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  • Blog October 2023

    Published 13/11/23

    Hi,

    Well what a busy few weeks it’s been. It’s hard to find the time to keep up with everything. We are already well into the second half term and, with Christmas looming, we also need to remember that mock exams are also on the horizon.

    Apart from that, there is, as always, a lot to share and celebrate so here goes…

     

    Remembrance Assembly

     

     

    On such an important occasion, Blacon High School joined schools across the nation in paying respect to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight to ensure freedom and democracy for all of us.

    We held a very moving assembly with readings and poems delivered by members of the Student Leadership Team and members of the Student Parliament. ‘The Last Post’ was played by a representative of the Cheshire Wind Band before the school observed two minutes silence at 11.00am.

    The assembly was live-streamed to all classrooms; a fitting and solemn tribute to all who have served.

    Link to Remembrance Assembly: https://youtube.com/live/GaYwHXaBOvw

    Lest we forget!

     

     

    Whole School Celebration Evening – 9th November 2023

     

     

    This is always one of the loveliest events in the school calendar and this year was no exception.

    The Hall was filled to the rafters with parents, carers and family members, who were joined by staff, Governors and, our Guest of Honour for the evening, Sheila Little – the Lord Mayor of Chester.

    As always, lots of students across all year groups were rewarded for their efforts during the academic year 2022-23. At Blacon High School, we are acutely aware that success looks very different for some students, so awards also acknowledge effort and contribution in addition to those who achieve the highest grades.

    The event culminates with the main awards of the evening, which are presented to Year 11s whose journey with Blacon High School came to a close when they left us after their GCSEs in July.

     

    This year’s winners were:

    Outstanding Contribution to School Award – Isobel Giles

    Headteacher’s Award – Josh Graham

    Blacon Spitrit Award – Lillie Shannon

    Governors’ Award – Elsie Byrne

    The Lilian Young Award – Summer Quinn

    Summer is one of several Blacon High School students who have been successful in securing fully-funded bursary places at some of the country’s top independent schools in recent years. Summer, who is now studying for her A’ levels at Gordonstoun, which is one of the most prestigious schools in the world, sent a video message to share on the evening, thanking the school for the award and relating some of her experience at Gordonstoun so far. Well done Summer.

     

     

    A huge thanks from us goes to everyone who attended the event and helped to make the evening a real ‘celebration,’ and massive congratulations, of course, goes to all of our prize-winners for the academic year of 2022-23.

     

    MP Sam Dixon visits Blacon High School – 3rd November 2023

    Sam Dixon MBE is a Labour MP who serves as Member of Parliament for the City of Chester. Before she was an MP, between 2015 and 2019, Sam Dixon was the leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council

    During her visit, Sam met with Harvey Hunt and Annie-Mae Barlow, members of the Student Leadership Team, staff and governors. She was also introduced to staff from our twinned school, the Vasil Levsky High School in Karlovo, Bulgaria, who were here on the English leg of the ever popular student exchange programme that we run from Blacon High School each year.

    After a tour of the school, Sam chatted too Hayden and Billy, two members of our Student Parliament from Year 9, who shared what life at Blacon High School is really like, along with their aspirations for the future.

    On her tour of the school, Sam visited many classrooms across a range of subject areas and was very impressed with the level of learning she witnessed and the calm atmosphere.

    I’m certain that Sam Dixon will be an advocate for our school. We look forward to developing an ongoing relationship with her, and welcoming her back into school in the coming months and years.

    Maths Information Evening

     

     

    Head of Maths, Mr Slade, along with the whole Maths team, was delighted with attendance at the Maths Information Evening for Year 11 at the end of October, which was a huge success. There was a great turn out from parents, carers and students. Members of the Maths team delivered a workshop for parents and carers, and offered strategies to support their children to revise effectively at home. Those who joined us on the evening were also able to purchase revision materials. 

    I’m sure that the early start with revision will support some excellent outcomes in the GCSEs.

