Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 16th November 2018

Goodness me, what a week! Sunday was a very special day for me. As a headteacher, there cannot be many prouder moments than to watch your children at Nelson Cenotaph pay their respects for all those who lost their lives. Perhaps it can only be increased by the beautiful cascade of poppies that our students took so much care over. So many passers-by were appreciative of the work undertaken by our students.

Last week saw 8 Year 11 students off to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School for their Open Evening. It was a really enjoyable evening and the CRGS staff were really complimentary about our students. This time of the year sees many colleges offering Open Evenings so that students and parents can get a feel for the colleges and the different courses they offer.

We have great news in that we have been chosen to judge the Lancashire Book of the Year 2019. The Reading Ambassadors and other students are reading as many books from the selection as possible. They will review them and then judge which are their favourite choices. Three meetings at County Hall in Preston will be attended by some of our students and then final presentations will be at UCLAN in March where there will be visiting authors and a special lunch for eight of our best readers.

Year 10 Media students were off to Media City this week.  There was a panel talk at Salford University about careers in media and then a visit to Media City itself.  How lovely it was to see our students fortuitously meeting the Watchdog Team! Matt Allwright, Watchdog presenter, tweeted “ What a fabulous bunch!” and we couldn’t agree more.

Rehearsals are underway now for the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition.  We are delighted that our children are involved and their topic that they will be speaking for is the motion that university should be free.  The North West heat will be in Manchester at Urmston Grammar School in December and we wish our Year 10s so much skill.  

Yesterday 3 of our students visited St. Augustine’s Primary School to support the chaplain group there who are working on a project called ‘Small Steps to Peace’. The children at St Augustine’s were inspired by the Young Voices Project run by MHCC and Blessed Trinity.  The school were working on Respect and created a short play which they delivered in an assembly. Students of the primary school watched the short ‘Young Voices’ video and our students spoke about the impact it had had on their lives and others. 

St Augustine’s students were then paired up with an MHCC student to work on Respect and created posters on ‘How can you show respect?’ and ‘What is respect?’. We hope that this will be the start of a great partnership with the primary school.
Children in Need came to MHCC today and the activities were fabulous from raffles to movie afternoon to our very own carnival in the Sports Hall. We had a fantastic team of students selling tickets for the movie afternoon after school, collecting money, drumming up support and organising the events. They were absolutely fantastic. Letters home coming their way next week.

Mrs Butler wanted to say her thanks to two lovely young ladies who were the inspiration, brains and organisation behind the Children in Need form British Bake-off today. They covered every base from entry forms, rules, certificates, prizes, judging criteria, sales and so much more. Says Mrs Butler, “Maleeha and Abeera Abbass deserve a great deal of credit for their efforts with this initiative – it was fabulous!” Results through next week. What a fabulous day when the school can raise over £1000. Such a caring and sharing school!

We happen to believe that teaching is the best job ever so it is with great pleasure that first offers for training places have been made for the PLSCITT. Places are still available for primary, primary with SEND & secondary. For any more information, contact Sara Pinder at MHCC. It really is a wonderful profession to join!

So with that … enjoy your weekend!