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Wednesday 2nd April (to 3rd) House Sports Thursday 3rd April Y13 Parents Evening Friday 4th April Sixth Form Easter Mass School Council Meeting (to 5th April) Biology Zoo Trip Monday 7th April (to Monday 21st) Easter Holiday Thursday 10th April (to Friday 11th) Cambridge Residential Saturday 12th April (to Saturday 19th) Ski Trip Tuesday 22nd April New Term starts Y10 Meningitis Vaccination Y8 HPV Vaccination (Girls) Wednesday 23rd April (to Thursday 24th (am)) AS Ceramics Exam Thursday 24th April A2 Music Performance Exam Piano Recital (6.00 pm) Friday 25th April (to Monday 28th (am)) AS Art and Design Exam Monday 28th April EMA Meetingt (to Tuesday 29th) AS Art Textiles Exam AS Music Performance Exam (to Friday 2nd May) Y10 H&S Care Work Exp. (to Monday 12th May) Y8 Assessment week Wednesday 30th April (to Thursday 1st May) A2 Art and Design Exam Thursday 1st May Y12 UCAS Convention Musical Soireé

Friday 2nd May

Feast of the English Martyrs Y11 Mass

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AS French Speaking Exam (to Tuesday 6th May) A2 Ceramics Exam A2 Art Textiles Exam Monday 5th May Bank Holiday Wednesday 7th May AS Graphics Exam (to Friday 9th) Y9 Retreat Thursday 8th May A2 Graphics Exam AS / A2 MFL Speaking Exams Friday 9th May House Council Meetings Saturday 10th May MFL / History / RE Revision Monday 12th May External Exams begin Wenesday 14th May Catholic Partnership Athletics Thursday 15th May Y8 York University Friday 16th May Dukeshouse Wood Residential Saturday 17th May German Revision Wednesday 21st May Catholic Partnership Athletics Friday 23rd May Y13 Leavers’ Mass Monday 26th May (to Friday 30th) Half Term Monday 2nd June Beginning of term Tuesday 3rd June Catholic Partnership Mass Wednesday 4th June Y7 York University Monday 9th June Y10 GCSE Catering Exam EMA Meeting Tuesday 10th June CP Rocket Challenge Wednesday 11th June York University Big Deal Thursday 12th June CP Softball Tournament Y7 Parents Evening

Parents’ Bulletin No 5
April 2014
Easter Message It seems very strange to be writing an Easter message when we are only half way through Lent. Quite often though we enter Lent and endure it through gritted teeth with the challenges that it brings and all that fasting that we undertake in order to cleanse our soul a little. Let us not forget that our efforts in prayer, fasting and almsgiving are not in vain, the Scriptures tell us that when we do these things in secret, our Father in heaven who sees everything will reward us. In just under 3 weeks we will celebrate the greatest miracle ever known. The death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The beauty of this season is that although we fast for 6 weeks, we then get to feast for 8! Easter is a great time for joy, celebration, indulgence and all that is good. We have much to celebrate. That life won for us through that one act of love on the cross was not only the greatest act of sacrifice but it won for us the gift of eternal life. Let us be filled with that sure and certain hope as we continue through Lent but keep our eyes on the prize that is Easter! Ampleforth 2014
Every year we fill Alban Roe House at Ampleforth Abbey for our Lent Retreat and it is always one of the highlights of our year. This year did not disappoint. We had students from Year 7 right through to Year 13 and the eldest participant was 92. The programme was planned, prepared and led by our exceptional team of Sixth Form students who worked hard in the weeks leading up to the retreat. They really are a credit to our school. The theme was “The Circle of Life” and we focussed on the topics of birth, life, death and resurrection. The students had the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the crypt of the monastery and we joined the Ampleforth community for their Sunday Mass. We played games which emphasised the point of each topic and the times of prayer were extremely poignant. The weekend included the annual themed fancy dress and of course, “Miss Malcolmson’s Big Night In” quiz and dance-off. Since the retreat, the students who took part have been back to the chapel on a daily basis and are eager to throw themselves into the spiritual life here at English Martyrs, especially as we prepare for our mission in October. To see video reflections of our time at Ampleforth, please visit the “EMS Mission” channel on YouTube and also, follow our Youth Ministry feed on Twitter @Hpool_Ministry.

