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    Issue 17.1, Thursday, 3rd October 2013

    Tel: 01708 452332 Email: Website:


    The Chamber Choir made a visit to the

    Shrine of our Lady of Walsingham in

    Norfork on Saturday, 7th September.

    They sang in the presence of the

    Archbishop of Cardiff, George Stack.

    The Archbishop, the shrines staff and

    the personnel of the arch confraternity

    of St Stephen all commented on the

    boys superb singing and demeanour.

    Well done! Mrs OHanlon


    The school is delighted to report how well both or Y11 and Y13 students performed in their respective GCSE and A2/BTEC

    courses this summer.

    BEST EVER GCSE RESULTS! Our Year 11 pupils exceeded their targets and expectations to achieve the best GCSE results in the

    schools history. Over 83% of our boys achieved 5 or more GCSEs between A* and C - a fantastic achievement. Over 30% of all

    grades were A* or A. Students who performed exceptionally well were Callum Jones and Luke Magarinos with 10 A* each,

    Oliver Fernandez, Nick McAlpin and Victor Ajuwon with 8 A* each. Most students have continued their studies in our Lower


    Our UPPER SIXTH also exceeded their target and achieved some outstanding results. The average number of A2 passes was

    over 3 per student with nearly 60% of all grades being A*, A or B (the highest in the schools history). Over 8% were of the

    highest grade A* (students need to achieve over 90% in all modules to achieve this distinction). Students who performed

    exceptionally well were Michael Beech, Lewis Conway, Luke Fermi and Luke Burr with 3 A* each.

    In BTEC the following students achieved the highest grades (3 D* - 3 starred distinctions) Jake Fava, Sean Kelly, Callum Liddiard,

    Sophie Long and Danny Wilson.

    Of the 124 students in the upper sixth 85 have taken up university places. Mr P Bolton, Assistant Headmaster


    Y7 students were given a demonstration of the different instruments that we

    teach at Campion on Monday morning. The Tuba demonstration was given by

    ex-student Chris Karwacinski, who is currently the top young Tuba player in the


    Any student is entitled to a free taster lesson in any instrument. We currently

    offer Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium,

    Tuba, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Guitar.

    Taster lessons can be organised by calling Mrs Hills (ext. 229).

    I have pointed out to the boys that, although at primary school in Y6 their main

    focus was numeracy and literacy, at Campion they need to increase their extra

    curricular activities. Universities look very favourably on students who play an

    instrument to a high level in addition to performing well academically.

    Playing an instrument is proven to make you smarter and grades 6-8 gain UCAS

    points for entry to university. Mrs C OHanlon


    During the summer holidays ten pupils from the current Year 10 invested in the future by nurturing their ability to build and

    programme their very own robots, using the LEGO Mindstorms platform at the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing

    Excellence (CEME) in Dagenham. Over the course of the two day exercise, which was described by Mr Barry White, Course

    Facilitator, as a task which university students would find challenging, our students had to design, build and make a fully

    functioning robot with motors, tools and a Central Processing Unit. The aim was to work around a scale replica of the Tokyo

    Industrial Shipyard, ferrying loads, retrieving objects and performing complex tasks such as raising flags and differentiating

    between items that had to be placed in the assembly yard or in storage. After lots of head scratching and impatient banging of

    keys, all the hard work, effort and increasingly painful fingers paid off, as the pupils from The Campion School were granted

    First and Second place over the course of both two day events, with the latter only narrowly missing out on a First place and

    our First Prize winning team securing a record breaking score. Callum Redmond, 10 Garnet


    Earlier this term twenty-nine students visited the heartbeat of our Catholic faith

    the cities of Rome and Vatican City. The group spent the best part of a week sight-

    seeing, Pope hunting and experiencing the rich history of Rome. Much of the trip

    was spent visiting the great sites such as St Peters Basilica, the Sistine Chapel,

    Coliseum and the Trevi Fountain, however, we also made the trip into a form of

    pilgrimage. Celebrating Mass in some incredible places each day, such as at the

    English College where St Edmund Campion himself is thought to have presided and

    at the Basilica of St Maria Goretti, patron saint of youth, whose body is viewable in

    the altar. Each day we prayed together and focused upon the relevance of the

    places we were going and how this affected our own spiritual life.

    On the Wednesday, we were present at a very packed out General Audience with

    Pope Francis. We managed to get very close to him when he was travelling

    around, even managing to give the Holy Father our jubilee flag as a gift! Fr Dan

    Kelly from St Marys accompanied us as our chaplain, and roused everyone with his

    incredible homilies (and dancing!), leading many to insist they would attend Mass

    regularly just to hear more from Fr Dan. The enthusiasm, respect and generosity

    of heart shown by the lads throughout the trip was noted on many occasions by

    people we came into contact with, they did us very proud and we hope the

    experience will ignite them all the more with faith.

    Mr M Tomlinson, Lay School Chaplain


    Last week, we took our Y7 students on retreat to Aylesford Priory in Kent for a day of fun, reflection and friendship. The days away in the beautiful surroundings of the priory were a wonderful chance for our new students to take some time to appreciate the centrality of Jesus at the heart of our school and at the heart of our young people. Their personalities and appreciation for the gifts of one another were encouraged throughout the day with the words of Jesus "I no longer call you servants, I call you friends" guiding their retreat.

    The retreats went extremely well and ended with each group working to construct a throne for God, before ending by each student being given a prayer card with the name of one of their year group upon it, we then encouraged them to pray for that person throughout their time at The Campion School.

    A special thanks to the group of sixth

    formers who assisted in running the


    Mr M Tomlinson, Lay School Chaplain

  • 16-19 BURSARY FUND

    Students in Years 12 and 13, who are

    in care/care leavers, or who are

    entitled to free school meals, or from

    families with an annual income of less

    than 20,000 may be eligible for the 16

    -19 Bursary. Details and application

    forms are available outside Mr Pearns

    office or from the Student Data Office.

    Please note that students in Year 13

    who received the Bursary last year, will

    need to reapply for this years Bursary.

    All applications must be submitted by

    Tuesday, 1st October.

    Mrs J Miller


    If you have any issues that you would

    like to bring to the attention of Senior

    Staff, please use the Parental Portal

    on the school website.

    Wherever possible a reply will be

    made within 48 hours.

    If you are reporting an absence please

    telephone 01708 452332 x259 or



    If your son/daughter is going to be

    absent please contact the school by

    9.15 am at the latest with the

    reason for absence, by telephone

    01708 452332 x259 or by email

    Please use the same email address to

    notify the school of any medical

    appointments booked, so that these

    can be entered in advance.

    Parents/Carers of all pupils will be

    contacted by 10.00 am if no reason for

    absence has been given.

    Mrs Miller


    The Finance Office would like to remind parents to write their childs name and form on back of cheques. Thank you!


    There is a new bus service picking up

    at 3 stops in Upminster. The stops are

    opposite Aldi, Boundary Road and

    Upminster Bridge Station. The bus is

    the 848 and it is a blue and white bus.

    The bus will be at the first stop (Aldi)

    at 08.27 each morning and the price is

    1 each way.

    PE DEPT.

    Campion Boys, Alex Law Year 12 and

    Thomas Pitkin Year 11 represented

    Essex in the Inter Counties Champion-

    ship on Saturday, 7th September. Alex

    took 1st in the U17 Long Jump while

    Thomas took 1st in the 400 Hurdles

    and 4 x 400 Relay.


    Boulogne Trip Yr 7

    If you would like your son to go on this trip please make payment via the internet payment facility and return the reply slip to the finance office as soon as possib