Senior Students, The General Election, British Values and more

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It has been my great pleasure to award over half of our Year 10 students the position of Senior Student this week, meeting each of them in person has been a delight, giving them their blue tie and seeing how proud they are to wear it. Its everyone’s job to maintain our very high standards at Dowdales and I look to each of our Senior Students to take a lead in setting the tone as the model for younger students to look up to.

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In conjunction with the UK General Election we held a Mock General Election in school for our Year 10 cohort. Students took part in Preparation for Learning activities surrounding the election in the run up to voting day with activities pinpointing how the General Election works, who the UK political leaders are and how polling stations work to name but a few. On voting day Year 10 voted in a mature manner resulting in Labour receiving 64%, the Liberal Democrats 11%, UKIP 10%, Conservatives 3%, Green Party 2%. The Mock Election was a great initiative for our students to be involved in, giving them a valuable insight in to the workings and procedures involved in a General Election.

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Today we held a special event titled ‘More Alike Thank Different’ celebrating British Values in partnership with Ludus Dance as part of the Curious Minds SLICE Project. Over 100 pupils from four primary schools, together with Dowdales Arts Mark Gold students and girls’ choir, performed in the event inspired by the late MP Jo Cox’s words; “We are more alike than different”. Congratulations to all students and pupils involved in this extremely energetic and inspirational performance and thank you to Ludus Dance for your continued partnership.

This year Activities Week (the last week of term) theme is also ‘British Values’. Activities Week is an important part of our curriculum provision and I look forward to all our students enjoying the activities planned. In light of the terrible recent events in Manchester and London we have of course been looking carefully at our planned itineraries for each of the educational study visits as well as reviewing our risk assessments. The safety of your son or daughter is our number one priority at all times.

With just over two weeks left until the end of the GCSE examinations our Year 11 cohort are continuing their hard work and focus in both their exams and revision sessions. This week’s GCSE examinations have included History, Food Technology, English, Geography, German, RS, Computer Science, Maths, Biology and Music. I would like to thank parents and carers for your continued support of your son/daughter.

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We shall be showcasing the talents of our GCSE Art groups in our annual GCSE Art Exhibition taking place on Wednesday 21st June, 4pm to 6pm. Students, parents and carers are invited to attend the event which is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the artistic brilliance of our students and I do hope you can join us. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Our youngest competitor in the Keswick to Barrow, Carrie Tyson in Year 9 has been awarded with a gold medal, being named the 1st u18 girl to finish the event in a time of 9hrs 20mins. Carrie had originally been presented with the silver medal but was delighted to have been contacted by the K2B team to let her know that she had in fact won the gold medal. Huge congratulations go to Carrie who is now the youngest ever person to win the under 18 category.

Looking ahead our Performing Arts department will be presenting a dance concert titled ‘Spring into Summer’ on Wednesday 6th July at 7pm. The concert will showcase our students’ Key stage 3 work, performances from our dance clubs and this year’s GCSE work. Tickets for this event will be available from our school office soon. I hope that it will be an evening that you will enjoy.

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