School Uniform / PE Kit - New Arrangements
All school uniform and PE kit is now available from: Altered Images, Hartlepool Enterprise Centre, Brougham Terrace. The store is open from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday and 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Saturday. Tel: 01429 265413. Uniform will no longer be sold from the Salvation Army Centre. Garments are supplied by the same suppliers and there will be no increase in price. It is hoped that these changes will make the process of ordering, buying and collecting school uniform more convenient for parents / carers. If you have any items of school uniform or PE kit that your child no longer needs (which are still in good condition we would be grateful if you would send them to school. We will then keep a supply of uniform and PE kit in school which can be loaned to students in an emergency. Thank you Contact Details Please will parents / guardians notify the school office immediately if there are any changes to names, addresses, telephone numbers, mobile phone numbers or the named contact persons of students. It is very important that contact information is kept up to date. School will finish for the Easter break on Friday 4th April at 3.10 pm and will reopen at 8.50 am on Tuesday 22nd April.
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External Summer Exams start on 12th May and
finish on 24th June .

National Enterprise Challenge 2014 at EMS!
On Tuesday 11 February a number of Year 9 students participated in ‘Enterprise Day’ which was hosted by The Ryman 2014 National Enterprise Challenge. Students were separated into teams of 6 and had to come up with an entrepreneurial idea of designing a new flip flop range for the already existing business ‘Gandy’s Flip Flops’. Their idea could potentially be in the shops available to buy next year! Students got to grips with key business concepts that they will be introduced to next year if they go ahead and choose Business Studies as one of their options. The day was a huge success and our winning team consisted of Jennifer Cope, Isabella Starling, Patrick Mulvey, Olivia Bennison, Matthew Windram and Timmy Hutchison who did a fantastic job of pitching their Business idea to the judges. These 6 students will now go onto Manchester in July to pitch their idea to Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis and compete with other winning teams from across the country. We wish the English Martyrs School winning team every success and a big well done to all other teams who competed in the challenge.
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Music Department Events
Piano Recital Thursday 24th April The Atrium at English Martyrs Sixth Form College 6.00-pm - 7.30 pm. Students from Year 7 through to Year 13 will perform the pieces they have been preparing for Grade Exams and other events. Admission is free The World Music Festival Tuesday 29th April The Borough Hall 6.30 pm - 9.00pm. The Chamber Choir and Youth Voices have been invited to perform at this prestigious annual event organised by Tees Valley Music Service. They will join a massed Primary Choir and the Hartlepool Concert Band in the performance of a number of songs from The Musicals. Tickets for the concert can be purchased from the Music Department at £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions with under 16’s free. The choirs will sing two pieces on their own and there will be a number of soloists showcased. Sixth Form Musical Soiree Thursday 1st May The Atrium at English Martyrs Sixth Form College 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm. This year the Sixth Form Musical Soiree will be held in the Atrium of the Sixth Form College. It will feature some of our most advanced and talented students, many of whom are going on to study Music at University. Year 12 / 13 students will perform a selection of their exam pieces. Entry to the event is free.

Music Instrument Appeal!!!
Time for a Spring clean? Do you have an unwanted musical instrument lying around at home? Perhaps a guitar or keyboard that you no longer play! The Music Department would be very happy to put it to good use. Any instrument in reasonable condition would be very much appreciated. Please bring instruments directly to the Music Department or to the School Office.

Jewellery / Make up Engineering Day
On Tuesday 18th March 10 students from Year 9 took part in a day of Engineering based activities at Newcastle University. They discovered the variety of Engineering opportunities and prospective careers available. They took part in a rage of activities including a talk from a recent Engineering graduate, a team building activity and a real lecture in a lecture theatre. The day was thoroughly enjoyable and has hopefully opened the opportunity of Engineering as a potential career to the girls that attended. We have noticed a recent increase in various items of jewellery being worn to school by students and would like to remind parents of our policy on this. Apart from wrist watches and a pair of single stud earrings for girls, jewellery is not allowed in school. The wearing of make up and nail varnish is also not allowed. Recently a number of girls have turned up with nail extensions which they claim to be unable to remove. These should also not be worn.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Children whose parents are in receipt of one of the following are entitled to receive free school meals (FSM): Income Support (IS) Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (IBJSA) An income related employment and support allowance Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Child Tax credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual income which from 6th April 2013 does not exceed £16190 as assessed by HMRC If you are in any doubt whether your son / daughter is eligible for Free School Meals (and the associated Pupil Premium payment) contact Hartlepool Civic Centre on 266522. You will need to supply your National Insurance number before they carry out a simple eligibility test via their Eligibility Checking Service. Remember School can provide packed lunches or a hot meal as part of the FSM service In the 2014 / 2015 financial year schools will receive £935 per secondary pupil who has ever been eligible for free school meals. This could help your child in a wide range of ways.

