Saying Goodbye to our Year 11 Students

040717_1Last week was a poignant week for our Year 11 students as they sat their final exam and had their special leavers assembly and prom.

It is always an emotional time as we review their five years with us, watching them grow from children in to responsible young adults. We saw just how much they had changed during their special leavers assembly on Wednesday and I must say how fantastic it was to see them in all their finery at the Netherwood Hotel during their prom on Thursday evening. A selection of photographs taken during the prom will feature in our Summer newsletter and in the local press with the full set of photos being displayed during the Year 11 Prizegiving ceremony taking place on Thursday 19th October. Exam results day takes place on Thursday 24th August and I wish all of our Year 11 students the very best of luck for their future and look forward to hearing about their many successes.

040717_2We held our Year 11 GCSE Art Exhibition last week, showcasing the fantastic artwork created during our students’ two year course. I would like to thank the many parents, carers, extended families and friends of the school who attended the event, I’m sure you will agree that the standard of artwork on display was outstanding. Thanks go to Mr Malcolm and Mrs Goadby for nurturing our students’ talents and mounting the exhibition.

040717_3Twelve Year 10 GCSE and BTEC Sport students travelled to Liverpool John Moor University to take part in a taster day with Katy Hesketh who is currently studying for her PhD in Sports Science. The group, who have a strong interest in science or are interested in pursuing sport into higher education, were given a tour of the buildings, the sports facilities and the halls at the university, immersing themselves fully in all aspects of university life. This was an incredible opportunity for our students to see the breadth of facilities Liverpool John Moores University has to offer and helped inspire our sports students to go on to study sport in further education.

Last week Food Preparation and Nutrition students visited The Lakeside Hotel for the day. The purpose of the day was to give students the chance to experience the hospitality industry whilst working with staff from a number of areas of the hotel. The group had a full tour of the hotel before creating a two course meal, learning how to set up the restaurant and how to serve at the table. The visit came to an end with a tour of the kitchen garden and of the hotel’s flock of Herdwick sheep and Belted Galloway cattle.

Our Year 10 students took part in a Speed Networking event which involved representatives from a range of companies and professions from the local area interviewing and advising students on the best practice when applying for a position in their organisation. Each group had a 5 minute session with each representative in which they also outlined their career history, answering questions on the realities of working in their particular profession.

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Year 8 student Masie Millington was selected to take part in the Rotary Young Textile Technologist Competition at the Lakes School. Masie was given the design brief of making an item for a teenager’s bedroom and made a colourful pillow pod to stand a tablet, electronic device or book on. Masie worked extremely hard and was awarded with a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate. I would like to congratulate Masie for being a fantastic ambassador for the school.

Jane Bayliff and Christine Patterson, 2 senior members of the ODP team with The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Health Trust, came into school to outline the great opportunities available for young people who decide to follow the career as an Operating Department Practioner. They met with a group of 60 Year 9 students and answered questions on their career and opportunities in the health service generally. They also outlined their plan to hold a careers open day at the local hospital's operating theatres which will take place in the Autumn Term.

As part of National Women in Engineering Day, a number of Year 9 students visited Gen2 in Ulverston to speak to apprentices to find out more about a career in engineering, as well as listening to presentations outlining the important contributions that women engineers have made to the world around us from fire escapes to windscreen wipers. They also had a look behind the scenes of the Gen2 Furness Skills Centre and a tour of the engineering workshops. The students then had the chance to show off their skills by participating in a number of interactive games. The visit was very informative and I am sure it has inspired a number of our students to consider a career in engineering.?

The first of two Duke of Edinburgh final expeditions took place last week with the group taking part in a 2-day trek navigating themselves around Derwent Water before setting up camp in Borrowdale. The final expedition was a culmination of the Year 10 students’ hard work and dedication throughout the year. Despite the wet weather the group did extremely well, completing the expedition in the allotted time.

Year 10 students experienced life as a sixth former for the day last week at Barrow Sixth Form College. They had their own personalised timetables and took part in a range of interactive lessons at the Rating Lane campus. They enjoyed a wide range of A level subjects ranging from biology to business, art and design to dance, maths to media, physics to politics and many more.

This Wednesday our Performing Arts department are hosting their ‘Spring into Summer’ Dance Concert in the school hall at 7pm showcasing a variety of dances from all year groups. Tickets are available via ParentPay and from the school office. I look forward to seeing you there.

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