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To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II as our monarch, we celebrated by hosting a house competition to create a pudding fit for the Queen.

Each house team were given £10 to purchase the ingredients to create their pudding. They needed to plan, create a recipe and produce receipts for the judges, and finally create the pudding in 80 minutes.

Each house team was made up of 2 students and 1 member of staff.

St Anne Line created a spectacular Victoria sponge, with platinum flags. Mrs Hogarth commented during judging that it cut lovely and took joint 3rd position.

Blessed John Ingram had amazing design drawings of their iced 2 tier sponge with fondant flowers, Mrs Savage was highly impressed during judging at the efforts of the chocolate 70 on the top and the creation which had been made in such a short period of time and took joint 3rd place.

St Thomas More also went for the traditional Victoria sponge and took 2nd place. Patriotic judge Mrs Ryder was a fan of the fruit Union Jack on the top of the cake.  It was an excellent creation and very tasty!

The winning team of the Pudding fit for a Queen House Competition was St John Boste.

Jack and Harlyn had created a Jubilee Mess. Their presentation, flavour and side portion of biscuits were definitely a highlight for judges Mrs Crawshaw and Mr Dunn. Who enjoyed dunking the biscuits into the Jubilee Mess. The boys were ecstatic at their achievement.

Well done to all students and staff who contributed to the competition!  Here’s a selection of images from the event.

 

 


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On Thursday 25th November 2021 students took part in our annual House Advent Wreath Making Competition.

Back for its sixth successive year, the popular competition gives five groups of students, one from each house, the chance to get creative as they roll up their sleeves and dive into the task of creating an Advent Wreath in just forty-five minutes. It is not just bragging rights at stake, they are all chasing that winning top spot and bagging the maximum amount of points for their house.

House points are awarded throughout the year for various competitions, events and for core school achievements such as Attendance. You can read more about House Points, how they are awarded and the current totals here.

After 45 minutes of cutting, shaping, snipping and glitter flying everywhere, our five wreaths were complete and ready to be scored by our team of judges.

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In first place were the team from St. Thomas More house, a complete reversal on last years fifth place finish.

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Last year's winners, St. Margaret Clitherow where ranked 'a close second' by the judges in this years competition.

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The team representing Anne Line finished in third matching the result of 12 months ago.

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Only two students took part for the team from St. John Boste.  There may have been a shortage of hands, however, no shortage of talent.

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In fifth place came the team from Blessed John Ingram. Their effort taking one point for their house.

Mr Dunn, who is an integral part of our judging panel, addressed the students and praised their efforts saying 'this was one of the highest standards of competition he's ever seen.'

The finished wreaths will be used in various places in school across the Advent period with the winning wreath taking pride of place in the Chapel where it will be lit during prayers.

Well done to everyone who took part, it was a fantastic competition.  Special thank you to locla business Fruitboy who donated the oasis block cricles and to Mrs Leslie & Mrs Corcoran's family who donated greenery.

Head over to our Gallery for a selection of pictures from the event.


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On Wednesday 20th October, we held a House Pumpkin Carving competition.

The event, which originated as a remote house activity during the first lockdown, proved popular with students so we decided to add to our annual events calendar.

The competition which featured ten pairs of students, two pairs from each house, scooping and carving for 40 minutes to create their spooky masterpieces.

After the time was up, the pumpkins were judged and ranked in order. The Individual results are as follows:

1st - Boste
2nd - Line
3rd - Ingram
4th - Ingram
5th - More
6th - Boste
7th - Clitherow
8th - Line
9th - More
10th - Clitherow

The scores for the above order where then combined for each house to create our final leader board.

The students from St. John and Blessed John Ingram took joint first place taking 8 points each for their houses.

St. Anne Line came in third, with St. Thomas More and St Margaret Clitherow finishing 4th and 5th respectively.

All the students did a fabulous job and there a loads of pictures in the Gallery

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The House Cross Country race has been a popular event throughout the years, however, with the new school being built and then a pandemic we haven't been able to host the event with all year groups competing for a long time.

Well for 2021, it was back and all year groups were taking part in the gruelling cross country race.

The rain was pouring and the ground was soggy, but that didn't dampen the spirits, smiles or enthusiasm of our 87 runners battling it out for the points and Cross Country Shield.

In a house race, the top places are for bragging rights only - this is a team effort.

Each runner is awards points depending on their place finish in each race.  All the points accrued by runners in each house are calculated together.  The house with the overall lowest points wins.

House Total Points Overall Position House Points
Boste 297 1st 8
Clitherow 339 3rd 3
Ingram 315 2nd 5
Line 388 5th 1
More 351 4th 2

All the competitors ran excellently in awful conditions.  Well done everyone.

