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                                                                                                                                                                                      From the Headteacher
Volume 9, Issue 4
                                                                                                                                                                                     With Easter being so early this year we already find ourselves in the season of Lent.
                                                                                                                                                                                     We are very fortunate to have Noel Kenely as our lay chaplain who was instrumental in
February 2008                                                                                                                                                                        creating a very spiritual experience for our students on Ash Wednesday. Each year
                                                                                                                                                                                     group attended a beautifully prepared service of images, music and prayer, culminating
                                                                                                                                                                                     in the distribution of ashes. Fr. Patrick, a Holy Ghost Father based in New Barnet, was
                                                                                                                                                                                     in attendance to bless the ashes. Our students are now embarking upon their Lenten
                                                                                                                                                                                     fundraising activities in their bid to support those less fortunate than themselves.
Finchley Catholic High School, Woodside Lane, Finchley, N12 8TA.

                                                                                                                                                                                     May I once again remind you that because of the early Easter, our holiday ar-
                                                                                                                                                                                     rangements are different from normal this term.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     February 18 - 22      Half Term
                                                                                            Visit our web site:
                                                                   Fax 0208 446 0691

                                                                                                                                                                                                     March 20 - 25 (incl.) Easter Weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                     April 14 - 18         Spring Holiday

                                                                                                                                                                                     Good to Outstanding
                                                                                                                                                                                     You will be aware that our whole school focus for this year is to move from being a very
                                                                                                                                                                                     good school to an outstanding one in all that we do. Whilst we are far from perfect and
                                                                                                                                                                                     acknowledge that we do not always get everything right, I am confident that the pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                     gress made so far this year is significant. Our culture of monitoring and self evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                     is robust and the quality of experience available to our students is, on the evidence of
                                                                   Tel. No. 0208 445 0105

                                                                                                                                                                                     our self evaluation, better than at any time in the past. Both the quality of our curricu-
                                                                                                                                                                                     lum and the sheer range of extra-curricular provision enables our students to have
                                                                                                                                                                                     some outstanding opportunities for their personal development.

                                                                                                                                                                                     We have completed our first cycle of general classroom observations and three of our
                                                                                                                                                                                     Curriculum Areas, Maths, Performing Arts and P.E. have undergone comprehensive
                                                                                                                                                                                     reviews. I am delighted to report that we were privileged to experience many out-
                                                                                                                                                                                     standing features in each of these Curriculum Areas. Our programme of self-
                                                                                                                                                                                     evaluation for this academic year will see an in-depth review of all eleven remaining
                                                                                                                                                                                     Curriculum Areas and of our Pastoral provision.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Our Year 11 pupils have almost completed their GCSE courses and their programme
                                                                                                                                                                                     of revision classes and coursework clinics, before and after school and on Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                     mornings, has already started. At the time of writing, a Year 11 Mentoring Week is un-
                                                                                                                                                                                     der way and we have been overwhelmed with the level of parental attendance and
                                                                                                                                                                                     support. Year 9 have completed their Mock SATs exams for English, Maths and Sci-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ence and they too will have the opportunity for extra lessons in the lead up to the May

                                                                                                                                                                                     On the extra curricular front, students in Years 7-13 are busy rehearsing for Carte
                                                                                                                                                                                     Blanche, a collaborative production with St. Michael’s involving over 150 students from
                                                                                                                                                                                     our two schools.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Hundreds of our boys are involved with inter-school fixtures, school club based recrea-
                                                                                                                                                                                     tional sporting activities and the Duke of Edinburgh experience. A skiing trip to Amer-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ica and a Performing Arts visit to New York will take place during half term.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Details of all the above extra-curricular activities will be posted on the website.
New Buildings
It is vitally important to our current pupils and future generations that we continue to improve the facilities available
to them. We are currently working on two funding bids which we hope will yield significant capital support. The most
advanced is a bid to the Football Foundation for a replacement to the existing changing facilities and major drain-
age and levelling works to our playing field in Southover. Our second bid is for an additional science laboratory to
be built over two of our existing classrooms. To secure these bids the governors will need to contribute approxi-
mately £600,000 to the overall cost of about £1.3 m. Plans for both will be published on our website within the next
two weeks.

