It has been a memorable year for Hazel Grove High School (HGHS), as we celebrated our students’ achievements and talents in various areas.
As we close our doors for the summer holidays, we’d like to recap some of the highlights from the Summer Term.
At the very start of the Summer Term, the winners of our Science competitions had a great time with Oreo and Friends.
Students got up close and personal with snakes, lizards, tarantulas, meerkats and more!
They also learned fun facts about their origins, feeding habits and habitats.
Duke of Edinburgh complete
In June, our Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) students completed the final expeditions for their Bronze Award.
The expeditions took them from Edale to Hope and onwards to Lower Bradfield near Sheffield, walking some 30km.
The weather was beautiful and the views fantastic as they crossed the Peak District.
The students supported each other and took ownership of camp management with everyone cooking, cleaning and helping.
It was a triumphant moment when they passed the finish line, where they all had a well-deserved ice lolly!
We’re looking forward to next year’s DofE, we’ve had over 100 Year 9 students complete the DofE Initium Challenge!
Congratulations to the Year 10 students who earned their Bronze Award, and well done to the Year 9s who committed themselves to completing the Initium challenge.
HGHS goes globetrotting!
We’ve had a lot of international trips this term, with three Languages trips across Europe and a Geography trip that’s still out in Iceland.
Thank you to all the staff who made these trips possible and to the students for immersing yourselves in the experience – you have all made us so proud!
The Languages team have done a brilliant job of documenting their trips on Instagram, be sure to follow them to see more!
Auf Wiedersehen to Köln
It was a trip jam-packed with activities, food and fun when German language students went to Cologne.
Students made the most of the trip, practising their German in real world situations, like ordering milkshakes.
Highlights from the trip included: seeing the padlocks of love on the Hohenzollern Bridge, a 30-minute climb up the stairs to the top of the Köln Cathedral tower, trying traditional German foods, a boat trip, a knowledge hunt at Deutsches Eck in Koblenz, taking cable cars to the top of Rhein, a guided tour of Cologne, a visit to the Olympic Sports Museum and a tour of a chocolate factory – phew!
Staff on the trip praised the students for their enthusiasm and impressive German speaking skills.
Au Revoir to Paris
Year 8 French language students had a great adventure in Paris!
On the first day, they saw the Eiffel Tower and went to the Cité de Sciences Planetarium before witnessing some amazing views of Paris from the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower.
The next day, the group enjoyed a lovely cruise on the River Seine followed by a delicious meal in a Parisian restaurant.
They kicked off the third day with a fantastic tour of the Stade de France before shopping at Montmartre followed by visits to Sacré-Cœur and the Arc de Triomphe!
Finishing off a fantastic trip, they had a magical time at Disneyland Paris.
The students were brilliant and made their teachers proud, seeking every opportunity to practice their French speaking!
Adiós to Andalucía
Spanish language students had an amazing time on their trip to Andalusia in Spain.
They did some sightseeing in the beautiful city of Malaga on the first day.
After practising their Spanish with an ice cream pit stop, they visited the Picasso Museum.
The next day saw them heading to Granada to take a guided tour of the beautiful La Alhambra palace and fortress.
Another highlight was their trip to Nerja in Malaga, where they walked through the town and went exploring in the breath-taking Nerja caves.
Due to extreme weather warnings plans had to be changed on the final day, but students enjoyed cooling down with some air-conditioned shopping before heading to the airport!
Halló to Iceland!
Geography set off for Iceland on Wednesday and have already done a lot!
On day one, they went to the Bridge Between Continents, had a quick stop at a gorgeous rock pool, and then saw the Gunnuhver, Iceland’s biggest mud pool!
They started the next day relaxing in the secret lagoon followed by a trip to the beautiful Gulfoss Falls, then to the hot spring of Geysir and the ice cream farm before finishing the day in Thingvellir National Park.
Staff have told us the students have been fantastic so far and are having an amazing time with some exceptional weather – we hope they enjoy the rest of their trip!
Follow the Geography team on Instagram to see the latest from Iceland.
On 4th July, we headed to the Royal Northern College of Music’s Concert Hall for an evening of outstanding musical performances in Laurus Live.
Students from all Laurus Trust Secondaries put on a brilliant show, impressing the audience with their musical abilities.
A huge well done to all of our students involved in the concert.
It was an incredible evening and wonderful to see the whole Trust come together with some unbelievable talent!
Year 11 Prom
It was a bittersweet moment when we said farewell to Year 11 at their prom.
We enjoyed a fantastic evening of celebration, as everyone came together to shed a tear and raise a glass (of orange juice!) to the Class of 2023.
We wish them all the best in their futures!
Fun on the Inflatables
We had a very enjoyable finish to the year on the inflatables this week.
All students got the opportunity to post the fastest time for their House and then shoot some hoops to score even more points!
It was the perfect end to a very competitive year of House competitions!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole HGHS community for making this academic year the success it has been.
Thank you to the parents, carers and families who have come and supported the students at the many events we’ve had, both internal and external.
Thank you to all of our teaching and support staff for your endless passion and commitment, going above and beyond to do whatever it takes.
And finally, thank you to our amazing students for doing your best each and every day, it is phenomenal to see how much you have achieved in the past 12 months.
From all of us at HGHS, we would like to wish you and your families an enjoyable and refreshing summer!