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ARRANGEMENTS FOR SEPTEMBER

School will return on Thursday 1st September.  Students will be going into lessons during the course of this day, after time with their form tutors.

  • Years 7 and 11 return to school at 8.40am, and photographs will be taken on this day.
  • Year 10 return at 10am, for their photographs.
  • Years 8 and 9 return at 11am.

Please remember new rules: black shoes, no trainers.

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HEADTEACHER'S BLOG...

Posted on 21st July 2016

It’s an extended edition of the blog this week as we’ve reached the end of the school year with a whole host of positives.  This final blog of the year reviews just some of the events of the last few weeks, says a few fond farewells and looks forward to new horizons in the autumn term.

Let’s start with the last fortnight … it’s been a hectic time, with our Raising Aspirations event last Friday, our CanDo festival and events in school, external trips to Alton Towers, Cumbria Zoo, Year 7 Summer Camp and Romiley Forum along with an opportunity for students to meet their new form tutors for September.

I really enjoyed our residential trip to France and Germany this week.  36 students from Years 8 and 9 joined Miss Moverley and Miss Smart from the Modern Languages department, Mr McKeown from English and myself.  We spent a few days in the Boulogne region of France visiting a snail farm and eating snails ( chewy! ), a French bakery, an aquarium and a large food market.  We then travelled to Cologne in Germany, where we visited the famous cathedral, spent time exploring the Rhein Valley and visited German castles as well as a boat trip along the Rhein.  Our students were a real credit, and made the most of their opportunity to practise both their French and German skills.  A recurring theme was their surprise at enjoying both France and Germany so much, and many of them are keen to revisit as soon as possible.

We were delighted to see over 130 students collecting their ice cream rewards last week, for reaching their personal Accelerated Reader summer points targets. Everyone queued patiently until it was their turn to choose their ice creams, and the rain held off until everyone had been served. To quote one of our students, "all that reading was worth it!"
Last Friday was the final 'Raising Aspirations' day of the year. This included celebrations of excellence and an opportunity for students to review the year with new form teachers.

It was wonderful to see that 185 students have had outstanding attitude to learning throughout the year and they enjoyed a reward of a film and snacks in image theatre, as well as a gold badge and a certificate.  Alongside this there were a further 80 students who received certificates and cake for an excellent report this term.  It was a pleasure to see so many wonderful students enjoying a well deserved treat!

On Wednesday last week, six of our students took part in the Stockport Languages Fair.  Students from Hazel Grove, Priestnall, Bramhall, St James' and Stockport School were also represented. There was a wide variety of presentations, including songs, raps, comedy sketches, crazy homework and sports personality presentations. Our students were fabulous and we are very proud of their performances. Yr8 students Helki Kerrigan and Lexie Morrison gave us a French comedy cafe sketch; Yr9 Robyn Callow and Joel Donald continued the comedy scene acting out a scene in German from the doctors. Abbie Maddocks and Chloe Lomas gave a great presentation in Spanish about their local area.   It was a fun experience and a great way to practise our languages. Very well done to all students.

On the weekend of 2/3 July, 19 brave year 11s battled the elements to complete the qualifying expedition of their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards. The weekend saw some of the worst weather conditions ever experienced on Duke of Edinburgh at Werneth and the participants tackled the challenges this brought with positivity and resilience. Well done to all those concerned. Charlie Ainsworth, Alfie MacIntosh, Dan Burgess, Niamh Lidgett, Megan Hopkins, Jenny Thompson, Luke Birtwistle, Tom Crompton, Jodie Palmer, Rachael Phillips, Georgia Hadfield, Emma Greenhalgh, Ryan Fisk, Joe Shepherd, Ben Marsland, Charlotte Smith, Chloe Ball, Amy Robinson, Neve Taylor.

Congratulations to all of our Arts Award students in the successful completion of their award. 42 students have spent the year working on their bronze, silver and gold awards in creativity, skills building and leadership and have all had outstanding success. Well done to each of you.

