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See below for a link to the NSPCC new campaign #ShareAware and guidance for parents to help their child keep safe online… For all the latest news and instant updates you can now follow us on Twitter @StDamiansRCSC.

Calendar of Events

Please find below a list of things happening in school over the next couple of weeks.
To coincide with World Book Day on 5th March there will be lots of activities throughout school for our annual Literacy Awareness Week; Spelling Bee competition, Balloon release and Mancunian poet Mike Garry Also, some of our year 7 & 8 successful ‘Million Word’ accelerated readers will be rewarded with a visit Harry Potter World.
Our Year 7 Parents Evening will be on Thursday 5th March from 4:30pm. For further details please contact school
As well as performing to pupils Danny will give advice on how to stay safe online (Never giving out personal information, never meeting strangers online, safety on social network sites, following rules of your parents on the internet etc) as well as discussing cyber bullying and where to go for help. He will also discuss personal stories ie a time he was affected by cyber bullying, how he felt at the time, how he reacted, and the outcome of the situation
Introducing our great news bulletins, full of practical advice on a range of top topics with fresh approaches to learning for ALL our students. There are often valuable websites and articles that can really support you and your interest in a variety of subjects. We thought you might like to take a look at our monthly Student Learning Bulletin and maybe there is something that you will find equally of interest. Take a look them in our STUDENTS section - we hope you enjoy!

E-safety Advice

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Please click on our e-safety logos for advice on helping you and your family keep safe on the internet.   

Also there is some new advice from the DfE on cyber bullying and the NSPCC new campaign #ShareAware.  Please click on the logo's to follow the links

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Big Sleep-Out on Friday 24th April 2015

Fr Simon and St Christopher's parish will be hosting this year's Cornerstone Big Sleep-Out on Friday 24th April 2015 in support of the thousands of people who have to endure sleeping rough on our streets. Even the Bishop of Salford, Rt Rev John Arnold, will be taking part! He will celebrate mass on the Saturday morning after the Sleep-out. We do not set a minimum sponsorship but encourage participants to raise as much as they can. Click on the Cornerstone logo for an application form.

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Lent at St Damian’s

lent 40 daysLent begins with Ash Wednesday on 18.02.15. We receive ashes as a sign we are ready to be forgiven for our sins and start a fresh on our journey with Jesus throughout Lent. During Lent we will be fulfilling our extra Christians duties. For prayer, we are having Reconciliation Services and a chance for all pupils and staff to receive the Sacrament of Penance. For fasting we are having special form time prayers and displays to encourage all members of our community to remember how lucky we are by giving up a luxury they love in order to appreciate what we have. For almsgiving we support Mary's Meals.

Mary's Meals

mary's mealsSt Damian's support Mary's Meals and their 'Backpack Project' during Lent.  Mary's Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world's poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.  For almsgiving we will be collecting stationary and backpacks to provide the essential tools chronically poor children need so they can learn and receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

Preparing for Lent

 pancakes 15Mr Logue & Mrs Henshaw show pupils how to make the perfect pancake.  To find out their secret follow the link to the CBBC factsheet. Why not try the Pancake day quiz  

 

 

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A Message from Mr Logue

I would like to share some good news with you.  St Damian's have received a letter from Rt Hon David Law MP congratulating us on our improved KS4 results for disadvantaged pupils since 2011.  His letter can be found here.  St Damian's results show that we have improved in terms of attainment and value-added progress.  You can view the Ofsted dashboard here and St Damian's Ofsted reports here.

It is almost a year since we received the really positive Ofsted report that deemed the school as ‘good’. As Headteacher, I was very pleased that the hard work of the committed staff at St Damian’s was externally recognised. I was also delighted that the fantastic pupils of St Damian’s can now proudly boast that they go to a ‘good’ school. Along with my great staff and the pro-active governors we will continue to relentlessly drive forward the school so that we can meet our vision of becoming an ‘outstanding Catholic school’.  I have no doubt that working in partnership with our supportive parents we will achieve our vision.

The letter found here is simply an up-date and outlines some important information which I would like to share.

Our Ofsted report can now be viewed here.  Whilst you read it I hope that you feel as proud as I do of the many, many positive comments about both the great children and the fantastic staff.  These 2 key ingredients, children and staff, are what makes St Damian’s so special and such a good place to be.

Only a few years ago St Damian’s was in Special Measures, we then became a satisfactory school and now is officially a GOOD school. This report is simply the next stage of St Damian’s vision to become outstanding !

Can I take this opportunity to sincerely thank the overwhelming number of parents who, through ofsted parents viewParent View, supported the school in such large numbers.  This follows on from Parental Questionnaire Returns from parent’s evenings which are almost 100% fully in support of the school.  It reassures my staff and me that you have complete faith and confidence in the school, not only now, but in the future, that promises to be very bright.

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