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End of School Arrangements

Last day of term is Thursday 20 July and students will leave school at 12.15 pm after an early lunch.  School buses will be here at 12.15 pm to collect students who require transport.  School re-opens for all students on Monday 4 September 2017 at 8.50 am.

Please click here for the School Bus Timetable Sept 2017

Spelling Bee Competition

Congratulations to the following students who have won the 2017 Newman Catholic School Spelling Bee Competition:  1st place has been awarded to Maddie Wildridge 8JRO, 2nd to Marnie Fuller 7JAC and 3rd to Kelsey Gillespie 7JAC.

Year 7 Jump for Rope British Heart Foundation Fundraising

On Monday 19 July the Year 7’s took part in a charity fundraising event taking part in a number of different skipping challenges/activities.  The school received free skipping ropes from the BHF as a way of encouraging young people to participate in regular physical activity.  Please can all money raised be returned to Student Services no later than Wednesday 19 July in a sealed envelope with the students name and completed sponsor form.

Annual Sports Awards Evening

On 13th July the school held its annual Sports Awards evening at Creighton Rugby Club.  It was great to see more than 130 students attending to celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams and to also recognise the commitment students have shown to PE and School Sport.  Students were awarded trophies for commitment to school sport, leadership, most improved, best all round performer and outstanding performance.  In addition to this, there were awards given out for achievement in GCSE PE and outstanding contribution to school sport.  Congratulations to all those who attended, it was a very enjoyable evening.

Sports Day

Well done to all the students who took part in Sports Day 2017.  Across two days students from years 7-10 competed in a football, netball, badminton and athletics competitions to score points for their form group.  The winning form groups were 7HKE, 8JRO, 9MKI and 10CMC.  A huge thanks also to the team of Year 11 volunteers who helped out over the two days to officiate the competition, helping to make it a success.

Year 10 Preparing for Employment Day

On Wednesday 5 July, Year 10 spent the day learning about employment related skills.  They attended sessions on interview techniques; writing cvs and application forms; applying for apprenticeships or university and they took part in a mock interview with an employer.  Stevie Sharp from Northern Gas Networks came into school this week to present Niamh Beattie and Lewis Blythe with a congratulations letter and £30 Pizza Hut voucher for the best Personal Statement and CV Writing.  Congratulations to both students.

Year 7 Science Project

Mrs Nichol has been running a science project with her Year 7 group. Since half term they have cared for 30 caterpillars on their journey through metamorphism into a butterfly.   The students released the colourful butterflies on 30 June.   The project has been great fun, but also a wonderful insight into the life cycle of a butterfly.

Head Boy/Girl Applications 2017-18

Congratulations to Marek Wegrzynowski on his appointment of Head Boy and Simone Soars and Lauren Hewitt on their dual role as Head Girls.

Year 7 & 8 Track and Field Athletics Competition – Caldew School

Congratulations to all the students who competed on Wednesday 21 June.  Many of our students came away having achieved personal bests in their event.  The following Year 7 students have now qualified to represent the Carlisle District at the Cumbria Track and Field Competition taking place on Wednesday 28 June 2017.

Ella Stalker – 100m, Ashley Akpan – Discus & Igor Sznip – Long Jump.

Inter Counties Track and Field Athletics Competition

Congratulations to Holly Little and Max Kelly (year 9) who both competed at the Inter Counties Track and Field Athletics competition at Hexham on Sunday 17 June.  They were competing against the most talented athletes from Northumberland, Durham, Cleveland and Cumbria and they performed extremely well.

Holly Little finished in 5th place in the shot put with a best throw of 8 m 80 cm and Max Kelly achieved the 4th fastest time in the 200 metres with a new PB of 24.87 seconds.

Win £5,000 for your school library! National Book Token Free To Enter Competition:

Enter to win £5,000 of National Book Tokens for your school – enough to buy hundreds of new books for the library.  And just in case that warm, fuzzy feeling isn’t enough, you’ll also get £100 of National Book Tokens to spend on yourself!

Accepted in thousands of bookshops and online, National Book Tokens are the perfect way to reward, encourage literacy and inspire a love of books.  The winners of last year’s prize – Camperdown Primary School in Dundee – transformed their library and filled their bookshelves with new books.

Will it be your school’s turn this year? We would absolutely love for a school in Cumbria to win this fabulous prize – so as an added incentive – if you win and spend your tokens with Hills Books – we will increase the value to a massive £7000!  Why not share the link with all the staff and parents – the more nominations you get the more chances to win!

To nominate Newman Catholic School to win, just click the link below.

Please nominate us! Thank you!


Salters’ Festival of Chemistry

Mrs Orton took a group of year 7 students to the Department of Chemistry at Lancaster University to take part in the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry.  The students spent the day in the laboratory, on two experimental challenges with prizes awarded to the winning teams in each challenge.

