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Amazon Voucher Winner Announcement!

Open Evening Paul Graham

Notre Dame are pleased to be able to announce that the winner of a £50 Amazon Voucher for completing the visitor survey after our recent open evening is Dhanyal Hussain, a student at Carr Manor High School.

Our open morning and open evening events offer all visitors the opportunity to win, simply by completing a short survey. This year’s events were particularly well attended so Dhanyal has been very lucky to win his prize.

Pictured is teacher of Theatre Studies, Paul Graham, speaking to potential students at the open evening. Thank you to everyone who attended and entered the competition.



(posted 10 February 2017)

Head of history appears on Look North.

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Notre Dame’s Head of Department for history appeared on Look North earlier this week, after the musical job advert for a new priest became an internet sensation. Thomas Dixon helped to compose the advert, which features the Junior Choir of St Paul’s in Shipley and is based on a song from Mary Poppins. The advert has already been viewed on Facebook more than 29,000 times and can be seen here:

Thomas Dixon’s musical talents also extend to running the College choir, which has 15 regular members and often performs for students and staff alike. Today in college they provided Valentine-themed entertainment in the lower common room.

Commenting on his role in church and college, Mr Dixon said: ‘I’m amazed at the reaction we’ve had to the video but it’s been a lot of fun, particularly being interviewed by Look North. I’m a great believer in the importance of music as a way of creating a sense of community. This is something I try to do both in college and at church. New recruits for both choirs would be very welcome!’


(posted 10 February 2017)

Students Celebrate Oxbridge Success


Six Notre Dame students were able to celebrate, after they were offered places to study at either Oxford or Cambridge University. This year’s high number of offers marks a continuation of the success of our students being offered Oxbridge places.

Four students have been offered places at Cambridge: Eneko Johnson-Legaria has received an offer to study History, Joe Marsden has been offered a place on a Chemical Engineering degree, Miriam Bolton-Gabrielsen has received an offer for Philosophy and  Grace Parker has been offered a place to study Psychology. Two students have received offers from Oxford, Shuhaan Miah to study Mathematics and Caleb Dodd to study PPE.

Any student at Notre Dame who is interested in studying at Oxford, Cambridge or a Russell Group University has the opportunity to join OCRE (Oxford, Cambridge and Russell Group Experience), an enhancement group which is co-ordinated and delivered by English teacher Kitty Graham, supported by several other staff members at the college. Students in the group are offered guidance on application and interview, assistance in developing research and presentation skills and the opportunity to attend a conference with a visiting admissions tutor from Cambridge.

“I’m especially pleased with the number of offers our students have received this year,” says Kitty Graham, “Not only have many students received offers from either Oxbridge or Cambridge, but several others are looking forward to being offered places at some of the world’s top twenty-five universities, including Imperial College and University College, London. They all deserve their places and we are very proud of them!”

Pictured L-R: Miriam Bolton-Gabrielsen, Shuhaan Miah, Kitty Graham, Grace Parker and Joe Marsden.

(posted 8 February 2017)

Biology students’ superb performance!

Bronze Award winner, Isaac Copeland

Bronze Award winner, Isaac Copeland

Seven Notre Dame Biology students took part in the British Biology Olympiad in January and the results, which have just been announced, are superb.

Organised by The Royal Society of Biology, the British Biology Olympiad challenges and stimulates students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents. It is hoped that competing in the Olympiad will encourage students already interested subject to continue their study beyond A-level.

Our students sat two, one hour, multiple choice papers, competing against 7500 other students in the country. Very few students manage to achieve an award as the competition is so tough, but the Biology department at Notre Dame are very pleased to announce that Molly Brereton achieved a ‘Commended’ score, Nathan Allinson and Emily Waring achieved a Highly Commended score and Isaac Copeland (pictured) has been awarded a highly coveted Bronze certificate for his score of 52. Isaac has therefore been invited to attend a special awards ceremony in London at The Institute for Engineering and Technology.

Very well done to all the students who took part and a huge thank you to Susan Lowe who organised the competition entries at Notre Dame.


(posted 3 February 2017)

Notre Dame Christmas Celebrations

Christmas party 2017

Notre Dame hosted its annual ‘Forever Young’ party in December, providing an opportunity for local pensioners to get together to enjoy this special time of year.

Organised by Andrew Sullivan, Notre Dame’s Lay Chaplain, the party provided an afternoon of entertainment and merriment for the visitors. This year’s celebration welcomed 25 local pensioners to enjoy the festivities, one of whom was 102 years old! Notre Dame also welcomed back Bill, who worked at the college as a security guard for many years.

The college community pulled together to deliver some superb entertainment; several students demonstrated their musical talent by playing instruments and singing, and the staff choir sang a wonderful selection of Christmas Carols. A notable highlight was Walter Ngwa, who entertained the party-goers with his Michael Jackson impersonation. Food and drinks were provided and several staff members helped the visitors to move around the site. The afternoon was completed by a visit from Father Christmas himself.

