On the last day of term prior to the Easter holidays, the traditional whole school act of worship was held in the sports hall. The service was led by Rev Steve Birkinshaw, School Chaplain, ably assisted by student readers and the choir. Their readings were taken from John, Chapter 20, verses 1-18 and 19-29. ‘In Christ Alone’ and ‘This I Believe’ were sung by the choir and a short, reflective sermon was delivered by the Chaplain. Two hymns sung by an enthusiastic and vociferous congregation included ‘The Servant King’ and ‘Thine Be The Glory’. An imposing and fitting way to draw to a close the second term of the school year.
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Our Passion Eucharist, held earlier this week, was led by Revd Dr Hayley Matthews, presently at Holy Innocents Church, Fallowfield, but formerly Chaplain to Media City in Salford. Once again, very clear readings from our students followed by a brief sermon and the hymn ‘From Heaven You Came’. Earlier today, Wednesday, the whole school of 1222 students, plus staff, attended an Easter act of worship in the sports hall. The service was led by our Chaplain, Revd Steve Birkinshaw and included readings, hymns and time for thought and prayer at this most important time in the Christian calendar. Full details will be included in the next edition of the newsletter.
Not as spectacular as we all hoped but, nevertheless, a special moment for everyone. Students in science and associated lessons were able to don protective glasses to view the event in safety. Mr Richardson, our school photographer, took these memorable photographs, although the sky was not as dark as appears in the photos. A great opportunity for practical science and Mr Johnson, Head of Science, and his colleagues, will have appreciated the event just as much as the students. I’m sure that there will be interesting follow up work in science lessons. For everyone else, though, it was business as usual in classrooms across the school.
Now mid-way through the second term of the school year, it is important for students in all subjects to continue to try their best and work to maximum capacity. Whether, as the above photographs illustrate, the subjects are physical education, electronics, science or English, a positive attitude towards study is essential. Equally important is the consolidation work - homework - that is a key element of most subjects. On average, students should have two pieces of homework each evening and about half an hour should be spent on each piece. If parents have any concerns about homework - too little or too much - please let us know. Homework details should be recorded in students’ planners.