Christmas Half-Term at Carnforth High and Ripley St Thomas

Carnforth High

It’s been a busy term at Carnforth High School with successes for the school at the Lancaster Guardian Education Awards in November. The school were very pleased to achieve winners in Secondary School Student of the Year and Careers Aspiration Award: Year 10 work experience project.  There were also many highly commended nominees. 

The CHSA at Carnforth school held a Bingo Night on 4th December.  It was a great evening with every seat taken.  Christmas turkeys were up for grabs for each full house and there were a host of raffle prizes on offer too. The evening raised funds to provide additional resources for the students in the school. 

Christmas dinner has been provided for all students this week and there was a Christmas jumper day on 19th December. This last week of term has also included the Christmas Parcel Preparation evenings.  On 14th December, the school held a mufti day with donations made in food and resources, which have made up the Christmas Parcels. Not only have the students at school been supporting the local community by providing items for the parcels but they have also been able to obtain Leadership Achievements, which range from preparing and delivering the parcels, delivering presentations to leading the process of filling and wrapping the boxes.

Ripley St Thomas

During advent, all year 7 pupils have been taking part in a reverse advent calendar challenge.  Rather than taking something from an advent calendar, they have been giving something to a collection for the Olive Branch.  The Olive Branch is one of Ripley school’s main charity partners.  It is a Christian charity that has been operating in Lancaster since 2004. The charity focuses on helping disadvantaged, vulnerable people and families in the local area who are at risk or in crisis.  It does so by running a support centre and food bank (for more information please visit or contact  The number of donations received will make a significant difference to people in the school’s community.  The challenge will also form part of each pupil’s portfolio for the Archbishop of York Young Leaders award.

It has also been a very musical time at Ripley.  On 11th December, the school held its Christmas concert.  Over 100 pupils performed in an array of ensembles and choirs with particular highlights being the newly formed guitar group, the select Consort choir and the 40-strong Staff choir.  Over £1,500 was raised, which goes towards the work of the music department.  In addition, the school’s carol service was held on 18th December in the Chapel with the last week at school culminating in Christmas services at various locations around Lancaster.