Blog w/c 4th July 2022
What a brilliant, busy week we’ve just had that was jam packed with lots of activities. Here goes……..
Blacon’s Got Talent
On the evening of 29th June, the Year 10 BTEC Music class organised a Talent Show and invited representatives from the BEV primary schools to perform. Students from Dee Point, JH Godwin, The Arches and Blacon High School entered the competition to showcase their talent. Headteacher, Mrs Hudson, adjudicated and the popular winner was Erina from JH Godin who sang a beautiful Traditional Ukrainian Folk Song. She won an Acoustic Guitar and an Amazon voucher. The second half of the evening was a soiree where the musicians and singers from Blacon High School put on an additional performance to entertain the audience.
Thank you and well done to everyone who entered Blacon’s Got Talent, thanks to the audience, and thanks also to those who helped out and supported another fantastic event.
Every year, the staff at Blacon High School spend as much time as possible ensuring that, when students from the BEV primary schools join us in Year 7, they are moving into a familiar environment where they feel comfortable and welcome.
Some of the most popular events in the school calendar are our ‘WOW’ days, when Year 5 students from all of our primary partners join us for a very full morning. There is always a fantastic atmosphere as students get involved in a range of activities from Product Design, to ‘scary’ Science, and they even challenged themselves by scaling the Climbing Wall.
Lots of great memories and some of Kelly’s tasty food in the diner to finish the day.
Is that a genie I hear you ask?
No, it’s just our resident ‘mad’ scientist Mr Evans.
Seriously, Mr Evans is a fully trained professional so DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!
BEV Sports Day
On Friday 1st July, staff and students supported the annual BEV Primary Schools Sports Day event, which is held at the Queensway stadium in Wrexham. It was fantastic to see this event back on the calendar following Covid, which meant that face-to face activities were off the agenda.
JH Godwin, Highfield, The Arches and St Theresa’s took part this year, with approximately 500 students competing in traditional and non-traditional track events, field events and a ‘highland games style’ tug of war. JH Godwin were the year group winners in Years 3 and 4, while Highfield were year group winners in Years 5 and 6.
After totalling up all the points up at the end of a busy day of sport, Highfield came out winners for a record seventh time, with JH Godwin finishing in second place. What a great day!
International Youth Games July 2022 in Lorrach
Local Councillor Razia Daniels joined Head of PE, Mr Cairns, and Mrs Carr on a fantastic trip to the International Youth Games in Germany.
Blacon High School students represented Chester for the fourth time in the International Youth Games hosted by Lorrach. Mixed teams of boys and girls from Lorrach (Germany), Sens (France) and Senigallia (Italy), together with students from Blacon High School, competing for Chester, descended on Lorrach, Germany and took part in three days of sporting and cultural exchanges. The students from Years 8 and 9 were selected by the PE department to represent the school at the International Youth Games because of their attainment and behaviour in PE, their commitment to extra-curricular sport along with their PE attainment and positive attitude and team working skills.
Students were divided into mixed teams so that they could interact with other nationalities, and spent the first evening in a bonding session of discussion and team building activities. Lennon Smith and Francesca Dee-McQullian delivered a presentation about Blacon High School, facts about Chester and the values of sport.
The games were officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Lorrach - Monika Neuhofer-Avdic, and we engaged in some team-sport ice breakers. Showing great team spirit, students then engaged in several alternative sporting activities including, Swimming Survival, Frisbee Golf, Graffiti, Pump Track, Cross Fit, Climbing, Pitch a Tent and Orienteering. The students spent one afternoon at a local riding stables, competing in team challenges such as riding an electric horse, a stable run and walking a horse around cones.
Students experienced a little of the German culture with a city tour of Lorrach, saw the summer musical festival, stopped at Chester Square and thoroughly enjoyed their experience of Germany, making new friends and memories for life. We stayed at the Black Forest Hostel, enjoyed the local food and spent free time at the outdoor water sports centre, which the students loved. We visited three countries, flew to Mullhouse-Basel airport in France, and drove through Switzerland to reach southern Germany in glorious weather.
This fantastic opportunity allowed us to develop the sporting talent that we have within Years 8 and 9, and allowed them to play sport with students from different countries and cultures in a very different environment and at professional facilities. Students played recreational football, badminton, table tennis and basketball, which contributed to generating strong relationships and developing social skills. We enjoyed the lifestyle and culture of Lorrach; it was a fantastic school trip!
Sports Awards Evening
The Chester School Sport Partnership Sports Awards evening was held at Blacon High School on Thursday 30th June. Paralympic gold medal cyclist Megan Giglia was at the event and gave an inspirational presentation and speech about her journey to becoming a Paralympian. It was a remarkable story of a very determined and talented lady. Check out her story here:
Blacon High School received recognition in two award categories. They came in second place for the Year 8 Boys Football Sports Team of the Year, and Jenny Beyer received a certificate recognising her work in promoting physical fitness and wellbeing.
Many of our partner primary schools received awards on the evening and we are all very proud of the talent in Blacon.
Girls Football Partnership Euros Fun Day
On Tuesday 21st June the Girls Football Partnerships Euros Football Fun Day was held at Moss Farm in Hartford. Several primary schools from Chester attended where the girls took part in fun activities such as football skills, an inflatable target, human table football, mini whistlers training and even face painting. Former England footballer Sue Smith was there at the event and took the time to have photographs and chat to the girls.
We had seven leaders from Blacon High School helping at the event, and it was wonderful to see them coaching the younger girls and being excellent role models. It was a fantastic event on a sunny day with all the girls having lots of fun.
Festival for the Future
During July, each of the borough’s four museums – Grosvenor Museum, Stretton Watermill, Lion Salt Works Museum and Weaver Hall Museum - will host a touring ‘eco’ exhibition designed by West Cheshire Museums. Featuring historic items from its collection, the exhibition will tell a compelling eco story, showing how people in the past led very sustainable lives. Virtual reality technology will show what the future might look like if humanity continues its disposable ‘one-use’ lifestyle.
Each venue will feature ‘Earth Giants’ created by students from Cheshire College in conjunction with Chester artist, Russell Kirk. The aim is to show that big issues, like climate change, requires ‘Big Thinking’.
A full programme of activities taking place as part of the festival can be found by following the link:
I told you we’d been busy….
With the summer holidays drawing ever nearer, please ensure that your children continue to attend school. We believe that all of the extra-curricular events and activities that we run are just as important as individual subject lessons in the classroom, and we continue to be committed to exposing our students to as many experiences as possible to help them develop into independent and confident members of society.
Please note, because of the very warm weather we are expecting w/c 11th July, students are permitted to come to school without a blazer or jumper. At this stage, they should still wear a shirt and tie.
Have a great weekend.