July 2019

Written by Ms. A. Knight


Faith in Action Awards

This year students from Year 7 to Year 10 have been taking part in Faith in Action, a national diocesan scheme aimed at rewarding young people for the work they do in school and parishes. The scheme in Liverpool Archdiocese is run by Father Simon Gore and his Animate Youth Ministries Team. In total, 13 students from Our Lady's have received awards: 4 pin awards, 2 bronze awards and 7 silver awards. The students' good works have included helping with the Senior Citizens' Party, charity fundraising, leading workshops and attending the Lourdes Pilgrimage in July. The Faith in Action moderator commented that she 'really enjoyed reading everything students have done, the enthusiasm they have put into those things and the joy and fun that has been gained from the Faith In Action Group.' Archbishop Malcom McMahon will be presenting their medals and certificates in a celebration Mass in Our Lady's next term.

Merseyside Science and Technology Winners

Our Lady's students had plenty to celebrate as they returned to school with the trophy for the Overall Winning Team at the Merseyside STEM Science and Technology Challenge Day, hosted by Liverpool John Moores University. 10 high ability students from Years 7 & 8 attended the Challenge Day, working in small groups together with students from schools in Merseyside to complete a variety of challenging activities throughout the day. These included programming a robotic car to navigate a series of obstacles; working with E-FIT and using modern police software to create facial composites of staff, and medical diagnostics, diagnosing several 'patients' while testing for diabetes. As a result of their exemplary work, in addition to being the Overall Winning Team, all students received a certificate, 5 were awarded plaques for winning individual events on the day, with Owen Hunt receiving an extra trophy for being a member of another winning team.


Young People Well Being Sessions

Sam Tyrer, a Mental Health Expert working in Skelmersdale, who is currently nominated for a National Award for his work on mental health, anxiety and resilience with secondary school pupils, delivered powerful sessions to Year 9 and Year 10 students in Our Lady's this week, with simple hints and tips on how young people can access mental health support if required. Children were able to discuss these issues and took part in a question and answer session following Sam's presentation. A copy of the slides is on our website.


Year 10 visits to St John Rigby College and West Lancashire College

All Year 10 students enjoyed taster day visits to both St John Rigby College and West Lancashire College earlier this month, giving them an opportunity to have first-hand access to information about future academic and vocational study options, as they sampled a whole range of college courses open to them post 16. The students reported experiencing a fantastic day in the colleges, which helped them to raise their aspirations and start formulating personal plans for the future. These are part of a full programme of careers education and guidance for Our Lady's students and will be followed up in school through individual guidance interviews with our Careers Advisers.



District Athletics: Record Breakers

Athletes in Years 7 and 8 broke all school records this July as they competed in the West Lancashire District Athletics Event at Robin Park, with Year 7 and Year 8 boys beating all competition from other schools to win the First Prize Trophies. We are also proud of our Year 7 girls who came second overall and of the many other young people from Our Lady's in Years 7 to 10 who finished on the podium in the top 3 in their individual event.


Cultural Diversity Week

During the second week of July we celebrated our annual Cultural Diversity Week. This gave us the opportunity to use our International School Status to focus on global themes and skills across the curriculum, in and out of lessons and during form time. Each subject linked internationalism to various aspects of their curriculum and in form time work with our partners in Bangladesh, Japan, Ghana, Holland and Sri Lanka was explored. In assembly and throughout the week we celebrated the impact that different cultures and nationalities have had on our community and country and how this has influenced the way we live and enriched our culture. Some of the activities included studying the speeches of Greta Thurnberg (climate change activist) in English lessons; enjoying Bangladeshi games in PE; discussing diversity in Europe and the effects of conflict over time. Our chef prepared sample dishes from around the world for students to try during the week. During this week we also promoted languages with activities including a French Film Club and a Classroom Bistro.

Flagship School for Inclusion Re-accreditation: Inclusive Curriculum

Our Lady's has once again been successful in gaining re-accreditation as a Flagship School for Inclusion for 2019 - 2022. Having held this national award for the past 3 years, this challenging re-accreditation was focused on how we have continued to develop our innovative, personalised and inclusive curriculum and how we have engaged in sharing our good practice with various other schools. Students and members of staff were able to share the many ways in which the rich curriculum in Our Lady's is meeting the diverse needs of our students and on how this is continually evolving.

Dates for your diary:

Year 5 Summer School
14th – 16th August. 
Year 6 Summer School
19th – 23rd August 
For new Year 7 students starting September 2019
Please register on the website for summer schools
GCSE Results 
Thursday 22nd August, 8.30am in school.
New Year 7 Induction Day
Tuesday 3rd September, 8.25am
New Year 7 Mass of Welcome
Tuesday 3rd September, 9.00am
Y7 Parents and Carers invited
Whole School Start of Term
Wednesday 4th September 2019, 8.25am
Open Evening for Y5
Tuesday 17th September 2019, 6.00pm
Thank you for all your support throughout this year.
With every good wish for a lovely summer.

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Headteacher - Ms. A. Knight
Chair of Governors - Mrs. K. Gresty
Our Lady Queen of Peace
Catholic Engineering College

Glenburn Road

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