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  • Apprenticeship in Pharmacy Services Level 2

    Published 13/02/24

    There are two opportunities for an Apprenticeship in Pharmacy Services Level 2. One is based at the Blacon branch and one at the Kingsway branch. The start date is May/ June 2024 but this could be later if a current Year 11 student is interested in this.

    The Apprenticeship is an excellent start to a recognised career path with opportunity to progress to Level 3 and 4 Technician status and the membership of a professional body. 

    The qualification is recognised across the NHS and is transferable to the hospital setting. 

    We are looking for a driven student with a pleasant and outgoing personality, hard working with good communication skills and who will be able to cope in a busy environment.  We require GCSE passes at grade 5 or above in English and Maths. 

    It is ideal for someone who is perhaps looking for an alternative to University or College and wants to build a career. 

    If individuals are interested, they could come into the pharmacy for a taster session or if students are currently in year 11 they can speak to Miss Thomas / Mr Hughes about this position.

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  • Blog February 2024

    Published 12/02/24

    Blog – February

     

    Hi All,

    Wow. Where does the time go? Another busy few weeks in school with lots going on. What I share is only a flavour of the massive amount of great work and extra-curricular activities that happen here every day. I hope you enjoy…

     

    Chinese New Year Celebration

     

    On Friday 9th February we were lucky enough to have one of our colleagues from the University of Chester in school who led some sessions on Chinese culture and led our Chinese New Year event.

    There was a host of activities taking place all over school including: Chinese calligraphy; a focus on the Year of the Dragon; making decorations, Chinese cuisine in Food Science; a performance on the meaning of the Chinese zodiac and painting dragons in Art. Meanwhile, in the Diner, Kelly created a Chinese menu and there were also fortune cookies that contain our luck for the next year; they are never wrong apparently.

    It was a really popular day with all of our students and we hope to have started an annual event. Thank you to all of the teachers and staff in MFL, Food Science, RE, Drama and Art for facilitating the fantastic array of cultural work across the school during the day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    CCF

    Some of our CCF students recently spent the weekend at Fox Barracks in Chester.

     

     

    Cadets participated in ‘skill at arms’ lessons and, under very close supervision, learned how to use the L98A2 rifle. They also received training in First Aid and also honed their survival skills by learning how to cook in the field; they also enjoyed some well-earned downtime during the evening.

     

     Well done everyone.

     

     

    National Storytelling Week

     

     

    Please see some fantastic work produced by Avamay Johnstone in Year 8 for National Storytelling week and is brilliant. Well done Avamay.

     

     

    Kenya Expedition

     

    As some of you will know, Blacon High School is working in partnership with ‘Camps International’ who are offering the amazing opportunity of joining an expedition to Kenya in 2025. Students are encouraged to fund their own trips and representatives from Camps International are on hand to help those who are interested with fundraising ideas.

    At the moment, there are a small group of students who have signed up. Let’s wish them well on their fundraising journey to enable them to take part in what will, undoubtedly, be the trip of a lifetime.

     

    Geography

    With the exam season on the not-too-distant horizon, the Geography team have managed to source some, very welcome, extra support for their students over the last few weeks in the shape of revision packs. In the packs there are revision materials, stationery, and a few goodies to keep them going over the next few months; I’m sure that they are appreciated.

    As always, if there is anything that you feel the school can do to support students in the run up to their GCSEs, please contact school.

     

     

    And finally…

    Please remember that we are looking forward to meeting the parents of our Year 10 students on Thursday 15th February for Progress Evening; make sure that you book your appointments online.

    And, as the half term draws to a close and, at last, there’s a hint of sunshine breaking through the grey, can I thank you all for your ongoing support over the last few weeks.

    Have a great half term and we look forward to welcoming everyone back into school on Monday 26th February.

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  • Year 11 Leavers Hoodies

    Published 29/01/24
    Can we remind Y11 pupils who wish to buy a leavers hoodie, do so by the 11th Feb 24. We cannot take any orders after this date. Click the link below and enter the school ID code: 
     
    ID: 24868YR11
     
    From there you will be able to select your colour and make your purchase.
     
     
    Please note: The names you see on the website are just examples. These won't be the names featured on the hoodie you purchase.
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  • Camps International - Kenya expedition

    Published 24/01/24

    Dear Parent/Carer,


    We are delighted to be working with Camps International, offering our students the opportunity to join us on a 4 Week expedition to Kenya in July*, 2025.


    Come along to our informal presentation evening where you can learn more and ask questions about this exciting opportunity. We expect the presentation to last around 45 minutes.
    Date & Time: Wednesday, 24 January - 18:30
    Location: Main Hall


    To ensure you receive an information pack, please confirm your attendance online via this link.
    https://register.campsinternational.com
    Your School Code is 9016


    Who are Camps International?
    Camps International are award winning global leaders in ethical and sustainable school expeditions. They offer fully supported school expeditions, to industry leading safety standards, across Africa, Asia and Latin America, providing an authentic cultural experience for every travelling student.


