Congratulations to Mr John Farrell , currently Principal at Bishop Walsh Catholic School who has been seconded as Catholic Senior Executive Leader for the academic year 2018-2019 to the John Paul II Multi-Academy (MAC) which is expanding to admit additional local Catholic schools.
The first new school to be admitted is SS. Mary and John Catholic Primary School, Gravelly Hill which is expected to have fully joined the MAC by November 2018.
Congratulations are due also to Mr. Henryk Koryl who has been seconded as Head of School at Bishop Walsh Catholic School for the academic year 2018-2019, as arrangements are made to make sure leadership capacity is being maintained and developed at Bishop Walsh.
Bishop Robert Byrne today commissioned a Cathedral full of lay chaplains and student members of chaplaincy teams. The very prayerful celebration was enriched by music led by musicians from SOLI. Amongst those commissioned was a very strong representation from Bishop Walsh Catholic School.
The West End of the Cathedral is still wrapped with scaffoding – but some beautiful new stone had arrive ready for setting in place. Beautiful stone, and the West Front should look splendid when the restoration has been completed.
In the meantime if you have not visited the Cathedral as one of the diocesan pilgrimage centres for the Year of Mercy, don’t miss the chance.
There’s only two months still to go of the Year of Mercy! And the Cathedral has prepared itself beautifully to welcome pilgrims as they visit and to support their time of prayer .
Pupils at Bishop Walsh Catholic School are celebrating very pleasing GCSE results as 78% of pupils achieved a grade A*-C in GCSE English and Mathematics.
Francesca Maher was best in her year with 8A*s. Ben Clay, Chloe Grant and Mia McDermott scored an impressive 7A*s each while 6A*s were awarded to Lily Bull and Lauren Quilty. Nearly third of all grades were at A* and A.
Religious Education, Biology, Chemistry, Culinary Arts and Dance were subjects where 50% of grades were at A* or A. In addition to this, over a third of grades in Child Development, Computer Science, French, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music and Physics were at A* or A.
‘Congratulations go to our students’, said John Farrell, Principal at the school in Wylde Green Rd and part of the St. John Paul II Multi-Academy.
“I am so pleased for our Year 11. Across the entire academic spectrum pupils have done very well. These results have stretched and challenged all our pupils, whatever their starting point. As an all ability school we believe that so many pupils have gone way beyond their potential. Pupils who didn’t always find academic work easy worked hard and were led by staff who were able to anticipate their needs. These pupils have done really well and combined with the high proportion of A* and A grades the results in 2016 demonstrate real quality. One of the new performance measures introduced by the government called ‘Progress 8’ reveals that at Bishop Walsh Catholic School pupils have on average attained results a third above their predicted grades. This is a great achievement.
Parents at Bishop Walsh support their children and staff so that working together we can really help our young people and lead them to their preferred career. I am very proud of the teaching and support staff at Bishop Walsh who are so committed to their vocation. Of course, we are not saying goodbye to the great majority of our Year 11 who will join our Sixth Form in a couple of weeks’ time”.
Mr J.B. Farrell
Principal of Bishop Walsh Catholic School – part of the St. John Paul II Multi-Academy.
The school has an exciting programme this year to mark the 50th Anniversary of its opening in 1966.
And the first event is an Open Afternoon and Garden Party on Saturday 9th July from 2pm-6pm.
Music, competitions and sports activities, plus displays around the school of memorabilia from all five decades .
Come and walk down memory lane and meet staff past and present. Come and be a part of this special day.
It looks like it is going to be raining tomorrow, but don’t worry.
Rainy weather plans are well in hand to ensure everyone stays dry and has an enjoyable afternoon.
Plans are well underway for celebrating 50 years of Bishop Walsh School.
Bishop Walsh Catholic School are fundraising to take twenty seven Sixth Form pupils to Lourdes, in the South of France, at the end of May. They will be travelling with the Birmingham Archdiocesan pilgrimage. This year the theme of the pilgrimage is ‘Merciful like the Father’ – the theme of the Year of Mercy.
The student pilgrims’ main role is to work with the sick and handicapped, to make sure they are comfortable, and to accompany them to the Masses and Services.
The pilgrimage gives them the chance to offer this service, and also the valuable opportunity to experience the Church gathered in all its variety at the shrine of Lourdes.
The cost of taking the students is about £12,000. They have themselves been raising funds in all sorts of creative ways, but still have some way to go!
Our parish is trying to help them make the total they need. A retiring collection was taken at all Masses this weekend.
If you missed that, or wish to make an addition donation you can
Another way of supporting the pilgrims is by treating yourself to an A3 (297x420mm) watercolour print of the Rosary Basilica in Lourdes by the artist Ian Fennelly. £30 each (unframed).
To buy a copy of this print please ring Bishop Walsh School Tel: 0121 351 3215 (Ext 2240) or email email@example.com
Thank you for any help that you are able to give.
Parents who attend Mass at St Nicholas Parish are invited to come to see Fr Allen in the Presbytery at 6.30pm on Monday 21st September or in the Benedict Room at 7.45pm on Friday 25th September.
For other information regarding applying to Bishop Walsh School, please click here.
Don’t forget the open night on Wednesday 16th, and Open Days on Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th September. Details here.
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Parents who are applying for places in Primary schools, including St Nicholas, will be invited to come to meeting with Fr Allen during October.
For other information about applying to St Nicholas school, please click here.