Welcome to the St Matthew's News section of our website. See below for a list of articles relating to School News.
Welcome to the St Matthew's News section of our website. See below for a list of articles relating to School News.
On Tuesday the 6th of June, Joe attended the Manchester SportStart Festival at Sport city. This is set up for children of all ages with various disabilities to gain confidence and achieve goals within a sporting environment. The sports Joe competed in was Football, Rugby, Cricket, Bocchia, Athletics and Tennis. On the day, Joe was very fortunate enough to meet two Paralympic athletes one of whom is still competing and his name is Graeme Ballard and has won medals in 2004 in Athens and most recently a silver medal in the 2012 games in London. The other Paralympian was Tony Knabett who represented Team GB for 12 years playing Tennis. Tony has now retired but runs his own Tennis Academy and the great news about Tony was that he was that impressed with Joe that he has invited Joe to be a part of his Tennis Academy.
St Matthew's have been involved with the RFU's development project to try and get more schools and pupils playing rugby. As part of this St Matthew's have attended emerging schools competitions at Year 7 and 8 and have performed very well. We have also being part of the National Canterbury kit design project where a group of pupils got to design a St Matthew's school rugby kit that has then made into an actual kit.
Before the England v Italy RBS 6 Nations match on Sunday 26th Feb Max Breslin from Year 8 went to Twickenham to represent St Matthew's at the shirt unveiling ceremony. He was on the pitch before the game started wearing our kit signing the National anthem and got to meet Billy Vunipola.
St Matthew’s is going to host a Cancer Research UK Race for Life Event and we want you to be part of it to help raise money for a good cause that is close to so many of our hearts
On the last week of half term Wednesday 5th April, St Matthew’s RC High School is hosting its own 5K Race for Life Run on the school grounds and will be open to everyone in school to take part and be sponsored to help raise money for Cancer Research UK. We will be having fundraising activities that pupils can take part in also.
Do it for your loved one..
St Matthew’s can come together to help beat cancer.
We Pray We Care We Achieve
55 year ten students recently took the UKMT Maths Challenge and worked really hard in preparing for it.Their conduct during the extremely difficult test was exemplary. The results are due back in a month so hopefully the hard work will pay off for some of these students!
On 1st February 15 members from St Matthews visited Great Sankey High School, in Warrington to hear a talk by Cathy Cassidy. It was worth getting up extra early as we all had to be on the road for 08.00. to take the 25 mile journey to Warrington. When we arrived we went ointo the school theatre where there were approx. 350 children waiting to hear Ms Cassidy speak about her life as an author, and what had inspired her when she was at school. She explained she hadn’t been really academic, but had had some really encouraging teachers especially in English, and Art and their advice had helped her when she decided she wanted to be an author. After her talk, there was time for questions from the pupils, Mirabel asked ‘ do you think you will ever run out of idea’s for your books? 'Cathy answed that she didn’t think so as she had lots of idea’s stored in her brain for the future and she took a lot of inspiration from people she met from day to day for her characters
After the talk all the pupils wehnt to the school library, where some of our book club members were lucky enough to meet Cathy and she personally signed copies of her latest book ‘The Broken Heart Club’ . Ms Cassidy thanked us for making the special effort to travel to Warrington to meet her, especially getting up at the crack of dawn.
As part of our Spiritual Development programme for all pupils, each Year 7 class have had a Day of Reflection at the Marist Youth Centre in Chorlton. We feel that this is an important part of the Catholic education we offer at St Matthew's and is an opportunity for pupils to develop in a personal and spiritual way.
The theme of each retreat day was 'building community.' Pupils completed a number of activities including ice breakers, small group work, Morning Prayer, role play, prayer service preparation, discussions and large group activities on the theme. Pupils particularly enjoyed learning the "we are community" song.
Pupils were a credit to St Matthew's and were given the chance to discover more about themselves, each other and our relationship with God.
St Matthew’s launched the Syria shoebox appeal towards the end of October with the year 7 and 8 form groups. Each form was asked to donate toiletries, toys, stationary and sweets for Christmas gift boxes to be delivered to children who have been made homeless and living in refugee camps by the war in Syria.
