Cardinal Pole Catholic School has been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA London Awards 2013 - May 2013
Welcome to all new Year 7's starting in September 2013
Welcome to Cardinal Pole Catholic School
We are delighted to welcome you to Cardinal Pole Catholic School, a mixed secondary comprehensive school for 11 – 19 year olds. It is an exciting time to join the school, our single-site state-of-the-art building in Morning Lane means you have the opportunity to attend an established school with a wealth of achievements in a brand new building. This year our exam results reflect the continuing improvements being made at the school, including 66% 5A*-C grades in English and Maths, as well as 77% C grades and above in both English and in Maths.
Our February 2013 Ofsted reports that we are a “Good” school.
- ‘The attendance of students is good. They feel safe in school, enjoy their learning and behave well.’
- ‘Students make exceptional progress in English & Mathematics.’
- ‘There are many opportunities for students to attend clubs and extra classes in addition to lessons during the school day.’
- ‘Teachers make lessons interesting and enjoyable. They are knowledgeable & enthusiastic about their subjects & encourage students to try hard & achieve well.’
- ‘The leadership of the Executive Headteacher & Associate Headteacher is exceptional’
Cardinal Pole is a friendly, vibrant school. We offer a dynamic and successful learning environment where young people have the opportunity to achieve. We want our students to believe in themselves, to have ambitions and to feel confident about their place in life. We look forward to meeting you. Please take a few moments to browse our website and look through the documents below including the Year 7 Booklet.
Welcome to your new school
Ms Jane Heffernan
Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita – 8th February 2013
We celebrated the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita on 8th February 2013, one of our community saints, focusing on her as a role model for forgiveness despite her experiences. The Diocese visited the school to photograph the event. Please see photos below.
OFSTED INSPECTION 31st January & 1st February 2013
We have made great improvements in exam results and behaviour here at Cardinal Pole and we encourage you to share the positive feedback that you have given us at the Parents’ Evenings and other events so far this year by going to the Ofsted website - www.ofsted.gov.uk and clicking on Parent View http://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ to let the inspectors know your views.
Archbishop Nichols blesses new site of Cardinal Pole school
The Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster was at Cardinal Pole School in Hackney on Tuesday 20 October to officially open the new school site on Morning Lane.
The new school combines the two previous sites which Cardinal Pole school was based on to provide one building for 11-19 year olds. A change which offers exciting new opportunities for integration and engagement. The new school contains a Chapel, dining room, specialist classrooms for each subject including a suite for special educational needs. It is set within landscaped grounds which include an amphitheatre, playground and outside dining area.
In his homily during a Liturgy of the Word service, Archbishop Nichols considered the school’s four Saints: Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, St Josephine of Bakhita, St Francis of Assisi and St Thomas More; to whom the school has dedicated a wing of the school. The Archbishop reflected on their lives and said that while they are renowned for their love of the young, poor, animals and the King respectively the greatest love they had was of God. Archbishop Nichols concluded by saying that they represented “four aspects of the call each of us receives from God”, and in our striving to make a difference to the world we should “keep it rooted in God”.
Archbishop Nichols went on to bless with baptismal water those who had come to celebrate the opening of the school, images of the aforementioned saints and the building itself. The service also included short speeches from both Executive Headteacher Geraldine Freear and Assistant Headteacher Steve Glover, and a wide variety of songs led by the school choir.
Fr Benedict Fadoju, Chaplain of the school, spoke of the excitement surrounding Archbishop Nichols’ attendance as it “really brings in the whole diocese” into the foundation of the school. Spiritually Fr Benedict believes that the new building offers a lot for the students with the chapel being at the centre of the school building. Mass will be celebrated daily at the school, and class Masses and year Masses will take place regularly throughout the year.
GCSE DRAMA PERFORMANCE
Thursday 13th December 2012 @ 6.30pm
Additional Learning Day - Tuesday 27th November
Year Group Start Time End Time
Year 7 - 8.35am - 2.30/3.00pm
Year 8 - 8.35am -12.00pm
Year 9 - 8.35am - 1.15pm
Year 10 - 11.15pm - 3.00pm
Year 11 - Work Experience
Year 12 & 13 - 8.35am - 3.10pm
November - School Blessing
September 2012 - New Building Officially Opens
Click here for news release (6/9/2012)
Cardinal Pole Students get opportunity to visit the Olympic Games
Click here for link (3/9/2012)
BEST EXAM RESULTS EVER 2012 (22/8/2012)
An 'Outstanding' OFSTED visit to our English Department (May 2012)
To read full report click here
Mass of transition (May 2012)
A Mass of transition has been organised for Thursday, May 24th at 3.15 pm with Fr Benedict in the school hall at the Upper School. You are warmly invited to attend this Mass to mark your child’s transition to the next phase of his/her education. The Mass is an opportunity to celebrate the unique contribution your child has made to the school community over the past years, to offer thanks for their gifts and talents and our prayers for their future success.
