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  Term 5 Newsletter - May 2022  
  Message from Mr Humphreys, Headteacher  

Term 5 is an intense, busy term for both students and staff as we prepare students for their final GCSE and A Level examinations.  

Students and staff have worked tirelessly, week in, week out, shaping the learning, offering challenge and support to each other. We do everything we can to help our students prepare, providing a personalised approach to give every student the best chance of success. We ask our young people to do their best and they are certainly giving it everything which is both encouraging and rewarding to see. The half term is a welcome break for these students to relax and prepare for the next phase of exams after the break. We wish them good luck.

We started the term celebrating the end of Ramadan with our Community Iftar which was ‘in person’ this year after two years of a virtual event. It was a powerful reminder of the importance of Ramadan to all muslims and the experience provided an opportunity for all those present to deepen their understanding and appreciation of what Ramadan represents. Fasting is a mental challenge which requires focus and commitment - I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and a cold glass of water at 8:32 had never tasted so good.

St Katherine’s School continues to celebrate and educate the diversity within our community and we celebrated Paul Stephenson’s birthday this term. Turning 85, Paul was unable to attend but we sent him our birthday wishes and used this celebration to educate our whole community on the important changes Paul’s work instigated in our world today. Student leaders shared the impact of his work during assemblies; reminding students of school values and how we each have a responsibility to live and breathe our values each day, to stand for the change we want to see in our world. The week reminded us that our diversity, coupled with our belief in equality, is what makes our community special both within the school and wider community.

Each term a tremendous amount of knowledge and skills are delivered to students through our curriculum and this remains our focus to ensure all students are accumulating deep knowledge and understanding whilst engaging and enjoying their experiences. Take a moment to read about this in our newsletter below with some highlights being the dance festival, two students completing Ten Tors and almost 80 students successfully completing their Bronze expedition. 

In the final week of term it was delightful to see our students in Year 7-10 performing at the CST Concert in Bristol Cathedral. Incredible performances from our wonderfully talented young people at St Katherine’s and across the trust. Trailblazers has been a huge success for Miss Adams, Head of Music and the students this year and we look forward to more students taking on the challenge of learning a musical instrument in years to come. Well done to all those involved.

We end the term on a more sombre note after the terrible events in Texas on Tuesday and our thoughts are with the community and families of Uvalde.

Wishing everyone a restful half term break.

Justin Humphreys, Headteacher

  Duke of Edinburgh volunteering  

There are four main sections of a Duke of Edinburgh programme; Volunteering, Physical, Skills, and Expedition. At Bronze level students spend 3-6 months on the volunteering section. St Katherine's students have been involved with litter picking, Brownies, sports coaching, helping out at a farm, working at a library, Girl Guides and a primary school among many other activities.

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Poppy Warner has volunteered at a local Rainbows group, part of the Girlguiding movement. Poppy's supervisor said "she has grown in confidence since she has been volunteering in the unit and made great progress. Poppy supported the Rainbows through activities as well as helping to plan, organise and carry out the activities. She assisted with the youngest girls, making sure they were safe and able to join in."

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Charlie Dexter has been helping the elderly as part of his volunteering section. "Charlie has really grown and developed his confidence during his volunteering. He has expressed to me how rewarding he has found helping the elderly and raising money for charity."

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Naomi Burr has been volunteering at church. Her supervisor described her as "an excellent volunteer. Naomi is very helpful, polite and courteous. She is a quick learner, a great asset to our team, nothing is too much trouble for her. Many customers have remarked how pleasant it is to be served by such a happy and polite person. It has been a real joy to work with her, her smile is infectious." 

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Oliver Hecker has volunteered at Pill Community Centre. He was described in glowing terms by his supervisor "Oliver was very friendly and easy to chat to. He is a very bright person who got on with everyone. He was willing to learn and enthusiastic about doing things for the benefit of others and was happy working with people of all age groups."

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Duke of Edinburgh expedition

Over the weekend of 21st May St Katherine's school students were out completing their Duke of Edinburgh expedition on the Mendip Hills. As part of the award, students must plan and complete a self-sufficient expedition over two days with one night of camping. The weekend started in glorious sunshine in Burrington Combe. Students then followed their route up and over Dolebury and Rowberrow Warren and then across to our campsite just outside of Sandford. Setting up camp in the glorious sunshine, the students cooked their own meal and rested themselves ready for the next day. Despite heavy rain overnight, the weather held as we packed up camp and headed out towards Cheddar gorge before finishing on the top of Beacon Batch. The weather changed very rapidly, demonstrating the need to be prepared for any situation! 