The party was a huge success and Andrew has already begun to plan next year’s celebration! He would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who attended, organised and performed, with special thanks going to Kerry for cleaning up once the party was over.


(posted 19 January 2017)

Success for Notre Dame in ICAEW Competition


Congratulations to four upper sixth Business Studies students who have won a prize in the Institute of Chartered Accountancy in England and Wales (ICAEW) Challenge. ‘Team Innovation’, consisting of Jasmonica Bhartha, Bruno Da Costa, Gedeon Mbaya and Geraldao Mendonca, delivered a presentation as part of the competition, which is open to all 16 to 19 year old students in the UK.

The judges were particularly impressed that the team explored the options given to them in real depth and it was very clear that a lot of hard work had gone into preparing for the presentations. They were also impressed by the way the team linked their proposals together and explored the longer term impact of their choices.

The four members of the team have each won an ICAEW water bottle, moleskin notebook and a £20 Amazon voucher, as well as a team trophy. In addition, the prize also includes an employability session at college delivered by a representative from the ICAEW.

Very well done to the students and thank you to all the staff who enabled the entry into the competition.

Pictured L-R are Gedeon, Geraldao, Bruno and Jasmonica.


(posted 5 January 2017)

Students at Notre Dame begin journey to career success


On Thursday 8 December 2016, fourteen Notre Dame students travelled to London to kick start their Career Ready programme, and enjoyed a behind-the-scenes visit to The Dominion Theatre. The event, called A Capital Experience, was organised in partnership with Career Ready, a UK wide charity linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people.

In the morning, the students joined 1,500 other young people from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland at The University of Law, all of whom are beginning the Career Ready programme. Students heard from motivational speaker Action Jackson, as well as Career Ready alumni who have achieved career success. They were given the opportunity to practice their networking skills with the wider Career Ready student community. The students then visited The Dominion Theatre.

Career Ready offers a programme of masterclasses, mentoring, workplace visits and internships that helps students prepare for the world of work. Notre Dame has been working with Career Ready for several years to help students gain the skills, attitudes and experience they need to success in their future careers.

Anne Spackman, Chief Executive of Career Ready, said: “It is always fantastic to welcome students from right across the country to experience work and life in the capital. We know that for some it will have been their first trip to London, and to walk into the glass and marble towers of the capital and realise that they are welcome and that they could work there, is an inspirational moment.

Thank you to Lisa Catherall for organising the visit.

(posted 13 December 2016)

Fr Mulcahy helps Notre Dame Celebrate Feast Day


Notre Dame celebrated its Feast Day this week, with activities taking place in assemblies, tutorials and lessons to commemorate this special time.

Visiting speakers were welcomed throughout the week and, on Wednesday 7th December, Fr Eamonn Mulcahy from Manchester arrived at college to deliver a thought-provoking and inspiring homily in assembly. He then addressed a large group of A Level Philosophy and Ethics students on the topic of environmental ethics, specifically considering the Christian approach. All students commented on how useful they found the session.

Fr Mulcahy is pictured with upper sixth students Amy McHale and Catherine Warr.

Thank you to Catherine Herring, Head of RE, for organising the visit.

(posted 9 December 2016)

Congratulations to our NCS Graduates


Twenty-one Notre Dame students attended a special ceremony last week to celebrate their graduation from the National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme.

The scheme is open to all 15 to 17 year olds and is designed to provide them with experiences and skills which will benefit them for life. The young people on the scheme take part in a number of challenging activities, including spending some time at a residential activity centre, working on a skills-based project within a team and taking part in a social action project which benefits the community.

The Notre Dame graduates celebrated their achievement at the ceremony which was held at Leeds College of Music. Thank you to Rose Lou, Director of International Students, for accompanying the students on the evening.

(posted 1 December 2016)

Continuing Success for Team ND

Man of the Match, Kondwani Kabwe

Man of the Match, Kondwani Kabwe

Last week saw two successes for Notre Dame Sports teams, with victories in both netball and football.

Our netball team faced Thomas Rotherham College for the second time this season. ND’s attack and defence were exceptional from the get go and the team powered through all four quarters to achieve an outstanding result once again. The team scored 37 goals in what has been one of their best performances to date.

Notre Dame’s Academy 3 football team faced Bishop Burton College in the ECFA Premier Cup. Back to their winning ways, the team got off to a great start with a fantastic strike from Luke Waite. The coaching staff had introduced a new playing system and this paid dividends, with our team securing possession for large periods and putting serious pressure on the opposition. Notable performances came from Alex Noonan, captain Bailey Collington and ‘Man of the Mach’ Kondwani Kabwe (pictured).

Well done to both teams and we look forward to your continuing success.


(posted 29 November 2016)