At the end of September, twenty five Year 6 pupils and three members of staff, took part in a Big Sleep. They built structures using cardboard boxes and slept on the floor of the academy hall. The feast was purely water and biscuits; with no treats available! This event was to raise money for the Sea View Project but also to encourage awareness of the plight of homeless people; their lack of comforts and privacy.
One young person complained that he hadn’t slept a wink but others quickly commented, “Well what do you think it must be like for somebody sleeping on the street.”
Sponsors were very generous and the academy raised over £250 for the charity. Children and adults commented that they would do it again but they enjoyed going back to their own beds!
St Catherine’s College is celebrating a strong set of GCSE results. There were improvements across every one of the national headline English and Mathematics measures, with commendable 6% increases to the strong (grade 5+) pass rates in both subjects.
There was also strength in breadth with pass rates of over 90% in academic subjects such as RE, French and ICT; practical subjects such as Drama and PE, as well as in the vocational subjects of Early Years and Motor Vehicle.
Acting Headteacher Nigel Jewell said “These results are just reward for the hard work and determination of students, staff and parents”.
We are delighted with a fantastic set of 2018 – Year 6 outcomes for DCAT’s five academies. Under the more challenging curriculum introduced in 2014, this year’s national outcomes at 64% were the highest on record for reading, writing and maths combined. Despite this new high water mark, DCAT pupils broke this record with a massive 67%. Congratulations and thank you to all our hard working pupils, supportive parents and dedicated staff.
The Bishop of Chichester has visited Central CE Academy, picture shows L-R, Mr Richard Hall – Headteacher, Bishop of Chichester, The Right Revd Martin Warner and Revd Tim Ward – Governor and Trustee of DCAT, with pupil representatives of the academy.
Jo Havbro, Hastings & Borough Primary School Teacher of the Year and Overall Hastings Teacher from St Leonards Church Of England Primary Academy (Photograph: Martin Apps)
Read more at: https://www.brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/education/picture-gallery-sussex-teacher-of-the-year-awards-2018-1-8535637
St Leonards CEP Academy have celebrated 40 years at the Collinswood Drive site.
DCAT Trustees attended meeting with pupils and teachers.
Christ Church pupils have created delightful prayer gardens as part of the Diocesan Year of Prayer.
St Leonard’s pupils – High Five Netball Team won the Hastings and Rother finals last week and will be going on to represent the area in the Sussex finals in June. The pupils’ Sports Coach commented, “The children demonstrated teamwork, perseverance and have worked hard showing a dedication to their training”.
Solomon Berhane is the new Principal appointed to St Catherine’s College following Mark Talbot’s promotion to Chief Executive of the Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust. Solomon will take up the leadership reins in September and is busy planning with the team at St Catherine’s ready to hit the ground running. Mr Berhane lives in Eastbourne and has an impressive track record of working with staff to enable pupils to learn and make exceptional progress. He joins St Catherine’s College from the Beacon Academy in Crowborough; a school considered the most improved in East Sussex and now placed in the top 3% of schools nationally for student progress.
Mark Talbot said, “I will still be very much connected with St Catherine’s as it is part of The Diocese of Chichester Academy Trust but will undoubtedly miss the day-to-day interaction with the amazing pupils and staff. Knowing that the college is going to be in good hands is great news as Solomon has such a strong track record and a child-centred approach to ensuring the very best for every pupil.”
Picture credit: Eastbourne Herald, 1st June 2018.