For many, this was the first experience of covering long distances and being entirely self-sufficient. Students showed remarkable resilience, were able to find smiles and laughter even when the going was tough. All students should be very, very proud of their efforts, not just this weekend but across the whole of the year, where many students have completed all three other sections of the award. 

Over 70 students were involved, including some students completing the practice for their Silver Award - they will be out on Exmoor after half term. The students represented themselves and the school incredibly well. 

A huge thank you is owed to all the staff who supported the expedition, either camping or manning checkpoints. Staff give up lots of family time to support the expeditions, and help them to run smoothly and I am very grateful for their help and time. 

If any year 9 students wish to continue progressing through the scheme - first step is to complete the Bronze sections they have been working on, before starting Silver next year! Year 8 will have the opportunity to start their Duke of Edinburgh Award next year, with more information coming out after half term.

Mr Hodgson, 

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North Somerset Dance Festival

What an absolute pleasure it was to be back at the NSSPEA dance festival this year after what feels like a very long hiatus! Hosted in the wonderful Playhouse Theatre, in Weston-Super-Mare, we were finally able to perform to a live audience once again. 

Year 12 students Hetty Cleaver, Daisy Money, India Syndenham and Isobel Taylor were an utter joy to watch. Their dance routines were slick, well rehearsed and poignant, marking the covid pandemic which has taken over us for the last two years (impacting their GCSE year) with their ‘Free Choice Dance’. A compilation of pop songs released during the pandemic from infamous TikToks to musical hits with Boris Johnson’s stay at home speech woven throughout. Audience members were heard talking about it during the interval and after the show saying how it ‘brought them back to that very moment’ and realising how far we have come. A very emotional moment indeed! This was followed by their themed dance routine ‘Night at the Movies’ with La La Land. A highly poetic and uplifting number. 

Hetty Cleaver was interviewed as one of the eldest performers there alongside the youngest child in year 2. When asked what advice she’d give to the younger participants she said "take good risks and enjoy all these opportunities that come your way". 

I am so proud of the girls and that all their hard work paid off. They have waited two years to be back performing and they certainly did not disappoint. 

Mrs Collins, Head of Performing Arts 

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Charity Week

This year our Charity Week supported Water is Life, an incredible charity that is working globally to end the water crisis. Water is Life estimates that one billion people globally do not have access to clean drinking water.

Students began their fundraising efforts last week but will support this charity for the forthcoming year and aim to sponsor a well. Students have learnt that the burden of finding water for a family often lands with children while their parents are caring for small children, working or farming. Children often undertake long journeys to collect water that is not guaranteed to be safe to drink. Travelling for hours every day precludes these children from accessing education and therefore impacts on communities to realise their hopes for the future. 

Students have been inspired by this film which brings home the challenges facing communities across the globe and reminds us of the incredible privilege we have to be able to access safe drinking water without a second thought. 

Students raised money through a "Row 4 Water" challenge, sweet and cake sales and a 'soak the teacher' spectacular. Funds from last week have yet to be counted, we'll share this news next term. 

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Paul Stephenson's Birthday celebrations

Paul Stephenson celebrated his 85th birthday on Friday 6th May.

The Stephenson House leadership team joined all house assemblies during the week to share Paul's story; the impact of Paul's actions upon society are huge and continue to resonate, the whole St Katherine's community reflected on this. 

On 6th May Mr Thomas and members of Stephenson House decorated the entrance to school with balloons and banners and put out a red carpet! Teachers read a passage from Paul's story during each lesson of the day, there was a Paul Stephenson themed treasure hunt as part of of the house competition "Fun Fix Friday" and a cake sale at lunch time.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Recently we observed Mental Heath Awareness Week in tutor time. The theme of this year's event was loneliness. While loneliness is not a mental health issue on its own, feelings of loneliness and isolation impact on our ability to connect with other people and ourselves. Students looked at ways they can improve their feelings of loneliness and support others. Please check this parents' guide to loneliness which contains tips to support young people and signposts sources of support.

Y13 student Thomas Williams was featured in the Xbox Ambassador Mental Health Month Blog. An Xbox Ambassador is a volunteer member of the Xbox console/PC community who acts towards promoting a positive community in inclusivity and general behaviour. Tom, who goes by the username "Chompazard" was selected for this opportunity out of the thousands of people who wrote articles for the blog. 


