Well we got there…..just.
What a way to finish the year. It was really unfortunate that Years 7, 8 and 9 had to end the term early but with the rapid increase in numbers of both students and staff who had tested positive for Covid on PCR, it was impossible to manage. We are really sorry for those students who missed out on the fun and festivities that usually happen in the run up to Christmas, not to mention Christmas Lunch; we will make it up to them next term.
Christmas Lunch/Missmas Lunch
On Wednesday 15th December, Kelly and her team treated everyone who was in school to a fantastic feast fit for Christmas. To those of you who were at home, you won’t miss out. We are planning a ‘Missmas Lunch’ complete with Christmas decorations, Christmas songs, roast turkey and all the trimmings in January; make sure you leave some room!
Our Year 10 and Year 11 students are preparing for their performances at the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, where they will present Macbeth (Year 10) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Year 11) at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton on 15th February 2022.
Ticket details will be available in January. So far, parents will be able to watch the performances at the theatre, but we will keep you informed if this situation changes in response to Covid.
Humanities Faculty gains access to fantastic free resource as a ‘thank you’
If you use the log in and password below, parents and students can access Britannica Encyclopaedia online for free. Students will then be able to search for articles on anything, and increase or decrease the reading difficulty depending on their reading age. This could be used for homework or to support independent research.
Students will have access to this resource until August 2022.
Mrs Owen earned this in thanks for helping an ‘ed tech’ company with some research and product trials. Brilliant!!!
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English theatre trip
Year 10 students watched a fantastic rendition of A Christmas Carol at Chester Cathedral. Students thoroughly enjoyed the performance and Mrs Gibson-Tipping congratulated them on their excellent behaviour saying that they were a pleasure to take out of school.
Well done everyone!
Food Glorious Food
In Y8, students have been learning about Bacterial Growth, focusing on how it grows and the conditions it needs to grow most effectively. Students modelled 'binary fission', which describes the way in which bacteria grows and multiplies, dividing itself in to two, and creating duplicate copies of itself. Next half term, we are continuing to use our scientific brains and will be focusing on 'Food Science' and how certain processes can make food have certain characteristics.
In KS4, Y9 have taken part in a cookery challenge. They were given 2 eggs, and 2 slices of white bread. They had to create a dish incorporating these key ingredients, adding other components if they wished. Pupils had 50 mins to prepare, cook and present their dish and an independent judge, Mr Hughes, decided upon a winner, based on the creativity and overall quality of the dish.
The standard was SO high, but the overall winner was Georgie Keirl! Well Done!
In Y10 we have been looking at the functions of fat-soluble vitamins and also looking at how we can transfer information from our working memory to our long-term memory. We have been learning new content, but transferring this information in to diagrams and symbols that relate to each of the vitamins. It has proved to be really successful, and the pupils have been able to demonstrate that they have retained some key information that they will require for their examination later on in the GCSE course.
As we say ‘Goodbye and Merry Christmas’ to our students today, it is with a huge amount of pride that we have managed to get to the end of a very challenging term, and remain relatively unscathed. In these unusual times, I hope that our blog has focused on the many positives that we experience every day at Blacon High School and the many reasons that the young people of this community give us to celebrate.
As we close the doors on the school and on 2021, we would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and offer our best wishes for 2022.
Above all, ‘Stay Safe’ and we look forward to seeing everyone return in January at the start of the exciting next chapter.