Medicines / Tablets
Please remember that students must not carry any tablets / medicines in school. If students need to bring tablets to school they should hand them in to Mr Craddy for safekeeping.

Student Safety Would parents please avoid dropping their children off in any of the staff car parks at any
time during the school day. It is in the best interests of all students’ safety if the number of vehicles entering the site is kept to a minimum.

Rotary Club Public Speaking The English Martyrs Association
The next EMA Meeting will take place on Monday 28th April 2014 at 7.00 pm in the Conference Room. ALL ARE WELCOME - your contributions / ideas are very much appreciated Find more about the EMA in the Community section of the school website Follow EMA on Twitter: @ems_association email any enquiries to: ems_association@ems.hartlepool.sch.uk Recently the EMA have donated funds to help the following groups of students: £700 to PE to kick start their Sports Leaders group. £750 to Technology to kit their Woodwork rooms with new aprons to help keep the students safe and their uniforms clean! £600 towards taking a group of students on a trip to Mull and Iona. The children selected each year are Year 9 students, all of whom have shown commitment to their school work while having to deal with personal challenges on a daily basis. On the 13th February, six students were involved in the Rotary Club Public Speaking competition. Both teams won the Hartlepool round. The Intermediate team included Elizabeth Shanks (Y9), Joel Barry (Y9) and Lois Joynt (Y8). The Senior team included Jack Twydale (Y11), Rachel Baines (Y10) and Carmel Harrison (Y10). The District Final took place on 2nd March, in Gateshead, and both teams won their respective categories to proceed to the National Semi-Finals in Dundee, Scotland, on 8th March. Both teams delivered exceptional performances; the students are assets to the school.

Our next fundraising events are our annual student Easter Tombola (Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th April) and Quiz Night (Thursday 8th May). The tombola is an annual event eagerly anticipated by the students which is held during their lunch break in St Anne’s Hall. We are very grateful for the varied Easter goodies which have been donated by staff, students and parents. The Annual Quiz Night is another popular event. Tickets are available from the school office, priced £6.00, including pie and pea supper. Everyone is welcome. Thank you for your continued help and support.

Public Speaking
In March we held our fifth Annual House Public Speaking Competition. We had 21 competitors who spoke for two minutes each on a subject of their choice. The standard was extremely high and helped us to maintain the strong tradition for public speaking that we have established at The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College. The winner of the KS3 competition was Grace Allen who spoke on “It’s good to talk”. Runner up was Lois Joynt who spoke on ”Gambling - the wild side of life” and in third place was Millie Twydale whose topic was “Beat the Bullies”. KS4 winner was Eve Coates who entertained guests with “The 3 people she would most like to meet and why”. In second place was Alex Foster who said that it was good to be different and in third place Leah O’Sullivan on “Laughter is the best medicine”. Recordings of the speeches can be found on our school website. We also had three competitors taking part in the Catenian Competition between the Catholic schools in the north east. Our three competitors were Chloe Harvey who gave a 5 minute speech on Pope Francis. The Intermediate competitor was Alex Foster whose 4 minute talk was on “The shortage of Priests” and in the Junior section Isabella Starling entertained the judges with “What really annoys me”. The three students finished as runners up in their sections with each receiving a £75 cheque.

In February students were presented with their Platinum Merit certificates and trophies by Mr Lee

John Bell Lecture
In March we held the Thirty-fourth Annual John Bell Lecture. The lecture this year is was delivered by David Eagle, a former Sixth Form student who now tours the country, and indeed the world, with a sea shanty band, the Young Uns. The evening proved to be a hugely enjoyable and entertaining occasion for all who attended.

