Posted on Friday 1st November 2019
I hope everyone enjoyed their half term break, and that you managed to catch the item on “Match of the Day” about Werneth’s community football programme with Manchester United. It has been a very busy first week back after half term!
This half term is one of the longest and darkest in the school year, and attending every day can be a personal challenge for some students. We are in the process of sorting out some attendance reward vouchers for students in each year group who are doing particularly well with their attendance. Attendance continues to be a major focus for us in school and we now have a team of 4 attendance officers to chase up individual issues with attendance. Remember, every day matters. Being here, on time, means you can maximise your chances of success, and your learning.
Wednesday was a focus day for Year 11 on strategies to revise. An external team of specialists came into school to deliver “how to revise” sessions for all of our students, and then a session for our teachers at the end of the day. We then followed this with a session for Year 11 parents. We received positive feedback from everyone on the day, and teachers will be working to embed these successful strategies in their lessons. A reminder that Year 11 already have scheduled revision sessions every week after school. Contact Mrs Lewis or Mr Mujagic in school if you need more details about when these take place.
Part of my role in school is to visit lessons and look at the teaching and learning in every subject area. All senior leaders do this every day at Werneth, but I am also doing this in a focused way this year by conducting in-depth surveys of every subject area, working with other members of the leadership team and subject leaders. Last half term, I conducted this in Mathematics, and this week I have been focusing on English lessons. It was a real pleasure to listen to a large group of our students from Year 8 and Year 10 talk about their learning in English, and I was very impressed with their clear explanations of English lessons: where they were doing well, and how teachers could help them to do even better. Understanding and talking about the process of learning is so important. We also looked in students’ books and talked about the work that they were completing.
Miss Johnson in Science has told me this week about an exciting new Year 7 and 8 Science Club starting next week. It will be every Red Thursday lunch in C64, with the first week being Bonfire Night themed! More information to follow, so keep an eye open for the posters around science.
A reminder of some key upcoming dates this half term:
- Thursday 14th November Class of 2018 Presentation Evening, in school
- Thursday 21st November Year 11 Parent Masterclass 6 – 7pm
- Friday 6th December Students not in school ( Staff training )
- Wednesday 18th December Christmas Concert
- Friday 20th December Break up for Christmas
If you are taking part in bonfire celebrations this weekend, please be careful.
Posted on Friday 11th October 2019
Where does the time go? Six weeks in, and only one week to go until half term. A reminder that we break up next Thursday, 17th October, at 3.10pm. Staff have a training day on Friday. Where possible I like to inform parents about the content of staff training… next week, we will be focusing on developing our curricular plans in every subject area, we will have a training session on improving students’ ownership of their own learning and we will be completing some annual safeguarding training.
We return to school at 8.40am on Monday 28th October 2019, after the half term break. A reminder that punctuality really matters too and students should aim to be arriving by 8.30am at the latest, to ensure they are on time.
It’s been really great this week to see our senior students leading a key event in school, as we have focused on improving young people’s mental health and wellbeing. From bake sales to mindfulness sessions and from photo booths to walls of kindness it’s been a show of support for health and wellbeing. Something we always do so well at Werneth. Students and staff raised hundreds of pounds for mental health charities on Friday as part of our non-uniform “#HelloYellow” day. Well done to everyone involved!
Hannah Beswick, Student Leader for Teaching and Learning commented that she “ coordinated multiple activities and two fund-raising events with the assistance of Jess Hulme and Izzie Johnson. I collaborated with Jess to organise an 'advice drop-in' during 2 lunchtimes. On top of this, I arranged a mural design competition and photo-booth alongside Izzie. My personal goal was to raise as much money for the 'Young Minds' charity. They're an organisation who work to improve mental health among young people. For this, I planned a charity bake sale. In addition to this I scheduled a 'Mellow Yellow' non-uniform day. This was structured for students to wear their cosiest clothing with an accent of yellow for £1. All the money raised will be donated to young minds to support and raise awareness. I am beyond pleased with how successful the week has been and I'm very thankful for the platform I have to do good things and help make a difference.”
Miss Hibbert, staff leader for Student Leadership added “Thank you to all the staff and students on making it such a successful event and well done to the Senior student, student council and student ambassadors for making all the events fantastic!”
Similarly, well done to our Year 10 Tracks group, who – along with Mrs Craven – led our annual MacMillan Coffee morning on Thursday. So many staff and students enjoyed the occasion, and the lovely cakes! Congratulations to our students for hosting such an important event, and a cheque for £182 will be forwarded to MacMillan. Mrs Craven tells me that “teachers came out in force to support our young people, and the students were really proud of themselves.
60 parents of our Year 7 students came into school on Thursday evening for our “Launch to Success” transition event, in order to receive “lessons” from our English, Maths and Science teachers in how to support their children through secondary education. Mr Norman demonstrated the “Show my Homework” package, and Mrs Kennedy presented on how parents can support their child’s progress. Again, we received some pleasing feedback from parents.
This week saw 8 Year 10 students take part in a RAF residential at their training base in Leeming, through the partnership with the MU Foundation. The residential was a 3 day trip, with a host of activities mainly around team work challenges. On Day 1, the students participated in team games, mixing in with students from other schools. They then finished the day off by playing ten pin bowling, again mixing with other MU Foundation students. On Day 2 the students were set a task of building their own glider/aircraft. This included doing some research around different designs, and the benefits of certain designs. Day 3 saw the students looking at different units at the training base, and asking any questions they wanted. The students were lucky enough to see some black fighter Hawk jets. Finally the students presented their glider/aircraft portfolios that they had been putting together to members of the RAF. The students represented themselves excellently over the 3 days, and were a credit to Werneth School.