Once again may I ask you to be as supportive as you can with our School Development Fund. If you are able to
contribute, please make cheques payable to Finchley Catholic High School marked for the attention of Mrs.
Daniela Chiappa. Currently our appeal for this year has raised £45,263.96. If you are a gift aid donor and your tax
position changes, please make sure you contact the Finance Department advising of the change.

We will be having a number of refurbishments carried out during half term as follows:
♦    Installation of a suite of Apple Mac computers in ICT2
♦    Replacement windows to the dining hall
♦    Suspended ceiling and improved lighting to the ground floor corridor in the Challoner Block
♦    New doors to the entrances to the Business Centre and Gymnasium 1
♦    Refurbishment of rear office and medical room.

                                                      ACTIVITY DAYS
   The first of this year’s Activity Days took place on Monday 14th January. With the normal timetable suspended,
   pupils were able to take part in a variety of activities and trips designed to broaden their educational experience.
   Year 7 pupils went to the Science Museum and Year 8 students visited a number of Art Galleries in Central Lon-
   don. For Year 9 there was a half-day course aimed at raising Financial Literacy and the opportunity to study the
   inequities of the international trading system. In Year 10 the pupils spent half a day improving their team-working
   and communication skills via a series of physical and mental challenges and also took part in a Citizenship Event
   delivered through outside speakers. Finally, Year 11 students took part in an intensive Interview Skills pro-
   gramme. The evaluations from pupils were very positive and there seems to be a real appreciation of the bene-
   fits to be gained from suspending the normal curriculum in this way.

   I am very grateful to my colleagues who spent a great deal of time and effort in organising these events and I
   would like to thank the pupils for really making the most of the activities on offer.

   The details of the next Activity Day are set out below:
                                                                      Activity Day 2
                                                                    Thursday 22 May
                                    Year 7               ‘Away to work’ day

                                    Year 8               Citizenship Day

                                    Year 9               RAF Hendon History Trip

                                    Year 10              Academic Mentoring Day

                                    Year 11              Study Leave

                                    Year 12              Study Leave

                                    Year 13              Study Leave

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100% Attendance and Punctuality
We would like to congratulate the following pupils on their outstanding attendance and punctuality record for
last term.

    Joshua Bamidele 7F                                                      Byron Maidment 9F
                                       Michael De Luca 8F
    Massimo Casali 7F                                                       Deeghayu Ratnayake 9F
                                       Stephen Mead 8F
    Jay Kukoyi 7F
                                       David Odum 8F
    Niall Moroney 7F                                                        Edem Awity 9R
                                                                            Ryan Camilleri 9R
                                       Sam Bamidele 8R
    Daniel Ani 7R                                                           Andrew Lefevre 9R
                                       Gianpaulo Ferdenzi 8R
    Liam Burford 7R
                                       Alessandro Freschi 8R
    Nathan Dos Remedios 7R                                                  Cian Haran 9C
                                       Nicholas Teixeira 8R
    Fabio Falcini 7R                                                        Luke Barton 9C
    Michael Oteng 7R
                                       Kieran O’Doherty 8C
    Louis Ridgewell 7R                                                      Lee Chapman 9H
                                       Kieran Roche 8C
    Hanson Uttams 7R                                                        Alex Clayman 9H
                                                                            Luke Mortimer 9H
                                       Edem Delor-Avevor 8H
    Patrick O’Toole 7C                                                      Tom Barry 9H
                                       James Sparrow 8H

