As examinations draw closer...

As the examinations draw ever nearer, the atmosphere in our Sixth Form Centre is becoming ever more studious. However, that does not mean that there is not time for experiences beyond the classroom! At St Catherine's, we feel that it is important to be well- balanced; to work hard and to have goals, but to be able to relax too.

At the end of last term, the Sixth Form girls enjoyed attending a performance of Mamma Mia in the West End. A great time was had by all, and the girls had clearly been learning the ABBA soundtrack before going so they could enjoy singing along.

The Year 12s also enjoyed their recent trip to the UCAS Exhibition at Royal Victoria Dock. They went home laden with freebies and prospectuses, and were able to ask searching questions of the university representatives. Interesting talks were available, for example regarding entry to Medicine and how to plan a constructive Gap Year.

We were also very pleased to hear a talk by the Women at the Well charity. Based in Kings Cross, the charity provides support to vulnerable women, such as those working in the sex industry, or those struggling with addiction. It really opened the girls' eyes to hear that human trafficking is going on in our own city, even today.

On a lighter note, our Year 13 girls are having some much-needed downtime on a Wednesday afternoon by participating in student cookery classes, led by Mrs Parfitt. The girls have already made pizza, and lasagne is next on the list.

Miss Bellerby