This week has been all about refining both student and teacher skills in both Maths and English, as well as spotting talent for the future!
I have to say that I applaud the dedication shown by both my English staff and their Year 11 students this week. No less than eighty nine pupils attended a special Charles Dickens night-school session last Tuesday, focusing on the text Christmas Carol, which they shall be examined on in the forthcoming summer GCSE exams. Despite having already done a full day at school, students worked hard for three hours at this evening session to produce some great materials, andleft with a folder packed with revision resources. The next chance for Year 11 to refine their talents at English Night School will be in January.
Maths staff have also been improving their own teaching talent in an hour and a half professional development session hosted here in school on Thursday. They worked alongside colleagues from local junior schools, and some teachers from neighbouring high schools, on a new project entitled Algebra Tiles. The aim of the project is to build skills in Algebra for students by using a common method throughout the period of transition from primary to secondary school. We look forward to seeing the results of this collaborative work in 2019.
Not to be outdone, Science also nurtured engineering talent of the future when they organised a huge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event for Year 8 on Wednesday, which saw students being challenged to make their own electric cars
On Thursday evening we also had what has now become one of the main events in the school calendar, Talent Spotters. We spent an evening being entertained by varied and unusual acts, such as a dramasketch from the popular TV show “Ab Fab,” a very polished display of martial arts, comedy, dance and song. Stacey Houldsworth from Radio Wave, West End pit musician and ex-student Steve Blyth, and Lucy Spencer manager of local StarMaker and also an ex-student here, judged the hotly contested event. The winner of the primary school Mini Spotter competition was Izzi Nicholson from Anchorsholme Primary School with her impressive roller skating. However, the Fleetwood High School Talent Spotter winners were the fantastic duo of Sarah-Ann and Krystal, singing their own amazing composition. Well done girls… talented indeed.