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  • Saint Benedict is above National Average!

    The national averages for 5A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE  were released recently. This is a measure that is used to show how well a school is performing.

    They were 52.6% nationally and at Saint Benedict we achieved 57% on this key measure which is well above.  This is a great achievement and is thanks to the hard work of all of our students, families and staff.

    October 28th, 2014

    The Great British Make Off

    Working either in teams or as individuals, students were asked to respond to a challenging design brief inspired by Britain’s latest sporting passion: cycling. Seven of our year 8 and 9 pupils, with help of the year 11 Prefects have been working hard for the last few weeks to come up the ideas presented in the videos below.

    They have now entered the competition and will battle it out against other schools across the UK in the hopes of winning the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a day working with a major UK designer or product developer to refine their design concept. Winning designs will form part of a national exhibition run by the Design & Technology Association.





    October 24th, 2014

    Saint Benedict Students on Radio Derby

    Students from Saint Benedict CVA were invited to Radio Derby to talk about their visit to Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Slovakia as part of the Comenius project. They spoke sharing aspects of British culture with their European friends such as the history of Derby and its importance in the Industrial Revolution, traditional food such as fish and chips and their presentation of the legend of Robin Hood at Helfstyn Castle in Czech Republic.









    Listen again here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02873v6 Our students are from 2h15m.

    October 22nd, 2014

    Saint Benedict pupil chosen to train with top swimming squad

    A STUDENT at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy is celebrating after being selected to be part of an elite swimming development squad.

    Charlotte Hall, of Derby, has been chosen to train with Derventio eXcel development squad, which supports young swimmers who have shown the greatest potential within their clubs.

    Read more: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Celebrations-ST-BENEDICT-pupil-chosen-train/story-23288369-detail/story.html#ixzz3Gr4jXWJz

    October 22nd, 2014

    Independent Learning – Helping your Child to Learn

    Tuesday 4th November   6.30pm – 7.30pm in South Block Hall

    Independent study is an important part of your child’s education which reinforces and builds on the work completed in school. The Independent Learning Assignments that your child receives each week contain not only subject specific work but as of this year weekly Maths, English and Language homework will be provided.

    We would like to invite you to an information evening in South Block Hall where you will receive more detailed information about the independent learning we expect your child to complete at home and some useful hints and tips about how you can help your child with the literacy, numeracy and language skills.

    Workshops will be available where you can access information about supporting your child with Maths, English or more specialised support such as English as an Additional Language, Essential Skills or Accelerate English.

    In addition, we will provide you with more detailed information about how your child will be assessed during their time at school and what to do if you need help or advice when you receive the assessment data. Please note that this is general information only and it is not intended to provide feedback for individual pupils.

    Mrs J. Schiavone

    October 16th, 2014

    Globe-trotting students from St Benedict CVA take taste of British culture across Europe

    So far, we have been to Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia and trips to Germany and possibly Turkey and Hungary are also being planned for the future.

    During these visits, students have been asked to spread the word about British culture and talk about UK traditions. They have delivered a presentation about fish and chips in Slovakia, staffed a trade stand in Spain about what Derbyshire has to offer, demonstrated Morris dancing in Italy and performed Robin Hood in the Czech Republic.

    The trips are part of the Comenius programme, a two-year project funded by the British Council and designed to broaden youngsters’ horizons. We are the only Derby school to have been selected to be part of the initiative which saw 3,000 applications received by the British Council.

    Mrs Schiavone, Assistant Head Teacher and Head of McAuley House said we are honoured to have been selected for the programme. She said: “The Comenius programme has called it the Rainbow project and each city represents a colour in the rainbow. The idea is that we stay in smaller towns in countries rather than the larger tourist destinations to give students a real taste of what life is like there. “Students go to school in the country they visit and they go on a day trip. The aim is to promote tolerance, understanding and an acceptance of different cultures.”

    Ellie McLoughlin thoroughly enjoyed her trip to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She said: “I really loved it, it was great to make new friends and see what you had in common, like music. It felt very European and I didn’t expect it to be like that. “I enjoyed telling everyone about our culture and learning about other cultures, seeing the differences and similarities. When we did the presentation about fish and chips they couldn’t really understand why some people might eat fish and chips from a takeaway maybe once a week as they tended to have all of their meals cooked at home.”

    Joseph Clarke went to Italy as part of the Comenius project. He said: “Going to Italy was a trip of a lifetime. The people over there were enthusiastic, happy and most of all extremely kind. Before visiting, life was very money orientated; I was always buying items, not always happy with what I had. After going I have realised the importance of life now my attitude towards people has changed, I am less focused on material goods, instead I believe that people are the importance and priority. I would like to say a big thankyou to the Italians because they have showcased their country in an entirely different perspective; we got to see what many other people will never see.”

    October 14th, 2014