Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 28 June 2019
It’s been another busy week here at Rudheath Senior and it’s only going to get busier!
End of Year Exams
This week, year 10 have completed 5 hour exams in dance and art whilst year 7, 8 and 9 have been completing their end of year exams across all written subjects. The new GCSE and BTEC formats place a high weighting on the final exams and practicing exam technique is key in supporting success at the end of KS4. Well done to all our learners for their positive attitude during the week.
Year 9 Employability Day
On Wednesday Mr King took learners from years 9 and 10 had a second visit to Chester University courtesy of Higher Horizons. During the day they found out more about Forensic Science (Staffordshire University), Law (Chester University), There was also a Choices and Employability skills delivered by PUSH, culminating in a performance by 2Engage.
Primary Science Hub
Mrs Hudson worked with colleagues from our cluster primary schools to develop science learning across the cluster. As you may be aware, I am a science teacher by trade and for a few years before going into teaching was a research scientist so I’m always keen to develop an interest and passion for the sciences. Thank you to all who attended and to Mrs Hudson for organising the workshop.
Mr Russell and his team put together a great sports day on Thursday – even arranging glorious sunshine all day long. Our learners took part in a variety of track and field events and there were some great individual performances, notably Alex Taylor for a fine sprint in the 100m and Callum Cooper who’s middle and relay runs were really impressive.
Nearly all learners took part, which is a great testament to their resilience, especially for those who had a go at events they found really tough. I shall being asking Mr Russell to put a training programme together for staff after being beaten soundly in the relay!
Mary Poppins Jr
After weeks of rehearsing, set building, costume design, hard work and commitment Mary Poppins Jr opened to the public on Wednesday: what a brilliant show! The acting and singing was fabulous and it was great to see so many of the audience singing to themselves all those familiar songs. It was lovely to see year 11s, Amelia Tharme, Robbie Wilmot, Jack Ballard and Natasha Warburton, return to help prepare, and Dylan Orton, our ex deputy head boy and lead for the Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassadors come to work with us in his role with Bailey Audio.
A big thanks to our friends from Barclays who helped with the set and joined us for the show to match funded our fundraising efforts, to Bailey Audio for “teching” the show, the Headway Brain Injury Association charity shops for helping us source costumes and props, to colleagues from the academy who provided refreshments, to Mrs Lockett for her raffle efforts, to the families of our performers for their support in the last few weeks, to Miss Holt and Mrs Rimmer for their help in all the rehearsals and finally a huge round of applause for Miss Kennedy and Miss Pim for their direction of the whole production. Experiences like this make such an enormous difference to young people and we really are blessed to have such great colleagues here who go the extra mile every day.
Mrs Lycett organised pride day today – learners accessorized their uniforms with colourful flowers, flags, nail varnish and make up to show their support for the LGBT community. Diversity is something we celebrate here at Rudheath Senior and it’s important that we stand up for each other’s rights. In the words of the German poet Martin Niemöller in 1946:
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Project Phoenix Update
If you have driven past the Middlewich Road entrance of the school recently you will have seen that the roof is coming along nicely. The restoration of the areas gutted by the fire has exposed a number of other issues that are being addressed as we go along. This has delayed the completion of the works as our focus is to ensure the best quality rather than rush for completion and end up with a build that is not fit for purpose. I will continue to update you as the weeks go on and thank our contractors Buildzone who are working really hard to provide us with a great build.
Changes to the School Day and End of Term Arrangements
A letter is being sent home with all learners next week, regarding changes to the school day from September and the end of term arrangements. A copy of this letter will also be publishedon the website. Please make sure you read it as there is important information for parents and carers on it.
There is so much happening in the coming weeks so keep following us and keep up to date. Have a super weekend.