St Anne Line House Mass
St Anne Line House held their Mass with all year groups and guests from the parish at the end of January. The theme was community and each year group had a focus in which they completed tasks to help people within our community. St Anne Line year 7’s had The English Martyrs School community. Year 8’s have been contributing to the Foodbank collection point in the chapel. Year 9 students have made cards which will be sent to members of the Parish. Year 10 students will be visiting Care Homes to share some quality time with the elderly. The year 11 students collected old toys, books and games and some of the St Anne Line students delivered them to the Children’s Ward at North Tees Hospital. The students had a tour of the ward from the Play Co-ordinators, Claire Wise and Chris Goodwin and they demonstrated what some of the donations would be used for. We thank the Children’s Ward for letting us visit and hope we can support you again in the future.

Fairtrade
On Friday 28th February, English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College held a Tombola at Tesco. It was a great chance for us to help the community become more aware of what Fairtrade products are available to buy. We had over 25 different items on our table from bananas to rubber gloves. There were 5 students representing our Steering Group: Nathan Liddell-Archer, Joshua Cain, Amber Lee, Byron Bell and Louise Connor. The following week we held a banana loaf competition. One member from each department baked a loaf then they were all judged. We had 3 winners; 1st SEND, 2nd History , 3rd Technology. This was followed by a coffee morning when everyone was able to taste all the different cakes. It was a great success.

St John Vianney Parish Meal
A group of Year 7 and Year 9 students, helped by the marvellous Mrs Moller and the brilliant Mrs Bainton, prepared and served soup to the parishioners of St. John Vianney’s church during Lent. On the menu was a very exotic Italian bean and pasta soup as well a more traditional leak and potato, rounded off with apple crumble and custard. The children from the parish primary school, pictured here, told us it was the best restaurant they’d ever been to! Many thanks to Lydia Ryder and Michael Hutchinson for their invaluable help.

FOODBANK - During Lent, school have been donating items of food for the Hartlepool Foodbank
which feeds poor families right here in our own town. The Foodbank is providing a vital service to people in the town and after Easter we hope that the food collections will continue. If you can donate any of the following urgently needed items, they would be greatly appreciated. Please ask your son or daughter to bring them to the chapel. SUGAR TINNED FISH TINNED FRUIT CEREAL RICE UHT MILK COFFEE SPONGE PUDDINGS INSTANT MASH PASTA SAUCES

Rotary Club Photography Competition 2014
A talented teenage snapper has walked away with the top prize in an inter-school photography competition. Hartlepool’s Rotary Club’s recent Young Photographer Competition attracted 31 entries from keen photographers at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool Sixth Form College and High Tunstall College of Science. The theme of the competition was ‘people’. Adam Gofton, 16, from English Martyrs, was crowned as the winner, with fellow pupil Joseph Spence, 18, as runner up. Both Adam and Joseph received a prize for producing the winning entries illustrating once again the talent and dedication of students at English Martyrs.

Geography Field Trip
Thirty five AS Level Geography students spent the weekend on the North York Moors gathering data for their practical examination paper. The group stayed near Whitby at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel. On the Saturday we worked with the North York Moors Park Rangers near Danby and studied river changes from source to mouth.

Key Stage 3 Catholic Partnership Photography Competition Key stage
three students of all the schools within the Catholic Diocese were invited to participate in a photography competition to showcase their talents. The competition had various themes for students to respond to. All entries will be displayed in a formal exhibition in the Winter Gardens in Sunderland and the winners and runners up will be announced during the event. Good luck to all English Martyrs’ entrants.

Catholic Partnership Bake Off
On Friday 28th February Thomas Turnbull and Joe Laundon represented English Martyrs in the annual Catholic Partnership Bake Off which took place at St John’s School Bishop Auckland. The theme of the day was ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’; the boys underwent three challenges to produce food products suitable for this theme. The first was a technical challenge that involved making a batch of chocolate éclairs. On this challenge the boys excelled themselves making éclairs of a high enough standard to turn Mary Berry’s head! They were placed joint first at this stage. The second challenge was a vegetarian picnic snack made with short crust pastry. The boys showed imagination and flair with their layered picnic basket design. As the boys entered the final challenge tensions were mounting as they embarked on decorating Teddy Bear themed cup cakes. The standard was exceptionally high from all nine teams from different schools in the Diocese. Our boys were close runners up with only one mark between them and the winning team. Well done to Thomas and Joe - look out for them on future Master Chef Competitions!

