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Historical Artefacts Discovered at Grace Dieu

On the 5th November members of the Loughborough Coin and Search Society conducted a search within the grounds of Grace Dieu Manor School led by Grace Dieu parent, Mr Stephen Taylor. The School is situated in a rich historical landscape. The group used traditional traverse and stint fieldwalking and metal detectors to scour the land.

Their search brought up numerous artefacts, old and new, including various coins, pottery from the 18th and 19th century, clay pipes, buttons, badges and military relics such as musket /pistol balls from pre 1910 guns.

The highlight of all the finds was a silver coin of William III dating to 1700 which was probably a sixpence. This particular coin had been made into a ‘Love Token’.  There was a custom where a young man would give a smoothed bent coin, which had had the Monarch’s head obliterated and then bent twice to a potential sweetheart. If his sweetheart accepted the advances the young lady would keep the token – if not she disposed of the coin… The tradition is reflected in the old rhyme “There was a crooked man, and he walked a crooked mile, he found a crooked sixpence on a crooked style”.

The artefacts all have a story behind them and bring a little bit of local history alive. Our thanks to the team for taking the time to investigate just some of the History that lies within the grounds of Grace Dieu.

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Grace Dieu Day of Magic and Wizardry!

Grace Dieu was transformed into a School of Magic and Wizardry in aid of the children’s charity LUMOS, the JK Rowling charity which works hard to ensure that no child is denied a family life because of poverty, disability or ethnic minority. Lumos supports 8 Million children and works hard to put an end to the institutionalisation of children.

The entire staff and children rose to the occasion with great enthusiasm and fully immersed themselves in the wizarding theme during the very special ‘Taster Day’…

The day started off with the Assembly in the ‘Great Hall’ with children sorted by the ‘Sorting Hat’ into the School houses of de Lisle, Bishops, Gentili and Verdun before embarking on a day of exciting lessons such as Potions, Riddles and Runes, Quidditch and  Magic Art and Drawing. Many ‘mini dramas’ were staged throughout the day and there was a fierce battle for House points!

The day was devoted to cross curricular learning, themed with magic and wizardry….  In addition to the set lessons children also had a chance to learn about ‘magical creatures’ as they tended to our alpaca herd, play ‘Magic Chess’ on the Chapel playground, encounter the talking portrait and run the gauntlet with the ‘Moaning Myrtles’ in the famous Black and White Corridor!

‘Professor Perch’ (Tony Smith) visited the School with his Harris Hawks fittingly called Luna and Bellatrix and performed a flying display. The majestic birds prompted many questions from the children who found them fascinating. The Chef provided a great lunchtime feast for pupils and staff as well as Witch’s trolleys full of yummy sweets! A very memorable day for staff and pupils at Grace Dieu Manor School.

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Grace Dieu Manor School annual Christmas Fayre  – Saturday 3rd December, from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

This is  a fantastic family event and all are welcome…
There is a huge variety of stalls, from boutique fashion labels to cosmetics and jewellery, Christmas decorations to artisan gin….you can even order your tree from Temple Christmas trees.
There are plenty of fun and games to keep the children entertained, including a Santa’s Grotto, Bouncy Castle, bucking ‘Rudolph’ and funfair rides.

All that on top of our famous cooked breakfast – and its Free Entry to the fayre!

The New Day Nursery http://gracedieu.com/day-nursery/ will be open too! For a guided tour please email Mrs Dexter on : info@gracedieudaynursery.com

GRACE DIEU NURSERY GIVEN OFSTED APPROVAL 2-11-16
 
The new day nursery at Grace Dieu has been registered by Ofsted and will be opening its doors fully in the next few weeks to children aged 12wks – 3yrs.
Grace Dieu Day Nursery provides a safe and secure environment where parents feel welcome and assured that their child will be looked after by well qualified, experienced and nurturing staff. Children enjoy stimulating learning experiences and become confident, happy and enthusiastic learners in beautiful, relaxed surroundings. Nursery places are not restricted to children who intend to move into the main school and are available to all.
 
The nursery children benefit from and have access to the extensive facilities of Grace Dieu Manor School which is situated in 120 acres of magnificent grounds. Daily nursery activities include walks around the grounds to explore the onsite forest school areas, gym sessions in the Sports Hall and trips to the library to borrow books. Children delight in caring for the school chickens and alpaca herd! To find out more please contact Grace Dieu Day Nursery on 01530 222276 or visit www.gracedieudaynursery.com
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New School Alumni 16-9-16

Grace Dieu Manor School Alumni was officially launched last Sunday 11th September. A special Family Mass was celebrated by the Right Reverend Patrick McKinney, the Bishop of Nottingham, alongside the School’s Chaplain Fr Denis, Fr Tobin (a former Headmaster), Fr Giles (a former Teacher) and Fr Bland (a former Pupil). Sunshine lit up the stunning backdrop of the Manor House as former pupils gathered on the Headmaster’s Lawn to enjoy a Summer buffet and entertainment by the soulful sounds of ‘The Strife of Riley’, a local popular jazz band formed by former pupils of the School. Former pupils’ ages ranged from 16 to 80 plus years. There was much reminiscing about happy days spent at Grace Dieu, swapping stories and memories of old school days. Many described how they had forgotten what a special place Grace Dieu was and how they still held a deep love and affection for the School. Staff led tours around the site and showcased the new Day Nursery and Pre-Preparatory Department; the newly modernised classrooms for years 3-6 enchanted the past pupils as much as they did when they were here. Visitors were delighted to see the many changes that had taken place at the School in recent years, particularly the latest development of our Outdoor Learning and Forest School. Mr Fisher commented; “Today has been simply lovely. The charm and magic of Grace Dieu is so fondly remembered; seeing past pupils and present share their stories and memories was a joy. Our Alumni launch will enable all our past pupils to continue to be a part of all we do at Grace Dieu. Grace Dieu belongs to its pupils both past and certainly those who are present. I would encourage all former pupils to contact the School and register as Alumni as we have exciting things planned for the future.”