Chelsea’s Choice – Alter Ego Theatre Company

Our year 9 students have attended a performance of AlterEgo theatre company’s Chelsea’s Choice in conjunction with Cumbria Constabulary. The students gained an understanding of the devastating impact that exploitation can have on a young person’s life.  It has hopefully raised their awareness of the issues relating to exploitation, giving them some skills and knowledge to be able to protect themselves from this form of abuse.

Nestle Factory Visit

A group of students from across the year groups visited the Nestle factory in Dalston on Wednesday 17 May.  The visit included a tour of the factory and activities based around designing a new product. This was a wonderful opportunity to engage with an international employer and the visit led to the students being better informed about careers in the fields of science, engineering, technology, manufacturing and business.

Metro Radio Visit

On Tuesday 16 May a group of creative students set off to the studios of Newcastle’s Metro Radio to record an advert which they had created in school with the help from staff at CFM Radio.  Their advert will be broadcast on CFM in June to promote our Year 5 open evening.

Lucky students’ visit the West End

A group of staff and students enjoyed the winning trip to see `Wicked’ at the Apollo Victoria theatre, courtesy of WST School Travel.  They even got a chance to take in some of the sights on what was a beautiful evening, whilst walking to the restaurant near Leicester Square.

Key Stage 3 – Dance Workshop

Kelly McClelland from Eden Dance was in school on Wednesday  delivering an introduction to high quality dance training to some of our year 7,8, & 9 students.

Year 10 Discovery Day

A group of year 10 students have been taking part in a health discovery day at the University of Cumbria.  The day has been based around a real life case study with students participating in interactive sessions in radiography, nursing and rehabilitation.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award

Congratulations to the students who successfully completed the practice expedition on Lake Ullswater over the weekend.


Microsoft Office Specialists

Congratulations to six of our year 11 students, Lucy Nugent, Jordan Hall, Olivia Harris, Kelsey Jessamine, Anna Armstromg and Natasha McClafferty who have successfully become Microsoft Office specialists after passing their online exams.  The students have made excellent progress with this qualification which will also contribute to their final GCSE grade.  In year 10 Charlotte Emmerson has already passed 2 of the modules with a superb score, which now puts her in with a chance of being put into a national competition with the schools service provider, Prodigy Learning.

Newman School Parliament Presents – Not So Strictly Come Dancing – Friday 31 March 2017

Our Not So Strictly Come Dancing event returned for its 3rd year on Friday with Mrs McAree and Mr Cooper back to defend their title and try to retain the glitter ball trophy!  The evening was a huge success and well supported.  This years winners were the Village Papal with 90 votes!  The total raised was in excess of £800 for the Jigsaw children’s hospice.

Crime Scene Investigation Project – Thursday 30 March 2017

A group of students visited the University of Cumbria’s crime house as part of an ongoing project in collaboration with the forensic science department at the University where they were faced with a real crime which had been staged for them to investigate. Over the following weeks pupils will analyse the evidence that they have collected before law staff from the University will return to school to demonstrate how evidence would be presented in court at a mock trial.  This is a really exciting opportunity for our students to gain an insight into the demanding work of a crime scene investigator.

BBC Media Bus

On Thursday 16 March we welcomed the BBC media bus as part of the BBC School Report project.   Using the equipment on the bus, and with support from BBC staff and partners, the students learned to create mock weather bulletins and broadcasts.  The students’ in-school School Report project is centred on girls’ football and James Phillips, Radio Cumbria’s Carlisle United sports commentator was also in school talking about commentary and sports reporting.

Creative Writing Workshop – Year 9’s

CFM Radio were in school on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 March and delivered a creative writing workshop where the students developed an advert for the school year 5 open evening.  The group that is judged to produce the best advert will have the opportunity to visit Newcastle Metro Radio at a later date to see it produced!

Spelling Bee Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2nd round of the Key Stage 3 Newman Spelling Bee Competition Please click here for more information

Rocking Ur Teens Empowerment Conference

On International Womens Day,  a group of Year 9 students took part in the Rocking Ur Teens Empowerment Conference for girls, hosted by NatWest Bank at their Bishopsgate offices in London. The aim of the day was to motivate, empower and support young teens by creating a platform to provide them with aspiration and inspiration in relation to their future goals and career paths. Keynote speakers shared their life experiences and inspiring messages.  It was a really great day for the students.

Instrumental Music Lessons

If your child is interested in starting/continuing instrumental music lessons here at Newman then please see the attached letter which contains all the relevant information Please click here or contact Mr Deakin in school.

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

Information on School Bus Routes and Times

Bus Timetable March 2017