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Alder Grange Drone Day Competition!

On 20th May, five of us went to a Drone Competition at Alder Grange.  We were split into two groups, a boys’ group and a girls’ group. 

There were many challenges including a bullseye landing which the girls won.  Others included an aerobatic task and one what involved drawing a shape in the air.  There was also a hacking challenge.

The girls won a few categories along with girls from BRGS as well.  Mr Mayes became quite competitive throughout the day! 

Thank you to former All Saints’ student Willem Barlow who coached us before the competition.  We learnt so much and enjoyed the day very much!

Ruby Wilson (9MT), Caitlin Molloy (9MT) and Leoni Coyle (9MT)

Lenten Valley Mass

On Wednesday 27th March we celebrated our Lenten Valley Mass.  All the Catholic schools met together in the school hall and were joined by Canon McBride, Fr Boast, Fr McGrane and Fr Broadley.  We were welcomed by Our Lady and St Anselm's; pupils from All Saints', St James the Less and St Mary's Haslingden led us in the Liturgy of the Word; St Veronica's led us in our bidding prayers; St Mary's Bacup led the offertory; St Peter's shared a lovely post-communion reflection and St Joseph's (featuring Mrs Starkie) sang a beautiful rendition of 'Our God is a Great Big God'!

The Pupil Chaplains from each school had created canvases of the Stations of the Cross.  We now have a full set which will travel round the Valley schools each Lent.  This symbolises that we are all part of a worshipping Catholic community and all worked together to create something unique.  Thank you to all who took part in the Mass and thank you for all the hard work in creating such beautiful canvases. 

People may not look forward to Lent.  Childhood memories of giving up sweets or sitting through weekly Stations of the Cross might immediately come to mind.  Words like “sacrifice,” “discipline,” and “self-denial” are often used in ways that suggest that Lent is something to be endured rather than a time of grace and spiritual growth. 

Perhaps we should think of Lent as an annual second chance.  Each year the Church gives us six weeks to take a long, loving look at our lives to see if our values and priorities are in line with God’s desires for us.  Since most of us may find that sometimes we have wandered from God’s path, Lent becomes the second chance to reconcile ourselves to God and allow us to “return to God with our whole heart,” Book of Joel. 

Wishing you all a happy and Holy Lent and Easter from the RE Department.

Mr A Sidlow
Curriculum Leader of Religious Studies

New York Trip

On Tuesday, 19th February around fifty All Saints’ students and six teachers went to New York for four days.  After meeting in the early hours of the morning we got a coach down to London Heathrow airport for the eight hour flight to John F Kennedy airport, New York.

On arriving, we went straight to our Hotel in Manhattan and later went out for tea in the famous Bubba Gumps restaurant.  Although we were tired we decided to go out shopping in Times Square that night to take in the sights.  The next day we went out for breakfast at a local buffet place.  Then we got on the subway and saw lots of different people and went to the 9/11 memorial and museum, which was very sad but important to hear about the terrible events that happened. After, we were allowed to spend the afternoon by ourselves and go out shopping and have free time.  Later that day it started snowing for a short period of time.  That night we walked to China town for tea.

On the third day we went to different nearby places for breakfast.  After that, we went on a boat on the Hudson River and saw the Statue of Liberty.  We went back to the hotel and got our lunch in nearby places and then after that went to the Empire State Building and went to the top, it was a clear day and the views were amazing!  For tea we went to an American BBQ restaurant.  At night we went shopping. 

After our last night at the hotel we packed up our things and left them in a room.  After breakfast, we went to Central Park - it was amazing as so many films and TV shows had been filmed there. While some just walked around the park, others went ice-skating in the centre.  Then we got our things and headed back to JFK for a shorter flight to Manchester airport and arrived at school at about 9am. 

Thank you to all the teachers for giving up their time: Ms Hill, Miss Laverty, Mr Parkes, Mr Mayes, Mr Briggs and Mr O’Sullivan and thank you to the PTA for donating money for our trip hoodies.

Mairead Graham, 9 Romero

Careers Fair & PSHE Day

On Thursday 18th October, every student took part in the All Saints’ Careers Day which was a drop down day dedicated to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance.  

Pupils were able to experience a range of career related activities from employer visits to mock interviews.  Over twenty-five businesses, post-16 providers and other institutions helped support the school in ensuring a really successful event.  Highlights included a visit to the Royal Blackburn Hospital organised by East Lancs Hospital Trust Work Based Education Team.  The Year 8 pupils who attended the visit got to see departments in the NHS that they had never seen before including the Electro Bio-Medical Engineering Department and the Hospital Sterilisation Department.  Students really enjoyed the visit:
Molly, Year 8 said ‘I enjoyed learning about parts of the hospital you don’t get to see or even think about.  It was fun and I gained knowledge and ideas of the job I want in the future.’