Maths Challenge
Eight Students from Year 8 participated in a regional Catholic Partnership Maths challenge. One team were successful in winning the relay round- a fast paced dangerous game! They came second overall. A fantastic achievement given that there were 15 very strong teams from a number of schools. Well done to both teams on representing the EMS Maths Department. The winning team were: Felicity Skidmore Amy Wright, Hannah Kerridge and Caitlin Gray.

Barcelona
In March 21 Year 10 Photography and Art students visited Barcelona to photograph the fabulous views and architecture of the city. After arriving and checking in at the hotel, the students went for a walk along Las Ramblas, the most famous street in Barcelona and a trip to Port Vell for an evening meal. On Monday morning, the students visited the famous landmarks of artist Antoni Gaudi, spending the morning at Parc Guell. This is a beautiful park designed by Gaudi with amazing views of the city and interesting structures all incorporating small mosaic tile patterns. The afternoon was spent in La Sagrada Familia, also known as the unfinished Cathedral. It was designed by Gaudi and he started building it up until his death in 1926. Various architects have since continued his work to the exact plans of Gaudi. It is estimated that it will take another 15-20 years for the outside it to be completed. The inside has recently been finished and is an incredible sight with hundreds of different stained glass windows lighting up the cathedral in all the colours of the rainbow. It really is a place that needs to be seen by everyone! The second day was all about the Olympics and a visit first to the Olympic Port and village, where the athletes stayed during the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. There are famous hotels and a fish sculpture by architect Frank Gehry, put in place for the Olympics. There was a trip to Montjuic hill on the afternoon and a visit to the Olympic stadium, passing the beautiful waterfalls outside of the National Palace on the way. It was all about art again when students visited the Miro foundation, a collection of work from another of Barcelona’s famous artists and saw the ‘Barcelona Head’, a sculpture by artist Roy Lichtenstein. After a quick trip to the Nou Camp, home of Barcelona FC, the students headed off to La Ramblas and Placa Reial for an evening meal on their last night in the amazing city. All of the students took hundreds of photographs which will form part of their studies for their GCSE Art and Photography courses and help them gain top grades in the subjects next summer.

A Day of Discovery at Newcastle’s Writing Lab
Earlier this month, three year 10 pupils, Haydn Rogan, Anna Strickland and Jacob Clyburn, attended the Catholic Partnership’s first Writer’s Laboratory at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum. The day was a great success; we had the opportunity to work closely with a number of published writers and the staff of the museum. As an added bonus, we were granted access to the museum’s archives, which are not open to the public, with one of the curators giving us a personal tour. Haydn, Anna and Jacob have all written original, thoughtful and creative pieces as a result – thank you to all involved.

Berlin Trip 2014
Nineteen German and History students spent 4 days in Berlin 23rd – 26th March. They were able to learn about the impact of recent history on this vibrant and unique city as well as experiencing German culture first hand and practising their language skills. On arrival we went to see Check Point Charlie and then walked on to see the Brandenburg Gate by night. On Monday a walking tour of Berlin provided information about many famous buildings and their history. We then visited the Topography of Terror an exhibition detailing the impact of Hitler’s rise to power on Germany and its people. This was followed by a visit to the East Side Gallery - a section of the Berlin Wall which is now used by artists to make political and social statements. Finally we went to the Olympic Stadium where, as well as learning about its history, we also witnessed the preparations for the visit of Bayern Munich the following day. We certainly felt we had earned our pizzas in a Berlin restaurant that evening! Tuesday was equally busy with visits to the Berlin Wall exhibition centre on Bernauer Strasse, (a street that was literally split in two when the wall was built), the Reichstag and the Memorial to the Holocaust victims. We finished the day with a visit to Alexander Platz – the bustling centre of Berlin today with its wide range of restaurants and food stands. Wednesday morning was a chance to visit the most famous department store in Berlin – KaDeWe and stock up on souvenirs and presents for friends and family before heading back to the airport where there was time for one final Currywurst before the flight home! The trip was hailed a great success bringing History and German lessons to life and helping students to appreciate the significance of the city and its history in Europe today. Students were great ambassadors for English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and behaved impeccably throughout. They were a real credit to themselves and their families.

