St Ann’s Church in St Ann’s Square, central Manchester, was once again the venue for our annual Advent Service. There were items from the choir, chamber choir, brass group, an excellent bassoon solo from Tim Bell, a very clear reading from Olu Babalola and carols for the whole congregation: ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘Come Thou Long Expected Jesus’ and ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’. Thank you to Revd Nigel Ashworth and his team from St Ann’s and to everyone who attended this excellent seasonal occasion.
These extremely important mock examinations are now in full swing in the sports hall, giving our students the opportunity to show, in the words of the GCSE examiners, “what they know, understand and can do”.
This week, there have been exams in English, science, history, geography, mathematics, health and social care, religious education, French, Spanish and business studies.
Next week, the examination timetable continues with the last day of exams being on Tuesday, 16th December.
This important focus would have been promoted last week in all schools throughout the country.
Assistant Head, Ms Baxendale, gave presentations at our ‘House’ assemblies and was supported by members of the Student Council, smartly attired in their “Beat Bullying” hoodies.
In our school aim, we stress the importance of students feeling “safe, secure, cared for and happy”, and being able to concentrate on their studies. Students who have peace of mind work well; those who work well can succeed; and successful students create successful schools.
The photographs above show scenes from last weeks Year 11 parents’ evening, attended by 86% of parents.
Immediately prior to the mock examinations, it was an appropriate opportunity to discuss progress, reinforce what needs to be done and to fully appreciate the importance of the next few months.
The mock exams begin on 1st December, concluding on 16th.
All our Year 11s, without exception, should be fully involved in revising for these key examinations.