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  Sixth Form Update  

A short, sharp update from me this term. Exam season is in full flow and our Year 13 students are equipping themselves fantastically well for the first wave. It’s important to remember that these students did not sit any GCSE exams, all of which adds to the tension and sense of the unknown as they approach these all-important assessments. But I’m thrilled to say that things are going well, and with the half-term break to prepare for the second wave of exams, let’s hope students have the time and space to sustain these levels. 

A highlight of the year is always the interview process for head students, and this year was no exception. The standard of application and interview was remarkable, and Mrs Weatherson, Mr Humpheys and I were blown away. We are thrilled to announce that Jessica Stanley and Hetty Cleaver will be our Head Students for the 22/23 academic year, with Evie Harris and Daisy Money acting as their more than willing and capable deputies. We look forward to interviewing our incoming Year 12 students for deputy roles in September. 

Their first action was to set up a ‘Soak the Teacher’ event - thanks for that - which means standing under steel-grey clouds while an increasingly lively and enthusiastic group of students threw water balloons at us. Somehow I got roped into doing both first AND second lunch. Again - thanks for that, Head Students. Next year is going to be a lot of fun. They raised over £120 for charity - a really exceptional achievement. 

So we encourage all students to enjoy some time with family and friends over the half term break, but also to maintain focus on their studies: Year 13 exams will pick up speed, and Year 12 mocks take place at the beginning of July. And don’t forget: the Year 13 Leavers’ Day and Party is on July 1st, with Step into Sixth Form Day for Year 11 students on July 4th, so an action-packed term ahead. 

Take care. 

Mr Davies, Head of Sixth Form

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Ten Tors Challenge

At the beginning of May Zach Brennan and Christopher Rogers (both 9P1) took part in the two day 35 mile Ten Tors Challenge as part of a team of six from Kilkenny Explorer Scouts. 399 teams started the challenge, organised by the Army to give young people aged 14-19 an outdoor activities experience. The event is now in its 60th year and coincides with the 70th year of Dartmoor's designation as the UK's first National Park. 

Depending on their age, teams compete to walk unsupported either 35, 45 or 55 miles over two days (wild camping overnight). The Challenge takes place on Dartmoor, a very hilly National Park with massive outcrops of granite on top of hills (known as Tors).

Zach and Christopher successfully finished the Challenge having walked 35km on day one and a further 27km on day two - actually a total distance of 38.5 miles! Having left at 7am on Saturday morning the team crossed the finish line at 3.33pm on Sunday - tired but very elated.

This is a great achievement for any young person - huge congratulations to Zach and Christopher - we're in awe and very proud of you!


Stephen Lawrence Day

Stephen Lawrence day fell during the school Easter holidays this year so at St Katherine's it was marked in the first week of term. During tutor time students looked at the life and death of Stephen Lawrence and were encouraged to embrace the theme of this year's Stephen Lawrence Day which is 'live your best life'.

Students reflected on how they can use the opportunities that school gives them to live their best life and to challenge themselves. Additionally they have been encouraged to make a positive change in their communities and be inclusive, tolerant and understand that their life matters. 

Some of the themes that we talk about each year on Stephen Lawrence Day may be upsetting, we have therefore signposted sources of support available to students who have experienced racism or feel marginalised. These include the following support services and agencies:


CST Community Iftar

St Katherine's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion leaders Yaser Issa, Rama Kabia, Mo Warsame, Adil Mahamood and Safa Culusow were warmly welcomed at the CST Community Iftar in April when they shared their thoughts on the theme of charity. Inspired by the evening and having learned that some children in Somalia have to walk as far as twenty miles to access fresh water, they asked for the school Charity Week to raise funds to build a well in Somalia. 

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Congratulations Eleana!

We're all very proud of Eleana Antonio, 7T, who has had some art work accepted to the Royal Academy's young artists summer exhibition. Her work will be part of an online exhibition and has been chosen from thousands of entrants. - Well done Eleana!


Hegarty maths champions

Hegarty Maths is used as our homework platform, but it also provides students with access to a wide range of skills to practise by themselves. The St Katherine's maths team would like to say a huge congratulations to our students for their outstanding effort and commitment to their independent study. 

These students have completed the most skills on Hegarty to a high standard (scoring over 70%). We are incredibly proud to have such a large group of St Katherine's students represented in the top 20 from across our trust. 

