Posted on Friday 5th April 2019
One of the joys of working in school is that we never enter a holiday period quietly: it’s always an action packed end of term. So there has been plenty to talk about this week in school.
There have been a contrasting set of assemblies this week: on Tuesday I delivered an assembly to Years 7 to 10 on the tougher expectations and procedures that will take effect from our return in Easter. Parents should have received a letter outlining these changes: if you haven’t, you can receive one from your Year Inclusion Manager. The letter contained a summary of uniform expectations as well: if you haven’t seen that, a copy is here. Today, we have held celebration assemblies to showcase the excellence of students in school.
Well done to all of the performers who took part in the Spring Showcase concert on Wednesday. Mr Barnett, Head of Music, reports that the event featured the Senior Band, Senior Singing group, an incredibly confident and talented year 7 singing group alongside solos from Rose Warburton and Charlie Vjestica. We were also treated to a set from The Red Shells featuring Adam and Liam Reeves accompanied by Jake Dillon. Well done to all the students who took part.
On Thursday 4th April, representatives from The Guide Dog Association came in to collect a cheque for a fantastic £1035. A group of year 9 pupils worked tirelessly on different schemes to raise the money and the Guide Dog Association were very appreciative of their efforts. Mrs Smith from our English department had co-ordinated the event, and was delighted with the students’ involvement. She wants to thank everyone for their support in raising money for such a worthwhile cause.
Miss Smith, Head of Life Learning, also held a Careers Event on Thursday for our Year 7 and Year 8 students, allowing them to meet with providers of careers, colleges and universities. It was designed to get them thinking about the choices that they have after they have left school. One of the event participants from a college sent me a lovely email telling me that “we had great morning with your lovely Year 7s and 8s. They were all lovely students, polite and well behaved.”
Some updates from Phil McGrath, our Manchester United Foundation Hub Office:
On Wednesday 13th March, 4 Year 10 students visited the EY workplace in the centre of Manchester. This was offered to the students who took part in the Premier League Business Enterprise programme earlier in the year, as a reward for their hard work and presentation during that process. Throughout the day the students listened to current workers in EY, what EY is all about, and potential careers within EY. It was great to see the working environment, and the modern and upbeat atmosphere.
We held the annual Stockport Schools Boccia tournament in our Sports Hall yesterday, hosted by our SEN department. As ever, it was a real success with a packed hall full of young people and supporting adults. The added bonus yesterday was that Werneth were the winners! Congratulations to everyone involved.
On Friday 8th March, 8 Year 9 students visited Old Trafford to participate in a Careers carousel, linked to Hospitality. The carousel consisted of staff from Edwardian Hotels, Dishoom, Google, Speak in code, Yo Sushi! And Victoria Warehouse delivering practical workshops and an insight in to Hospitality at the various businesses.
Next Move Careers Fair – The aim of the event was to give students an idea of the different jobs in the working world, and how they can achieve their goals. The event was made up of different workshops from different businesses, colleges, and apprenticeships. They included NHS, The Manchester College, Access Creative College. There were 9 Year 10s selected for the event, and they were selected on the basis to give them more ideas and to think about the future they would like to get in to.
Army Day – Through our partnership with the Army, we organised a day in Werneth to deliver core PE lessons. The aim was to help the students develop their leadership skills, communication skills, social skills and get to know what the Army has to offer for life after Werneth as a career. There were a total of 281 students across Year 7, 8 and 10 who engaged with the event on the 25th March.
Year 11: a reminder that there will be some Year 11 revision sessions over Easter and the timetable is here. There will be further sessions planned for the May half term break. Year 11 only have three school weeks remaining before their vital GCSE examinations commence. A reminder also that the deadline for payments for this year’s Year 11 prom is Friday 10th May and the total cost is £38.
I was very, very proud last week of three of our girls in Year 10. These young ladies led a training session with our teachers in the morning, outlining some revision strategies that had helped them to learn. That’s a very challenging accomplishment to teach your teachers, but they were all fantastic and demonstrated excellent leadership skills. Definitely teachers of the future!
I have recieved a letter from Stockport about Measles and Mumps you can read it here.
Finally, as always, we say goodbye to some staff who are moving on to new positions elsewhere at the end of term. Mrs Slinger (Science), Mr Harrison (Maths) and Miss Rowlands (Science) leave us to take up positions elsewhere, and our Attendance Lead Mrs Toke leaves us for a promotion in Manchester. All have been replaced by permanent teachers who start after Easter, and our new Attendance Lead is Mrs Hall. There is a change in Year 9 after Easter as well with Mrs Barnard taking over as Year 9 Inclusion Manager working alongside Mrs Tonge, and Mr Jones moving to take charge of our exclusion facility in school.
May I take this opportunity to thank you as ever for your support this term and wish you an enjoyable Easter break. We return on Tuesday 23rd April.
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