As 2015 gets into full swing Rainford High continues to move at pace with students working hard at their studies. It has been a really interesting half term with students and staff returning invigorated after the Christmas break. It has been a cold and wintry start to the year but the atmosphere within the school has been warm and positive as we continue to focus on delivering the best educational experiences and outcomes for the young people that we can.
Across the whole curriculum there has been great learning taking place with subject areas enlivening learning with exciting and rewarding opportunities for our students. Science have been particularly pro active in raising aspirations with real live Scientists coming in to talk with our students about the opportunities a career in Science can offer. Year 7 have done fantastic charity work and there have been visits and expeditions a plenty.
My favourite and most significant event of the year so far, has been the Religious Experience Day when Year 11 studied and reflected upon the Holocaust and ended the day listening to Mala Tribech a survivor who told her story. Events such as Holocaust Memorial day are at the core of education and learning; being able to develop an understanding and empathy for an issue from our past that speaks volumes about how we should behave and act in our world today. I believe every student will have taken their own personal message from the day but for me the key things were the need for tolerance and understanding of people and the need to stand firm against persecution and prejudice. As a school and a community we don’t just want young people who can pass exams we want young people we are proud of who can leave education with a passion to do the right thing and to make a difference for our community and society.
The school is also enjoying Grease at the moment and the hard work has resulted in a great performance that has been sold out for the entirety of its run. The students and staff have produced a piece of theatre that they and we are rightly proud.
Rainford High as a school continues to improve and make good progress towards our long term goal of being excellent. The first solid evidence of this is our improving results compared to schools both locally and nationally as seen in the schools performance tables. Rainford High and the improvements reflect the hard work of students, staff and parents and I know it will continue until we achieve our goal of being an excellent school where Everyone Matters, Everyone Helps and Everyone Succeeds.
Mr Ian Young