End of Term Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers
As we come towards the end of another academic year, I take this opportunity, once again, to thank you for your continued support of the school and all its work with your children.
It has been a busy summer term, ending with the celebration of all children’s achievements at both the annual Awards Evening at Pendle Hippodrome and the awards assemblies in school last week. Particular congratulations go to Annica Kelly, Mya Farrow, Roma Massey, Lois Page, Erin Connelly, Thomas Burns, Ryan Betts, Grace Helm and Megan Jeffery; all major award winners who were presented with their trophies by Mrs Karen Handford, founder of Wil’s Wishes. I thank Karen and her charity for their continued support of the school.
This term, all Key Stage 3 pupils enjoyed three days of enrichment activities on the theme ‘Britain’s got…..’, an exploration of Britain, British culture and values. We had the British ‘bake off’ in food technology; we kept calm and carried on in graphics; pupils explored British punk hairstyles in art and samba rhythms and bands in music. In science, pupils had the opportunity to test the theories of Isaac Newton and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, as well as sampling Olympic sports, including lacrosse and ultimate frisbee, in PE. These lessons gave an opportunity for all pupils to experience something new, to be creative and inspired. The feedback from both pupils and staff was overwhelmingly positive, as was the feedback from the enrichment week trips to Blackpool Zoo, York, Media City in Salford and the Anderton Centre in Bolton for kayaking and water sports. Please see our website for photographs of all our enrichment activities.
Whilst Years 7 to 9 pupils were experiencing enrichment activities in school, Year 10 pupils were experiencing enrichment activities of another kind on Work Experience for two weeks with local employers and businesses. When Fisher More pupils go out into the local community, they always do so with pride and their behaviour and attitude is exemplary. Many employers who hosted one or more of our pupils during work experience have contacted the school, singing the praises of all our pupils, which is always good to hear.
In preparation for their final year with us and the important decisions Year 10 will have to make regarding their post-16 choices, these pupils attended taster sessions and lessons in various subject areas at Nelson and Colne College. Again, the feedback from staff who led these sessions with our pupils was highly complimentary. We thank Mr Flynn, Mr Walmsley and Mr Driver for organising these exceedingly valuable learning opportunities for our pupils.
Pupils studying the vocational courses Health and Social Care and Child Care have also had opportunities to visit local colleges and a local nursery, where they experienced ‘messy play’ as part of their Child Care course. The BTEC music pupils had chance to use the facilities at Burnley College to support their coursework and compositions. Finally, a small group of Year 10 pupils went on a residential trip to Oxford University with pupils from the neighbouring high schools. These pupils took part in a number of challenges, as well as delivering a presentation as part of the Pendle Elite programme. Thank you to Mrs Clapham, Mr Halstead, Mr Cheetham and Ms McClelland for leading and supporting these trips for the pupils.
Earlier this term, Mrs Lord (Faculty Leader for science and technology) and Mrs Bowes (Faculty Leader for RE and humanities) joined the school, Mrs Helliwell returned from her maternity leave and Miss Howarth joined the history team, replacing Miss Hurley who has now retired. Right at the end of this term we say goodbye to Mrs Perkins, who is leaving to work for a charity in Brazil, Mrs Humphreys who is returning to Clitheroe Royal Grammar school and Miss M Williams who is relocating to Liverpool. We thank them all for their much valued work during their time at Fisher More.
Next term we welcome Mr Thomas, who will take up the position of Faculty Leader for maths and ICT and Miss Marklew and Miss K Williams who will be joining the English team.
If you are planning to purchase new uniform during the summer, please read the uniform list on our website very carefully so as to avoid any costly mistakes.
I now wish you all a restful holiday and look forward to working with you and welcoming all pupils on Wednesday 4 September 2019.
Ms C Hayes