Blog- w/c 19th April 2022
It is always great to welcome everyone back to school after a holiday and I hope that you all were able to enjoy some family time during the Easter break. The start of each new term offers a host of fresh opportunities for our students and, as the days get longer and the sun starts to shine, we all start to feel a little more positive.
Students returned to school this week looking really smart and ready to learn, so a massive thank you to parents and carers for fully supporting the school’s uniform policy.
Of course, this is the last full half term for our Year 11s whose journey at Blacon High School is almost over. They will be the first students to face GCSE exams since 2019. It is a daunting prospect for all of us, but students have been well prepared and the examination boards have reduced the amount of content coverage in some subject areas to compensate for the impact of Covid 19 and lost learning time. We are all confident that, providing students are revising at home, they will be rewarded appropriately, and we look forward to celebrating some excellent outcomes when results are published later in the year.
I cannot stress enough that students need to be supporting the work they do in school with independent study; this really is the key to success.
Years 9 and 10 Performing Arts students have been exploring Classical Theatre by being immersed in Process Drama activities in the Studio where they were invited to the grand reopening of the Boar's Head Tavern in Elizabethan England. Students were handed scrolls, which randomly placed them in either a noble or poor status. Members of the nobility were welcomed with wine and cake and had chairs to sit on whereas the poor citizens were offered ale and bread and had to sit on the floor. The guests were offered scrolls on which an exciting story was written, but the poor people were unable to understand what was written as they had not been taught to read or write. Therefore, the nobility, who could all read, mimed and narrated the story to them. The students were then escorted to the nearby theatre where they took their seats (if they were of the nobility), or stood in front of the stage as Groundlings (if they were poor). A famous and well-respected Elizabethan actor performed one of Shakespeare's famous soliloquys as Hamlet. He was greeted with some applause, but also pelted with dirt and rotten vegetables. Students were also engaged in choreographing one of the dances enjoyed by the Elizabethan nobility.
Sounds like great fun was had by all.
Each half term we celebrate achievement across all areas and students are rewarded for their attitude to learning, progress, attainment and overall commitment to Blacon High School at Key Stage Rewards Assemblies. Awards include: Subject recognition, Tutor recognition, Pastoral Leader Award, CORE Values Awards, Student Recognition Award, SSA Milestone Awards and the top 5 SSA Averages Awards.
Below is a selection of images from the Rewards Assemblies for all years (7-11) from the last week of the Spring term.
Additionally, congratulations to Elsie, who was one of the top 25 students with the best SSA average for the second half of the Spring term. She was awarded a ‘What’s in the Box?’ prize, which was a pair of Apple 3rd Generation Air Pods. Well done Elsie and very well deserved.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
The Food Technology team hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning and raffle, which was a huge success and raised £210. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes and cakes; the funds are all going to a very important cause.
The amazing Molly Burns in Year 8 put her Food Technology skills to good use and made cupcakes over the holiday to sell and raise money for Ukraine Aid. Not only is that a great achievement but how fantastic do those cakes look? Molly raised £124 and the cakes were delicious.
Brilliant job Molly and well done!
As the summer term gets under way, we have a lot to look forward to.
Our Year 11s face some really hard work in the next few weeks in the run up to their GCSE exams, but then, along with parents and carers, we will have the opportunity to celebrate with them at one of the nicest events in the school calendar: their ROA evening. Also, we mustn’t forget that they will be enjoying the first Year 11 Prom since 2019, and I know there is already a lot of excitement around the early preparations for the event.
We love welcoming parents and carers into school and there are further Rewards Assemblies and Coffee Mornings for each year group planned; keep an eye on the school website and social media for calendar dates.
Additionally, the summer term always sees a greater number of opportunities for learning outside the classroom and there is an enhanced number of sporting fixtures and school trips to look forward to.
Our thanks, as always, goes to parents and carers for their ongoing support.