EDF Challenge - The Finals (May 2012)
On Tuesday 1st May, all the months of hard training both on the indoor machines and on water all came together at the final of the EDF Challenge at Dorney Lake, which is going to be the venue for the 2012 Rowing event for the Summer Olympics.
The CP Team of 8 pupils ended up 3rd overall, with the bronze medal as well as a London 2012 goodies bag, autographs from 3 famous rowing Olympians as well as tickets to the test event of the water polo in the Olympic stadium on Saturday 5th May.
I would like to congratulate the team on their dedication to training, their sportsmanship and hard work throughout the program and to Stephanie Ware from London Youth Rowing for coaching them over the past few months in the lead up to this memorable event.
The team will now focus on training as part of the Hackney Team for the London Youth Games in June.
The team was:
Thomas Middlemiss (Year 7), Edwina Asumang (Year 9), Phil Moke (Year 9), Omar Anderson (Year 9), Samuel Ibini (Year 9), Haider Romero-Perez (Year 9), Piotr Pabisek (Year 10), Kennedy Nwosu (Year 10).
Parent Governor Vacancy (May 2012)
Election of Parent Governor - We have received one nomination, Mrs Michelle Carey, parent of John Carey (11D) and Chelsea Carey (9C)
Sixth Former David Annor - awarded AMOS Bursary and other Sixth Former Successes (April 2012)
We are pleased to announce that David Annor in Year 12 has been awarded an AMOS Bursary. The purpose of the Bursary is to support African and Caribbean Boys access professional careers. David will now be able to access mentoring from professionals and financial support throughout his time and university.
Tobi Abiola and David Ashaolu are to be congratulated for reaching the London Final of the DebateMate competition. As two senior members of the school’s debating club run by Ms Hartley, the boys are also supporting younger debaters further down the school. In the London Final the Attorney General Dominic Grieve made clear his belief that students reaching this prestigious event should look forward to a career in politics or the law, we hope his words come true for our two talented young debaters.
Evi Shurety in Year 12 was recently awarded a Grade 8 for her playing of the Oboe. Evi will be soon demonstrating her musical talent to Year 7 and 8 students in a summer assembly after completing her AS-level exams
Cardinal Pole Sixth Former carries Olympic Torch (April 2012)
Kim Pham in Year 12 has been selected to carry the Olympic Torch through part of Islington as recognition of her achievements in British Weightlifting. Kim is the British Senior Champion in her weight Category, Kim aims to take up a place in University in Sports Management. Her next goal is to ‘compete at the Glasgow Common Wealth Games in 2014.’ We are hopeful that Kim herself may go on to represent Team GB at a major event in the future.
Cardinal Pole welcomes our new chaplain Father Benedict
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am Fr. Benedict Fadoju, joining the staff as the school Chaplain, ready to assist you in all ways pertaining to God and life, so that these precious gifts will blossom for God and for you.
Your children are our students. They are gifts from God to you and gifts from God and you, to us. Yet we have a common goal for them. But one thing is sure! They are gifts to us all.
We receive gifts in form of presents from those who love us and I am very sure God loves us and thus bequeath us with precious gifts, which is a means of regenerating ourselves in nature. But in the midst of all these gifts in nature, human life stands out as a very precious gift. Your children, our students remain such a gift. Even when Christ came into the world, he took the form of a human being.(Cf. Phil. 2:5-11). In other words, God shared in our human nature and He (God) took delight in His Son. (Cf. Matthew 3:17, Matthew 12:18, Matthew 17:5, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22, 2 Peter 1:17). This is a perfect example for us all to follow.
Therefore, we all need to be happy and joyful, delighting in these Gifts (Children and Students) because our future world lies in them. Our family, our love, our faith, our job, our society is being infused into them for a greater tomorrow.
Let us all be delightful in these precious gifts God has granted us. Let rejoice in the source of these gifts, which is our own source too. If God our Father, could be delightful in Christ His Son, should we not delight too in the precious gifts who share the image of His beloved Son and bring them up according to His will?
Cardinal Pole Students in the final SPEAK OUT CHALLENGE! (April 2012)
A BIG Congratulations to Princess Ashilokun 10A who won the Speak Out Challenge Borough Final with her speech titled “WAR”. The feedback from the
competition revealed that the vote was unanimous! Well Done to Obed A Kessey 10C who too competed in the competion. Both speakers and the Year 10 supporters where a huge credit to the school.
