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27th January is kept each year as national Holocaust Memorial Day.
It is the anniversary of the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.
Students of Bishop Walsh Catholic School have recorded testimonies of children of the Holocaust – victims and survivors – which have been incorporated into a video which will be used at Bishop Walsh assemblies during the week beginning 27th January 2019.
It can be viewed here, and work sheets are available at the end of this page.
The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all.
HMD is for everyone. Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. It helps us learn more, empathise more and do more.
Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition.
Thank you to the students from Year 13 at Bishop Walsh who generously gave of their time and energies this afternoon to give a winter clean to our parish church, put up the crib and dress the 12ft Christmas tree!
Thank you to Mr Lewis for organising this. The kindness and assistance is greatly appreciated.
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.
- A letter to parents was issued today: Governance and leadership of the SJPIIMA – May 2018.
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.
50 Years of Bishop Walsh Catholic School
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.