The Holy Cross Choir performing an Abba Medley at the Jack Petchey Awards Presentation evening in November
Seven of our students and a member of staff received awards for the 2017-18 academic year at The Jack Petchey Awards presentation evening held at the Rose Theatre in Kingston at the end of November this year. The awards were presented by the Mayor of Kingston. Huge congratulations to all the winners on their achievements - the school is immensely proud of each and every one of you!
A huge congratulations to Year 13 student, Daphne Rosebel Villorente, who has been chosen as a finalist in the Education Art Prize 2018, a UK nationwide competition. Daphne has been invited to attend a full day workshop with Jennifer Collier, a textile artist who has won several awards including the BCTF Award for Excellence in 2004 and the 'Best in Show' award at The London Craft Fair in 2007.
Here is Daphne's winning piece 'A teacup of dreams':
Congratulations to three of our Year 8 students who won the Rotary Youth Speaks Intermediate Competition held at the Methodist Church in New Malden last night. The students delivered an engaging speech titled 'Boys vs Girls, a necessary battle', in which they discussed the underachievement of boys in school. The competition promotes and develops the public speaking skills of young people aged 11-17, calling on their ability to research and plan a topic, as well as presentation and team-working skills. The students will go on to compete in the Youth Speaks District Semi-Final in February next year.
Do you know how much time your daughter spends on an electronic device? What is she accessing? Is she safe?
As staff we are increasingly concerned about the use and impact social media is having on our young adults. We want to work with you as their parents, to make your daughters fully aware of the potential risks this has on their safety, learning and emotional welfare.
It has been brought to our attention that the use of these devices often occurs late at night. CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) has recommended that all young people switch off their devices at least two hours before bed time in order to sleep properly.
Please join us on Wednesday November 28th 7.00-8.00pm at The Holy Cross School to find out the facts about online safety. We are fortunate to have Mr Peter Cowley, who is the ICT and Online Safety Advisor for Kingston and Richmond Boroughs, to offer advice and practical tips for minimising risk and keeping your daughter safe online.
At the end of the evening there will be a workshop with specialists on hand to set up parental controls on electronic devices. Please feel free to bring your devices for the workshop, along with any questions you may have.
Holy Cross leads the way as the top scoring non-selective state secondary school for progress in Kingston and Elmbridge boroughs
For the second year running according to the latest government figures published earlier this week, The Holy Cross School is the highest scoring non-selective state secondary school in Kingston and Elmbridge for exceptional progress.
The way in which schools are judged has changed significantly and the most important factor is how much progress each individual student makes. This is reported as a measure called Progress 8. Using this new measure has shown that Holy Cross is among the top 0.5% of all schools nationally for student progress.
This score is a wonderful reflection of the hard work of our students as well as the high quality teaching provision across the curriculum. We believe that every child is unique and as such our focus is on each student achieving her full potential and the excellent progress our students make demonstrates this.
Our progress 8 score of +1.09 places us 34th out of 6530 secondary institutions nationwide. For full details of the school performance, please visit the government school performance website by clicking on the button below.
The Progress 8 score measures pupils' academic progress from Key Stage 2 to 4. The score is based on results in up to 8 qualifications including English, Maths, Sciences, Computer Science, History, Geography and Languages.
Congratulations to our students on the outstanding results achieved this year. There was 100% pass rate across all courses with 60% of grades awarded at A*- B and 29% at A*- A grades. These reflect the hard work and commitment of our students and staff, particularly under the new more rigorous examination system. We would like to wish all of our students every success as they begin university study, apprenticeships or employment.
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