June 2019

Written by Ms. A. Knight


Important Information

We are moving school uniform sales directly to our supplier.
Please see our website for a detailed guide of how to order.

We will be communicating electronically via ParentMail.
Please make sure the school has your current email address and mobile number.

We are going cashless with Parent Pay.
Parents who wish to pay for dinner money via the PayPoint system will need to purchase a £1.50 PayPoint card from school.

All parents should have received a letter from school oultining the changes, but if you need any help please just let us know.


Year 8 Maths Gold Awards

Two of our Year 8 talented mathematicians have achieved outstanding success in the Junior Challenge of the UK Mathematics Trust national competition. Both Sam Jackson and Tom Lord were invited by the Trust to take part in the Junior Kangaroo (around 8,000 national participants) having achieved gold awards in the previous competition by scoring top scores in the country – well done to both boys!


Student Creative Writing in Print

Students in Years 8 and 9 have been very busy writing short creative pieces on a wide variety of topics, and have achieved pleasing success as 40 young people have had their works published as part of the ‘Young Writers’ publication. A copy of this publication is currently in our school library. Children have also been sharing their reading as part of ‘Desert Island Reads’ and two teams of our readers are set to compete in the North West heat of the national competition ‘The Big Book Quiz’. We are proud of our exceptional group of student librarians who are involved in organising the library at break and lunchtimes.


Football Double Champions

Our Lady’s footballers have beaten all competition from other West Lancashire schools, with both Year 10 and Year 11 teams crowned Champions of both the League and the Cup! Our boys showed exceptional determination, control and skill with Year 10 beating St. Bede’s 6-3 in the final and Year 11 beating Ormskirk School 1-0 in the Cup Final. A fantastic achievement! Year 11 have been a credit to their families and our school over the last 5 years. We all look forward to another fantastic season with our sporting teams next year.


Goodbye and Good Luck Year 11

A special Year 11 Leavers’ Service was led in school at the start of the exam season, by our two Chaplains, in which we welcomed over 200 parents to join our whole school community of young people, staff and governors, as we marked the end of Year 11’s journey in Our Lady’s. Readings and prayers of thanksgiving were interspersed with special Y11 memories, and their own unique rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. Unforgettable!

Our Year 11 students are now breathing a sigh of relief after all their hard work during a very busy external examination season. They have attended many extra sessions in school over the holidays and at weekends to help them prepare and we wish them every success as they move on to the next exiting stage of their journey! We look forward to celebrating with them at their Leavers’ Celebration at the end of June.



Dance Show

Proud parents and guests were treated to another spectacular Dance Show in Our Lady’s. Dance Leaders from Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 choreographed many of the routines, rehearsing in their free time with fantastic groups of children from our local primary schools, as well as presenting wonderful routines themselves. Photographs from the shows can be seen on our website.

Head Girl and Head Boy Appointments

After a rigorous selection process, culminating in a final interview with senior staff and a governor, we are delighted with the appointment of our Head Boy and Head Girl for 2019. Other Senior Leadership Prefects are currently being appointed and the teams will be working hard over these next few weeks to begin putting their exciting ideas into practice.


Science – Outstanding STEM London Trip

Scientists from Year 8 have been invited to take part in an exciting project as part of Well North’s involvement in preparations for the West Lancashire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Summer School in 2021, which will be hosted in Skelmersdale. This year’s STEM Summer School is taking place in London and a group of our Year 8 students will be taking part on 4th and 5th July at St Paul’s Way School in East London. They will be involved in a programme of exciting practical-based workshops, unique and ‘hands-on’ activities as well as being inspired by high profile guest speakers including Professor Brian Cox. Their visit will also include a collaborative workshop with students from other schools and a visit to the London Science Museum.

Eco Group taking positive action

Our school Eco Group are busy putting their beliefs into action, working on a project which addresses plastic waste. The project involves making Ecobricks from plastic waste, plastic bottles filled with cut up plastic and registering them with a local collection point so that they can be used in building useful structures. The group, including young people from all year groups, is leading this across the school in assemblies and form groups

Opportunities to Travel

Our annual trip to Paris departs at the beginning of July with a full programme in place for our students in the French capital. A London Theatre trip has been organised by the Performing Arts department, taking place at the end of June. I was very fortunate to visit Tokyo over May half term, further strengthening links with our partner Japanese school. Links with Japanese students are developing in English, Technology and Art.

Moving On: Year 6 to Year 7

Our Lady’s is once again heavily oversubscribed with successful first choice applications and we look forward to welcoming our youngest students this term as they begin their important journey from Year 6 to Year 7. Mrs Downing, who leads all Transition work, has visited all our Primary Schools to find out about our new cohort and is currently working with various members of staff to help prepare for their smooth transition to Our Lady’s. Year 7 Induction Day is 11th July, a full day which concludes with the new Year 7 children and their parents meeting with their form tutors as

they begin to get to know one another. Our Lady’s Move-On Summer School for all new Year 7 children is 19th – 23rd August. Year 5 Taster Days are 2nd - 4th July, when over 300 Year 5 students will be joining us. All Year 5 children are also invited to their own 3-day Year 5 Summer School in Our Lady’s 14th – 16 August. I look forward to speaking with Year 5 and their parents in meetings in our Catholic feeder Primary Schools later this term.


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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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Tel: 01695 725635