Last half term was packed with events and activities so expectations are high as a new half term gets underway here at Our Lady’s. Our Year 7s enjoyed a successful residential trip to Langdale organised in conjunction with the Youth Hostel Association. The hostel is a rambling Victorian Mansion owned by the National Trust standing in its own grounds between Elterwater and Grasmere, overlooking Lake Windermere.
Split into two groups – Monday to Wednesday and Wednesday to Friday – this annual trip provides an invaluable opportunity for our year 7s to establish friendships at the start of their high school life. Taking part in an exciting range of outdoor activities the students really relaxed and bonded taking time to support each other through various team-building challenges. Days were filled with a walk to the stunning Grasmere Lake (putting navigation skills to the test!), archery and bush crafts such as fire-building and shelter-building. After all that energetic activity in the fresh air, the groups were more than ready for their hearty evening meal provided by Langdale staff. Evening activities included a ghostly ‘midnight’ walk in the dark and some well-deserved time out watching a film.
Keep an eye out for the photo gallery which will be appearing on our Langdale page soon.
Back in school, our Macmillan coffee morning was a huge success, raising £229.30 to help families living with cancer. Each year across Greater Manchester an estimated 13,645 people are given the news that they have cancer. Every pound raised by Macmillan helps fund practical, medical and emotional support, ensuring no one has to face cancer alone. Our Lady’s were supported throughout the coffee morning by the GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) chaplaincy team from St Chad’s RC Primary School who sold confectionary under the supervision of their teaching assistant Miss Reynolds.
Students ran a game to guess the number of 100s and 1000s on a cake. The prize for the closest guess was a box of cupcakes donated by Hey Little Cupcake, Spinningfields Manchester. Tesco Blackley kindly donated cakes, biscuits and Cake Off prizes. Staff and students demonstrated their baking talents with their Cake Off entries. Former Our Lady’s student Daisy Courtney took the Cake Off crown, impressing Judges Lynn Sharkey and Lynn Eavers with her rainbow layered sponge creation. Daisy’s prize was an afternoon tea voucher donated by local patissier and chocolatier Slattery. Accepting her daughter’s prize, Jo Courtney said; “Daisy worked on the cake until late yesterday so will be delighted her efforts paid off. I hope she invites me to join her for afternoon tea!”
Before the half-term break many of our Year 10 students were lucky enough to spend a few days on retreat at Savio House in the beautiful Cheshire countryside near Macclesfield. Run by the Salesian community and young volunteers, this fully-catered residential experience allows youngsters to develop the confidence to be themselves, understand their gifts and the meaning of faith in their lives. Within the relaxed and fun Savio House setting it was lovely to see friendships strengthen, self-esteem grow and to encourage our students to discuss how to approach life with greater resilience in order to build a better world.
After so much activity, we’re excited to see what the remainder of the autumn term has in store so watch this space…