29 November 2019

Sometimes, I don’t know how we manage to fit in the range of experiences that we offer within Werneth School every week. Here’s a flavour of this week’s news ….

I’d like to start by commending the work of our pastoral team, as the school has been awarded with another reward that shows our commitment to being an inclusive school …. It’s very, very unusual for a school to receive the Gold Young Carers in Schools Award and we are rightly proud of our achievement. We have over 50 students at Werneth who care for a member of their family and therefore benefit from some additional support in school: this is primarily through our HART facility. Congratulations to all of the staff and students who helped us to achieve this excellent recognition for the great work that goes on this area of school life.

I was delighted to congratulate some of our high-flying lower school students today for an outstanding academic achievement. Recently a large number of our students completed the Bebras Challenge. The Bebras challenges are made up of a set of short problems called Bebras tasks and are delivered online. Organised by Oxford University, the tasks are fun, engaging and based on problems that Computer Scientists often meet and enjoy solving. I am very pleased to report that Werneth School made up 11% of Cheshire's participants and we also had many of our students completing the challenge with exceptional results, gaining Distinctions. In fact, a total of 10 students from Werneth scored in the Top 10% in the country. Mrs Birds was delighted to tell me of their achievements, and I met them today to congratulate them.  These students have now been invited to complete the second challenge in March. We hope that these pupils will do well and be able to attend the final at Oxford University. I am sure you will all agree that we already have achieved impressive results with this being our first year taking part.

This week, students across year 7 - 10 began a brand new programme of study at Werneth School called LORIC. This is made up of the 5 attributes that employers have said they want to see young people develop as future employees alongside their qualifications. They are Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative, Communication. Students will spend a half term looking at each different attribute during form time activities, and have kick starters this week with Leadership. Miss Hibbert will be looking out for some LORIC superstars who will also have the opportunity to gain a national accreditation in LORIC.

On Saturday 23rd November a group of year 7 & 8 dance students represented Werneth School at the Christmas light switch on in Romiley. The girls performed 3 festive numbers to a cheerful audience from the local community. Romiley traders were very grateful for our support in their event and wanted to pass on their thanks to the students and the school for continuing to support their community event. Well done to all the girls involved! If anyone missed out on the festivities and wants a chance to catch some Christmas fun, then come along to our 'Winter Wonderland' dance showcase in the school hall on Thursday 5th December at 6pm.

There will be a “Big Photoshoot” in school on Monday and Tuesday for the year 10 Photography GCSE students and the Fast Track Year 9 Photography GCSE students. Two days working with make-up artists and the famous photographer Paul Wolfgang who has his portraits in the National Portrait Gallery in London. This year we have another accomplished Photographer Ash who took the main charity photographs for the overflowing dam disaster in Whaley Bridge this summer.

22 Year 10 students went on a trip to a Theatre in North Manchester based on the novel 'A Christmas Carol'. They enjoyed 'escaping' from 8 mini rooms in which they had to solve puzzles using a variety of different skills. All students were an absolute asset to the school and the Theatre manager crediting our students on their 'exemplary attitude and enthusiasm'.

Well done to our Year 11 students for displaying exemplary focus on their GCSE Mock Examinations this week: it’s a tough time for them but they are working hard. Mrs Oakes also asked me to congratulate the Year 11 Catering groups for performing so well in their GCSE Practical Examinations last week.

Well done to Fabio Kibonda in Year 10 who has just signed a contract at Preston North End Football Club. A superstar now and in the future!

Finally, a reminder that students are not in school next Friday, 6 th December for staff training.

Enjoy the weekend!

Posted by cmurphy

Category: Headteacher's Blog