There are over 100 images of the event in the Gallery.
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‘Sweet Treat for Alice House Hospice’

Tea, Coffee and Cake was the order of the day at The English Martyrs Catholic School and Sixth Form College as they invited Parents and Carers of their new intake of Year 7 students to a Coffee Morning to raise money for Alice House Hospice.

The Coffee Morning, which was held in the main school hall on Friday 1st October, was ran by student representatives from each house under the watchful eye of the house leaders.

Staff and students at EMS are assigned to Houses where everyone is invited to compete in various competitions and activities throughout the year for House Points.

Alice House Hospice are the nominated charity for fundraising this year at English Martyrs after students were invited to nominate a charity close to their hearts.

A heartfelt letter from a Year 7 student, who wishes to be unnamed, turned everyone to tears upon reading, and gave no doubt that the local Hartlepool charity would be this years’ beneficiaries.

The coffee morning was a huge success and raised a total of £849.74.  This will be added to a pot until the donation to the charity in the summer term.

Glenn McLintock, Leader for St. John Boste House said: “On behalf of all the House Leaders I would like to thank the students, staff, parents and carers who supported the coffee morning.”

“It was a wonderful opportunity to welcome families of Year 7 students to the community of English Martyrs, something we have not been able to do for such a long time.”

“We are overwhelmed by their generosity and we hope to raise more money for the charity this year.”

The event also an appearance from the charity’s mascot ‘Alice Mouse’.

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at Alice House Hospice, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by the students of English Martyrs as their charity of the year.”

"It lovely to attend the charity coffee morning and it was great watching the very talented students performing.”

"I look forward to working with English Martyrs throughout the academic year.”


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The first annual House Golf Competition took place on Thursday 8th July.

The 16 competitors made up of staff, students, parents and former students, took part in a round of 18 holes on the Championship Course at Wynyard Golf Club.

The competition, aptly named The P McMahon Trophy, has been introduced to celebrate the retirement of Mr McMahon who introduced the House system during his time as Deputy headteacher.

Mr McMahon led the competition with the first tee shot with everyone playing for House Points & The House Golf Trophy with smaller prizes available for the best score, longest drive and nearest the pin.

The results of the evening are as follows:

1st - St. Anne Line -  S Navin
2nd  - St Thomas More - H Norris
3rd  - St Thomas More - T Lynagh
Longest Drive - P Lynagh
Nearest Pin -P Lynagh

Thank you to all who competed and Wynyard Golf Club for hosting us.

There are a selection of pictures in the Gallery


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On Wednesday 9th June 2021, it was pots and pans at the ready as our House Leaders organised a Masterchef competition.. The rules of the competition were simple and quite challenging!

"Create a two-course menu for two people with a budget of £5 with just 75 minutes to prepare, cook and serve the menu to our hungry judges. Only one team per house was allowed to enter the competition and each team was to be comprised of two year seven students and one member of staff.  Receipts had to be submitted before the cooking began" Let's Cook!

St. Anne Line, whose team was made up of Mrs Blaylock from the RE Department and students Dylan Weldon and Taylor Considine, produced a starter of Crispy Cajun Potato Wedges with a Sour Cream and Chive Dip. For main course, they served up a classic Spaghetti Bolognese.  Our judging panel, we'll tell you about them later, really enjoyed the dishes, however, would have liked a little more seasoning and a slice or two of garlic bread.

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Poppy Paylor and Jenny Picken drafted in the expertise of technology teacher Miss Sanderson to try and win it for St. Margaret Clitherow. Their main course of Mixed Herb Chicken on a Bed of Creamy Mash with Asparagus, Creamy Mustard Sauce and Balsamic Glaze sure looked tasty.  This was followed by an Eton Mess with a Twist for dessert.  Our judges loved the main course, however, were left in a bit of a spin with the pudding and wouldn't preferred a classic version.

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Mrs Phenix-Norman teamed up with Christy Howe and Finley McGeorge to represent St. John Boste and try and please our picky judges. They offered up a Quorn Creamy Chicken Pie with Puff Pastry Top.  Twice cooked Chips, Buttered Spring Greens with a jug of Chicken Gravy.  For dessert, a Dark Chocolate Mousse, Caramelised Apple Tarte Tatin with Double Cream. Our judges loved the pie with the salty greens and the smooth mousse, but did they love it enough to win? We'll see!

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Blessed John Ingram needed a solid menu to try and scrape some points back in the league table.  Mrs Stirk donned an apron to support Izzy Atkinson and Layla Gibson. They cooked up a Five Spiced Paprika Chicken with a Feta, Tomato, Sweetcorn & Spring Onion stuffed Jacket Potato.  This was accompanied with a Oreo Mug Cake with Cream and Marshmallows. The judges thought the chicken 'was amazing' and the dessert was 'moreish', however, the jacket was a little hard. Sounds to me like they just needs a sharper knife.

