Summer 2019


Summer Edition of the CTK Newsletter

Christ the King CVA


Christ the King CVA

Darlton Drive






0115 955 6262

Dear Parents,

As we are about to break up for the summer we say goodbye to a number of colleagues who are

moving on to pastures new and I wish them all the best for the future in their new roles. A special

mention must go to Mrs Elisabeth Wall who is retiring from teaching MFL after 29 years of service

to our community and to Mrs Carole Beagle who has also worked at CtK for 29 years ensuring

that the school is kept clean and safe for our students. They have both worked extremely hard to

support the needs of our students and I wish a long and happy retirement to them both. I am

looking forward to welcoming some new colleagues in September and I hope that they will have

a very successful career here at CtK.

May I remind you that the new term will begin on Wednesday 4th September for Year 7 and the

Sixth Form, all other students will start on Thursday 5th.

Thank you for all your support this year. I hope that you have a very happy summer break and I

look forward to seeing you all in September.

Jo Love, Head of School

ICE Students reach Boccia Finals!

Well done to the students from ICE who qualified for the School Games Finals in Boccia

after beating other secondary schools in the Gedling area. The students played extremely well in

the finals at NTU Clifton Campus and managed to come third in their group. They did CTK proud,

well done to them all!

Year 8 Art Academy Trip

On Wednesday 10 th July our Year 8 Art Academy took a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP).

We had an inspiring guided tour in the morning from one of the resident artists at the park. She

shared her knowledge and gave the students lots of opportunities to draw and make. Then, after

a sunny picnic lunch, the students demonstrated fantastic team work skills whilst creating their

own group sculptures. The results were brilliant. As always the CTK students were praised by the

YSP staff on their creativity as well as their behaviour and conduct whilst at the park. A thoroughly

enjoyable day was had by all!!!!

Easter Liturgy

On return from the Easter break, we all started the next term with a

whole school celebration at Good Shepherd Church to celebrate

Easter. It was a great celebration all about turning over a new leaf,

starting a fresh and moving forward with new values and attitudes.

The Chaplaincy Team spoke about how forgiveness is the key to this

and when we forgive ourselves and others, we live our lives with a

greater sense of happiness. The Chaplaincy Team led this liturgy and

explained their message through the Bible, freeze

frames and prayers. The highlight for the students

was when a paper mashie Easter egg in their

House colours was destroyed and broken.

On this egg, there were certain words that

prevented us from forgiving others. This

shows that Jesus overcame all and came to

save us all.

Family ‘Pub’ Night

To help us raise money for the Sixth Form students

going to Lourdes, we prepared and ran our annual

Family ‘Pub’ Night, where fish and chips and a quiz

are provided at Christ the King. This fundraiser

always brings fun and joy to the many families and

friends that attend. Not only did the Sixth Formers

set everything up and serve everyone tea, they also

led from the front and planned and delivered the

quiz, with Bryce Bardwell and Kieran Bottoms being

our resident quizmasters. We had a huge raffle

take place with great prizes from Nottingham

Forest, Trent Bridge, Bohn’s Burgers, Travellers Rest

and a huge hamper which was donated by Boots.

We are so grateful to all of these companies for

helping us in our efforts. All the Sixth Formers

deserve full credit, they came early to help, they

kept on top form throughout the night and then

put the school back together during the clean-up.

They are a credit to the school and to their families

who are supporting them and sending them to

Lourdes. The night was a huge success with lots of

money being raised and lots of people smiling and

having a great time.

Lourdes Leg Wax

In the run up to the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage, we had one final

fundraising opportunity at Christ the King, in the form of a leg wax!

This took place during our Year 6 transition day, so the young

people coming up to Christ the King in September could get a real

feel of how we fundraise and what we are all about at CtK! Each

form group had to raise £15 and this meant that one strip was

stripped from our legs. Our Sixth Form students also got involved by

either pulling the strip, or getting waxed themselves, and no

member of staff that visited to support was safe! A big thank you to

Mr Jorgensen who willingly volunteered to help after the

students cheered him on to take part. A great deal of money

was raised and this has been greatly appreciated by our

students who go to Lourdes on Friday 12 th July.

