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International School Award

Congratulations to Mrs Hanks who collected the International School Award 2018-19 in London from Damian Hinds, Education Secretary, on Wednesday 5th December 2018.

 

Gen Verde – Start Now Project 2018

The Gen Verde ‘Start Now’ project was held at Notre Dame and St Boniface’s College earlier in November, led by 12 international artists and performers.  Gen Verde’s purpose was to offer our students the opportunity to break down barriers of prejudice and celebrate diversity, peace, collaboration and self-esteem.

In the intense 5-day programme the band worked with groups of young people from both schools to share skills and prepare them to perform in concert alongside Gen Verde members.  Participants were encouraged to develop existing talents and discover new ones. Through the creative and rehearsal process of preparing a show, the band and workshop members worked side by side as co-protagonists and members of a team in which respect and openness are the norm. If you attended the final concert you will know what a remarkable experience this was for our students. Thank you to all those who supported this event and all the students who took part.

International School Award 2018-2021

Congratulations to Mrs Hanks and our students who have worked hard over the last year so we retain our International School status.

The British Council have awarded us with the globally recognised accreditation, the International School Award 2018-2021.

It celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in International Education by enriching learning and embedding it into the school’s culture.

In the Summer Term we welcomed 33 students from Beijing 171 High School to Notre Dame. They spent the week visiting lessons with ND students, experiencing British traditions and students said they “had a fantastic week learning about each other’s culture”.

 

                                     

Young Carers Conference

Notre Dame is a school that cares – so we were thrilled to take part in the Young Carers’ Conference in Plymouth that raised awareness as well as cash for our own young carers.

Led by Lisa Rogers, our Senco, the Notre Dame delegation included LSAs Fran Brady and Inda Badesha and three of our Young Carers past and present, Chloe, Katie and Quiana.

We raised £45 with Fran’s sale of her own home-made and beautifully-packaged cakes and sweets, and the money will be used to provide trips and treats for our young carers.

Our eye-catching stand at the conference on 8 November featured a large display created by Miss Badesha, and a poster that featured a day in the life of a young carer, copies of which were available to take away by delegates.

Our young carers enjoyed the event immensely and were able to talk to others with similar life experiences, while our members of staff were able to hear the latest thinking on how best to support young carers and compare notes with professionals at other schools.

It was an honour to be able to demonstrate our commitment to these amazing young people in front of the Lord Mayor of Plymouth and Lisa Cornish, the passionate and inspiring organiser of the event.

Statement from School

We are aware of a series of malicious communications to schools across the country. Police and schools take hoaxes extremely seriously. We have been in contact with the Police and the Local Authority and have continued to ensure the safety of our pupils and staff. We have policies and procedures in place to cover incidents of this nature. We understand that the Police will continue to investigate who is responsible.

Meet our new Senior Student Team!

Notre Dame is delighted to present the new Senior Student Leadership Team for 2018/19 following recent school elections.

School Open

ND will be open today, Monday 19th March.

Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador

Notre Dame RC School are delighted to welcome RISE Theatre, a professional Christian theatre company, who will be performing their original play ‘Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador’ at Notre Dame RC School on Wednesday 28th March at 7pm for refreshments.

School Closure Friday 2nd March

Due to the red and amber warnings for Devon and Plymouth over Thursday night / Friday morning,  the decision has been made to keep the school closed on Friday 2 March.

The school has taken into account the likely travel conditions for many staff and students with the great risk of sheet ice and/or heavy snow on the roads and the advice from police and road safety experts that we must not place further pressure on emergency services through unnecessary journeys.

We hope you are all safe and warm and we will be open as usual on Monday.

School Closure Thursday 1st March 2018

Based upon the weather forecast for the next 24 hours, the decision has been made to close the school tomorrow Thursday 1st March 2018.