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Specialist School Update S u m m e r 2 0 0 8 Welcome Welcome to our latest The school is undergoing those involved are kept up publication which has been lots of changes and to date. Cardinal Allen produced in order to keep developments which will Catholic High staff, pupils and parents up undoubtedly improve the If you have anything which School to date with the latest quality of teaching and you feel you would like to developments regarding our learning experiences for all add please don’t hesitate to A Specialist Maths get in touch. and Computing Maths and Computing at Cardinal Allen. We feel College Specialist Status. that it is essential that all firstname.lastname@example.org Specialism Update people involved in leading Maths and ICT as well as this work. Stuart Science. Pupils in Year 6 oversees the work of Mrs are studying for the AM Doran (Curriculum INGOTS Bronze Award Leader ICT/Assistant (International Grades in Director of Specialism), Office Technology) and Mr A Harding (Specialist Gifted and Talented pupils School Community Co- are supported via other The Specialist Schools Management Committee ordinator) and Mr N links. Clayton (Virtual Learning Environm ent Co- The development of a Considering the fact that ordinator). This team better school web-site and we only began work as a meet on a regular basis in particular a functioning Specialist School in and report progress to the ‘MOODLE’ or ‘Virtual September, there has been Senior Leadership Team Learning Environment’ was a significant impact made and Governors. a priority. The work has by individuals at Cardinal been rewarded with very Allen and the initiatives It is worth noting that the complimentary noises they have promoted. Community work – being made by the LEA The appointment of Mr. specifically in relation to ‘CLEO’ team not to Stuart Henderson as working with partner mention the impact on pupil Assistant Headteacher and Primary Schools – has independent learning. Director of Specialism was progressed very well with teachers from Cardinal Philip Mooney a catalyst for other Allen delivering classes in Headteacher appointments of key A-Level Mathematics Offered in Year 10 of Mathematics at the VI level course in Mathematics form college) escorted ex starting after their June pupils Rachel Hearty, modular examination. Hannah Cheetham, Tom Crabtree and Mathew Walker. The ex pupils delivered a lesson on Vectors and promoted “A” Sponsors: On the 28 th February 2008 level Mathematics. Pupils we were visited by in the top two sets of year ColorMatrix members of the sixth form 10 will be offered an “A” ORACLE college. Pat Roache (Head Science Scope Page 2 Our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) For those of you assessments electronically! Ma th s and Com putin g who aren’t familiar This will certainly not replace College’. with the term Virtual the more traditional teaching L e a r n i n g methods but will simply The theme of the VLE has Environment (VLE), provide an add itional recently been updated and is it is basically a approach which so far, the now more in line with the w e b s it e w h ic h students are certainly schools corporate image. pupils can access enjoying. Lancashire County Council outside of school. It have been so impressed with is a secure area Over the past year the staff the pace and standard of www.vle.cardinalallen.lancs.sch.uk which only authorised have been working very development that they are users can access with a ha rd and und er taken currently rating us as one of username and password. vigorous training to enable the top schools in the county, This is a great opportunity them to develop their own and also use it as an example for school to develop and subject area. As a result, our of good practice to other modernise its teaching and VLE is being increasingly schools. learning styles as students used throughout the school – something which is Why not ask your child to log can complete homework, essential given our recent on and give you a tour of our open teaching resources, designation of ‘A Specialist VLE! revise and complete E-Mentoring E-mentoring is a new discussion forum. pupils may have. initiative led by Mr. Harding (Special ist School Pupils have been assigned It is a safe and secure Community Co-ordinator). to their former primary learning environment which is It allows our Key Stage 3 schools to assist with moderated regularly by staff. pupils to communicate with homework tasks, SATs primary students revision and any transition electronically using a worries that the primary James Delaney—one of our e-mentors Lancashire Mathematics Challenge 2008 After an initial school- support the event. based round of Com m itm ent, mathematical problem en thu sia sm , solving for year 7 pupils, a uniform and team team of 4 pupils were work came chosen and carefully together on the coached by Ms Tsang with night. support by Mr Holding . Their delight at Chantelle Brooks, Hannah c om in g th ir d Parkinson, James Delaney (second year and Connor Mcgladdery running), in a hard fought a pleasure to spend the competed against other competition was infectious. evening with such positive District 2 and 4 Final