Blog #4 – wc 11/10/2021
Well, I’m pleased to say it’s been a very busy couple of weeks and we are still running as normal. We are following all of the current guidelines regarding our response to confirmed cases of Covid, and we wish a speedy recovery to anyone who is affected.
Fortunately, almost all young people who test positive have very mild or no symptoms so should continue to access learning via Google Classroom in order to minimise any disruption to learning. Please contact school if you need any help accessing remote learning.
Peer Mentoring Programme
Our peer mentoring programme is up and running with members of the Student Leadership Team in Year 11 supporting core subject knowledge with students from lower down the school. This is a fantastic strategy that is building confidence and leadership skills for everyone involved.
Well done, thank you, and keep up the good work.
Year 7 Coffee Morning Success
We were delighted to host parents and carers of our new Year 7 students on Monday 11th October for the first of our Coffee Mornings; we will be hosting one for each year group in the coming weeks.
Those who joined us were welcomed by Mrs Hudson, Headteacher, and after a short presentation, enjoyed a chat with key staff about how their child has settled in to the school over a hot drink, a toasted bagel and a muffin.
Success is all about maintaining open communication between students, parents and carers, and staff. Effective dialogue ensures that we get the opportunity to celebrate successes, and also resolve any small issues as they arise, before they become bigger problems.
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who were able to join us, and also for your very positive feedback.
On Monday, our girls football team stormed through to the 2nd round in the U16 Cheshire Cup. The team won 4-2 against an extremely talented Whitby side. We are very proud of the girls’ achievement and it is some payback for all of their recent hard work after two years off the field. As always, our students jumped straight back into competition and were amazing. Goals came from Polly Wild-McGregor, Tia Lockley and there were 2 from Faith Challinor. In a few weeks, the girls will face Neston in the next round.
Young People’s Mental Health
This week there has been a national focus on mental health awareness.
Miss Garner has been having conversations with all of her groups on this topic and wants to share the following links which offer hints and tips to support young people with their mental health and well-being.
Blacon Social Events
On the Menu in the Food Department this week…
*Y7 have been using their ‘rubbing in method’ skills to create Savoury Scones
*Y8 have been using safe and effective knife skills to create an Italian classic Bolognese.
*Y9,10 and 11 have been demonstrating the process of ‘Gelatinisation’ which is the process used to thicken sauces. They’ve also learned the technique to make Rough Puff Pastry which is an advanced skill on the GCSE specification. They have also been using playdough to model the chemical structure of Carbohydrates, and how this affects the way they provide energy to the body.
Food lessons from 14th October will be on round 2 of practical sessions and we will be making Pizza. Why not have a go at home?
As another busy week draws to a close, and with half term on the horizon, I think we all need to be grateful that we have got through the first few weeks of the year without too much interruption. There has been a lot to celebrate already this year, and it is our close-knit community, the very positive relationships between parents and carers, staff and students at Blacon High School that underpins this success.
Have a great weekend.