34

Middle School News
Well how time flies, here we are already 4 weeks into term, this time of the year our thoughts normally turn to harvest and Halloween. This year, years 7 & and 8 have an opportunity to contribute towards worthwhile causes for our local community – and Shekinah Mission. 

If you or your son would like to donate any items from our list, could I please ask that all donations come to the Chapel by Tuesday 13th October, ready for both charities to collect on the Wednesday.

Can I also wish the students of 8K good luck, they have made a short film for Bullying for Daybreak  - Beat the Bully Rap- which they also directed themselves in connection with a competition currently  being run by ITV, the link is given below maybe some other students would wish to get involved.

Good luck also to a number of students from the college who auditioned for the Choir for America project, it is always good to get boys singing, more news about the project and if they were successful next week.

Well done to Ethan Chard year 9, who this week was telling me how he has joined the Fire Cadets. It is good to hear about our students giving up their time for worthwhile activities. If you or your son has done something noteworthy, tell me so we can all share in their successes.

Well until next time, have a good week.

Mrs Mcloughlin

Head of Lower School

The prayer theme next week is "Harvest" (not a surprise if you have read the rest of this post). Boys will be using this prayer:

CAFOD Harvest Prayer
Lord, all good things come from you.
You are so loving and generous,
You fill our world with wonders.
Inspire us to open our hearts
and share your gifts, so that
Those who are hungry may flourish.
Through your grace, we pray
All may celebrate fullness of life.
Help us to be more compassionate,
to be aware of your love in each person,
And to live as children of one family.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Head's Blog: 3rd October 2015

Parents should have received a letter about our Harvest Liturgy this year. The liturgy will happen during assembly on Wednesday 14th October. As we remember all the blessing we ourselves have, we are collecting for the Shekinah Mission and Plymouth Food
Bank. We would be most grateful if each student could bring a contribution to the harvest. This could be any tinned or packet food with a good expiry date. The list below might help you decide.

Long Life Milk (UHT or powered) Tinned fruit
Long Life Carton of Fruit Juice Pasta Sauces
Pasta Sauces 
Tinned Vegetables 
Tinned Tomatoes 
Tinned meat/ fish
Pasta Baked beans
Tinned Rice Pudding 
Hot Chocolate
Tomato Puree 
Salad Cream
Biscuits or Snack Bars 
Tomato Sauce

Please bring all donations by Tuesday 13th October to the Chapel. These will be arranged as our Harvest display for our Wednesday Assembly and passed on to the two charities after the liturgy.

Over the next few lessons your son's will be completing assessments. The grades achieved will be available to view on SIMS learning gateway. If you have any difficulty accessing SIMS, please contact Mr Beaty at the College mbeaty(at symbol)

Currently Grimshaw are the house with the most merits:

and the leaderboard looks like this:
Merit Leaderboard
1Esala Lomani84
2Gee Paul79
3Jack Humphris76
4Joshua Darke69
5Robert Fieldhouse63
6Tyler Gregory60
7John Colmer52
8Liam Hamley51
9Jack Rigbey51
10Callum Mead51

so well done to Esala Lomani.

Another date for your diaries (or at least your sons') is that we are having school group photos taken on Friday 16th October.

Starting this Wednesday and every lunchtime following there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel. Any member of the College is welcome to pray in the Chapel before the blessed sacrament.

Year 7 News
On Friday we were privileged to have a visit from Bishop Mark. More on this in next week's blog.

Mr MacCormick and the RE department organised a Retreat day on Friday 25th September, focusing on Friendship.  All Year 7 students took part and spent the day looking at the story of The Selfish Giant, in which they worked on different activities throughout the day.  Mr MacCormick has informed me that the day was a success and the boys have created some fantastic work which will be displayed in the RE department.

Mrs Swann

Year 8 and 9 News
Now that things have started to settle following the start of the year which is always a busy time I would like to introduce myself, My name is Mrs Lyn Mcloughlin and I am currently Head of Lower school – years 8 & 9, I have previously seen 2 years groups go through the school, visiting them in primary school as part of the transition role  to see them moving on in  year 11 with GCSE certificates in their  hand as they embark on the next stage of life’s journey.

It is always a pleasure to see how your son’s mature as they progress through the school and develop their own little idiosyncrasies’. If you have any concerns  that you would like to discuss regarding their time here at St Boniface’s please do not hesitate to contact me on the school telephone number : 779051 or by e-mail lmcloughlin(at symbol) and I will endeavour to reply as soon as possible., and I will also contact you if we have any concerns in school.

As you may have heard this year has seen the introduction of the merit token in school for meritorious achievement  with pupils doing whatever they can to receive them as we hope to have many exciting rewards on offer for the highest achievers,  congratulations to those lads who have already been rewarded on the go-karts. You can see regular updates on the schools social network page on Facebook. Congratulations to the schools current leaders:

School Leader Board 

1 Esala Lomani 71 

2 Gee Paul 71 

This promises to be an exciting year ahead as I hope we can work together for the good of your sons and the school.  

Mrs McLoughlin

The Prayer Theme this week is: Giving

Boys will be using this prayer:

Loving and gracious God,
I have given gold,
But there is only so much gold.
I have given blood,
But I have only so much blood to give.
I have given my time,
But days have only so many hours.
I have given my strength,
But even that has its limits.
So I give my love. 
Because love is gold and love is blood.
And love is time, and love is strength.
But love is also so much more.
Because love is God.
And only you, God, have no limits.
And God is love.