Carr Manor’s Got Talent

Carr Manor’s Got Talent was held on Tuesday 22nd March, where ten acts competed to win the prestigious ‘People’s Choice Award’ and the ‘Judge’s Choice Award.’

During the evening there was a mix of singers, dancers, ballet and an interpretive dance routine.

The People’s Choice Award, voted for by the audience, was awarded to our Arctic Monkey’s tribute band The Unknown’s. The boys impressed the audience with their talented drumming and guitar solos.

The Judge’s Choice Award was presented to Infusion, a girl dance duo who mixed contemporary and street style dance together in an impressive, unique routine.

It was clear from the level of performance that all the acts who performed were worthy of taking the stage. Thank you to everyone who came to support our very talented pupils.

Mike Tomlinson Visit

On Monday 14th March, Mike Tomlinson visited Carr Manor. Mike is the husband of Jane Tomlinson, who raised a substantial amount of money for multiple charities, such as Macmillan Cancer Support and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. To honour Jane’s achievements, we have our very own Tomlinson House.

During his visit, Mike met with one of our Tomlinson Coaching groups to understand how our Coaching system works. Mike enjoyed this very much and felt it was a fantastic opportunity for pupils and staff to interact more and build stronger relationships in school.

Mike then visited our Primary Phase, where the pupils eagerly asked him questions relating to the fundraising work he has been involved with.  They also took part in some practical activities in sports hall, which Mike thoroughly enjoyed watching.

The Tomlinson House Captains and Vice Captains then met with Mike, where they discussed how the Tomlinson House logo was designed. They discussed the breast cancer symbol which has been incorporated into the logo, to represent the work that Jane did for the charity.

Mike offered some fantastic ideas to our Tomlinson pupils as to how they can raise money during their Charity Week, which is taking place later this year.

It was a pleasure having Mike visit us and a valuable experience for all staff and pupils involved.

75 Greatest Things About Carr Manor

School Council members and Coaching groups have recently contributed to a '75 Great Things about Carr Manor' list. This showcases the variety of unique ideas that pupils have put forward, which they feel make our school so welcoming. Many thanks and congratulations to all those who contributed to the final result.

Year 8 Careers Week

w/c 14th March was our Year 8 Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance week for Year 8 pupils. The focus of this week was on helping pupils to consider future careers and the pathways they can follow.

A variety of guest speakers visited Carr Manor Community School to educate pupils on apprenticeships and the different careers available to them.

Six local businesses visited classes to speak about their companies and the recruitment processes. These included the University of Law, Northern Gas Network, Leeds Trinity University, Team Activ and Ahead Part. Pupils found this Career week very insightful and were grateful for the opportunity so early on in their school years.


Table Tennis Finals

Four of our Year 8 boys came 1st place in the Leeds Schools Table Tennis Finals on 1st March.

During the competition they beat Woodkirk High and The Leeds Grammar School. They then qualified for the West Yorkshire Finals, which took place on 12th March where they came 3rd overall.

Well done to the boys who represented Carr Manor brilliantly and excelled themselves during the games.


Year 10 Work Experience

Well done to all Year 10 pupils for completing their two week work experience placements in January 2016. They worked for a variety of employers, including; pharmacies, bakeries, solicitors, schools, restaurants, hotels, garages, accountants, care homes and supermarkets.

We have received fantastic comments from employers and coaches who have been very proud of their achievements and impressed as to how enthusiastic the pupils were. Employers commented on the professionalism and motivation pupils have shown throughout their time with them.

This was an important time for the year group to develop life skills as well as developing their professionalism, resilience and motivation.

Pupils were happy to share how much they benefited from their experiences:

“My experience was at Karim & Co Solicitors, and I enjoyed meeting new people every day and doing things I wouldn’t normally do. If I put my mind to it, I can do anything.”

“If I had to do this placement again I would be more independent. I had to take care of children at a Primary School and this is what I enjoyed the most. My advice to Year 9’s is to choose something you will enjoy.”

“My experience was at Cardigan Road Pharmacy and I had the chance to dispense medication.  I learnt that I am a hard worker and my experience was really fun.”

“I learnt more about architecture and the processes involved. I wouldn’t change my experience if I had to do it again, and I have learnt to be polite and punctual.”

House Logo’s

At the end of the 2014/15 academic year, pupils were working in conjunction with a professional graphic designer to develop our House logos and Mottos. These were introduced to further embed the identity of the House system within the school, whilst giving all members of the community an instantly recognisable image which can be used to highlight House activities and notices.

The House logos were developed by a group of volunteer pupils and were created to represent their individual Houses. The pupils met to brainstorm, research, outline and plan their ideas before sharing their final visions with a professional graphic designer.

The Motto competition was launched as a whole school competition, with the successful pupils being invited to work with a group of talented literacy pupils during the final stages of the Motto’s design process. Once these were completed they were introduced as part of the Logo.

The pupils then signed off the draft proposals before finally presenting them to the Governors and Senior Leadership Team for sign off and implementation.

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Visit to Carr Manor Community School of Councillor Yeadon and colleagues from Lampton School

Councillor Yeadon, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council, visited Carr Manor Community School on Monday 1st February alongside Chris Salter and Annie Henken from Lampton School in Hounslow.

During their time with us, they visited some coaching groups and met with some of our Restorative Practice representatives who spoke about how we have successfully embedded RP into our school.

We very much enjoyed showing the visitors around Carr Manor and are proud that the teachers from Lampton School wish to share our practices within their own school.

Thank you to everyone involved with this visit.

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Councillor Yeadon, Chris Salter and Annie Henken with the RP representatives

Jason Robinson Visit

Former English Rugby player Jason Robinson visited Carr Manor Community School on Wednesday 6th January 2016.  Over 100 pupils across both the Secondary and the Primary Phase had the opportunity to spend some time with Jason Robinson during his visit.

Jason shared his experiences in leadership and talked about making the most of opportunities and breaking down barriers that can stand in the way to reaching your potential.

Our newly appointed Robinson House Captains and Vice Captains thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent with Jason.  They found it interesting to learn that he was born in Leeds and attended Harehills Primary school as a child.

We are looking forward to him returning again to Carr Manor and sharing his experiences.

Thank you to Jason for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit our school.

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Jason Robinson with the Robinson House Captains and Vice Captains

Carr Manor Community School TTC

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Fifteen members of PE staff from Carr Manor Community School, Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School and Corpus Christi Catholic College, attended a Table Tennis INSET session yesterday. All three schools run thriving Table Tennis clubs and saw this as an excellent opportunity to upskill their staff to enhance delivery within both curriculum PE and extra-curricular clubs. All three schools have recently entered year 8 and 10 teams in the new Leeds School League Competition. The demand for the sport at Carr Manor is definitely growing and they have recently benefited from an outdoor Ping! Leeds legacy table. A new community club is also being established at the school to run on a Monday evening as part of the Leeds Priority Zone development plan.

Nici Walker,Team leader for Physical Education at Carr Manor said ‘Here are at Carr Manor Community School, Table Tennis is fast becoming one of our most popular sports. The sport is played every lunch and break time with clubs starting after school and before school. It is a fantastic, fun and fast paced sport to be involved in which pupils find easy to access at a basic level’.

Sally Shutt
January 13, 2016