Friday, 6 February 2015

6 February 2015

Last weekend, a group of girls enjoyed discussing and debating at the MUN-HIGH 2015 event! Taking on the role of 'Rwanda' in the Mock United Nations, pupils were able to learn more about debating and international relations while also cultivating a variety of skills.

On Saturday, two members of Year 10 band Parallel Oreos were interviewed on Radio Lancashire! The boys talked about their experiences setting up the band, the gigs they have performed, and the Music Department has supported them so far.

This week saw the launch of this year's KPMG Summer Internship Programme. Old Girl Katie Clinton returned to School with one of her colleagues to introduce this unique scheme to pupils in Year 12 who might be interested in working for the company for two weeks over the summer holidays. This is a really exciting opportunity, and Katie did an excellent job of inspiring the Sixth Form boys and girls to apply.

Girls' Division pupil Thea Simpson has been selected for the national U15 water polo squad! This is a great achievement for Thea, who also took part in a national training camp over the summer and plays with the City of Manchester team.

There was good news for the Boys' Division U16 water polo players this week: they dominated the championships to win a place in the national final in March! Their coach, Mr McGinty, was impressed with all of the players' performances on the day.

The Girls' Division turned their thoughts towards helping others with a moving assembly about the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation UK, a charity which aims to help and support people with this disorder and their families. The girls are now looking forward to a Pancake Cafe and Pancake Race on the last day of term, which will be in support of PMSF UK!

During the Old Girls' Association Lunch, representatives from the OGA presented a cheque to Classrooms in the Clouds. The money was raised at the Old Girls' Christmas Market, and will go towards creating classrooms and funding teachers in the Everest region of Nepal.

The Year 11 boys have been considering volunteering through National Citizen Service (NCS). They travelled down to Bolton Lads and Girls' Club for an afternoon of activities to promote this national scheme, which allows young people to develop their skills while supporting their local community.

The Junior Girls enjoyed a special Modern Foreign Languages day with a Spanish theme this week. The girls tried out flamenco dancing, produced a Spanish map, and even had a go painting in the style of Picasso! These activities and more really helped their get them excited about learning the language.

The annual Junior Boys' Music Festival was once again a huge hit with pupils and parents alike! All of the performers played their pieces to a very high standard, making it a thoroughly enjoyable two days - and a great challenge to choose just one overall winner.

Boys' Division teacher and Old Boy Mr Teasdale learned this week that he has been Highly Commended in the School Biology Teacher of the Year competition. This is a fantastic achievement, particularly since this year had a record number of applicants and he was the only one the judges chose to recognise in this manner.

Old Girl and former Head Girl Annabel Ault was also delighted to announce that she has won the 2014 Ogden Prize for outstanding performance in A Level Geography. This was presented to her by the former head of the University of Manchester Geography Department, Professor Michael Bradford.

Finally, a group of twenty-four Year 11 girls have won second place in The Big Bang Classroom Challenge, which they entered just before the summer holidays. This competition, run by the Institution of Civil Engineers, tested their ability to research and solve complex future engineering problems to a tight deadline. Representatives from ICE and Topcon, the civil engineering company providing the prize, presented them with a certificate and specialist measuring tool during morning assembly.

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