Poppy Sale Raised £219 for The Royal British Legion

To mark the centenary anniversary of the end of the First World War, students’ at St Edmund’s made over 500 ceramic poppies which are on display in the Peace Garden. These poppies will now go on sale and a total of £219 has already been raised for the The Royal British Legion Charity.

Spooky Disco! 

The Sixth Form ran yet another successful charity event last Thursday, this time it was a ‘spooky disco’ for years 7 and 8.

Mrs Hazeldine, Principal, perfected the ‘Floss Dance’ as instructed by the year 7s.

Mrs Hogg (Assistant Head of Sixth Form) recruited a team of Sixth Formers who sold tickets and snacks at the event, which raised  just over £200.   Proceeds will be used to fund the annual Senior Citizens Party next month. Mrs Hogg said “It was an amazing night full of fun and laughter. A fantastic event creating memories for our students”.

Many thanks to all staff and sixth formers who helped to supervise.

Festival of Culture at St Edmund’s

The school has organised an enrichment day for students to have fun and experience a variety of new activities.The event takes place on Tuesday 17th July and Wednesday 18th July and both of those days are non-uniform days. Enrichment day will be taking place in school, but certain activities require students to go outside of school.

The school has organised Culture Days to give students from all years a chance to meet other students and to socialise.This event helps students to meet people with different religions, different races and people who speak other languages.

Altogether there will be 37 different activities to choose from, including Hogwarts themed games and quizzes, practicing spells, making your own wand and favourite potions; Marvelathon Pyjama Film Premier; Gaelic Football; Cartoon Drawing; Performing Arts Musical; Golfing at Bantock Park to name just a few.

On Wednesday 18th July there will be a few visitors coming to share their skills and talents.  Students will have three double periods in their year group, and take part in the each of the three sessions. Visitors include Hannah Lewis, a singer from London who specialises in what she confidently refers to as “proper pop”. Hannah Lewis will be singing in the Arena.  Also, there will be an African Drum Company who will be performing in the Sports Hall; they will bring some drums and work with students to perform a piece of music.

Mr Katumba said, “The person that is leading it is Mrs Curtis because without her nothing would really move,”.  He has also put in a great deal of hard work toward this. Every teacher will lead an activity of interest and Mr Katumba can’t wait. The activities that Mr Katumba will be leading are said to be a ”Top Secret”!

Year 7 Bake Off

Two of our year 7 students, Evie (7SH) and her friend Hannah (7NK),  asked if we could run a Bake Off in our Year 7 lessons. Time was on our side and we were able to fit it in.
Students made and decorate a small batch of cupcakes.
The winner was Hannah (7NK), with her design inspired by her dog. Runner up was Ollie Jones (7NK) with a Wolves cupcake design. Students only had one double lesson to bake and design their cakes. Staff were really impressed by the standard and imagination of cakes produced by the students.
Well done everyone!

Debate Mate Cup Competition

On Thursday 19 April, fourteen Debate Mate students were lucky enough to travel to the University of Birmingham to compete in the Debate Mate Cup.  The university buildings shone in glorious sunshine and our debaters were a little awestruck at the size of the campus.  Wonder aside, their concentration was not lost and they set their sights on preparing their speeches.

A challenging prepared motion on the United Nations Council showed an outstanding understanding of the world they live in.  Our teams then got to work on two unprepared motions and impressed the judges so much they attained some of the highest scores ever awarded.  The competition also included a show debate, led by Debate Mate staff, which gave our students many ideas.  An intense and public final debate gave our students further insight into effective debating skills that they are keen to try out in the future.

The competition was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for students and staff alike and our Debate Mate students are looking forward to participating in some of their own show debates very soon.



Vacancy for Teacher of Health & Social Care

St Edmund’s Catholic Academy mission is to nurture the gifts and talents of every student and every member of staff and, as such, is a very supportive, special place to work.

We are seeking a well-qualified, enthusiastic and inspirational teacher of Health and Social Care. The successful candidate will be creative, innovative, and committed to raising standards. They will have excellent subject knowledge and join our dynamic and successful department.

This post is suitable for newly qualified or experienced teachers.

Being an excellent team player with strong interpersonal skills, the successful candidate will receive a comprehensive induction and professional development package.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Application packs can be accessed via our Academy website www.stedmunds.org or please call the Academy on (01902) 558888 x 153. Completed applications can be returned by post or via email to recruitment@stedmunds.org. Prospective candidates are welcome to talk to Mrs Hazeldine, Vice Principal about this post and are most welcome to visit the academy in advance.

Closing Date: Noon, 11th May 2018

Interviews: 16th May 2018

St Edmund’s is part of the Bishop Cleary Catholic Multi Academy Company with 870 on roll including 130 in the Sixth Form. Situated in Compton Park, a quiet and leafy suburb of Wolverhampton, adjoining St Peter’s Collegiate School and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Academy.

You can find out more about the Bishop Cleary Catholic Multi Academy Company at: bccmac.co.uk


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Margaret and Barry Mizen Spread Forgiveness

In the middle of Holy Week St Edmund’s Catholic Academy has been blessed with the presence of Margaret and Barry Mizen to share their testimony of how their son Jimmy was killed on the 10 May 2008,  the day after his 16th Birthday, and the journey they have been on since,  which tells of love, hope, peace and forgiveness.