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St. Thomas More, our house points leaders, were ready to cook up a storm and keep that lead at the top. Mrs Bell teamed up with Tilly Denning and Saffron Lee to serve up Chicken & Chorizo skewers with Mediterranean Vegetables. For dessert, a classic Eton Mess made with Summer Berries. The judges thought the main needed a sauce, however, the Eton Mess was just what they wanted.

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Our judging panel comprised of Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Hogarth.  Mrs Carr, who manages the cleaning team and Year 10 Pastoral Manager, Mrs Williamson. After they had worked their way around the meals, they adjourned to make their decision while the students waited in anticipation and Mr Corcoran finished eating John Ingrams's leftover marshmallows.

The judges praised all the students and gave feedback before delivering the result.

Fifth place was awarded to Anne Line with Margaret Clitherow coming fourth. Next came Thomas More, the classic Eton Mess not enough to get the sway the judges for a higher finish. Blessed John Ingram to come second with the team from John Boste taking the maximum points in first place.

All the students and staff did an amazing job and there was a lot of laughter and fun along the way.  Well done and thank you to everyone who took part.

There are more pictures in the Gallery


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We are thrilled to introduce our newly appointed House & Sports Captains for 2021-22.

House and Sports Captains represent the student voice of their houses and are also required to attend and support events in school.

All Year 10 students were given the opportunity to apply for the roles and then interviewed for the positions by House Leaders, Mrs Chapman & Mrs Williamson.

The staff were blown away with the professionalism and passion that the students put into their applications and interviews. All of the students performed exceptionally.  It was a tough decision, however, the students occupying the roles are on the slides below.

Congratulations to them all.


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On Tuesday 30th November 2020 students took part in our annual House Advent Wreath Making Competition.

Back for its fifth successive year, the popular competition gives five groups of students, one from each house, the chance to get creative as they roll up their sleeves and dive into the task of creating an Advent Wreath in just forty-five minutes. It is not just bragging rights at stake, they are all chasing that winning top spot and bagging the maximum amount of points for their house.

In a normal year, this would be a mixture of students from various year groups in each house team, however, with the ongoing pandemic we have had to change it up a little.  To keep students safe, only Year 10 students took part this year as they are in a bubble.

House points are awarded throughout the year for various competitions, events and for core school achievements such as Attendance. You can read more about House Points, how they are awarded and the current totals here.

After 45 minutes of cutting, shaping, snipping and glitter flying everywhere, our five wreaths were complete and ready to be scored by our team of judges.  The five finished wreaths are below….Who is your winner?  Results below!

 

After a lengthy adjudication, it was time to announce the results.

In this year’s competition St. Margaret Clitherow took the top spot, improving on their third place finish in last years competition.

Two-time competition winners St. John Boste could only match their performance of 2019 taking second place.

St. Anne Line, who won the competition last year, came in third, overall points leaders Blessed John Ingram took fourth with St. Thomas More’s entry finishing fifth.

Again, in a normal year, the finished wreaths would be displayed in various locations around the school and lit in assemblies, however, we are not having assemblies at present so the finished wreaths were taken home by staff.

Well done to everyone who took part. The wreaths this year are some of the best we have ever had over the years and any of them could have been worthy winners in previous years.

Head over to our Gallery for a selection of pictures from the event.


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Following on from the success of the Year 8 House Cross Country competition – it was time for our eager Year 7 students to take part in their first house sporting competition.

Traditionally, it is a large mixed year group race, however, with the current climate we are holding a couple of smaller races to keep students in their bubbles.

It was the boys who took on the three long lap run first with Finlay Elsdon, after leading most of the race, first to cross the line.  Close on his heels the whole trip was Lewis Campbell and he took second place. Lewis Brown finished the gruelling course in third position. A fantastic effort by all.

While the boys were catching their breath, it was the girls turn to take on the course.  I don’t think we’ve ever seen a more dramatic finish in a cross country than what was served up by Isabelle Holvey and Daisy McDonald.  Daisy led the whole race until the last few strides were Isabelle pipped her on the line to take first place. A brilliant contest and battle for the win.  Saffron Lee completed her race just behind the top two to take a worthy third place.

In a house race, the top places are for bragging rights only – this is a team effort.  The points are awarded on overall finishes by the house team.  Each place is awarded points, the points are added and the house with the most points wins. So the points awarded for the race are:

Boys Result Overall: 1st – Ingram (8 points) / 2nd – More (5 points) / 3rd – Boste (3 points) / 4th – Line (2 points) / 5th – Clitherow (1 point)

Girls Results Overall: 1st – Ingram (8 points) / 2nd – More (5 points) / 3rd – Boste (3 points) / 4th – Line (2 points) / 5th – Clitherow (1 point)
 
With two overall wins in the Year 7 competition and a win for the Year 8 Boys – Blessed John Ingram take the Cross Country Shield for the first time since the shield was introduced in 2009.
 
Mr Hope was out taking pictures again and has added loads of pictures in the Gallery.