Newsletter 2 March 2015 - All Saints Roman Catholic School York

PTFA Quiz Night
Thank you to those parents who attended the quiz night and also to those who
helped to make this another successful event. Everyone had an enjoyable evening.
Thank you once again to the PTFA for their support. The answers to the picture
rounds which came around at the interval are shown at the end of this newsletter.
Parents' Forum Meeting
Our first Parents' Forum meeting will take place on
Monday 16 March 2015 4.00pm – 5.30pm in the Upper
School Library. All parents and carers are invited. The
meeting will be informal and friendly and a chance for
parents/carers to talk openly about how they believe the
school could improve for the benefit of all our children
and their families. Topics we will discuss in this first
meeting are:
The School Website
What works well and how could it be improved? What
do you use the website for and what else would you like
to see on there?
School Newsletters
Are you happy with the content/layout of these? If not,
what changes would you like to see?
Do you have any thoughts / issues relating to these?
If you are unable to attend the meeting we would still
very much welcome your comments - so please email
us with your thoughts instead on any of the above, or
alternatively any other subjects that you would like the
forum/school to discuss at future meetings. Both
positive and negative comments on any aspect of
school life are welcome. Please email the following
[email protected] We look forward to
hearing from you.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE
We are very pleased to be welcoming
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson when
she visits the school on Friday 6 March.
The 11 times Paralympic Gold Medalist
and 6 times London Marathon winner is
now a Life Peer in the House of Lords
and is coming to school to talk to our A
level students.
Half Term Trip to Rome and Pompeii
44 students from Years 9 to 12 spent half term in Rome and Pompeii. Highlights included marvelling at the
sheer size of the Colosseum, seeing Rome from the top of the Palatine Hill in the Forum, a fantastic guide in the
Sistine Chapel, the Papal Audience in St Peter’s Square, exploring Pompeii and climbing Mount Vesuvius. The
students showed fantastic enthusiasm throughout a packed itinerary, and were a credit to their families and to
the school – gratias vobis ago! Mrs Nightingale (Teacher of Latin)
Year 11 student Imogen Harter-Jones writes:
“Mrs Nightingale, our Latin teacher, organised an All Saints’ RC School Classics trip, the first for many years, to
Rome, Pompeii and Herculaneum in Italy for 6 days during the February half term. We had a packed itinerary,
which enabled us to make the most of every minute. In Rome we visited the magnificent Colosseum built in
AD70 by Emperor Vespasian for gladiatorial contests. It could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 people! We
went to the Roman Forum, Trajan’s Column, Saint Peters Basilica in Vatican City, one of the largest and
greatest churches in the world, and we saw the Sistine Chapel. We also
visited the Vatican Museum and attended a Papal audience in Saint
Peters Square.
We visited various beautiful churches, including the bizarre Bone Chapel
in Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini where the crypt is
decorated with the skeletons of over 4000 friars. We attended mass and
visited the Trevi Fountain. We ate out each evening in restaurants and
walked many miles each day in lovely sunny weather – 17 degrees in
After our three full on days in Rome, we travelled down to the Bay of
Naples and used beautiful Sorrento as our base. Our hotel was lovely and
we ate in each evening. From there we went to Pompeii and Herculaneum,
which were buried under 13-20 feet of ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. We saw the famously
preserved bodies, amphitheatre, theatre, baths, forum and many houses and shops. On our last day we walked
up Mount Vesuvius, from which we had fantastic views and we visited Herculaneum.
It was such an amazing, interesting and fun school trip. Everyone enjoyed every minute and made loads of new
friends. Thanks to all the teachers for taking us. I’d really
recommend the trip when it next runs and I am inspired to
go back to Rome. Get studying Latin! I threw two coins in
the Trevi fountain so hopefully I’ll be back at least
This was a picture from the local press showing some of our students who have been offered places at Oxford
and Cambridge.
Year 7 Netball Team
Our Year 7A netball team played Joseph Rowntree School
on Monday 23 February. The girls did extremely well
considering they have been unable to practice as normal. It
was a close and tense match but the girls fought hard and
kept their nerve throughout and won convincingly 7-5.
Aoife Stancliffe was voted player of the match by her team
winning it with 3 votes. Well done to everyone!
Films and their Locations – Answers
1. Slumdog Millionaire ~ India
2. The Hobbit ~ New Zealand
3. Lost in Translation ~ Japan
4. Mamma Mia ~ Greece
5. Good Bye Lenin ~ Germany
6. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ Narnia
7. Bridge to Terabithia ~ Terabithia
8. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ~ Akakor
9. Frozen ~ Arendelle
10. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone ~ Hogwarts