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Rugby Enhancement goes from Strength to Strength

The male and female rugby enhancements, which were introduced this year at Notre Dame, have had a very positive first few weeks and are looking to increase their successes even further in the near future.

The boys Rugby Union team have played an impressive seven matches so far this academic year – and managed to bag a victory in three of these. Their most recent matches took place at the Pontefract Rugby Festival on the 11th of November, where the team won two of their three matches against Pontefract New College and Elliot Hudson College. Their third match at the festival resulted in a draw against Greenhead College.

Our girls’ Rugby League team are currently still in training but are looking forward to some fixtures very soon. They receive training on a Monday evening by acclaimed England Rugby League team member Lauren Stallwood.

We wish our teams all the best in their future matches!

Pictured are the boys’ Rugby Union team

Pictured are the boys’ Rugby Union team

(posted 27 November 2015)

Ex Notre Dame Staff Member Becomes World Champion!

Notre Dame are extremely proud to announce that Claire O’Hara, an ex-student and staff member, has won a gold medal at the 2015 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships.
Claire worked for Notre Dame as Enhancement Co-ordinator for several years and has also held the position of a freelance instructor for Leeds Beckett University and the National Water Sports Centre.
The world championships were held in Ottowa, Canada in the summer; as well as a gold in the Squirt Boat final, Claire also bagged a bronze medal in the Freestyle Kayak event. She is the only freestyle kayak ever to have doubled the double and currently holds the world record for the highest competitive women’s scores in both disciplines.
Everyone at Notre Dame sends their congratulations to Claire and wishes her the very best in her kayaking career.

Claire O'Hara

(posted 18 November 2015)

Ex Student Wins Science Scholarship

Congratulations are in order for former Notre Dame student Zachary Hawkhead, who has been awarded the prestigious Undergraduate Science Scholarship by the Ogden Trust.
The Ogden Trust was born when, in 1988, Peter Ogden transferred £22.5 million of his own wealth into a new trust fund to help very able students access various educational opportunities. The Undergraduate Science Scholarships were launched in 2003 to sponsor students of outstanding scientific ability wishing to read for physics or associated degree at a leading British university.
Zachary attended Notre Dame from 2013 to 2014 and achieved A Levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. He is currently reading Physics at the University of Durham. We wish him the very best as he continues with his studies.

Zachary Hawkhead

(posted 18 November 2015)

Celebrations for Black History Month

Notre Dame students celebrated Black History Month last week with a series of presentations in assembly, a visiting speaker and a fashion show.
Some of our (very brave!) students led the assemblies taking part during the week, and delivered a presentation about the history of Black History Month and some important role models worthy of commemoration. The audience were also treated to a performance of an Alicia Keys song and some performance poetry.
Sylvester Leader, the president of the Leeds St Kitts and Nevis Association and a former staff member at Notre Dame, also visited the college and inspired many of our students with his words regarding goals and achievement.
Later in the week, a multi-cultural fashion show was held, showcasing fashions from across a wealth of different cultures and celebrating the diversity of Notre Dame.
Pictured is Sylvester Leader and his wife, along with the students who organised and delivered the assemblies.

Black History Month

(posted 10 November 2015)

Tumbling Triumph for Notre Dame Student!

Congratulations are in order for Notre Dame student Sophie Richardson, who represented Great Britain in the Tumbling and Trampolining World Cup in Portugal in September.
Sophie had been a gymnast for several years when, at the age of eleven, she made the decision to specialise in tumbling. Although not currently an Olympic Sport, tumbling is gaining a higher profile alongside its partner, trampolining and representatives from the sport are currently trying to raise its profile even further.
A second year student, Sophie is currently studying for A Levels in Maths, Health and Social Care and PE. She trains between four and six days a week which can be quite demanding, although she says she has got used to balancing her college work with her training.
We wish her every success for the future with the sport and will follow her career closely!

Sophie Richardson

(posted 10 November 2015)

Romantic Poetry in a Romantic Setting!

Twenty English Literature students from Notre Dame visited the Lake District earlier in October, in order to enhance their study of romantic poetry. They arrived in Ambleside on a sunny Thursday evening, before taking part in a literature themed quiz.