Top 3 students: 

  • Emily Want Yr 11 - 170 skills
  • Danielle Cameron Yr 11 - 132 skills
  • Ruby Walsh Yr 11 - 119 skills

Remaining top 20 students in order: 

Sabira Caraye, Hafsa Maxamoud, Yusra Ahmed, Ikran Issa, Matthew Brennan, Archie Lowe, Michael Sirrell, Victoria Karczewska, Cameron Mclean, Emily Sell, Victoria Reid, Maida Warsame and Joe Crawford.


Shout Out Drama project for CST

Five Key Stage 3 pupils are taking part in an exciting drama project for children attending schools in the Cathedral Schools Trust during Terms 5 and 6. Hannah Ball, a highly experienced drama facilitator, from Shout Out Drama is leading the project. Our Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), Sian Howe, will be accompanying the pupils from St Katherine's on Thursday mornings to Trinity School.

The project is aimed at students who are showing signs of disengagement in school and may have an interest in drama. The aims of the project are to facilitate relationship building and to build resilience, communication and social skills through drama.

The six week intervention will culminate in a performance at Trinity School. Students from Trinity, St Katherine’s and Bristol Cathedral Choir School are taking part.

  News from the Library Resource Centre  
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Accelerated Reader - celebrating success

Huge congratulations to our term 5 reading millionaires: Finley Pemberton (7P1), Isabell Britton (7P2), Freya Bowers (7Y1), Eleana Antonio (7T), Leah Matthews (7S) Aya Gambrell (7P2) and Poppy Butler-Wheatcroft (8S1).

So far this year we have 14 millionaires in Y7, and 11 in Y8 - brilliant!

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Carnegie Book Award shadowing group.

Tension is building as we get closer to the winning announcement day next term. Some firm favourites seem to be emerging, and we can't wait to hear which books are the overall winners.

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This graphic novel series has always been popular, but since coming onto Netflix recently, interest in the books has sky-rocketed!  If you'd like to read this fantastic series, just place your reservation with the Library (you may have to wait patiently for a short while though!)

Managing your library account

Following a few technical changes to the Library system, it is now possible for all our students to manage their own school Library account online.  This means all our students can check which titles they currently have on loan, renew them if they need more time, browse through the Library catalogue and reserve titles they like the look of.  Students in years 7, 8 & 9 will have a demonstration in their normal library lesson.  Older students just need to pop into the LRC for a quick demo!

  Headteacher commendations for term 5  

Key Stage 3

Year 7: Seb Hutchins-Davies, Rhia Black, Finley Pemberton, Finley Pemberton, Isabell Britton, Freya Bowers, Eleana Antonio, Aya Gambrell and Leah Matthews.

Year 8: Ashton Taylor, Alexa Barnard and Poppy Butler-Wheatcroft.

Year 9: George Rodman, Jack Worgan and George Wilkinson.



Key Stage 4 and 5

Year 10: Charlie Topp, Jacob Lambert, Alex James, Sam Peacock, Isaac Bowers and Sienna Di Nardo.

Year 11: Elyssia Douglas, Hannah Packer, Tacie-Ann Francis, Alex Evers, Louis Gaskell, Nadia Namulondo and Amrit Gill.

Sixth Form: Grace Newby, Molly Jackson, Michael Schlaepfer and Rosie Giles.



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  House Championship  

The House Championship is hotting up and Stephenson's early and convincing lead has been slashed to just 39 points due to an incredible effort from Yousafzai House who won this term's ethos competition which focussed on attendance. Turing has narrowed the gap too and suddenly with one term to go, the inevitability of a Stephenson win seems less certain. All four Heads of House are determined that their house will be victorious this year and are planning hard for the big events in term 6 that include sports day - the first time this will be a live event for some time. We can't wait to see how this one ends and who will be crowned House Champions 2022 is anyone's guess!

Mrs Crocker, Assistant Headteacher

  Pankhurst House Update  

It’s never nice to be bottom of the House Championship but this is where we find ourselves and it is likely that this is where we will stay, given the short amount of time available to change things. We have to accept that we haven’t reached the targets we set ourselves at the start of the year and that we need to raise our standards to achieve the success that we want. 

That said, we are looking forward to all of the sporting events that we can compete in next term and we have set ourselves the challenge of winning next term's ethos competition to finish the year on a good note. I hope the other houses are ready for the challenge because we’re not done yet!

With the exception of our place in the House Championship there have been some lovely things to celebrate this term.

