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Headteacher’s Blog – Friday 9th November 2018

Last week there was no blog due to me being on a plane from New York back to England. I had spent 4 days in New York researching the methods used in Uncommon Schools with 4 other Headteachers. We have been working hard on the Science of Learning and I am now looking forward to developing some of their ideas within Marsden Heights to enhance the progress of our students.

This week has been Remembrance Week at Marsden Heights and we have been commemorating the centenary of the First World War. The students have been hearing stories in assembly with Mr Jackson and today staff began their lessons with why they were wearing their poppies – the stories we heard were incredibly powerful. Today we were privileged to be able to read a very powerful and haunting poem from Leonie Gowers in Year 9 which was the basis of her rap lyrics for her Music Technology project.

Poppies

The red poppies grow
In the green meadow.
Where the brave soldiers died
To save our lives.

Shells and bombs fly
just like birds in the sky.
The trenches were so deep
but we can’t just sit and weep.

The red poppies grow
In the green meadow.
Where the brave soldiers died
To save our lives.

On the 11th of the 11th every year
We always celebrate and shed a tear, 
Thank you fellow soldiers
for letting us be here.

This Sunday sees Marsden Heights joining the parade to the Nelson Cenotaph. We have been proud to be part of creating, designing and installing the poppy display wrapped around the cenotaph. We joined forces with The Armed Forces Support Group, where Christine and Michael Sutcliff have painstakingly hand-produced hundreds of individual plastic poppies made from the bottoms of drinks bottles. Once drilled, cut and painted they were then brought to Marsden Heights where Miss Armstrong and Mash supported our students in individually fastening the poppies to a section of netting to make a stunning cascade of poppies. Some of our Year 10 students with the help of Pendle Council’s Engineers have now draped the cascade over the Nelson Cenotaph. This was such a great example of how different generations can work together, to create something that we are so very proud of.

This week has seen us with two sets of examinations for our Year 11s. Health and Fitness students and Food and Cookery students were busy revising for their exams. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their labour in the forthcoming months.

Last night saw us celebrate the achievements of our Class of 2018 at their Prize Giving Evening. Our guest speaker was Musharaf Asghar, who appeared in Educating Yorkshire, and became an internet sensation when he spoke aloud in front of his class despite having a stammer and having been told that he would not speak when he was 5 years old. It was difficult holding back the tears as we watched the video – in fact, I did not succeed!
Musharaf was an inspiration to all of us. The evening was truly stunning with musical numbers by the cast of We Will Rock You, a piano piece by Pheobe Ali and Keiron Hannah’s drum piece. Many thanks to all the staff involved and our illustrious guest, the Mayoress of Pendle too.

So with that … enjoy your weekend!