All of year 7 have been given the opportunity of taking home their very own BBC Micro:Bit this week after completing their required learning of programming over the last half term in their Computing lessons.  The students have had fun learning how to write programs in both graphical and text-based programming languages and have produced a variety of output products.  The students can now carry on this learning and practise at home using the official Microbit.co.uk web site and APP (From the normal APP stores) as they further their own personal development.  The website and APP are full of guidance videos and activities that will help both students and parents enjoy the practicing of computer programming and electronics knowledge and skills.   Students have enjoyed displaying their names and playing ‘Rock-Paper-Scissors’ that they have programmed on their very own Micro Computer (BBC Micro:Bit) during Computing lessons this week.

Year 7 -9 students have finished the year off with 3 days of enrichment opportunities and experiences including:  Multi Sports at Woodley Stadium, Action Packed including talks from the emergency services and team building challenges and activities from the army.  60 keen performers put together a mini musical performing dances, scenes and songs from the hit show Hairspray whilst others created films, did Art or Technology projects or were involved in a Dragons Den enterprise project. Other trips have included the Maritime/Slavery museum in Liverpool, South Lakes Zoo, Alton Towers, Etherow Park nature walk, United Stadium experience and a film at Romiley Forum. Well done to all students and staff involved.  In our Dragon's Den can do week activity the students in teams were given an identical basket of goods to sell around school, teams then reinvested any money made on the first day on items that sold well. All together we raised £65 for cancer research.

Students who took part in the Humanities activity investigated Slavery. We visited the Maritime Museum in Liverpool where students took part in a workshop looking at the causes and impacts of slavery around the world. Throughout cando the behaviour of our students was exemplary and they were a credit to the school.

On Tuesday the nurture group had a very successful trip to Etherow Country Park. Students completed a brief to produce a face from natural materials found on the ground. They were not permitted to pick anything at all.  The children had a quiz and an I-Spy activity to complete as they toured the park and a great time was had by all. Every effort was made to support and include all the students on the trip and there were lots of prizes all round.  Many thanks to Mrs Biggam for organising this special event for the students, and they all sent their best wishes for a long and happy retirement.

The year 7 Summer Camp took place from Monday 18th to Wednesday 20th July.  In its 15th year, the residential took 108 Year 7 students and 23 Year 10 students on three days of activities including shooting, climbing, canoeing and mountain biking.  Students finished the camp with the infamous roped “climb of Everest” in teams whilst being soaked by water guns.  Mr Bennett was delighted that everyone made it up the hill this year!

We are delighted to have appointed our highest number of Senior Students for a number of years in Year 11.  Mr Mujagic is very excited to be working with this new team, headed up by our new student leaders.  Congratulations to all of the successful Senior Students.
Confirmation of our new senior student leaders:

Head Girl Samantha Parry

Head Boy Jay Dodd

Deputy Head Girl Holly Lester

Deputy Head Boy Jackson Taylor

Some goodbyes…

Inevitably, some staff leave us for pastures new and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you and send our best wishes to the following staff who are leaving us this week:
A special long-service award should go to three teachers who have spent a significant period of their career here at Werneth:  Mrs Smolka ( retiring after 41 years at Werneth ); Mrs Biggam ( retiring after 26 years at Werneth ); Mrs Westwell ( retiring after 15 years at Werneth ).  On behalf of the generations of Werneth students, we salute them.  
Also leaving us are Mrs Allen ( moving to Yorkshire ); Miss Cochrane ( promotion elsewhere ); Mrs Duncan ( moving elsewhere ); Mr McKenna ( moving elsewhere ); Mrs Holland ( teaching assistant, training to become a teacher ).  Thank you and good luck.
We have a full complement of staff to replace these teachers, and I will introduce you to those in the autumn.

Looking ahead...