The following students all gained over 100 praise points: Isabell Britton, Ben Anderson, Musab Warsame, Mavis Tsang, Isaac Gambrell, Faith Edwards, Joseph Gigg, Ryan Rice, Emily Sell, Jessica Britton, Aya Gambrell and Seb Hutchins-Davies. Well done to them! It is especially nice to see some sibling rivalry here. It’s also important to say that Isaac, Faith, Joe, Ryan, Emily, Jess, Aya and Seb are in the top ten praise earners in the school this term, long may this continue!

The tutor group of the term for Pankhurst this term was 9P2 as they have best embodied the house values of Pride and Perseverance over the last 5 weeks. They have shown a real desire to reach the targets set for them and have made the most improvement on last term. Well done Mr Hake and 9P2! Our year 7 students deserve a special mention for their contribution to charity week, especially those that baked such lovely cakes! I was less enamored by those students who seemed determined to ruin my (Pankhurst) green suede shoes in the soak the teacher event, thankfully no lasting harm was done and a lesson has been learned - don’t wear nice things when children are throwing water balloons at you! Also, Stephenson’s House Leaders made a guest appearance in our assembly and it was a privilege to hear them talk about Paul Stephenson in celebration of his birthday. We are looking forward to our celebration of Pankhurst’s birthday in July, when we can return the favour. 

Finally we have appointed two new house leaders from year 10 - Noah Salkas and Maida Warsame. I’m really looking forward to working with them both and hope that they will be lifting the House Championship cup with me in 2023.

Mr Murdoch, Head of Pankhurst House

  Stephenson House Update  

Despite it being a relatively short term there has been plenty going on in Stephenson House. The opportunity to celebrate Paul Stephenson’s birthday was a privilege and it was really nice to share his story with students and staff across the school through assemblies and readings in lesson time. The balloons, banners and music created a lovely atmosphere and a great way to start the day. It is important we remember and celebrate his work and our RED values of Respect, Equality and Determination is a reflection of his impact on society today. I would like to thank the student leadership team for organising a superb celebration day and sharing Paul’s message.

It was also lovely to spend some time interviewing students for the new house leader positions for Stephenson House. The pride, passion and enthusiasm came through in these interviews and I was amazed at how they wanted to make a difference to not only Stephenson House but the whole school community. We welcome new house leaders Charlie Topp and Sophia Harper and look forward to seeing them flourish in their new role from term 6. I would also like to thank Jonathan and Danielle who have been brilliant house leaders and incredible role models for our house. We wish them well with their exams as for all of our year 11 students and look forward to hearing about their journey into post 16.

The ethos competition this term has been about attendance and I have discussed the importance of being in school everyday and making the most of your education. I was really proud to say that 55  students had 100% attendance this term and they were entered into a prize draw in assembly for their efforts. Despite this we finished third in the competition behind Yousafzai and Turing so a big well done to them!

Students with 100% attendance:

Sam Andrews, Oliver Belcher, Samuel Belcher, Maisie Bobby, Sam Bohin, Harry Brown, Yasmin Browne, Noah Bulmer, Otis Burnett, Katie Buschenfeld, Aaron Calder, Arthur Cleaver, Joe Crawford, Chloe Elliott, Zachary Garbutt, Vaness Gerbenes, Daniel Grace, Jacob Hanks-McMorrow, Tobias Hanks-McMorrow, Theo Harper, Daniel Hawkes, Reuben Hawkesby, Oliver Hecker, Alfie Hirst, Oliver Hoydan, Felix Huertas, Joel Kambu, Kai Keeley, Tyler Kingscott, Abi Lebo, Daisy Lewis, Filip Maciol, Alicia Majzel, Joshua Malonda-Kambu, Jett Marlow, Hugo Mildmay-Marie, Bethany Niemczyk, Havey Niemczyk, Jack Palmer-Givan, Samuel Peacock, Daniel Pearson, Vesper Peate, Kieran Phillips, Ezekiel Pinkney, Victoria Reid, Filipe Rodrigues-Costa, George Skeates, Imeiro Smith, Zoltan Szekely, Maisie Thorn, Charlie Topp, Oscar Topp, Sekvan Tuncel, Pearl Westerberg and Phoebe Woolnough.

It is always a lovely way to end the term in celebrating student success and this has definitely been the case this term. 7S are the tutor group of the term having the best behaviour ratio and this is a testament to the way in which they have conducted themselves in their first year in the house. Charlie Topp 10S1 (new house leader) has the highest praises for this term with Joseph Crawford (10S) and Ari Westerberg (8S1) not far behind. The greatest achievement is in the top praises for the whole year where Victoria Karczewska (10S) has the highest praises so far with an amazing 920. Stephenson also has a further four students in the top 10 who are Ari Westerberg, Felix Heurtas, Evelyn Stayley and Ellie Baker. We look forward to seeing how they do at the end of the academic year but they certainly represent our RED values!