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Roald Dahl Day at Grace Dieu 13-09-16

All the children throughout the whole school have had THE most fantastic day today celebrating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl. There were all the characters that you could imagine… The Twits, Charlie Bucket,Willie Wonka, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox and many many more. The children were shocked to find a ‘Dahlicious’ menu for lunch today as well all themed to go with the day and served by our very own Willie Wonka chef and troup of Oompa Loompas.

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Grace Dieu – Record Number of Scholarship Awards (18-4-16)

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It has been a tremendously successful year at Grace Dieu Manor School. A record-breaking 16 pupils have been awarded Scholarships to top senior schools including Ratcliffe College, Denstone College, Dixie Grammar School, Foremarke, Loughborough Endowed Schools, King Edward’s School (Birmingham), Repton School, Trent College, Uppingham School.

The Scholarships were awarded for a number of different specialisms including Academic, All Rounder, ICT, Sport, Drama and Music. These coveted awards are a reflection of the hard work and dedication pupils have towards all aspects of their education at Grace Dieu.  Headmaster, Peter Fisher commented; “Staff are always delighted to hear when pupils have been recognised for the talented individuals they are. This year has been particularly gratifying in that so many of our pupils have been recognised as exceptional by the very best schools in the region. I am so very proud of our scholars, as I am about all our pupils. I wish all of this year’s leavers every success for the future as they soon embark upon the next stage of their education.”

Olivia! THE MUSICAL… (16-03-16)

S17_GD896Pupils at Grace Dieu demonstrated their amazing singing and drama skills during the excellent musical production of OLIVIA!, (based on an adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale).
Fantastically entertaining! One of the best productions!

 

mathew maths challengeGRACE DIEU HOSTS REGIONAL MATHS FINAL (09-03-16)

Grace Dieu Manor School will be hosting a regional team mathematics competition on 21st March.  Twenty Four teams will be competing in a regional heat to win a chance to compete at the national final in London on Monday 20th June 2016.

The national Team Maths Challenge is run by the UK Mathematics Trust and involves teams of four pupils aged between 11 and 14 competing in:

  • a group round using team work to answer ten questions between them;
  • a relay race – a combination of speed across the room and speed at solving maths problems;
  • a crossnumber (mathematical crossword) with two members of the team working on the across clues and two on the down clues;
  • a series of shuttles where teams compete against the clock to correctly answer a series of questions.

This event follows another recent celebration at the School in which Mathew, a Year 6 pupil at Grace Dieu, was awarded a Silver medal in the Invitation Bonus Round of the National Primary Mathematics Challenge. This is a phenomenal achievement and we are delighted that his talent has been recognised at national level. Mathew leaves Grace Dieu for King Edward’s School, Birmingham with an Academic Scholarship.

GEOLOGY LESSON FOR YEAR 3 (02-03-16)
QUARRY & VIKING DAYS Y3 AND 4 020Year 3 have been studying rocks and soil in Science.
To round off their topic they visited a local quarry at Mountsorrel. The trip was a really interesting for the children (and the staff!). All of our pupils really enjoyed the guided tour and seeing some of the really HUGE machinery used within the quarry.
NEW WILLOW CROSS AT GRACE DIEU (26-02-16)

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A stunning, living willow cross has just been created within the grounds. It is a beautiful, natural symbol of our Christian faith and compliments the new willow dome close to the Chapel playground.
These new installations have been funded by our generous Grace Dieu Parents’ Association and shall be enjoyed by many for years to come.
 
Chaz Friend from Wayside Willow worked with the children on both projects and commented; “It has been really lovely working at your school; not only are the grounds so beautiful, but there is a really friendly atmosphere. It’s a really special place and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work there. Thank you.”


Science Club Fun at Grace Dieu (04-02-16)

Years 3 and 4 have recently been performing investigations to discover which popular snacks have the most salt at their Science Club on Fridays. The After School club is led by Mrs McDermott.

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Following the Gingerbread Trail… (29-01-16)

Swans D had fun this week out in the grounds as they followed the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ on an exciting hunt around the School grounds. It was “Run, run, run as fast as you can!” as they followed on the trail of The Cow, The Pig and The Horse before finally finding The Fox by the stream… All great fun!

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Rosminian Collegiate (18-12-15)

Today an announcement regarding Grace Dieu Manor Preparatory School, under the Headship of Mr Peter Fisher, will align itself with Ratcliffe College Preparatory School, under the Headship of Fr Christopher Cann, in terms of educating children from 3-11 years of age. see www.rosminiancollegiate.com for more information.

Christingle (02-12-15)

Christmas festivities have now officially begun at Grace Dieu with the Pre-Prep and Years 3 and 4 Christingle Services in the School Chapel…

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Grace Dieu Remembers (11-11-15)

Children and staff gathered today for the traditional, whole School Remembrance Service around the flagpole on the front lawn at Grace Dieu.
School Chaplain, Father Denis made a short address followed by a reading by Head Boy, Ben Bridge. The Last Post, played by music teacher Mr Hammond was followed by a poem read by Head Girl, Poppy Cross. Krista Gabriel, Joe Riley, Victoria McDermott and Ted Farmer made the bidding prayers. The simple, yet moving occasion was brought to an end by a reading of McCrae’s famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by English Teacher, Mr Claydon.

Headmaster, Peter Fisher, commented; “The Children behaved superbly today and really captured the mood of the occasion.”

