Rudheath Senior Academy Headteacher’s Newsletter
Friday 13 December 2019
The penultimate week of term has come to an end and as always it has been full of activities.
Lille Christmas Market Trip
Our trip to Lille at the weekend was a great success. I have to say it was with some trepidation I got on a coach with 39 teens and pre-teens for 48 hours of shopping, but each and every one of them was an absolute joy!
The weekend was chock full of activities starting with a trip to an artisan Flemish waffle house, followed by the Christmas markets (and lots of other Lille shops), we saw a protest near the town hall and soldiers patrolling the streets with enormous guns – really very different from what we’re used to here in England. We walked to dinner in a small pizza place then bowling and bed in a hostel a couple of miles out of town.
On Sunday we stripped our beds, cleared our rooms and went for breakfast then a walk to the Westfield Centre, a large shopping area out of town. Our coach driver, Paddy, picked us up and took us to the Belgian chocolate factory where we found out all about chocolate before decorating our own bars and eating our weight in deliciousness!
It was an absolutely brilliant weekend, thank you to Mrs Rooney for getting the ball rolling, to Mrs Lockett for making all the last minute arrangements and to Mr Simcock, Miss Stockley and Miss Boyd for coming with us and making it all possible. A huge well done and thank you to all the learners who went on the trip – they were an absolute credit to themselves, the school and their families #ProudToBeRudheathSenior
Year 8 Climate Change Emergency
Northwich Transition worked with year 8 on Monday, helping them to learn more about the climate emergency. It’s really important that our learners have a good understanding about the world they live in and what a positive impact they can have by making small changes.
A big thank you to Northwich Transition, a volunteer group that work locally to help improve the environment #community
General Election Day
Learners found out more about the manifestos of the major political parties during PSHCE this week and followed this up with casting their own vote for the general election on Thursday.
Everyone looked at how the manifesto promises would affect them and their families and the results form by form were as follows:
Labour – 10 constituencies
Brexit – 3 constituencies
Conservative – 2 constituencies
Liberal Democrat – 2 constituencies
Green – 1 constituency
It was brilliant to listen to why learners had voted as they did and the outcome was quite different to the national picture.
Congratulations to Mrs Hudson and her family. Mrs Hudson delivered an absolutely beautiful baby girl this week and I can’t wait for a cuddle.
Mrs Bryan and her year 11 BTEC dancers put on a super evening of dance on Thursday as part of their BTEC Tech Award in Performing Arts. The year 11 had to organise a performance for a live audience and what started as a small show with just them performing turned into a lovely evening of dance from individuals, duets and groups of dancers from years 7 through to 11, with over 100 people in the audience!
With the help of Mrs Bryan, the year 11 organised the sale of tickets, a programme and co-ordinated the other year groups to put on quite a performance. There was great emotion at the end of the night as learners took the opportunity to say their goodbyes to Mrs Bryan who will be leaving us at the end of next week for pastures new.
Thank you to Abbie Lewis and James Dexter for their work on music and lights and to all families and friends who supported year 11 with their efforts #scholarship #ambition
Christmas Jumper Day
Christmas jumper day brought many a fancy jumper into school from Rudolph to Frosty, from reindeer to Darth Vader, from pompoms to festive lights – there was certainly a lot of bling going on! Thank you to all who took part – it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Church Service and Christmas Lunch Next Week
Next Thursday we will be walking down to St Helen’s Church for our annual Christmas service where we will see performances by our dancers, drama group and of course sing Christmas carols.
On our return to school there will be a full Christmas lunch with all the trimmings. If your child does not normally have a school meal, do encourage them to join us – it is such a lovely occasion with crackers and all!
End of Term Arrangements
As is usual at Christmas, we will be finishing school early. There will be a brunch at break time and school will finish at 12:45pm. If you would like your child to stay until 3:20pm please inform school via the school phone system or by email and I will ensure that there is supervision for them until the end of the day.
Hoping the weekend weather cheers up and you get all those last minute jobs done before Christmas.