In the Event of Extreme Weather

With the weather changing, we remind parents that in the event of extreme weather, please always check the College website. 

Please click here to view the Colleges Extreme Weather procedure and policy.

Easter School Schedule 2017

Easter School Schedule 2017

Monday 3 April 9:30am – 2pm

Monday 3 April 2017 9:30am – 3:30pm

Tuesday 4 April 2017 10am – 2pm
Monday 10 April 2017 10am – 2pm

Wednesday 5 April 2017 10am – 2pm

Friday 7 April 2017 9.00am -12.00pm

Please check with your teacher about attendance

New Online Resource for 6th Form students

New Online Resource for 6th Form students: A Level Review Magazine Archive.

This database contains past issues of journals on a wide variety of A Level subjects.  The journals contain articles on important topics for each A Level subject specification, as well as  exam advice.  They are useful for developing and extending student’s knowledge of their subjects, preparing for exams and moving on to university.

Full information on how to use the archive is contained in a PowerPoint within the Library Folder on the Student Shared Drive.  Ms Sinclair, our Librarian,  can help further if there are any questions.

Access the database from the Library folder within Subjects on the All Programs menu on the school desktop.

Down Syndrome Awareness Day

It was Down Syndrome Awareness Day at All Hallows Catholic College on 21.03.2017 where staff and students enjoyed where lots of different socks around school throughout the day. IMG_0009

Extended/ Higher Project Qualification Presentation Evening


Thursday 16, Year 13 students delivered a presentation to a varied audience as part of their extended project. Each student had a very different and exciting presentation and delivered confidently.The students also will be able to discuss the presentation in their personal statements for university. Various universities have expressed how important the extended project can be when selecting students to enter the highly competitive university courses!

Well done year 13



On Friday 3 March, Year 7 students from All Hallows Catholic College visited the Bridgewater Hall to see the annual ‘Hallé for Youth’ concert performed by The Hallé Orchestra. This event once again proved extremely popular with both students and staff – and this year even included a bit of dancing!


The concert, which is organised in line with a scheme of work on Instruments of the Orchestra, really allows students to explore orchestral sounds in far more depth than we ever could within the confines of a classroom. Year 7 learn through interactive lessons often involving demonstrations from the Music staff and being able to look at, and touch the instruments within the orchestra. This year’s concert was particularly relevant as it used Benjamin Britten’s Young Persons Guide to The Orchestra to showcase each family of instruments. It allowed students to see professional musicians make each instrument sing and to see and hear what an incredible sound these instruments make when joined together as a whole ensemble. Other highlights included Karl Jenkins’ Palladio for strings, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks and even traditional classics like Irish Tune from County Derry.


For some students, this is the one and only chance to see a full orchestra perform live and this year’s programme didn’t disappoint. The program this year centered around the music of the British Isles, and featured music and composers from all 4 countries. As well as listening to the huge variety of music, students were also given the chance to perform a massed song, which we had been learning in lessons. A fantastic spectacle listening to 2000+ students singing (in tune!), accompanied by this world-famous orchestra. Not content with just singing, there was also the opportunity to take part in some traditional folk dances. Students were treated to some choreography from a Jig, Reel, Ceilidh lead by compere and horn player, Tom Redmond. Many students noticed that maybe Mr. Mercer enjoyed this bit too much!


Students were also treated to a ‘scratch n’ sniff’ card featuring authentic scents from the British Isles such as fresh Irish grass, Welsh daffodils and Scottish Shortbread! Students’ behavior was exemplary throughout the trip, and they really made the most of the opportunity. Again, we look forward to what the Hallé have in store for us next year!

Ms V ElliottHALLE

The Season of Lent

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday (this year March 1, 2017) and ends on Holy Thursday (this year April 13, 2017). On the evening of Holy Thursday the Sacred Triduum begins.

The 40 days of Lent correspond to the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness to fast, pray, and endure the temptations of the devil, all in preparation for his public ministry which would culminate in his death on the cross.

“Each year, Lent offers us a providential opportunity to deepen the meaning and value of our Christian lives, and it stimulates us to rediscover the mercy of God so that we, in turn, become more merciful toward our brothers and sisters. In the Lenten period, the Church makes it her duty to propose some specific tasks that accompany the faithful concretely in this process of interior renewal: these are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.” -Pope Benedict XVI

This year the Holy Father, Pope Francis offers us a new Lenten theme, entitled, “The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift.” The following is an extract from his letter:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the Lord. Jesus is the faithful friend who never abandons us. Even when we sin, he patiently awaits our return; by that patient expectation, he shows us his readiness to forgive (cf. Homily, 8 January 2016).

Dear friends, Lent is the favourable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbour. The Lord, who overcame the deceptions of the Tempter during the forty days in the desert, shows us the path we must take. May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God’s word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need. I encourage all the faithful to express this spiritual renewal also by sharing in the Lenten Campaigns promoted by many Church organizations in different parts of the world, and thus to favour the culture of encounter in our one human family. Let us pray for one another so that, by sharing in the victory of Christ, we may open our doors to the weak and poor. Then we will be able to experience and share to the full the joy of Easter. (Pope Francis, October 2016).

One such Church organisation is CAFOD, an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Each year they produce an interactive Lenten Calendar (below) which supports and guides us through the Season. These beautiful reflections on Scripture are offered by CAFOD staff and volunteers. They ask that we please remember our sisters and brothers around the world in our prayers this Lent.