Our friends from our primary school family joined us in the chapel to celebrate the season of Pentecost. We remembered the events of Pentecost and thought about the amazing changes it brought. Our pinwheels helped us to visualise the power of the Holy Spirit and they were fun to make. We blew hard and the pinwheels turned as we prayed for change in our troubled world.
Our Year 11 ASPIRE pathway students have just completed the annual conservation project at Phoenix Park. This involves cleaning and maintaining the fishing pond and the surrounding areas. The project was established two years ago in conjunction with Warrington Angling Club who are always supportive of our young people and allow them to take part in some fishing as a reward for their hard work.
The initiative has again been extremely successful this year and as always has allowed our students to gain a variety of new skills. As well as this it helps our ASPIRE students to gain an appreciation of the environment and feel a sense of connection to the local community.
The students worked enthusiastically and made a huge impact, removing many items from the water including bikes, trollies and fence panels. They also cleared litter and gardened the areas surrounding the pond to make them more enjoyable for the public and cleaner for the diverse array of wildlife which is present in the area. The students this year, even rebuilt one of the run down fishing pegs around the pond.
The ASPIRE staff team are extremely proud of the students and the way in which they embraced this challenge.
During the Easter holidays, Mr Rayson, Mr Farrer, Mr Richmond, Miss Brennan and Miss Rusling took 41 GCSE students to the battlefields of World War One. The purpose of the trip was to help GCSE students gain a better understanding of the key battles on the Western Front, the conditions that men fought in on both sides and how they are now remembered. The trip included site visits to the untouched battlefield at Newfoundland Park, the stunning memorial to the missing at Thiepval and the replica trenches and dugouts at the Passchendaele Memorial Museum. At Tyne Cot Cemetery, we were able to add a local dimension as we lay a Poppy Cross where James Poole of Byron Street, Runcorn is memorialised on the wall to the Missing. The students were also able to explore Ypres itself, including its stunning cathedral and chocolate shops to buy gifts for home.
Dedication of the Chapel at
St Chad’s Catholic and Church of England High School
Wednesday 20 April 2016
‘Thank you so much for last evening’s welcome and the service. It was just delightful to be at St Chad’s and to see what God is doing. It was the most beautiful service.’
The evening began with a time to talk with friends old and new and moved into a beautiful service to dedicate our new Chapel.
As he walked around the Chapel Bishop Keith from Chester Diocese claimed the space for worship and prayer and a special Papal blessing reaffirmed that Christ is at the heart of all we do. We were delighted to have with us friends from the churches throughout Halton and to thank them for their prayerful support of our school.
The singing from the choir was simply inspiring and brought a sense of awe and wonder to our worship. The balance between serious occasion and laughter and enjoyment was just right.
Please vote for your favourite art work from the 3 selected Year 9 students
The Dot art panel of experts have selected their top three pieces of artwork from each school and public voting is now open until Saturday 30th April 2016. The winners will be announced on the Dot Art web site Tuesday 3rd May 2016. The first-placed entry from each school will be included in an exhibition at St George’s Hall in Liverpool running from Friday 27th May to Saturday 11th May.