Newsflash 08/03/2019

Attendance Matters

An extraordinary week for Year 10, 98% attendance for Thursday with Year 9 and Year 7 showing that they are not too far behind.

A shaky week for Year 8 who have generally attended quite well for a number of weeks, Year 11 though struggling to climb into the 90’s.

What is important to note, especially for Year 11 parents that read this, is that there are unfortunately a very small minority of pupils who struggle to attend school which is such a shame given how close to the end it is and how crucial every day between now and the start of your exams.

Year 13 IT & Year 11 CIDA Success

Congratulations to Y13 who achieved excellent exam results in their Cambridge Technicals in IT.  We are very proud of the students, some of whom achieved Distinction grades.  And congratulations to Y11 for working hard on their CIDA Certificate in Digital Applications Qualification and achieving outstanding results for their coursework unit (including As, Bs, Cs).


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World Book Day was a fantastic success once again this year and we are very proud to be one of very few Secondary Schools to celebrate the event in a meaningful way. That is because we are deeply committed to our students reading for pleasure.

The sixth form area was alive with activity and many departments or individuals ran stalls featuring books relevant to their subject areas. Stalls ranged from 'Lord of the Rings' to 'Marvel', from Fairytales to mindfulness, from trying on costumes to Manga and much, much more.  See our twitter and facebook feeds for more photos and to see the full video on Facebook here.

Gateacre played host to the entire Our Lady of the Assumption primary school whose students arrived sporting some amazing costumes. Hundreds of free books were given out, students took part in a huge range of activities and had a thoroughly lovely time thanks to the hard work of our Literacy Co-ordinator, Mrs Melhuish for organising this wonderful event every year.

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Keeping Safe Online

Parents please visit our E-Safety advice page on the website which provides lots of helpful guidance about online safety for your child, tips and links to useful sites with how to guides such as how to set parental controls.  Visit our E-Safety page here.

Some basic advice about creating a safe environment that you are able to control so your child can stay safe online:

  • Ensure you know what your children can access online
  • Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
  • Tell your children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
  • Use parental controls to keep children safe

Liverpool Local Education Authority has an online Twitter portal where anyone can stay up to date with information about such matters. We would recommend following as both accounts have tweeted information about this in the past few days:  @silesafety and @SILsafeguarding


Drama News

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A Level Drama students showcased some exceptional work to staff, parents and the examiner on 26th February. The evening showcase saw a moving monologue from Emily Cook, a group piece which turned the theatre into a cocktail bar with the audience being ‘served’ by four unhappy waitresses and another group piece which put a surprising and comical twist on the traditional story of Hansel and Gretel.

Caesura theatre company from LIPA delivered two wonderfully interactive performances to Y10 and Y12 Drama students last Friday and Monday. The performances, entitled ‘Are you going to pay for that DNA?’ and ‘Faceless’ encouraged students to consider the dystopian societies being presented and the issues faced by the characters. Both plays were thought provoking and memorable.

The Royal Court kindly visited us today for the second time this academic year, this time bringing to us the sequel to ‘Terriers’ which students watched back in November. ‘Terriers 2: Eve’s story’ explored what happened to one of the main characters (Eve) since she became involved in a gang. This production was educational and enjoyed by the entire year 8 and 9 cohorts.

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Next week's word of the week (WOW) is:

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Dates for Your Diary:

  •  28th March: Y8 Parent Evening 3:45pm - 6pm

  • 4th April: Y7 Parent Evening 3:45pm - 6pm

  • 5th April: End of Term (Easter holidays 8th to 23rd April)

  • 23rd April Start of Summer Term



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