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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)

Amazon Voucher Winner

Congratulations to Elizabeth Henderson, a student at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, who was the lucky winner of the £50 Amazon gift voucher as a result of completing the Notre Dame Open Morning survey. The voucher was presented by our Vice Principal, Michaela Beardsall, last week.

There will be another lucky winner from the Notre Dame open evening, taking place on Thursday 1st December. All who attend will be given a link to an online survey; complete the survey and you will be entered into the prize draw for another £50 Amazon voucher.

To register your interest in attending the Open Evening, please use this link:

And good luck!


(posted 25 November 2016)

Students Become ITV Newscasters for the Day!


A selection of Media Studies students visited ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar News on 17th November in order to take part in their ‘Open Newsroom’ event. The event was intended to encourage and inspire students from diverse backgrounds to consider the media and ITV as a possible career path.

The visiting students had the opportunity to see first-hand how a news department worked, watching a variety of people in editorial and technical roles carry out their work. They had great fun working with ITV weather presenter Jon Mitchell, who instructed the students how to work with a green screen and read an autocue. They also watched Calendar newsreader Duncan Wood both in the news studio and from the gallery; finally, the visitors got to have a look around the satellite truck and use the equipment to carry out a mock live transmission of a news report.

“It was a fun and useful day,” said Lauren Moore, one of the students who took part in the visit. “I eventually want to work in film, so I found the technical instruction really helpful for what I want to do in the future.”

Thank you to the Media Studies department for organising the visit and to Yorkshire ITV for making the opportunity available to Notre Dame.


(posted 24 November 2016)

Best Ever Notre Dame Performance in Senior Maths Challenge


Students and staff from the maths department had cause to celebrate last week, with outstanding performances in the individual and team competition of the Senior Maths Challenge.

Organised by the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust, the Senior Challenge is aimed at all 16 to 19 year olds studying mathematics at advanced level. The individual challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions. The top 60% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate. The regional round of the team competition was held at The University of Leeds on November 10th and saw Notre Dame enter a team for the first time in four years.

Having never finished higher than 17th position previously in the regional round of the team competition, everyone was thrilled with this year’s 8th place finish. Although the team, made up of upper sixth students Joe Marsden and Li Xuan and lower sixth students Patrick Lake and Izaak Johnson, ‘dropped the baton’ in the final relay round, the team gave an excellent performance in a closely fought competition in the company of teams such as Leeds Grammar and Bradford Grammar. The eventual winners were Horsforth School, who had the advantage of a 13 year old mathematical prodigy on their team. Well done to all four boys and we look forward to Patrick and Izaak returning to represent Notre Dame again next year.

In the individual contest, Notre Dame received the highest number of overall and gold awards in the history of entering the competition! 70% of our students received a certificate this year, which is significantly higher than the national average. Overall, we gained 7 gold awards, 24 silvers and 16 bronze certificates. Six students will also go on to compete in the ‘Senior Kangaroo’, a consolation competition for entrants who narrowly missed out on the score required to compete in the ‘Olympiad’ – again, this is a new record for Notre Dame.

Very well done to all students who took part and thank you to Mr Watson and the rest of the maths department for their hard work. Pictured are the Notre Dame team from the regional competition; L-R Li Xuan, Izaak Johnson, Joe Marsden and Patrick Lake.


(posted 23 November 2016)

Students ‘Stand Up to Cancer’


The Notre Dame community once again demonstrated its generosity last week when we presented a cheque for £320.43 to ‘Stand up to Cancer’.

Several events were organised by tutor group U6PG, including ‘Guess How Many Jelly Beans are in the Jar’, a bake sale and a sponsored ‘stand up’, where willing volunteers spent the whole day on their feet!

Over £700 was raised in total and Diane Smith from ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ visited college this week to be presented with a share of this. Special thanks go to Jasmonica Bhatha from tutor group U6PG for organising all of the fundraising, and to everyone else who took part or donated.


(posted 22 November 2016)

“Sleepout” Raises Funds for Charity


On Friday 4th November, thirteen Notre Dame students and three staff braved the elements and slept under the stars for the night in order to better understand the problems faced by homeless people, and to raise funds for homeless charities Leeds Tent City and The De Paul Trust.

Prior to setting up camp in the freezing temperatures, two of our lower 6th students, Freya Parnham and Tiegan Davis, came along to explain to the work of Leeds Kitchen and Leeds Tent City to the brave volunteers.

Some students managed to fall asleep in no time, whereas others found it a little more difficult to drop off and spent the night tossing and turning. Overall, the students and staff found the experience enjoyable but eye opening.

The total amount of money raised is yet to be finalised, but the group hope to better the total raised by the group from last year.


(posted 17 November 2016)

Media and Theatre Industry Workshop


A selection of Media and Theatre Studies students visited Leeds Beckett University earlier in October, to take part in a various industry workshops relating to new media and radio.

As well as gaining hands-on experience in the workshops, the visiting students also attended an inspiring lecture given by senior BBC executive Helen Boaden. Following this, they were treated to lunch and then whisked to The First Direct Arena, where they were guests at the first ever ARIAS (Audio and Radio Industry) Awards, taking place that evening. The visitors enjoyed the ceremony and were then treated to performances by Gregory Porter, Rick Astley and The Kaiser Chiefs.

Thank you to Leeds Beckett University for providing this wonderful opportunity to our students, and the Notre Dame staff who helped to organise the visit.

Second year student Ben Barnes is pictured taking part in one of the workshops.


(posted 14 November 2016)

Letter to parents

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(posted 11 November 2016)

Serious incident outside College 10/11/16

There was a serious incident outside the College on Thursday afternoon when two Notre Dame students were assaulted by three males who were not our students. The two students were taken to hospital where they were treated for their injuries and we understand they are recovering well. The police attended the scene very promptly and, together with College staff quickly ensured the safety of all students and supported as necessary those who witnessed the attack.

We are assured by the Police that this was a targeted attack and there is no wider threat to the College or the local community.

There will be a limited police presence on the site today to reassure students and staff, but the College will continue “business as usual” and we are confident that we will soon be able to put this unfortunate incident behind us.

We will continue to ensure the well-being of any students affected by this incident and we will be reviewing our security arrangements in the light of what is a highly unusual incident for us.

Notre Dame is renowned as a friendly, supportive and welcoming community and we will not allow this violent incident to change that.

Mr T. Coen


(posted 11 November 2016)