    Mr Slade forgot to take any photos of the event so offered one of himself instead; I’ll leave it to you to judge J

    Army Engagement Team Visit

    Here are some images from the day the Army Engagement Team visited our CCF (Combined Cadet Force) at Blacon High School earlier in the term. They brought a range of their equipment on to the school site for cadets to get their hands on. They also gave a talk about the pros and cons of opting for a career in the military.

     

    Well done and congratulations to all those who take part in our fantastic CCF; being a cadet offers amazing opportunities throughout the year.

    If anyone is interested in joining the Combined Cadet Force at Blacon High School, please contact Mr Jones via the school admin’ office.

     

    And finally…

    This is, as always, only a small snapshot of the huge list of events, trips and reasons for celebration that we enjoy as part of the Blacon High School community.

    This week saw the return leg of the student exchange programme when our friends and colleagues from the Vasil Levsky High School in Karlovo joined us for a fun-packed, six-day itinerary. Also, we hosted a Swedish drama group who worked closely with students in their Drama lessons. I will share details and photos of both in our next blog.

    Take care and have a restful weekend.

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  • Remembrance Day 2023

    Published 10/11/23

    We come together on this day, 11th November, each year, to remember all those who served their country in wars both past and present. 

    We remember all those who gave their lives in World Wars I and II, those who made the ultimate sacrifice to allow us the freedoms we enjoy today. We remember those who have served in more recent conflicts such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, and those in the currents conflict in Ukraine and Gaza, along with all those who have been affected by war.  

    We take time today out of our busy lives to mark this day, when at 11.00am on the 11th November, 1918, 105 years ago, the guns fell silent on the Western Front after four years of continuous warfare. We called the First World War, the Great War, the war to end all wars. Unfortunately, history tells us that the lessons of the First World War have not been learned.

    Today, we remember all those who continue to give their lives in the fight for freedom and democracy, and we will do the same each year, joining millions of people around the world, to remember.

    Link to Remembrance Assembly: https://youtube.com/live/GaYwHXaBOvw

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  • Bus Services

    Published 20/10/23

    We have been informed that Arriva have suspended all bus services due to the weather.

    The bus to Saughall – 15A will now only go as far as Mayfield Road.

    Please can we ask parents and carers to make other arrangements to get children home safely.

    We have sent a message to students telling them to go to the hall if they are affected by this and are unsure of how to get home. Please contact the school reception if you have any queries.  Reception will remain open later tonight until 4pm.

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  • Blog September 2023

    Published 13/10/23

    Dear All,

    Welcome to a, somewhat delayed, blog; where on earth does the time go? There are so many fantastic things to celebrate so I will do my best to give you a flavour of some of the amazing activities and event that have been a feature of the first half term.

     

    Welcome

     

    Of course, we are delighted to have welcomed approximately 150 new Year 7s into school in September and are pleased to see, on a daily basis, just how well they are settling in and embracing the transition into secondary school.

    Already, we can see how established friendship groups continue to develop and grow alongside new relationships, as students find themselves moving around the school and mixing with a significantly larger groups of their peers.

    The Year 7 Progress Leader, Mrs Richards, said: I am delighted to be the Progress Leader for Year 7 and I am so happy to be one of an extended team of pastoral staff who will help to guide these young people through their journey at Blacon High School. They are already illustrating the values that we promote here as we aim to prepare every student for success.

    In addition to our new students, I’m sure you would all like to extend a typical, ‘Blacon High School’ welcome to those who have joined our dedicated team of staff, all of whom are working hard to develop the positive relationships in and around school that contribute so much to student success.

     

    Student Leadership Team

    Welcome to our Student Leadership Team for 2023/24.

    Firstly, thank you to all of you for applying to join the Student Leadership Team and for being willing to be ambassadors for the school and a voice for the student community.

    Our Head Students Charlie and Honey, Deputy Head Students Harvey and Annie Mae, along with the rest of the fantastic team of Year 11 students, have already contributed to several key initiatives and will continue to represent the school at various events during the year, as well as continue to be the most fantastic role-models for students lower down the school.

