Cardinal Newman students have been performing Les Miserables Schools Edition at the Newman College Lecture Theatre on Wednesday 30th January, Thursday 31st January, Friday 1st February and Saturday 2nd February 2019.
Starring Etienne Grolleau-Begg as Jean Valjean and Wojtek Perales as Javert, Les Miserables Schools Edition tells the story of convict Jean Valjean who is released on parole after a 19-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread by prison guard, Javert. He vows to start an honest life under a new identity but is relentlessly pursued by Javert after breaking parole when he steals some silver and reinvents himself as a mayor and factory owner. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette played by Elizabeth Riley. Javert’s relentless pursuit means peace will be a long time coming. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.
The production is performed by a talented cast of Years 7-13 students and is a spectacular show. Artistic direction is by Graham Hammett and musical direction from Cat Lane.
Graham Hammett, Subject Leader for Drama, said: “The students have worked incredibly hard during the rehearsals and I couldn’t be more proud of them! I have been really impressed with the level of talent that we have especially such incredible and powerful singers. The story of Les Miserables is a very poignant and emotional one and our students have done a fantastic job in bringing that to our audiences each night.”
I play Javert. I love my character – he is meant to be the villain of the piece but he is not really. It has been fantastic to watch us all grow through the rehearsals. I have been more backstage in previous productions so this is great for me to have one of the main parts this year. I love the theatre and am currently studying GCSE Drama.
I play Jean Valjean. There is a lot of singing for my character and I have worked hard on the higher parts as I have more of a baritone voice but the rehearsals are going really well and we are on track for a great performance. I have been in most of the school productions since being at Newman – I played the Artful Dodger in Oliver and Kenickie in Grease. I am currently doing Music Technology A-level so this helps with my studies too.
I play Cosette. She is an elegant, soft character which I am really enjoying playing. I have done a lot of research online to get a feel for how my character has been played by others and there is a lot of singing which I love. I have been involved in some of the school productions previously and was in the ensemble in Billy Elliot. I am also studying Music A-level so this helps with my studies.
I play Eponine. This is the best character I have every played as there is so much depth to her. The whole cast gets on really well and I have loved supporting the younger members of the cast, many of whom have never performed before. I have been in all of the school productions since being at Newman and have loved every minute of it. I have played a spoon, a member of Fagin’s gang, a plant tentacle, Johnny Casino, a clipboard woman and Queen Scheherazade. I am currently in Year 13 studying Drama, Music and English so this helps my studies too.
I play Mrs Thenardier. She is quite a mean character which is great to play – I have always loved acting but this has made me realise how much I love to sing too. Rehearsals are going really well and we are all working very hard at the moment. I am one of the youngest main characters but everyone has been very supportive and we are all good friends. I will miss it when it all ends. I have just started studying GCSE Drama.
I play Mr Thenardier. I am really enjoying playing this character and have been watching my scenes on the television to help me learn and understand more about him. It has been quite a learning curve. The rehearsals have been hard work but everyone is enjoying being part of such a great production. I have been in a few school productions previously and am studying Drama A-level.
I play Enjolras. I am really enjoying this role in the production and getting into character. Rehearsals are going well and we are all having great fun too. This is my first production playing a main character and I am currently studying Drama A-level.
At this time of year there is always the possibility of severe weather, including snow. In these circumstances staff and students should refer to our website – www.cncs.co.uk – where information about any school closure will be available from 6.30a.m. Information will also be placed on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
We shall only close if the school is inaccessible and/or there are health and safety issues, inside and/or outside the buildings, which require that response.
In the event of severe weather during the day it could become necessary to close the school. Under these circumstances it is important that students have permission from their parents and carers to be sent home early. If we do make the decision to close the school during the day, we would send a message to all parents/carers via Firefly and also communicate this on our website – www.cncs.co.uk – and social media accounts – Twitter and Facebook. We would ask parents and carers to promptly text their children with permission to leave school. This permission text would then be shown to their teachers so that they can be dismissed immediately.
If you have any concerns about your child leaving school early please do contact their Pastoral & Progress Lead.
