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  1. 1. Headteacher: Mr. P. Enright, B.A. (Hons), M.A. 106 Bath Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3EJ Telephone: 020 8577 3600, Facsimile: 020 8577 0559 e-mail: Web- site: St. Mark’s Catholic School Newsletter No.45 October 2009 the DCSF published value Adding Value added measures for GCSE Examination Our record breaking and ‘A’ Level results. These Results examination results this measures were very Following the correction of summer were outlined in positive for St. Mark’s, a mistake by one of the the Examinations Special 1015.3 for GCSE and 1010.7 examination boards another Newsletter. Well done to for ‘A’ Level. student has achieved five or all those students who Congratulations and thank more A*-C grades with achieved not only the best you to teachers and English and Maths taking results in St. Mark’s 50 parents who played such a the total to 81%. Apologies years history but also the crucial role in adding this to Rachael Rodrigues for an best results in Hounslow value. error on the Exam Special. Local Authority. Last week Rachael gained 10A*/A grades at GCSE – well done. Open Mornings/Evenings Thank you to the large five occasions. Sixth Form Year 7 number of students who students were superb as We are delighted with the assisted during the Open guides and car parking way our new Year 7 have Mornings and Evening. assistants. Students settled in at St. Mark’s. Anthony Franklin and working within Thank you to Ms Lavelle and Gisselle Babaran in Year 8 Departments during Open her Team of Tutors for spoke very effectively to Evening also created a very greatly assisting in this large groups of parents on positive impression. process. It was lovely to see so many parents at the Year 7 family Mass on 17th needy families. These Charity Activities activities, including cake September. A soup lunch to raise funds sales, computer game for CAFOD was held on competitions, beat the National County Team Friday 2nd October. Sixth goalie, raffle, Year 7 Championships Form ASDAN students are Halloween Disco, Year 8 Talent Show, five-a-side Congratulations to Callum currently organising a range competition, guess the Mitchell who was selected of activities to raise funds baby etc, will commence to represent the Middlesex for our annual Christmas after half term. Swimming Team in the party for Senior Citizens and National Championships on collection of presents for Sunday 18th October.
  2. 2. Year 13 French Work Experience 2009 On October 4th at 5:30 am, with pupils that adored home in the evening. six Year 13 students went them and showered them Congratulations to the off to France with Miss with hugs and kisses every students involved on their Green to begin a week’s time they saw them! perfect behaviour; their work experience. Suzi and Finally, Camilla worked on wonderful, positive Rebecca worked in the the front desk of the attitude throughout and for world renowned Bayeux Bayeux Tourist Office, their courage in going off Tapestry, handing out audio welcoming visitors and and working in another guides to tourists and advising them of what to country unpaid for an learning about the Battle of see and where to go. At entire week. What a great Hastings and Guillaume le the end of the week they thing to put on their CV! Conquérant. Ciara, Macalla drove across France to see Well done! and Evelyn worked in the famous “Mont St Bayeux Primary Schools, Michel”, before heading Year 9 French Play visited“fairies”, who make- over by various climb Moroney, for instance, responded almost fluently On Friday 24th September, through his window, to a question about sports the day before the basically harass him and and Nathan Mohammed European Day of Languages, make him dress up in all even went up on stage and all Year 9s watched a play sorts of crazy clothes. It played the guitar! It was a being performed in French was very witty and we thoroughly enjoyable in St. Michael’s Hall. The were especially impressed experience for all involved two French actors involved when the actor went into and hopefully all Year 9s were hilarious, performing a the audience several times now see that languages are play where a boy who and asked pupils questions not confined to just the cannot get a girlfriend is in French. Mason classroom. discuss various aspects of Rock School PTA school life with a member Well done to all those Around twenty parents of the senior team. The bands that participated in attended our first PTA PTA have organised a the recent Rock School meeting of the year on 29th Social/Quiz Night for Friday Concert. The event drew a September. The PTA are 20th November. Tickets large audience and the hosting a Parents’ Forum on will go on sale after half standard was impressive. 17th November. There will term. Please do come During this year the Music be an opportunity to ask along with friends if you Department will use our general questions and are able to. new studio to produce a CD featuring our school bands. timetable could be December 3rd suspended to allow The above date was alternative activities to take identified on the school place. This will now be a calendar as a potential normal school day. “drop down” day when the
  3. 3. Cathedral. All students are 50th Anniversary Events requested to attend with As you are aware the School a magazine to celebrate their families. We do celebrates its 50 t h our anniversary. Any appreciate the sacrifice of Anniversary in May 2010. photographs from former giving up a Saturday On Friday 7th May there is a students would be most afternoon but this is a once social event commencing at welcome. Please e-mail to in fifty years activity. 7.00 pm. We hope to s t a f f r o o m @ s t - Please put it in your diary welcome back a large or for next year. For Chelsea number of former students post directly to Mr Enright. supporters in particular, it and staff. There will be All originals will be does not clash with the brief speeches, tours of the returned. On Saturday 8th annual trip to Wembley for school and an opportunity May, we have organised a the Cup Final (15th May to catch up with old friends. celebration Mass at 2.00 2010). We will be putting together pm in Westminster These are available for Storytelling Tesco Vouchers pupils to use in the LRC at Training We have just received two all times, and are a very new PC notebooks in the welcome addition to our Any Year 7 pupils wishing to LRC, courtesy of the many resources. Thank you all take part in Storytelling Tesco vouchers you all very much for your training should see Mrs collected last summer. support. Fitzmaurice, in the LRC. There will be a training session, at Brentford Free Books for Year 7 Pupils Football Club, in November. Every Year 7 pupil in the now made their choices, We take part in this every country is to be given a free and the order has been year, and go out to Primary book. This is the third year sent off. We now await our schools to put our new skills that this scheme has parcels! There will be into practice. This is great operated, and it is a opportunities to read all 12 fun for everyone, especially fantastic opportunity for books, as we will have a the younger students. our students. They have all swap box in the LRC. Diary Check Into Sixth Form Evening Our recent student diary On Friday 5th November Year 11 parents are invited check demonstrated that students in Year 11 will to attend. Any potential the vast majority of pupils experience a range of Sixth external applicant for the are using the School Diary Form taster lessons. In the Sixth Form in September very effectively i.e entering evening there will be a 2010 are also encouraged the pattern of homework in formal presentation. All to attend. advance, putting “none set” if appropriate, ensuring the diary is signed each week and keeping the diary free of graffiti.
