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HAZEL GROVE HIGH SCHOOL

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February 2019

 

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to our first newsletter of the year. We would like to start by thanking the families who continue to send their children to school every day, smartly dressed and fully equipped to learn.  We have had a number of visitors and guest speakers in school this half term, and all have commented on what well dressed and well-mannered students we have. We do have high expectations as regards uniform and it is essential that all students continue to follow these.  As the weather forecast changes please ensure your child comes prepared, wearing black coats, scarves and gloves, as per our uniform requirements.

Laurus Trust

As we are now progressing with the ‘due diligence’ phase with the Laurus Trust, we wanted to create a formal channel so that any individual could directly contact the Governing Body to give comments and questions for consideration. Therefore, we have created a section on the school website where you can find out more information about the process.  Please visit: www.hazelgrovehigh.co.uk

Activity Update

Following our visit from a group of teachers from China earlier in the term, 32 of their students then visited us. They were visiting the UK whilst on their winter break and wanted to experience English education. The students joined Hazel Grove High School for the day and were given a taste of different lessons and English culture.  Our students were great hosts!

Over 250 Year 8 students had a superb day out at Chester Zoo on Tuesday 22nd January, despite the snow. A big thank you goes to Mrs Carter who organised the trip. We have more trips planned in the coming months, one of which is a sixth form trip later in the term to New York, led by Mrs Roberts.  Thank you for your support with these trips.

We had Hazel Grove Community Police in school two weeks ago security marking students’ bikes; they will also be returning to school to do bike safety assemblies with all of our students.  If your child did not manage to have their bike security marked and still wishes to do so please ask them to see Miss Franklin.

During the month of February, we will be taking part in a range of activities to promote E-safety awareness.  This is organised by ‘Insafe’, an organisation that promotes safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Throughout the month, we will be raising students’ awareness through a range of ICT / Assembly based tasks.

Year 11, 12 and 13 have recently received their mock exam results during assemblies, and there were lots of happy faces!  We have just 10 school weeks left until the exam season starts.  If your child is unsure at this point as to how to revise, please make sure you contact us for help and guidance.  Quality, short doses of revision really does make the difference.  Our exam weeks for Key Stage 3 are upon us also.

We are currently in the middle of our Sixth Form interviews with Year 11 students. We have had more applications than ever before, with great interest in new courses such as Criminology and Computing.  It is not too late to enrol.  Contact Mr Vickers if you would like an application form.

Fundraising

Because of money raised from the non-uniform day before the Christmas holidays, we have been able to buy a second defibrillator for school. Many thanks for all of your support with this, it is such a vital piece of first aid equipment and we are delighted to have been able to purchase this. We have also raised over £7000 towards a new school mini bus that will be specially adapted for our Resource Centre students. If any members of the community are able to help us raise any money or sponsor the mini bus then this would be greatly appreciated. Please do get in touch with Miss Franklin or Ms Axon, our Resource Centre Manager.

School Linking Project

As part of our school linking project with The Islamic High School for Girls, our wonderful group of students will be going to The People's History Museum in Manchester to learn about their own identity and share their ideas using art with the girls from the high school from Chorlton.  We look forward to seeing their artwork!

Mental Health Awareness Week

This week sees the theme of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. During the week we will be looking at what this means, how to keep a good mental health and strategies of coping with mental health.  We will also be holding a cake sale to raise money and awareness.

Mock Election

Our Year 10 students will be visited by local Councillors to explore democracy and political parties as part of our Mock Election. 

Some Department Updates

News from RE

As part of Year 8's unit on Judaism, we have a Holocaust survivor who is coming into school, to talk to the whole year group about her harrowing experiences during the Holocaust.  This event will be on Wednesday 6th March.

Where better for our Year 11 students to revise Christianity than at a church?  The RE class will be visiting Hazel Grove Baptist Church in the coming weeks, where Mark and Tim will take them through what it means to be a Christian to revise key topics for their GCSE exam.

Performing Arts Update

The next Music Showcase date has been confirmed - Wednesday 6th April 6:30pm - 8:30pm in the school hall.  This will feature Pop Choir, Senior Choir, Band, Soul Band, all GCSE classes and soloists.  We hope to see you there! 

The Music Department had a visit from Future DJs who did a workshop for over 50 students. If students sign up for lessons they are taken all the way from understanding the basic building blocks of the DJ’s craft to discovering their musical instincts and building the confidence to trust them. Their study programme is linked to the exam boards’ syllabuses.  Along the way, students discover the inner workings of music, from rhythm and dynamics to pitch and texture. And they learn the value of perseverance, patience and practice. Information on how pupils can sign up for lessons will be out very soon!

This half term is so exciting for the Dance Department. This week we have entered Years 7 - 10 into ‘The Great Big Dance Off’ National Dance Competition after getting through to the regionals last year.  Fingers crossed for all year groups.

On Thursday 7th February we had the ‘Step Up’ Dance Competition ran by Mrs Carpenter in school, which was a fantastic competition. The winners will then perform at our annual Dance Show ‘A Celebration of Dance’ which takes place on Thursday 14th February in the hall at 6.30pm. Tickets are on sale on Parent Pay at £3 each and we look forward to seeing you for a superb evening of Dance. 

Drama's 'Acting Up' Theatre Company are currently working on our version of Carol Ann Duffy's Rat's Tales - a collection of traditional fairy tales told in a very non-traditional style! Date and tickets TBC. 

Our GCSE and Year 8 Drama group have been creating a piece inspired by Neil Gaiman's ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ and are excited to offer this touring production to local primary schools, accompanied with a workshop led by our students. 

Key Dates

 

  • Friday 15th February – School closes for February half term (3:00pm)
  • Monday 25th February – School re opens for Spring term 2
  • Thursday 28th February – Year 8 Options Evening
  • Thursday 7th March – Year 8 Parents Evening 
  • Monday 11th March – Year 8 Exams Week (all week)
  • Monday 18th March - Year 7 Exams Week (all week)

 

Please find enclosed a copy of the HGHS 2019-20 term dates.

 

Many thanks for your continued support. If you have, any questions do not hesitate to contact us on: contact@hazelgrovehigh.co.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

Miss C Franklin                                                                          Mr B Vickers

Acting Headteacher                                                              Acting Headteacher