15 November 2019

This week started with Mr Barnett and our school musicians proudly providing the music for the Bredbury Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial on Sunday. Students also laid a wreath on behalf of Werneth School. Mr Barnett commented “Thank you to all the musicians who took part and students both current and past who were involved, especially Joe Eckersley (year 11) who did a great job on the cornet playing the Last Post.”

In school, we created a display in the library of armed forces members of our families, and the school observed a 2 minute silence on Monday at 11am to recognise the 100 th Armistice Day.

This half term is the longest and darkest half term of the year, but it has been very encouraging to see the number of our Year 11 students who have been attending revision sessions after school in preparation for their mock examinations. The mock exams start week commencing 25 th November, and are the first step in checking progress towards those vital examinations in the summer.

We celebrated the achievements of our ex-Year 11s on Thursday evening, and it was lovely to see them again in our Main Hall as well as hear how well they are doing in the pathways that they have chosen. Mr Bennett compered the event with gusto, and was very proud of his students as they were rewarded with their certificates and a number of awards. I was delighted to present the Headteacher’s Award to Rose Warburton for an outstanding effort across all aspects of her school life.

I was pleased to look at some of our attendance figures this week and see that the number of students with regular absence is reducing week on week. This is as a result of the increased communication between our attendance team and parents … it’s good to hear comments that parents are valuing the quick response to attendance matters and – where necessary – the support you need to get young people into school. It’s also encouraging to see the number of students late to school reducing as well over the term. Remember, attendance and punctuality really matter! No-one can afford to miss lesson time. There will be ongoing regular awards in assembly for those students with excellent attendance.

From Sunday 5 January 2020 we are changing the way child dayrider tickets are sold on the bus. Instead of issuing a paper ticket, the ticket will now be loaded on to a Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Igo card.

Which child tickets are affected?

  • Manchester child dayrider

What does this mean?

To continue to buy a dayrider ticket, children will need an igo card.

  • Children aged 5-10 may not hold an igo card, but will need to apply for a igo card to continue to buy this ticket from the bus driver.
  • Children aged 11-16 will already hold an igo card to buy child tickets on the bus.

How can you apply for an igo card?

Visit tfgm.com/igo to download an application form or get a copy of the form from a TfGM Travelshop. To make sure children have an igo card in time for January 2020, it is suggested to apply for an igo card by the end of November. For more information about this change visit our website Stagecoachbus.com

Enjoy the weekend!

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