Friday 15th July 2016

Last Friday I had the pleasure of attending the Y11 Leavers’ Ball at Rivington Barn, and what a fantastic evening it turned out to be.  This is one of the highlights of the year for me and marks the transition into young adulthood for our pupils, I am so proud of the type of young adults they have…

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Posted by Matthew Gribbon on 22 July 2016

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Monday 11th July

Mrs Westwell told me that the Golden ticket winners in Maths for this term are Y7 Niamh Williams & Rebecca Law; Y8 Matthew Eaves; Y9 Kelsey Hilton & Madison Owen; Y10 Emily Shone & Charlotte Burke. This is fantastic; congratulations and keep up the good work.

Mrs Doolan and Mrs Whitfield told…

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Monday 4th July

I mentioned last week that Laura Hickey (Y9) had won all three of her events in the Wigan Schools Athletics.  There was further success for Laura this week, as she has been selected to represent Greater Manchester Schools at the English Schools Track & Field Championship at Gateshead in July. Her…

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Monday 27th June 2016

On Monday Mr Tsang organised and accompanied four, Year 8 pupils: James Forshaw; Olivia Harrald; Matthew Hill and Matthew Eaves to the UKMT finals at Westminster Hall in London. Many thanks to Mr Tsang for giving up so much of his time to enable the pupils to have this experience.  It is the first…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 29 June 2016

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Monday 20th June 2016

On Monday it was great to see the technology department all of a buzz as our partner primary school pupils pitted their wits against each other in the final of the primary engineer contest. I was extremely impressed with their ideas and hard work. Congratulations to St Benedict’s who won for the…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 20 June 2016

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Monday 13th June 2016

The GCSE exams continued for Year 11 pupils last week. They have almost completed them now and then they can take a well-deserved rest! The Year 11 pupils are now just coming into school to sit their exams, so we are seeing less of them around school. We had a  lovely Leavers' Assembly on…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 14 June 2016

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Friday 27th May 2016

The last week before May half term has certainly been a busy one! The Year 11 pupils are now half way through their GCSE exam series and most of them have been relatively happy with the papers, (apart from Biology, which none of them were!) telling me all their hard work in revision will hopefully…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 27 May 2016

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Monday 23rd May 2016

On Monday I had the privilege of attending a special celebration for schools involved in The Duke of Edinburgh Award at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party with Mr Morgan.  It was a fantastic day where we met really inspirational people who challenged everyone there to complete a challenge.  I’m not…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 20 May 2016

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Monday 16th May 2016

On Wednesday we had the Year 11 Leaver’s Mass and what a wonderful occasion it was! I would like to thank all the pupils, staff, parents and Father John and Deacon John for making the occasion such a memorable one. I felt really emotional towards the end, as I had images of the pupils as they were…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 20 May 2016

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Monday 9th May 2016

I had the pleasure of attending the Greater Manchester Young Enterprise finals on Wednesday at Manchester Metropolitan University, where our Year 10 team represented the school fantastically well and came runners-up and now progress to the North West finals.  The team were Adam Smith, Aleyna…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 10 May 2016

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Tuesday 3rd May 2016

GCSE practical examinations continued this week, with GCSE Drama in Mr Bateman’s drama studio on Wednesday evening.  The pupils performed exceptionally well and I hope that this is reflected in their marks on results day.

Mrs Ainsworth in geography told me how proud she was of her Year 11…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 6 May 2016

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Monday 25th April 2016

Wigan School FinalWe had fantastic sporting success last week with the Year 7 and 10 boys football teams both winning the Wigan Schools final at Robin Park; both teams represented the school fantastically well.  Another team who represented the school superbly are the Year 9 boys rugby team, who made it through to…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 27 April 2016

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Monday 18th April 2016

Mrs Baylis gave me some brilliant news on Thursday about our ongoing collaboration with the Portico Library in Manchester.  Some of our pupils are among the winners of this year's Portico Sadie Massey Awards. For book reviews in the 9 - 13 category, Jasmin Pierce and Ella Vernon (Year 8) were…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 18 April 2016

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Thursday 7th April 2016

Just as we broke for our Easter holiday, I had the pleasure of attending the Wigan finals of ‘The Young Enterprise’ competition at the Youth Zone in Wigan town centre.  There were 5 teams competing for the prize of Wigan area winners; we were the only team from a high school (the others from…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 11 April 2016

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Wednesday 23rd March 2016

It was a very short week this week, but it was lovely to be able to celebrate Lenten Mass with all year groups in St Oswald’s Church.  Special thanks to Father John Gorman and Deacon John O’Brien for celebrating Mass with all our pupils.

Miss Gallagher told me Year 7 pupils have so much to…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 23 March 2016

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Monday 21st March 2016

On Wednesday evening we held our annual Reconciliation Service in the school hall - and what a fantastic evening it turned out to be! We had the story of the prodigal daughter, readings, drama and video clips to help us all reflect and examine our conscience during this time of Lent.  The pupils…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 23 March 2016

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Tuesday 15th March 2016

Last week I mentioned that a short piece created and produced by our pupils would be aired on the BBC World Service. To update you, this will now be aired this weekend (19th or 20th March), I will hopefully be able to provide a link from this blog next week to listen to it on the BBC website.  We…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 15 March 2016

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Monday 7th March 2016

Music FestivalIt has been a really exciting week in school this week! On Wednesday and Thursday evening we had our first ever Music Festival evenings, where pupils from the music department played solo pieces to an audience ofparents and teachers, with Mr Doyle, Mrs Morgan and Mr Wall (St. John Rigby College)…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 8 March 2016

