Wednesday 12th November 2008


Thanks once again to everybody who supported One World Week.

We have managed to beat last years total and have raised £710. As is usual suggestions for charities to donate to that are of particular importance or poignancy to staff and students in college were requested. We will therefore be donating £118 to each of the following charities:

  • Christopher Clarke Cancer Research Fund
  • Williams Syndrome Foundation, The Leigh Carlisle Foundation, Motor Neurone Disease Association, Alzheimers Society

Wednesday 15th October 2008


We are currently receiving many applications with invalid e-mail addresses - this means that any activation e-mails will not be received by the applicant and are returned to the college as undeliverable. Could students applying for next September


Tuesday 14th October 2008


One World Week this year will run during the week beginning Monday 20th October.

This years theme is Growing Together.

Student volunteers will run lunch time workshops that give an insight into different cultures and encourage celebrating diversity.

  • Library Ethical living display selling Fairtrade products and raffle tickets
  • Health Studies lesson on culture
  • Geography raising money to buy a goat through Farm Africa
  • P.E. - Tai Chi American Basketball penalty shootout
  • Sociology - lesson on culture
  • Business Studies - lesson on Cafe Direct
  • R.E. - Henna hand painting International Films Fairtrade stall food share lesson on diversity cake stall speakers
  • MFL - taster workshops
  • Physics - display on energy consumption
  • General Studies - lesson on Asylum Seekers

Tuesday 14th October 2008


Six students from our upper sixth received offers for Oxford and Cambridge Universities to begin their studies in October. It is to their great credit that they all achieved the grades identified in their offers and will begin the next stage of their academic careers this year. We wish them every success. The students their university course and former high school are:

  • Katie Armitage Newnham College Cambridge Engineering St. Monicas
  • Matthew Chalmers Worcester College Oxford Philosophy and Theology Bury Church
  • Katherine Ellis Magdalen College Oxford Medicine Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar
  • Amanda Kay Homerton College Cambridge Music Siddal Moor
  • Emily McGregor Christs College Cambridge Law & Parrenthorn
  • Marcus Webb Worcester College Oxford Maths and Computer Science Little Lever High School.
  • (Photo courtesy of the Bury Times.)

Tuesday 14th October 2008


David Frost formerly acting Principal at St. David's Catholic Sixth Form College in Cardiff took up his post as Principal at Holy Cross at the end of August. David was delighted to have been appointed Principal and is very much looking forward to his new role in building on the outstanding work of retiring Principal Mike OHare and the whole Holy Cross team over many years.

David (or Daveth) attended King Edwards School Birmingham specializing in science in the sixth form and going on to Durham to study Biology. After finishing his degree during which time he had begun to discern a vocation David was sent by the Church of England to Oxford where he studied Theology. He was subsequently ordained and served in three north eastern parishes: Cockerton in Darlington Newton Aycliffe (where he helped start a new church) and Dunston-on-Tyne.

Over a period of time while serving on Tyneside David began to explore the possibility of becoming a member of the Catholic Church. After a sabbatical at Hexham in Northumberland David was received into the Catholic faith on Holy Saturday 1992. Moving to St Davids Catholic College Cardiff he became a Teacher of RE and was a member of the Chaplaincy Team for eight years. He then was appointed a Senior Tutor and for three years worked as part of the Pastoral Team. Four years ago David joined the College Management Team as Associate Principal for Catholic Ethos and Pastoral Care. Among his varied responsibilities were chaplaincy pastoral matters 14-19 Collaboration new curriculum initiatives including HE and ILT. Last May when the Principal of St Davids was seconded to the Welsh Assembly Government the Governing Body asked him to become Acting Principal of St Davids a role he fulfilled until his appointment at Holy Cross.

David is married to Judith a physicist who works in publishing. They have a young son Jago. The names Jago and Daveth (Cornish for James and David) are pointers to family connections with Cornwall and Davids strong research interest in the language and history of the Duchy.

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