It has been a busy and positive start to the school year. The first half term has nearly finished and looking back it is fantastic to consider everything that has gone on so far.
Year 11 experienced our first RED (Religious Education Day) Day and worked with MD productions to explore, develop, share and understand differing views on equality and diversity in the world today. The day was creative, engaging and challenging for the students as it took them outside of their comfort zone. The whole year group performance that was the culmination of the day was an uplifting sight for all involved.
We have had the normal high octane start to the sporting year with many early season fixtures being completed across a wide range of sports as well as the beginning of Duke of Edinburgh season. We are extremely proud of the young people who achieved Gold Awards this year and will visit a Royal Palace to receive their award. The young people are Richard Adams, Jonathan Bennett, Ben Bridge, Christopher Fairhurst, Danny Jones, Holly Kilshaw, Michael Lee, Craig McKee, Fergus Powell, Bradley Rigby, Alasdair Robertson, Nia Williams.
The school has also held a very successful Open Evening in September where over 80 Y7 students and 20 Sixth Formers acted as guides for prospective parents. Our students were as always brilliant ambassadors for the school and themselves. They made the evening a fantastic success and were a credit to the school and their families.
The school has once again hosted the Rainford 10km Run that was a great success with strong attendance and participation. I would like to thank the school team of staff and students who supported this event and made it possible.
We have also had over 200 Year 7’s attend a personal challenge by going to Bushcraft and challenging themselves by experiencing life outside of their comfort zone. The overwhelming reaction from students and staff has been positive and I am certain it will be an educational experience that they remember for a long time to come.
We have had inspirational speakers and performances for the students with AIM speaking to all year groups about overcoming challenge from the personal experience of dealing with amputation. Year 9 have watched a hard hitting production called Chelsea’s Choice highlighting the risks of not making safe choices on line and the consequences that can occur. We have also continued our focus on stamping out bullying through the work of the anti bullying ambassadors. The school continues to work to improve our students well being by giving staff training and insight around issues of mental health.
The school has been focused on making sure our students are making the best progress possible and all teachers are working hard to make lessons engaging and challenging and making homework focused and useful. Thank you to all the students and parents for their continued hard work and support.