Blog w/c 27th June 2022
Am delighted to say that there is a lot to report on this week as the number of activities, both in and out of school, increases. It’s going to be a very busy few weeks until school finishes for the summer so keep an eye out for updates and photos of all of the exciting things our students have been involved with.
It was wonderful to finally be able to celebrate with Year 11s as they come to the end of their learning journey with us. It was the first time that we have been able to hold the Prom since 2019, and also, the first time at a new venue: the Crowne Plaza in Chester.
The scene was set, the room looked spectacular, and all of the final touches were in place ready for everyone’s arrival on 23rd June. As usual, all of our students made a huge effort and looked amazing.
It was great that, along with almost all of the Year 11s, a significant number of staff also attended the prom, which made for a fitting farewell party…. and a party it certainly was!
The evening was characterised by great food, lots of photographs, some amazing singing and dancing and wonderful memories.
Good Luck year 11!
Record of Achievement Celebration
Following the Prom, the final farewell to our Year 11s comes on the evening of the Record of Achievement celebration. At this event, parents and carers are invited, along with all of the teachers, to share in the successes of students over the five years they have spent with us.
As well as receiving their ROA folders, there is always a huge number of other awards for contribution to the school and the wider community, music, porting prowess and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, as well as recognition for attainment.
The evening always concludes with a montage of photos of students from all the way back when they joined us in year 7, which always gets a few laughs. Then, a masterpiece of cinematography, the staff video that is put together as a final goodbye for students: not for the faint-hearted! J
Goodbye and Good Luck!
Performing Arts Oscars Ceremony
The annual Performing Arts Awards Evening took place this term with every Year 11 Performing Arts student receiving an Oscar statue for their outstanding work and contribution to the Arts.
It was a pleasure to welcome parents, carers, staff and Governors to celebrate our students' success and to remember their workshops, rehearsals and performances with photographs and videos showcasing those precious moments. Our performers took turns in reading the nominations and nominees for each category before opening the gold envelopes to reveal the winners who made their way down the red carpet to accept their award and deliver their acceptance speeches.
It was heart-warming to hear the students share the ways in which Drama and the Performing Arts have supported them in developing many different skills, including confidence, self-esteem, resilience and respect. It was rumoured that Mrs Salisbury may have wiped a tear or two from her eye as the evening came to a close in true paparazzi style with photo opportunities on the red carpet at the foot of the Oscar staircase, as she delivered her parting words to our dazzling artistes: "It has been a pleasure and an honour to have shared your Performing Arts journey with you. Each and every one of you is a star. Now go out there and shine!"
Year 10 Virtual Work Experience
Year 10 had a great time at Chester University from Monday27th to Wednesday 29th June for their virtual work experience. They were split into five rooms with five employers and a variety of tasks to manage, research and then present. Well done to all.
Students in Mrs Cockburn’s room, Group 4, triumphed and were hired to build a Visitors’ Centre opposite Chester railway station. They were awarded the contract based on their excellent design, evidence based research of costs and utilities, and, overall, they nailed it in their fabulous presentation. Well done Zak, Max, Matthew and Luke S.
Mrs Owens’ Year 8 class participated in an online zoom with hundreds of other schools for National Refugee Week. There was a lot of content about Ukraine and what it is like to be a refugee.
Students were able to type questions into the chat. They completed the lesson with reading excerpts from Tom Palmer's previous book based on the stories of the Windermere Children who were Jewish refugees in World War II and moved to the Lake District.
The whole experience was very moving and Year 8 illustrated how mature they were with a series of sensible and thought provoking questions.
Follow the links below for further information andto hear a recording of the event.
Girls Euros Football Fun Day
On Tuesday 21st June at Cheshire FA, Moss Farm, Hartford, we held a Girls Football Festival Fun Day. As part of the Girls Football Programme, girls from primary schools across Cheshire and Warrington attended the event. Sports leaders from Blacon High (Year 7 girls) have been working with Mrs Smedley to improve their leadership skills and to help encourage more girls to be active within school. The leaders had a great day helping the primary school girls with fun football activities and they even met former England player Sue Smith.
Seven Sports Leaders from Blacon High School supported the event. Well done!
As promised in last week’s blog, here are a few images of some students form our partner primary schools who will be joining us in September, taking part in our series of masterclasses.
They were an absolute pleasure to have and the masterclasses are just one more strand that contributes to our extended transition process.
T hanks you and well done to everyone who is attending each Monday evening.
I told you we’d been busy!
Seriously, we are more than delighted with the range of activities that the school continues to offer in order to enhance the student experience. Also, we are always looking to extend our extra-curricular offer and hope to encourage every single student to take part in at least one additional club, sport or society.
Look out for next week’s blog, which will be just as full.