Year 7 students at Cardinal Newman Catholic School learnt life lessons on how to build their confidence and resilience and grow into successful happy adults when best-selling children’s author Matthew Syed paid them a special visit.
Matthew Syed, whose ‘You Are Awesome – Find Your Confidence and Dare to be Brilliant at (Almost) Anything’ book topped the children’s bestseller list in 2018, came to address the Year 7 students who had all received copies of his book to read over the Summer ready for starting at the school in September. Matthew spoke about the inspiration behind the book and how students can learn from it. He then met with a group of Year 7 students to run a Growth Mindset Workshop.
The students were excited to meet Matthew, who is not only a renowned author but an award-winning journalist with The Times and former Olympic sportsman who represented Great Britain at the 2000 Olympics in table tennis and is also a former Commonwealth champion.
Described as practical, insightful and positive by the critics, ‘You Are Awesome’ inspires and empowers young readers to find the confidence to realise their potential. It uses examples of successful people from Mozart to Serena Williams to demonstrate that success really is earned rather than given, and that talent can be acquired. With hard work and determination, practice and self-belief, and, most importantly, a Growth Mindset, there’s no reason why anyone can’t achieve anything.
Ziggy Anderson-Ager, Year 7 student, said: “I loved the book – it was really inspiring and uplifting! I was really excited to meet him and hear about his journey and learn how he got into sport and journalism as he has had such an interesting life. The session was really fun.”
Sam Power, Year 7 student, said: “I learnt that, if you try hard, you can pretty much achieve anything. I’ve never met an author before so it was really inspiring to meet him and hear his story.”
Lily Gifford, Year 7 student, said: “The book has taught me that that everyone makes mistakes, even famous people! They learnt by their mistakes and improved and are now the best which is really inspiring. I was intrigued to know more about the author behind the book. It was a really interesting session.”
Dr James Kilmartin, Principal, said: “This was a fantastic experience for our students which gave them the opportunity to meet a really inspirational writer. Growth mindset is important here at Cardinal Newman as we strive for the highest quality of learning and teaching that inspires us all to discover and develop our God-given gifts and talents. We were delighted that Matthew Syed could come and explain his book in more detail and our students thoroughly enjoyed the session.”
Cardinal Newman Catholic School showcased in The Parliamentary Review
Each year, The Parliamentary Review aims to showcase the best of business, journalism and politics, making the release an eagerly anticipated exercise when it comes to demonstrating platforms of success and innovation across British industry. The Parliamentary Review has been an opportunity for the best and brightest business leaders, educators and healthcare professionals to speak directly to their peers and the political classes.
Cardinal Newman Catholic School explains in its Review piece the challenges faced given size and diversity and how the school maintains consistently high standards.
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Our GCSE Results for Summer 2018 have now been validated and we are delighted with the results!
Our Progress 8 Score (now used to monitor how much progress every student makes during their time with us) is: 0.31 which means that our students gain nearly a third better results with us. This puts Cardinal Newman Above Average and in the top 31% of all schools nationally.
Our Attainment 8 Score (based on how well students have performed in up to 8 qualifications) is 53.9 which is well above the England average of 46.5.
77% of students gaining a grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics. 87% of students gained a grade 4 or above for English and 82% of students gained a grade 4 or above for Mathematics.
Particular congratulations to Saoirse McGuinness who achieved an amazing 10 GCSEs at grade 9 and Laurence Davidson who achieved 9 GCSEs at grade 9 and 2 GCSEs at grade 8.
Congratulations also to the following students:
- Naoise Wellings achieved 11 GCSEs at grade 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 7, 7
- Scarlett Miller who achieved 10 GCSEs at grade 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 7
- Ines Momodu-Herrero who achieved 11 GCSEs at grade 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 7, 7, 7
- Zakary Duggan who achieved 11 GCSEs at grade 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 7, 7, 7, 6
- Emily Corbie who achieved 11 GCSEs at grade 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 7
- Demyana Derias who achieved 10 GCSEs at grade 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 8, 7, 7
- Tova Strong who achieved 10 GCSEs at grade 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8, 8, 7, 7, 7
Dr James Kilmartin, Principal, said: “We are delighted with these results which reflect the hard work and determination of both students and staff. They have been achieved against a background of volatility and change resulting from the GCSE reforms. Our Year 11 students and their teachers have been true pioneers demonstrating great resilience and resourcefulness in responding to this challenge.”