World Book Day
On Thursday 6th March ten year seven pupils attended a World Book Day trip to Crown Street Library in Darlington with six other schools from the Catholic Partnership. The day was a huge success! All of the chosen pupils made a great effort to attend in costume and performed presentations about two of their favourite books; The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve and Goblins by Philip Reeve. The students participated in a host of fun activities organised by the library and partnership staff, ranging from book readings to an illustration master class! The day was a fantastic way to celebrate World Book Day and promote a love of reading amongst our students; we are already eagerly anticipating next year’s event!

Catholic Partnership Competition
Well done to the Year 9 students who were runners up in the Catholic Partnership MFL video competition! Students were asked to create a promotional video highlighting the value, enjoyment and rich opportunities that speaking other languages offers but with a twist – the students had to do this in a foreign language! Twenty-two pupils took part in the project to produce a video presentation in French. They impressed the judges who loved the polished video which they said was extremely professional and persuasive. The judges were also impressed by how many students were involved in the project. The video will be appearing on the school website soon. Well done to all involved!

Hartlepool Rotary Club Competition
We are pleased to congratulate our two Year 7 students who are the proud winners of the Hartlepool Rotary Club Writing Competition. Hannah Dickson won the competition and Jack Grand came runner up. This is the second year in a row that 'The English Martyrs' has won this competition.

University Links
This year we have been strengthening our links with universities. Our students have had amazing opportunities to participate in conference days, residentials and open days at some of our most prestigious universities. We have had a fantastic outcome in many of our students securing places on university supported progression programmes to raise their aspirations and assist them with their pathway into higher education. Below are some of the things our students have been involved in:
Year Y12 Y12 Y12 Y12 Y7 to Y11 Y9 Y12 / Y11 Y12 Y12 Y12 No. of Students 10 York University Supported Progression Programme 5 Newcastle University Supported Progression Programme 4 Durham University Supported Progression Programme 6 Durham University – Insight Programme 94 York University Shine Programme 9 Durham University Supported Progression 15 English Focused Oxford University conference 6 Oxbridge conference 13 Durham University conference 18 Kings College Cambridge University Residential

Art and English Combine to Celebrate Shakespeare!
To celebrate Shakespeare Week, Year 7 students were given the opportunity to get creative with some of his finest work. They were given creative freedom and the opportunity to combine Art and Literature. As the students have been studying various forms of poetry, this was the perfect opportunity for them to explore some of Shakespeare’s much loved Sonnets. Their homework in preparation for this work was to choose a Sonnet and bring in materials to use to create their works of art. The students did not disappoint: they arrived to their English lessons with paint, glitter, craft paper, gem stickers and pastels, ready to celebrate the work of the Bard! The creations are fantastic, as you can see from the images here, and are now proudly displayed on the walls of their English classroom. Well done Year 7!

University Open Days
All of the universities open days are now available to book on-line via their websites. It is essential that Year 12 students do this as it not only gives an insight into that university but also supports any university applications that are made.

University Residential
Fourteen of our Year 10 students took part in a residential at The University of York 25th – 27th March. This has been designed to raise awareness of the progression routes and variety of further and higher education provisions available. Students were encouraged to develop their own learning styles and to increase their confidence and self esteem. Students were inspired and motivated to achieve academic success.

Year 13 Parents’ Evening – Thursday 3rd April
Year 13 Parents’ Evening will take place on Thursday 3rd April 2014 between 4.00pm and 6.00pm. It gives parents and students the chance to discuss their current progress at this important time before exams begin. If parents are unable to attend, it is expected that students will attend to have these important discussions with their teachers. Parents should have received a letter regarding this and an appointment sheet which should be used by the student when approaching their teachers.

Year 12 UCAS Convention – Thursday 1st May
As an introduction to applying to university in the next academic year, all Year 12 students will attend a half day UCAS Convention at Teesside University on the morning of Thursday 1st May 2014. The convention provides students with the opportunity to speak with representatives from various universities about the courses that they offer. This is one of the many activities organised in the Sixth Form to help students begin the process of considering their post-18 options. Year 10 the Big Deal Competition
The Big Deal is an enterprising competition that develops students’ innovation, creativity and risk management skills. Students from year 10 attended a detailed briefing at the Launch Day on Monday 17th March at the University of York. Teams will now compete against each other over ten weeks to create a product or concept. They will complete an online curriculum with the support from their mentor who is a business professional. The teams will be required to develop a business plan, which they will then pitch at the final Dragons’ Den on Wednesday 11th June at the University of York. The winning team will be taken on a business trip of a lifetime to New York City to present to the world leading companies.

