EPQ Presentations

Today saw the culmination of a great deal of hard work for 5 Year 13 students. They have been tirelessly working on their EPQ – Extended Project Qualification. This is the equivalent of half an A level in terms of UCAS points. Universities increasingly favour the EPQ and make reduced offers when students complete the EPQ. It is recognised as a qualification which combines individual research skills with literacy, referencing and presentational skills. It gives students an insight in to what research would be like at university. It is not for the faint hearted! A 5,000 word write up is required as well as presenting the project to an audience.

This year the cohort involved the following:

Precious Gestopa – researching antibiotics

Ryan McDermott – researching closed cockpit in Formula 1

Chloe Harrop – Who was to blame for the Raza Plaza Collapse?

Naeem Ahmed – The differences between medical care in an LEDC, like Bangladesh, compared to the UK – an example of an MEDC

Raymond Effah – Researching into the awareness of depression in adolescents.

Both the Supervisor and the Co-ordinator were blown away by the high quality witnessed today.

Induction Dates for Year 12 2017-2018

The Induction dates are as listed below :

Tuesday 27th June 2017
From 8 : 50 am to  3 : 35 pm

Wednesday 28th June 2017
From 8 : 50 am to 12 : 10 pm

Students who fail to turn up to the induction days without informing us, we will assume that you no longer want your place.

If you are going to be away on a holiday, it is essential that you let us know.

All external applicants must email  their GCSE results to achoudhury@cardinalnewmanschool.net
by Monday 21st August

Please download the form attached to fill in :

Form for External Applicants to Newman Sixth Sept 2017

or take a photo or a scan of your results and email it to us

The Mind set

Newman Sixth student James Ryan is one of only 12 students nationally to be selected to work for the BBC and Radio 1 with their new project – ‘The Mind Set’. Staff and students at Cardinal Newman School are all very excited as this launched yesterday. James appeared on Victoria Derbyshire Live yesterday and was on the BBC News throughout the day! James is studying Economics, Maths and History A levels.

‘I was so driven to do well we were convinced that they (GCSEs) were absolutely everything and without them you would never be anything’. This is the first sentence that James has said when he was introduced into the BBC radio 1 interview (The interview is available at the BBC radio 1 website).

We are so proud of James and we thank him so much for representing our school and helping students that are feeling alienated in time of need and support.

Regeneration on our doorstep

Year 13 Geography A level students visited a regeneration project currently being undertaken by Keepmoat, in Luton. The company have taken on the job of regenerating the Purley centre in the Marsh Farm area of the town. Phase 1 of the building is well under way. The students got the opportunity to go on site after a health & safety briefing . They all  got kitted up with steel capped boots and hard hats and had a tour around the building. They learnt about how successful bids are won through having the right design as well as meeting expected sustainability targets. The client is Luton Borough Council and the buildings are both for retail and residential purposes. They meet energy efficient targets and 99% of all waste materials are recycled. It was a fantastic opportunity for the geographers to go and have a look at the practice they learn about in their textbooks. Phase 2 of the regeneration will take place next – the poorly rundown area of the market area and shops across from the car park will also get a much desired new look. Thanks to Keepmoat for the guided  tour and allowing the trip  to take place.


Study Leave for Year 12s

This year, students will require study leave due to some of the subjects having their exams this year. As the majority of the exams are taking place on the week beginning Monday 15th May, ALL YEAR 12s will need to take a study leave in the week before (Monday 8th May – Friday 19th May)

So, these subjects all have exams :

 Accounting – 16th May & 19th May.

Maths – 17th May, 24th May & 7th June.

Law – 16th May & 19th May.

Media – 18th May

Applied Business – 26th May.

ICT – tbc Internal 10 hours

H&SC – 17th May & 24th May.

Those of you who do not have any exams, your teacher will either

a ) Give you work to do at home – e.g. project work or preparation for summer exams

b) survey the class to see who has exams and if all the class do not have exams, then they may choose to continue to teach you so you will have to come in.

Debate competition

Four of Newman’s sixth form students, in Year 12, recently set off to Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School, near St Albans, to attend a debating competition held by the Catenians, an organisation of Catholic laymen. Jeremiah Tudor and Vincent Masterson were the spokesmen for this particular occasion. They helped to write the speeches and read them with eloquence. The results of this competition were victorious! Vincent Masterson won an individual award for his engaging and political-based speech. All four students won the school prize for the event, thus ensuring a place at the nationals in September in Manchester! Isabelle Lepore and Milosz Mnich participated in composing the speeches and will be speaking at the nationals. It was a fantastic event and we are all looking forward to September!

– Isabelle Lepore


London universities offering free taster courses to sixth form students !

There are still places available on the majority of the FREE university taster courses that this program is offering, these courses will take place at numerous universities in and around London.

Places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis for the majority of the taster courses.

A full list of taster courses with places available taking place this February and March 2017 is below, however, there are many more in a variety of subjects taking place throughout the year. You can find all our taster courses on their website london.ac.uk/tasters.

Opportunity for a local student to win £1000 bursary and 2 weeks of work experience !

Freeths legal scholarship scheme is offering a £1000 bursary and a guaranteed 2 week paid placement in summer 2018 in our Milton Keynes office to the winning school leaver from the Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire area. This is the perfect opportunity for students to gain insight on how the theory is practically applied in commercial legal practice and gain invaluable experience to add to their CV.

How to apply ?

We are looking for applications from students committed to studying law at university in September/October 2017. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 18th April 2017. The application process is simple; along with a copy of their personal UCAS statement, students should tell us why they would benefit from a 2 week work experience placement with Freeths. For the application form, full details of eligibility and terms and conditions, visit: www.freeths.co.uk/legal-scholarship-scheme.

If you have any further queries about the scheme please email nerys.dadey@freeths.co.uk.

Upcoming Events – 8/2/17

Year 13, Subject Evening – Thursday 9th February 2017 (16:30 to 20:00)

Early Closure (13:35) – Thursday 9th February 2017

Return from Half Term – Monday 20th February 2017 – Week 2

Cambodia Information Evening – Parents & Students – Tuesday 22nd February 2017 (19:00)

Breakfast Meeting – Business & Education Skills Partnership – Tuesday 7th March 2017 (08:45)

Early Closure (13:35) – Tuesday 28th March

Year 13 – EPQ – Tuesday 29th March

Close for Easter Holidays – Friday 31st March

Return from Easter Holidays – Tuesday 18th April


Upcoming Events 01/02/2017

Valentines Social – Saturday 11th of February
Venue  – 4 Horseshoes
9pm – 11pm
£5, Tickets on sale from Ms Choudry’s office

Boat Party – Friday 26th of May
Coach will leave Cardinal Newman 17:30 and will go back at 1am – dropping off in town then to Cardinal Newman

Cambodia Trip
Sunday 9th of July – Departure at 12:30 at Heathrow Airport
Wednesday 2nd August – Arrival at 18:45 at Heathrow Airport

(see more details at Events Calendar)