Posted on Friday 1st March 2019
An action-packed first edition of the blog this half term …
It’s been a positive first week back, and we have even basked in the February sunshine at times! Our most important two areas of focus this half term will be ensuring that Year 11 are as prepared as they possibly can be for their key GCSE examinations after Easter, and ensuring that Year 8 make their option choices for GCSE success. Year 8 Parents’ Evening was well attended on Thursday as Year 8 begin the process of thinking about their option choices.
Mrs Kennedy is our senior leader who manages the options process for Year 8. She reports that “Year 8s are currently preparing to choose their options, a very important decision where they will choose the GCSE subjects they want to study in years 9, 10 and 11. On Thursday, the whole of Year 8 took part in an options fair in the hall where they could ask Year 10s questions they had prepared about different subjects. This was another opportunity for them to find out about new and different subjects to help them come to the best decisions about what subjects to pick. Year 10 students did an excellent job in answering questions and giving valuable course information to the younger students. They were passionate about the courses they were taking and showed excellent leadership skills. Next week, Thursday 7th March, is Options Evening. We welcome all students and parents/carers of Year 8 pupils to come along to the evening and speak to teachers about the different subjects we have to offer here at Werneth. The subjects available for students to choose for their GCSE options offer something for everyone; here at Werneth we offer such a variety subjects. I hope that parents will come along next week and meet the options teachers and find out all of the information to allow the best choice for your child.
In the week before half term, Year 11 GCSE food preparation and nutrition completed their practical exam to produce three dishes in three hours. There were some stunning results producing exceptionally high class dishes. The brief was to show the best street food at an event in Britain. Mrs Oakes, Subject Leader for Technology commented that “students have to plan, prepare, cook and serve their dishes to restaurant standard. We had food from all continents including Chinese meals with their own made spring rolls, Indian meals with homemade samosa and onion bhajis, Mexican Quesada and churros as well as handmade Italian pasta, ravioli and British pies, pasty, quiche and burgers. All the students should be commended for their hard work and commitment.”
The school council have been working with the catering and site team to implement a recycling machine for plastic bottles. The paper recycling that was implemented last year has been a real success and hopefully we are contributing to an eco-friendly environment.
Next week, Mr Nicholls is taking the Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Geography students on a fieldwork visit to Salford Quays to look at urban regeneration.
At the start of a new term, I always try to recap on the events that have been organised in co-operation with our strategic partner Manchester United Foundation. Here is a summary of Manchester United link events last half term from our Foundation Officer Phil McGrath ….
Year 9 and 10 Careers fair - On 31st January, we held an internal careers fair, for Year 9 and 10 students. On the day, the students got to meet people from further education colleges such as Aquinas, Marple, Tameside, Manchester, Stockport and Clarendon. Also present were engineering company SETA, Dragon Football Academy and the Army. It was a chance for the students to get information around future jobs and studies, and to ask any questions. The students engaged positively with each stall, with members of staff praising their manners and attitudes throughout.
“The Skills Company” event - On Friday 8th February, 10 Year 10 students visited the Skills Company in Trafford. Students took part in practical workshops, the first being painting and decorating, where the students were asked to sand down walls and objects before learning to paint them effectively. The second workshop involved carpentry, where the students had the chance to make their own piece of woodwork by cutting and fitting pieces of wood. The students represented themselves and Werneth positively throughout the day.
Year 9 Boys Football Hub Tournament - On Friday 8th February, 10 Year 9 boys were taken to East Manchester Academy, to take part in our Football hub tournaments. This is a chance for our partner schools to get together and participate in a football tournament. They managed to reach the semi finals where they were unfortunately beaten. Well done to all of the boys involved.
“Show the Love” event - On Thursday 14th February, 3 Year 7 students had the chance to go to Old Trafford to participate in an environmental trip. On the day, the students had the chance to discuss the issues around global warming and change in climate and how we could make a difference. The day was positive for the students and supports the great work they lead on in school through the School council.
I have been asked by Stockport Homes to promote the “Hot Spot” programme, which started on Tuesday. The programme started on Tuesday and there are still places available. Sessions are at the Arthur Greenwood Centre, Hipley Close, Woodley, SK6 1ES from 4.30-6pm and parents will need to book their child(ren) a place. Refreshments will be provided!
We are currently arranging a draw for those students who have 98% or above attendance this academic year. In partnership with Adidas, 3 lucky winners from the draw will win the opportunity to be a mascot at the forthcoming Manchester Derby – United v City – on 24th April at Old Trafford. More information on the winners to come …
Parents should have received paperwork from school this week inviting you to apply for the position of parent governor. We have one vacancy on our school’s governing board. If you are interested, please return the application form to school. If the form didn’t find its way home and you are interested, please contact Mrs Humphreys at school and we will ensure we send you another.
Finally, a reminder that the school term dates for the next academic year have now been finalised on our website if you wish to plan ahead.
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