CARDINAL POLE YEAR 10 WIN IN THE FINAL!
The year 10 football team were successful in their final yesterday and won the Dewar Shield (London cup). They ran out comfortable winners at 5-1! As you can see the trophy is huge and will not fit in the trophy cabinet or the PE office so it will be housed in the staff room at the upper temporarily until we figure out what to do with it!
Chad Baptiste, Solomon Onabanjo, Robert Donkoh, Damola Aremu, Michee Efete, Gradi Milenge,
Michael Macauley, David Bell, Shayon Harrison, Kelvin Oyenusi, Frances Kamara, John Adesokan,
Reece Stoyles, Obed Amankwalaa, Gbenroe Arojojoye
Another PE victory - Weight Lifting Titles Claimed
The British U23 and Junior Weightlifting Championships took place in Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Five pupils from the school took place in the competition. Solomon Onabonjo started the competition off with lifting 65kg for Snatch and 83kg in the Clean and Jerk (CJ) category this was a solid performance which secured Solomon a 3rd place finish in a very competitive field. Dorothy John was just short of finishing on a 100 total in her category she still had an impressive day with lifts of 33kg in the Snatch and 36kg in CJ this was enough to secure her 1st place. Sarah Lamin and Kim Pham where competing against each other for the title in the Junior girls competition. Unfortunately Sarah’s lifts of 43kg for Snatch and 61kg in CJ where not enough to defeat Kim on this occasion! Kim came first with 53kg for Snatch and 70kg in CJ and Sarah went home with the silver. To end the day was Mercy Brown who did an outstanding job in her category not only did she come first she also broke a British Record. She lifted 52kg for Snatch and a new British Record of 73kg in Clean and Jerk.
MP Meg Hillier visits our 6th Form Students
Year 12 students continue to be supported by Meg Hillier MP. Following the invitation to dinner with ten of our Year 12 girls and her subsequent visit to the school, all of the girls are now in contact with Meg and her team and are receiving on-going support.
Nneoma Nwasou in Year 12, who is hoping to study medicine at Cambridge has been supported in securing a work-placement at St.Bart’s hospital. Nneoma believes that “without Meg’s help, support and advice I would not have been able to secure the work experience which is so vital to my future career”.
Patricia Anipole, Zara Ampong-Appiah and Sarah Smyth also in year 12 are working with Meg to secure mentors in the field of Psychiatry. Zara feels that with the support of our MP ‘an important network can be created which will help all of us succeed in our ambition to study medicine and psychiatry at University.’
Mr. Shurety - Head of Sixth Form
Celebratory Festivals between Suresnes, France and Hackney, England 2012.
Pupils from Cardinal Pole have been selected to represent Hackney in France on the 13th May during a celebratory festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the twinning relationship between the towns of Hackney and Suresnes. On the 21st July, 15 young people from Suresnes will also be visiting Hackney to celebrate the passing of the Olympic torch through the borough. The following year 10 pupils who have been selected have clearly enjoyed the prestige and collaboration involved in the project and this is what they have to say:it is run by a company called ‘Mind your language’ (MYL).
The project involves us preparing to perform a festival in the French town of Suresnes, near Paris. There, we will sing a song and perform a 10 minute play
in French. The festival is to celebrate the twinning between Hackney and Suresnes. The rehearsals have been really fun so far. The first few were mainly about getting to know each other. So far during the rehearsals we’ve been playing drama games and practising or perfectingour French for the play. It’s been a great experience and I am enjoying every minute. The rehearsals take place on the weekends for about 3 hours.”
By Hannah Abban
With my involvement in the Suresnes project, I shall be travelling to Paris by Eurostar .
We are going to be performing both in France and in London at the unveiling of the Olympic torch which is a very prestigious event.
The people with whom we are working are very supportive. I am most grateful for the opportunity to take part in this wonderful experience.”
By Abigail Ajibola
When we first arrived at the rehearsals I was extremely nervous especially when I saw the pupils from the other schools. I got called for my audition early on and sang ‘the man who can’t be Moved’ . When I found out that I had got through, I was really excited. I have to dedicate a lot of time to rehearsals and they can be quite tiring although always lots of fun. Through the rehearsals I have met a lot of great people from other schools and it has been a really fun experience overall”.
By Kenya McKenzie
“This project is giving us the opportunity to perform in France at a festival and also to perform at the event of the lighting of the Olympic torch. It is also helping me with my French and singing skills. The play which will be performed is completely in French. I am enjoying the sessions and working with pupils from other schools”.
By Javani Brown
“I feel that the project is great because it gives us a new opportunity to experience performing in another country. It has also helped to build my confidence. I can’t wait to get there. The performance in London is also very exciting. I really can’t wait.!!”
