Merseyside is Bright

Last week, Mrs Steele and Miss Ambrose took a group of students to the Merseyside is Bright event at Radio City.  Merseyside is Bright is an initiative from Merseyside Police, in partnership with Radio City and the Bauer Academy, which engages young people in a truly ground-breaking way.  Here is what our students thought of their day.

When we arrived we were introduced to Jemma, Bruno and Hillary.  We sat down in groups and talked about knife crime and the effects it has on us not only as children but as a community. We played a game of Kahoot to test ourselves on our knowledge of knife crime.  Our knowledge was mixed as some of us knew more than others. Colin McGinty’s sister then came in.  Her name is Laura and she spoke about the death of her brother and told us what it was like to lose someone to knife crime.  It made us all realise how much of an impact it has on the family of the victims.

When we arrived we were introduced to Jemma, Bruno and Hillary.  We sat down in groups and talked about knife crime and the effects it has on us not only as children but as a community. We played a game of Kahoot to test ourselves on our knowledge of knife crime.  Our knowledge was mixed as some of us knew more than others. Colin McGinty’s sister then came in.  Her name is Laura and she spoke about the death of her brother and told us what it was like to lose someone to knife crime.  It made us all realise how much of an impact it has on the family of the victims.

After Laura spoke to us we were asked to create an advert based on knife crime.  We were told to get our point across on what we thought about knife crime. We were shown some different styles of adverts to see what makes a good advert. Once we had written the 30 second advert we were taken down one by one into the recording studio to record our advert. Bruno was the one taking all the recordings. It was loads of fun and we tried on the headphones that they use in the studio.  It sounded crazy and your voice sounds so different, even Miss Ambrose got involved!

Jemma was also in the recording studio she was taking pictures of us. After our recording session with Bruno, we were taken outside with Jemma and some of us were interviewed about our time during the day. Once the other group finished their recording, we were taken back up and we played a final game of Kahoot, now knowing the facts about knife crime.  Finally, just before we left, we were given a flask to remember about our time there. It was an amazing experience and a real eye opener. To learn more about knife crime, visit www.merseysideisbrights.co.uk via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and more.

Santa Dash 2019

Congratulations to Ms Bowers, Mrs Hughes, Miss Moore, Mr Ward (and his dog!), Scott Francis, Tom Ewart & Jack Lewis from 6th Form who took part in the Liverpool Santa Dash at the weekend. The proceeds of funds raised went to Cancer Research. Well done all!

Soup Station arrives

During the Year 9 student voice meeting, students commented on the cold weather and how nice it would be to have hot soup and a roll for lunch to warm them up. As always, our wonderful catering staff have come up trumps and students can now warm up with delicious home made soup for £1.00 at lunchtime.

Hannah taps her way to a bronze medal

Huge congratulations to Hannah Prince from 7B who won a Bronze Medal in the Children’s Trio, at the Ido World Tap Dance Championships in Riesa Germany last week.  Hannah represented Team GB as part of Tap Attack, and as part of The Team GB Tap Team. Since August, Hannah, who also attends the Wendy Searle Dance Academy in Maghull, has been travelling most weekends to the Wilkes Academy in Swindon to rehearse her Team GB routine with the two other members of her trio. She has done all this in addition to her normal dancing and school work.  Hannah said “ I never thought I’d ever be able to get to do what I’ve done and it was the best time I ever had.  Getting 3rd place was a big shock for all of us. To even be selected to be on the team was a win for me, but this was even more.  I have had a brilliant experience and hopefully will get to do it all again next year!”

Congratulations Hannah from everyone at Chesterfield High School, we are so proud of you!

Fundraising for World Aids Day

Last week in school saw a series of events taking place to support fundraising for World Aids Day on Sunday 1st December. Mr Graham organised a week of activities which ended with a football and netball shoot out during lunchtime on Friday. A total of £417.32 was raised from the sale of raffle tickets and red ribbons. Well done to all the students who took part in the events.

Year 12 visit to Edge Hill

Thank you to Miss Moore for arranging and taking her Sixth Form Applied Science Students to Edge Hill University yesterday for what sounds to have been an amazing day. The students attended a course which helped to develop their court room skills and educate them about law debating and improving their analytical expertise, which are core skills required for their Applied Science B Tech Qualification.

Christmas Celebration 2019

Chesterfield High School invites you to attend and enjoy:

The Christmas Celebration on Thursday 12 December 2019 in the school Sports Hall (17:00–18:00).

It would be fantastic if you could be part of the celebration.

You will be treated to performances by the Musical Theatre Club, dance clubs, instrumental soloists and year 7 choirs.

Tickets have been allocated to each performer but all remaining tickets are on sale from the school reception.

All tickets cost £2 each.

Rock Band Club

Enjoy a recording from this week’s Rock Band Club rehearsal involving pupils from all years. This particular band includes musicians from years 8 and 11.

It’s great to see more and more bands getting established with bands performing rock band covers as well as compositing their own music.

Rock Band Club is on every Thursday 15:00 – 15:45 in MU1 and is free to attend.

Wellbeing Survey

Dear parents/carers

Wellbeing Award for Schools

Chesterfield High School is currently working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools. This is a kitemark award which demonstrates the schools commitment towards supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all members of the school community. If you would like to know more about the award please follow the link

https://www.ncb.org.uk/news-opinion/news-highlights/award-scheme-recognises-schools-building-better-mental-health

To achieve the award we must ensure that we plan and are working towards the following statements:

  • School is committed to promoting emotional wellbeing and mental health across the whole school community
  • School has developed a clear vision and strategy  for promoting and protecting emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • School has adopted a positive culture which regards emotional wellbeing and mental health as the responsibility of all
  • School actively promotes staff emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • School runs continuous professional development courses for staff on emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • School has systems in place to respond actively to different types of emotional and mental health needs
  • School works with specialist agencies to support emotional wellbeing and mental health

As part of the award we need ALL members of the school community to complete the wellbeing award survey which includes a specific parent/carer survey

We would be most grateful if you could take the time to complete this for us. To do so please follow this link which will take you to the survey. It will take you a couple of minutes only but is vital if we are to move forward with the award

https://app.awardplace.co.uk/stakeholder-evaluations/user-survey/5dd51732d1293

iPAD winner announced!

Congratulations to Laila Anderson from St Luke’s Halsall who was the lucky winner of the iPad from our recent Open Evening. Laila visited us in school this morning and was presented with her Ipad by Mr Sexton.