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (9-11-15)

Many thanks once again to all the parents and pupils who took the time to prepare shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
With the help of Mrs Jasper for we sent 140 boxes from Grace Dieu which are destined for Swaziland in Africa.

The power of a simple shoebox gift is immense. The gifts inside are fun and practical and bring delight to all the children who receive them.

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COMMUNITY APPLE PRESS DAY (4-11-2015)

Pupils from Cygnets to Year 8 have been involved in the first Apple Press Day. Mme Tatton (our resident expert in apple pressing!) led the day and pupils were able to experience the whole process of producing and preserving pure apple juice.

The ‘production line’ included bottle washing, apple scrubbing, chopping, mulching, pressing,bottling and pasteurising.

It was a great experience for all involved and the juice produced was extremely tasty. It was a wonderful way for the children to experience first hand how we take an unwanted windfall apple to produce a refreshing and healthy drink!Apple Press3Apple Press4

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ENJOY A TOUR OF GRACE DIEU 12-10-15

Click on the link below and enjoy a bird’s eye view of Grace Dieu Manor School.
With 120 acres of stunning grounds for sporting activities such as hockey, rugby, football, netball, tennis, cricket, rounders and cross country, as well as unique forest areas for nature study and pond dipping, our grounds are a magnificent asset to our pupils’ educational and recreational activities.

Ideally situated in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, close to Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire.

Do you want to see more? Contact us for your own, personal tour.
t: 01530 222276 e: registrar@gracdieu.com

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GRACE DIEU E-SAFETY AWARD

 Grace Dieu Manor School have been working hard towards ensuring that its pupils are safe online. They have been awarded the Leicestershire E-safety award in recognition of its effective practice and commitment in the important aspect of keeping pupils safe.

The internet plays a key role in the modern world. Grace Dieu have always put internet safety at the heart of the Computing curriculum and promoted and applied the principles of E-safety. Activities within Safer Internet Day and the Anti-Bullying Week in PSCHE have had a strong focus on E-Safety.  In addition School assemblies, competitions, parental communication and Staff and Governor training have all contributed to raising awareness of E-safety.

Digital Leaders from among the pupil body have been appointed and they play a key role in our E-safety approach by monitoring pupil internet use and moderating the Grace Dieu blogging site. Digital Leaders are able to apply proportionate sanctions when pupils do not follow the Acceptable Use Policy and have already identified a gaming website that required filtering.

Headmaster, Mr Peter Fisher, commented; “The internet is very much a part of our lives.  But those of us in education know all too well the risks and dangers it presents.  Educating our pupils and supporting parents about the cyber-world is a fundamental part of the education that schools have to provide. That Grace Dieu’s efforts in this regard have been recognised, that our policies are deemed robust and effective, and that our implementation of these same policies were evidenced as being ‘embedded throughout the School’ by the Assessors is testament to all concerned, especially Mr Knight and Mr Singh – Grace Dieu’s Pastoral Leaders. We are absolutely delighted to achieve this special Award for the School.”

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Digital Leaders L to R: Morgan Brett, James Tallett, Poppy Cross, Krista Gabriel, Benjamin Handford, Finley Hollington, Joseph Riley, Jamie Thompson, Georgina Hessey, Benjamin Bridge, Eve Fenwick, Victoria McDermott.

 

YOUNG POETS HAVE THEIR WORK PUBLISHED (22-9-15)

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Two young writers from Grace Dieu Manor School greatly impressed the judges with their literary skills. Georgina Hessey and James Tallett, both Year 7 pupils, have just discovered that their poetry is to be published in Out of This World – East Midlands Voices. Their poems were entered into The Young Writers’ National Writing Competition, an initiative set up to raise awareness of creative writing and promote the enjoyment of reading and writing.

Judges recognised that James’ poem, ‘Spaceships’ and Georgina’s poem , ‘Rocket Launch’ were extra special, showing excellent use of language and poetic technique.

Mr Fisher, Headmaster at Grace Dieu commented; “It is quite some achievement that James and Georgina had their poems stand out and so impress the Judges, given the number of entries. And to be published at such a young age! I am, naturally, very proud of them both and I anticipate that this marks only the beginning of future literary success.”

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R oar of the engines
O h my, what a speed!
C oming through – watch out!
K ey to happiness is
E xploring time and space
T ravelling in your rocket ship

S hooting through dimensions
H urtling to unmarked territory
I ndigo, violet, all the colours of the rainbow
P loughing through stardust
S uch an amazing adventure.

 

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R eady for lift-off?
O peration ‘Out of This World’ is a go.
‘C alling astronaut, Do you hear me astronaut?’
K idnapping moon’s rock for science is ready.
E xcitement rising,
T hree, two, one…

L ift off,
A ll systems go,
U p, up and away.
N ext stop Moon’s surface.
‘C ommander, we have our victory,
H ome awaits.’

 

LAMDA RESULTS (14-9-15)

It is testament to the wonderful teaching at Grace Dieu Manor School that we had a 100% pass rate for pupils entered for LAMDA examinations, during the Summer Term.
The LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) examinations involve aspects of acting and speaking in verse and prose. Particular congratulations go to Oscar Lewis, Jack Battern of the Arabella Wilson, Emily Siviter, Harriet Bayley who all were awarded a distinction. Well done to all.

“If music be the food of love, play on!” (13-9-15)

A beautiful evening spent watching the funny, fast-paced production of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy Twelfth Night. Performed in the open air, against the backdrop of the School on the Headmaster’s Lawn, the all male cast of The Lord Chamberlain’s Men in full Elizabethan costume, with traditional music and dance were a feast for the eyes and wonderfully entertaining!