    Nicholas Brighton 7H                                                    Liam Roche 9S
                                       Angelo D’Alessio 8S
    Amin Kalakeche 7H                                                       George Winterbourne 9S
    Jake Lynch 7H                                                           Philippe Gerard 9S
                                       Nnamdi Nwanokwu 8B
    Lorcan McMullan 7H                                                      Brendan Lyons 9S
    Matthew Pangratiou 7H
    Joseph Rodgers 7H                                                       Jonathan Begueria 11R
                                        Edwin Killick 10R
    Kyle Wilmott 7H
                                        Alex Morrissey 10R
                                                                            Benjamin Kruczyk 11C
                                        Matteo Zanre 10R
    Asala Ratnayake 7S
    Kevin Restrepo 7S                                                       Gianluca Freschi 11H
                                        Sean McCall 10C
    Samuel Rickard 7S                                                       Marco Timanti 11H
                                        Dominic Santos 10C
    David Ding 7S
                                                                            Joel Yamoah 11S

   Jack Petchey Achievement Awards

   Last term, four boys were chosen to receive the Jack Petchey Achievement Award. This is given to stu-
   dents who make an outstanding contribution to the life of the school or their local community. Two
   year 7 boys, Liam Chong and Niall Coleman were chosen, because of their excellent work with Mr
   Connelly and the SNAP club. Another year 7 student, Benedict Stephens was chosen by the RE de-
   partment, for his impressive commitment and involvement in a number of recent liturgical activities.
   Finally, a year 10 student, Gabriel Fiorenzo was nominated for being an excellent role-model at
   school in a number of ways, including his work with the School Council, and his participation in a
   huge number of extra-curricular activities. All four boys will attend the Barnet awards ceremony in
   the autumn. We are extremely proud of each of them and thank them for their contributions.

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Our Rewards Scheme continues and last term’s top merit scorers were:
                                   Year 8
Year 7                             Alexander Anderson                           Year 9
Jake Lynch                         Joshua Gallogly-                             Matthew Kaminski
Ryan Borley                        Clements                                     Joseph Mason
Ethan Breslin                      Bartoz Koprowski                             Paul Mathieu
Niall Greene                       Giovanni Marenghi                            Chibuzor Onyerindu
Jeremy Ling                        Shane Wimaladharma                           William Perry
Piercarlo Maini

Year 10                             Year 11
Hugo Almeida                        Pierre Gorry                                 Well done boys!!
Thomas Johnstone                    Michael Mazzamuto
Joseph Maloney                      Jermaine Owusu-
Matthew Moran                       Bonsu
Mina Samaan                         Paul Reilly
                                    Marco Timanti

      Performing Arts
      After a prolific autumn term of extra curricular activities and productions: 12 Angry Men; the new pro-
      duction of REMEMBER and the Christmas Cantata, as well as a charming array of entertainment for
      the Old Folks’ Christmas Party, the Performing Arts Department is once again in the throes of fe-
      vered activity. We are busily preparing for our collaborative concert with St. Michael’s, CARTE
      BLANCHE, at the Arts Depot on the 12th February which will see our boys and girls sing and dance
      like never before. Since the arrival of our fabulous new music teacher, Mrs. Byrne, we continue to go
      from strength to strength. A singing culture has arrived at FCHS and we are all the better for it!

      There have already been three theatre trips since Christmas: Phantom of the Opera, Tintin and
      Cirque du Soleil, with several more planned before Easter. We are extremely lucky to visit the thea-
      tre as often as we do; it really does enhance the students’ creative education.

      This half term we are taking 25 6th Formers to New York to take workshops with Broadway stars and
      to see two shows: Frankenstein and Legally Blonde the Musical.

      After half term we are having two evenings of STAND UP COMEDY in the PA Centre, where several
      students will try their hands at performing this notoriously difficult art form. Details to follow; this is
      one not to be missed.

      All PA information can be found on our website.

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               Food for Thought
                The Cashless Catering system has now been in operation at FCHS for almost a year. It is working
               well and has certainly speeded up the process of getting the boys through. Over the summer the can-
               teen was subject to a major extension and improved windows and doors will be fitted this half-term.
               All in all the environment is much enhanced. We have also been pushing very hard to improve the
               standard of behaviour within the canteen which has helped to produce a more calm and relaxed at-

Healthy eating is still of paramount importance and our school menus have been altered to reflect this change. How-
ever, we have noticed that a significant number of pupils are still bringing in crisps, fizzy drinks and chocolate as part
of their packed lunches. The boys are not allowed to consume these in the canteen and it is putting staff in a difficult
position when they come to challenge the pupils concerned. May I ask for your support in ensuring that you do not
include the above items in your son’s packed lunch.

