Friday, 14 November 2014

14 November 2014

On the 11th of November, each part of the School performed its own version of the Armistice Day Service of Remembrance.

The Boys' Division held a moving tribute to former pupils who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. Dr Holland and six pupils provided brief vignettes on six Old Boys who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Pupils in the Girls' Division were joined by currently serving members of the Armed Forced and by a group of Old Girls for their Service of Remembrance. A selection of poetry readings and hymns made for a moving and poignant ceremony.

The Junior Girls also remembered the local heroes of the two World Wars. In a special assembly with Mrs Hone, Head of Classics in the Senior Girls' School, they learned more about four Old Boys in particular who gave their lives. There was also a reading of 'In Flanders Fields' before the two minutes of silence . The Year 6 girls were also given the opportunity to meet four currently serving members of the army later in the morning.

After the Service of Remembrance, the Old Girls attended a lunch in the Arts Centre, where they were entertained by the Year 7 girls. The girls performed a medley of pieces from Frozen, and the Old Girls were then invited to join in with the School Song.

Last weekend, the School hosted a Modern Foreign Languages Day for Year 11 pupils. Attendees took part in a variety of workshops and talks, all aimed at encouraging pupils to consider studying languages beyond GCSE. This was also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about languages in the world of work, and to try out something new with taster sessions.

There has been some excellent sporting news in the Girls' Division this week. A grand total of thirteen girls from Year 10 to Year 13 have been selected for the Lancashire U18 Lacrosse Squad! The girls have joined the A and B squads: a fantastic achievement for all of the players.

The U15 swimming team have also enjoyed success recently. The four girls and their coach, Mrs Hall, were thrilled with a double victory at the recent John Parry Relays competition.

In the Boys' Division, the Senior Water Polo team dominated the first round of the ESSA U18 Championships. They won all three of their matches, putting them in a very comfortable first place and pushing them on to the next round, where they will continue to defend their title!

Four boys on the Senior Water Polo Team have also been selected for national sporting development programmes! They have been identified as elite players and will be supported in their future sporting endeavours by the programmes.

All of the pupils who applied for Arkwright Scholarship this year were successful in their applications, and over the half term break they attended the awards ceremony. Boys' Division pupils Chris Battarbee, Alex Seed and Niall Woodward and Girls' Division pupil Bethany O'Donnell travelled to London to receive their certificates and meet with representatives from the organisations which will be sponsoring them throughout their Scholarships.

The School's Digital Archive has now been expanded! The existing catalogue of School Magazines has now been joined by editions of alumni magazines and annual School Newsletters from both Divisions.

Year 11 pupil Johanna Mercer has published her second novel on the Amazon Kindle Store. Death by Your Beloved: Be Afraid of the Dark continues the story from her first book, Demon Rose, and promises to be another gripping read.

Finally, pupils in the Junior Schools and at Beech House Infants' School have been raising money for Children in Need today!

The pupils at Beech House took part in a 'Mad Hair Day' for the charity event, with each child coming into school with his or her hair in a funky style or hidden beneath a wig or lots of decorations!

Finally, the Junior Girls joined the 'Be A Hero' campaign and dressed up as superheroes both real and fictional - with some even coming to school as their teachers!

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