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Year 7’s Got Talent
On Thursday 31 October the final of Year 7’s Got Talent took place. This is the sixth year the event has run and again we were inundated with lots of Year 7 students wanting to take part.
Many acts auditioned and the finalists were eventually whittled down to eleven acts. The following students all performed on stage to a packed audience of Year 7 students: Jack Keoghan, Rosie Mail, Samantha Ireland, Molly Twigg, Jade McVey, Cameron Leather, Nathan Fisher, Caitlin Divers, Lizzie Holian, Ellie Bell, Faye O’Neill, Thomas Sivills , Charlotte Clarke and Ellie Mae Fillingham.
The judges said that the judging process was very difficult because of the amount of talent shown on stage but eventually they came to the following decision:
1st Place – Ellie Mae Fillingham 7JBLT
Joint 2nd Place – Thomas Sivills 7JBLT and Ellie Bell 7CMRI
3rd Place – Faye O’Neill 7JHML
Congratulations to our winners and congratulations to everybody who took part, it really was a fabulous display of talent.
On Sunday 11 November, students and staff members from our College community gathered
in Victoria Park with many members of the Widnes community to pay our respects to
the fallen of all wars and conflicts.
This is the 5th consecutive year that Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College has participated in the civic parade. We were the only school to take part in this year’s annual commemoration.
Mr Jordan, History Department support assistant, was asked to represent the Catholic Church and present a reading and lead the bidding prayers. He joined minister from other denominations in the town to lead the congregation in worship at the town’s war memorial.
The week leading up to Remembrance Sunday saw pupils attended poignant assemblies to mark Armistice Day. The theme of this year’s presentation was military families and how they cope with the loss of loved ones every day, not just on November 11.
Year nine pupil Niamh Littler raised almost £60 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal by knitting her own little poppies. They proved so popular; she had to crotchet more and more every evening to keep up with the demand from pupils, staff and visitors.
Typhoon Haiyan Appeal
In response to the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines recently we felt called to make a collection in order to assist CAFOD in their work to bring shelter, clean water and practical help to our brothers and sisters there.
Thanks to the generosity and compassion of our community we have been able to send a cheque for £411 to CAFOD who are working out there. A special thank you to those students who organised the collection; Elliott Reeves-Giblin Y12, Ryan Batty Y12, Justin DerbyshireY13, Jason Biddulph Y12, Sean Topping Y12, Jordan Forster Y9, Rebecca Currie Y9, Anna Cook Y9 and Lauren Davies Y9.
Mock Trial Team Triumph Again
Saturday 23 November saw our students once again taking part in the Citizenship Foundation’s
National Mock Trial Competition. A combined team of year 10, 11 and Sixth Form students
competed in the Liverpool heat of the Bar Mock Trial against schools and colleges
from across the region.
After months of preparation, the team donned wigs and gowns and took on the roles of barristers, witnesses and court staff to present two cases to a judge and a jury at Liverpool Crown Court. Sixth Former Rebecca Pybus made a stunning debut, winning her first ever case and returning a unanimous “guilty” verdict for the prosecution. Her performance, along with that of teammates Rebecca Sadler, eared glowing praise from the judge, who called it “totally professional” and said “it would not be out of place in a real trial”.
Our defence team, led by Ashley Brett, Emily-Jayne Laughton, Craig Mills and Jonathon Rodaway, also delivered convincing arguments and were only narrowly beaten by much older and more experienced students. Usher Maddie Riley controlled the courtroom like a true professional, and our Court Clerk Katie Bingham was praised for her clear speaking voice and professional demeanour. Witnesses Reuben Austin, Brittany Mullard, Agate Faivelsone and Renate Faivelsone were calm under pressure and exuded confidence as they took the stand.
Well done to all students who participated in this event.
Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party - Friday 13 December 1.00-3.00 pm
See Mr Buckton for tickets