To read about everything which is happening in the school, please choose one of our “Friday Letters” from the list below:
On the evening of Thursday 13th February, approximately 40 students from all years performed a variety of dance, drama and music pieces to a packed out audience in the hall. This was the first large scale production in many years at CW. The show was presented by Thomas Lafferty and Bethany Mallett who did a spectacular job of entertaining and informing the audience whilst the next act was preparing to come on.
The level of performance was exceptional. It was wonderful to see our pupils performing with so much energy, style, expression and confidence.
Prior to the evening performance, a matinee show was put on at 1.00pm for some our local senior citizens and 60 year 5 students from Maryvale and St Margaret Mary.
Everyone who came to see it could not praise it enough in so many different ways. I would like to thank all of the people who came to see it last night.
Many staff have been involved in putting this performance extravaganza together but in particular I would like to thank the following staff who have worked so hard with our students over the past 3 months in preparing them for this event: Mr Griffiths, Mr Kearns, Miss Nuttall, Mrs Morgan, Mr Beckett and Mr Gardner.
Finally, I would like to congratulate the students for sharing their talents with us all. BRAVO!
“This show means a lot to me. It has given me courage, not only to play the drums in a group but now in a large scale production. I hope to do another show next year.
Emmanuel Galloway” – yr 10
“Performing in the school show has been awesome! Getting to spend time playing and singing has helped to take my mind off the stress of exams. Rehearsing and performing with my friends has been so much fun”
Roksana Tabin – yr 11
“Being in this show has really boosted my confidence. Now I’m not afraid to perform in front of loads of people”
Dorcas Sarpong – yr9
“This show has helped me to become more focused (and all the people that know me know that I’m not very focused at times). It has also helped me get fit”.
Tanaka Kutonga – yr 8
“The show helped me to build my confidence and showed me how much fun it is to perform in front of other people. It’s great fun and I enjoy it a lot”.
Panashe Goremusandu – yr9
“This show has made me confident. The show also helped me prove to myself that I can what do I want to do when I put my mind to it”.
Charlotte Harper – yr 7
Mrs Smith kindly arranged to exhibit numerous pieces of D&T GCSE work at the Showtime event. The Art, Graphics and Textiles work on display was admired by so many people.
Also, Mrs Saveker has quite rightly shared some fantastic textiles work by Dominique Artwell in year 11.
Dominique wrote that “I used an image of Amy Winehouse as my inspiration. I then created paper flowers using folding and cutting techniques. This piece is part of my exam preparation work for my GCSE Textiles.”
7S- Jordan McKenzie
9C – Dorcas Sarpong, Noris Okeke, Mary Dosumu & Kwame Oteng-Adusei
9W – Adeola Shorinmade, Mary Ann Swoffer, Panashe Goremusandu & Faruz Coubadja Toure
These pupils were excellent representatives of Cardinal Wiseman school at the Debate Mate challenge. All pupils were supportive to other teams and debated exceptionally well – including those in the floor debate. Well done to you all!
Student Report by Faruz Toure and Mary Swoffer (year 9)
On Tuesday 3rd Feburary, we went to Shireland Collegiate Academy to take part in a debaing competition. We had two teams, one for the planned debate and one for the surprise debate.
We were labelled as team A and team B. We had a very successful as team A as we won both debates. We had a great time and it was a great experience. Many thanks to Miss Crown, Hannah Clayton and Sara who is our debating mentor from BCU.
Student Report by Kwame Oteng (9C)
At the Debate Mate competition, it was exciting to argue my points and see how other students from other schools responded. In a way, it was what teenagers would call ‘cussing’ but in a much more civilised manner. The matches were organised in such a way that you had to work well with your team to come up with ideas whether you believed in the side you were on, personally or not.
One example of this is when I was on the proposition team concerning the motion that the death penalty should be re-introduced to the UK. This forced me to look at it from a different angle as I am strongly against it, but I was still able, along with my team to put forward a good case.
I would recommend it for anybody who likes to have an argument!
On Monday 27th January, year 7 students went to see and hear the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) perform a range of orchestral music from Beethoven to film music to computer game music at Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Nearly 2000 students from different schools attended the concert but only one school got to sit in the choir seats, right behind the orchestra and that was students from Cardinal Wiseman. It was almost as if they were part of the orchestra itself.
This was followed by a tour of the new Library of Birmingham where students got the opportunity to admire the design of the building and see the views of Birmingham from the top amongst other things.
The pupils were a great credit to the school. Their behaviour was impeccable and they made the most of the opportunity, asking inquisitive questions along the way.
Well done to the students and thank you to the staff who supported this trip.
At the end of 2013, the year 9 students had a wonderful and exciting educational visit to Ackers Adventure as part of the Wiseman Enrichment day. They participated in a unique range of adventurous activities, and engaged in a variety of team building and problem solving events in an outdoor environment. Under the supervision from experienced and qualified instructors provided by Ackers Adventure, the year 9 students excelled in Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Team Building Activities, Archery, Adventure Trekking, and a Jungle Run Assault Course.
Year 9 triumphed throughout the day, and built confidence as they accomplished the Ackers challenge in style, well done year 9!
The week from 27th - 31st January is year 10 exam week. All pupils in year 10 will be engaged in a piece of work under exam conditions for each of their subjects where applicable. Please support your child in their revision at this important point in the academic year. Results will be used to determine what progress your child is making in each of their subject areas. You will receive a letter to remind you about these exams.
For the Year 11 Revision homework timetable, please click here:
Yr 11 second term revision homeworks
Thank you to all the Parent and Carers of our Year 11 students who came along to see us on Thursday 16th January.
Please see the Parents’ page for a summary of your feedback. 95% of you believe that the standard of Education your son or daughter is receiving is Good or Outstanding.
Reading is one of the most important skills children will ever learn. It is a vital skill that children need to be able to excel at school and achieve personal growth.
As your child may have told you, all pupils at Cardinal Wiseman now are expected to read for 30 minutes every day – through our Drop Everything and Read programme (DEAR).
Before the Christmas holidays all pupils were tested during their English lessons to find out their reading age and from this, pupils have selected an appropriate book for them to read daily. This reading practice will allows all pupils to perfect their reading skills.
Once your child has finished reading their book they will need to take a quiz to show their understanding of what they have read. By answering these quizzes pupils can earn points which will lead to rewards throughout the year.
As a parent or carer you have an important role to play in monitoring and encouraging the reading your child does. I encourage you to get your child to read at home on a regular basis. Later in the term you will receive details of how you can access the information about your child’s progress.
If you have any questions about the Accelerated Reading Program, please do not hesitate to contact the librarian or your child’s homeroom teacher.