Students were treated and surprised when they arrived to their English lessons on Thursday 3rd March and found that their English teachers had made a sudden transformation. Each English teacher dressed as an iconic character from literature to show their love of reading and learning. The Cat in the Hat taught how to use a persuasive device, Harry Potter spoke on Macbeth and Alice analysed exploration extracts, to name just a few.
Students were also invited to celebrate World Book Day and their creativity in an inter-form competition. The rules were simple – construct a costume of a character from a book. Brilliant ideas were bounced around from form to form and, on 9th March, every entry assembled in the Library to be judged. Students from all years took part to bring their favourite characters to life, ranging from Paddington Bear to Katniss Everdeen to The Cat in the Hat and The Gingerbread Man. A big well done to everyone who took part. Each costume was absolutely excellent; we can’t wait until next year.
The Library has been adorned with bunting featuring our staff’s ‘Hot Read’ book recommendations. Their top picks included Robert Harris’ ‘Lustrum’, Andy Weir’s ‘The Martian’ and ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’ by Kate Mosse.
Lower school students have pitted their wits and combined book knowledge in our World Book Day Quiz. The tension was palpable as students frantically worked against the clock to discover who the school bully was in David Walliam’s ‘Ratburger’ and who Tom Ward’s archenemy was in the Spooks series. Easter egg prizes were at stake!
I n February half term, eighteen Year 11 GCSE German students along with Miss Groves, Miss Rees-Hughes and Mr Pearce were lucky enough to spend five days in Berlin. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to experience the language and culture of Germany’s capital first hand. After an early start, the students flew from Liverpool John Lennon Airport then spent the first night visiting The Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie and The Brandenburg Gate and had a lovely meal at a local pizza restaurant.
On Tuesday, they travelled to the former West of the city, where they had a tour of The Story of Berlin Museum and visited an atomic bunker from The Cold War. In the afternoon, students got to explore their artistic side during a fantastic street art and graffiti tour and workshop. In the evening, they went to a fantastic restaurant before going to an international disco underneath the railway tracks.
Wednesday morning was spent learning about daily life in former East Germany and visiting the University and Cathedral before doing some shopping. In the evening, we headed to the former Nazi Headquarters and The Topography of Terror where we researched The Nazi rise to power, before relaxing at The Sony Centre and the cinema at the Kulturbrauerei.
On Thursday, we headed out of the city to Oranienburg where we were given a sobering tour of Sachesenhausen Concentration Camp. We visited an amazing bakery for lunch and then spent some time at The Holocaust Memorial and The East Side Gallery, which is the largest remaining section of The Berlin Wall. We spent our last evening celebrating our week with a meal in a traditional German brewery and then we went 208m up the TV Tower to look down on all the places we had visited, before a much anticipated prize-giving ceremony.
On Friday, students took part in a brilliant workshop about Anne Frank then, sadly, headed to the airport for the journey home. It was a fantastic week and a wonderful experience for all involved. Miss Groves and The MFL Department would like to thank the students, their parents and the staff involved for helping to make it happen.
The ‘Great St. Bernard’s Bake Off’ produced an array of delicious cakes. Pupils and Staff baked over forty entries. It was a difficult job to taste and judge all those delicious cakes. A big thank-you to our judges including Mrs Page; Charlotte from The Autistic Society; Lee from St Mary’s Hospice and Natalie from the Evening Mail. Finally, thank-you to all those who bought the cakes and helped raise £200 for our Charities.
Raising awareness of Fairtrade Fortnight has been a great success. Year 10 and 11 students organised a Fairtrade Café, selling Fairtrade chocolates and wonderful hot chocolate. Everyone enjoyed the day and all money raised will be donated to CAFOD.
The Year 8 Rugby Team has had an excellent season so far this academic year. They met St Benedict’s from Whitehaven in the semi-final of the County Cup. The boys played very well and really dominated the game from start to finish both in defence and attack. The final score was 52-0. The school met Dowdales in the County Cup Final. Again, the boys played very well and comfortably won the game 47-16.
The school then travelled to Halifax to play against Brookbanks School in the second round of the English Schools’ Cup. The boys had a very good start where they went 6-0 up within the first two minutes. Brookbanks came back strongly, however, and scored within the next five minutes. The boys did not panic and almost as soon as we regained the ball, we managed to score. The score at half time was 10-18.
We had good chat at half time about our line speed in defence and the support runners taking the ball at speed when attacking. Straight from the kick off, we stamped our authority on the second half and extended our lead by scoring two quick tries. The final score of the game was 10-36. We now have to travel to Cardiff to play against Glantaff school in the quarter final. Glantaff beat us by a very small margin in last year’s semi-final and then went on to win the actual competition.
This term, during their PSHE lessons, Year 7 have been participating in the Global Learning Programme (GLP). The aim of the GLP is to encourage students to consider their role in the world and recognise the links they have to a wide range of places. In order to help students understand the world they live in, they have completed a range of activities designed to make them think about their own interactions and beliefs. This included a ‘trip around the world’ on the recent enrichment day.
Each form were given a country to research and had to produce a display within their form room to teach the rest of the year about life there. In the afternoon, students travelled around, with their passports, and visited the different countries. The displays in each room were fantastic and included models, music, food, flags, maps and a wide range of amazing facts. Mrs Muldoon found it incredibly difficult to decide on a winner, but, after much deliberation, she chose 7F’s display on Mexico. This was due to their display using a whole range of resources: art work, computers, and hand written research as well as lots of very interesting information.
Congratulations to the U13 Boys Table Tennis Team who made it through to the semi-finals of the regional U13 English Schools’ Table Tennis Competition. All the boys played well throughout the tournament, but special mention should go to Team Captain, Ben McDonald, who remains undefeated.