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Pearl of Africa – On the 4th October, we were delighted to host the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir. They worked with our KS3 pupils throughout the day teaching new skills and forming new friendships.

On the evening a fantastic performance took place in school, which was open to members of the community. The event raised close to £2000, which will support the work of the charity in providing education for poor and orphaned children in Uganda.

Junior Awards Evening – On the 3rd July we held our annual Junior Awards evening. Our special guest was Adam Forshaw from MFC who presented  pupils with certificates including attainment, progress and contribution to the Catholic Life of the school. Adam stayed behind afterwards to have photographs taken with the pupils and to sign autographs.

Y11 Prom – As usual, the crowds gathered at school to welcome the Year 11’s on their special evening. After many photo-calls, Year 11’s made their way to the buses to be waved off by crowds of well wishes.

On arrival, at the hotel, pupils had a mock-tail drink reception, more photos and then the fun and games really began. A  wonderful time was had by all.

Family Fast Day – Friday 10th March was Family Fast Day.  This year we are focusing on the work of CAFOD.  The students were asked to substitute their usual Friday lunch of fish and chips and instead eat simply with soup and bread.  Over sixty students visited the Food Technology Room and took part; the money raised will be donated to CAFOD.

BBC News School Report – Pupils from St. Patrick’s joined thousands of other teenagers nationwide to take part in the 2017 BBC News School Report Day. The School Report is an opportunity for students to experience all the aspects of the news, journalism and current affairs.

With help from several staff members who made contributions (and under the watchful eye of English teachers Mr. Molyneux and Miss Pitchford) a group of year 8 pupils spent the morning of Thursday 16th March researching for and producing news stories about both national and local issues.  Pupils produced online news articles and video reports about recent events including Mental Health Awareness Week and facilities in both the school and local area.

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Bishops Visit – On the 23rd November 2016 we had the great privilege of welcoming Bishop Terry to St. Patrick’s Catholic College to spend the morning with staff and students. Bishop Terry took part in an assembly for all year groups as we celebrated the official end of the Year of Mercy, along with blessing the new Reception area of the school, he prayed for all those who may enter into our school.

French Trip – Between 17th October and 22nd October, the MFL department took 24 students on a residential visit to France. They visited several places such as Laval, Mont St Michel and St Malo. The students took part in several activities including Zip Wire, climbing, night-line and archery. On the last day the students visited Disneyland Paris and had a brilliant time; they spoke French and tried some of the local cuisine. It was an absolute pleasure taking the students, and they were a credit to the school throughout.


Literacy Through Football – A group of Y8 boys embarked upon the start of a new course in order to improve their literacy skills while inspiring them through football. The course is being piloted at St. Patrick’s Catholic College in partnership with the Foundation of Light (the educational development section for Premier League football club Sunderland AFC).

The first session saw staff from Sunderland AFC delivering literacy work to support and develop the skills of students. Pupils worked together to design their own Fantasy Football teams featuring characters from literature, TV and film. The group also worked on their spelling skills and use of connectives, in the hour long classroom segment. Afterwards, the boys were treated to some expert coaching and team-building activities out on the football fields.