    Their next job is to oversee the elections for the Student Parliament, which is filled with representatives from Years 7 to 10. I hope that I will be able to share names of our Student Parliament Representatives next week.

     

    Open Evening

    On September 13th, we were delighted to welcome so many prospective new students who are hoping to join our school community in September 2024.

    We really appreciate the ongoing commitment of our staff, along with the huge number of students who give their time freely, so that we can offer you a real flavour of what your children can expect when they become a student here. As you will know, Blacon High School has been over-subscribed for the last five years so it is important that you make a conscious choice in order to secure a place for your child next year.

    Thank you also to all prospective parents and carers who attended the Open Evening and for the overwhelmingly positive feedback you left us. We promote open dialogue between the school and parents, we value your contributions, and we always respond to feedback.

    All the students who took part in the Open Evening were acknowledged by the headteacher, and were invited to a small ‘thank you’ event as a token of our appreciation (pictured above).

    British Council International School Award

     

    Did you know that we have students representing over twenty global cultures in our school community? This is fantastic and something we celebrate. And, as a result of our consistent focus on exploring and expanding our international portfolio, I am very pleased to share that Blacon High School was awarded the British Council International Award – intermediate Level; this is an amazing achievement.

    During 2022-23, the school had an enormous range of activities that focused our students on celebrating the richness and vibrancy of every culture. For example, our languages team hosted theatre groups who shared drama performances that were delivered entirely in French and Spanish, the two languages that we teach here.

    The long-standing relationship with our twinned school in Bulgaria continues to grow. In June, a group of Year 10s were able to take part in a student exchange programme with our friends in Karlovo, Bulgaria. This is the fourth time that we have been able to offer this opportunity. The students who took part have come back with the most amazing memories and they developed friendships that will last lifetime. We are very much looking forward to the English leg of the exchange, which is happening at the beginning of November.

    Meanwhile, the PE Department took a groups of our young sports people to the International Youth Games in Sens, France. Blacon High School has represented the UK at this event on a number of occasions and, this year, were overall winners. What a fantastic experience for all of those who were involved and, a massive ‘well done’ on your amazing achievement.

    Our third trip was to Barcelona, Spain. This visit offered students a superb to practice and develop their language skills, and also immerse themselves in Spanish culture.

    In addition to this, during the year Blacon High School hosted three groups of students from Italy and Spain. Each of these groups of international guests stayed with us for approximately three weeks and every individual was supported by one of our student ‘buddies’. This was a valuable opportunity for our students to develop new relationships, gain confidence and learn about another culture.

    Whilst we are obviously delighted to be awarded with the British Council International Award - Intermediate Level, this year, we are hoping to achieve ‘Accreditation Level’, which illustrates that we have established a programme of activities around international education and embedded learning across the school. Watch this space!!!

     

    European Day of Languages 2023

    European Day of Languages 2023 was on 26th September and, to celebrate, there were a range of activities in school. However, I think the most popular was the food that Kelly and the catering team prepared for lunch.

    The menu for the day included:

    Germany – Bradwurst sausage with sauerkraut in a sourdough roll

    Italy – Italian meatballs in tomato sauce with shavings of mozzarella and focaccia bread

    A vegetarian option was offered as a substitute for both of the above.

     

    Both dishes were received with ‘gusto’ by our students and we are looking at possible menus to offer at international themed days each half term.

    In addition, we also offered a variety of our ever-popular pasta dishes that we serve out of the Pod on a daily basis.

     

    ‘Aye Aye Captain!’

     

    Miss Beyer enjoyed a splashing (sorry I couldn’t resist that), a smashing time on the canal with a group of lucky Year 7 and 8 students. She said: ‘What a brilliant morning on a canal longboat! These lovely students from Year 7 and 8 were great company and an absolute pleasure to take on a trip.

     

     

     

    And finally…

    As we move through an exciting, eventful and ever-busy half term, we celebrate every success, great or small as we fully understand that ‘success’ looks different for everyone; we believe that ‘everyone’ can achieve.