I’m often asked by parents how I have enjoyed my first year at Werneth, and I’d like to finish by confirming that I am beginning to feel at home here now and have enjoyed the challenges of this year very much.  Starting at any new school is daunting at first, but I feel settled now and ready to continue working hard to make the school and our young people the very best that we can be now and in the future.  I’d like to thank everyone associated in any way with the school for your support this year, and we look forward to welcoming you into our brand new school over the coming months.

And finally…

From everyone at Werneth, have a fantastic fun-filled and safe summer, and we will see you back in school on Thursday 1st September 2016.
Years 7 and 11, 8.30am
Year 10 at 10am
Years 8 and 9 at 11am.

Please remember when buying new uniform the key changes to school footwear, which can be seen via links on previous blog entries if you are unsure.

Have a great break!

Andrew Conroy Headteacher

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Exam Results Day

Students may collect their results from School on Thursday 25 August 2016.

Results for students will be available for collection in room 43A.

Astor: 10.00am
Brunel 10.30am
King:    11.00am
Lowry 11.30am   
      

Students who cannot collect their results on the day MUST follow the procedures outlined below.

Collection by Third Party (student's representative)
The person collecting the results on behalf of a student must be in possession of a note, signed and dated by the student, stating the name of the person collecting the results on a student's behalf.

Posting Results
Students can leave a stamped addressed envelope with the Exams Officer prior to the end of term if they want to have their results posted to them.

After Results Day
Your statement of results will be posted to the address we hold for you on our system.

Under NO circumstances will examination results be issued over the telephone,
by text, email or fax.

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HEADTEACHER'S WELCOME

Werneth School puts the child at the heart of its work. We are a creative community which promotes excellence and well-being. Through instilling mutual respect and tolerance, we aim to achieve a caring environment based on an empathetic understanding of the needs of others. Truly inclusive, we support all learners to achieve their potential by encouraging them to take responsibility for their own achievements through becoming independent and resilient and by teaching them the processes of effective learning.

A listening school in which learner voice matters, high expectations of achievement and progress are expected through teamwork, collaboration and an unerring belief that all can achieve. Whilst providing a broad and balanced curriculum based on learner choice, we promote a wide range of extra-curricular experiences and actively encourage learner participation. We aspire to prepare all our learners for an ever changing world through instilling employability skills and citizenship.

Andrew Conroy
Headteacher

 

PARENTS' DROP-IN SESSIONS

Dear Parent/Carer,

We now offer a Parent/Carer drop in session.
You are welcome to drop in school

Tuesday mornings 9.00am - 10.00am

This is open to all Parents/Carers if you have any concerns or would like to discuss anything about your child with a member of our staff.

Andrew Conroy
Headteacher

 

 

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The Foundation works with Werneth School to deliver a schedule of innovative projects for local primary school and high school pupils. The Foundation also provides support with additional activities such as enrichment, after school clubs whilst uniting the surrounding community through the power of football.

Manchester United Foundation and Werneth School will be working in partnership on the following areas of development:

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Exam Results Day

Students may collect their results from School on Thursday 25 August 2016.

Results for students will be available for collection in room 43A.

Astor: 10.00am
Brunel 10.30am
King:    11.00am
Lowry 11.30am   
      

Summer Term 1
Monday 18th April 2016 - Friday 27th May 2016
Half Term Holiday
Monday 30th May 2016 - Friday 3rd June 2016

Summer Term 2
Monday 6th June 2016 -Thursday 21st July 2016

Public Holidays
Good Friday - Friday 25th March 2016
Easter Monday - Monday 28th March 2016
May Day - Monday 2nd May 2016
Spring Bank Holiday - Monday 30th May 2016

INSET Days
Tuesday 1st  September 2015
Friday 18th December 2015  (DDI)
Monday 29th February 2016 (T&L)
Friday 1st April 2016  (MODERATION)
Wednesday 15th June 2016 (VISIONING)

EXPECTATIONS FROM SEPTEMBER

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SUMMER CAMP LETTER AND KIT

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SCHOOL CLOSURE LETTER

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