Posted on Friday 3rd November 2017
I want to start this week by reflecting back on one of the highlights of last half term: the wonderful production of “Fame” at Romiley Forum. This took place during the last week of the half term. I didn’t have the opportunity to write the summary for the blog at the end of last half term, as it was published the day after the performance. So here it is …
The school production is always a real highlight of the school year, and this year’s “Fame” production certainly more than lived up to expectations. Our students performed to our feeder primary schools, and then three public performances from Monday to Wednesday at the Forum. A total of 61 students were involved across every year group in school, including a number of our new Year 7s in their first half term at Werneth.
Everyone deserves a mention, but particularly plaudits must go to some of the key performers – Chloe Hodgson and Brooke Atkinson for their stunning vocal talent, and Lewis Lloyd, Tyler Beckett, Jake Forrest, Josh Hibbert, Hannah Ormiston, Leah Loughlan, Ellen Roberts, Rose Warburton, Henry Jackson and Liam Parry for their roles with key characters.
Our supporting band were also on top form with their musical accompaniment. As a school, we were very proud of everyone who produced such an excellent production.
I’d like to recognise the “backroom staff”, ranging from our teachers who put the whole show together to the support staff who helped with organising students, making costumes, selling tickets, lighting and everything else that goes along with the event. Many, many hours of hard work into the evening and at weekends, but I’m sure worth all of the blood, sweat and tears. More photos have been published on our Facebook page.
Parents of Year 7 students should look out for a letter over the coming week related to our new “Adidas Academy”, launched this week. The aim of this exciting new programme is to provide our students with some core skills to aim for over the course of the school year. Those students who attain these skills and experiences will then graduate at the end of the year with a Gala Dinner hosted by Adidas in Hazel Grove.
Parents will no doubt have been told by your children that we have been re-establishing some ground rules this week with regard to uniform. We’ve had a tough stance on establishing those basic standards, checking uniform on entry and it hasn’t made us popular with some of our students. The result is however that we have reduced uniform issues from 87 students with missing items on Monday to fewer than 20 on Friday. We intend to keep up this monitoring, and we thank parents for your support in helping us to maintain those standards. Young people like to test boundaries with uniform, but together we can ensure they are set up for a productive school day in the correct uniform.
This week has also seen the 'kick-off' of our Attendance Champions League in school. This is our whole school attendance initiative where each form 'plays' another form and wins points by beating their opponent at attendance. The league table will be displayed on the attendance notice board and around school. Rewards will be given within year groups and at the end of the academic year. Please support us in encouraging excellent attendance at school. This will ensure your child achieves to the very best of their ability.
Some of our Year 9 students attended an event at Manchester University this week, providing the opportunity to learn about various careers within engineering, science and maths backgrounds. It was a highly active event with all students trying their hand at experiments, handling cutting edge technology devices and learning from Engineers, Scientists and Technologists influencing the 21st century. During activity 2 - Careers Fair - young people got the chance to speak with industry champions and talk about careers that they had never even considered or knew about prior to the event.
Congratulations to our Book of Excellence Winners from the last week before half term.
Our Year 11 football team went out in the 3rd round of the English Schools Cup on Monday night at Hazel Grove. Despite a spirited comeback to draw the game 6-6 after 90 minutes, we ended up losing the tie on penalties.
Well done to the 35 students who attended Werneth’s football academy in partnership with the Manchester United Foundation over half term. I understand they worked extremely hard to develop their football skills.
Our Year 11s have this morning enjoyed a performance of “A Christmas Carol” from a visiting theatre company, arranged by the English department. This will help them with their preparation for GCSE English.
Finally, parents have this week received a voting letter and slip for the election of parent governors. A reminder please to return your voting slip via the school office by next Thursday.
Some key dates for this half term:
Thursday 9th November – GCSE Presentation Evening for ex-Year 11s
Thursday 23rd November – Year 11 Parents’ Consultation Evening
27th November until 15th December – Year 11 GCSE Mock Examinations
Thursday 21st December – break up for Christmas holidays, returning on Monday 8th January
Have a good weekend!