    We wish you a restful weekend and look forward to welcoming you into school for a range of events in the coming weeks

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  • World Mental Health Day

    Published 10/10/23

    This week, students have been reminded about the support available both in school and online, to help with mental health.  The assembly includes links to key sources of support for students and encourages them to get talking as part of World Mental Health Day 2023.

    This World Mental Health Day, 10th October 2023, ITV’s Britain Get Talking and YoungMinds’ #HelloYellow are collaborating to help children across the country open up. Together with teachers and a clinical psychologist, we’ve created a piece of homework like no other. A conversation starter for children to take home, designed to help them talk about the hardest subjects on their minds with their parents or trusted adults. Because sharing worries can help ease stress and reduce anxiety. 

     

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  • European Day of Languages

    Published 25/09/23

    European Day of Languages, 26th September 2023

    Dear Parent/Carer, Tomorrow, Tuesday 26th September is the annual European Day of Languages, and we are looking forward to celebrating this in school!

    There will be fun languages activities for all students to engage with during tutor time and we will be serving some tasty European dishes in the canteen, with a variety of lively multi-cultural music playing at lunchtime!

    Staff who speak other languages, or who have lived abroad, will be sharing their talents and experiences with our students on this day. If your child is lucky enough to have another language under their belt, please do encourage them to show it off in school too!

    This is a really great cultural opportunity for our students and your support is very much appreciated. If you are interested in getting involved further at home and would like some ideas or resources, the website linked below is a great source of fun material! Alternatively, please don't hesitate to contact school to speak with a member of the MFL Department.

    https://edl.ecml.at/

    Merci, graçias, dziekuje, grazie, danke!

    Mrs G Hassall

    Head of MFL Department

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  • Further message from the headteacher

    Published 12/09/23

    Dear parents and carers,

     

    Further to my communication on social media today, I would like to update you on the situation.  This morning, we alerted the Police to an email making threats to the school and some other schools within the local authority.  Cheshire Police have said that they believe this to be malicious and are currently investigating.

     

    As a result of this, we followed our critical incident procedures, implementing additional measures as a precaution to ensure all students and staff remain safe in school.  As you know, the site is secured each day as a matter of course.  Our local Police officers attended the school and also provided a presence at the end of the day to reassure everyone within the community.

     

    Cheshire Police have issued a statement as follows:

     

    At around 10.05am on Tuesday 12 September, police were made aware of an email which had been sent to a number of schools in Chester and Ellesmere Port which made threats to pupils and staff.

    An investigation has been launched and officers have been attending schools to provide reassurance.

    Detective Chief Inspector Justin Hancock said: “We would like to reassure parents that this is believed to be malicious and we are doing everything we can to locate the person responsible for these emails."

    I would like to reassure parents that school will remain open as usual.  We take safeguarding seriously as a school and have appropriate procedures in place to ensure the safety of students and staff on site.

    We ask that you contact the main reception if you need to come in to the building during the day, as the front entrance and gate will remain closed for the rest of the week, as a precautionary measure.

     

    We will speak to students in the morning to reassure them and will continue to provide any further updates as we receive them.

     

    Regards,

    Rachel Hudson

    Headteacher

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  • Message from the Headteacher

    Published 12/09/23

    Some parents may be aware of other schools in the area being in lockdown following a communication which is now being dealt with by the Police.  I would like to reassure you that Blacon High School is not currently in lockdown, however, we have taken precautions and put in place some additional measures to ensure that all students and staff remain safe in school.  I will update you with any further information as it becomes available.

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  • Year 11 exam results 2023

    Published 31/08/23
    Following a less than straightforward journey throughout their high school career, Blacon High School students are today celebrating their achievements they absolutely deserve. In recent articles, being named as ‘the unluckiest cohort of stu
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  • Blog #11

    Published 07/08/23

    Blacon High School Blog #11

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  • Blog #10

    Published 03/05/23
    Blog w\c 24\04\23   Hi All, Well, I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break. The summer term has started with the usual energy, albeit with the interruptions of the industrial action. Thankfully, the school is able to remain open to suppo
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  • Blog #9

    Published 20/03/23

    Blog w/e: 17/03/2023

     

    Hi All,

    Wow! Time seems to be flying past at a rate of knots as we hurtle towards Easter. We have been really busy in school as you can see below.

