Monday 3rd August 2020
Dr. Daveth Frost, College Principal Retires
On 15th August, Dr Daveth Frost will be stepping down Principal of Holy Cross College and University Centre – a position he has held for the last 12 years. During that time the College has continued to grow and flourish as an integral part of Bury life.
Dr. Frost said, “I am proud of the excellent outcomes our hard-working students and staff have achieved together, year on year. Results in the last two years in particular have been an excellent vindication of the ever-advancing teaching and learning initiatives at the College, confirming its place in the top ten nationally, among sixth form colleges. This focus on innovation in teaching and learning (and supporting students pastorally) has paid off with exceptional remote learning for students during the Covid-19 lockdown. Students coming in September can look forward, once again, to state-of-the-art support and expertise.”
Daveth has been a familiar part of Bury life over the 12 years, through active involvement in local causes and organisations, in the Bury Wider Leadership Group, the Bury Strategic Education Group and initiatives to help the disadvantaged, under-achieving or particularly challenged students of the borough have access to first rate opportunities in the future, working alongside Bury Council. He said “I have enjoyed working with all Bury’s Council Leaders and Chief Executives over many years: I hope they feel I have committed myself to ‘Bury the Place’ while I have been serving here, and taken an interest in multiple aspects of the borough’s life. It has been a privilege to serve this wonderful community’
As a long-serving head in the Catholic family of schools, Dr. Frost says he will also miss working in and for the Diocese of Salford, “The Catholic community here, and the Christian ethos of Holy Cross, has been precious to me.” He will be returning to the Archdiocese of Cardiff, which was his home for 17 years before he came to the North West. “There is something special in common between South Wales and the North West – and indeed the North East, where I worked before” he has said. “It has a certain homely, welcoming sense of community. We have made real friends here, and my wife and family will always hold a special place for Bury in our hearts.”
The new Principal will be Carina Vitti, a former Assistant Principal at Holy Cross and currently Vice Principal of Aquinas College, Stockport. Ms Vitti attended St Joseph’s RC High School (now Holy Family) in Heywood and studied at Holy Cross herself, in the time of Sr Mary Kelly. Dr Frost said “Carina’s appointment underlines a real sense of continuity of tradition at Holy Cross, allied to exciting and progressive new ideas. I’m sure Bury will take her to its heart, as it did me.’
We wish Daveth a long and fruitful retirement and thank him for his service at Holy Cross, and in Bury, over the last 12 years.
Monday 20th July 2020
Look how much we've raised!
A huge thank you for the amazing fundraising efforts and contributions to our various charity events this academic year. The amount raised was over £5,000, supporting 20 charities including our own Student Hardship Fund that goes to support our students in times of need.
This would not have been possible without the support of staff, students and our 4C group.
Monday 6th July 2020
Biology Olympiad Webinars.
This week we have two teams from our Y12 Biology cohort representing Holy Cross competing in the Edge Hill Virtual Biology Olympiad. They are competing against other local sixth form colleges in a range of activities including a Species Identification quiz, Fruit DNA Extraction and a Human Heart Workshop!
Good Luck from all at Holy Cross.
Thursday 2nd July 2020
In the final week of term, Psychology students were asked to create a consolidation piece linked to their recent learning. The activity had the scope for creative responses. Here we see Hadiya Rehman’s stop motion animation that illustrates how a presynaptic neuron sends messages to the post synaptic neuron via neurotransmitters in the synaptic cleft. Hadiya explains, “They travel over and bind with the receptors on the post synaptic neuron. Then, to clear the synaptic cleft, the neurotransmitters that are left are taken back up by the presynaptic neuron.”
Friday 26th June 2020
Second year Art and Design students from Holy Cross College are holding an unprecedented online exhibition of their work, developed through their own self-run group 'The Collective'. The exhibition is a celebration of the student’s artistic achievements over the past two years at college, which were cut short when the college closed due to Covid-19. The exhibition is accessible to the public, free of charge and will be live from Friday 26 June until Friday 10th July.
June 2020 marks the 10 year anniversary of The Collective’s annual art exhibitions. This current show is simply named 10 in honour of this and offers a unique chance to see the students’ best work from across each Art and Design subject (Art, Graphics, Photography and Textiles) as well as including supporting statements written by the students themselves.
Created during lockdown, this exhibition is intended to be a celebration for the students, as well as offering some creative visual enjoyment for its audience during this difficult time. Although it is not taking place in a physical gallery environment as originally planned, the new online format means it can be accessed on a larger scale than ever before, and the students’ achievements and passion can be enjoyed by the wider public.
We think you will enjoy visiting their work here: 'Ten' Exhibition