Christmas 2021

As part of the Holiday Activity Funding, students in Years 5 to 8 in The Newman Catholic Collegiate had the opportunity to participate in Outdoor Adventure, Tubing and Christmas Craft during the holidays.

Students from Years 5, 6 and 7 in The Newman Catholic Collegiate were invited to St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy for a day of Christmas crafts and activities, followed by a full Christmas lunch. Staff from all schools within the Collegiate came together to provide workshops including Christmas Card Making, Christmas Sports & Games and Christmas Cookery. Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and particularly enjoyed the Christmas lunch which was cooked and served by our canteen staff.

Mr Pearson, Head of PE, arranged for a group of Year 8 students to visit Standon Bowers Outdoor Education Centre for the day. The students had a fantastic time attempting lots of new activities, including riding BMX’s and zip lining.

Another group of Year 8 students had the chance to visit Stoke on Trent Ski Slope where they had fun on the slope tubing down the super steep slope!

Our work with The Hubb Foundation continues to grow from strength to strength and we feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with a charity who share the same core Lasallian values.



Summer 2021

The Newman Catholic Collegiate Summer School has taken place throughout the summer holidays, with camps running in our Primary schools for students in Years 1 to 4, and a Transition Summer School at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy for students in Years 5 to 8.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our new cohort of Year 7 students may not have experienced the usual transition visits to Margaret Ward Catholic Academy and so the Summer School has provided students with a fantastic chance to meet new friends, to meet some of our staff and to familiarise themselves with the school building. Every child has the right to a quality education, and we truly believe that the Summer School has given our students the perfect springboard into the new Academic Year.

The St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy Summer School consisted of four, fun-filled weeks and was attended by over 450 students. Attendees were treated to a huge variety of activities, which included sports with The Port Vale Foundation, a climbing wall challenge, clay modelling with the Ceramics Biennial, bushcraft with The Wildlife Trust, musical theatre and visits from snakes, skunks and owls. A group of Year 5 students were even given the opportunity to build and drive their own race car! Busy days meant hungry students, and so all students were given a full hot lunch each day. A year 6 student said “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see the school building and to meet the some of the staff. The activities have been fantastic, and I definitely feel less anxious about starting school in September”.

Throughout the past six months we have also been working closely with the Together for Childhood Team from the NSPCC in order to help to make our community safer for children. The Together for Childhood Team led weekly sessions during the Summer School to educate students on keeping themselves safe in the holidays using an interactive map of the local area.

A group of Year 10 students from St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy visited Stanley Head Outdoor Education Centre during the holidays where they developed their resilience and team building skills through various activities including canoeing, rock climbing and water rafting. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and were very grateful for the opportunity to meet with their friends in a safe, outdoor environment.

Thank you to the 65 staff from The Newman Catholic Collegiate who so enthusiastically devoted time out of their summer holiday to support each and every student in the Summer School.

We feel incredibly blessed to have worked in collaboration with The Hubb Foundation on this project. Their ongoing support for our most vulnerable students throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been phenomenal and we look forward to planning more transition sessions throughout the Academic Year.

A group of Year 7 students racing up the climbing wall.

A Year 6 student identifies “safe spaces” in the local area.

A group of Year 5 students participating in an Art lesson with SMWCA Art Teacher, Miss Leese.

A group of Year 6 students enjoy a table tennis session with Head of PE, Mr Pearson.

Groups of Year 6 students meet and pet animals from the zoo.


May 2021

St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy has been working in collaboration with The Hubb Foundation, The Hygiene Bank and The Port Vale Foundation throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to provide support for our children and their families.

Our work with The Hubb Foundation has continued to grow from strength to strength. Projects have included Easter and Christmas themed holiday activity packs for over 250 families and more recently, a five-day Easter Camp. During the Easter Camp, children were involved in twenty different practical sessions, including a study of the gospels of Matthew, Luke and John, and a discussion about the importance of Eastertide. Other sessions included creating an Ancient Greek tapestry and a Positivity Rocks session where we discussed how to maintain a positive mind-set and then designed our own positive rocks. Children thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and asked for longer days!

The Staffordshire branch of The Hygiene Bank, have shown a real commitment to our school community and have helped us to ensure that no child has been without toiletries or cleaning products throughout the pandemic. In addition to this, The Hygiene Bank recently donated 1400 bottles of hand sanitizer and 4000 face masks.

We feel very grateful to be at the heart of a nurturing, inclusive network of local community groups and charities who are committed to delivering the five core Lasallian values. We are now busy planning events for the Summer term and will endeavour to continue to ensure that no one is left out or behind.

A Year 7 student baking during the Easter Camp.

Year 8 students with some of the items donated by The Hygiene Bank.

A group of Year 8 students with their positive rocks which they created in the Positivity Rocks session.

Year 7 students playing football, co-ordinated by The Port Vale Foundation throughout the Easter holidays


April 2021

All Year 4 children in The Newman Catholic Collegiate have received their Easter packs this week, which have been created by our staff here at SMWCA. The packs include a variety of activities, the highlight being a wooden Romero cross, handmade by Mr Foster, our Design Technology Technician. We look forward to seeing your creations.