The shoebox appeal is part of the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ run by a company called Samaritan’s Purse. Their aim is to raise funds and send shoeboxes full of gifts in time for Christmas to children around the world who are suffering through war or world disasters.
The initial hope was to collect around 20-25 shoeboxes and enough money to cover the postage in reality we had 67 shoeboxes wrapped and filled with goodies along with over £200 needed to post them. An amazing response from an amazing bunch of students and staff.
Well done to all involved in a successful mission.
On Tuesday 22nd March 2016, a selection of St Matthew’s female school students joined over 200 girls from across Manchester to speak to inspirational women from all different aspects of work. The other schools who visited included Abraham Moss, the Barlow, Cedar Mount, The Co-op Academy East Manchester Academy, Loreto High school, Priesthall and MCMA.
We were spoken to by many influential women like:
One of the speakers who inspired me the most was Stacey because of all the stereotypes she overcame. Throughout her whole life she had wanted to play sports but didn’t get the same opportunity as the boys her age. Instead of giving up, her perseverance enabled her to become an incredibly successful sports woman.
Nowadays, inspirational women portrayed in the media are normally famous for things such as music, modelling, fashion and things that aren’t really important. Going on this trip helped us realise that there are more to women than how pretty they look or how much of their bodies they show on TV. We now know that women today are able to accomplish things we couldn’t 100 years ago.
I really enjoyed this trip and found it incredibly informative as well as fun. It was definitely a worthwhile experience.
This season has again seen St Matthew’s Football teams play in local, regional and national competitions with some outstanding performances in all. Through the hard work, dedication and ability of all involved from the players to the teaching staff these performances have led to many successes this season making it one of the most successful years on record.
In the English Schools National Cup St Matthew’s Year 9 team played and won their first 6 games to make it through to the Quarter Final stages. This puts them into the top 8 teams in the country. Here they played Thomas Telford School and narrowly lost 2-0.
In the Catholic Schools Cup our Year 7, 8 and 11 teams qualified for the finals held at St Bede’s. All teams produced excellent performances to win their matches and be crowned Catholic Schools Champions 2016. Here are the results:
Year 7 St Matt’s 4 – 0 St Monica’s
Year 8 St Matt’s 5 – 0 Our Lady’s
Year 11 St Matt’s 4 – 2 St Monica’s
In the Manchester Schools Cup our Year 7, 8 and 11 teams again all qualified for the finals at MGS giving them the change to do the double. Here our Year 7 and 11 teams were victorious becoming Manchester Champions 2016 with the Year 8’s being Runners-up. Here are the results:
Year 7 St Matt’s 5 – 0 Manchester Grammar School
Year 8 St Matt’s 2 – 5 MCMA
Year 11 St Matt’s 3 – 1 St Peter’s
Congratulations to all the boys that have represented St Matthew’s so well in our football teams this year and a big thank you to the staff who give up their time so freely to manage their team, it is really appreciated.
Safer Internet Day 2016 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 9th February with the slogan ‘Play your part for a better internet’.
Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
The UK Safer Internet Centre – a partnership of three leading charities; Childnet, the South West Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation – provide resources for children, schools and families, and tools for getting involved at www.saferinternet.org.uk.
Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.
The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet. Get involved to play your part!
September saw the arrival of the newly formed after-school ‘Gardening Club’. Following a meeting with the students it was decided that we would rename the Gardening Club and the students as a team created:
The Green Team - Life is a Garden so Dig It
(tag line created by Jamila & Vanessa).
Each Tuesday we meet after school & last term the students completed Level 1 of the Royal Horticultural Society School Gardening Campaign award.