History Department
The annual Year 9 trip to Beth Shalom Holocaust Memorial Museum in Newark took place. Students were able to see first hand the causes and effects of the mass murder of Jews and other minorities that took place in Nazi occupied Europe in the 1940s. Also, students were privileged to hear from Stephen Frank, a Holocaust survivor who had been interred at Terezin and whose Father was murdered at the hands of Nazis. His talk was inspirational as well as heartbreaking, and allowed us a rare opportunity to hear from someone who was actually there. Once again, the day was filled with reflection, historical perspectives and hope, and all students were an absolute credit to the school. We did chuckle when our Year 9s knew more than the University students who were also at the talk in the afternoon! Next term Year 8 will have the opportunity to go to the Heugh Battery as part of a local study.

RE Revision
There will be a Year 11 GCSE RE Revision day on Saturday 10th May in school from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

MFL Revision sessions for GCSE
An intense revision session for GCSE French will be held on Saturday 10th May 9.30 am - 11.30 am. This will provide essential exam practice for the Listening and Reading exams which take place on Monday 12th May (afternoon). Bonne chance! A similar session for GCSE German will be held on Saturday 17th May 9.30-11.30 in preparation for the Listening and Reading exams which take place on Monday 19th May (morning). Viel Glück!

Catholic Partnership Netball Tournament
The Year 7 and under 14 netball teams competed in the Catholic Partnership Netball Tournament in Newcastle. The year 7’s were crowned champions and the under 14’s finished a respectable 3rd place. The teams displayed some fabulous netball throughout the tournament and really did the school proud. A special mention goes to Libby Skidmore who was presented with ‘The Most Promising Player of the Future’ award. Well done Libby.

EMS ‘Smart’ Stars
The EMS Sports Stars have improved their image with a large number of the athletes receiving tracksuits and training gear. The students who have been attending 2 sessions per week were lucky enough to receive Nike tracksuits. In addition to them looking more professional, they have also been aiming to step their way up the performance ladder by developing their physical and mental skills. They have had the privilege of training with Co-ordination specialists from the Body Alignment Clinic in Hartlepool, Chris & Dennis Bartram. Dennis is extremely passionate about the programme and has donated wobble boards, balance bars and other various pieces of equipment to assist the athletes in improving their co-ordination and consequently overall performance. We have also had the Royal Marines put the athletes through their paces. During their visit they had the sports stars sweating it out with a military style work out which, needless to say, left them all feeling that they had been ‘pushed’. The Marine PTs who led the session said that they were massively impressed with the fitness levels of the group. It was one of the fittest groups they have ever taken and their attitude and determination was the best they had seen in a long time. On the last day of term EMS Sports Stars will be visiting Manchester City Football Club as a reward for all the hard work.

Katie Laybourn
On the 23rd February, Katie Laybourn attended the British Gas Northumberland and Durham swimming championships. She swam the 100m freestyle and had to qualify for Nationals within a time of 1:04:63. Katie qualified for the final after her performance in her heat and achieved a time of 1:04:05. Katie 5* Performance at Catholic Partnership will now be competing at Ponds Forge Sheffield in the summer The EMS rugby team had 8 players selected for the Catholic holidays. Partnership Rugby team to play against Ampleforth College, We wish her the best of luck for her race. one of the most prestigious schools in the country. The team was selected last month and the boys who were successful in the trial game were: Kieran Hogg, Sam Kitching, Kieran Goddard, Harry Powell, Lewis Connor, Danny Winship, Jack Cooper and Andrew Croft. The first six mentioned played in the game with Jack Cooper and Andrew Croft missing out due to injury. During the game the boys from EMS were among some of the stand-out players with 5 of the 6 tries scored by the team coming from Martyrs students. Four of the tries came from man of the match Kieran Hogg and the final try from winger Lewis Connor. The final score was 36-5 to the Catholic Partnership Team.

Hartlepool Schools Gymnastics
Sadie Laffin (Year 7) represented English Martyrs and competed against other schools within the town in the vault and floor event. Sadie came 1st in the key stage 3 advanced floor competition, 1st out of the key stage 3 advanced vault competition, which meant she came 1st overall in the key stage 3 advanced competition. Well done Sadie.
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