This is the highest number of students that Christ the King has taken to Lourdes for a long, long

time. They are a fantastic group who show care, love and support to each other and, most

importantly, smile every day! We look forward in the next newsletter to hearing news of their

Lourdes visit.


AY 2019


Year 10 Footballers make history!

The Year 10 Football Team completed

a brilliant and successful season,

winning the South Notts Cup on

Monday 24 th June.

Throughout the season the team

performed really well, putting in

confident performances against Newark

Academy, The Minster School and

National Academy without conceding a


The semi-final against Redhill was up

next and CTK started the game on the

front foot and raced into an early 2-0

lead. It was a well-controlled first half

display and the team was unlucky not to

go in at half time with a bigger lead with

a goal disallowed and hitting the post as

the half drew to a close.

Redhill came out fighting in the second half and pulled a goal back with 20 minutes to go. The

lads showed tremendous character

and fighting spirit to battle

through the pressure and were

rewarded with a counter attacking

goal in injury time to seal a 3-1 win

and place in the final.

Carlton Le Willows awaited in the

final at Highfield Sports Complex.

It was extremely tight and tense

game throughout. Both teams had

decent spells of possession but

excellent defensive displays from

both teams meant that scoring

chances were few and far between.

After an even contest, both teams

played out an entertaining 0-0

draw eventually going to penalties.

Christ the King lost the toss and were to take their penalties second. Carlton Le Willows went up

first and missed to intensify the drama. Lewis Bottoms stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong

way to give CTK a 1-0 lead in the shootout. More drama immediately followed with a goalkeeper

swap due to severe cramp to Gianni Musson meant Harvey Fisher was reinstated in goal for the

rest of the shootout. He was about to make a huge impact with a crucial save and with Tom

Rowlands stepping up and placing his penalty into the corner of the goal, CTK found themselves

with a 2-0 lead. Carlton Le Willows missed their third penalty meaning Nico Cohen could win the

Cup for CTK if he scored from the spot. Up he stepped and hit his penalty into the roof of the net

with too much pace for the goalkeeper to have a chance to save. CTK celebrated wildly to win the

South Notts Cup.

Firstly, I would like to thank all the students involved this season. They have shown incredible

character this year along with commitment and a desire to succeed. It has been a pleasure to

manage this team. Well done lads! Also a huge thank you to members of staff who gave up their

free time to come and support the team in the final. It gave the boys a massive boost and they

really appreciated the support during the game.

Looking forward to another successful season in Year 11.

Mr Slater


On Monday 24 th June, our year 10 students began their Work Experience

Week (WEW).

This compulsory activity for all students is designed to give students a taste

of what it’s like to do a job rather than learn and study in school. Placements

are found either by the students themselves or online with help from Ms

Southgate and Mr Pringle, with Ms Mansell, the year 10 Director of Learning,

taking a keen interest in where the students worked and how they fared.

The range of sectors in which students were placed was wonderfully varied –

they included the Health Service, schools and day nurseries, hospitality,

retail, architecture, vets and doctors’ surgeries, IT and many more.

The feedback the school received about students was invariably very positive

– here are some examples:

xxx was enthusiastic from the moment she walked through the door and joined in with a wide

variety of daily tasks and activities. She has a natural ability

to engage with a diverse range of people and has been a

credit to herself and her school.

Your work experience candidate, xxx has just completed his

weeks work experience with our company and we must say

that he performed to a commendable level as we would

expect from any other employee. His work ethic,

punctuality and engagement was perfect for the entire

week. He applied himself to listening, learning and

developing a basic knowledge of online marketing.

xxx has been undertaking his work placement this week with us and I would just like to say

what a fantastic young lad he is. He came on his first day very nervous and hardly saying

a word to today having a laugh and a joke with us all about how many cups of tea he has

with 2 sugars! Thanks for sending a great student out to us, he is a credit to your school.

