December 2015 Dear Parents, Guardians, & Friends, Dear Parents, Guardians, & Friends, ... We are fortunate

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Dear Parents, Guardians, & Friends, During Advent it is important that we take time to say thank you for the gifts of our children. From world champion kick-boxers to charity fundraisers they have lived the school motto of Luceat Lux Vestra. Your support is appreciated as we build the foundations of an outstanding school. I hope all our children share in the joyous celebrations of this special season. Our Liturgies and Advent concert provide opportunities to prepare for the coming of the Lord. This continues in our parishes with the local Masses over Christmas. In the upcoming year there will be changes to the parishes as the restructure of the Diocese takes place. Please keep the clergy and Bishop in your prayers as they plan for the future. A reminder to our Year 11 parents who are contemplating where to send their sons and daughters next year. We are fortunate to be the only school in the district to be a feeder school to two nationally recognised Sixth Form Colleges, St Marys, Blackburn and Holy Cross College, Bury. I strongly recommend either of these two Colleges to you. Enjoy and celebrate Christmas. Yours faithfully, Mr McNally Headteacher

Our annual prizegiving ceremony took place on 12th November in the presence of the Mayor of Rossendale, Councillor Mrs Marilyn Procter and Mr David Procter, Cllr Marilyn Procter and Mr David Procter. The guest speaker was Mr Brian Pickup MBE and his speech was both inspiring and amusing. He urged pupils to work hard to achieve their goals and not to let what life throws at you stop you from fulfilling your ambitions. Certificatres, subject awards and special awards were presented to a wide selection of pupils who supported each other wholeheartedly just as they had done in their five years at All Saints. The Catenian Association Award for Outstanding Public Examination Results was given to Georgia Stenton.

Mrs E Woolley - Senior Assistant Headteacher

December 2015

Presentation Evening 2015

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Dont forget Non Uniform Day on

Friday 18th December

School re-opens on Monday 4th January

On the 11th November the whole school came together to remember those who had fallen in war. The service was led by the students who recalled the story of the last soldier to die in World War 1, Henry Gunther, an American soldier who died minutes before the cease fire. Tegan Calderbank (9MT) and Josephine Braithwaite (9MT) sang The Green Fields of France which describes the atrocities of war and how partners felt at the losing of loved ones. Lily-Ann Baker (11A), our Head Girl, sang a beautiful rendition of Abide with Me which led the school into the time of remembrance with Mr Brenchley reading We Will Remember Them. The Last Post was played and a period of silence was observed. As our young people left the hall they placed a poppy in the garden at the main entrance as a sign of respect for those who had fallen.

Mr P Symes Lay Chaplain

We are very proud at All Saints that a number of our pupils that took part in the local Remembrance Sunday parades. Pictured on the right is Bradley Varley (11A) and on the left Thomas Curran (11R) who had the responsibility of standard bearers. Other pupils that paraded with uniformed services included: Alexandra Mawdsley (10R), Megan Fletcher (10R), Evander Jennings (10T), Leon O'Connor (8T), Joseph Quinn (8MT), Jacob Fletcher (8MT) and Cameron Taylor (8T).

All Saints Remembers

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Dont forget to order and pay for your

lunch with the kitchen staff before

Thursday 10th December

The young people of All Saints have excelled themselves this term with their kindness and generosity to charities both local and national.

At the end of the first half term an Own Clothes day raised an amazing 461.33 for Cancer Research.

The Interschool Penny Pinching Challenge raised 177.54 for Rossendale Hospice. The Annual sale of Poppies raised 79.62 This makes a total of 718.59 for charity in one term. As well as monetary contributions, staff have collected Handbags for the Homeless (see below).

These bags were filled with bathroom products to help the homeless and in all, seventeen very full bags were donated by staff. These will be distributed by Cornerstone in Manchester.

At the end of term we have our annual Hamper Collection for those in need at Christmas. Each form class prepares a hamper that will be distributed through the local parishes to those in need.

A grand total of 841.30 was raised by staff on the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride in July. All money raised went to The Christie, thank you to everyone who contributed.

A big thank you to all staff, students and their parents who have worked so hard for others.

Handbags for the Homeless All Saints staff have prepared bags for the homeless this Christmas containing toiletries, scarves, gloves and chocolate. The bags are being collected as part of the Handbags for the homeless campaign. Sophy Watkinson, a parishioner of St. James the Less, is co-coordinating the local collection in conjunction with Cornerstones, a charity based in Manchester and often supported by All Saints. Jacobsons footwear kindly donated six new backpacks to our appeal and these will be distributed over Christmas to homeless people in the North West. Not to be outdone, a man-bag was also prepared by the male staff at school. What a great way to share our good fortune with others this Christmas time. Mrs C Atherton CL Religious Studies

On Sunday 15th November, the Bishop of Salford, John Arnold, visited St. James the Less Church to commemorate those from the Parish who died in World War One. School was represented by Antonia Fry (10A), Jonathan Fry (10T), Beth Ashworth (10A), Molly Dixon (10R), Cameron Taylor (8T), Emily Farr (10R), Hannah Farr (8T), Jacob Fletcher (8MT), Megan Fletcher (10R) and Alexandra Mawdsley (10R). Following Mass, a memorial service was held outside and despite it pouring with rain and the microphone breaking, our young people read with great decorum. They were a credit to their parents and our school.

Mrs C Atherton CL Religious Studies

All Saints Just Keeps on Giving!

Bishop of Salford Visit

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On Tuesday 8th December Callum Lewis (10T), Megan Fletcher (10R) and Alex Mawdsley (10R) represented All Saints at a special Mass at Salford Cathedral to start the Year of Mercy for schools across the Diocese. Bishop John was the chief celebrant and 140 schools from across the Diocese were represented. The first part of the Mass was the Blessing of the Door of Mercy, made by Thornleigh College, Bolton, which will travel around all the schools in the Diocese throughout the next twelve months. Each school will have a special service to highlight this extraordinary Jubilee Year called by Pope

Francis. The door arrives at All Saints on the 17th March. The Pupil Chaplains are going to be working hard over the next few weeks to plan how we can promote the Year of Mercy in school and make all students aware of this special year. Watch this space for more information.

Mr P Symes Lay Chaplain

Maths Cookery Club Pupils in Year 9 have enjoyed a term of Cookery Club making Chelsea buns, maids of honour, shortbread and chocolate crispy cakes. They have practised their maths skills in time, measurement and ratio. Next term Year 8 will participate on Tuesdays.

Year 7 & 8 Maths Weekend The Maths weekend is filling up fast! There are only a few places left if your child is interested please get in touch!! Activities include mountain-biking, abseiling, leap of faith, archery, problem-solving....and of course some maths!

Maths Equipment Please ensure that your child comes equipped to their maths lessons with a pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator. Father Christmas can always bring them if needed!!

Year 11 A Level Taster Sessions Alder Grange has offered to run some after-school A-level maths taster sessions in January and February to the top sets in Year 11. If your child would like to participate please return the reply slip.

Mrs K Egan CL Mathematics

News from the Mathematics Department

Year of Mercy

On Thursday 10th December, twenty of our high flying and ambitious Year 7 and 8 students competed in an exciting Apprentice style challenge to produce a school newspaper. By the deadline of 12 noon, each group of students had to produce a mock-up of a brand new student newspaper for All Saints. Three groups of budding journalists were fired before a winning team was announced by our very own Lord Alan Sugar Lord McNally! Watch this space for further news of a school newspaper written by students for students in the New Year! Mrs A Hindley English

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