     

    Science Week

     

     

    As part of science week out year 9s have been making models of the National Grid out of recyclable materials. The winning group bagged themselves an Easter egg each. As you can see from the photos, there were some fantastic efforts.

    Well done to Cal Mackin, Lucas Edwards, Summer Challinor and Ella Marshall.

    Other activities saw Yr 8s making parachutes and launching them from the balcony on the third floor into the Diner below, not while people were eating of course, and tracking their flight paths.

     

     

    Girls Basketball opportunity

    If you’re interested in trying a new sport, or you already play basketball, please see the flyer below.

    This is a great opportunity to get involved in something new and a chance to make new friends. Sport is also a fantastic way, not only to learn new technical expertise and improve your fitness, it is also great for developing both team working and leadership skills.

    Students to the rescue

     

    It is my pleasure to introduce to you our new team of Librarians. Initially, they will be helping Mrs Williams in the Library each Thursday.

    The Library is used as a classroom all day, it hosts clubs, and it is also, of course, a place where you can go to read or to borrow books. With this much activity, it’s a full time job just trying to keep on top of everything. As such, the help that this team will provide is very welcome.

    Thanks in advance to: Ava May, Ben, Sofia, Bethany and Evelyn who have now all been issued with shiny, new Librarian badges.  It is a reflection of the outstanding character of our students when they offer much needed help.

     

    Student Parliament Meeting – 17/03/2023

     

     

    Friday saw the latest meeting of our Student Parliament.

    Students were working on two key questions:

    1. Follow-up response and feedback on the school day now that we are half way through the year
    2. The food offer in school: What you like? What you don’t like? Is there anything you’d like to add?

    The good news is that, following initial concerns about the shorter lunch break when the new school day was launched in September, this doesn’t seem to be an issue.

    Student voice was almost entirely positive:

    ‘I like the two lessons, then break, then two lessons until lunch’

    ‘I like that we only have one lesson after lunch’

    ‘Afternoon tutor session is put to good use, especially in year 11’

    ‘Break is at a good time’

    ‘It’s better that lessons are 60 minutes now rather than 65’

    The only negative was:

    ‘Tutor is too long in the middle of the day’

    In terms of the food offer, again, students were positive and said they liked:

    ‘Chip Friday, chicken curry, hot panini, good sized portions’

    In terms of what they want, students were very clear:

    ‘Salad bar, all day breakfast, fruit pots, bring back pizza,

    Students also wanted to make sure that the menu matches what is on offer if it has been changed.

    Thanks to all of the Student Parliament for their input and honesty. Their feedback is always shared and discussed and, where possible, we will react and inform them what actions we have taken based on their advice.

     

    Student-led advice for Year 9 Options

     

     

    Whilst most of our Year 9 students had already made their initial GCSE option choices, understandably, if there is a subject that you haven’t had any experience of, how do you decide whether you want to take it for GCSE?

    Fortunately, most of these questions were answered at our Year 9 options Evening on 2nd March. However, there were still a few students who were unsure what to pick so what better way than to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. Any Year 9s who wanted to were invited to chat to those students from Years 10 and 11 who are already part way through the course in subjects like: Computer Science; iMedia; Child Development and Health and Social Care.

     

    World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

     

     

    On Sunday 21st May, it is World Cultural Diversity Day and, although in the earliest stage of planning, Blacon High School is hoping to host an event on an evening very close to that date.

    I have been doing a bit of research and note that we have students from a host of different cultures and backgrounds, and it is our hope to celebrate this diversity by hosting a community event. Just what format this will take is, at this stage, unclear but we hope that it will involve food, flags, maps and music.

    Keep an eye on the school website and social media for update; I’m really excited about this one.

     

    And finally,

    Thank you, as always to parents and carers for your ongoing support.

    If your child is in Year 11, please encourage them to do some revision each night; the exams will be upon us in no time.

     

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