September / October 2019
Chaplains Gill and Suzie have been busy working with our young people organising a range of charitable events, most recently raising £200 for Nugent Care, and also supporting our Music department's Introducing Concert, raising further funds to help finance our young people who will be travelling to Lourdes in summer 2020 with the Youth Team, as part of the Liverpool Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. This is an exceptional experience for young people – pictured, is our Head Girl having her hands blessed in Lourdes in summer 2019, as she worked as a member of the Youth Team. Further events will be organised over the coming months leading up to the 2020 Lourdes Pilgrimage.
Curriculum Information Evenings
Parents of all year groups were invited to attend Curriculum Information Evenings during September and October with the Headteacher and Senior Team, during which their child's overall curriculum was presented, along with information about important curricular developments for their child this year. This included information about all the opportunities in Our Lady's Wider Curriculum, information about Class Charts, attendance issues and the strong link to attainment, and key dates and aspects of assessment and reporting of their child's progress. Information was also shared about a new programme Curriculum for Life, which covers statutory aspects of the curriculum. This has been very carefully planned by Our Lady's staff, specifically adapted for our children. The programme covers statutory Personal, Social and Health Education, including health and well-being, mental health, Relationships and Sex Education, and Careers Education, Information and Guidance. The programme will start after half term and parents have received a letter from school outlining the details. Curriculum information is on our school's website.
Year 7 Transition to Our Lady's
Year 7 students have made an exceptionally good start to begin their journey with us in Our Lady's. On the very first day we were able to celebrate a Mass of Welcome with Fr. Mike, Year 7 children, their parents and all our staff. This was a fabulous celebration with Year 7 children involved in wonderful singing, presenting the readings and adding signing to a reflective communion hymn of worship. Some of this had been prepared during the extremely popular Year 6 Move On Summer School, when many children joining Our Lady's in September attended for 5 days in the summer, making new friends and enjoying activities while becoming more familiar with Our Lady's, helping to make their transition even smoother. Meeting parents at the recent Year 7 Settling-In Evening, it is very good to know that Year 7 children are happy and already growing in confidence and taking advantage of the many opportunities open to them.
Our Lady's Students' Examination Success Summer 2019
We are extremely proud of the class of 2019 as they celebrated outstanding successes in this year's GCSE examinations, with a record smashing 31 grade 9s (the very highest grade) across 13 subjects and 35 grade 8s across 18 subjects. Once again students have demonstrated great determination and resilience in the face of the increased level of challenge, to achieve the very highest grades 8 and 9 in Maths, English Language, English Literature, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Combined Science, Engineering, RE, History, Geography, Citizenship, Music, PE, Food, Photography, Art & Design, Graphics, Textiles, Spanish, Japanese and Russian. As a specialist Engineering College we encourage students to undertake a range of STEM related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and are exceptionally pleased with the excellent attainment in Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Technology subjects. Students of all abilities have achieved well and we are delighted that our young people have been able to access a very wide range of post 16 opportunities, following their aspirations. We look forward to celebrating with them and their parents at our Presentation Evening in November.
MP Rosie Cooper at Our Lady's Open Evening
Our Lady's was filled with Y5 and Y6 children and their parents as we welcomed them to our recent Open Evening, giving them the opportunity to see our fantastic facilities and talk to current children and staff as they toured the school. We were delighted to also welcome West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper to visit our school and meet with students during our Open Evening. The evening was exceptionally busy and Ms Cooper took a real interest in a range of issues presented by our outstanding young people. Students were able to interview the MP and share their experiences of all that makes Our Lady Queen of Peace unique. The deadline for those in Year 6 who wish to apply for a place in Our Lady's in September 2020, is October 31st.
International School Full Award
We are delighted that Our Lady's has once again secured re-accreditation of the International School Full Award. This Full Award is presented to our school for providing wide ranging activities across the curriculum and involving partnerships in a variety of countries which impact on the majority of students' learning. Our international programme and partnerships continue to grow and we welcome a new Russian school partner from St Petersburg, joining the engineering department, collaborating in our entry to the national F1inschools competition. This is a Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing competition to design and make model cars for racing as well as marketing and display of the car. Students from St Petersburg will work on line with Our Lady's students in creating a dynamic international entry for January 2020. We would also like to thank Sanko Gossei (Skelmersdale based Japanese car component company) for sponsoring the team and adding another international dimension to the entry. Our existing partnerships will continue to impact on our curriculum, with activities linking maths with Mauritius, PE with Bangladesh, Science with Ghana and Enterprise with The Hague in Holland. A particular focus of internationalism this year will be on sustainability and working with the school Ecogroup.
Our Lady's has received a Prodigy Learning Outstanding Centre of Excellence 2018-2019 Award for some outstanding work in computing over the course of last year; this plaque has been added to our ever increasing display in the school reception area. Students in Our Lady's are able to study computing from Year 7 to Year 11 in our fully suited specialist area, as part of our most recent investment in outstanding facilities for our students. The Eric Seal Building comprises specialist suites of rooms for Computing and RE and also houses our Year 11 Common Room.
An exceptional evening of music was held just before half term, introducing a wealth of new talent, performing alongside our seasoned performers, to provide another wonderful evening of music enjoyed by a full house of proud parents, friends and family. Children performed solos, ensembles, both singing and playing musical instruments, with many numbers presented totally by young people, performing at the highest standard. It was also good to welcome back past students as part of Our Lady's musical family, some of whom have moved on to study music courses at post 16 level, supporting current students with lighting, technology and musical skills.
Dates for your diary:
Year 11 Parents' Evening
Wednesday 6th November 4-6.30pm
Presentation Evening for 2019 Y11 Leavers
Thursday 21st November
School Closed for all students (INSET)
Friday 22nd November
Assessment Cycle 1 and Y11 Rehearsal Exams
2nd - 13th December