Mossley Hollins prides itself as a school that focuses on academic rigour. We value strong academic outcomes as we know the positive effect this has on the lives and futures of our young people. However, we are also acutely aware of the positive learning experiences that young people can gain through participation in the wider curriculum and the value that participation in the Arts, sports and learning about the wider world around us can have on their development. Things may be returning to normal after the wonderful Wizard of Oz production last week but the students of Mossley Hollins and the Mossley and Carrbrook Schools Partnership have once again been busy this week in a number of such events.
On Monday, four of our Year 9 pupils took part in the UKMT maths challenge competing against twenty schools from across Greater Manchester in a challenging mathematics competition. They certainly showed their mathematical talent and I was delighted to hear that they achieved third place just behind Manchester and Altrincham Grammar schools. Thank you to Mr Frost for organising and supporting the event and well done to Ewan Macdonald, Noah Cooke, Hannah Collier and Kiah Lees.
Our Year 11 students were treated to a dramatic production of Jekyll and Hyde on Monday afternoon as part of their preparation for the forthcoming examinations. Many of the students I asked were excited about the performance commenting on how helpful it was in ‘bringing the novel to life’ for them. We wish them luck with their revision for the GCSEs, which are now only a few short weeks away.
On Tuesday, we welcomed Year 6 students from across the MCSP to our inter-school quiz, led by our Library manager Mrs Godrich. Congratulations to St Joseph’s who were the deserved winners.
On Wednesday, we were pleased to host the Mossley and Carrbrook Schools Partnership Science Fair where young scientists from across our partnership showed off their imaginative and skilful science projects. Thank you to Mr Fenton and everyone involved in making the event such a success. You can read more about the Science Fair later in next week’s newsflash.
On Thursday 14th March, we held our annual ‘Big Sing’, which brought together young vocalists from across the MCSP. It was great to see the wealth of vocal talent from across the partnership and I would like to extend my appreciation to my colleague Headteachers at St Georges, Micklehurst, Milton St John, Livingstone and St Joseph’s Schools whose pupils have been rehearsing hard for this wonderful event. Thank you to Mr Beardmore and Mrs Webster for organising the event and to Mrs Ratcliffe, Miss Booth and Mr Mather for their encouragement and musical direction. We look forward to many more of these wonderful singing extravaganzas in the future.
I am delighted to support these events, as I understand what benefits such experiences have upon the personal development of our young people in terms of their character and culture, and how such experiences support and enhance their academic progress.