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GRACE DIEU PRIZE DAY (29-6-15)

Wow! What a weekend we have just had…

The Pre-Prep Prize Day on Friday and our Senior Prize Day on Sunday were both fabulous events. The children are, as Peter Fisher said; “the jewel in the crown”. They are what makes Grace Dieu special, their many talents, enthusiasm and zest for life shone brightly during their speeches and outstanding musical performances, directed and produced by the extremely talented Miss Tierney.
Many thanks to our speakers, Mrs Armitage, Chair of Governors and Fr Joe O’Reilly. Grace Dieu has a wonderful community and that community has a great and uplifting spirit.

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SPECIAL ALTAR SERVERS’ MASS

We held a special Altar Servers’ Mass today to celebrate our Altar Servers being awarded their St Stephens’s Guild medals for Service to God.

Well done to Victoria, Christian, Jack, Joseph, Isabelle, Francesca pictured with long standing servers; Jemima and Georgina. (Poppy is not pictured but is also a server).

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YEAR 6 FRENCH TRIP

Our Year 6 pupils had a fabulous time in at La Grand Ferme in Normandie last week. They had great time having fun with their friends and soaking up the french ambiance, as well as engaging in many organised activities including Kayaking, learning circus tricks, bread making, visiting an animal park and much more…
Another great trip – Thank you for organising it Mme Tatton!

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GRACE DIEU DANCING GIRLS

Well done to Lydia, Maddie, Emily, Amelia, Harriet and Ella-Rose. Six Grace Dieu girls who attended the annual BTDA (British Theatre Dance Association) Gala last weekend at Butlins Skegness. A celebration of dance for over 2000 students.

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GRACE DIEU SUMMER BALL

Well done to the Grace Dieu Parents’ Association for once again organising a wonderful Summer Ball. A great fund-raising event in the busy social calendar of the School, this year inspired by Night at the Oscars…

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LEICESTER MERCURY SCHOOL AWARDS 2015

Grace Dieu has made it through to the finals of the Leicester Mercury Schools Awards in the Conservation and Sustainability Category for the work we have completed on the pond within the SSSI area. We were among 100’s of nominations from local schools.

The Awards celebrate schools, individuals and teams whose dedication, innovation and hard work are making a real difference for their pupils and their communities.

The winners will be announced on June 24th.
Fingers crossed for Grace Dieu!

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GRACE DIEU GIRLS VICTORIOUS IN 3M COMPETITION

3M challenged local primary and secondary school pupils to create their own healthy drink or snack in this year’s Super Food category of the Young Innovators Challenge. The Super Food category is one of five challenges from 3M, each involving a different area of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) curriculum.

Entrants had to consider the scientific processes involved in the production of their snack or drink – such as fermentation or emulsification – as well as the nutritional content and the consumer market to target.  They had to invent a product name and packaging, the programme is designed to develop creativity, team working, confidence and presentation skills.

The ‘Cheese Jacks’ team from Grace Dieu, mentored by Mrs McDermott won the Super Food category with their tasty and healthy snack.

They were the youngest finalists and against some tough competition. Nicky Morgan, Education Minister, presented each of them with their prize, a £50 Amazon voucher each and £1000 for the School to spend on Home Economics equipment. The girls were all thrilled with their achievement at the prestigious awards ceremony.

Pictured left to right: Katie Jemima, Mrs McDermott, Victoria, Nicky Morgan, Eve and Poppy.

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GRACE DIEU VICTORIOUS AT UPPINGHAM UNDER 11 CRICKET TOURNAMENT

On May 20th Grace Dieu retained the prestigious Uppingham Plate.

Eight teams, from as far apart as Kent and Yorkshire, took part in a closely fought tournament. The Grace Dieu boys, captained by Jacob Storey, played superbly well. They successfully beat Witham Hall School from Lincolnshire in the Semi-final and The Perse School from Cambridge in the final of the Plate Competition.

In an exciting final Grace Dieu bowled and fielded superbly to restrict The Perse School to 35 all out; a total Grace Dieu surpassed in just 5 overs. Congratulations to Matthew Lo for being the overall highest wicket taker in the tournament.

Well played!

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Left to right: William Skinner, William Ingham, Jacob Storey, Harvey Seymour, Matthew Lo, Karan Thomas and Hugo Soars.

GRACE DIEU PUPILS RAISE MONEY FOR NEPALESE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

Year 8 Pupils in year eight staged an overnight row in the School Sports Hall to raise funds for the Earthquake Victims of Nepal. They organised a rowing rota to ensure that the rowing machines were in constant use. Their efforts were amazing and they rowed 205 KM – 23 times the height of Mount Everest!

The whole School met for School Assembly on Friday morning to hear about their overnight efforts. The guest speaker at the assembly was Mr Neupane, a Nepalese gentleman, who was born and raised in Gurka where the centre of the second Earthquake to hit Nepal within a month struck.

He spoke passionately to the children about the effects on the earthquake in Nepal and showed pictures of the destroyed buildings and roads and temples in his homeland. Many people have no money and no jobs, there is nothing to buy and they have little shelter and food. All the supplies need to be taken to them for them to start rebuilding their lives. He personally lost 2 family members and many friends in the disaster.

The Year Eight pupils were weary after their efforts but are very pleased to announce that they have raised a substantial amount to help the victims of the disaster.

Mr Fisher, Headmaster, commented: “What the children achieved last night, and the manner in which they set to the task was outstanding. I am immensely proud of them all and all they achieved.”

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Year 8 with Mr Neupane.

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Year 8 and staff at the start of the row.

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The Grace Dieu Bear made a surprise appearance on the evening!

FIRST COMMUNION

Sunday 17th May was a special day for twelve Grace Dieu pupils as they made their First Holy Communion.

The celebration, led by Fr Denis, took place in the School Chapel. Afterwards everyone gathered for a slice of cake and a celebratory drink.
The children are pictured with Mrs Kewell, Head of RE and Assistant Chaplain, who had prepared them for their big day.

