Great Team Effort!

(Posted on 18/10/19)

Welcome to this week’s Blog.

Some of our Year 10 students took part in the ‘Make It Enterprise’ Grand Final at Old Trafford Football Stadium, their reward for winning the Cheshire and West Cheshire heat, back in the summer term. In the final, the students had to: design, finance, market and present, to agreed specification around the subject of aerospace. This event was a great learning experience for the students, having been given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge and understanding to real life situations in a competitive environment.

We have had some fantastic football results this week. On Monday, our Sixth Form team beat Neston 10-1 in the first round of the Cheshire Cup! Ben Lawrence scored 4 goals and was ‘Man-of-the-Match’! Jack Harding scored 3 goals, Tom Fisher 2 and Charlie Rackham scored the ‘Goal of the Game’. A fantastic display of teamwork and motivation, working hard right up to the end in a determined effort to get to double figures. We will play Upton in the second round – well done lads!

Our Year 7 team played their first rugby matches this week and they encountered mixed fortunes at Tarporley!

This afternoon, Paula O’Sullivan (Year 7) will visit Chester Town Hall to meet the Lord Mayor of Chester, Cllr Mark Williams. Paula has been invited to meet the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress at Chambers as her prize for winning an Art competition, in which she drew a sketch of The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress! I look forward to hearing all about it and hope that Paula will share her experiences with us in next week’s blog!

You will recall that from January through to July 2019, all fundraising efforts were in aid of The Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Nung Sirisot and the School Council pulled out all the stops to raise this money for the charity, as their retirement gift to Mr Stenhouse. This week, the school was delighted to present a cheque for the final amount of £4,000.00 to the Hospice. Well done everyone on this amazing achievement!

The Art department continue with their excellent work. The art work around school is looking really amazing, and I’ve been lucky enough to have some displayed in my office – thanks to Lily Evans (Year 7), Alyssa Hill (Year 9), India Beech (Year 12) and Emily Black (Year 13) – truly stunning work. The Year 7 Photography Competition was of such a high standard that there were joint winners for First place, (Lucy Wilson and Leah Done), for Second place (Lottie Blake and Lauren Evans) and for Third place, (Jemima McCormick and Louis Beddows). Well done to all of you. Photography is really establishing itself in the curriculum and I am delighted with the work being produced. This week, students from Years 10, 11 and 13 were given the opportunity to hear about the technical considerations involved in wedding photography and running a creative business, via a Skype call with Wedding Photographer, Jamie Sia.

On Thursday, we had the result of the recent parent governor election and I am pleased to welcome Kathryn Melling to the governing body. The governors play a key role in supporting and challenging the leadership of the school to ensure we fulfil our responsibilities to our students and stakeholders and I look forward to working with Dr Melling in her new role.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

D P Jones


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