I went to the Super League Grand Final on Saturday and was sat close to the pitch (so close I almost lost my eyebrows to the flamethrowers at the beginning!) I was in the corner that ex-pupil Oliver Gildart scored Wigan’s opening try; it was fantastic to witness!! He is a great supporter of the school and still comes in to speak to current pupils, as he did on Tuesday before the final. Congratulations Oliver, we are all very proud of you!

Following a break-in at St Mary’s and St John’s Roman Catholic Church in Newton-le-Willows, Adrienne Jukes held a cake sale in school and raised over £120 which she passed to the church last Sunday.  Well done Adrienne, a fantastic effort!

Choir rehursing for the School ProductionThe choir, house band, concert band and dancers are all very busy rehearsing for this week’s show "The Dream Game - A Night of Music, Song and Dance". Tickets are on sale now but selling fast. There are only two performances on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October, so get your tickets quickly to avoid disappointment! Prices are, adults £5, concessions £3. 

The Year 10/11 hockey team won the Wigan East league last night. Thank you to Miss Mahon for taking the team, and congratulations to Jemima Naylor, Niamh Toner, Ellie Paton, Ellie Dillon, Jade Boyle, Abby Scrivens, Olivia Harrald, Beth Ainscough, Georgia McVeigh, Elle Curran and Rebecca Hart.  They are all a credit to themselves, their families and the school with outstanding talent and performances - we are obviously very proud of them all.

9Y5 explored free-will through Play-dohMrs Landor’s 9Y5 explored the concept of free-will through Play-doh. All pupils were asked to create a creature and give it powers. There were everlasting pancakes, a creature who would provide food on demand, a monkey which would throw bananas at evil people and a flying protector, amongst other things. Pupils were then asked to consider what they would do if their creation disobeyed them. Tyler Pilling made the excellent point that if humans were not created with free-will then we would all be slaves. Fantastic work and congratulations to the whole class for their enthusiasm and participation in the lesson.

Mrs Scott told me this week that her Year 11 English classes have been working hard preparing for a GCSE English Language reading exam practice, which will be completed in class before half term. They have all shown a superb attitude to learning and are all making great progress by improving the detail in their answers. Great effort and attitude from everyone, especially Charlotte White whose attitude and effort has been outstanding since the start of term. Keep it up Year 11!

I went to the introductory talk to the new Y10 ROAR cohort on Monday and was so impressed that over 100, Year 10 pupils are interested in taking part. Brilliant work Year 10; make sure you submit your applications to Mr Denton.  On Wednesday I attended the Year 8 ROAR session which Mrs Crompton and Miss Gallagher presented in the library and was very impressed with the discussions taking place.  Well done to all pupils taking part in this exciting initiative; I know you will gain a great deal from it.

Macmillan Coffee MorningLucas McDonald, 10B2, made a red velvet cake for Macmillan Coffee Morning - you can see Mrs Webb tucking into it in the attached picture.  Well done Lucas, an excellent effort!
Molly Bibby, 8O, participated in Manchester Street Athletics on Friday and upon arrival, she received an official race t-shirt. Molly participated in two races; firstly, the heats, which she came first in and secondly, the semi-finals. Molly came fourth out of the five runners and luckily made it into the finals the next day! On Saturday Molly competed in two more races. Firstly, the heats (which she came fourth in) and then the semi-final. Molly came fourth in the semi-final but unfortunately didn't have a fast enough time to get into the finals. Molly really enjoyed the whole experience and hopes to attend the event next year. Molly also got her shirt signed by Linford Christie! Well done Molly! 

Congratulations to Katie Murray, 8O, who has received her ‘Library Gold Reader Award’ and congratulations also to Lily Webster, 8S, and Lotte Hendriksen, 8B, who have received their ‘Library Silver Reader Award’. Keep reading Year 8, the Library Reader Awards will contribute to The Year 8 Challenge!

Mr Halliwell and Miss Gallagher were extremely impressed with the calibre of students who applied to be a Year Council Representative. Students went through a tough application and interview process for this position and the student interviews were very impressive! We have four successful students to represent Year 8 at Year Council; Joshua Moore (8H), Niamh Williams (8C), Caitlin Morgan (8L) and Lily Webster (8S). Congratulations to all! Please let the aforementioned students know if you have any concerns which you would like to be raised at student council meetings.

Congratulations to Joshua Moore (8H) and Tyler Jones (8H) who have made a great start on The Year 8 Challenge! Well done Mrs Crompton for keeping Miss Gallagher informed. Keep up the good work Year 8 - form tutors will be passing on names to Miss Gallagher by Friday 14th October in preparation for the mini iPod reward and the winners to be announced!

Finally, the Year 8 leader boards continue to impress - this week Year 8 have a very good attendance record at 96% and have collected an outstanding 936 achievement points! Katrina Clarke (8O) leads the individual pupil leader board with 22 achievement points, Jack Steele (8C) is in second place with 20 achievement points and finally, in third place, Katie Murray (8O) with 16 achievement points. Try to challenge yourself to feature on next week’s leader boards!

Posted by Mrs G Taylor on 10 October 2016

Category: Headteacher's blog