Trophies and certificates, youngsters against 9 schools at sponsored by Lancashire Lytham St Anne’s High County Developments were Ms Tsang. School recently. They were awarded on the night. a credit to the school and their families who came to Well done everybody, it was Page 3 Cardinal Allen looks forward to new ICT Facilities provide sta te- of-the-art facilities for the delivery of both ICT and Maths lessons and have the effect of changing the use of the Allen Building into a dedicated maths and ICT facility. We are currently ordering all the IC T equipm ent necessary for this and, as soon as the building work is complete at the end of June, we will begin the work to set- During the bid for specialist ICT. This funding, together up the classrooms in time to status, the school was with what we have managed start the new school year in required to raise some to raise will fund the project. September with a much- £50,000 to support the bid. We have drawn up plans for improved facility . This was achieved by our this and the work has own fundraising activities, commenced to refurbish a some sponsorship and classroom so that the Music donations from individuals for De pa r tm en t c an th en which we are very grateful. relocate from the Allen building into this new facility. Once our Specialist Status Once this is complete then had been confirmed we the work will commence on could then apply for a further the conversion of the 2 music £100,000 of capital funding rooms in the Allen Building which could only be used on into dedic ated IC T a building project to enhance Classrooms. These will our provision of Maths and World Maths Day World Maths Day took Year7 Chantelle Porsola place on the 5 th March 2008. Pupils from around Shannon Doyle the World came together to Year8 Stephanie Haworth answer Ma t h e m a t ic s questions online. Globally Andrew Pearson 182 000 000 questions were answered! Large Year9 Nehal Cheema numbers of students from Natasha Murray Cardinal Allen took part with the following students Year10 James Hampton a n swer in g th e m o st questions and making the Billy Nelson biggest improvements. Thanks to Mr Shah for Emma Barnes organising this event. Page 4 Podcasting/Audacity Podcasting is a new tool Users can export their promote their businesses. which is being used recordings as MP3 files throughout Key Stage 3 which means that they Many students are now and 4. It enables the can be saved to their beginning to applying their students to record digital iPod or downloaded to knowledge of Audacity and sound files which can their PC at home. p odc a sting to o the r then be uploaded to the subjects. Some Year 11 internet. W ithin the ICT pupils found it extremely department students useful in preparation for the The use of Audacity have made good use of MFL oral examinations. (software which is free this facility. Year 11 for students to download pupils recorded revision Audacity is available on the Students are at home) has enabled pod casts which have school network, students to produce a been uploaded to Moodle alternatively it is free to now using range of recordings, for others to access. download and can be found podcasting as on our VLE homepage. apply special effects and Year 8 and 9 users have an alternative insert music files. developed radio approach to advertising campaigns to revision ‘My First INGOT’ Week commencing 9th Doran, Mr. Winrow and pupils to experience other June proved to be a busy Mr. Clayton. subjects offered within the time in school with school. The Science and Year 5 pupils to almost 240 year 5 pupils The ICT skills which they P.E departments kindly from the local primary demonstrated on the day offered to provide sample complete an schools coming to visit. resulted in students being lessons to the pupils. INGOT award awarded with a ‘My First (International The aim of the day was INGOT’ award. This is a Grade in Office to build links with primary nationally recognized Technology) schools, promote the certificate which will be school to year 5 pupils further developed through and allow the students to Bronze, Silver and Gold take part in a range of and Cardinal Allen. ICT workshops which were taught by Mrs. The day also allowed Congratulations Year 10 pupils Joshua Clark Congratulations to year modular exam ination White who achieved the 10 pupils on their recent results. Pupils achieved a highest marks in their year. and Sorcha 64% A* to C pass rate Both students achieved an White A* with marks of 96%. which is an improvement of 13% on the previous academic year at the same stage. Lets try and Mr S Henderson make it 70%+ in the June m odul e. Par tic ul ar congratulations go to Joshua Clark and Sorcha Sponsors: ColorMatrix; ORACLE; Science Scope With thanks to the following for their personal donations and support: Bay Court; Blackpool FC; Manchester United FC Ltd; Manchester City FC; Stena Line (Irish Sea) Ltd; Motor Engineer; Browned Off Tanning Salon; PSG Search Group; Bill Rogerson Safety Services Ltd; D&G Contractors; Mr Jim Kelly; Mike Sanderson Electrics; Elle Amara Beauty Salon; Driftwood Florist; Mr. Joe Mansell; Mrs Phillipa Blundell; Butterflies; Mr. & Mrs McGarvey
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