Highest Praises Term 5:

  • Charlie Topp (10S1) - 117 praises
  • Joe Crwaford (10S1) - 98 praises
  • Ari Westerberg (8S1) - 98 praises
  • Evelyn Staley (8S2) - 98 praises
  • Felix Huertas (8S1) - 93 praises
  • Eleanor Baker (10S1) - 92 praises
  • Tehreem Ahmad (10S1) 91 praises
  • Milly Marlow (10S1) 87 praises
  • Alfie Hirst (8S1) 86 praises

The house championship is certainly going to the wire and Yousafzai has closed the gap to make it an entertaining last term. I have always said it is a marathon and not a sprint and the excitement around the house championship is certainly hotting up as we reach its end. Stephenson still leads the way (just) in both the house championship and sports championship and we are determined to be the best versions of ourselves and hopefully bring home the trophies!!!

I would like to thank parents/carers for your support this academic year and wish you and your families a welcomed break over the May half term. 

Mr Thomas, Head of Stephenson House

  Turing House Update  

Although short in length, Term 5 has been a really busy and important period in the school life of Turing students.

For our hard-working Year 11 students, this will be the first set of formal external examinations at St Katherine’s for three years. These students have worked so hard to prepare themselves, through the challenges of periods of isolation and home learning, coupled with initially starting their examination subjects during a turbulent Covid year. The examination season has seen these students make the final push with revision and then the application of their knowledge in examination conditions. I am looking forward to joining them, along with the tutor team, when they celebrate their five years at St Katherine’s at the Y11 Celebration Day and Prom.

The support provided by the Tutor Team for Y11 (and the rest of their tutor group members) is a constant reminder to me of the staff’s dedication and motivation to help students perform to the best of their abilities.

I would also like to thank our incredible House Leaders Maida Mohamed and Tacie-Ann Francis. They have both been exceptional role models and an inspiration to the younger House members. These students have clearly paved the way for our newly appointed House Leaders for Term 6 and 2022-2023. Congratulations and good luck to Teagan Davidson (10T2) and Hope Roberts (10T1). 

Term 5 has seen all Turing students being involved in Charity Week, with a large  number of students across Turing House taking an active role in participation and fund-raising. Turing House had the highest number of participants in fund-raising activities. Something I am really very proud of, congratulations to all of you who got involved. This year the school’s chosen charity was the “Water is Life Project”, which funds water projects that change people’s lives by unlocking the potential of an entire community.

The Charity Week activities included: 

  • The ‘Row 4 Water Challenge’, was a whole school challenge, to see how many miles the school could row over two lunch periods. It was so fantastic to see so many Turing students involved during each lunch break. A special mention goes to Hope Roberts, Hector Mackenzie- Andrieux, Tom Stancliffe,  George Wilkinson, Ohemaa Gyimah-Sarpong, Oscar Thomas, Noah Roberts, William Juchau-Nash, Lola Bevan-Petrucco, Cerys Voisey, who all helped to amass the amazing total of 68 miles. More Turing House students took part in this event, than all of the other houses combined. 
  • Soak The Teacher - (Foolishly, I showed true dedication to the amazing cause and volunteered to be soaked in the name of charity). 
  • Sweetie Sale - (Sweets provided by staff and sold to Y7 and Y8 students) 
  • Charity Cake Sale

I am also very proud of the successes earned by Turing House members competing in the House Championship. We must remember that there is only one term left to improve upon our current standing of third place, it is really important that all students in Turing House unite together and we have full representation in all house competitions in Term 6. 

It really is the case that it is “all to play for” with the Behaviour Ratio earning double points, a series of Fun-Fix Fridays and the summer sports competitions of inter-house rounders and softball, plus the spectacle of sports day. I am sure that house members can dig deep and rise to the challenge, keeping our house motto in mind: ‘The strength of the team is each individual member, the strength of each member is the team.’ Let’s demonstrate our three core values of ‘unity’, ‘determination’ and ‘acceptance’ in all that we do and finish the year 2022 House Champions.

The Highest Praise earners in each Turing tutor group, as well as the current highest praise earner since the start of the academic year are highlighted below. Congratulations to you all and keep up the good work!