  4. 4. Year 10 Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio/MMR Immunisations The dates for these coming into school to give like to have it could they immunisations are as consent forms and to talk please pick up a consent follows: to your child on 6th form from Matron at November 2009. If any school on the 6th Tuesday 23rd February and pupils in Years 11, 12 or 13 November 2009. Wednesday 24th February have not yet had this 2010. The nurses are immunisation but would Examinations Handbook Joint Council for Qualifications Notice for The 2009 – 2010 the regulations and Completing Coursework/ Examinations Handbook for procedures. The dates and Controlled Assessment and all candidates in Years 10, arrangements for the issue the Regulation Notice and 11, 12 and 13 has been put of results in Summer 2010 Warning for written and onto the School Website - are included in the on-screen exams. If you the link is News and Events, Handbook. have any queries or would Exams Information. We like a paper copy of the would ask that all After half term all Handbook please contact candidates and their candidates in Years 10, 11, the Exams Officer, Mrs. parents/carers read it and 12 and 13 will be given a McDonnell, on extension ensure they are aware of booklet, which includes the 208. everyone had the Wednesday or in Extraordinary opportunity to meet him. just enjoying each others We are all ordinary people As he said Lourdes is a very company on a Thursday. but when we allow God to special place where we are Mr Harvey from the RE work through us we can given unique opportunities Department and I have just become and do the extra- to pray, to help each other, had a wonderful weekend ordinary. I see this at work to care for others and to with some of our 6th so often here at St celebrate together... formers at St Cassian's a Mark's people putting in making it so much more retreat house in Kintbury. that little bit of extra effort than a good holiday a Another opportunity for to help each other and pilgrimage is so much more our students to discover achieve their very best. and more refreshing. It is in they are extra ordinary. We This was evident in our helping others we discover offer this as a small group students who came to the best in ourselves. I retreat as not everyone can Lourdes with us as part of certainly saw that in action take a whole weekend out the Westminster Pilgrimage in our students who of life to discover just how in the summer holidays. We worked hard as Red Caps great they are but it is so are recruiting again for next all week. fantastic for those who can summer so please Each week in the experience it with us. Year encourage everyone you Chaplaincy at lunch 12 will all have a day of know in the 6th form to time we have students who reflection on the last day of consider joining us. We fund I like to think of as people this half term which will raise during the year to help of power who come to give them all the chance to with the cost. Archbishop explore their faith through take some time out to grow Nichols who led us this year creative work on a as people. For those who was very friendly and Tuesday, discussion on a really find they want to
  5. 5. grow in faith we offer the as the staff have the best social teaching can be put 6th formers a group on a possible start to our year into action by working with Friday called Affinity when with a Mass and it is out of others of different faiths they can spend some time that that everything else and no faith, to explore our thinking about things of the flows. Miss Thatcher has common values. We will be heart rather than the head. been encouraging some of taking another delegation Some of our Year 10 our students to become next half term to the students have signed up for active in the liturgical music Barbican. If any parents Youth SVP. This is an for our weekly Mass and want to get involved with organisation which enables those students are really this aspect of our school them to give some care in making our celebrations life please contact the the community. We have a into something Chaplain. variety of things they can do special. Another thing Our Catholic life at St from visiting the elderly that makes these Marks involves everyone. through to helping at an Eucharistic gatherings each We have representatives after school club for week so special is the way from each year now on the younger children or the students help in their Justice and Peace group spending time with young preparation. Each student and I am always delighted people who have learning from Year 7 to 10 will be when more staff, students disabilities. Last year's Year involved in that or parents want to get 10 had a group who were preparation at some stage involved in what is very committed to this work during the year. In addition h a p p en i n g in th e and it was really good to to this they all will spend chaplaincy at St Marks. We see them giving up their some time in the chapel as can do nothing without time to help others. part of their RE lessons. God's help and everything Following on from Year 7's Year 11 and Year 8 in we a c co m p l i sh is special Mass to celebrate particular have been doing underpinned by prayer. If their arrival at St Mark's that this half term and anyone associated with our each form has been having some of Year 11, 12 and 13 community would like to an afternoon in the Chapel have been coming for an join us in our half termly to think about what it extended prayer time at prayer group we meet in means to be part of the the start of the day. the middle of each half Catholic community that is St Mark's, as part of West term on a Monday in the our school. We start by London Citizens, has been Chapel at 11.30 a.m. the sharing lunch together and involved in thinking about next prayer meeting takes it gives them time to get to how the life of people in place on Monday 16th know each other a little London could be made November. Do let me know better and consider how better. A delegation to expect you. they can contribute to our attended a meeting in I hope you all have a restful school life. Chelsea to consider what half term break. The Mass is at the heart of policies might be promoted Love Peace and Joy our School and we are very to bring that about. This is Roseleen (Lay School fortunate to have Mass a way for our young people Chaplain). celebrated every week. We to think about how Catholic Paul Enright Headteacher