The children from left to right are:
Millie, Jed, Olivia, Joseph, Harriett, Patrick, Joshua, Arabella, Santiago, Eleanor, Jack and Anna.

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GRACE DIEU PERFORM WITH MELBOURNE MALE VOICE CHOIR

Melbourne Male Voice Choir performed its annual concert at the Melbourne Catholic Church alongside the senior choir of Grace Dieu Manor School. Directed by Andrea Leeming and accompanied on the piano by Charlotte Harris, the Male Voice Choir sang a selection of twelve songs including ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from South Pacific, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from the film Titanic and American Trilogy, made famous by Elvis Presley.

The Grace Dieu Choir, directed by Miss Tierney, Director of Music at Grace Dieu Manor School, sang six songs altogether, including Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina and Stand by Me. There was some beautiful solo singing by Poppy, Eve, Kristia and Gracie and superb drumming from Ted and a guitar lead on Stratocaster by Lucas.

The Grace Dieu Choir has developed a wonderful sound over the past three years and they have really learned to blend their voices and sing with real emotion. The Chairman of the Melbourne Choir, Robert Hudson commented on how the Melbourne choir is always keen to provide opportunities to encourage young people to perform music in public and has been in concert with a number of schools from North West Leicestershire and South Derbyshire over the past couple of years.
It was a wonderful evening of singing enjoyed by all in front of a large audience.

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FOREST SCHOOL FUN

Despite the rather inclement weather on Wednesday a group from year 2 and Year 4 had the opportunity to enjoy a different kind of classroom… They learnt how to whittle wood, start a fire, cook popcorn and had enormous fun making their own den.
The children really enjoyed learning new skills – as did the teachers! We will be making much more of our wonderful outdoor spaces for all year groups in the future and taking full advantage of our magnificent grounds

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KEEPING SCORE

Our boys are busy playing cricket this afternoon. The new Cricket Scoreboard, generously paid for by the Grace Dieu Parents Association, looks very impressive and adds an air of true professionalism to the game… Thank you GDPA!

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PUPILS AT GRACE DIEU GLIMPSED THE BEST SOLAR ECLIPSE IN YEARS! (20-3-15)

“Wow! That’s amazing!” is what we kept hearing this morning…

The view of the solar eclipse was excellent as Senior School pupils gathered outside to experience the phenomenon. Using pinhole cameras and special protective glasses, teachers, pupils and a few parents shared the moment as the Moon passed between us and the Sun. It was a strange and eerie experience as the light dimmed and the temperature dropped dramatically.

There was much excitement as the event took place and it was wonderful to see the pupils engaged in a scientific event as it was actually happening.

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FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT (16-3-15)

The Annual Grace Dieu 6 aside Football Tournament was a great success on Saturday.

Eight schools participated with nearly 150 children playing 30 games in the Tournament. It was great to see several Grace Dieu ‘Old Boys’ helping with refereeing duties.

Congratulations to Sacred Heart for winning the Under 9 Tournament and Ratcliffe College who were victorious in the Under 10 Tournament.

GRACE DIEU PUPILS CREATE A LENTEN TREE (11-3-15)

Children at Grace Dieu have been busy offering their Lenten promises. Each promise, written on a leaf, has been added to our Lenten Tree which hangs behind our Chapel Altar. It is lovely to read all the special messages and pledges from the children during this time of reflection.

Fr Denis, School Chaplain, commented; “The tree has sprung to life… The root of the tree is representative of Jesus’s strength and love in our lives, giving life to our Lenten promises.”

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FEBRUARY FANTASIA – A MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA (2-3-15)
S17_9584Parents and staff were completely ‘wowed’ by the amazing musical talent at the ‘February Fantasia’ concert at Grace Dieu on Thursday evening. Miss Tierney, Director of Music at Grace Dieu, has worked tirelessly with all the musicians to ensure that each and every pupil was able to give their very best performance. The audience marvelled at the high standards and wide variety of musical and spoken talent on show. The entertainment was non-stop as our pupils relished their opportunity to shine. There was humour, drama, rhythm and fun – an uplifting concert that will be cherished in the memories of all proud parents and staff!

Miss Tierney expressed her thanks to the children and commented: “It takes great courage, bravery, commitment and dedication to take to the stage and share your musical talent”. A sentiment shared by Mr Fisher who added his thanks to Miss Tierney for providing inspiration to the pupils and so enabling to find within themselves the confidence to perform so admirably.

NICKY MORGAN VISITS GRACE DIEU (12-2-15)

S17_1032Following tea with Mr Fisher, Education Minister, Nicky Morgan, had an appointment with the Grace Dieu Debating Society…
They chatted about how politicians debate on different subjects and how new laws are passed in the Houses of Parliament. The children were extremely impressed by her incisiveness and wealth of knowledge. They were keen to learn about her life and work as well as the complexities of Parliament protocol.

After the session Nicky commented; “Grace Dieu pupils are very lucky to have the opportunity to debate”. She also remarked on the fact that the Grace Dieu debaters were “far better behaved than most of the MPs that attend Prime Ministers Questions!”

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RUNNERS AT GRACE DIEU CROSS COUNTRY SHOW DETERMINATION (6-2-15)

 

The Grace Dieu Invitation Cross Country Competition was a huge success yesterday, well attended by local schools including; Dixie Grammar School, Holy Cross, Pennine Way, Ratcliffe, Sacred Heart, Stoneygate and Twycross.

Boys and girls from Years 3 and 4 showed true grit as they battled the challenging course around the Grace Dieu grounds in freezing conditions.

All the runners finished safely and there were outstanding performances from Grace Dieu’s Under 9 Girls with Daisy Jackson finishing 1st and Mimi Golby finishing 3rd in a field of nearly 60 runners.

