Today, Celine B and Emily L in Y13 took part in the national final of the Institut Français Debating Competition in London, against teams from ten other schools from across the country, having come second in the regional competition. They won their first debate against Stephen Perse School and narrowly lost their second debate against Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys, having to defend the motion ‘Multilingualism is a barrier to the unity of a nation’… in French! Although they did not make it to the grand final, Celine won the judges’ favourite prize for an excellent individual performance. Celine and Emily were both fantastic and a credit to themselves and the school.
Over the last two weeks, pupils have been celebrating the language history and culture of India. This has focussed on our KS3 pupils, with a variety of activities taking place, such as samosa making; jewellery making; sitar playing in assembly; learning new Indian languages; talks about Indian politics, Indian history and Indian religions; Indian dancing; Hinglish; playing Kabaddi and cricket. We are very grateful to departments for coordinating such interesting activities and to the pupils themselves, who have led many of them.
Plastics club are a group of year 9 students who are passionate about reducing the amount of plastic we use as a school. In the last few weeks they have performed assemblies to years 7-10 in order to raise awareness of the issues involved. They have also had a meeting with Ms Gill about what can be done around school to meet this target. The first goal is to increase the number of students who bring a reusable water bottle to school instead of buying bottled water. They are also looking into improved water facilities for refilling.
March brings another event with it – 24 hours of karate. On Friday 9th March from 5pm I will be teaching karate in hour long slots until 5pm on the Saturday, in the drama studio at school. Everyone is welcome to come and try it. Bring your family and friends and kids (they must be at least 5 years old) for an hour.
£5 per hour, or three hours for £12, all proceeds to Mind and Macmillan. Email me to book a time slot…if you get enough people together I’ll give you a bulk booking and reserve that hour just for you and your group:
The quiz on Friday 23rd February was a bigger success than I could have hoped for. Thank you to everyone who either came along, made a bid on the auction, donated a prize. The final counting has been done and the event raised £713.82 which is just brilliant.
The UKMT Intermediate challenge took place on the 1st February for years 9, 10 and 11. 23 pupils were awarded gold, 33 pupils awarded silver and 27 awarded bronze. 21 pupils were invited to participate in the follow on rounds which take place the 15th of March. Well done to all those who participated.
On Monday February 26th we hosted the regional final of the ESU performing Shakespeare competition in which 20 students from schools across the region performed monologues and dualogues from Shakespeare to win a place in the National Finals in London. We had four participants and Caitlin H in year 9 successfully won one of two places and will now be performing her monologue from King Lear again at the final in a West End theatre on 20th March.
Congratulations to her if you see her – she was outstanding!
The quiz is looming. Tonight 7pm.
New items have been added to the auction list (see below). Bidding is already open, get your offers in now!!!
Bring loose change for Play your cards right (50p a go), Champagne Pitch and Toss (winner is the person who gets their coin closest to the champagne – any coinage welcome on that one) and the raffle (50p a ticket or a strip for £2, numerous bottles of wine, beer, sweets, cakes and flowers available as prizes).
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Auction items confirmed:
£20 Nail voucher from a local mobile Nail technician. Highest bid so far: £12
Pamper day with Serene Skin and Beauty – chocs, prosecco, massage and luxury facial (usually would be £120).
Two chiropractor sessions (introductory and follow up) with local chiro Carrie Phillips (usually would be £110).
Two personal trainer sessions with Chris Bone – PT at Pure Gym Altrincham. (£40/sessions.)
Two personal trainer sessions with Rachel Gravel – PT at Pure Gym Altrincham and TBT Sale. (£40/session.)
One personal trainer session with Chris Jones – PT at Pure Gym Altrincham (also has access to own studio). (£45/session.)
(Pure Gym Altrincham have agreed to provide 1 month free membership to go alongside the PT sessions so that people who aren’t members of the gym can still bid on them.)
60 minute massage at Marix Therapy – Timperley (usually would be £60).
3 months karate lessons at Altrincham Football Club – approx. cost £100. Highest bid so far: £25
8 yoga sessions with Amanda Riley at Inhale yoga (in Hale) – (usually would be £60).
Signed Shay Given autobiography – priceless (if you’re a ROI, Manchester City, Newcastle United or Aston Villa fan?!)
Half hour foot care treatment vouchers for Instep Footcare, Altrincham (opposite the markets) (usually would be £36).
Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold single malt Scotch whisky – retails at approx. (usually would be £40). Highest bid so far: £35
A half hour clay pigeon shooting lesson in Cloudside
Bidding will close tonight at 8pm. You can email a bid to email@example.com.