As a team we have:
Created winter tubs for the front of school
Started to improve a bedding box opposite the front of school by digging, weeding & planting
Created a logo (currently being worked on so watch this space) to be used on banners & a mosaic in the school grounds
Registered with the RHS School Gardening Campaign to take part in a NASA project planting seeds that have been to outer space
This term as the winter draws in there won't be much gardening taking place however there are lots of other things to keep us busy:
Students will be creating the mosaic out of donated tiles around the tree on the main path into school
Working with the Science department we will be starting the NASA seed experiment
Creating a memory tree
Making bird feeding balls
Creating our very own Winter wonderland for Christmas at the front of school
The students have all shown excellent behaviour; been keen, eager & full of ideas & also work together as a team each week having fun in the process:
Thanks also go to:
Mr Russell - digging in a suit & always looking at new ideas - his enthusiasm is infectious
Mrs Cooley - helping the girls create the front of school pots
Mrs Walsh & & Mrs Wheatcroft - they hold the purse strings :)
Site security for keeping the pots watered
Mrs Murray (Governor) - her enthusiasm, knowledge & support has been invaluable for the students
If any other students or staff want to take part in The Green team; we meet each Tuesday at 3.15pm. We would welcome your support or if any staff would like to be in charge of any of the projects above just come & see me – we have lots of ideas to keep us busy & it’s a lovely experience working with the students & seeing their enthusiasm to improve their school surroundings.
All that’s left to say is:
Life’s a garden so DIG IT
On Wednesday 11th November, our school community fell silent to remember the fallen.
Once again, the pupils honoured the sacrifice of the Manchester Regiment, by adding their name to the crosses that already bear the name of a local soldier who died in WW1.
At 11am, the school was silent.
Wreaths were laid in our Remembrance Garden by the Head Girl and Head Boy and students who represented the Cadets, both Army and Air.
St. Matthew’s RC High School will continue to honour the memory of those soldiers whose crosses are planted in our garden both in the month of November and moving towards the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 2016.
On Saturday the 7th of November 24 pupils, 4 staff, two dogs and one toddler braved the wind and rain in order to walk around Hollingworth Lake in order to raise money for the Christmas Hamper appeal and Cornerstones charity. Pupils were a credit to the school and once the sponsors are in will hopefully have raised hundreds of pounds for these great causes.
A number of gifted and talented Y9 pupils were selected to take part in the High Achievers Programme for this academic year, in conjunction with Xaverian College.
The programme is designed to ensure that our students become independent learners, rise to challenges and build up resilience, deepen their learning experiences and prepares pupils for the kind of learning that takes place beyond sixth forms. The types of activities will model the style of learning that is looked for by Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.
The pupils visited the college for the first of 4 dates on 21st October and worked with the Xaverian High Achievement team who delivered activities to pupils and mentored them, as well as past students of St Matthew’s.
After winning the area group stage our U13 team beat Southlands and then St Peters RC High School on their way to confirming their place in the National Schools Final. This year it was held at the Nottingham Wild Cats Arena on Saturday 16th May. The team stayed over the night before at a local hotel and played their semi-final game against Holy Trinity from Sussex on the Saturday morning. They won this game 94-59 to secure their place in the final to be held later that day.
After this match the organiser told us that St Matthew’s Kennedy had equalled the highest scoring record with 64 points which was particularly impressive as he had been sat on the bench for the last 3 minutes of the 4th quarter. As you would expect the final was a high quality, keenly contested match against Greig Academy from London who are regular qualifiers for the finals with both their boys and girls teams. Our boys took the lead at the start of the game and never relinquished it eventually winning 79-70 and by doing so making history as the first St Matthew’s team to be crowned National Champions! In this match Kennedy took the record by scoring 65 points to become the new highest point scorer and was duly awarded the MVP Player of the Tournament Trophy. Congratulations to all the boys involved who performed so brilliantly on and off the court and to Mr Rogers Junior their inspirational coach.
For the 2nd successive year St Matthew’s qualified for the English Schools National Athletics Final. This time the event was held at Bedford International Athletics Stadium and we were there with our Year 9 and 10 Boys team. Many of the boys in the team had been involved as juniors the previous year when the final was held at Gateshead.
