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Last Wednesday Year 12 BTEC Business Studies students visited the Coca-Cola factory in Sidcup, Kent. They were given a marketing presentation where the boys asked informative questions and responded with some excellent answers to the marketer’s question; showing the amount of research they have been completing as part of their Btec unit on marketing.

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Forty-eight Year 9 students travelled to the city of Bruges in Belgium; awarded the status of World Heritage Site of UNESCO in 2000 followed by European Capital of Culture and is referred to as The Venice of the North due to its canal system.

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On Saturday 13 December, Mark Higgins, an Old Boy of John Fisher, was ordained to the Deaconate at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh. Mark is currently in his sixth year of study at Wonersh and throughout that time has been a frequent visitor to John Fisher where he has given numerous talks about Seminary life and the Catholic Faith. He has also maintained strong ties with many of our current and recent students.

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Year 11 pupils received their mock results today as if they were the real thing, in order to replicate the experience they will face next August when they receive their actual GCSE grades.

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Year 8 pupils are making mince pies this week to raise money for CAFOD. They were due to be making jam tarts this week anyway, so with just a small tweak mince pies seemed to be more appropriate treat to sell for this fantastic charity. Each boy doubled their normal quantity and these were then sold at break and lunchtime to pupils and teachers.

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On Monday evening the John Fisher Choir was invited to lead the music at the CAFOD Advent Service of Lessons and Carols at St Patrick's Church, Soho.

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At the start of this academic year, the English department ran a competition to find this year’s John Fisher Poet Laureate. After a very busy two weeks, it was clear that many boys across all the year groups had been seriously flexing their lyrical muscles; there were a great many number of poems submitted and the competition proved to be even more popular than the previous year.

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Warmest congratulations to the following John Fisher pupils who, after months of study and preparation, received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Hendricks at our local parish of St John the Baptist, Purley on Saturday 22 November.

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Southern Railway and The John Fisher School have teamed up to produce a piece of art to brighten up Purley Station subway. Sixth Form pupils were challenged to come up with a design inspired by the local area and featuring the Brighton Main Line, which runs through the station.

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Congratulations to sixth-former Ted Williams who was the winner of the Croydon Champions 2014, Charity Volunteer of the Year Award at a special ceremony at the Hilton Croydon on Wednesday 26 November.

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