Other Year 8 pupils visited Rawtenstall Fire Station, Karl Mather Art Gallery, Ski Rossendale, BT Accrington and Tesco Haslingden as part of helping pupils understand what local career opportunities are available and to help them understand jobs and careers they may never have heard of before, or even considered.  

Other highlights included a visit from ‘FutureU’, a university funded project delivered by the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.  The project is aimed at encouraging young people to aim high and progress to university.  The Year 9 pupils who took part got involved in fun, classroom based activities aimed at getting them to understand their own special skills and abilities and the jobs that would suit them in the future.

Year 10 pupils were visited by STEM First, a specially funded project aimed at getting young people interested in the STEM subjects and STEM related careers.  Year 11 pupils took part in ‘Mock Interviews’ in preparation for college, sixth form and job interviews in the coming months. 

The whole day concluded with a Careers Fair in the Sports Hall where parents were also invited to attend in the afternoon.  Thank you to all who attended and supported the day.

Mr C Mayes
Assistant Headteacher

Valley Mass

On Wednesday 17th October we were joined by Bishop John to celebrate our first Valley Mass of the school year.  Bishop John was our main celebrant and he was joined by Canon McBride, Canon Lupton and Fr Boast.  The hall was packed with staff, pupils, parents and Governors of all the Valley schools.  Many thanks to St Mary's, Bacup for their welcome, to St Peters and Our Lady & St Anselm’s for taking the lead on our first and second readings, to St Mary's, Haslingden for the responsorial psalm, to St Veronica's for the Gospel Acclamation, St James the Less and All Saints’ for the bidding prayers and to St Joseph's, Stacksteads for leading the offertory. 

GIFT teams from all schools were asked to create their own school candle and these were presented at the offertory as a sign of our role as missionary disciples in our valley community.  All the candles were beautifully decorated.  We also made a display of some of the work that goes on in our schools.  Bishop J ohn was able to see all the wonderful things that take place in our schools.

Mass ended with the presentation of two Bene Merenti medals for services to Education to long standing members of the Governing body Mr Arthur Marriott and newly retired, Mr Noel Hoyle.  Mrs Sullivan from St Peter's and Mrs Griffin from St Veronica's received their Eucharistic Ministers certificate and we had a commissioning of the new Pupil Chaplains from all the Valley Schools.  Thank you to Miss Padwell and Mrs Starkie for the music an d particular thanks to Caitlin and Ruby in Year 9 for serving at the Mass.

Thank you to all who attended - it was a wonderful celebration.  The next Valley Mass is on 27th March 2019 here at All Saints'. 

Mr A Sidlow
CL Religious Studies


Poetry Competition - End Hunger UK

Promoted by members of the Year 8 Poetry Club, a large number of our Year 8 pupils decided to enter the Oxfam 'End Hunger UK' poetry competition. This was to raise awareness for the issue and potentially have their poems read out to the Prime Minister in Parliament. There were some fantastic poems written and we await to hear how they have fared against national competition.  However, the All Saints' winner was Mairead Graham with her very moving poem 'Hunger'. Well done!

Mrs Fowler, English

Starving by Mairead Graham
She walks down the street, her head in shame,
Thinks happy thoughts to bypass the pain.
Her shameful home stood lonely and bare.
The frightful hunger followed her there.
As she walks in plaster falls from the beams,
But that’s not the only thing breaking at the seams.

She shuts the door and falls to her knees;
Crying and weeping there’s no food to be seen.
The infernal pain consumed her mind.
Hell and starvation are intertwined.
It was an evil shadow here to haunt her,
Starting to lose consciousness; it’s just a blur.

Despite the fact her stomach is yearning,
Something else is far more concerning;
Three ravenous children will walk through the door,
Will we eat tonight? They’re still not sure.
Open the cupboards there’s nothing left;
They have no choice but to resort to theft.



“Tut, tut, tut” the whole town says.
No friends left they weren’t amazed.
She studies hard to climb up the ladder, 
But the gruelling pain just makes her sadder.
Sick of the stereotype she’s “apathetic”
Nobody helps but they’re sympathetic.

By herself, single mother of three;
The greatest struggle to make ends meet.
Time is ticking not getting any younger,
The eternal thought, hunger, hunger, hunger.

As days go by she becomes more thin.
A venomous trap, the walls are closing in.
Thirteen percent of the population, a supposedly developed place.
Eight million people with a unique case.

“Oh how sad” we think as we return to food on the table,
But that doesn’t make her any more able.
The gap between rich and poor is astonishing, how?
Thinking won’t make a difference; we need to do something now.

Children’s Voices for Peace Conference

On 26th April, six of our Year 10 pupils, Jack Coning, Jacob Fletcher, Ella Gaskell, Josh Barton, Charlotte-May Tomlinson and Hannah Audain attended a prestigious youth conference on World Peace at Portcullis House next to the Houses of Parliament.