Thank you to all who took part and made this a great event!

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ROSMINIAN COLLEGIATE – downloadRATCLIFFE COLLEGE AND GRACE DIEU MANOR SCHOOL RE-AFFIRM THEIR SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP

The Trustees of Ratcliffe College and Grace Dieu Manor School have asked us to pass on to you the following statement:

In wishing to build on the many and varied successes of Ratcliffe College, and following the opening of the new Ratcliffe College Preparatory School, the Rosminian Fathers have now instructed both Governing Bodies to reaffirm the unique relationship between Ratcliffe College and Grace Dieu Manor School. It is the Rosminian Fathers’ wish that our three Schools jointly provide an all through 3-18 Rosminian Education.

As such Grace Dieu has been reaffirmed as a parallel feeder Preparatory School to Ratcliffe College, alongside Ratcliffe College Preparatory School.

Mr Peter Fisher, Headmaster of Grace Dieu Manor School, in partnership with Mr Gareth Lloyd, Headmaster of Ratcliffe College, and Father Christopher Cann, Headmaster of Ratcliffe College Preparatory School, will work closely together to ensure that the same exciting curriculum and standard of academic opportunity be enjoyed by all students attending both Preparatory Schools prior to entry to Ratcliffe College.

In addition to which, the Rosminian Fathers have also approved Mr Peter Fisher’s initial Development Plans and have made the necessary funds available for him to proceed.

Mr Richard W Gamble, Chairman of Governors, Ratcliffe College
Mrs Christina Armitage, Chair of Governors, Grace Dieu Manor School

December 2014

Peter Fisher commented; “In renewing the special and precious relationship between Grace Dieu and Ratcliffe College, driven by the leadership and conviction of all three Headmasters within the Collegiate, our Schools will offer outstanding 3-18 educational provision and, in doing so, securing its reputation for excellence of opportunity, standards, care and success, not just in the Midlands, but nationally.”

 

FR ERIK IS GUEST CELEBRANT AT SCHOOL MASS (9-1-14)

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We held a whole School Mass this morning, Father Erik Varden, Superior at Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, was a guest Celebrant, along with our School Chaplain Father Denis. A powerful, yet reflective service marked the start of a New Year and new Term for Grace Dieu. He spoke about The Feast of Epiphany in the context of gifts generously given and gifts graciously received, with Jesus being a wonderful gift to us all…

Pictured L to R: Poppy, Mr Fisher, Fr Erik, Fr Denis, Victoria, Fr Denis, Jack and Jemima

100% RECORD FOR UNDER 9 RUGBY TEAM! (7-12-14)

The Grace Dieu Manor School Under 9 Rugby Team have a perfect 100% record, having convincingly won all seven of their fixtures this term… The team scored an impressive 83 tries over the seven games; an average of almost 12 per game – an outstanding achievement!

Mr Matthews, Director of Sport, commented: “This is the most talented group of young rugby players we have had at Grace Dieu for a number of years. They are a dedicated, and hard-working team and deserve many congratulations on a truly exceptional and successful season!”

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Grace Dieu Remembers

Children and staff gathered for a whole School Remembrance Service at Grace Dieu to mark the 100th Anniversary since the outbreak of WWI. School Chaplain, Father Denis led the prayers supported by Head Boy, Leo Parry, and Head Girl, Katie Hanford along with Carter Walker, Poppy Jelley, Rosie Lewis and Thomas Mansbridge from Year 8 on Tuesday morning at 11 am.
Special thanks to Mr Reeves who played the traditional ‘Last Post’ on his bugle as the flag was lowered to honour those who lost their lives fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.

The moving occasion was brought to an end by a reading from Mrs Cartwright of McCrae’s famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’. Headmaster, Peter Fisher commented: “It is a School tradition to gather together and collectively pray for and remember the brave men and women who have lost their lives in conflicts around the world. Our pupils are reminded of the sacrifices made by generations before them. We were all moved by the solemnity and spirit of this important occasion.”

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TILINANU UPDATE 8-10-14

tilinanu_thankyouA card from Tilinanu reads…

Dear Staff and Children at Grace Dieu,

We have received another wonderful surprise from you today, a cheque for £1,454.50. This enormous amount of money you have raised will keep the Orphanage and our 36 girls and 16 boys in care for a whole month! It keeps a roof over their head, food, continued education, medical care as well as the love and attention they deserve… The new school is now full of children wearing your uniforms which they wear all day, every day, and cherish.
Thank you for helping them – we can only do what we do with the support of adults and children like yourselves.

THANK YOU SO MUCH!
The Tilinanu Staff.

 

 

PARENTS ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS FAYRE   (6-10-14)

This year’s annual GDPA Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at Grace Dieu Manor School and run from 10:30am-2:30pm.

This year there will be a special ‘Winter Wonderland’ outdoor area hosting children’s rides, stalls, hot food as well as an outdoor Ice Skating Rink for all to enjoy…

Local businesses are invited to hold a stall at the Fayre, places are available both inside the main Christmas Shopping/Crafts Hall and there are limited places outside.

If you are interested in having a stall at the Fayre, please contact bt@smaproperty.com for further information and a booking form.

 

 

RISING STAR OF NETBALL  (26-9-14)

EllieEllie Gallacher has just become one of the youngest girls to be selected for the Leicestershire County and Satellite Netball squad. Even though she is only twelve years old, Ellie, a year 7 pupil at Grace Dieu Manor School, has demonstrated great sporting skills and potential for a number of years and is a keen member of the School’s netball, hockey and rounders teams.

Mr Matthews, Director of Sport at Grace Dieu Manor School commented: “Ellie has always been a great asset to our sports teams. We are extremely proud that she has achieved county recognition for her Netball skills. She is very dedicated to her sport and works hard both on the court and as part of a team – she is certainly a name to watch out for in the future!”

