Trips, Telescopes and Team Spirit
This week we had the pleasure of taking part in one of the many I-value days that take place during the school year. Many visitors spoke to us throughout the day, ranging from the organisation BEAT for year 7 to Commando Joe and colleges including South Cheshire and Sir John Deane’s for years 10 and 11. The topic for each year group varied; while the year 11s discussed future plans after high school, being given the opportunity to look at various colleges as well as taking part in team building exercises and developing interview techniques, the year 9s looked at personal safety, which included mental health and drug abuse.
This week’s sporting spotlight is on the year 7 boys football team, who celebrated a fantastic first game with Knutsford, scoring a brilliant 3 goals! After just a month of training, the boys tackled, passed and shot their way to a draw, using skills they had learnt in PE and training led by Mr Priestly. Despite the colder weather, the boys were not put off and played exceptionally; well done boys! Girls netball has also started to kick in for each year and there is some amazing talent within our entire community. For upcoming events and competitions, good luck, play your best and make us proud.
Over the past fortnight the year 11 astronomers have used the telescope on La Palma. Not by visiting the Canary Islands but by using the John Moores University website on the National School’s Observatory. All over the country, GCSE astronomers can use this website to access the telescope and complete their coursework. I myself took GCSE astronomy and one part of our coursework is to make several observations of the same spot on the moon at its different stages and compare the images given to us by the telescope. This is a fantastic opportunity to do some practical astronomy using equipment hundreds of miles away. When I say moon, I mean Earth’s largest natural satellite as Earth has many thousands of ‘moons’ but only the Moon is visible to the naked eye. Thousands of other natural satellites orbit the Earth and are microscopic.
Also the year 10s and 11s visited the Sky Studios Academy learning centre, which was a unique experience for everyone involved. The students were able to work with modern expensive technology, such as cameras, and spend the day learning how to use them and about the different roles in media. For most of the day the students were able to get together in groups and experience different roles (which ranged from acting to directing), while preparing and filming a news report on the mission to Mars. Finally, the day ended with everyone receiving their recordings on a memory stick and visiting the impressive gallery to watch the live broadcast from the Sky Studios news desk. This day engaged all of the students and teachers who went on the trip, and it offered a unique experience that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.