In 2020 our new cohort of year 10 students will again be participating in their WEW. Wise

students would think now about what type of placement they might like and start asking

potential employers if they would be willing to offer a placement.

Miss Southgate & Mr Pringle

175 th Year of the Cathedral in Nottingham

On Tuesday 11 th June at Saint Barnabas Cathedral in Nottingham, two of our students, Ania

Jackowska (Y12) and Ben Jackowski (Y7), attended a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols

to celebrate the 175 th Year of the Cathedral in

Nottingham. As part of this schools and

guests from across the Diocese attended this

celebration. It was a wonderful way to

commemorate a beautiful and sacred

building. On arrival, there were lots of familiar

faces and lots of important figures were

invited, such as the Knights and Dames of the

Holy Sepulchre, The Lord Lieutenant and Lady

Peace were among some of the guests there. It

was a beautiful celebration with so many known

faces and a massive attendance. We all finished

our celebration in the Albert Hall where the

joyous occasions continued. It was a truly

worthy celebration of our Cathedral.

Theatre Cake

Olivia Brogan in Year 7 made this wonderful gluten-free

Globe Theatre cake as part of her Macbeth homework

project – her English class thought it was a 5 star effort!

I wonder if it tasted as yummy as it looks!!

Year 10 Briars Trip

In May Christ the King took 49

students from Year 10 to The

Briars Catholic Youth Retreat

Centre. This was a great chance

for them to enjoy themselves and

explore their faith during a

stressful period of time for them.

They didn’t quite know what to

expect, all we had told them was

they were going to have a week of

questioning and looking deeper

into their faith, whilst also having

the most amazing week of their

life full of fun, great memories and hopefully a better relationship with God. We arrived and were

greeted very kindly by The Briars Team who made everyone feel welcomed and happy before we

went in. This would be a sign of things

to come as the week was a neverending

time of joy. From start to finish

the smiles never left the young

people’s faces, whether it was the

team building games at the start of

the week or the talent show/disco at

the end of the week. It was a fun filled

journey and a great time to relax.

Overall, the retreat met our aims and

goals that we wanted to see. We

wanted the young people to feel

better about being themselves and be

more comfortable in their own skin. By

the end of the week there was not a

single person leaving The Briars without a

massive smile on their face. They left with

things every chaplain could only dream of,

they left feeling 100 times happier, they

left with a renewed faith in Jesus and last,

but not least, new friendships and

connections with people they would never

have thought of having at CtK. The young

people were a credit to the school and

their families, everyone on that retreat

deserves all the thanks and praise. What a


God’s plan for us – is wild and precious….

Has the thought ever crossed your mind about whether God is calling you to Religious Life?

Want to talk and share your dreams?

Pop in for tea at- The Old Friary (Our Lady & St.Edward’s) Gordon Rd, Nottingham NG3 2LG.

For more information contact Sister Maureen - OR

Sister Susan -

School Pr

om 2019

Key Dates in the New Term:

(Dates/Times subject to change)

Wed 4th Sep - Year 7, 12 & 13 Return to School.

(Year 12&13 Registration is at 10am)

Thu 5th Sep - All Years Groups in School.

Fri 6th Sep - Year 11 Photos

Thu 12th Sep - Year 11 Essentials for Success Evening 6-7pm

Wed 18th Sep - Years 7-10 Photos

Thu 19th Sep - Year 6 Open Evening - 6.30-8.30pm

Mon 23rd Sep - Year 6 Parent Tours (all week)

Tue 24th Sep - Year 12/13 Essentials for Success 6-7pm

Thu 26th Sep - Year 7 Essentials for Success Evening- 6-7pm

Thu 3rd Oct - Year 10 Work Experience Evening - 6-7pm

Wed 9th Oct - Year 7 & 12 Tutor Evening 3.30-5pm

Wed 17th Oct - Post 16 Open Evening 6.30-8.30pm

Christ the King CVA

Darlton Drive,



Nottinghamshire NG5 7JZ

Head of School: Miss Jo Love

Tel: 0115 955 6262


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