 

 

GRACE DIEU PRE-PREP CELEBRATE ROALD DAHL DAY! 12-9-14

Children along with staff from Grace Dieu Pre-Prep Department had great fun dressing up as their favourite characters from the children’s favourite story teller, Roald Dahl.

There were Oompa Loompas, Crocodiles, Matildas, Charlies, Mr Foxes, Ladybirds and many more. It was a fantastic opportunity to revel in the magical stories and imagination of the famous author.

New Headmaster, Peter Fisher, commented: “Parents and children have really got into the spirit of the day… it is just fantastic to see our Pre-Prep department teeming with colourful characters bringing the much loved stories of Roald Dahl to life!”

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GRACE DIEU CELEBRATE END OF TERM 04-7-14

Grace Dieu celebrated the end of term with a special outdoor Mass. The event celebrated the symbolic journey for departing Year 8 pupils from the school as they begin new adventures. Fittingly, it marked the end of an era as Charles Foulds retires as Headmaster. He was given leaving gifts from the children and he and his wife were presented with two white doves to release as a symbol of freedom, peace and harmony.

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SSSI AREA RESTORED AT GRACE DIEU 01-7-14

The children of Grace Dieu Manor School had a special celebration as the renovated SSSI (Site of Special, Scientific Interest) was opened and blessed. The whole school gathered in beautiful sunshine to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

The initial inspiration for the SSSI development was due to a donation from a former Grace Dieu Pupil, Professor Richard Davies, shortly to become Pro Vice Chancellor of Newcastle University. The rest of the funds came from the unerring fundraising efforts of the generous and supportive Grace Dieu Parents’ Association.

The natural environment at Grace Dieu is extremely beautiful and will inspire pupils as they explore it to discover more about natural Science, reflect in its natural Art and revel in the theatrical backdrop for Drama productions. The woodland, meadowland and wetland areas, which cover approximately 11 acres have been carefully developed, within the guidance of Natural England, and will be cherished by current and future generations of Grace Dieu pupils.

During the opening ceremony the children demonstrated the many ways in which the beautiful area will enhance their outdoor learning opportunities. Guests of the ceremony saw enactments of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, visions of woodland fairies, bug hunters, tree rubbing and pond dipping.

Headmaster Charles Foulds commented; “We are extremely lucky to have such a beautiful place within our 120 acres, it is unique and very special and will enhance pupils’ understanding of the natural world and bring enormous benefits to all children at the school.”

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GRACE DIEU YOUNG CRICKETERS’ SUCCESS 04-6-14

Grace Dieu had a very successful day at the prestigious Uppingham 6 a side Under 11 Cricket Tournament recently. In a competition which featured 10 schools from as far apart as Cambridgeshire and North Yorkshire, Grace Dieu won all but one of their 4 games to win the Plate Competition after defeating Wellow School (Notts) in the Plate Final.

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YOUNG INNOVATORS AWARDS 30-5-14

Well done to both teams from Grace Dieu who attended the 3M Young Innovators Challenge at Henry Ford College. Year 7 Girls were runners up with their Classroom of the Future and the boys William, Max and William from Year 5 were delighted to receive first prize in the Make it Move Challenge with their HotRod design inspired by a carbon-fibre fishing rod! Their prize and certificates were presented by Nicky Morgan MP for Loughborough.
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SUN ON THE SWISS SLOPES 28-4-14

Grace Dieu pupils enjoyed a fabulous week skiing over Easter in Switzerland.

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THE EASTER STORY 4-4-14

Year 3 and 4 treated us to a fantastic performance of The Easter Story at the end of Term with excellent performances from the Year 4 cast supported by beautiful singing from the Year 3 Chorus.

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SHOOTING STARS! 19-3-14

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U11’s have had an outstanding season this year, easily winning all of their Wednesday fixtures. They were triumphant St Anselms Tournament, having beaten over 15 local schools to secure the tournament and the trophy! Other notable events included getting into the second round of the IAPS tournament (placing them in the Top 10) and coming a respectable 3rd at the Foremarke Tournament, competing against 10 other schools.

The whole of the U11 team have worked really hard together and their confidence and skill has improved rapidly throughout the season – well done girls – you are very deserving winners!

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POPPIES OF REMEMBRANCE 7-3-14melbourne hall_march

Well done to the children from Grace Dieu reception class (Swans) who were guests of Lady Kerr this week at Melbourne Hall in Melbourne, Derbyshire. They took part in a poppy seed scattering event in the grounds of the Hall to commemorate 100 years centenary of World War I. We look forward to seeing the poppies in the summer.

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Peter_Fisher_HMPETER FISHER 26-2-14

Peter Fisher – Headmaster elect for Grace Dieu – will be visiting the School on February 28th. He is very much looking forward to meeting with current parents and children at the school before he takes up his role of Headmaster in September 2014.

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Inspectors Give High Praise to Grace Dieu 10-2-14

ICT_GracedieuThe recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate has highlighted just what a remarkable place Grace Dieu Manor School is for children to begin their educational journey. The Inspectors remarked on the good progress pupils make, and the high standards that pupils reach due to the ‘effective teaching’. They reported that ‘attainment is high’ and that pupils’ successful admission to selective senior schools was evidence of this. In relation to the teaching at Grace Dieu, the report referred to ‘brisk pace, excellent subject knowledge and clear learning objectives that enable pupils of all abilities to acquire new knowledge and make rapid progress’. Parents were said to be ‘very happy with the quality of teaching and enthusiastic about the quality of education on offer.’

Pastoral care was rated as ‘excellent’ and ‘there is a very happy, friendly, family feel throughout the school. Every individual is well-respected and treated with great courtesy and care.’