The next day, they visited the Wordsworth Trust and enjoyed a guided tour of Dove Cottage, Wordsworth’s home when he was a young man, followed by a workshop on romantic poetry. All students agreed that this helped their understanding of the poems they had been studying at college. After lunch, the students visited Rydal Mount where Wordsworth spent the last 37 years of his life. This year, the visitors were truly blessed with the weather and enjoyed a sunny walk into Grasmere before heading back to Leeds

The annual residential is one of the many enhancement opportunities offered by the English department in order to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of the subject.

Pictured are some of the visiting students on the bank of Lake Windermere.

Lakes 20152

(posted 10 November 2015)

To all parents of Notre Dame students:

Many thanks for your attendance at the Consultation Evenings which have recently been held for both Lower and Upper Sixth students. All students will shortly be given an updated report in preparation for one-to-one meetings with their teachers.

(posted 5 November 2015)

Athletics Success for Notre Dame Students

2015 has proved a very successful year for athletics at Notre Dame! A group of students travelled to Gateshead in July to take part in the English Track and Field Championships and came away with some very pleasing results.
In the senior girl’s long jump competition, Alyssia Carr achieved a respectable sixth place in a field of twelve competitors.
Jemma Ibbetson took part in the senior girl’s discuss event and was pleased to finish in fifth position.
Finally, Reynold Banigo represented Notre Dame in the senior boy’s long jump and finished just outside of the medals in fourth place.
Well done to all of our athletes and we look forward to some similarly pleasing results in 2016!

Reynold BanigoJemma Ibbetson
Alyssia Carr

(posted 13 October 2015)

Team ND has Brilliant Opening Week

The first ‘Team ND’ fixtures took place last week and provided some very pleasing results for the college. ‘Team ND’ has been launched this year to provide an even bigger range of sports for our students than has been available in previous years – all under the same banner. Students now have the opportunity to play basketball, football, volleyball, cricket, boxing, badminton, netball and rugby.
Our PE department has a unique partnership with Leeds Beckett University, which means that specialist coaches from their highly successful sports department come to Notre Dame to train our students in the available sports.
Last week saw the first outing for some of our new teams. The Notre Dame Basketball team beat Greenhead College 54 points to 45. Our Football Academy won their match against Shipley and Guiseley Football Academy by 4 goals to 2. Finally, our football second team beat Huddersfield New College, also by 4 goals to 2.
“We are really pleased with the results of our first fixtures,” said Scott Broadley, Head of PE at Notre Dame. “It’s great that we can benefit from highly skilled coaches at Leeds Beckett who can lead our teams to further successes in the coming year.”
Well done to all our sporting superstars!
Pictured are the victorious Notre Dame Basketball Team.

Basketball Team photo

(posted 13 October 2015)

Oscars Night for the Media Department!

The red carpet was rolled out and Notre Dame Media Studies students arrived on Wednesday 23rd of September for their annual ‘Oscars’ award ceremony in recognition of the excellent work the students have produced. The best work from the coursework submissions in 2015 was showcased to the audience and the winners were presented with certificates and an ‘Oscar’.

Amongst the successful students was Dominic Nkosana who, along with some of his classmates, won the “Best Genre” award for his music video. “Our ideas came spontaneously,” he said. “We had a vague idea of how we wanted our video to appear and we took opportunities to film scenes when we were out and about.”

Jack Donahoe won the ‘Director’s Choice’ award, which was presented by a visiting professional director; Jack’s video was chosen for its intellectual storyline and stunning visuals – he was described by the visitor as a “brilliant and rare talent”. “I was really happy to win this award,” Jack said. “It will help me with my university application and beyond.”

Liz Slee, head of Media Studies, organised the event and arranged for several visitors to attend, including ex-students who now work in the media and professionals from the industry. “I chose the winners of the awards based on stand-out videos which excelled in both creative and technological aspects,” she said.

The event was a huge success and the media department are already looking forward to next year.

Oscars night

Pictured l-r: Liz Slee, Head of Media Studies, and Oscar winners Leah Carter and Kate Whittaker.

(posted 30 September 2015)