Hello and welcome to my firstHeadteacher blog. This is a new experience for me, and I am excited to be able to open up new ways on communicating to keep you up to date with all the great aspects of school life, as well as looking at what is happening in the wider community, and the world of education.
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the students, parents, guardians, teachers, staff and volunteers, for a successful start to the year. I think it is fair to say that it has been a full calendar for Urmston and as we edge closer to half term, it seems appropriate to reflect on what has already been achieved over the past weeks.
The term started with a successful entrance exam day – with hundreds of primary school pupils participating in the process in the hope of securing a place at Urmston. It is the first year that we have worked as a consortium with Altrincham Girls, Sale and Stretford Grammars, and it was a positive experience; we wish all of the pupils that took part, the best of luck for results day.
I am pleased to see the children in Year 7 have settled in well to school life. They certainly enjoyed their residential to Lakeside – an experience that will stay with them forever. It is a great way for the children to build friends and expand on emotional and personal development skills, preparing them for their time at Urmston Grammar as well as life beyond the classroom.
An inspiring Year 7 assembly, featuring a quintet from the Royal Northern College of Music, which was organised by Mrs Williams, has been a highlight to the term and I hope it encouraged pupils to consider taking up a musical instrument.
The school fair was also a great success and I would like to thank everyone that came, those who made donations and a big thank you to the PTFA for all the planning, organisation and support on the day – which saw more than £1,700 raised – incredible!
The school also had a special visit from Nicky Roche CBE, who played an integral part in the successful London 2012 Olympic Games and more recently in Tour de Yorshire. The pupils and teachers were delighted to hear her stories and inspiring words.
I am also pleased to say that our Please Pitch In campaign to raise £250,000 for new AstroTurf has successfully kicked off – even making the press! – South Manchester News
And finally, I would like to say well done to Mr Dickson for completing his Snowdon Horseshoe challenge. Thank you to everyone who has already made generous donations and if you haven’t made a donation yet – there is still time! The trek was undertaken to raise funds for two Christmas parties, hosted by our sixth formers, for pupils from Delamere Special School and for local senior citizens – so your donations, via ParentPay, will be greatly appreciated and I am sure it will make the blisters all worthwhile!
Hope you enjoyed the update and look out for the next blog, next month!