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Monday 29th February 2016

Miss Westwell told me that Maths Golden Ticket Winners for this week are: Olivia Cowley 7W; Jada Thompson 7S; Patrick Garry-Madden 7H; Rhys Shannon 7M; Declan O'Shaughnessy 7B; Luke Wane 8S2; Natalie Howarth 8B2; Joshua Taylor 9L2 and Amelia Ives 10M2. All were awarded five achievement points and…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 29 February 2016

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Monday 8th February 2016

Thank you to all pupils, parents and staff who supported our second ‘Musical Showcase’ on Wednesday; it was quite simply superb! I left school on Wednesday night so proud of everyone who was involved. We are very lucky and very privileged to have so many wonderfully talented pupils in the school…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 10 February 2016

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Monday 1st February 2016

We held two very successful Year 9 Guidance Evenings this week on Monday and Wednesday, inviting all Year 9 pupils and their parents to discuss the very important choices they have to make for their options.  I really enjoyed the evenings and was very impressed with how much thought the pupils…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 1 February 2016

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Monday 25th January 2016

Mr Jones told me about a fantastic drama lesson he had been to on Thursday with his year group (Year 8). it was with Mr Bateman's drama class and was called 'The Damsel in Distress'.  All the pupils involved were outstanding and each performance was watched with enthusiasm, punctuated with plenty…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 25 January 2016

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Monday 18th January 2016

Band rehearsing for Music ShowcaseI have a lot to comment on this week, so I’d better get on with it!  I have been so pleased with the efforts of pupils this week; I have been given lots of information from the teachers telling me about the fantastic work that pupils have produced.

Mrs Snape informed me that Joe Whitter 8B2,…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 18 January 2016

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Monday 11th January 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas break and I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2016.  The first week of term was very busy, with lots of fantastic efforts being made by both staff and pupils. 

Miss Gallagher told me about the great work taking place in Year 7, with Jodie Latham…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 11 January 2016

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Friday 18th December 2015

The school has been a hive of activity this week, with various fundraising activities taking place for our partner school in South Africa, 'The Brick' homeless charity in Wigan and the Nugent Care Society.  I could not be any prouder of the pupils and staff who have given so much of their time,…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 18 December 2015

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Monday 14th December 2015

Can I begin by thanking every member of staff, pupil, parent or grandparent who were involved in the Advent service at St Oswald’s on Wednesday or the senior citizens’ Christmas party on Friday.  Both events were fantastic and show the tremendous spirit that exists in the school community.

Miss…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 14 December 2015

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Monday 30th November 2015

It has been an extremely busy two weeks in school.  The highlight for me was the Certificate Presentation Evening on Thursday 19th November.  It was a fantastic occasion and it was brilliant to see our former pupils all grown up in the space of three months! It was also wonderful to see Mr Eyes…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 30 November 2015

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Monday 16th November 2015

Year 7 pupils continue to excel: Miss Gallagher informed me that Molly Rigby in 7M achieved the Library Bronze Reader Award; in Science, Grace Atkinson (7L) and Caitlin Morgan (7L) have been producing outstanding work, as have Ben Lewis (7O) and Samuel Tracey (7S) in English and Sophie Barton (7H)…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 16 November 2015

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Monday 9th November 2015

It always seems unbelievably busy the week we return after a half term, probably because it is!  I have been so impressed with the outstanding efforts of pupils this week: Miss Gallagher informed me that Year 7 pupils have once again excelled, with Eleanore Burns, 7M, Mary-Jane McLaughlin, 7W and…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 9 November 2015

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Monday 2nd November 2015

Year 9 produced some fantastic work

We had a really busy week to round off the first half-term of the year.  The music department have been especially busy with a whole host of different activities: Year 9 pupils have been working in bands on 'Seven Nation Army' by the White Stripes and produced some fantastic work. In the…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 2 November 2015

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Monday 19th October 2015

Our school production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ this week was simply superb! I cannot remember another production where the pupils seem to have so much fun in their performances; they revelled in their roles and it was fantastic to see.  I would like to thank all the staff, pupils, parents,…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 19 October 2015

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Monday 12th October 2015

​Mrs Landor, (Assistant Head of RE) told me of the exceptional work that 7O had completed about their local community. Special mentions go to Adam Dawber, who photographed lots of areas in his community and included them in his project, with an explanation of how they are important to the area.…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 12 October 2015

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Monday 5th October 2015

On Thursday, we held our Year 10 Guidance Evening; it was fantastic to see so many parents attend. Mr Cullen informed me that we had over 90% attendance - thank you very much for your support; it is very much appreciated.  We tried a different format this time, with all parents meeting in the hall…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 7 October 2015

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Monday 28th September 2015

On Wednesday we held our annual ‘Open Evening’ which was extremely well attended - more people attended than ever before.  It was great to see prospective and existing parents with their children, looking around the school.  It was also great to see how many former pupils took the opportunity to…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 30 September 2015

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Monday 21st September 2015

Miss Brophy (Head of Science) showed me a fantastic resource this week that the Year 11 Science GCSE pupils can access to help then revise their GCSE work.  All Year 11 pupils have now been given free access to the site. The website contains over 230 video tutorials to help Year 11 pupils further…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 23 September 2015

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Monday 14th September 2015

I just want to start by congratulating the Year 7 pupils who have settled in superbly well.  The standard of uniform is excellent, they look great and form tutors have all commented on their lovely manners and willingness to work hard and try new things.  It was my turn to deliver an assembly to…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 15 September 2015

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Monday 7th September 2015

It has been a great start to the year this past week. The teachers started with an INSET day on Tuesday before the pupils started back on Wednesday. The pupils seem to have got straight back into the swing of things and the Year 7 pupils have started exceptionally well. We held a mass for our Year…

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Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 8 September 2015

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