By Princess Ashilokun
LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS
The year 10 boys football team progressed to the Final of the London Cup last week after beating Bacon’s College in the semi Final 7-1! The boys went 0-1 down midway through the first half but Gradi Milenge (Brentford FC Academy) replied by scoring an equaliser within seconds. The boys then scored again to lead by 2-1 at half time against a very good Bacon’s team who were pressing them hard across the midfield and forcing errors. The start of the second half was very competitive as the first had been but as the Bacon’s boys tired from the intensive pressing of our boys and platiny high up the pitch they left themselves open to the counter attack which was exploited with great confidence by Michee Efete who took on four players and crossed for Gradi to finish again. The boys then went on to dominate proceedings with a superb solo strike from Shayon Harrison (Tottenham FC academy).
They will face Richard Challoner School in the final who are one of the best teams in the country having made English Schools Finals over the years. The Boys caused an upset two years ago by knocking them out in an early round of the England competition and will hope to finish the season on a high.
Year 7 perform well at Lee Valley
13 December 2011
Our year 7 performed well at the Lee Valley Indoor Cup were both the Girls and boys finished Second.
London Youth Games Feeder Event - West London (27.11.2011)
5 of Cardinal Pole pupils competed in the London Youth Games Feeder Event - West London (27.11.2011)
and all of them got medals! The team arrived at the lower School at 7am to make the journey to Brunel University and weigh time for their competitions. It was great to see how dedicated they were and the commitment they have shown to training paid off with all 5 receiving medals as follows:
Tian Sewell-Morgan Gold
Samuel Ibini Gold
Damani Anderson Gold
Omar Anderson Bronze
Christian Paton Bronze
The London Youth Games feeder event is a development competition for London Borough Clubs which leads into the London Youth Games structure.
A big thanks to Gabor Szanyi-Nagy is the head coach at CP/CLJC who continues to do a wonderful job with our pupils and others locally preparing them for competition. The support of British Judo and Arsenal has also been a key factor. Hopefully the club will continue to develop when we move into our morning lane premises in 2012.
Inspire! delivers workshops at Cardinal Pole
Cardinal Pole Catholic School took on an Olympic-themed enterprise challenge in November. The programme for Year 8 students, which was designed and organised by Inspire! – the Education Business Partnership for Hackney, aimed to develop students’ work-related skills and increase their awareness of the impact the Games will have on the borough.
The day started with an assembly led by Tony Medawar from the London Development Agency, which introduced the students to the challenge and outlined the ways in which the Olympics will affect Hackney.
After taking part in activities which introduced them to the Olympic and Paralympic values, students were asked to create a promotional campaign based on one of the values to attract visitors to Hackney both during and after the Olympic Games. Assisting them were volunteers from KPMG, Kraft, the Department for Work & Pensions, Aberdeen Asset Management and a volunteer from the council’s Hackney Hosts programme. Students worked in teams to produce their campaigns, taking on different job roles and producing a logo, slogan, mascot and designs for merchandise, as well as a marketing and business plan.
As with any real life business scenario, teams had to make a late decision when news came through that David Beckham would be available to put in a personal appearance. Groups had to decide whether or not they could afford to take up the option by sacrificing an aspect of their campaign and if so, how they would use him. ‘We’re going to get David Beckham to play a match of blind football to promote equality,’ said Desi Adboshun (13).
The day concluded with each team presenting their ideas to a panel of volunteer judges, and the winning teams won the chance to visit the Olympic Park next month. Inspire!, as part of their work around the 2012 games are offering these workshops to interested schools. For more information on this workshop and other Inspire! programmes please contact Lucy Rafferty
Cardinal Pole Sixth Form Success at Dragons Den
9th December 2011
The Cardinal Pole Envision team successfully pitched at the “Dragons Den” Pitch4Change event at Clifford Chance in the City! The group were initially awarded £250 but the judges said they would give them an additional £250 if they manage to get the project off to a good start in the new year. This a really exciting opportunity for this group of young people to really make their tackling poverty project a success whilst also gaining many skills and experiences for them personally.
London Youth Games Event
30th November 2011
5 Cardinal Pole pupils competed in the London Youth Games Feeder Event and all of them got medals!
Tian Sewell-Morgan (Hackney) Gold
Samuel Ibini (Hackney) Gold
Damani Anderson (Hackney) Gold
Omar Anderson (Hackney) Bronze
Christian Paton (Hackney) Bronze
Year 7 and Year 8 perform at the Unicorn theatre
24th November 2011
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by pupils from Years 7 and 8 at the Unicorn Theatre in Southwark, on November 5th. Our production was put on as part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, alongside the work of 3 other schools.
