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Our school hall has been transformed into a wasteland to demonstrate the destructive power of unchecked ambition. This year’s outstanding school production is a shortened adaptation of Macbeth, using traditional language and a dystopian landscape to engage a modern audience. The performance uses physical theatre and dance to explore the central themes of ambition, greed and corruption. Students and staff developed and rehearsed the performance over a six-week period, with rehearsals only beginning in September. I was captivated by the performance on Thursday, just as the 250 visiting primary school pupils were on Wednesday. I felt incredibly proud of the students and staff who have worked tirelessly, with such commitment and dedication; sharing their talents with the audience, who were thoroughly impressed. A huge well done to all involved.

On Tuesday morning, the energy levels of our Year 7s were a sight to behold as they filled the Sports Hall for their workout for LEPRA; having completed the Manchester Half Marathon at the weekend, I gave my excuses for not joining in the workout! It was a pleasure to welcome the LEPRA team in to school and a delight to be advised by Mr Mayne that our students had again excelled themselves in raising money for this important charity.

Year 9s received an excellent presentation from the Fire Cadet team this week. This is a truly outstanding programme and I hope that pupils will be keen to be involved and that the new cohort of cadets follow in the footsteps of recent cohorts who have done themselves and the school proud.

Sporting successes have continued throughout the week. We are all very proud of the school teams as they represent us so well. It was a particular pleasure to be advised that our superb PE department team have been nominated for the Secondary School of the Year at the Lancashire Sport Awards. They will be attending a ceremony next month and we wish them all every success. Having seen some Year 8 Boys and Year 7 Girls gymnastics lessons this week, I can attest to the high standards that all of our students aim for in PE and sport.

We are looking forward to welcoming the Pearl of Africa Choir in to school on Monday. The choir are performing a concert in the evening and after last year’s spectacular event, I know that many people are looking forward to this with great anticipation.

On Thursday 26th October we are holding our Sixth Form College Open Evening. All are warmly welcome to attend. There will be a presentation from myself and Mrs Hayes, Director of Sixth Form, in the Forum Building at 6.15pm and then repeated at 7.00pm. Following our best ever set of results, we are very excited about the future developments of the College and we hope that visitors will see our commitment to: ‘Your College. Your Future.’

In this spirit, I conclude this week’s Blog with the words of Malcolm X: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Best wishes

Mr Kerridge.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday, 6th December
Whole School Christmas Dinner
Thursday, 7th December
Year 11 Parents Evening 1
Monday, 11th December
6th Form Enrichment Music Concert
Monday, 11th December
Duke of Edinburgh Presentation Evening
Wednesday, 13th December
Winter Warmers Concert
Thursday, 14th December
Year 8 Parents Evening
Monday, 18th December
Senior Presentation Evening
Tuesday, 19th December
Carol Service
Wednesday, 20th December
Year 7 Disco
Friday, 22nd December
INSET Day (Disaggregated)
Monday, 25th December
Bank Holiday: Christmas Day
Monday, 25th December
Christmas Holiday