Their story was an emotional journey for students and staff. Margaret and Barry shared their experience of how anger, resentment and hurt, that takes over after death, can cause destruction to so many people if allowed.

Jimmy Mizen went into a bakery in London with his brother when a fight broke out.  The fight was instigated by someone known to the brothers, who they had had disagreements with previously.  Jimmy and his brother did not want to fight. However, a glass dish was thrown at Jimmy during the fight which  smashed and shards of glass severed Jimmy’s carotid artery and jugular vein.  He died in the arms of one of his brothers.

Barry Mizen tells of how they have forgiven Jimmy’s killer because being resentful and angry doesn’t help anyone and doesn’t do anyone any good personally.  They know the killer had difficulties and events in his life that resulted in his anger. They asked why interventions hadn’t been put into place earlier in his life to help him.

Barry and Margaret have set up the Jimmy Foundation, which is now called ‘Just Jimmy’.   They travel around the country, visiting schools/prisons etc. to spread the message of love, of being valued and of forgiveness.  They hope that, by their actions, this will prevent other families becoming involved in similar circumstances.

Jimmy belonged to a normal family. He was one of nine children, who lived in London, was an Alter Server and a kind, generous and happy boy.  He went out one Saturday to buy his first Lottery Ticket and never returned home.

Margaret told us how Mary, Mother of Jesus,  is a great comfort to her and asked us to think of Mary on Good Friday.  Mary watched her son die on the cross and still cared and helped others.

Here is a prayer one of our students wrote after the Mizens visit:

Dear God,

Thank you for blessing us with the opportunity of hearing Jimmy’s story and enlightening us with forgiveness, peace and hope.  I haven’t been touched like this in a long time.  Mr and Mrs Mizen are incredibly strong and it was an honour to listen to their story.

I am very sorry for their loss and their willpower to continue is desirable. Their encounter is so incredible and for them to share their story is heart-warming. Their power to continue and to forgive is something I’d never have and could never do.

Every day I ask you to give them strength and to make sure they keep spreading their story.

Give everyone the strength to make the world a better place.

Thank You


Remembering Jimmy Mizen 1992 – 2008


Grace Leo  8KJ, Faith Katanga 8HN and Brientony Jeyarajan 8HN pictured with Mr and Mrs Mizen

Surprise party for Site Officer

John Roberts was taken by surprise on Friday evening!!!  John’s partner, Apple and staff at St Edmund’s Catholic Academy decided to organise a Birthday Party for him, without his knowledge, to celebrate his 60th Birthday, and also to mark the fact that he has given almost 21 years of service to the former school, which converted to academy status four years ago.    Preparations had been underway well in advance, with gifts, music, food and a cake organised for him.  On arrival John was met with the sound of huge party poppers, music and a welcome from some 50 former employees, all anxious to congratulate and make a fuss of him!!!!

John commenced his employment  in June 1997, and became the Caretaker/Site Manager at the former school in 2004.  He worked for many years doing a ‘split shift’, supervising evening events at the school and ensuring that all was safe and secure at all times.    John is in his 21st year of employment with what is now St Edmund’s Catholic Academy – part of Bishop Clearly Multi Academy Company.  Celebrations were to continue with a family party on Saturday.

Principal Maggie Hughes commented ‘ John has given 21 years service to St Edmund’s and it was a great pleasure to assist in the subterfuge to keep his birthday celebration a secret’.

John Roberts (centre) with his partner Apple (left of John) and work colleagues.


Success in Wolverhampton School Indoor Athletics Competition

Year 7 boys (Roy Aneke, Leo Bayley, Ollie Green, Lukas Lopetaitis, Herbie Mandare-Singh, Christian Ohiaer Okorie and Harold Wilcox) represented the academy very well at the Wolverhampton School Indoor Competition on Thursday 8 February.  Held at Aldersley Leisure Village, overall our boys finished 3rd out of 14 boys’ teams that entered the competition.

Notable achievements include:-

Hurdle relay team (Roy, Christian, Harold and Leo) – 2nd in heat

2 lap race – (Lukas and Roy) – 1st in heat

4 lap race – (Ollie) – 1st in heat (Lukas) – 2nd in heat

6 lap paarlauf (Leo and Ollie) – 2nd in heat

1 lap relay team (Herbie, Christian, Roy and Lukas) – 3rd in heat


Speed bounce (Ollie) – lst

Standing triple jump (Roy) – 1st (Ollie) – 2nd


Well done team.



Barbara’s a Winner

Congratulations to Barbara Poczatek, our year 11 student, for winning the June feature in the Sandwell College Calendar Competition.

Barbara’s design is featured on the desktop calendar that has been distributed far and wide throughout the West Midlands.

Jas Uppal, School Liaison and Events Officer, presented Barbara with copies of the calendar and £50 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Barbara’s winning entry:

Barbara receiving her prize from Jas Uppal, Schools Liaison and Events Officer, Sandwell College.