To see more images please go to the Photo Galley.
Year 12 students Aspiring to Top Universities
24th November 2011
A number of our top year 12 students featured in the Hackney Gazette this week as they signed up to one of out top opportunities in the Sixth form. To read the full article click the link below and go to page 11,.
Weightlifting another successful Competition.
21st November 2011
Phillipa Conway travelled with the Weightlifting team to Birmingham to compete in the British 18 competition.
Once again, the squad performed very well in their respective categories.
Kim Pham in 1st Place,
Sarah Lamin 2nd Place
Solomon Onabanjo 3rd Place
Omarie Mears (ex – pupil) who trains with the squad was 2nd in his category.
A great deal of credit goes to George Manners who is producing some excellent lifters.
Weightlifting coach featured in Newspaper
31st October 2011
George Manners who has been successfully coaching at Cardinal Pole for a number of years has been nominated for coach of the year at the Hackney sports Awards and is now featured in an article in Hackney Today. To read the full article please follow the link below.
Year 7 girls tag rugby tournament
25th October 2011
On Tuesday 25th October a selection of year 7 girls took part in a tag rugby competition in which several schools from in and around London competed. The girls were managed by Miss Conway and Mr Oakley and the tournament took place at the Northolt Rugby Club. We entered two teams into the competition and both competed extremely well. The B-team got off to a slow start but won their 2nd game in style with Keren Lumbu scoring the majority of tries. She formed a telling partnership with Patricia Bonsu, who also got her name on the score sheet. The A-team were very unlucky not to go through to the semi-finals as they only lost one game within the group stages, drawing three and winning one. Ruth Bah was the top scorer but most of the team managed to score a try. The girls represented their school very well and it was great to see them improving as a team, game by game. The competition was definitely played in the right spirit and we look forward to coming back stronger next year.
Topping Out Ceremony for new school
27th September 2011
There will be a Topping Out Ceremony for the of the new school building on the 7th October this will be attended by the Headteacher and representatives of the school community
To see more images please go to the Photo Galley.
To view images of the internal of the new school please click here.
5th March 2011
The school will visited by Ofsted inspectors on Tuesday March the 8th and Wednesday March the 9th.
4th December 2010
We hosted a very successful judo festival at the lower School on Saturday 4th December. This was to promote our School club and community club which is being funded by Arsenal community programme and Hackney council. The event is currently on the front page of the premier league for sport website and the Arsenal community website. Follow the links below to read about it.
Hackney Sports Awards 2010
10th November 2010
Alfred Mugabo received 'Hackney Sports Personality of the Year' award from Natasha Danvers-Smith, bronze Olympic 400m hurdles medalist and Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney.
George Manners received the Coach of the year award for his outstanding work with Cardinal Pole's Weightlifting team.
Winning Weightlifting Team at the London Youth Games.
Kim Pham, London Youth Games Champion, British Schools Champion and British U18 Champion, Cardinal Pole Weightlifting team.
Omarie Mears, Cardinal Pole Weightlifting Team. London Youth Games Champion, British Schools Champion and British U18’s 7th place.
London Youth Games Indoor Rowing Team.
"Success in the making" Newsletter
1st October 2010
As part of The Learning Trusts effort to share stories of achievement, they have introduced “Success in the making “a newsletter to highlight the successes of schools in Hackney. In the 1st edition they have focused on secondary schools and student’s academic achievements as well as innovative approaches to learning. This newsletter will be distributed to our pupils.
Open Day 2010
18th September 2010
Open Day was held at the Upper School, Kenworthy Road on on Saturday 18th September. The event was a great succcess, with parents, prospective pupils, current pupils & staff enjoying the diverse range of activities available.
To view more photographs, please visit the photo gallery.
Year 11 School Prom 2010
9th July 2010
For more photographs from this hugely successful evening, please visit the photo gallery.
Weightlifting Team make a big lift for Hackney
25th May 2010
Cardinal Pole's 1st Weightlifting club have come a long way since it's conception two years ago, after finishing second in the London Youth Games last year. They have yet again exceeded expectations by winning two Gold medals in the recent British Schools Championships.
The School is hoping to build on this success and increase the number of participants at next year’s competition and hopefully bring back more titles to Hackney.
Omarie Mears – 1st place and British champion ......................................................................... Kim Pham – 1st place and British champion.......................................................................... Delyce Albert Joseph – 3rd place....................................................................................... Akinsoji Akinnawo – 3rd place
Fond farewell to long serving staff members
29th March 2010
At our annual Achievement Evening we said Goodbye to two long serving member of staff. Philippa Toomey, former Chairwomen of Governors and Marilyn Andrews, Cleaning Supervisor both served Cardinal Pole School for more than 30 years each. Headteacher, Katherine Hartigan thanked both women for their long-standing contributions adding that it was individuals such as they who helped to make Cardinal Pole a successful school.
