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					                                                                                                      Issue 218
      CARDINAL GRIFFIN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL                                                        6 October 2010




     THE GRIFFIN
Year 7 Welcome Mass
We will be holding our annual Year 7 Welcome Mass on Friday 8 October 2010. The Mass will take place in the
School Hall at 11.15am. Parents are invited to arrive from 11.00am. To mark this important day, once the Mass is
over, Year 7 pupils are allowed to leave school at 12.10pm by prior arrangement with the school.

School Photographs
Recently, we have had the following photographs taken of our pupils and staff:
♦The whole of the school, which is an excellent photograph. Pupils have been able to see it. Order forms were sent
  out ten days ago.
                          PLEASE NOTE THAT ORDERS FOR ALL OF THESE PHOTOGRAPHS MUST BE
♦Year 7                                      WITH MR LEECHMERE BY
♦Lower Sixth                                       3PM ON FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER 2010



New School Website
www.cgchs.org.uk
Cardinal Griffin has launched its new website at www.cgchs.org.uk. All of the new structure is in place and we will
now be making sure that lots of content and photographs are put on so that learners/parents/guardians/the whole world
can see and read about the exciting events at Cardinal Griffin.
                                                  Also available on the website is a contact form where you can send
                                                  in a request/comment direct to the school.
Open Evening - 30 September 2010
                                                  Go on…Have a look…
We had a very generous turn-out during this
year’s open evening, which proved to be a real
success.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all
Teachers, Staff and Pupils, without whom this
evening would not have been possible.
Thank you.

                                                                 Congratulations to the winners of the
Important Dates - Michaelmas Term 2010
                                                                        September 2010 Draw
27 Sep to 22 Oct   Equip a Child for School
Wk 1 >>
4 Oct              Attendance Week                                   1st - £25.00 - Mrs G Keeling
4-12 Oct           KS2 Science Liaison                              2nd - £10.00 - Ms H Sherwood
4-15 Oct           Yr 7 Baseline Testing                              3rd - £5.00 - Mr E Cranney
6 Oct              KS5 Information Evening                  All winners will receive their cheques in the post
8 Oct              Yr 7 Welcome Mass 11.00am
                                                           The next draw will take place on 29 October 2010
                   Structured Day C
                   Deep Learning
Wk 2 >>                                                            PTA Meeting - 12 October 2010
12 Oct             PTA Meeting                                    All parents, teachers and friends of
                                                                  the school are invited to attend the
13 Oct             Yr 7 Gideon’s Talk 1.55pm
                                                                          next PTA meeting.
14 Oct             Yr 12 Transition Evening
                                                        The meeting will take place in the Staffroom at 7.30pm.
16 Oct             Spain Race Night
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                                                      Attached to this newsletter is a copy of our new Parents’ Forum
                                                      Newsletter, which we hope you will find of interest.
                                                      The next meeting will be taking place on Tuesday 12 October at
                                                      7.30pm in the School Conference room, should you wish to
                                                      attend.
                                                      Mr Burrowes




                                       Lost Property Evening - 7 October 2010
                We will be displaying all Lost Property in the School Hall between 3.15pm and 4.15pm
                      All pupils and parents are welcome to come and look for their lost property
                                                   __________
  Alternatively, pupils will have one last opportunity to look for their lost property during break on Friday 8 October.
    Please note: Any unclaimed items will be donated to our chosen charity after both viewings have taken place.
  As you can appreciate, the Lost Property cannot be kept indefinitely and this is your final chance to collect any lost
                                             items (handed in from June).
                                               Many thanks - Mrs Barker


                           CARDINAL GRIFFIN AFTER SCHOOL CYCLING CLUB
                                            Wednesdays - 3.15pm-5.30pm
             Interested in improving your riding skills? Ride your own bike or use one of the School bikes
                                           Helmets must be worn at all times
             If you are interested in taking part or would like to know more, please see Mr Shenton in D1
                                         CYCLING CLUB FOR YEARS 5/6
                                              Tuesdays - 3.45pm-5.00pm
                          Open to all children in our Primary Feeder Schools (£1 Admission)


      Free Running Club (Outdoor Gymnastics)                  Music Tuition at Cardinal Griffin
                  Mondays in the Gym                          All children who wish to continue with Music Tuition are
             3.30pm-5.30pm - £4 per session                   requested to collect an enrolment form from Mrs White in
                                                              the Finance Office.
   For further details please contact Matt Woolley or
                      Brendon Riley.                          Failure to complete and return the form will result in
                                                              lessons being cancelled. Thank you.


