Posted on Tuesday 24th July 2018
School’s out for summer and what a final week!
I’d like to start this week by congratulating and introducing our school senior students for 2018/19 academic year. After a selection process involving an application, presentation and voting system with staff we are delighted to confirm that Sam Nagler and Buddhima Subasinghe were appointed as Head Boy and Head Girl. I know they will do a fantastic job as ambassadors for our school, ably assisted by a small team of Deputies in Kianna Morris, Rose Warburton and Olivia Ferneyhough.
I’m also delighted to announce that Werneth School was successful last week in being awarded an Inclusion Quality Mark by external assessors. We are the first secondary school in Stockport to be awarded this recognition of our inclusion services. The award recognises the excellent work of the school in engaging with all of our students, and particular thanks should go to our Additional Needs and pastoral staff for their work to promote inclusion. Thanks to Mrs Burke and Mrs Dee for organising the assessment process. I would also like to thank the students and parents who participated in the assessment day.
There were a number of residential visits departing school last week.
I was fortunate to travel on the modern languages trip to Paris. I believe that experiencing different cultures is a vital element of education, and so I am always keen to support foreign visits if I can. I was very proud of our students’ resilience and cheerfulness faced with a long coach journey to Paris. They represented the school consistently well throughout the visit, and were keen to practice their language skills at every opportunity. It was a very hot day in Paris on Thursday, after we had spent the night travelling there via Eurotunnel. We spent time at the base of the Eiffel Tower, before enjoying a sightseeing boat tour on the River Seine. We then spent some time at Montmartre and Sacre Couer, finally relaxing at our hotel in the heart of Paris where most of us collapsed in exhaustion. The next day was spent enjoying the Parc Asterix theme park before we returned home. Our students sampled all of the rollercoasters, and I managed to persuade the other members of staff to join me on the OsIriz megacoaster. That was generally accepted as our students’ favourite. All arrived back at school safely and sleepily at 2am on Saturday morning.
Miss Holden also enjoyed her residential visit to Prague, and has written “The Visual Arts department went on a sightseeing tour of Prague in the Czech Republic. Flying with Jet 2 we landed in Prague late on Monday evening. On our first day we walked into the Jewish town and experienced some of the oldest architecture in the city. From there we went through the new shopping district, which was very popular with the students. The Old Town is an incredible sight with lots of impressive buildings, horse drawn carriages and artists in the main square. After lunch in the Old Town we had a riverboat cruise down the Vitava River. We had a well deserved meal at Toscana that evening after walking 38km! On day 3 we took our sightseeing bus to Prague Castle, Lesser Town, St Nicolas Church and Charles Bridge. Some of the students were very adventurous sampling some of the local meals such as pigs leg and beef goulash. The weather was amazing and the students made us very proud with their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm for our city sightseeing break....a good time was had by all.”
Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th July saw the return of our Can-Do enrichment days. As the residential trips to Paris, Prague and our annual Year 7 Summer Camp took place, those students back at Werneth participated in a rich variety of learning experiences. The students across the year groups took part in: circus skills workshop; inflatable assault course; popcorn making; journalism; treasure hunt; active outdoor team building event; comedy improvisation sessions; dodgeball; football; rock painting (and hiding) and canvas painting. The Year 8 team created an old school style sports day with handmade funfair attractions. Year 7 Students were set an enterprise challenge to solve a problem in the community. The students worked out their own ideas of how to solve the problem, and presented their idea as a poster or presentation. Congratulations to Alissia Walker with her idea to solve global warming!
Mr Bennett led Year 7 Summer Camp as usual, and reports that “this was one of the driest camps on record. It was also one of the best camps of the last 10 years. We took 117 students, 22 Work experience students, 3 Year 11 Students and 15 members of staff on camp for 2½ days. This was our 17th school camp and we now have 10 activities running over the course of the camp with groups working to win the team prize. Highlights of the week were glow stick man hunt, a 40m slip and slide course and boys versus girls Everest challenge assault course. This year it was the girls who were victors with the fastest time. Students returned on Friday 20th July, ready for that well earned shower!
Here is a selection of pictures showing some of our students enjoying the range of activities on “Can Do” at Werneth ….
Yesterday, we held a Manchester United Foundation rewards event in school for those students who maintained excellent attendance and behaviour throughout the year. This was hosted on our school fields by Phil McGrath, our United Hub Officer and Mr Brierley.
It was also emotional to see the efforts of year 9’s Rhea Baker at the end of term. Rhea approached me earlier in the year to ask if she could have her head shaved in assembly in aid of MacMillan cancer and Little Princess Trust at the end of term. This happened yesterday in school, and many staff and students supported her, along with her mum who was there to support her. She has a justgiving page to support her work.
Over 100 students eagerly collected their reading rewards yesterday afternoon too. The students invited had worked extremely hard all term to improve their reading skills, either through intervention groups or through using the Accelerated Reader software. We hope all students will continue to read over summer, and be ready to quiz when we return to school in September. Well done to all involved - what a positive end to the school year!
A reminder that an end of term newsletter was sent out on Friday last week. A copy can be found here. It contains important details for the start of term in September.
Our Spring/Summer Werneth Whisper newsletter is action packed and can be viewed on this link.
The end of term is always tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to staff who are moving onto pastures new. Teachers leaving us this week are Mr McQuiggin and Mrs Burrows (Mathematics); Miss Riley and Mr Bateman (Geography); Mr Ryan (Science), Mr Ryan (MFL) and Mrs Logan (Assistant Headteacher). From our support staff, Mr Walker (ICT Technician) and our Science technicians Mrs Nykorak and Mrs Clayton also leave us. We wish them all well! Werneth is fully staffed for September and I will introduce our new staff then.
A special fond farewell as well to Miss Battle, who leaves us for a year to complete some Christian missionary work in Guatemala for the next year. We wish her every success with this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
On behalf of everyone at Werneth, we would like to wish all families and everyone associated with the school a fantastic summer break! See you on 3rd September.