Parent Partners Group

Parent Partners

 

Tuesday October 29th 6 – 7.00pm

At Cardinal Hume we recognise that as parents you have a vital role in your child’s education, and that a strong partnership between school and home is key to enabling our young people to flourish. In order to strengthen that partnership, we would like to invite you to join our ‘Parent Partners’ group. The aim of the group is to develop communication between home and school, and to support parents in becoming fully engaged in their children’s learning. The group will meet each half term to discuss issues which may be suggested by the group itself, or the Head teacher or other staff.  Everyone is welcome, and you don’t need to commit to attending every meeting.

Agenda

  1. ‘My Child At School’, Parent Pay and FreeflowInfo – how to get the best from them
  2. Transitions – how has your child settled in their new school / key stage
  3. Making the most of opportunities for engagement beyond the classroom
  4. 6th form destinations 2019

 If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact school reception 0191 4877638 or info@cardinalhume.com

Y11 Achievement Meeting for Parents

Dear Parent/Guardian

Y11 Achievement Meeting for Parents : Wednesday 2nd October 6pm -7pm

As a school we recognise that this is a very important time for your son/daughter as they progress through Year 11 and continue the process of preparing for GCSE examinations.  Your child will face many challenges, and meeting them will be crucial to your child’s long term academic and personal success.

In order to support you whilst you guide your child through the crucial months ahead, I would like to invite you into school on Wednesday 2nd October from 6pm to 7pm, where senior members of staff will address several key issues.

In this meeting we will:

  • Give you important information about additional support and resources which may be available to your child.
  • Discuss the systems the school has in place to stop under-achievement.
  • Communicate how well your child is progressing, with a particular focus on their end of Year 10 examination grades.

A strong partnership of mutual support is essential to ensuring every child at Cardinal Hume achieves the best that s/he is capable of. By making you more aware of how the school operates at this important time, I hope that this meeting will strengthen partnership between home and school and therefore maximise the support that you are able to give us as we encourage your child to fulfil their potential.

I look forward to meeting you on October 2nd.

Yours faithfully

Mr B. Robson

Head of School

Best Ever Sixth Form Results

Exam-Results

We are delighted to congratulate our students and staff on their incredible results.

We offer our very best wishes for all our students progressing to university,  to degree apprenticeships and to further study and  employment.

  • In a year where the proportion of students getting top grades at A level dropped,  almost a quarter of grades were A or A*
  • 100% pass rate in both vocational and A level subjects

Congratulations again, and all the best in your future.

School Phone System

important info

We are experiencing technical issues with our school phone system. If you need to contact the school, please email us at: info@cardinalhume.com

Update: 14/08/2019
Our phone system is still currently out of order. We hope to get this fixed asap. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Encounter Evening

Encounter Evening

Venue: Cardinal Hume Catholic School
Date: Thursday 12th September 2019
Time: 6.00 – 7.30pm

An opportunity for adults and young people to share ideas and faith in an informal way. Everyone is welcome, it is aimed at young people 13 and above, we need adults of all ages to come along. It’s a chance for some prayer, sharing of stories and the chance to plan some ideas for working together in the future.

An invitation for parents, pupils and parishioners to attend our Encounter Evening at Cardinal Hume Catholic School, 6-7:30pm. An opportunity to share faith and work with the Youth Ministry Team to prepare for our school Mission.

CHCS awarded Computer Hub status

NCCE

Cardinal Hume Catholic School is delighted to announce that it has become one of the first schools in England to be awarded official Computer Hub status by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), in order to provide support for primary and secondary computing teachers in schools in the area.

Cardinal Hume Catholic School is one of the first 23 Computing Hubs across England and will be a focal point for local computing training for schools, and will also form links with industry and universities. The NCCE was set up in November 2018 by the Department for Education to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level, particularly girls and those in disadvantaged areas, and to ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills in England.

Commenting on the news, Mr J Dixon, Head of Computing, said: “We are delighted to be among the first wave of NCCE Computer Hubs. It is recognition of the high-quality standards we set in computing education at Cardinal Hume Catholic School and the results we achieve. We look forward to working as part of the NCCE network to help improve computing education in the North of England and beyond”

Chair of the NCCE Professor Simon Peyton Jones said: “It’s exciting to be announcing the first Hubs. They will be the local face of the National Centre, providing tailored support to all computing teachers (primary, secondary and colleges), to equip them to make the new computing curriculum into an inspirational reality in every classroom in the land.