    Where will they be going and what will they be doing?
    Embark on an adventure with real impact on one of East Africa’s most amazing destinations. Live and work alongside local people and get involved in a range of sustainable projects, from community development to environmental conservation.


    Experience the warm and welcoming culture that Kenya is famous for on this immersive expedition. Spend your days working on sustainable projects with local people, helping to support the local community, wildlife and environment. Get to know the inspiring Mamas of the local village who will teach you traditional skills, meet the world-famous Maasai Tribe and experience the magic of a safari at Tsavo East National Park – one of Africa’s top wildlife destinations.

    What will they get out of the experience?
    This fully supported expedition will provide our students with a unique opportunity to live alongside rural communities, broadening their perspective on the world. It will allow students to push boundaries and step outside of their comfort zone, embarking on a personal development journey. It will enable them to reach and exceed their academic and personal potential, develop valuable life skills and gain key extra-curricular experience highly regarded by universities and employers.


    How much does it cost and how will we pay for the expedition?
    This all-inclusive expedition costs £4330 and can be paid via scheduled payment plans. Payment plans facilitate both fundraising activities and financial management. All students are encouraged to fundraise the cost, teaching them important life skills such as money management, problem solving and event planning. If fundraising is new to you, then don’t worry, the Camps International
    crew will support you and our students every step of the way.


    We look forward to seeing you and your family at the presentation. Can't make it? Register anyway and we will send you more information.

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  • Blog JANUARY 2024

    Published 23/01/24

    Hi All and Happy New Year,

    It’s great to learn that our students all seem to have had a fantastic Christmas and we are delighted to sat they have returned to school full of energy.

    I always love the Spring term as it feels like everything is ‘on the  up,’ especially as the cold and dark nights start to fade away and it gets lighter, for longer, at both ends of the day; the daffodils will be out before you know it!

     

    British Council Intermediate International Award

    I reported that the school had been awarded the British Council Intermediate International School Award earlier in the school year and, on 15th January, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Palace of Westminster in London to be awarded with the certificate on behalf of the school. Here I am receiving the certificate from the Deputy CEO of the British Council.

    The award acknowledges all of the fantastic international initiatives that we ran at Blacon High School during the 2022\23 school year. We were involved in a variety of activities such as our annual exchange programme to Bulgaria for students in Year 10, fielding a team of talented sports boys and girls to represent the UK at the International Youth Games in Senigallia, Italy, and also, taking over thirty students on a Spanish language and cultural trip to Barcelona. In addition, during the year we hosted three large groups of foreign students, two from Spain and one from Italy who were taking part in language immersion trips. Also, we had a foreign language theatre group in school on two separate occasions who performed plays that were delivered entirely in French and Spanish to Key Stage 3 and GCSE Language students. This is just a flavour of some of the initiatives at Blacon High School that have an international focus.

    This year, we are hoping to achieve full British Council International Accreditation, which is the highest level of the award. We have already had a number of events in school such as a range of activities and menus to celebrate European Languages Day. Our next event is on 9th February when we will be celebrating the Chinese New Year. We have a representative from the University of Chester who will be leading sessions in Chinese calligraphy and sharing the significance of the Year of the Dragon. Meanwhile, the event will be supported by a host of other ‘fun’ activities in Drama, Art and Food Technology. Lunch in the Diner will offer a range of Chinese-themed dishes.

     

     

    ESFA National Small Schools Cup

    Why fitness when you play football?

    Our Year 10 boys team played the fantastically talented Moorfield School at home this week in a last sixteen, ‘EFSA National Small Schools Cup’ tie.

    It was a tightly fought game with superb goals by Denis Kostadinov and Lucas Chao, both in the first half. The Blacon lads defended brilliantly in the second half and went on to win the match 2-1.

    The win earns Blacon High School a place in the quarter finals and we are still waiting to find out who our opponents will be.

    Historically, Blacon High School has done really well battling their way into the later stages of this competition on several occasions, and we look forward to cheering the team on in their quarter final match.

    Congratulations to Mr Sabri and the Year 10 team.

     

    Chester Schools Together Rowing

    In collaboration with the Chester Schools Together partnership, a group of ten students from Year 8 have begun rowing at the King’s School Rowing Club.

    Students are really enjoying mastering the fundamentals of rowing in the gym, and developing the basic skills and technique they will need to shape their rowing careers. They are excited to be rowing on the River Dee next week as they work towards the Warrington Indoor Championships, which will be held on Wednesday 24th January where they will race both individually and in team relays.

    Watch this space to see how they get on.

     

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