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Reaccreditation of the International School Award 2015-2018
Due to SPH's continued commitment and understanding of international education, we have been re-accredited for the International School Award for another three years! Full details of this award can be read in the downloads at the bottom of the page
The Catenian Association – Province 18
Province 18 of the Catenian Association, comprises Circles based in the county of Sussex and is served by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, led by Bishop Richard Moth.

The Catenian Association is an international body of proudly Catholic laymen who meet at least once a month in local units called Circles, to enjoy each other's company and thereby strengthen their family life and faith through friendship. It is open to practising Catholic laymen from the age of 21 years.

The Catenian Association is non-political and is not a Catholic Action organisation, but it is an organisation for active Catholics. Many members of the Association are involved with the Church, particularly as Readers and Eucharistic Ministers and also as governors of Catholic schools, or involved with Diocesan education committees. Members are drawn from a wide range of experience. Many have a business or professional background, some are self-employed, while others have a teaching, health service or other public service background. Many have no formal qualifications.

The Catenians raise funds to support a wide span of charities and interests, at a local, national or International level raising in excess of £250,000 each year. The Association has two charities: ´The Benevolent and Childrens Fund´ for its own members and their dependents, and the ´Bursary Fund´ which helps young Catholics aged 16 to 24 who are to take part in community-based projects at home and abroad, which have a clear benefit for others as well as for the participant. Applicants for grants from the Bursary Fund do not need to have any connection to a member of the Catenian Association. In addition, Presidents of Circles and Provinces usually raise funds for a nominated charity during their term of office.

We offer prayers at our meetings and have Masses for special intentions, for example for our deceased and for vocations. We support vocations financially as well.

Our many Social Events involve our families and build long lasting friendships. Widows and their families are also actively involved.

For further information please contact Nigel Corby on 01903 784051

Those interested in becoming a member should contact Des Boksan-Cullen on 01323 735615 or may prefer to speak to Lorraine Gatehouse from Headquarters staff on the number below in the first instance.

The Catenian Association
2nd Floor, 1 Park House
Station Square, Coventry,
Telephone: 02476 224533

Children take to the streets in Hedgehog March: 24th Feb
Children from four schools marched through Chichester city centre on the 24th February to help promote the 20mph speed limit and wildlife protection.

Organiser Ana Mankiewicz, Chichester´s 20mph and Bike It officer, said: "The day was brilliant, with just over 100 children and staff taking part in the march.

"Three year–eight boys from St Philip Howard Catholic High School, Barnham, joined us for the walk and then gave a very eloquent presentation about why they wanted to raise the profile of 20mph and how the project had help them."

Ben Lewis and Zach Taylor from St Philip Howard came up with the ideas behind the Hedgehog March.

For full details on this story, click here to link to the article in the Chichester Observer.

International Links
We have been very blessed in welcoming 5 partner head teachers and teachers from our link schools in Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia this term. In particular, Juliette Mukuntaganda from our partner school ES Kagogo in northwest Rwanda was with us in school for a week. Juliette visited lessons to observe how we work in the UK, and met students to share information about her school in Rwanda. Students in a variety of classes have sent letters to penfriends in Rwanda which Juliette has taken home with her. In addition the letters have gone back to Ethiopia with Head of English, Haregu, from Addis Ababa, who is very keen to maintain a link with us. The 5 visitors took part in our Junior Leadership Team meeting, learning about student voice in our school.


Send My Friend to School 2015
Members of the Junior Leadership Team have continued our work with Action Aid´s ´Send My Friend to School´ campaign on behalf of children in developing countries, with Year 9 students Emma Hattersley, Georgia Dearnley, Murren Peskett and Annabel Griffith planning and leading assemblies for Slindon Church of England Primary School and St Philips RC Primary School in Arundel.

Public Speaking Success November 2015
The atmosphere of a dreary November evening could not dampen the spirits of the St Philip Howard Catholic High School public speaking teams as two teams swept to victory in the first round of the local Chichester Rotary competitions held in the Assembly Rooms last week.

Year eight students Mollie Finniear, Lucy Owen and Amy Flood won the intermediate competition with their speech on "Education, Education, Revolution!" whilst the senior team, consisting of speaker Solene Declas, chair Morgan Steele and vote of thanks George Myers chose to speak about the poor treatment of the Orca whale in their speech "A Ticket for You or a Ticket for Freedom?"

For Solene, winning was a particular source of pride as it was her first experience of public speaking. Solene describes how she prepared:

"Yes, it was time spent learning of lines and repeating the same phrases, expressions and sentences over and over but the end result was so rewarding. When getting up I was excited but nervous that I would slip up and forget or say something wrong. I decided to speak about SeaWorld and the treatment of Orcas in captivity. I feel very strongly about this simply because of its unjustness."

Solene has advice for first time speakers:
"For anyone doing public speaking for their first time, the only advice I would give is to make sure the topic you base your speech on is something you are passionate about and want other people to share that passion with you, because then when you deliver the speech, the audience can tell you mean it and the emotion and expression will come naturally!"

The teams are now already preparing for the regional round of the "Youth Speaks" competition early in 2016.

Arun Youth Council Debates
Young people from local secondary schools came together on November 20th, Democracy Day, to participate in the inaugural Arun Youth Council debates. Along with our AYC members, Morgan Steele and Elaina Charalambous, The St Philip Howard Catholic High School was represented by 10 students from years 8, 9 and 10.

The students enjoyed a day of lively discussion, beginning with a debate on whether Britain should adopt the Australian Immigration points system. The debate on whether sixteen year olds should be allowed to vote proved particularly lively, with many participants concerned that sixteen year olds are underprepared for making such important choices. Jonny Elliott raised the consideration that with effective education for democracy in schools, sixteen year olds could have the knowledge to inform a decision when voting.

Deciding whether a local council should continue to provide free public toilets in the face of cuts to funding proved to be a straightforward choice: who would want to be "caught short" with no coins on their person?

The students all felt that the day had been thought–provoking and had helped them to develop their self-confidence when expressing their opinions in a room full of listeners who did not necessarily agree with their viewpoint. The students were also pleased to meet their peers from Littlehampton, Angmering and Bognor.


Class Act
The following PDF's are reproduced by courtesy of the Chichester Observer series


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St Philip Howard Catholic School
Elm Grove South
West Sussex
PO22 0EN

Telephone: 01243 552 055
Fax: 01243 552 900
Email: office@sphcs.co.uk