Lots to celebrate at St Katherine's

IMG_1607There has been lots of exciting activities taking place at St Katherine’s

Rotary Chef of the Year 2015 – St Katherine’s student wins Regional Final

St Katherine’s student, Samantha Rides, has won the Rotary Young Chef of the Year Regional Final. Paul Mingo-West, Chef Manager and Lead Practitioner at St Katherine’s said “It was an emotional experience, Sam delivered stunning dishes and worked with her trademark professionalism. It was close, but we knew the standard would be high all round.”

Sam will now compete in the National Final in April in Wrexham and will be one of the last eight, battling for this coveted award. The competition is open to entrants from all over the UK and Ireland.

North Somerset debating competition – St Katherine’s wins the cup!

Friday 13th has proven to be a lucky day for St. Katherine’s students Ella Roper-Marshall and Calum Mason as they scooped the North Somerset Debating Competition Cup at Gordano School.
Head Boy Calum and Bristol Youth MP Ella fiercely defended the motion that “This house believes the internet is as much a curse as it is a benefit,” Ella and Calum argued with conviction and passion, batting aside all interventions with assurance.  North Somerset MP Dr. Liam Fox, who hosts the competition and acts as speaker, commended all the teams for “one of the best finals” he had ever seen.
An emotional Calum observed, “I was so happy I could have cried!” whilst Ella added, “I was just happy!”
Next year’s final will be held at St. Katherine’s School in March and students are already looking forward to the chance to retain their crown.

IMG_0982Students flourish at the Bath Festival

St. Katherine’s students raised the bar at the Bath Festival on Saturday scoring an unprecedented ‘hat trick’ for a state funded school in the ‘Creative Writing Short Story’ section.  Ayan Bulaleh won first, Jacob Marks second and Kirsty Dyer 3rd place, Elliot Furness also won third place in the under 15 category for his short story.  St Katherine’s students were celebrated by the judges who also awarded them many commendations and merits for their outstanding creative writing.  Jo Carrington, Head of English at St Katherine’s said “I am so proud of the achievements of these students – they are shining examples of our school community.  St Katherine’s has given these children the encouragement, space and time they needed to achieve their full potential”

arkwright-2015Student shortlisted for Arkwright Scholarship

Alistair Mitchell, a Year 11 student at St. Katherine’s School, has been shortlisted to interview for the prestigious Arkwright Scholarship.  In February Alistair successfully passed the gruelling two-hour Arkwright Aptitude Exam which assessed his skills to design solutions to Engineering problems, his next interview will be hosted by a top UK University.   Christopher Sammons, Headteacher at St. Katherine’s School said “We are immensely proud of Alistair, Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are notoriously hard to win and he has done an amazing job in reaching this final stage of the process.  We wish him the very best of luck and will provide him with all the support he needs.”   Arkwright Scholarships are designed to inspire and nurture future leaders in Engineering and technical design, they are widely respected by academia and industry and can enhance a Scholars’ university and higher- level apprenticeship applications.

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