FIRST CLASS NEWS
We would like to share some really impressive news about recently past students of Holy Cross who graduated from university in 2018. Figures just released show that over a third of them graduated with First Class degrees last year. That’s well above the figures for both the state sector and independent schools.
Holy Cross students also do better at Russell Group universities than people from the independent sector. Last year, 31.8% of our alumni graduated from top institutions with a First. (The figure was 30.8% for the private sector.)
Holy Cross students also go on to great achievements regardless of where they start out. In 2018, 44% of our alumni living in low participation areas, graduated from university with a First Class degree (the figure for the Sixth Form College sector is 25.6% and for independent schools, 27.5%.) and last year, 36% of those who were the first in their family to go to university, got a First. That’s nearly 10% more than the figures for Sixth Form Colleges and independent schools.
Ann Taverner, who has been a key member of our History Department for many years, has also been a member of Manchester Beekeepers since 2007. Members of Manchester Beekeepers have recently been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service for contribution to the community and promoting the understanding of bees and pollination. Ann has taken part in training new beekeepers, running the Heaton Park Beekeepers visitor centre and running outreach events over the past few years. She and her partner Bob are planning to carry on keeping bees and taking their turn running the visitor centre when she retires from Holy Cross at the end of this year. We wish her a long, happy and fufilling retirement.
The final concert of the series 'Music at the Heart of Bury' for 2018 - 19 will take place on Thursday 27 June at 7.00 pm in the College Hall. Admission to the event is free. The evening will feature performances by the College Orchestra, Chamber Choir, Guitar Ensemble & Jazz Band as well as invited guests. We very much hope you will be able to join us for this event.
Our colleague Pete Withey from our RE Team recently set about raising money once again to support students and staff at St Mary’s RC Primary School in Buwenda, Uganda. Last year, through his enthusiasm, Holy Cross staff and students raised over £500 to support Pete in his endeavours, the money being used to pay the tuition fees for 4 children whose family could not afford the costs, painting the old classroom blocks inside and out and the purchase of 9 textbooks and a dictionary for staff to use.
This year the money raised was even more impressive and Pete was very keen to to recognise the efforts of all those who supported the fund raising, "I am thrilled to announce that through the cake sale, ‘Name the Elephant’ and generous donations that Holy Cross has raised £612.73!
The winners of the name the ‘Name the Elephant’ competition were:
Thank you for all of the support. Your kind donations have made a huge difference to St Mary’s students and their education."
Mr PJ Withey
Four English Extension Group students: Niamh Oakes, Ahsan Anjum, Ruqaiyya Rashid and Adam Cox, have had their work published in a book called “Mission Catastrophe,” after successfully entering a writing competition.
The challenge was to compose a mini-saga – a full story in just 100 words – on the theme of disaster. Their entries were accepted and have just been printed alongside students from seven other schools and colleges. Well done to you all!