To qualify for Bedford first we needed to win our 1st round competition. Both the Boys Junior (Yr 7&8) and Inter (Yr 9&10) teams did this to make it to the North West Final held at Blackpool. Here both teams did well improving on their 1st round scores with the Junior’s finishing 7th. The Inters performed well on the track and then went onto the field events feeling confident. However through no lack of effort and concentration the boys began to struggle to achieve their targets and the other teams started to catch us up, so much so that it came down to the last event to finish, the High Jump. With the scores tied Solomon needed to clear 1.91m to get the extra point that would take us to the Nationals. He failed his 1st and 2nd attempts. With the hope of our team on his shoulders and only 1 jump left he saved his best till last and produced an awesome jump to go clear and seal our place to Bedford. For good measure he then cleared the next height of 1.92m to give the team a 2 point victory.
For the National Final we travelled down to Bedford on the Friday night and stayed over at a hotel. All of the boys really enjoyed competing against the other 11 best schools in the country and all performed superbly well to equalise the schools best previous result of 9th in the Country!
Throughout the trip the boys were a credit to the school and their parents. It is a great achievement to have qualified for the last two years National finals and a credit to the talent and hard work of all the St Matthew’s staff and pupils involved.
Catholics - Year 8 CHAMPIONS, Year 9 Runners-up
English Schools – U13 NATIONAL BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
English Schools Cup – Year 11 through to the last 16 in the country.
Catholics Cup – Year 10 CHAMPIONS. Year 7 and Year 8 Runners-up.
Manchester Cup – Year 11 CHAMPIONS. Year 10 and Year 7 Semi-finalists.
County Cup – Year 10 CHAMPIONS.
Manchester League – Year 10 North Premier CHAMPIONS. Year 7 North Prem and overall CHAMPIONS.
Manchester League – Year 7 Team 3rd Place, Year 8&9 Team CHAMPIONS, Year 10&11 CHAMPIONS (Joe Bridgen 2nd, Anthony Kelly 3rd)
Manchester Relay - CHAMPIONS
Manchester Schools Championship – Year 7 CHAMPIONS, Year 8&9 and Year 10&11 3rd PLACE
Year 10&11 – Citywide and Invitational CHAMPIONS
Year 8&9 – Runners-up at the Citywide Final and Invitational CHAMPIONS
Year 7 Boys – 1st Place in Rd 1.
EnglishSchools – Both Juniors (Yr 7&8) and Inters (Yr 9&10) qualified for the next round. Inters Runners-up by only 12 points at the NW main Final.
Manchester Athletics League – Year 9 CHAMPIONS
Manchester Citywide – Year 10&11 CHAMPIONS, Year 8&9 Runners-up
Catholics – Year 7 4th Place, Year 8&9 CHAMPIONS, Year 10&11 CHAMPIONS. Overall Boys CHAMPIONS
Yesterday St Matthew's pupils from years 7, 8, 9 and 11 visited the Town Hall at the invitation of the Lord Mayor as a thank you to the children for helping with his inauguration on Sunday 24th May.
The Lord Mayor personally gave us a tour around the private apartments and spend two hours explaining the rich history of both the Town Hall and Manchester. It was a fantastic experience for everybody and something we will never forget, and we all thank the Lord mayor for spending the time with us and for his kindness.
For the past few months our year 9 and 10 media pupils have been taking part in a national competition with a charity called 'I am Creative' and Santander Bank. Their brief was to design and make an advert aimed at 13-16 year olds to encourage them to save money with Santander.
In the competition pupils had to pitch their idea to representatives from the firms and the winners would be invited for an expenses paid day trip to London where they would pitch their ideas again but this time to the other finalists alongside the creative director for Santander advertisements, the owner of 'The Engine' design studio and founder of 'I am Creative' and other corporate officials from both companies.
After much deliberation it was decided that 3 year 10 pupils would be invited to the final. They had to refine and practice their presentation and prepare themselves for the question and answer session afterwards.
On the day the three pupils were all very nervous but performed brilliantly and came second! Their idea was also mentioned throughout the summing up as a great response to the brief and catchy tagline.
Once the presentations were finished we were given a tour around the design studios in The Engine company before we went for a wander around London taking in some of the sights.
The pupils were a credit to the school and it was an immensely proud moment to see them show off their media skills at such a high level - a massive well done to K. Burke, M. Ofoegbu and L. Ratcliff.
