Our theme for the academic year is New Beginnings, fostering the six FCJ Values of: Companionship, Hope, Dignity, Gentleness, Justice and Excellence. Each half term we will focus on one of the Values, starting with Companionship.
Head of Year, Assistant Head of Year and Form Tutors
Head of Year Mrs Ford
Assistant Head of Year Ms McCarthy
7A Miss Peters
7M Miss Rowlands
7R Mrs Louden
7S Mrs Butterworth
7T Mr Kinsella
7J Mrs Carradice
Welcome to Year 7
Each girl will receive a letter from a previous Year 7, welcoming them to Bellerive. They soon make friends! Here are some photos of the girls with our play equipment. Their treat day for the boards is Friday! Soon we will have a new landscaped area adjacent to our playground.
Our year group notice board on the ground floor of the Elmfield building is kept up-to-date with notices and other essential information, including details of clubs, the school’s fortnightly mission and seasonal events. Each form has a notice board in their registration base too.
Year 7 Responsibilities
Each form votes for their Form Captain, Vice Captain, Numeracy Coordinator and Events Coordinator at the start of each term. Each role carries a lot of responsibility; for example, liaising with the Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year each morning to collect messages and relay them to their respective forms, organising the form charity fundraising events and attending the whole school council meetings.
The girls are keen to raise lots of money for charity, living out our FCJ Values of Hope and Dignity by choosing to support a range of causes.
The girls have delivered cake sales and raffles, with enthusiastic responses from the rest of Year 7! Collecting change and donating a £1 for Christmas jumpers on Feast Day raised a considerable sum for CAFOD World Gifts; each form chose which gifts to purchase, ranging from teaching children to write to trees for life.
Feast Day Fun!
The photos show some of our Christmas jumpers! On Feast Day, we also had fun playing bingo and making Christmas cards.
We are ever conscious of our impact on the planet and need for showing Companionship to those affected by our actions in far-away places; we believe that many small changes will make a huge difference. Miss Barton and Mrs McCarthy delivered an environmental assembly with the help of two enthusiastic Year 7 girls, helping to raise awareness and understand what we can do to care for the planet.
We also collect crisp packets; these are posted to charities making sleeping bags for the homeless. We collect ring pulls for charity too.
Summer 2021 saw out largest summer school intake; it was a huge all-round success, enabling girls to feel settled in school before the term started and to live out our Value of Companionship, making lots of new friends.
World Book Day
We had some fantastic characters on World Book Day! The Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year also joined in the fun, dressing as the Queen of Hearts and Alice in Wonderland.
The girls are rewarded for their effort and Excellence in many different ways, including:
- Pupil of the Month: each Form Teacher awards a certificate and goodie bad to a girl who has embodied one or more of our FCJ Values.
- Pupil of the Term
- Plus marks: each term, there is a prize for the highest and second highest totals in each form; we also select 3 girls each fortnight for achieving the highest in the year, with no minus marks – they get a certificate, prize and a phone call home from Mrs Ford.
There are many different clubs for the girls to get involved in and therefore help them strive for Excellence, including languages, sporting clubs, Geography and FCJ Club.
In Geography Club we play geographical games, make dioramas of biomes, experiment with cave paintings and other aspects of traditional South African culture. The photo shows our Christmas party, assisted by the A Level Geographers.
FCJ Club is wonderful way to make friends and celebrate our Values – everyone is welcome to join! We might sing, make crafts, play games or reflect and pray.