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.

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