On Monday it was great to see the technology department all of a buzz as our partner primary school pupils pitted their wits against each other in the final of the primary engineer contest. I was extremely impressed with their ideas and hard work. Congratulations to St Benedict’s who won for the second year running.  On Tuesday I had the privilege of watching our Year 10 Young Enterprise team win the final of the North West competition in Manchester. I am running out of appropriate superlatives to describe these pupils! Suffice to say, I drove home the proudest head teacher in the world!

On Friday I also had the privilege of accompanying the Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh pupils on their practice expedition. It was great to see ten staff members walking with, or helping the expedition to ensure it could goMr Morgan talks to pupils ahead; a brilliant effort! Mr Morgan has done a fantastic job with these pupils and they were absolutely superb. They are all great examples of fantastic attitude, determination and perseverance. I wish them all well in their assessed expedition in two weeks’ time.

Miss Gallagher told me that the Year 7 pupils have again excelled this week.  The Achievement Point leader board shows Isabelle Aaron, Lucy Bolton, Kate Kilbane, Dominic Shaw, Matthew Woolley in 3rd place with 11 points, Morgan Mather in 2nd place with 15 points and Amelia Barrett in 1st place with 18 points.  The Library Silver Reader Award recipients are Katie Chesworth 7C, Isobel Banks 7C, Amelia Barrett 7W and Holly Walker 7M.  The Numeracy Gold Award recipients are Caitlin Morgan 7L and Mary-Jane McLaughlin 7W.  Good luck to all the pupils who have made it through to the Spelling Bee finals this week.  Congratulations to all these pupils; keep up the good work!

On Tuesday we had a visit from the award-winning author Martin Griffin (aka Fletcher Moss) as part of our school's prize for our contribution to the Portico Sadie Massey Reading and Writing competitions. Martin delivered a writing workshop to 7Y2 and 8E1 in the library. Abigail Donlon said of the workshop “if you have enough imagination, you can make something amazing."  Congratulations to Adam Smith, Jordan Cleary, Ella Vernon and Jasmine Pierce who were the competition winners, as it was their hard work and talent which provided us with this amazing opportunity!

Pupils produce fantastic workMiss Robinson told me that 7W produced some fantastic work in History this week. We have just finished their "Change over Time" assessment task where in groups of three they had to compare life across three different time periods.  7W excelled themselves with the production of a variety of items. Some pupils found recipes for typical foods eaten in each time period and brought in samples of these recipes which they had made at home, as well as a number of pupils making impressive models of houses and clothing as you can see from the photographs below.

Mr Reardon told me that the Year 10 IMPACT group raised £87.33 for Wigan and Leigh Hospice through selling tickets to watch the England vs Wales football match after school on Thursday.

Pupils rehearsing for Wigan Rock Festival

Mrs Whitfield told me that pupils in music are busy rehearsing for the Wigan Schools Rock Festival on 12th July; they are sounding fantastic already! Our singers are Giorgia Stuart, Victoria Rowe, Lucinda Hewitt & Alannah Webb, with Luke Ashton on drums, Nicole Billington on keyboard, Kian Rogers on guitar, and Ben Charnock on bass. Mrs Whitfield is very proud of their efforts so far.  They will be performing ‘Cake by the Ocean’, ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ and ‘Twist and Shout’. Please come and support them; tickets on sale in the finance office, priced at just £2.

What a brilliant week! Congratulations to all the pupils who are putting in so much effort and thank -you to staff who are giving up their own time to provide these amazing opportunities.

Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 20 June 2016

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