All Systems go at Yarm School during Summer Holidays

July 30th, 2015

Construction work at Yarm School has kicked into high gear during the summer holidays.

Most schools are quieter while pupils are at home during the summer break, but Yarm School is now a hive of activity.

The school is investing a further £6million into its facilities, and builders are on site to finish work on the creation of a new Music School, new boat house and full-sized artificial hockey pitch .

David Dunn, Headmaster at Yarm School, said: “While our team of builders has been hard at work this year, we’ve naturally had to keep disruption to a minimum during term time. Now, they’re really able to intensify their activity to finish work on these fantastic new facilities.”

The school has invested £3million in the creation of a new Music School, which will further enhance the school’s strong reputation for the performing arts. The centre – due to be completed in August – will contain specialist music classrooms, 10 instrumental tuition rooms, a drumming suite and a specialist recording studio. In addition, there will be a 132-seat lecture theatre which will have retractable seating, making it a flexible performance venue.

An additional £2.5million investment has been made to construct a superb new boat house. The ultra-modern boathouse will be on stilts, projecting towards the banks of the River Tees. It will provide a training facility for rowers, changing rooms, offices and a viewing gallery for events on the river and the AstroTurf. It will house up to a dozen boats, including single sculls, fours and eights.

Adjacent to the boathouse will be a new, floodlit, full-sized artificial hockey pitch with the facility to accommodate twelve new tennis courts in the summer months.

Mr Dunn added: “The investment we have made over the past 12 months is significant and will cement our position as a leading school in the country. The areas we have committed funds to highlight our commitment to creating the ‘holistic’ student who is not simply regarded for being good academically but also excels outside of the traditional classroom.”

Plans for the Music School, boathouse and pitch were drawn up by Associated Architects, who also designed the school Yarm’s award-winning Princess Alexandra Auditorium.

Saint Paul’s Pupils Reflect at Diocesan Mass

July 30th, 2015

A group of staff and Year 10 pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe were delighted to take part in a Diocesan end of year schools’ Mass.

Saint Paul’s pupils joined together with high schools across the Diocese of Shrewsbury at Saint Nicholas’ Catholic High School in Hartford, Cheshire to celebrate Mass to mark the end of the academic year. Mass was celebrated by The Right Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury.  

Mrs Lisa Baillie, Assistant Headteacher at Saint Paul’s said: “Bishop Mark told the pupils that each of them had a vocation and he reminded all present that rather than being on this earth by complete chance (as is often put forward) we are all created uniquely by God to live a life of holiness and to follow our vocation, our true life purpose. His address was extremely thought provoking and provided our pupils with much food for thought.”

Bishop Mark said that the Catholic vision envisaged a role, or vocation, for each person in harmony with God’s created order. He said that Catholic education is distinctive because it offers pupils a vision of lives full of purpose. After Mass, he greeted each school individually and spoke with pupils.

“The Mass was the main event of a day of activities entitled ‘Called by Name, Called to Prayer, Called to Action’,  there also were a number of workshops all based around the theme of the diocesan Year for Vocations. The workshops enabled pupils to mix with others from the different schools,” explained Ms Alison McGarr, Head of RE at Saint Paul’s.

“The pupils really enjoyed the day and many new friendships were made across the Catholic Diocesan family,” said Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “It was lovely for our pupils to spend time with pupils from other schools and reflect on their faith and what it means to them. It was very enriching and uplifting day.”