Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 12 July 2019
Another super busy week has past, and today we say “¡Hasta luego!” to our learners who are off to Barcelona and “再见” (zàijiàn) to our friends from Wenzhou Nanpu Experimental Middle School in China, who are making their way home.
Last Saturday 6 of our Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassadors travelled to London with Mrs Rimmer and Mrs Williamson to be part of the Pride Parade in London. We were one of the only schools invited to be part of this amazing occasion to support the LGBTQ community and show that in our school we try our best to include everyone regardless of their difference or identities.
Our learners had a brilliant time walking with the celebrities in the parade. What a wonderful occasion to be part of #pride #resilience one of our delegates said “the atmosphere on the day was electric and I think everyone invited had an absolute ball – I know I did!”
Wenzhou Nanpu Experimental Middle School Visit
On Monday, 18 children and 2 teachers from our partner school in China came to visit us and we have had a wonderful week together, organised by Mrs Morrell.
Alongside their buddies from Rudheath, some of whom visited China at Easter, our friends enjoyed lessons in art, history, dance, geography, science, food and nutrition and PE. We went for a traditional English roast in Whitley Village and visited the pretty primary school there, we took our guests on trips to Chester Zoo and Delamere Forest and had a wonderful afternoon tea in the gazebos. Some of our learners and their families opened their homes to their new friends and provided a family meal so our Chinese guests could see real English homes.
Their visit with us ended in a lovely show of talent from our school and theirs. There have been some very special friendships made and the hugs and tears today were testament to that.
It really has been a great week. The world is a wonderfully diverse place and opportunities to meet new people and experience new cultures enriches us all. We will be running another China visit next year so look out for more information.
Miss Bryan and her year 10 dancers started a flashmob in the dining room on Monday lunchtime. It was brilliant to see so many of our learners join in on the stage and at their tables. Well done to all involved – you brought a lot of joy to our Monday.
Sports Presentation Evening
Mr Russell and his team put on a great presentation evening on Tuesday. Our sportsmen and women were awarded prizes for leadership, discipline, excellence and more. Ruth Owen Evans twice Welsh National Champion for cross country mountain biker and three times Cross Triathlon World Championship medallist spoke to our learners about mental toughness and finding your sport. She was really inspirational and even had me thinking about doing a triathlon next year (although I’d have to improve my swimming first)!
It was great to see so many parents and friends join in the celebrations and tuck in to a super buffet put together by Miss Cooper, Mrs Yarwood and Mrs Williamson.
Sport is so important for our physical and mental health, it builds resilience, work ethic and most importantly friendships and I was so pleased to see so many of our learners working hard to be their best. Well done to all involved!
Year 9 STEM Day
Year 9 spent the day with Epic Engineers on Wednesday working on a straw construction. The day was organised by Miss Higgins and got our learners thinking about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – all huge employers in the North West and nationally.
Holocaust Education Trust
On Thursday learners from years 8, 9 and 10 worked with the Holocaust Education Trust finding out about the events that led to the horrors of the Second World War. It really was a lesson in the truth of the quote “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
We also were fortunate to listen to, meet and work with Harry Kessler, a holocaust survivor – what a reminder of what true resilience is.
Thank you to Mr Lambert for organising the day.
After their excellent effort with their maths project, Mrs Witter’s group were rewarded with a delivery of pizzas thanks to Dominos in Kingsmead. Maths is a cornerstone of a good education and Mrs Witter certainly does whatever it takes to keep effort high and attitudes positive in her lessons.
We waved off our Barcelona travellers today. They have worked really hard towards their trip, raising over £1000 towards tour hoodies, tapas meals and more. I shall keep you posted with photos and news over the coming week.
Activities week starts on Monday with a CSI day for year 7, a trip to Haydock Race Day for year 8, a visit to Anderton boat lift for year 9 and a day at Liverpool Hope University for year 10. If you haven’t already sent in a C form, please make sure your child has theirs on Monday as we are not able to take them without this.
Have a great weekend.