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Art Image of the Week


By Samanta Viksne
Year 10


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Life of St Edmund's Prayer


Heavenly Father, as we gather in prayer, we ask for the guidance and inspiration of our school patron,
St Edmund, who led a life based on Gospel values and the belief in the power of God.

We, pray that like Edmund, each of us will personally come to believe that,
“I can do all things with the help of God who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
and that together our school community may grow ever closer to you and to one another.

May our school be a place that reaches out to the wider community
and is mindful of the environment around us.

We pray in union with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.                                                                     


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Approach to Teaching

“Design and Technology is about making things that people want and which work well. Creating these things is hugely exciting: it is an inventive, fun activity.”

James Dyson, Chairman, Dyson Ltd.

Textiles Technology at St Edmund’s Catholic School allows students to learn through problem solving and engage in their learning through creativity, giving them the ability to turn their ideas into reality.

All students have the opportunity to experience practical activities having watched demonstrations. They participate in experimental sessions and develop their independent research skills through the use of ICT.  


Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)

During Years 7, 8 and 9 all pupils will have the opportunity to study Textiles.

Year 7 Design brief:

You have been asked to design and make 3 identical juggles and decorated bag in which to store them.

During this module pupils will learn how to use the sewing machine, design and block print their fabric which will features novelty animals. This fabric will be made into a draw string bag which will feature a machined casing and a handmade twisted cord. The juggles will be filled with dried rice and be pyramid in shape. Together these items will make a simple toy. Some have been taken to France and Spain for entertainment when camping!

Year 8 Design brief:

You have been asked to design and make a cushion which will appeal to teenagers. It must be decorated using Batik.

During this module pupils will research the art of Batik and then have the opportunity to design their own cushion front using this ancient technique which is still used in Malaysia and Africa. Real samples of this work are on display in the Textiles room.

This module encourages accuracy of machining skills as borders are added around each pupil’s piece of Batik work. Machined hems, choosing fastenings and computerised buttonholes are also taught. Pupils will be encouraged to decorate their work with further embellishment e.g. beads, sequins, hand embroidery. There will also be an opportunity to design and make a sock monster! It will also need to be packaged to be presented as a novelty gift.

Year 9 Design brief:

You have been asked to design and make a bag which will appeal to teenagers. The bag will feature Pop art motifs.

During this module pupils will look at existing products and make a paper prototype to enable them to design and make a bag which will appeal to teenagers. They will undertake personal research into Pop Art to aid their design work. This module provides the opportunity to learn about making pockets, adding gussets, zip insertion and straps.

Key Stage 4 content / exam board / spec (Year 10-11)


AQA Examination Board.

60% Coursework

40% Written paper ( 2 hours)

During this 2 year course students have the opportunity to learn a wide variety of decorative and construction techniques. Students will also study fibres and fabric construction, the Textile Industry and Practices. Consideration will also be given to Social, Moral, Health and Safety and Environmental issues will are related to Textile designs and products.

During year 10 there is an opportunity to make cushions and bags to improve designing and machining skills. This is in preparation to completing the long coursework task which is set by the examination board. All candidates must respond to their preferred set design brief and undertake detailed research which culminates in designing and making a unique textile product. This section of work is worth 60% towards the final mark.

For the remaining 40% marks each candidate will sit a 2 hour written paper. This examination is in the form of a booklet which requires all the questions to be answered. Some questions are short, whilst other questions may need more detailed answers. Grades are awarded A* - G to all successful candidates.

This course has proved to be popular and successful with both female and male students. Some students have successfully continued this subject at both 6th form college and university.


Year 7 Technology Roundabout

Year 8 Technology Roundabout

Year 9 Technology Roundabout

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Reporting a child absent

Parents are required to report pupil absence to the school by 9.00am
(Unless school is closed)

023 9282 3766 (option 1)
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Best Tutor Group of the Week c/o 16/10/2017

7 Romero
8 Damien

Well done!

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Autumn Term Events

These dates are accurate at time of going to press and are subject to change.

October 2017

Year 11 Information Evening
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Last day of term
3pm finish
Non-Uniform Day
£1 payable to tutor

23rd - 27th October Inclusive

Advance Notice:

St Edmund's Day/PSHE Day
16th November 2017

Year 11 Leavers (2017)
Certificate Evening:
21st November 2017
6.30pm - 7.30pm

School Carol Concert
Monday 18th December
6pm-7pm Cathedral
followed by refreshments

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Stars of the Week

Drama Stars of the Week

Rebecca Lee for working extremely hard in all lessons and rehearsals in preparation for her devised performance.

Dance Stars of the Week

Team Swish in 8 Kolbe for the highest amount of points awarded for their Mario choreography.

Nicole, Jack, Isabella, Jenevieve and Stella from 7 Romero for their excellent contribution as team leaders to dance.

Music Stars of the Week

All the pupils who performed in Covent Gardens, could not be more proud of you.  

Well done to you all.
Keep up the good work!

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Staff should report absence to the school by 7.30am
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In the case of severe weather only
Text severe weather absence line on 07624 816832  
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