Posted on Wednesdsy 28th March 2018
As we reach the end of the Spring term, we reflect on a very busy, action-packed term for us all with a bumper edition of the blog this week.
The coming summer term is of course vitally important to our Year 11 students. They have completed a number of mock examinations over the last month, and the real business starts almost immediately on our return after Easter. A full Easter programme is in place for revision work with teachers, and arrangements for revision and examinations can also be viewed here: https://wernethschool.com/staff_student/exams.html
I offered Year 11 the opportunity to complete revision timetables with me a few weeks ago, and I have been pleased with the uptake from some of our students …. the offer remains open, though they should of course have now started that programme at home. It was the “beginning of the end” for our Year 11 students this week, with their leaving group photograph. It was taken on Wednesday morning. Photographs will be available for purchase after Christmas, but it was lovely to see Year 11 looking immaculate!
The Year 8 pastoral team took 66 students to see The Greatest Showman at The Light Cinema at the Red Rock complex on Tuesday 27th March. The students that were invited on this trip have had excellent attendance over the course of the year, and had received a substantial number of achievement points from their teachers over the term. The students and staff all had a great time! Well done to all students that achieved the criteria for this trip.
You will be well aware that attendance is crucial. Every day in school counts. In school, we operate an inter-form competition where every form “plays fixtures” against each other in a football league, focused on attendance each week. Congratulations should go to the winning form in each year group, based on the spring term: 7N ( Mr Harrison ), 8C ( Mr McKenna ), 9R ( Mr Hodson ), 10R ( Mr Ryan, MFL ) and 11DS ( Mr Smith, English ). These forms will each receive a reward after Easter, and the league will begin again with new fixtures.
On Friday, as part of their Life Learning curriculum Mrs Smith-O'Connell took 65 Y10 students to the Skills North West Event at Eventcity, Trafford. The event was sponsored by The Manchester College and The Royal Navy & Royal Marines and was an exciting, interactive skills, careers and apprenticeship event aimed at 14-19 year olds. At Werneth we believe that bringing our students together with employers, training providers, specialist schools, further education colleges and universities is crucial. It opens their minds to the range of education, employment and training opportunities available in our area.
It was a highly inter-active, and hands-on day, encouraging students to network and develop key contacts that will help them as they move from school and college into university, employment or training. Students had the unique opportunity to meet face to face with exhibitors, including: ALDI, Carnell, First Response, Graham Construction, Greater Manchester Higher, KPMG LLP, Myerscough College, QA Apprenticeships / Higher, Royal Navy & Royal Marines, The Manchester College, The National Logistics Academy, The Trafford Centre Ltd, Trafford College, University of Salford, UTC Media City UK, Vodafone Limited, Wates Group Ltd and many more. There were also a number of colleges and universities exhibiting. A packed program of events including skills competitions, interactive activities, live apprenticeship and other job vacancies, spotlight talks from industry experts and careers advice and guidance helped to create the largest event of its kind in the region. All of this meant the Y10 students really got an insight and some valuable information regarding the choices they will have to make over the next year as they prepare to leave us at Werneth. Take a look at Y10 in action at the event in the pictures taken by Year 10 student Sam Nagler.
Year 11 did amazing in their Food exams this week. They had to create 3 dishes, with accompaniments in 3 hours.
On Tuesday this week, as part of their Life Learning curriculum, Mrs Smith-O'Connell organised for Kelly Scott at Teenage Cancer Trust to come in and speak with our Year 9 and 10 students. Teenage Cancer Trust is a national charity dedicated to help young people fight cancer. This national “Understanding Cancer Education” presentation is recognised by the Government as it raises awareness of cancer which can lead to earlier diagnosis of cancer in the long term.
The presentation was an interactive opportunity for students to learn about and discuss:
• What cancer is
• Common Signs and Symptoms
• The impact of cancer on a young person
• Types of Treatment
• Healthy Living
By the end of the presentation, all students knew more about early warning signs and how they can reduce their risk of cancer later in life. Here's what our students had to say about the visit:
"I thought it was really useful and it was really touching listening to experiences of people who had actually survived cancer." Lydia, Y10
"I thought the assembly was useful because it showed us different ways to get it and how to minimise the risk of getting cancer." Holly, Y10
"It was very educational. I learnt a lot about cancer that I didn't know. I think all of our students should learn about it." Ginerva, Y10
Years 9 and 10 listened intently and took part in all discussions with Kelly, who commented on how engaged and respectful our students were throughout the morning. A real credit to themselves and our school, students showed great maturity around this difficult topic.
Some key dates for next half term:
Wednesday 25th April - Year 9 Parents’ meetings at Brinnington First House
Thursday 26th April - Year 9 Parents’ evening at school, 4pm – 7pm
Wednesday 9th May - Year 7 Parents’ meetings at Brinnington First House
Thursday 10th May - Year 7 Parents’ evening at school, 4pm – 7pm
Friday 11th May - Official GCSE Examination Period commences
Friday 25th May - School breaks up for half term
Monday 4th June - School returns after half term
It’s been a week of celebrating our students’ achievements at the end of term. I presented 16 students with headteacher awards for excellent pieces of work on Wednesday, and they each collected an Easter Egg in recognition of their efforts.
I would like, as ever, to thank everyone who has supported the school in any way over the past term. I wish all families a relaxing ( unless you are Year 11! ) and safe Easter, and we look forward to welcoming our students back into school on Monday 16th April.