[Romans 12:6 – The Message]
‘Let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pride-fully comparing
ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't.’
                        The theme for our scripture bite this week is BE YOU
A good friend of mine once told me, “God doesn’t make rubbish.” And it’s true – he doesn’t. When God made us, he
did so with a special reason in mind. He has a special job for us that no-one else can do. It’s no use trying to be like
someone else – life would be boring if we were all the same. God made us all different – so that we could learn from
one another and have something to give that’s unique to us. Think about it – what can you give to the people around
you? Be what you were made to be.
Creator God, Fill me with your Holy Spirit, that I may have the courage and grace to be who you created me to be. I
am a child of God and I have a special job to do, with gifts that are unique to me. Help me to use my gifts and talents
to benefit others. Amen.
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                       Race Night                                                      Spanish Food Night
                    16 October 2010                                                19 November 2010 - 7.00pm
                                                                                        Venue: School Hall
                  Venue: School Hall
                                                                           Three course meal with a Spanish flavour and
    This looks to be a fantastic evening, with many                                   a complimentary drink
                   prizes to be won.                                                   Ticket price - £10.00
                  Ticket price - £7.50                                              Live music, bar and raffle
            (includes a fish and chip supper)                                Music provided by the Swing Band and a
                                                                               programme of Spanish Guitar Music
  Clanna Gael will be performing during the evening
                     < < < < < All money raised will go towards the Spanish Music Trip > > > > >

RAF COSFORD – WORK EXPERIENCE : Year 10, 11, 12 and 13
I have listed below the work experience weeks being offered by RAF Cosford next year. They run from Monday -
Thursday and are open to both male and female students. The course takes students into a variety of sections at RAF
Cosford to open their eyes to the many different careers available in the Royal Air Force.
Week commencing: 28 February, 21 March, 4 April, 9 May, 23 May, 20 June, 27 June, 4 July
The Courses are NOT residential and you have to make your own way there and back to Cosford each day. Please
check that this is possible before coming to see me.
As the dates will mean you having time out of school, you must make sure that your parents and Head of House have
agreed and that you are not missing any important tests or exams. Each school has been allocated only 2 places each
week. If you have a keen interest in joining the RAF and want me to reserve a place, please come and see me as soon
as possible!
Mrs Hensby, Work Experience Officer/Learning Mentor


                                       GCSE English Language Revision Sessions
                                                 Thursdays in C6 at 3.15pm
                                     Please take advantage of this invaluable opportunity
                    These revision sessions will greatly assist in preparing for re-takes in November




We are supporting St James’ Catholic School in Chilomoni, Malawi, again this year, by sending over pencil cases and
stationery.
There are 3 easy steps to take part:
1. Buy a pencil case
2. Fill it with stationery (no scissors or compasses thank you!)                   Thank you. Emily Clark.
3. Put it in the box in the chapel
I would very much appreciate your help in supporting this worthy cause. Deadline : 22 October 2010.


Community Pantomime
If you would like to act, dance, sing, play music, design/make costumes, make/paint scenery or help with a
community pantomime, to be performed at school in January, then please come and join us.
Rehearsals for Cinderella take place on Mondays between 6.30pm and 8.00pm in the school hall. Why not
come along and join us?
Please contact Mrs Burrowes at school if you have any queries. Thank you.
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                                         New in the Learning Resource Centre
                                                  GO TURBO SERIES
                       GO TURBO is power-packed with MORE FACTS, MORE RECORDS and
                      MORE WEBSITES than most books. Titles include: Disasters, Extreme Sports,
                                   Extreme Survival, Football, Formula 1, etc.
                                        Each volume includes a short fiction story.
                                         Why not visit the LRC and take a look?




                                                   James Goddard (13)
          Harry Reid (8)                Ed Page (9)               Liam Cusack (13)              Adam Benton (12)
         Kyle Goodwin (9)            Luke Gorman (9)           Cameron Fergusson (12)            Declan Lees (9)
                                     Josh Bowker (13)             Masoma Sakwe (8)


School Trips
Yr 10 - Disneyland Paris - The September payment of £65.00 is now due. Final payment due on 22 October 2010.
Spanish Music Tour - All Years - September payment of £90.00 now overdue.
Yr 12 - Soli House - November 2010 - Places still available.
Yr 8 - German Language Trip - 2011 - Places still available.
Yr 11 - Poetry Live - Limited places available (please see Miss Feeney or Mrs Hewlett)
                                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~
Should you be experiencing any difficulties in meeting the appropriate payment deadlines, please contact me
immediately at school on 01543 502215 ext 220.
Thank you. Mrs Hewlett. School Trips Office.




If your child’s attendance drops below 90% you will automatically receive a letter notifying you of the situation. This
                                       percentage drop will take into account:
                              authorised absences / holidays / absences not accounted for
  If you are unaware of any absences for your child, it is imperative that you contact us immediately in order that the
                                   appropriate checks/amendments can be made.
                                    Any absence from school is a cause for concern!
                          It is generally accepted that attainment is better if attendance is high.



Regular Lateness = Absence                                     Regular Attendance = Increased Attainment
Over a school year:                                            90% attendance = 19 days absent
5 minutes late every day = 3 days absent                       85% attendance = 29 days absent (half a term)
15 minutes late every day = 10 days absent                     80% attendance = 38 days absent
30 minutes late every day = 19 days absent                     75% attendance = 47 days absent

				
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