“Our partnership with teachers is vital to our mission. A single inspired, equipped, valued and supported teacher will influence tens or hundreds of children every day, and thousands over their career.”

For more information, contact Mr J Dixon on 0191 487 7638 or alternatively through email at computinghub@cardinalhume.com

See teachcomputing.org or follow @WeAreComputing on Twitter.

Facts

  • The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) was established in November 2018 with up to £84 million of Government funding and was supported by a further £1 million from Google to develop training for secondary school computing teachers.
  • The Government’s decision to substantially invest in computer science in schools followed a Royal Society report, After the Reboot, which showed computing education across the UK was patchy and fragile. It called for action to be taken in a swift and coordinated way by government, industry, and non-profit organisations.
  • The NCCE aims to increase the number of pupils in schools and colleges who study computer science at GCSE, AS and A level, particularly girls and in disadvantaged areas, and ensure that there is a strong pipeline of digital skills.
  • The NCCE is funded by the Department for Education and is being delivered by a consortium of STEM Learning, Raspberry Pi Foundation and BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
  • STEM Learning is the UK’s largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It has a mission to improve lives through world-leading STEM education. For more information, visit www.stem.org.uk
  • The Raspberry Pi Foundation creates world class educational resources for computing and computer science used by millions of people each year, and has developed online courses that have supported tens of thousands of computing educators. For more information, visit www.raspberrypi.org
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is the professional body for computing and, as part of its Royal Charter, sets and maintains academic and professional standards in computing. For more information, visit www.bcs.org

Murphy Mile 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian

This July the staff and students of Cardinal Hume will be undertaking a number of fun activities to raise money for Cancer Research UK. This is a charity close to the heart of our school community as, three years ago, one of our colleagues, Mrs Murphy, tragically lost her battle with cancer.

 

The main events that week will be:

 Monday 1st July: Break time cake sale – all cakes made by staff!

 Wednesday 3rd July: Our very own Race for life “Murphy Mile”. This is a participation event for ALL students but will again include our competitive race that students may sign up for.

There will be no charge for participation in the “Murphy Mile” but donation buckets will be available. As an official, registered Race for Life, all participants will receive a medal upon completion of the race and will be given a chance to dedicate their participation in the race to someone they know if they wish. On Wednesday 3rd July, all students must come into school wearing their school PE kit and trainers. This does NOT include tracksuit bottoms – ONLY kit allowed in PE lessons.

We ask for your support in making the “Murphy Mile” Race for Life, and other activities, successful in raising awareness and money for the work of those seeking a cure for cancer. You can do this in a number of ways: by encouraging your child to buy cakes in our cake sale at break on Monday 1st July and by sending in a donation on the day of the Race for Life on Wednesday 3rd July. There will also be a number of smaller fundraising across the week and collection buckets at all of the events.

Cancer has affected the lives of many of us associated with Cardinal Hume Catholic School in many different ways and we know from last year that some families and children will want to undertake sponsorship to raise as much money for Cancer Research UK as possible. We have therefore have official sponsorship form for use by those students who wish to try and raise additional funds from their friends and families. These are available for students to collect from student reception.  If your child does wish to undertake sponsorship, we ask that all monies and forms are returned by Monday 15th July.

We have also set up a Just Giving page as this may be a more convenient way of making a donation or submitting money raised. The Just Giving page is:

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/cardinal-hume-catholic-school

Thanks to you all in advance for your support with this fantastic cause.

Yours faithfully

B Stevenson

Assistant Headteacher

Year 8 Northumberland Ecology Trip

Dear Parent/Guardian

Re: Year 8 Northumberland Ecology Trip

Monday 15th July 2019

As part of activities week in the summer term the Science Department have organised a trip to the Northumberland Coast where students will take part in ecological investigations. The trip will include a boat trip with Billy Shiel’s around the Farne Islands, home to grey seals and 23 species of seabirds. Students will also take part in their own independent investigation of species numbers and distribution for a coastal environment in Seahouses. This fieldwork offers students a chance to explore scientific ideas in a variety of natural environments and apply their knowledge of biology outside of the classroom.