After half-term we will be continuing to work hard to ensure that all boys in the canteen behave in the right manner. If
a pupil behaves inappropriately we reserve the right to apply a suitable sanction. In most cases this will amount to a
warning or a request that the pupil leave the canteen. However, in more serious cases a pupil will be required to do
some form of community service within the canteen. In the most extreme cases a temporary ban may be put into op-

When it comes to putting money on to your son’s account we would like to suggest that a cheque may be a better
option than cash. The temptation to spend money in the local shops may mean that the cash never gets to where
you want it to go. Cheques are a much safer option.

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the canteen arrangements, please contact Mrs. Antoniou, the Canteen
Manager on extension 232. If you wish to change the spending limits on your son’s account or get a print out to show
what he has spent his money on, she will be very willing to help. We will keep you updated on the catering arrange-
ments in future editions of the Albanian.

I remind all parents that young people up to the age of 18 are entitled to free school lunches, if their families are in
receipt of tax credits, income support or jobseekers allowance.

If you are in receipt of the above you should contact Mrs. Smith at the school on extension 302. With cashless cater-
ing, all transactions for students entitled to free school meals are confidential.

Mandarin Chinese Lessons
The MFL department is now in the position to offer Chinese lessons to a limited number of boys
in Years 7 - 9. This half hour lesson will start immediately after half term and lessons will take
place once a week on Thursday lunch time beginning at 1.15 and finishing at 1.45 until the end
of the school year. The aim is to provide a brief introduction to the Chinese language and culture
with the possibility of continuing these studies in the coming years. The group will be limited to
15 so early response is advisable. If you are interested in your son taking part in this unique op-
portunity then he should see Mr Murdoch from whom further information can be obtained.

Ten-Ten theatre presentation
As part of the school’s on going commitment to education in sexuality and relationships Year 9 and Year 10 pupils
attended a production in school by the Christian theatre company ‘Ten Ten’ on Thursday 7th February. Year 9 took
part in the ‘CHASED’ project which is a theatre-in-education resource that explores issues of self-worth, respect for
others, the value of chastity, and the influence of drugs and alcohol on decision making. Year 10 took part in the
‘BABIES’ play and a forum-style workshop. This covered a wide range of themes dealing with teenage pregnancy,
abortion, parenthood, marriage, family life, love and responsibility. All the boys responded in a positive and mature
manner and welcomed this opportunity to explore some key moral issues.

CAFOD Lent Fast Day
The Lent Fast Day for CAFOD will be supported in school with a special Fast Day lunch of bread, rice and vegeta-
bles prepared by the canteen staff. All donations made will go towards supporting projects around the world that will
help people to find a more sustainable way to live. In many CAFOD-funded projects, poor communities are showing
the way by caring for the earth and seeking alternative livelihoods.

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Sporting Achievements
I was delighted to see a two page spread on James Shea from last year’s Year 11,
in the recent Arsenal V Blackburn programme. He is clearly making a favourable
impression and we look forward to his continuing success. It is also good to see that
Declan Danaher, another past pupil, is now recovered from injury and is a regular at
wing forward for London Irish.

Physical Education Department

Kit Sanctions
1 SANCTION – Incorrect Kit:
If your son is able to participate in lesson, but does not have the full, correct FCHS PE kit. This includes
appropriate footwear and safety equipment where necessary.

If your son is unable to participate in the lesson due to a lack of kit. This will not be issued if a signed note
from a parent or guardian is handed to the teacher at the start of the lesson, stating the reason they could not
bring a kit.

If your son is unable to participate fully in the lesson for whatever reason and does not have a note, he will
receive 2 sanctions. Please note, that if your son has a note he will still be expected to participate in the les-
son, in the form of coaching or officiating and would be expected to change into his FCHS PE kit.

