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Social Action at Bishops`: Visiting Speakers

Visiting speakers joined us last week to raise awareness amongst our Year 7 and Year 10 students about their Year Group charities. David Maidment, founder of the charity Railway Children, spoke movingly about the plight of street children around the world and the work of his charity to help these children find safety and security. Caroline Howkins, from the World Wildlife Fund, spoke passionately to Year 10 tutor groups via Zoom about the work of the WWF in protecting endangered habitats and species around the world.

Armed with an understanding of the work of these groups, it is our hope that our students will engage meaningfully in social action in the future to support the valuable work they do in our world.

 

Big congratulations and llongyfarchiadau to Miss Foster!

Miss Foster will be the first Welsh woman to officiate in a major tournament this summer as she has been selected to referee in the UEFA Women’s Euros

Year 9 Year Group Charity - The Samaritans

Year 9 students were given an insight into the work of The Samaritans this week with an assembly led by Gill Taggart from the Chester and District branch. Year 9 students selected The Samaritans as their Year Group charity and will be taking part in social action to raise awareness and funds about its work during the summer term. They really valued the opportunity to learn first-hand about the work the charity does to support people who are considering taking their own lives and the simple but powerful difference we can all make when we take the time to listen to others.

Reflecting on the assembly afterwards, students said the following:

“I think it`s a good idea for the people in need of help and I hope it continues to help people in the future.”

” I think it really amazing and inspiring what Samaritans volunteers to help others.”

“It is comforting to know that somebody is there for you, just a phone call away.”

If you are a parent of a Year 9 student and would like to make a donation to The Samaritans through our year group charity, you can do so through the School Gateway.

 

Samaritans Website

Bishops' Extra Curricular Fair - 17th March

Bishops’ held it’s first Extra-curricular Fair this week which was a roaring success with over 250 sign ups for clubs!

Students represented their clubs and advertised what each club included and how to sign up, there were tables from a wide range of clubs including Maths club, Pulse, Cadets, Other Worlds, D&D and more.

If you missed the fair and want to know more about the great clubs we have running at Bishops’ you can see a full list on the Student Dashboard, or you can contact Mr Metcalfe to find out more.

Talking to your Children about Ukraine

The current situation in Ukraine is very difficult to understand and can be very difficult to explain to your child. With the prevalence of information, it is difficult to get our heads around what is actually happening. The Department for Education has published resources to help combat misinformation and help you communicate facts. Click here to read the information from The Department for Education. 

You can also find good advice on explaining the situation from charities such as Save the Children and Unicef who have produced helpful advice.

The images we are seeing from Ukraine are heart breaking and can easily leave us feeling helpless. Giving our children practical ways to help can be extremely beneficial. One practical way to support the people of Ukraine is to support the Disasters Emergency Committee who are running an appeal.

The DEC consist of 15 Major charities including Christian Aid, Tear Fund, Cafod, Oxfam, the British Red Cross and Save the Children. You can donate to the appeal here: https://www.dec.org.uk/
Of course, we can pray and the Church of England is encouraging us to pray for the peace of Ukraine. Christian Aid have produced some good prayer resources which can be access by clicking here.

Rev. Paul North School Chaplain

 

Unifrog

In keeping with our commitment to provide students with outstanding careers guidance and tailored support when choosing their next step after school, we will now be using Unifrog; an award-winning, online careers platform.

All students in Years 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 now have access to this excellent website.

The Unifrog platform is designed to promote aspirations and to support learners in making the most informed decisions about their futures and has a range of tools that are suitable for all year groups. Each student has their own personal account that provides a wide range of information related to their interests and aspirations.

Key Features:

  • Exploring Pathways: personality quizzes, career and subject profiles, MOOCs and webinars
  • Recording – self-reflection and extracurricular activities and key employability skills
  • Opportunities – search tools showing live vacancies/courses/ placements for apprenticeships, universities, FE, virtual work experience
  • Applications – tools to help students build applications for a range of pathways (e.g. CVs, Persona; Statements, Common App Essays.

Students have already logged on to the platform during personal development days and in tutor times. We have set up a parent login so that you can use Unifrog as if you were a student yourself to support your child throughout the process.

