Remembering Sam Cook

This year in memory of Sam Cook, on what would have been his 24th birthday, we are running a competition to help raise awareness for the #NoMoreKnives campaign.

Students are invited to enter a competition to design a poster, write a poem or rap to be displayed across school with the message…

“This is our City #NoMoreKnives”

Entry to the competition is free and all entries are to be handed to Progress Leaders by Friday 6th of November.

Winners in each category will receive a prize and all entries will become part of our new Sam Cook memorial display.

6th form update

This week former student and First Class Honours ALRA Graduate @ConnorwWilliamsL was welcomed back albeit via zoom to deliver a presentation to the Year 13 Sixth Form Students. Connor gave an insightful and engaging presentation about life at University and focused on some of the post university challenges he has faced within his industry.

Having your career all worked out at 18 is not an easy thing to establish so sharing his journey in to exploring opportunities presented to him via the casting route was reassuring as it is perfectly normal to change your mind!

Thank you Connor for giving up your time to speak to our students.

Year 11 continue their hard work

Students in Year 11 have today been busy accessing the full range of virtual learning experiences on offer as they maintain their focus and drive to succeed in these challenging times. Almost all of students have accessed live ‘Google Meet’ sessions with their teachers in Mathematics and Spanish and a large number of students also joined the ‘Chesterfield Re-start’ session from 3-4pm in History. Later today your child will receive a list of links for the live sessions for tomorrow. These will appear on the ‘Year 11 Pastoral’ Classroom daily to help you prepare your child for the next day.

Google classroom activity has also been extremely high. This is designed in such a way that it replicates the lessons that would have been taught in school and assesses knowledge and understanding to prepare staff for future lessons and on-line ‘surgery’ with students. It is important that children follow each of the subject classrooms and complete work as directed by their individual teachers so not to fall behind at this time. Class teachers will be in contact with Mr Lewis should any student not engage or fail to complete the necessary work who will intervene as appropriate.

My appreciation goes to the students, parents and staff for their continued support at this time.

Y13 Geography trip

This week the year 13 geography students took a trip to Liverpool as part of their NEA. They investigated the microclimate and collected primary data including temperature, light, wind speed and building height. They also walked to the Baltic Triangle to investigate the impacts of gentrification in this more edgy, creative and innovative part of the city. They were able to practice techniques such as questionnaires, environmental quality surveys and annotating photographs. These data collection methods will be used in their own individual investigations.

6th Form News

A big thank you to Amy and the outreach team at Newcastle University @uniofnewcastle who successfully delivered the Sixth Form’s first ever virtual presentation via zoom. Students were given an insight in to University Life: how teaching is structured, what to expect in terms of accommodation and finance plus details of pastoral support. The presentation then concluded with some vital information on what to include in a personal statement. Testament to how well this was delivered was the sheer number of individuals who then returned to the sixth form block to re-visit their UCAS application form and personal statements.

Amendment to bus routes & price increase

We have been advised that Peoplesbus will now be operating the 07:50 781 journey.

Unfortunately there is no longer any financial support to Merseytravel and therefore the single child fare has increased to £1.50. The Merseytravel My Ticket remains available from the driver at a cost of £2.20 and is valid for a whole day on any bus service. Prepaid tickets are also still valid.

Please find attached a summary list of the bus services that will serve Chesterfield High school.