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January 2024

  • 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.
    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.


    Cheshire International Links Association

    As I’m sure some of you will know, there is a group called the Cheshire International Links Association that focuses on forging positive international links for the county of Cheshire around the globe. It meets once a month in the Town Hall in Chester. On 9th January, Head of PE, Mr Cairns, and I were both invited to present at the meeting and, along with a group of students and their parents, we were able to share some of the huge range of events, trips and activities that have had an international focus that we were part of at Blacon High School during 2022\23.

    Mr Cairns led a trip to Senigallia in Italy in July 2022, where Blacon High School students represented the UK at the International Youth Games; this is the fifth time that students from Blacon High School have represented the UK at this event. As well as taking part in mixed national teams in a variety of sporting events, they also enjoyed a range of cultural activities.

    Mr Stockdale shared some of the wide range of other activities that the school has either led, joined or hosted, as detailed in the notes on the British Council Award above. Students find out such a lot about themselves on these trips, which offer amazing opportunities in terms of personal growth. Students develop cultural awareness, communication skills, independence, resilience and the power of compromise amongst other things. Perhaps more importantly, they make friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

    After the presentations, the audience were invited to chat with the students and their families about their experiences and what they had gained from the trips.

    Well done Blacon High School students. You prove consistently that you can represent yourself, and your school, confidently in any forum.

    Here, some of our students and parents are pictured after the event with the Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester – Razia Daniels.

    And finally…

    It is still only January but we are really busy, both in and out of school, as we strive to offer the young people of the Blacon community the best academic experience that we can.

    We are looking forward to welcoming Year 11 parents on Thursday 25th January for the first Progress evening of 2024, and would ask that you complete the online appointment form to avoid queuing.

    As always, we need to thank you for your continued, ongoing support; we really appreciate it.

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January 2024