Click here to log in and use the code: BBCCparents

World Book Day 2022

Every year in March, here at Bishops’ we celebrate World Book Day. On the 3rd March, in English lessons across years 7-9, students had the chance to celebrate their favourite books by writing and performing their own songs and we had some amazing efforts and we definitely have some song writers and performers in the making! In assemblies across the week, Mrs Bates shared the magic of World Book Day and our wonderful library, and even treated students to the English department’s own song ‘It’s World Book Day’. At lunch time there were lots of activities in the library, including a book quiz, and a short story reading by our very own Mr Coffey. Finally, this year saw a record number of entries to our Extreme Reading competition for KS3: so many students sent in pictures of themselves reading their favourite books in weird, wonderful, and wild places! Well done to this year’s winner: Noah and our runners-up: Charlie, Louie, Phoebe, and Isaac .

Thank you to everyone who got involved to help celebrate World Book Day this year!

 

Personal Development Day

On 15th February students took part in their second Personal Development Day. Students from across the school had the opportunity to learn about things that will allow them to grow as people.  The days are aimed at pushing students to think beyond their curriculum and reflect on becoming the best version of themselves. The sessions were planned with three key ideas in mind. Dignity and Respect. Hope and Aspiration and Wisdom Knowledge and Skills.

These sessions included:

Year 7-  Body. Mind and Spirit

Year 8 – Personal Finance

Year 9 – Next Steps

Year 10 – ‘Risk’, Relationships and Sex education

Year 11 – College and 6th form taster days

Year 12 – Edge Hill University Trip

We were so proud of the students’ attention and engagement in the day as they thought navigated through the day with a real sense of enthusiasm and purpose. Upon speaking to the students they seems to have had really instructive day which have given them lots of information and food for thought about the person they want to become. Some of their feedback is shared below.

“I loved the 100 challenge because I got to dance with my friends and it made me feel happier and healthier”. (Year 7 Student)

“My favourite part of the day was when I went in the prayer space because it was relaxing” (Year 7 Student)

“I learnt about the difference between debit and credit and that will help me balance my account in the future”. (Year 8 Student)

“I learnt a lot about the differences and how to work out a balance, a credit and a debit. And learning how to tell the difference between them. I really enjoyed learning about the gender pay gap and why it exists”. (Year 8 Student)

“I learned what career opportunities there are and what the next best step is to take” (Year 9 Student)

“My favourite part was doing the quizzes on Unifrog and looking through the suggestions and picturing what my life would be like when I will be 30”. (Year 9 Student)

We will look forward to our final Personal Development Day on the 3rd of July.

 

 

 

 

 

Children's Mental Health Week

This week is Children’s mental health week (February 7th – 13th). Place2Be has teamed up with BAFTA Kids to create two virtual assemblies for Children’s Mental Health Week 2022, supported by Oak National Academy.  There are separate assemblies for  primary schools and secondary-aged students to help young people across the UK take part in the week and explore the theme of ‘Growing Together’.

The primary school assembly, hosted by Lindsey Russell, features pupils from Rosslyn Park Primary School and Seascape Primary School in conversation with dancer and presenter Oti Mabuse. The assembly for secondary and high schools, hosted by Emma Willis, features students from Folkestone Academy and Carrick Academy in conversation with Shadow and Bone actor, Kit Young, and CBBC’s The Dumping Ground actor, Kia Pegg.

Both assemblies will be available on the Children’s Mental Health Week website from 8am on Monday 7 February. The assemblies will also feature special messages of support from high-profile surprise guests, to be revealed on the day.

Find the assemblies and other resources here: https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

This week we will be asking adults and chidlren to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow. At home this week please take the opportunity to talk to your child about how they have grown and changed. Also encourgae your child to do something postive for their mental health, this could be drawing, meditation, cooking or exercise.

Childrensmentalhealthweek.org

Bishops` Students Spring into Social Action

This term, students at Bishops` will be `springing into social action` by supporting the Year Group Charities that they voted for before Christmas. Mrs Cairns has been launching this social action initiative through assemblies this week. Using Desmond Tutu`s concept of `ubuntu` (`humanity towards others`), she has emphasised the importance of putting Jesus` teachings of love into action to improve the lives of others in our own community and in our wider society. As they progress through the spring term, our hope is that students in each year group will `spring into action` for their chosen charities by raising awareness and funds for them. So, please watch this space for future social action projects led by tutor groups and year teams! In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation towards your child`s year group charity, you can do so at any time through the school gateway. The charities being supported in each Year Group are:

Year 7 Charity – The Railway Children

Year 8 Charity – The Salvation Army

Year 9 Charity – The Samaritans

Year 10 Charity – WWF

Year 11 Charity – Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bishop Mark's Visit

