Congratulations to Ben Carlton for winning the Pasta King March Prize Draw! He has won himself a new England shirt and football just in time for the World Cup. Students that would like to enter the July Prize Draw should complete their loyalty cards and hand them in to catering staff to have a chance at winning.
Made in Dagenham
Morecambe Community High School
Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th February 2018
It has been a week where the centenary of the Suffragettes Movement was recognised and Tesco have been served papers in Britain's largest ever equal pay claim. How fitting, then, that The Studio in Morecambe Community High School became host to tell the story of the most significant developments of the 20th Century. 'Made in Dagenham' is a story of sheer grit and determination and tells the tale of the women's strike action of the Ford Factory in Dagenham; something which would ultimately lead to the formation of the Equal Pay Act 1970. A cast of 52 students took to the stage and did so in a manner that has become accustomed to the quality of productions at Morecambe Community High School. Special mentions must go to Daniel Zanelli and Keyra Cowx for a superb portrayal of leading husband and wife Eddie and Rita O' Grady in their final production at the school. Dale Lambert gave an outstanding performance of Monty, the NUVB Convenor. There was also an opportunity for new talent to shine through and amusing performances were given by students Lucy Bunce and Evie Howson. Jessica Titman provided an excellent interpretation of Barbara Castle, the fiery Transport Minister. The members of the cast were supported by an outstanding crew comprising of students, staff and professionals within the industry. The band was on point as always and provided an excellent musical backdrop to the tale.
This was, all in all, a fabulous performance and one that the students of Morecambe Community High School should be proud of.
The last week of term continued to be a busy one for the music department with concerts at Greatwood Primary School and Poulton Le Sands primary School. Our students were as always great ambassadors for the school with their exceptional behaviour. The festive programme was enjoyed by both primary schools with many of the younger students joining in with the music. We hope our students continue to provide an inspiration for the younger primary students and we hope that they see the enjoyment playing an instrument can bring to our students.
On Friday 14th December 2017, 48 students from year 8-13 spent the day in Lancaster outside Next performing a series of festive concerts for the public. Spirits were high and the general public were very generous with their compliments and money! We raised over £250 which was split between the local hospice and equipment for the Music department.
Lily Cooper, in Year 9, has been shortlisted to represent the local area in the Member of Youth Parliament elections. Lily is one of six candidates in the running for election. The UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their elected voice to bring about social change through meaningful representation and campaigning.
Anyone aged 11-19 can vote for Lily by visiting the website at www.lancashire.gov.uk/youthzone/things-to-do/groups/uk-youth-parliament/lancaster-fylde-and-wyre.aspx
On Thursday 16th November we were invited to choreograph a piece for the theme 'Made in Britain' for the Lancashire Schools Dance Festival.
We performed our piece The Railway Revolution' which the students had worked incredibly hard to perfect. It saw the students dancing an energetic dance to Woodchilds Run Boy Run.
The dance got superb reviews and was also commented as being the 'best of the night' by some.
September in schools is a wonderful time of year - fresh from the celebration of examination success we welcome our new students into Year 7 and resume our passion for learning from the very first day of term. Many of you will know that we have been doing a great deal to ensure that we have an environment in the classroom that is the best it can be for learning.
Our expectations include:
With all things in life however, the importance is with the impact that we are having and I have been delighted to both see this so evident in classrooms and hear about it from students. A young man in Year 9 told me, “the clear noise levels have meant that I have to think much harder now” while a girl in Year 7 has told me “I like no hands up, but it does mean that I really have to listen hard to everything in case I am picked by the teacher!”.
Our big focus for this year in our teaching is going to be ensuring that all students are challenged and that all students are having to think hard in lessons.
As ever the challenge to our students is simple, be the best you can be…