  • 7T: Emily James (Term 5) and Eleana Antonio (Year to date)
  • 8T1: Joe Freeston (Term 5) and Marcus Perry (Year to date)
  • 8T2: Luke James (Term 5) and Luke James (Year to date)
  • 9T: Oscar Caton (Term 5) and Oscar Caton (Year to date)
  • 10T1: Lucy Holloway (Term 5) and Billy Stringer (Year to date)
  • 10T2: Winnie Fey (Term 5) and Winnie Fey (Year to date)
  • 11T: Amrit Gill (Term 5) and Ysura Ahmed (Year to date)

 The “Magnificent Turings of the Term” are celebrated below, well done to all of you, it is a clear demonstration of your commitment to both the house and wider school community. Their attitude and behaviour are an example to all students at St Katherine’s. Congratulations and well done to all those nominated by their tutor! 

  • 7T: Emily James - "For always consistently working hard, being kind and helpful, and having the highest number of praise points this term as well as no negatives."
  • 8T1: Joe Freeston - "Joe is a model student in our tutor group and always shows enthusiasm towards any house sport competition. He is the highest praise earner in 8T1 this term due to consistently working hard in all his subjects and showing respect to all members of our community."
  • 8T2: Luke James - "Highest praise earner"
  • 9T: Bess Stevens - "One of the highest praise earners in the class, got involved with Charity Week and generally has a very positive attitude."
  • 10T1: Hector Mackenzie-Andrieux - "Hector has shown resilience this term by continuing to contribute in lessons and participate in charity rowing. Hector is an outgoing and positive member of the tutor group and is always willing to help others."
  • 10T2: Jake Packham - "I am really enjoying watching Jake grow in confidence and seeing him using all of his skills, qualities and attributes to have such a positive impact on the local community both in and out of school. I'm really proud of the progress he has made since starting in Year 7 and am really looking forward to seeing him continue this for the rest of his time at St Katherine's."
  • 11T: Maida Mohamed - "Maida's affection for her peers, coupled with her determination to achieve, has consistently encapsulated the values of Turing House. She has been a superb house leader and has become well respected by staff and students alike."

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very happy holiday and hope that the end of May brings some sunshine to your activities, rather than the rainy experiences of the past few days.

Mrs Price, Head of Turing House

  Yousafzai House Update  

Yousafzai have worked incredibly hard this term making progress in the house championship and we maintain a steady second position with Stephenson now well within our grasp…it’s all to play for next term for first place. 

Similarly to last term, Yousafzai won the house ethos competition winning 200 points. The house ethos competition this term was for having the best attendance. As a house we strive to have the reputation of best attendance and best behaviour as this shows our character and that we are aiming to be the best versions of ourselves. Next term, the ethos competition is praise:negative ratio and so this will be our focus next term! 

7Y1 have maintained their title of best tutor group - keeping the elephant for the term and for having the best attendance and behaviour - a massive well done!! 

We finished the term with our celebration of achievement assembly. We always celebrate two individuals from each tutor group who have had an exceptional term. These for Yousafzai House are: 

  • 7Y1 - Stanley Matthews and Ted Owers
  • 7Y2  - Sophia Toto and Poppy Sheean-Batchelor
  • 8Y  - Alice White and Erinnin Mclean
  • 9Y1 - Dulcie Donnelly and Cameron Mclean
  • 9Y2 - Tom Smart and Poppy Warner
  • 10Y - Ethan Baker and Oscar Foerster
  • 11Y1 - Sadie Harvey and Daud Ismail
  • 11Y2 - Eliza Shilton-Smith and Kenzie Findlay

This term, Yousafzai house have welcomed the two new house leaders. I am thrilled to announce that Sienna Mccleary and Leah Wardingley are the new house leaders for Yousafzai House. Two brilliant individuals who show huge enthusiasm and passion for the house. I am so excited to work with them for the next year and see Yousafzai grow from strength to strength. This means that our current year 11 house leaders, Will Stratton and Amani Islam are stepping down to focus on their GCSEs for the rest of the year. I am so grateful to them both - they have been a brilliant support to me and have led Yousafzai exceptionally well. They have grown in skills and confidence, with regularly speaking and addressing their peers in assembly. We wish them all the best and are so grateful for all the hard work and effort they have shown to Yousazai this year. 

Lots of our students got involved in charity week. It was a really good week - full of fun and there was a real buzz around the school! Students soaked teachers with water balloons but I was so impressed with Yousafzai house and their contribution to the cake sale. It was amazing to see so many students come together, from across year groups, with their baked goods, working together to raise money for Water is Life. Thank you to all who contributed. 