On Sunday the 15th February, six pupils from St Matthew’s High School visited Corpus Christi College, one of the colleges of the University of Oxford. This was to give us insight into how to apply for such a well-respected university and to show how day to day life in this university would be. The six of us were selected to participate after being chosen through a process which mirrored the UCAS application procedure.
We stayed in a hostel overnight and departed promptly in the morning to go for a tour of the college. We arrived and were greeted by the head of admissions who informed us about the application progress, clarifying how important having a passion for your subject is as well as the prominence of grades. We were also educated about finance and the conditions for student bursaries and living cost support. We were escorted around the college and had the opportunity to visit the library which was filled an array of different books, it was also explained that Oxford is home to the unrivalled Merton College which has a library that comprises of all the books ever published in Britain. That is 9million books! During the tour of Corpus we were able to see JCR (Junior Common Room), the Corpus chapel and the garden area. Corpus is one of the oldest colleges on the campus, although quite small, it had an inviting, homely atmosphere.
After the tour of Corpus Christi, we took a stroll through the city of Oxford towards St. Peter’s College. This was a different type of College as it was larger and more contemporary. During this tour, we were also able to see the JCR, the Chapel, the library, the dining room and the bar. Certain members of our group preferred St Peter’s since it was a larger college and they felt that the appearance was more appealing. The fact that more students were on the campus was also an added benefit.
On our way back, most of us bought Oxford souvenirs in order to commemorate our trip.
Overall, the trip was extremely informative and beneficial, we gained a clear insight of life in Oxford University. The trip was tremendously motivating and we all profited significantly from the involvement in the trip. By speaking to the students of the university we were able to enlarge our knowledge on university life and the process of getting into higher education in general.
Report by H. Booth, E. Crichton, W. Huynh, C. Nwobodo, K. Swann and R. Woodcock
This morning, on Remembrance Day, Good Morning Britain were at St Matthew’s to talk to our pupils about the events that have been taking place at school to remember all of the soldiers who have given their lives in conflict. In particular the students showcased our Remembrance Garden, in which each of our pupils planted a cross inscribed with the name of a fallen WW1 solider from the Manchester Regiment. As well our Head Boy and Head Girl, Jemima and Joe, we pupils who are part of the army and air force cadets gave their thoughts on what it must have felt like for children their age to have been called up to fight.
Captain George Eid, a past pupil of St Matthew’s, spoke of the importance of what pupils have been doing and of his admiration for their involvement. Natasha, a year 8 pupil displayed her Great Grandfather’s ration book, one of the many ways in which pupils are remembering family members today in particular.
Last week, a group of year 11 pupils attended the ‘Getting into the Top Universities Student Conference’ at the Etihad stadium. The conference provided an explanation of all aspects of entering Higher Education, advice on how to meet the challenge of competing at that level and lots of recommended activities to push the students to stretch themselves and their abilities.
Pupils heard presentations from representatives from The University of Manchester and Oxford along with taking part in a question and answer session to help answer their biggest concerns.
A group of Year 9 pupils attended the first of four high achievers days in partnership with Xaverian College.
The programme aims that students become independent learners, rise to challenges, build up resilience, deepen their learning experiences as well as preparing pupils for the kind of learning that takes place beyond sixth forms. It also gave the pupils chance to create meaningful and powerful relationships with the college.
In their first trip the pupils investigated and debated why school children wear school uniforms.
The website was in need of a face lift. Lo and behold, a new website is born. The website has been designed and implemented by our in-house IT support team and working closely with St Matthew's Senior Management Team to deliver an exciting and fresh look to the School's web presence.
Congratulations to all the year 7's who competed at the Manchester athletic championships.
Final photos from our fantastic leavers' celebration this evening @SMRCHS https://t.co/eF95Jt6SrB
@SMRCHS leavers celebration in full swing https://t.co/RZJM3UUPMx
Great to see so many pupils and parents this evening as @SMRCHS class of 2017 leavers celebration starts https://t.co/cm3pVzcU3t
Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to all those affected by the terrible events last night. twitter.com/smrchsRE/statu…