As students will be taking part in a range of outdoor activities they will need to bring the following:

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Suitable footwear
  • Waterproof overtrousers (optional)
  • Warm clothes that you can layer up
  • Spare clothes to change into (e.g. dry socks)
  • Packed lunch / large bottle of water
  • Medications/sun protection cream (including inhalers if asthmatic)
  • Pen/Pencil/Ruler/Calculator/Notebook/Clipboard if possible

 

Students will be transported to and from all locations by coach and we will aim to return to school by 3:15pm.  We will depart at 8:45am prompt.  The cost for this trip will be £18 per person.

If your child is interested in attending the trip, please use the ParentPay system to complete the consent form and make payment.  (ParentPay reminder on reverse of this letter). We only have a limited number of places available, so places will be offered on a first come first served basis.  Once all places have been filled, ParentPay will be unable to accept further requests.

Yours faithfully

Mr Calland

Teacher of Chemistry

We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support in using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.

 

Year 7 Northumberland Ecology Trip

Dear Parent/Guardian

Re: Year 7 Northumberland Ecology Trip

Wednesday 17th July 2019

As part of activities week in the summer term the Science Department have organised a trip to the Northumberland Coast where students will take part in ecological investigations. The trip will include a boat trip with Billy Shiel’s around the Farne Islands, home to grey seals and 23 species of seabirds. Students will also take part in their own independent investigation of species numbers and distribution for a coastal environment in Seahouses. This fieldwork offers students a chance to explore scientific ideas in a variety of natural environments and apply their knowledge of biology outside of the classroom.

As students will be taking part in a range of outdoor activities they will need to bring the following:

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Suitable footwear
  • Waterproof overtrousers (optional)
  • Warm clothes that you can layer up
  • Spare clothes to change into (e.g. dry socks)
  • Packed lunch / large bottle of water
  • Medications/sun protection cream (including inhalers if asthmatic)
  • Pen/Pencil/Ruler/Calculator/Notebook/Clipboard if possible

Students will be transported to and from all locations by coach and we will aim to return to school by 3:15pm.  We will depart at 8:45am prompt.  The cost for this trip will be £18 per person.

If your child is interested in attending the trip, please use the ParentPay system to complete the consent form and make payment. (Please see reverse of this letter for reminder of ParentPay instructions).  We only have a limited number of places available, so places will be offered on a first come first served basis.  Once all places have been filled, ParentPay will be unable to accept further requests.

Yours faithfully

Mr Calland

Teacher of Chemistry

 We are pleased to inform you that Cardinal Hume Catholic School now has the facility to accept online payments for trips and other school activities.  Using a secure website called ParentPay you are able to pay online using your credit or debit card.  This can be accessed from the School website and you will by now, have received your ParentPay log in.  If you are unable to locate this, please contact the school office for assistance.

Making a payment using your credit or debit card is straightforward.  Your card details are not retained by the school.  ParentPay holds an electronic record of all online payments for you to view at a later date.  When you make a payment, an e-mail confirmation is sent to you, giving you reassurance that the transaction has been successful.

As a reminder please follow instructions below

Once you have your login details, the system is quick and easy to use:

  • Visit parentpay.com (http://www.parentpay.com/)
  • Enter your activation username and password in the Account Login section of the homepage. B.  These are for one-time use only, you will choose your own username and password for future access during the activation process.
  • Provide all the necessary information and choose your new username and password for your account – registering your email address will enable us to send you receipts and reminders.
  • Once activation is complete you can go straight to Items for payment, select which item(s) you want to add to your basket and proceed to complete your payment.

We thank you in advance for your support in using this service to pay for your child’s educational visit.

 

Billy Elliot

Billy Elliot

Cardinal Hume are proud to present

Billy Elliot

Monday 8th  –  Wednesday 10th July 2019

7:00pm

Adults £6, Concessions £3

Tickets available from school

 

Deloitte Winners!

Deloitte

A huge congratulations to our Y12 students who were victorious in the prestigious national competition. The final of the competition was held at the HQ of Deloitte in the City of London, and involved the team presenting to over 100 leaders from the technology sector, including Sony, HP and Apple. This was a very daunting proposition for them but their idea of a SEN app using smart speakers impressed so much they were awarded first place.

Again, congratulations to everyone involved!

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