The College is open on the following dates in spring to offer the following:
Monday 7 April – French AS/A2, Psychology AS, Chemistry AS/A2, French GCSE, Maths GCSE, English GCSE, Health and Social Care GCSE, Science BTEC, Drama GCSE, Further Maths, AS, BTEC YR12, Geography GCSE, German AS, German GCSE and Spanish AS
Tuesday 8 April – French AS/A2, Psychology A2, German GCSE, Health and Social Care GCSE, Food Technology GCSE, Drama GCSE, Product Design GCSE, BTEC Yr12, Geography GSCE, French GCSE, French GCSE, German AS and Spanish AS
Wednesday 9 April – English Catch Up Year 7, Product Design GCSE and BTEC Yr12
Tuesday 15 April – Maths Catch Up Year 7.
Saturday 10 May – RECC GCSE, History GCSE.
Saturday 17 May – History GCSE.
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Geography Visit to Iceland
Over the February half term, a group of A level and GCSE geographers visited Iceland. Their focus was studying the physical geography that makes this island so unique. The first stop was ‘The Blue Lagoon’ where they bathed outside in hot water whilst temperatures were at freezing level. A whistle stop walking tour of Reykjavik followed. Over the next two days they visited an array of natural wonders . Amongst these, were a series of spectacular falls: the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogafoss (at 200ft high -it produced its own rainbow) and the most impressive the giant half frozen Gulfoss. Other highlights included: Iceland’s infamous volcano: Eyjafjallajökull- the cause of the air travel chaos in 2010; trekking up to a glacier; exploring a beach of black volcanic sand; staring into a volcanic crater at Kerid; admiring the Great Geysir and finally, visiting the feature responsible for all of Iceland’s amazing geography- the Mid Atlantic Ridge in Ϸingvellir National Park. One evening, there was a hunt for the Northern Lights; the final evening of bowling was rather more successful however!
On Wednesday 5 March we had our Ash Wednesday Liturgy. We reflected on the meaning of Lent and the link to Jesus 40 Days Temptation in the Wilderness before he started his ministry. We prayed: ‘We ask Lord that you open our minds and hearts to reflect on the challenges you faced and support us in the challenges we face as we prepare for Easter.’
We reflected on the meaning of Abstinence (Fasting and giving things up), Almsgiving (charity) and Reconciliation (restoring relationships)
We were challenged to ‘Do 40 acts together’ to put our faith in action and make a difference to community and the world. 40 Acts is a generosity challenge – it invites us to do Lent differently and the adding up of all of our small acts as Christians has the power to transform communities. We have all received a challenge card and we can decide to do this act of generosity every day, or do something different everyday over the next five and a half weeks.
Let’s hear about your experiences of doing an act of generosity or receiving one – What happened? What did it feel like? Tell us what you think in this blog.
A drop-in information session for potential Parent-Governors
The Local Governing Body of All Hallows Catholic College has completed a skills audit and is now seeking a Parent Governor who can complement the skills of existing members. We are particularly seeking Governors who may be able to help us fulfil our duties in areas such as Finance, Health and Safety, Evaluation, Recruitment and Interpreting Data. A drop-in question and answer session will be held on Monday 17 March at 10am with the Principal and Chair of Governors for interested parents to find out more. Please give this your full consideration. Please let the Principals’ PA know if you can attend on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can have an idea of numbers. Advice will be given on how to write your statement and the elections process.
We’re pleased to announce that we will be launching ParentPay as our preferred method of payment to school from 23 April 2014.
ParentPay offers you the freedom to make online payments whenever and wherever you like, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – safe in the knowledge that the technology used is of the highest internet security available.
Parents will have a secure online account, activated using a unique username and password (these will be sent to you shortly); making a payment with your credit or debit card is straightforward and ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments for you to view at a later date.
In addition to payments ParentPay also offers an integrated email/SMS reminders option – ensuring you never need miss a payment and helping you keep your child’s school meal account in credit.
We look forward to your support in using ParentPay as it will help us further support teaching and learning by reducing the burden of income collection in the classroom and school office whilst improving school-home communication.
We will be sending letters to parents in the near future and holding a ‘drop-in’ session on 4 March 2014 between 2.30pm-4.30pm to answer any queries.
Twenty teachers and Head teachers from Church of England schools in the Anglican Diocese of Derby were given a warm welcome by staff and students at All Hallows Catholic College on 6 February 2014. They came on a ‘field visit’ to explore the Christian ethos of our voluntary academy.
The event was organised by Alison Brown, the Deputy Director of Education who thanked the college for providing ‘a wonderfully inspirational day.’
Ben Mock, Head Boy and Caitlin Shasby, Head Girl, spoke about what makes All Hallows distinctive and special to them. The delegates then went on learning walks around the campus. Students spoke very eloquently about what makes their school special, the importance of the College motto ‘Aspire not to have more but to be more,’ Christian values and virtues, and the ideas of ‘Pay It Forward’ and ‘random acts of kindness’ which are embedded into the life for the college. The College Chaplain, Deacon David Harrison shared with the visitors, information about his work students in the college and in learning community partner primary schools.
The Principal, Tony Billings said ‘All Hallows is an inclusive Catholic College which welcomes students and staff from a wide variety backgrounds and traditions and we are proud to be a Catholic Christian school – not just in name but also in reality. This visit was a wonderful opportunity to share with teachers working in Anglican schools how we model what we do and say on the example of Jesus and his followers. Michelle Garvey, Assistant Principal said ‘It was a privilege to meet teachers from Church of England schools who are as passionate as ourselves about the role of Christian education has in nurturing and transforming young lives.’