Middlesex Rugby: Congratulations to Adam Estevez (9H) and Brendan McDermott (11C) on making the
Middlesex rugby team.

Barnet X-Country: Congratulations to William McCarthy, James Elsey and Ciaran Power (all in 7F), Bradley
Doherty (8H) and Dean Borley (10F) for making it into their respective Barnet x-country teams. In addition,
Bradley Doherty came 11th in the Middlesex cross country trials and has been selected as a reserve for the
County team.

Year 7                                                     Year 8
Football:                                                  Football:
Played 9, won 7, lost 2.                                      Played 11, won 7, drawn 1, lost 3.
Unbeaten in the league.                                       Top of Barnet League
Beaten in Middlesex Cup semi final                            Beaten in Middlesex Cup Final
Still in Barnet Cup (semi-final).                             Still in Barnet Cup (Quarter-final)

Rugby:                                                     Rugby:
Top of Barnet league                                         Top of Barnet league
Played 5, won 4, lost 1.
                                                             Played 4, won 4.

Played 2, won 1 & lost 1
                                                              Played 2, won 1 & lost 1

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Year 9
Football:                                                   Year 10
   Played 13, won 9, lost 4                                 Football:
   Top of Barnet League                                        Played 6, won 4, lost 2.
   Beaten in Middlesex cup Quarter Final                       Second in Barnet League
   Still in Barnet Cup (semi-final)                            Beaten in Middlesex Cup 2nd round
                                                               Still in Barnet Cup Quarter Final
  Played 6, won 5, lost 1.                                  Rugby:
                                                              Played 3, won 1, lost 2.
   Played 2, won 1 & lost 1                                 Basketball:

Year 11                                                     6th Form
Football:                                                   Football:
   Played 9, won 6, lost 3                                  1st XI – Played 22 games (won 19, drawn 2 and
   Second in the Barnet league                              lost 1)
   Lost in Barnet Cup semi final                                Top of Middlesex League
   Beaten in Middlesex Cup 5th Round                            Still in U. 18’s Middlesex Cup (Semi-final)
                                                                Beaten in National Cup (last 32)
Rugby:                                                          Still in Barnet Cup (final)
  Played 1, won 1.                                              Still in Catholics Cup (Quarter final)

Basketball:                                                 U17s: Played 3 games (won 3)
   Played 1, won 1.                                            Still in Middlesex Cup (Semi-final)

                                                            2nd XI – Played 11, won 8 and lost 3.

  A particular mention must go to Jamie Lynch and Bradley Shea with their continued dedication and
   commitment to the coaching of the year 7 rugby team.
  Played 2, won 2.

   Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
   Congratulations to the 48 boys in year 10 who have successfully gained a place on the Duke of Edin-
   burgh’s Bronze Award Scheme. Pupils are currently training for their practice expedition which will be
   launched on the first two weekends in March. With the help of a £3000 grant from the Milly Apthorp Trust
   we have managed to purchase new tents, bags, waterproofs and cooking equipment.

   Year 12 recruitment for the silver award will be starting very soon, where we plan to take the 3-day hiking
   expedition to the mountainous terrain of North Wales.

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                                           Useful Revision Websites

Nowadays there are all sorts of useful web-sites that will help students preparing for public examinations. The
exam boards themselves are much more open and transparent and provide a variety of useful documents in-
cluding past papers, mark schemes and examiner reports for each subject. Our Exams Officer, Mrs Nash, has
compiled the following list in the hope that they will be of benefit to pupils and parents over the coming months.

                                  Edexcel Past Papers and Mark Schemes

                                    OCR Past Papers and Mark Schemes

                                    AQA Past Papers and Mark Schemes

                                                  General Websites


25 Feb          Return from half term holiday
                Year 8 Assessment Week

5               Academic Board meet to approve Year 12 and 13 exam entries
5-7             Year 10 Retreats
6               Year 10 Parents’ Evening
13              Year 12 Parents’ Evening
15              PTA Social Event
19              Year 8 Parents’ Evening
20 - 25         Easter Holiday Weekend (Thursday -Tuesday inclusive)
23 - 29         Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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