29th March 2010
Cardinal Pole welcomed the pupils and families to this year’s Achievement Evening.Music was provided by the School Guitar Ensemble, the Drum / Percussion Ensemble and solo singer, saxophonist, and two pianists, one of whom played his own composition. Poetry reading and a presentation about the BBC News School Report project in which Year 9 pupils participated again this year. There was also a dramatic interlude with pupils from Year 8 performing short scenes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Tempest. There was a celebration of the Academic Achievement of children nominated by subject teachers in Years 7, 8 and 9, and by tutors for their contribution to the pastoral life of the school. Special achievements were noted with the John McMillan Prize and Shield for excellence in Science awarded to Sarah Lamin and the Brian Toby Prize and Shield for excellence in Technology awarded to Shani Glover. Parents were able to share in the pride of the school community as they saw their children receive certificates of achievement. The whole teaching staff also looked on, and were thanked for their contribution to the success of the school community.
DCSF Film new Diploma Trailer at Cardinal Pole
27th March 2010
The Department for Children & Families (DCSF) recently shot their new promotional advert for the 14-19 Diploma at Cardinal Pole School. As a leading school in the reform Cardinal Pole students were treated to a full-day of high-tech media shooting where their classroom was transformed into a studio complete with cameras on tracks and light filters. Year 10 pupil Rhasan Bruner is the star of the promotion. When Rhasan started at the school he was very shy but studying the Higher Diploma in Society, Health & Development has increased his confidence so much that the DCSF asked to use him in their new shoot. Fellow Diploma classmates were also involved in the shoot and BTEC Art students were able to discuss with the cameramen about the best way into film and television production Teacher Laura McInerney said, “The shoot took 13-hours and the students were remarkably patient and well-mannered. The crew were quite astounded by their maturity. Many people have misconception about the Diploma but we find the students are independent learners who are constantly in challenging situations like this one, I am so proud of their progress.”. The DSCF Video is aimed at raising the profile of the new Higher Diploma qualification worth 7 GCSEs. The Diploma incorporates academic work with practical skills, teamwork, independent projects and functional skills in Maths, English & ICT to ensure all students have a range of skills suitable for employment.
Video is available at:
Performance of the Holocaust play: And they came for me
27th March 2010
Year 9 pupils watched a multi-media performance of documentary drama about the life of Anne Frank, interweaving photographs and video interviews with her friend Eva Schloss, whose book inspired the play, and Anne’s first boyfriend, Ed Silverberg. The play also incorporates a team of four actors performing a live re-enactment of the events. The performance, which has come to the school for the 3rd time, was performed by Blue Sky Network, who have also performed the play across Europe and America, in Parliament and at City Hall. The performance complements work the students have been undertaking in History, Drama, RE and Citizenship. The Aim of the Event was to engage the pupils in developing personal and independent responses to important issues, as part of their global citizenship programme.
‘The pupils were highly engaged by the performance, which gave a very powerful and emotional message about the evils of hate crime. This message was backed up forcibly by Director Nick Careem, in a thought-provoking discussion with the cast and pupils.’ ‘Nick was impressed by the level of questioning which the students provided after the show, praising them for their mature response to the issues.’
Weight lifting team had some outstanding results
26th March 2010
Cardinal Pole Catholic School’s Weight lifting team had some outstanding results at the recent British Schools Championship's in Oldbury (Birmingham). Despite attending their first national competition Omarie Mears and Kim Pham both won their categories, Delyce Joseph-Albert was second and Akinsoji Akinnawo was third. Along with Rita Kitonyogo they were involved from the start of the competition refereeing the junior competition alongside senior ref's. The Pupils from Cardinal Pole are the only School team in the country to complete the junior referee's award and so were called upon to gain valuable experience at national level before competing later in the day. The pupils train twice a week at Cardinal Pole under the guidance of George Manners (Senior coach) and have made great progress this year through participation in regular London and South East Opens and representing Hackney in the London Youth Games.
The School is hoping to build on this success and increase the number of participants at next year’s competition and hopefully bring back more titles to Hackney.
Omarie Mears – 1st place and British champion
Kim Pham – 1st place and British champion
Delyce Albert Joseph – 3rd place
Akinsoji Akinnawo – 3rd place
Rhiann wins !
17th March 2010
Discover Young Hackney, a singing competition, hosted by radio and TV presenter Kat B, and sponsored by Hackney Council and X7 Academy. Rhiann Cunningham, Year 10 pupil, won the competition and earned a scholarship to X7 Academy, including vocal training and dance classes.
