Newcastle University Presentation – Wednesday 15 February 2017

Some of our Year 10 students have been attending an aspirational presentation and series of workshops delivered by representatives from Newcastle University.

ICAEW’s BASE National Business and Accounting competition

Mrs Herring will be taking a group of sixth form students to the ICAEW’s BASE National Business and Accounting competition. This will take place at Carlisle College on Wednesday 15 February 2017.  Good luck to all involved!

Sky Sports Living for Sport Initiative

Newman students welcomed former Olympic, World Championship and Commonwealth Games swimmer, Chris Cook, to school last week.  Chris is partnered with Newman as an athlete mentor in the Sky Sports Living for Sport initiative which focuses on sports leadership, building students’ confidence and developing valuable life skills.

This is Chris’ second visit to Newman and, as well as sharing his own inspirational story, Chris worked with a group of students who are in Year 9.

Students attending PE After School Extra-curricular Clubs

Please can we ask all students who are being collected from an after school club to be picked up from the sports hall car park at Harraby Sports Complex.  After school clubs will usually finish at 4.15 pm unless students have been advised differently.  Thank you.  Mr Irving, Head of PE.

Year 9 Guided Choices Evening

Year 9s are now thinking about the next stage in their secondary education and are busy considering their choices for GCSE.  Option booklets will be available and there will be a guided choices evening for students and parents to attend on Thursday 9 February, when staff can assist with these important choices.  Please click here for more information.

Creative Writing Workshop

Mrs Kim took a group of Year 11 students to a creative writing workshop event at Trinity School on Wednesday 1 February 2017.  This event was organised by Carlisle Secondary Schools in collaboration with the Borderline Book Festival.

Healthcare and Blue Light Careers Event

Students from Years 11, 12 & 13 attended the above event on Thursday 2 February at Austin Friars School .  It gave the students an opportunity to meet with staff working in healthcare and blue light services professions. Please click here for more information.

The County School’s Badminton Finals

The County Finals for School’s Badminton took place this week, with Newman being proudly represented by a KS3 boys and a KS4 girls team. The boys team faced tough competition from QUEGS and QES to finish third overall. The bronze medal was a fantastic achievement, ranking them with the best in the county.  The KS4 girls on the other hand proved themselves to be the best the county had to offer, fighting off all competition to finish top of their age group. This fantastic achievement means they will be heading to Manchester to represent Cumbria in a few weeks’ time.

Year 11 Prom

The year 11 Prom is on Thursday 6 July 2017 at the Crown and Mitre Hotel please click here for more information or contact Mr S Forrester, Head of Year 11.

Year 10 History Revision Classes

The History Department are running revision sessions on a Tuesday lunchtime which start on 31 January 2017.  Letters have been sent home to parents.  A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

Composition Workshop – Friday 13 January 2017

Students from years 8, 9,10 & 11 have been taking part in a Composition workshop with the Manchester Camerata and will be given the opportunity to sign up for the Cumbrian Calling project. The next workshop is on the 29 January at Trinity School.

Online Safety

Are you worried about keeping your child safe online? There are many dangers when young people use social media and it is important to be able to monitor their use. The NSPCC have produced a website to offer advice to parents.

As part of our programme of study we are also revisiting the need to stay safe online following the release by Leicestershire police of the video about the Kayleigh Hardwood murder after she met someone she had been messaging online for two weeks. It is important for parents to remain vigilant and to monitor ICT use at home. More advice can be found at

Extra Literacy Support

Would your child like more support with reading and spelling? We are currently running a voluntary online programme to offer support to students who would like to boost their reading and spelling age. More details can be found below.

IDL information

Dates for your diaries January 2017

Dates for your diaries in January –

12 January – Year 9 parents’ evening 4.30 pm

19 January – Year 11 next steps day and sixth form open evening 4 pm – 6.30 pm

26 January – Year 8 parents’ evening 4.30 pm

Annual Awards Evening – Wednesday 14 December 2016

We were delighted with the turnout at the annual awards evening at Carlisle Cathedral.  Students from years 7-11 were awarded for effort and attainment and our Year 11, 12 and 13 leavers returned to collect their GCSE and A-level certificates.  There was wonderful singing from our school choir and the Headteachers’ award was presented to Jordan Hall in Year 11.

Sixth Form Visit to the National Media Museum

A group of sixth form students set off for Bradford and the National Media Museum, home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance – photography, cinematography, TV and new media.  The visit, organised by Mrs Kim and Mrs Delbourgo, allowed the students to gain first-hand experience of film making techniques and the current trend in media.  It also helped them to gain a better understanding of the British film industry; they will use the experience in their own creative projects and exams.

Psychology Visit – University of Cumbria

The sixth form psychology students, accompanied by Mrs Hoskins, visited the psychology department at the University of Cumbria this week. The students attended a talk led by Dr Elizabeth Bates, Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology, attended a lecture on cognitive and biological psychology and a research methods mini lecture covering case studies.  They also took part in mini experiments using the observation suite and ended the session with a careers talk and information about studying psychology at the University of Cumbria.

School Transport Update

The Reays School Bus (No.7) will now start its morning route from The Green, Wetheral at 8.22 am and drop off at the same point on the return journey home.