This week, in House assemblies, the arguments for and against membership of the European Union were put forward by students to members of Maple, Springbok, Tiger and Wallaby Houses. Photographs taken in Mondays assembly are shown above. Yesterday, Thursday, boys and girls were invited to vote by secret ballot for or against. At the time of writing the outcome of the Trinity vote was not known. It will be interesting to see if the Trinity (students only) vote corresponds to the national outcome. Details, of course, in next weeks newsletter. Will the school’s E.U flag, overlooking the sports centre still be flying next week?
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Last Thursday and Friday we had our short notice National Society (Church) Inspection. A demanding two days, but a great opportunity to shine and show what the inspection process looks for; our “Christian character and Anglican distinctiveness”. There were separate meetings with students, parents, staff, governors, the Head of Religious Education, the Chaplain and me. In addition, lesson observation, scrutiny of a “Thought for the Week” tutorial and an act of worship. Our previous National Society Inspection had judged us to be outstanding, so the challenge was to emulate this judgement. For details of last weeks outcome see the full newsletter from the link below.
Congratulations to all our boys and girls who received awards at our most recent presentation event - held the week prior to the Whitsuntide holiday. We were delighted that two representatives of Manchester University, Carmen Herrero and Isabelle Vanderschelden, were able to join us on the evening to present awards and provide words of encouragement. The evening concluded with a modern languages “spelling bee” competition and clear evidence of how well versed many of our students are with modern foreign languages vocabulary.
The photographs, above, show the 40+ Silver award students who, last Friday, set off for their weekend hike and camp in the Peak District. The weekend was very successful, despite variable weather and spirits were particularly high as news of United’s F.A Cup success filtered through! A similar number of students are working towards the Bronze Award. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a real character building initiative and is seen as such by university admissions officers and employers. In September, Mr Kirsten will be coordinating the Bronze and Silver Awards and Mr Davis will be organising the Gold Award in the Sixth Form.