I cannot believe that there is only one more term left! We will say goodbye to year 11 halfway through next term - they are an exceptional year group and we will miss them hugely. I hope all have a restful half term and all Yousafzai students come back ready to claim that house cup! Thank you to all parents and carers for your ongoing support to Yousafzai house and to your children’s education. 

Miss Andrews, Head of Yousafzai House

  PE and Sport News  
  • We started this term with the Level 3 West of England Sportshall Athletics Finals. Amazingly, all four of our Year 7 and 8 teams qualified for the finals after their performances at North Somerset events and so found themselves up against the best that Bristol, BANES and South Gloucestershire had to offer. The competition was brilliant and our students represented themselves and the school superbly. The record breaking continues in the athletics events as three of our four teams were crowned West of England Champions with the other putting in a really gritty display to finish in the top half of the competition. Well done to all of the athletes involved!
  • We've also been busy leading this term with Year 10 and Year 8 in action at the West of England Sportshall Athletics Finals, Year 3 and 4 Cross Country event and the Avon Schools Sportshall Athletics Championships. We have so many talented young leaders and it's great to see them giving so much back to the local community as well as improving the sporting experiences and opportunities for so many young people. 
  • Fixtures have continued despite the shorter term. The Year 7 girls attended their first school hockey tournament, the U13 boys have been busy on the basketball court, the Year 10 girls attended the Celebration of Sport rugby event, the Year 8 girls kicked off the rounders season and the U15 boys were embroiled in the closest of basketball contests with just a single point deciding the final result!
  • Cricket has been going great guns at St Katherine's with all of our teams in action this term. Our U13 and U15 girls have both qualified for the County Finals in the outdoor competition after two brilliant performances against local opposition down at WSM cricket club. In the Somerset Cup, our U15 boys won their preliminary round match and were beaten by the weather and opposition down at King's College in the next round - what a fantastic experience to go and play at a top independent school with a great cricketing reputation that can boast former pupils such as Jos Buttler! The U13 boys are still in the Somerset Cup after a great first round win with some special performances. We look forward to seeing the U13 girls, U13 boys and U15 girls continue in their cup competitions after the break.
  • Perhaps the biggest highlight of the term was with our athletics teams at the first round of the English Schools Cup. The inter boys and junior boys were both crowned winners of their event and will progress to the Regional Finals down in Exeter next month. The junior girls posted a seriously good points total in their competition too and we're hopeful they will also qualify - at the time of writing, we're expecting the results any time now!
  • The standard of athletic performances has been so high at the start of the term and we've seen records tumbling with some special individual performances. Well done to all of the students who have managed to get their name on a milestone for an athletic performance. Records are always there to be broken but the standard of recent performances has really raised the bar for all of our students.
  • As always, there will be lots more detail in the PE newsletter as well as a sneak peak at an exciting looking final school term of the year - culminating in the house sport competition and Sports Week which includes Sports Day.

Mr Cook, Head of PE

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We need examinations invigilators during exam seasons (including 'mocks') through the year. Hours are flexible between 8 am and 4 pm and can vary according to your availability and the examinations timetable. 

Contract: Casual, required as soon as possible

Further information about the school, the post and how to apply can be found on the school website.

To apply for this role please go to: Exam Invigilator

St Katherine’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The post is subject to DBS Barred list and Enhanced Disclosure checks.

Closing Date:  Midnight 6 June 2022.

  Term 6 dates for your diary  
  • 6 June: Students in school for Term 6
  • 9 & 10 June: Year 9 trip to Folly Farm Wildlife Trust
  • 14 June: Coffee with the Headteacher, 15.00-16.00
  • 16 June: Year 9 Meningitis ACWY and DtP vaccinations
  • 23 June: Year 11 final exam
  • 24 June: INSET DAY - School closed to students
  • 25 June: Adventure Training Club surfing trip to Westward Ho!
  • 29 June: Exam contingency day
  • 1 July: Year 13 Leavers' Party, 19.00-22.00
  • 04 July: Step in Sixth Form Day for current Y11 students
  • 7 July: Year 11 Leavers' Day and prom
  • 11 July: Year 10 Geography trip to Middle Hope Beach 
  • 13 July: Year 10 Geography trip to Bristol Harbourside
  • 21 July: END OF TERM 6 - Early finish, buses leave 13.25
  Keep in touch  

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