It was a great privilege to welcome The Right Reverend Mark Tanner – Bishop of Chester to Bishops’ yesterday. Bishop Mark wanted to come and meet the students and staff, having been unable to do so previously. Bishop Mark had a tour of the school, dropping into a number of lessons as well as seeing the development of W block. Bishop Mark was particularly pleased to see the steps that had been made towards the building being as energy efficient as possible. After this a number of students had an informal conversation with Bishop Mark explaining what life is really like in Bishops’. They also spoke eloquently about the issues that young people face. After school Bishop Mark met with staff, hearing their views of the school and chatting through the joys and challenges of the education, especially during the pandemic. It was a wonderful afternoon, and we look forward to welcoming Bishop Mark back to school soon.

Young Writers Poetry Competition

Big congratulations to Norah, her poem ‘Empowered’ is to be published in the ‘Young Writers’ Empowered competition. Norah is part of Mr Thomas’ book club who meet every Tuesday lunchtime in the library 12.40 – 13.10pm.

To find out more about the Young Writers Competition visit: https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/KS3-4/empowered 

Empowered

Frothing waters
Dancing sunlight
They are all around us
As we
Glide
Slice
Through the currents

 

Russian Sturgeon
Our followers
As they swarm around us
In the crevices of our fins
And everywhere
Else

 

To worship the fears of the ocean
And the gods of the sea

To become martyrs
Before these clenching jaws
And torn gills

Dead scales
Glistening with
Every glance
Of sunlight
As their communion
An offering
To their Saviours

To their
Destruction queens

That are
Called
Sharks

 

By Norah Walthery-Radulescu

Bishops' News

Cheshire Police Media Workshop with Collaborate Digital

Before the Christmas break 25 Bishops’ students took part in the Cheshire Police Media Competition, facilitated by Collaborate Digital (@CollaborateDigi) regarding Hate Crime. We are excited to announce that one of our groups have made it to the final of the competition, but now we need your help. The competition has moved to a public vote opening today at 9am and closes Friday 14th at 5pm, so not long to go!

Click on the link to head over and vote. https://collaboratedigital.com/polls/cheshire-secondary-vote/

Collaborate Digital

Cadets Promotions and Awards

The last Cadet meeting before Christmas saw three of Cadets promoted. Hannah, Matthew and Maciej were all promoted to Lance-Corporal having shown fantastic leadership skills and knowledge in the past year. We are very lucky to have such Cadets in our contingent.

Also after five air rifle ranges this term we crowned our champion shooter. Khariah’s consistency through out those five sessions impressed all instructors and we are proud of her efforts.

 

 

Safer Schools and Young People Partnership

Hello my name is PC 3984 Helen Roberts and I have been a Police Officer now for very nearly 20 years. I have a wealth of experience working in a variety of different roles during my career, which has enabled me to widen my knowledge and to effectively undertake my current role; which is Police Youth Engagement Officer.

I cover the Chester Area within Cheshire Constabulary and I will be the Police Officer that will be attending at your Son/Daughters High School.

My department has recently been rebranded under the “Safer Schools and Young People Partnership”  and I want to take this opportunity to explain to you as Parents what our role is about and what we offer to our High Schools in Cheshire.

Under the “SSYP” there are several police officers, like me based around the County and we aim to reduce the levels of anti-social behaviour and crime, both by and against young people. We focus on early intervention and prevention, and my aim is to work with all Chester High Schools, Staff and other Local Agencies to:

  1. Reduce victimisation, criminality and anti-social behaviour within the School and Community
  2. Work with Schools on whole-School approaches to behaviour and discipline
  3. Identify and work with children and young people at risk of becoming victims of offenders
  4. Support vulnerable children and young people through periods of transition, such as the move from Primary to Secondary School
  5. Create a safer environment for children to learn in

Safer School Partnerships encourage the Police, Children and young people to build a good relationship with trust and mutual respect. My aim is to work closely with all High Schools, Staff and its Pupils in order to support them within the School and local community.

I am also keen on working towards developing close relationships with many other agencies in an attempt to promote positive relationships between the Schools and The Police Service.

All of Cheshire Police’s Youth Engagement Officers are experienced Officers and although our role has many facets the main focus is delivering talks and interactive sessions within the designated Schools.

This is based on the national curriculum PSHE and Citizenship lessons and is in an attempt to provide the Pupils with the confidence and knowledge needed to never become victims or offenders of crime.

Kind Regards

Helen

PC 3984 Helen Roberts
Youth Engagement Officer – Chester High Schools 

 

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