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
They are all around us
Through the currents
As they swarm around us
In the crevices of our fins
To worship the fears of the ocean
And the gods of the sea
To become martyrs
Before these clenching jaws
And torn gills
As their communion
To their Saviours
By Norah Walthery-Radulescu
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/
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:
- Reduce victimisation, criminality and anti-social behaviour within the School and Community
- Work with Schools on whole-School approaches to behaviour and discipline
- Identify and work with children and young people at risk of becoming victims of offenders
- Support vulnerable children and young people through periods of transition, such as the move from Primary to Secondary School
- 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.
PC 3984 Helen Roberts
Youth Engagement Officer – Chester High Schools
Student Careers: 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 https://www.unifrog.org/about; an award winning online careers platform. Students will be given access to this platform in personal development days throughout the year. More information will be shared with parents and carers by Mr Hardman our Careers Information Advice and Guidance Leader in due course.
Bishops' PE Clubs
When do I need my PE kit?
We are excited to have students coming back to school and back to PE. It has become even more apparent just how important keeping children physically active is, not only for their physical health and development but also their mental and social health.
Students will return to PE with the same format as earlier in the year, with some practical lessons, in their full PE kit and others classroom based, with an option to take part in a physical activity in their uniform, should weather permit. The limitations on practical PE are based on only one class per period using the changing rooms (boys and girls), to observe COVID regulations and assist with cleaning requirements and capabilities.
Please note a change on return, where all students will now be required to wear their face coverings inside the changing rooms, in line with the Government guidance and school’s protocol. Those students identified as exempt from wearing face coverings will not be required to do so.
Please make sure that students are aware of when to bring their full PE kit and as always, should there be any issues relating to kit then please communicate this through a note, brought to lesson by the student or via school email to either myself or direct to the class teacher.
All sports equipment used in lessons is separated and sanitised for future use, with the sharing of equipment appropriately limited and there is also an emphasis on all students to manage their own personal health by sanitising on entry and exit from changing rooms , as well as avoiding touching their face during lessons. Additional sanitising is available during lessons, should students feel the need to do so.
If you require any further information or the department can support in any other way, then please contact me via school email.
Head of PE