The report comments that ‘pupils speak with considerable maturity for their age and develop very strong self-awareness and confidence because they are given excellent pastoral care.’ The school is proud that pupils show ’great empathy and consideration for one another’ and ‘appreciate and respect each other’s differences.’ It was pleasing that the inspectors noted the school’s focus on values and they commented that ‘pupils have a fully developed sense of right and wrong which is developed from the earliest age in the Early Years Foundation Stage.’

What happens outside the classroom is also vital and the inspectors wrote, ‘the emphasis that the school places on developing pupils’ confidence and self-esteem has led to pupils of all abilities achieving well in a range of sports and aesthetic activities such as art, music and drama.’ And again, ‘awards to senior schools show that music and sports are strong’, and reference is made to ‘the vibrant choral, instrumental and performing arts tradition’ that clearly inspires the pupils.’

As for the Early Years Foundation Stage, the youngest pupils at Grace Dieu (3+ and 4+) were described as ‘active learners, enjoying all they do… the teaching by well-qualified staff is engaging and motivating, meeting the needs of all the children well, and promoting an environment in which pastoral and academic development is nurtured. In the Early Years, the youngest children respond fully to school life with great enthusiasm and enjoyment…’

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Artistic Inspiration at Grace Dieu 05-02-14art_exhibition

Year 8 celebrated their artistic achievements with an exhibition of work entitled ‘Me, Myself, I’. The subject was self-portraits which they produced to A1 size, using a variety of materials, styles and techniques. The results were amazing and an inspiration to the younger pupils at the school! Year 8 pupils also followed up their exhibition with an assembly to the whole school. Each exhibitor explained where their inspiration came from, the materials they used and the way they solved the problems they encountered in their work.

Well done all of Year 8!

Mrs Evans (Very proud Art Teacher!)

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Grace Dieu Pupils work hard for Orphanage 22-11-13

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Each year Grace Dieu School Council chooses a charity to support throughout the year. In September 2012 they chose the Tilinanu Ophanage in Malawi, after they were inspired by a presentation by Alice Pulford (The charity founder). With their usual enthusiasm they held numerous fund-raising events including Home Clothes Days, Cake Stalls, a school sleepover, Chapel collections and a Triathlon event. The fundraising brought the whole school community together with parents, staff and pupils all willing to get involved. Their efforts, so far, have raised over £3000.

The support for the Charity proved so popular with pupils that the new School Council of 2013 voted to continue their work for another year. It is a sad fact that the orphans have limited access to formal education. Their lives are very different to children in the UK. If they do not have a uniform to wear they are not able to attend school. It was a remarkable coincidence that Grace Dieu pupils had recently had a change to their uniform and much of their clothing had become obsolete. So, as a further act of charity Grace Dieu appealed to parents to donate any unwanted uniform and sportswear. The response was generous and over two hundred Kilos of clothing was shipped directly out to the children at the orphanage.

There is little need for words, it is clear to see from the pictures of the children how pleased they are with their new clothes, and wonderful for Grace Dieu to know that we have at least given them a chance to go to school and, hopefully fulfil their dreams for a better future.

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GRACE DIEU PUPILS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE (11-11-13) 

All children from 3-13 took part in our Remembrance Service to commemorate those who lost their lives in past and present wars.
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GREAT RESULTS AT GRACE DIEU! (8-11-13)

KS_resultsGrace Dieu Manor School has always had a reputation for high achieving pupils and 2013 has confirmed this once again. The Key Stage 2 results have been record breaking, easily exceeding the expectation of the National Average.

All Year 6 pupils achieved a Level 4 or 5 in their Reading Tests and 86% achieved Level 4 or 5 in their Punctuation, Grammar and Spelling Tests. Pupils scored similarly well in Mathematics. All Year 6 pupils gained a Level 4, 5 or 6, with one pupil scoring 100% on the Level 3-5 paper. Three pupils secured a Level 6 in Mathematics – an exceptional achievement.

Once again, Year 8 pupils performed outstandingly well in their senior school entry tests, and destination schools for Grace Dieu’s 13 year olds in 2013 included Ratcliffe College, Derby Grammar School, Loughborough Grammar and High Schools, Trent College and Repton School.

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FATHER DON VITO AT GRACE DIEU (18-10-13)

Fr Don Vito, leader of Rosminians world-wide, celebrated Harvest Mass today. Assisted by Fr Meredith and Fr Denis (School Chaplain) and Altar Servers Georgina, Bo, Yasmina and Robert.

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ANTHONY ROWE INSPIRES GRACE DIEU PUPILS (16-10-13)

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Leicester Riders professional basketball player, Anthony Rowe, visited Grace Dieu during their assembly to give pupils an insight into being a top sportsman and how their dedication to sport is also linked to a dedication to learning.

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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (14-10-13)

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A group of six children from Grace Dieu (Jamie, Oliver, James, Leo, Michael and Giorgio) enjoyed taking part in the ‘Mission Impossible’ event at Repton School. After an initial Mission Briefing pupils from Years 6 and 7 embarked on a Spy School experience which involved them partaking in a series of exciting outwood-bound style ‘training activities’ including shelter building, climbing, paint balling, completing an assault course and giving emergency First Aid.

Teams from six local schools took part in a timed challenge as a finale to their visit which involved testing their knowledge from their morning’s activities.

It was a great day for all participants!

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SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS (11-10-13)

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The newly elected school council at Grace Dieu Manor School is now in full swing. Notable appointments to this year’s council are: Jack Barter – Chair; Grace Garrett-Long – Vice-chair; Eleanor Acworth – Secretary and Liam Combellack – Treasurer.

Once again the children will be continuing to collect for Tilinanu, the Orphanage in Malawi as the children were really keen to carry on with their work for this charity.