“This competition has opened so many doors for me and has given me great opportunities. It’s so great to finally be getting recognition for my instrument and for other people to appreciate it.”
The Learning Trust Educators Awards Ceremony and Dinner 2010
1st March 2010
Cynthia John, The Pupil Inclusion Unit Manager was nominated for an award in March 2010. She was nominated for The Learning Mentor of the Year. Unfortunately, Cynthia did not win but was honoured to have received the nomination.
The blurb in the programme stated the person winning this award would be a ‘Mentor who has made an outstanding contribution to a school’. We think that Cynthia has done just that and will always be a winner in our eyes. Well done Cynthia!
Top Class Results
1st March 2010
“I am writing to you with the unanimous support of The Learning Trust Board to ask you to accept our warmest congratulations on the confirmation of your school’s Level 3 results. Please would you also pass on our congratulations to the students themselves and to their teacher’s. This year has seen a spectacular rise in your Average Point Score per student and your APS per entry is now well above the national average. I note too that your contextual value added score now stands at an impressive 1043.6. Best wishes for 2010.” Richard Hardie, Chair, The Learning Trust Board
BBC News Report
1st March 2010
Cardinal Pole students from 9C will be making the news on 11th March 2010 as they take part in the BBC News School Report. We aim to publish the news by 1600 GMT on the News Day, so please save this page as a favourite and return to it later.
Please click on link below to view the latest report.
Free Judo Club
Year 7 and 8 pupils have the exciting opportunity to take part in a free Judo Club.
Judo classes are often quite expensive and we are fortunate that Arsenal Football Club are funding the Judo coaching.
These sessions will take place on Wenesday's 3.30 - 5.00pm at the Lower School site in Victoria Park Road.
Please click on the poster to download.
Christmas Fair 2009
2nd Decemeber 09
The 2009 Business and Enterprise Xmas Fair was held on Wednesday 2nd December. This event was organised to showcase BTEC Business Year 10 student’s enterprise skills. Forty-four budding entrepreneurs spent time inside and outside the classroom honing their skills since early October. Students had to demonstrate team work from the start, organising themselves into groups and brainstorming business ideas. Some excellent ideas were produced by these young people, and eventually it narrowed down to the chosen few. Each group conducted market research and depending on the success of the results, prototypes and plans were put into action.
When each team analysed their start up costs and produced a business plan, they raised their capital by many various means. Some chose to fund their venture themselves while others presented their plan to school staff and convinced ‘dragons’to invest in their businesses. Meetings were held on a regular basis to review progress; advice was sought and received from a range of sources.
A lot of time and effort was pumped into their businesses by the students. Their work was rewarded by acquiring and developing some enterprise skills such as team work, innovation, communication, financial capability, negotiation and time management to name but a few.
The day itself was an outstanding success - ‘the best yet’ was the general consciences from the adults who attended the fair. The businesses sold goods, provided services and took orders from an assortment of clientel. The students involved excelled in their preparation of their stalls, ‘selling’ techniques and overall desire to make their business a success. All the participants, students and staff left the Sixth Form Common Room with smiles on their faces, grateful for the opportunity to experience the Xmas Fair. Students on each side of the counter benefited greatly from peer learning, learning from their mistakes and having fun!
We would like to congratulate each student who contributed to the Fair on their excellent behaviour, patience and involvement during the lead up to and during the Xmas Fair.
Well done everyone.
New School Consultation
19th November 09
Cardinal Pole played host to members of the local community, parents, governors and staff to reveal the latest designs and discuss proposals for our new school, due to be built on a single site on Morning Lane by August 2012.
The event was well attended and positive feedback was provided by many of our existing and prospective parents, who are excited by the development of a new school building with state of the art education facilities.
Over the course of the 2009 / 2010 academic year we will be working closely with our chosen architects Jestico and Whiles to design the new school and we very much look forward to construction beginning on Morning Lane this coming summer.
Jack Petchey Awards 2009
7th October 2009
Cardinal Pole Catholic School pupils and staff attended the Jack Petchey Awards Ceremony. The event was to recognise the positive contribution to our school of these pupils and adult leader. They were selected for a variety of reasons including supporting a Catholic Charity, running a successful ‘after school’ club and promoting the school image in a number of activities.
Trisha Wheeler, cook, received the Leader Award for her years of service and positive contribution. Each award winner received a certificate and a medallion as well as £200 to be used within the school on a project of their choice.
The highlight of the evening was the behaviour, attitude and turnout of the pupils.Cardinal Pole can be rightly proud of them, they were a credit to the school.
