22 November 2019

As ever, school life continued at a hectic pace this week with so many positive events in and around school. It’s not over yet, as I know many of our students are participating in tomorrow’s switch on of the Christmas lights in Romiley.

20 year 7 students took part this week in an Art and Dance workshop to celebrate the recent Hindu festival of lights 'Diwali'. The students got to design their very own tea light holder using vibrant paint and gemstones before heading down to a dance workshop where they learnt the basic steps of Bollywood and put them into a routine. They then shared their experiences with a small audience from year 8. It was a fabulous day and the students loved to learn about the festival. Well done to all those involved from Miss Hibbert and Miss Meaburn.

Mrs Aspinall’s Year 10 Food Technology group did their pastry work assessment this week and did not disappoint ! They demonstrated some beautiful, creative and highly skilled finished pies that showed how far they have come since their first pastry lesson in their skill practicals in year 9. Congratulations to all! - I hope they tasted as fabulous as they looked!

Massive congratulations to Reid Whitelaw in Year 10 who has been selected for the Great Britain American Football Team. He was selected for the Under 17s squad after his impressive trials last month. Reid is also currently playing for Manchester Titans. This is a great accolade for Reid. We look forward to hearing about his progress with his new squad.

It's been a busy week for the Life Learning Department with two events taking place. On Wednesday Mrs Smith-O'Connell had the pleasure of taking 60 Year 9 pupils to visit Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) to take part in a "Choices" day. The day encouraged learners to think about the decisions they may make during their education and to consider how their GCSE choices could affect their future. Students took part in a workshop - “campus quest” - and had the opportunity to speak with current university students from a variety of degree courses including Law, Medicine, Graphic Design, Game Design and Photography.

Y9 also saw a drama performance from 2Engage Theatre Company. ‘Choices’ is a play that explores the different choices available to pupils when choosing their GCSE Options. The production aimed to raise awareness of choices available to year 9 students at key stage 4, encourage individuals to make well informed, realistic decisions about their next steps. It allows students to progress to the most suitable further education pathway when they leave school. Here's what some of the students had to say about the trip: "I learnt a lot about higher education in a fun and engaging way." "It was really inspirational to talk to students studying at university about the choices they made at school."

Year 9 represented the school excellently and their conduct was outstanding.

The second event was "Maths Club" with 30 Year 9 pupils. We had visitors from MMU to deliver a half-day session designed to improve students’ confidence, motivation and attainment in Maths, and help them to prepare for their GCSE assessments. They used a challenge-based, practical and very interactive format, giving students the opportunity to explore difficult topics in a new and interesting way. All students thoroughly enjoyed the event.

It’s Year 11 mock examination fortnight starting next week. This means our young people in Year 11 will have heightened states of anxiety, and we thank parents and carers in advance for helping them with the stress this inevitably brings.

Finally, we are currently working to produce a brand new website for our school, and are hopeful that this will go “live” in January. We look forward to that.

Enjoy the weekend!

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