The pupils took part in interactive workshops with other schools from around the country debating how our politicians should tackle the issue of young people caught up in the horrors of war zones. The pupils attended a Question Time style session, Chaired by Rt Hon Sir Dominic Grieve where they could challenge current Government policy on World Peace for young people. Charlotte-May Tomlinson eloquently presented her view on how we all need to rely on each other, rather like the participants of an orchestra to ensure a more peaceful world. Finally, the then Home Secretary Amber Rudd addressed all the pupils to conclude the Conference.

Our pupils were outstanding ambassadors for All Saints’ as was commented on by several of the organisers. I was very proud of how our pupils contributed with great articulation and confidence in front of so many esteemed guests. Finally, we were taken on a brief guided tour of the Houses of Parliament to end what was a perfect day in the Capital.

Mr Damien Graham, Deputy Headteacher

Duke of Edinburgh Practice Walk

On Wednesday 25th April, fourteen of our Year 10 pupils braved the elements to put into practice what they have learnt so far in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh bronze award this summer.  Navigating with their maps and compasses, they set off from school and walked approximately six miles up to and around Cribden Hill.  Pupils took it in turns to carry the equipment they will all be expected to carry on their upcoming DofE weekends and it was also a great opportunity for them to test out their waterproofs!

Despite the downpour of rain in the morning, spirits and motivation were running high, so much so, the sun even joined them as they splashed through the mud; what a way to break in new boots!  In May, these pupils will undergo a practice weekend starting from Waddecar Scout Activity Centre and will complete their assessment expedition from Bibby's Farm Scout Camp Site in June.

Creative Arts Evening

On Thursday 15th March, over sixty students participated in the annual Creative Arts evening. Parents and family members packed the hall and were wowed by a wonderful variety of performances by students from all year groups.

Year 10 Music students impressed with not one but three, band performances whilst the Year 10 and KS3 drama groups played extracts from plays they have been studying. The audience gasped at our talented cheerleaders performing stunts, beautiful dance routines and the harmony of the school choir, as well as individual songs, instrumental pieces and a polished performance from a Year 7 band (above).

Tasty cakes and pizzas were provided by the GCSE Cooking & Nutrition students with Friends of All Saints’ also providing refreshments. The art department also provided a colourful display of work, showcasing even more of our students’ talents

The standard of performance was excellent and our Year 10 compère, Joshua Campbell (above), did a fantastic job of keeping everyone amused. Well done everyone!

Miss J Roddy
CL Music & Performing Arts

Upcoming Theatre Trips

Blood Brothers at the Manchester Palace - 17th May 2018
Tickets are sold out! The final payment of £10 is due by Friday 4th May.
This is always a popular trip, and pupils love seeing such an entertaining GCSE text brought to life on stage.

War Horse at the Lowry Theatre, 28th June 2018
There are limited tickets available to pupils in Y7-10 to experience a much-loved Michael Morpurgo novel as a live action play. The production has received rave reviews since it first premiered in 2007 and is still an extremely popular show across the country. Don't miss out on your chance to watch it! See Miss Schofield if you're interested

Macbeth at the Lowry Theatre, 4th October 
Open to pupils currently in Year 9 and Year 10, come and watch the National Theatre's latest re-imagining of this thrilling Shakespeare play. This is studied at GCSE by all pupils for their Literature exam, and watching this performance will really enrich your understanding of the play and its language.  Tickets are limited, so make sure you see Miss Schofield if you want to find out more!

Table Tennis

The Year 8s competed in the Rossendale Schools' Table Tennis competition held at All Saints’ High School.  The team consisted of four girls; Hayley Bekier (8A), Leonie Coyle (8MT), Mairead Graham (8R) and Ruby Roberts (8MT).  Each girl played a variety of singles games against BRGS.  Everyone in the All Saints’ team worked fantastically with each individual winning a number of games - with Mairead Graham winning the most games in her category.  Unfortunately, the All Saints’ team finished second but each member of the team demonstrated an excellent level of focus, co-ordination, determination and sportsmanship

The Under 13s table tennis tournament was hosted at All Saints' and we entered Year 7 and 8 teams who performed superbly on the night. The teams finished first and second in their respective groups.  Unfortunately, the Year 7s lost out to Whitworth in the final but the Year 8s beat BRGS in the third/fourth play-off meaning that All Saints’ secured the silver and bronze positions!  Well done lads!

Year 11 Football

The Year 11 football team were the last ones remaining in this year’s Lancashire Cup but were knocked out in their last sixteen clash with All Hallows from Preston.  The team fought hard before eventually losing 5-2.  Octavio Antonio (11MT) scored both goals whilst Tyler McCracken (11R) put in a man of the match display in centre midfield.