• Attainment 8 (calculated from a suite of 8 qualifications): 54
• 77% of students passed English and Mathematics at grade 4
• 52% of students passed English and Mathematics at grade 5
• 72% of students gained 5 or more GCSEs including English and Mathematics at grade 4
• 44% of students gained the English Baccalaureate
• 82% of students gained a grade 4 or above in Mathematics
• 87% of students gained a grade 4 or above in English
Celebrating Student Success
|Saoirse McGuinness achieved ALL 10 GCSEs at Grade 9|
Saoirse said “It’s great! I just can’t believe it! All that hard work has paid off – I’d hoped for 7’s but never expected this. I opened them with my dad in the car and then we both called my mum – they are so proud and happy. I hope to be an Architect and am doing A-levels in French, English Literature, Graphic Design and Mathematics. I’m off to Reading Festival now to celebrate with my friends.”
|Laurence Davidson achieved 11 GCSEs, nine at Grade 9 and two at Grade 8|
Laurence said “I wasn’t sure – I hoped I would but can’t believe this! I am so relieved and happy. I am going to study English Literature, Mathematics and History at A-level and maybe hope to do Politics at University in the future. I am looking forward to celebrating with my friends now.”
|Naoise Wellings achieved 11 GCSEs, eight at Grade 9, one at Grade 8 and two at Grade 7|
Naoise said “I’m thrilled! It was stressful but I am so pleased now. I was totally surprised by some of the grades but glad I did well. The teachers have been really helpful. I am doing A-levels in English Literature, Double Maths and History. My mum is in the car now waiting to find out.”
|Ryan Maley achieved 11 GCSEs, five at Grade 9, three at Grade 8, one at Grade 7, an A* and an A|
Ryan said “I am so relieved! I wasn’t expecting that – I am so happy. I am going to be doing Double Maths, Biology and Chemistry at Newman College as I want to go into Medicine. I am on the school’s Oxbridge programme and have visited Oxford and Cambridge and it would be amazing to go there. I am going for a pancake breakfast with my family to celebrate.”
|Demy Derias achieved 10 GCSEs, five at Grade 9, three at Grade 8 and two at Grade 7|
Demy said “I am so shocked! I didn’t expect that. I am going to do Biology, Chemistry and Maths at Newman College and hope to get into the Medicine or Biochemistry field. I am going to go home and tell all my family and will then celebrate with friends.”
Our Results for Summer 2018 have now been validated and we are delighted with the results!
Our Progress Score (now used to monitor how much progress every student makes during their time with us) is: 0.23 which means that our students gain nearly a quarter better results with us. This score puts Newman College Above Average and in the Top 300 (Top 7%) of sixth forms out of 4434 sixth forms nationally.
78% of students receiving A*-C grades – an increase of 7% on 2017 results. Over 53% of all entries were A*-B grades which, once again, saw an increase of 5% from the previous year.
Particular congratulations to Kinan Wihba who received 4 A*s, and Aaron Andrews and Daniel Karadzas who received 3 A* grades. Congratulations also to Bethany Davis, Marie Goodwin and Thomas Whitaker who received 2 A*s and 1 A; William Bingham, Samuel Clingan, Rosanna Corbie, Um-e Salma Mohammed, Archie Thackray and Jamie Tickel all received 1 A* and 2 As; Amy Colfer, Lucy Hatchley, Matilda Russell, Leo Towers and Jessica Tsapparelli all received 3 As.
Congratulations to Charley Abbott, Janis Batmanovs, Alice Guile, Luke Jephcott-Black, William Kingston, Jack Lewis, Eden Noble and Abbanoub Philips who all received Double Distinctions at BTEC.
Particular success was seen in Mathematics with the launch of the college’s Maths Academy where 88% of students received an A*-B grade in Mathematics and 75% received an A*-B grade in Further Mathematics.
Dr James Kilmartin, Principal, was delighted with the results. He said “The students are a credit to themselves, their families and the college. They have worked hard to achieve these results and I know that they will want to join me in thanking their teachers for the support and advice which has made a big contribution to their success. We are proud of each and every one of our students.
