We were delighted that our Public Speaking team – comprising Year 8 pupils Michelle Nsemba, Erin Chard and Harry Jones – managed to make it to the Regional Final of the 2014-15 Youth Speaks competition.
The team, their parents and families, and Youth Speaks co-ordinator Mr Lunt journeyed early Sunday morning to the Forest Hills Hotel in Frodsham, Cheshire, to face another seven school teams in the Intermediate competition.
Our team gave perhaps their strongest performance so far, but unfortunately didn’t manage to make it through to the National Final; only the winning team went through.
Michelle Nsemba was awarded Best Chairperson – a real feat given the strength of the competing teams.
We would like to say how proud we are of all the team, who have worked so hard to get so far in this difficult and prestigious competition. They truly showed themselves to be winners!
A huge thank you to the team’s parents, for their ongoing support throughout the competition. Thank you also to the Rotary Club for their ongoing support of the competition, and especially to Gwyneth Millard for her input and assistance.
We hope the team take away many good memories from their experience; this will no doubt have boosted their confidence in having taken on such a daunting challenge at such a young age, and to have done so well in the process!
This year’s new Year 7 team will have some big shoes to fill…more on that to follow.”
Claire Young (runner up – The Apprentice 2008) came in to talk to Year 10 about how to be a success in the real world. The inspirational talk covered many areas including presenting, first impressions, emotional resilience and the realities of the highly competitive jobs market our Year 10 students will enter in the near future.
Preparing for success
The talk forms part of our Personal Development program and aimed at Year 10 in particular, as they prepare for the final year of school education. The Summer term also brings college taster days and careers interviews for all pupils
Claire spoke about how entrepreneurial skills such as drive, creativity and resilience are desirable qualities employers look for as well as vital to possess for those with the ambition to go it alone. She highlighted role models and progression routes for students to get into today.
Students spoke to Claire after the talk and told of how it was really inspiring to hear of the journey of someone who from humble beginnings made a very successful future despite numerous setbacks along the way.
The weather was clear enough to see the eclipse due to thin cloud covering. Year 7 Pupils used pin hole projectors made in Science to view the eclipse safely. Other pupils used reverse cameras to safely take ‘selfies’. The total eclipse occurred at approximately 9:30 with around 90-95% coverage of the sun. The last total eclipse occurred on 22nd August 1999 and the next one will be on 19th August 2026.
Click here to view more images
Emily, Sara and Bobby from Year 11 gave everyone a shock today by dressing up for Comic Relief. The girls did their own hair and make-up, gaining sponsorship from family and friends for this great cause. Well done to the girls who we think, and are sure you will agree, looked amazing!
Year 7 Sundown Club went the extra mile and held a cake sale to help boost our fund-raising for Comic Relief. Pictured here is chief salesman Ben who managed to sell out completely during break today!
This week (9th-13th February) we are marking International Random Acts of Kindness Week. We will be encouraging our students to step out of their normal routine and attempt a new random act of kindness each day of the celebratory week. There will be various activities happening around the school to help students with this. Any money raised will then be donated to the British Heart Foundation as our whole school Random Act of Kindness. During the week, there will be a form competition to see which group can collect the most donations to fill their charity bag which we will then be taking to the local BHF shop in Wigan. We will also be creating our own ‘love’ installation which all students will have the opportunity to contribute to.
On Friday 13th February students are invited to take part in our ‘Wear it Red’ event. Students can add something red to their normal full school uniform for the donation of £1. This is not only to raise funds but also to raise awareness.
You can find out more about RAK week at Random Acts Of Kindness – RAK
To read more news please click here