The pupils were: Rebecca Samuel, Omari Mears, Remi Adekunle, Kim Pham, Naomi Lewis, Shani Glover, Tiffany Ampiah, Patricia Anipole, Maria Ibini, Rebecca Aderotimi. The Leader was Trisha Wheeler.
A Level Field Trip to Norfolk
5th October 2009
Both Yrs 12 &13 Geography groups travelled to Norfolk to learn more about Ecosystems, Coastal Processes and Urban Rebranding.
‘It was a great weekend and we learned a lot’, Sarah Jayne Williams Yr 13.
Tessa Jowell visits Cardinal Pole Catholic School
24th September 09
Tessa Jowell, Minister for London and the Olympics visited Cardinal Pole on the 24th September 2009 to take part in a Crimestoppers event to help publicise a new text messaging service, designed to help combat crime.
The event was organised by Karen Osborn from Crimestoppers and Commander Simon Pountain of the Metropolitan Police and was attended by a group of our year 9 pupils who had been working with Crimestoppers over the course of last year.
Our Year 9 pupils proved excellent ambassadors of our school and Hackney. Mrs Jowell was most impressed by our school and especially our pupils and congratulated the whole school on achieving the best examination results ever this year.
Community Open Day for Families and Future Pupils
12th September 09
Everybody was able to join in with the activities which included; rocket making and launch, trampolining, muffin baking, poetry slam, history puzzle, computer workshop, ‘The Apprentice’ and a French Bistro.
Mass was celebrated with the community and the Headteacher addressed all future pupils and their families.
The day was declared a great success by our visitors who gave very positive feedback about our pupils, staff and the school. A big thank you to all the pupils and staff who gave up their Saturday to make such a great day.
Year 11 Retreat to Canterbury
8th September 2009
In September 2009, Retreats were held at Canterbury for Yr 11 pupils as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
One pupil wrote: “We really enjoyed travelling to Canterbury and having the opportunity to learn more about the monks and nuns. Everyone made us feel really welcome”
Best Results Ever 2009
72% of pupils achieved 5 A* - C grades at GCSE, 51% including Maths and English.
97% of A level grades were A – E with 66% of grades being A – C.
Tessa Jowell, Minister for London and the Olympics said on a recent visit ‘I would like to congratulate the staff and pupils of Cardinal Pole on their best exam results ever’
Headteacher, Katherine Hartigan said ‘Cardinal Pole’s pupils and staff have shown once again that hard work produces good results and that our school continues to go from strength to strength, year on year.’
Cardinal Pole Catholic School Visits Canterbury Cathedral
2nd September 09
To mark the beginning of Cardinal Pole’s Golden Jubilee Year, on 2nd September the entire staff visited Canterbury Cathedral where Cardinal Reginald Pole, the last Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury is buried.
The school was given permission by the Cathedral for the school chaplain, Fr David Evans and ex staff member Fr Dominic McKenna to celebrate a Catholic mass in Our Lady’s Undercroft Chapel in the Cathedral.
The day included laying a wreath at the tomb of Cardinal Reginald Pole, tours of the cathedral, a presentation of the life of Cardinal Reginald Pole and the history of the school. It was a marvellous day during which the entire staff were able to come together as a Catholic community.
Cardinal Pole Catholic School Golden Jubilee 1959-2009
1st September 09
After 50 years serving the local community, Cardinal Pole Catholic School is celebrating its Golden Jubilee with a series of events over 2009 – 2010.
One of the highlights of the year will be a staff pilgrimage to Canterbury to visit the site of Cardinal Reginald Pole’s burial.
Headteacher, Katherine Hartigan, said ‘The Golden Jubilee is a real opportunity to showcase our school, particularly as this year we achieved the best results ever. The real strength of our school is it’s welcoming and warm atmosphere where individuals feel valued and have the opportunity to develop spiritually as well as academically.’
Youth World Cup, Gothenburg Sweden
12th - 18th July 2009
Six Cardinal Pole School boys, Stephen Arthurworrey, James Arthurworrey, Kai Parkinson, Daniel Xavier-Samuel, Alfred Mugabo and Simon Cleere played in the Hackney & Tower Hamlets Year 9 Team at the Youth World Cup held in Gothenburg Sweden.
They were a credit to the school both on and off the field. All six boys were brilliantly behaved and gained a lot from the experience.
They played 8 games and were unbeaten over the week. They reached the quarter finals and went out on penalties to Swedish Premiership team Hammarby. They also beat Lillestrom (Norway, Helsingborg (Sweden) and FC Hamburg (Germany).
This season, the team has made a strong start winning 1st and 2nd Round games of the English Inter Associations Schools Cup. Congratulations to all the team.