We have invested heavily in our Sixth Form and it is fantastic to see our results have increased every year since the opening of our new Newman College facility three years ago. We wish our students the very best for the future, which for many of them will include taking up places at some of the country’s best universities while others will be embarking on apprenticeships and other high quality routes directly into the world of work”.
53% of all entries gained A* – B grades
78% of all entries gained A*- C grades
98% of all entries gained A* – E grade
1 students achieved 4 A* grades
2 students achieved 3 A* grades
Celebrating Student Success 2018:
|Kinan Wihba – A*, A*, A*, A*
Gains a place at Imperial College to read Medicine
Kinan came to the UK in July 2016 as a Syrian Refugee with very little English. He had never communicated or studied in the English language but has achieved 4 A*s and an A at AS Level.
Kinan said “I am so very happy right now – I didn’t expect to do this well and am so pleased! I really want to achieve the best I can and I am so grateful for the support the college has given me. There have been so many opportunities for me here at Newman College – they have supported me with work experience and Medicine Summer School. My mum is so very proud – she always wanted a doctor in the family! I called her and she was so very happy and kept laughing. I can’t wait to start reading Medicine at Imperial College – I love London as it is so multicultural and diverse. I love the feel of Imperial College which is very prestigious and I love the course which is research-led and has patient contact in the first year. I am looking forward to celebrating with all of my college friends later.”
|Jess Tsapparelli – A, A, A
Gains a place at Birmingham to read Biomedical ScienceAlisha Tsapparelli – A, A, B
Gains a place at Birmingham to read History and Political Sciences
Twin sisters, Jess and Alisha, celebrate their A-level success with 5 As and a B between them.
Jess, who is also Captain of the Newman Lewes Football Academy, said “I really want to go into Medicine – my course interview went really well so I had an unconditional offer. I love the city of Birmingham and love the University Campus. I will be going out with my sister and our friends later.”
Alisha said: “It’s a really good course at Birmingham and I love the city and the campus. I will be going out with my sister and our friends later.” (the twins were spoken to separately and said exactly the same!)
|Dan Karadzas – A*, A*, A*
Gains a place at Oxford to read Biochemistry
Dan said “I am so relieved! It was a lot of pressure but the hard work has paid off! My brother is at Oxford and I have visited him quite a few times and love the place. It is an incredible city and I can’t wait to go!”
|Aaron Andrews – A*, A*, A*
Taking a gap year
Aaron said “I am ecstatic! I thought I had done a lot worse so really can’t believe it! I called my mum and she was crying. I will be the first one in my family to go to University and would love to ready Chemistry but not sure where yet. I have a work placement in an Accountancy firm which I start in a few weeks and then hope to go travelling before starting University next year.”
|Will Bingham – A*, A, A
Gains a place at Leeds to read Civil Engineering
Will said “I really didn’t think that I had done so well and was so worried. I’ve always been interested in Engineering and love the creative side of the course. I am really looking forward to going to Leeds as I love the city and it has a nice big campus. Most of my friends have done well so we will all be going out to celebrate in Brighton later.”
|Rosie Corbie – A*, A, A
Gains a place at UCL to read Biology
Rosie said “I am very happy and surprised! I really wanted to be in London and UCL has a fantastic Biology course. I woke my family up to tell them first thing this morning and they are all very happy. I am really looking forward to celebrating with friends later.”
|Amy Colfer – A, A, A
Gains a place at Southampton to read Mathematics with French
Amy said “I am so happy! I loved Southampton and I could really see myself there so can’t wait to start! I will be the first one in my family to go to University. My mum was with me when I got the UCAS offer and she is really proud. I can’t wait to go out with my friends and celebrate in Brighton tonight.”
|Leo Towers – A, A, A
Gains a place at Bath to read Economics
Leo said “I can’t believe it! I was really worried about History but worked really hard and am so glad it paid off. My family are really happy for me. Bath is such a beautiful city and the University has a great reputation and is one of the best for Economics. I can’t wait to go! I am taking a gap year first to gain some work experience and go travelling.”