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Holy Glimmers of Goodbyes
Visit to First World War Battlefields
In October 39 Year 9 pupils took part in the school’s annual visit to Belgium and France as part of their First World War History studies. The group visited important battlefields sites, cemeteries and memorials in the Ypres Salient locality, including the Flanders Field Museum.
The pupils travelled into France, to the location of the Battle of the Somme where they were visibly shocked at vistas of seemingly unending white headstones, marking the graves of those who died. More than one million people died at The Somme, making it one of the bloodiest military operations ever recorded. Our students also visited the Accrington pals Memorial, Newfoundland Park and the Thiepval Memorial.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, –
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.
What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The group laid a wreath on behalf of the Cardinal Heenan community at The Menin Gate in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in The Great War. The gate is inscribed with the names of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who died and are without graves. Our pupils took part in the day’s last post ceremony. This ceremony has been conducted every day since 2 July 1928, with the exception of the period of the Second World War.
We are grateful to Mr. Wild (Party Leader), Mrs. Langan, Mr. Teggart and Miss Quinn, who accompanied our pupils, and to Richard Gardiner, a particularly well informed and highly professional tour guide who escorted the group. Students stayed at a four star hotel in the picturesque Belgian town of Diksmuide, located just outside Ypres in Belgium.
Big Rise in GCSE Results
Pupils and staff at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School are celebrating a huge rise in GCSE results. The percentage of Cardinal Heenan pupils passing five or more subjects, including English and Mathematics, at grades A* to C has risen by a massive 15 percentage points to 71%.
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Year 8 students took part in Digital Day on 10 October. The nationwide event was organised by the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA).
Our pupils were joined by professionals from local digital design company, Numiko, as they took part in a range of activities including a nationwide competition.
|Year 8 discovered what it might be like to work in a digital agency and the many career opportunities available. They responded to real-life digital challenges, working in teams to produce solutions with the help of industry experts. All those involved applied themselves to the tasks with enthusiasm. They developed original solutions to the challenges, demonstrating ingenuity, imagination and team skill. In the process they impressed school staff and the design company.|
Our thanks go to the professionals from Numiko and to BIMA for helping to make the day a success. Everyone had a wonderful time and we look forward to taking part next year!
BIMA's Digital Day aims to address the shortage of students entering careers in the UK's vibrant digital industries. Some 5000 students from over 100 different schools across the country were involved.