Promotion for Otis

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Promotion for Otis

For those who haven’t already met Otis, we would like to introduce you to him as our friendly school therapy dog, (pictured here with Owen). Otis ‘lives’ in school during the day and goes home every evening with Mr Simpson, our headteacher, to spend time in a family environment. Otis is now 18 months old and we are extremely proud of him. He is such a positive presence and provides support for students and staff during times of emotional pressure. He is also extremely popular with our visitors! Otis has now reached the stage where we would like to share him (as our ‘prized asset’) with the people in our local community. There are numerous research articles which highlight the benefits of pet therapy for people, young and old: Calming Effect Improved Mood Combating feelings of loneliness and isolation Emotional support during periods of stress and anxiety Decreased Behavioural Problems in children We are keen to forge links with the elderly in our community through visits with Otis to local day or residential centres. Otis would be brought along for an hour or so at a mutually agreed time, accompanied by a member of staff and one or two of our students; in this way, social outcomes for our students would also be improved as they experience a sense of purpose by helping others. If you work with elderly people who you think might enjoy meeting Otis, please contact our school office in the first instance on 0151 652 8071....

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Feeding Birkenhead Campaign – February Half Term

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in News, School Information | Comments Off on Feeding Birkenhead Campaign – February Half Term

Feeding Birkenhead is the campaign initiated by Frank Field MP to ensure that children can access food and fun in the school holidays.  Please click on link below to find out what’s available: Half term Holiday Club February 2017

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Remembering Srebrenica – Mr Baker recognised for his ‘exceptional’ commitment

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Remembering Srebrenica – Mr Baker recognised for his ‘exceptional’ commitment

Our executive headteacher, Mr Baker, was recently commended for his voluntary work with Remembering Srebrenica at their North West Cohesive Society Awards. His passion for the cause stems from his time working with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in Bosnia-Herzegovina, when he helped to identify the victims of the Srebrenica genocide in the late 1990s. Mr Baker  is committed to educating people of the consequences of leaving hatred unchecked across Cheshire and the Wirral, regularly speaking and presenting in a voluntary capacity.   Chair of Remembering Srebrenica’s North West Board, Elinor Chohan said: “The time and effort that Steven has put into commemorating Srebrenica is inspiring. He has generously offered his invaluable insights to members of different communities, faiths, and educational institutions, including speaking at recent Holocaust Memorial events. The reaction to his work and that of our other Community Champions really shows that people in the North West want their communities to be stronger and safer by uniting against hatred and welcoming everyone regardless of their race, religion, sexuality or ability.” Dr Waqar Azmi OBE, Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica, added: “Never has it been more important for us to learn the lessons from Srebrenica, so it is vital that we have talented and driven individuals like Steven bringing people together. The dedication of our volunteers across the UK last year meant that we put on nearly 400 events, attended by over 50,000 people. By working with schools, councils, faith organisations and other community groups we can challenge those who spread divisive messages in their efforts to breed hatred and intolerance.” The Srebrenica genocide is acknowledged as the worst atrocity in Europe since World War Two. If you would like to learn more about Remembering Srebrenica  please click on the link:

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Philosophy Field Trip

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Philosophy Field Trip

Key Stage 3 students have recently been examining the value of the outdoor space around us and the philosophical reasoning  that humans are biologically designed to be outdoors.  Our recent field trip to Thurstaston allowed them to re-examine the benefits for themselves.  At the end of an enjoyable afternoon, they all deducted that the natural world offers a strongly adventurous environment  where they can discover new things about themselves and their...

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Cadets’ Presentation to Year 7s

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Cadets’ Presentation to Year 7s

Kieran and Lewis, both Y10 students, gave a presentation to Year 7s this morning.  They dressed very smartly for the occasion in their cadet uniforms and spoke eloquently about their involvement with the Army Cadets.  They were able to inform our younger students how joining the Cadets has helped them to develop friendships as well as pursue new fun activities.   Lewis also told us about the community work involved in being a cadet and the qualification he obtained in first aid. The year 7 students were interested to know when they were eligible to join and were told they need to be over 12 and in year 8 at school. Please see following link for more information: Army...

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Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in News | Comments Off on DISTINCTIVE DESIGNS

After hours of hard work, the year 9s were this morning ready to share their completed wooden masks in our Product Design lesson.  Ryan presented his fabulous giraffe mask, summarising to the class the various stages involved to reach the final product;  this included time spent planning his design on paper then creating the design template, before going on to cut out the wood using specialist saws.    Ryan chose to apply various decorative techniques, including the wooden mouldings to create the spots.  He also explained how he created the striped effect by using masking tape which he was able to peel off this morning to complete his finished design. Although it demonstrates his creativity, Solomon agreed that his mask design was rather scary and he informed the class that he had been inspired by a black panther.  He explained how he had created the nostrils using using a countersink drill.  I can confirm that the ‘man behind the mask’ is not quite so scary! Ms...

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