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DUKE OF EDINBURGH GOLD EXPEDITION
16 of our Year 13 students spent 4 somewhat gruelling days in the Lake District hills trekking and camping out in very unpleasant weather conditions. We are delighted that all the students completed the expedition and congratulate them on this tremendous achievement. Thanks go to Ms Hannah Browne, our DofE Co-ordinator, and the Team Leaders for supervising the students and making sure they all returned home safely!
LIONHEART ENTERPRISE NORTH WEST CHAMPIONS!
We are delighted to announce that our year 11 team became North West Champions at the Lionheart Enterprise Regional Finals in Bolton on 8 October 2013.
The Challenge was:
To conceptulise, design and create a product or device which will enable many more disabled people to actively participate in sport.
Our team devised a device called "Lock and Go" - a unique amputee product. They were congratulated on their brilliant product, finance, marketing and team work. They presented to an audience of 22 teams, staff and judges.
The girls went forward to the National Finals on Friday 15 November 2013 at Lancaster Great Hall and even though they did not win they enjoyed taking part and particularly the formal dinner when they were able to wear their "posh frocks":
LAUNCH OF INTERACT FOR 2013/14
Rachel Lloyd, President of Liverpool Rotary, came to Year 12 and 13 assembly on 24 September to launch Interact. The girls were presented with their badges and the first Interact meeting took place on 26 September.
The group are fund raising for shelter boxes and collecting for a local food bank.
Their first fund raising effort was very successful as £1234 was raised for 'Jeans for Genes' day.
GCSE RESULTS UP BY 6%
Congratulations to our girls and staff on achieving a fantastic set of results, 75% gaining 5 or more of the top grades A*-C including English and Mathematics. Particularly pleasing is the 100% of top grades in the separate sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Art pupils also achieved 100% success. Well done everyone, we look forward to welcoming you into Sixth Form in September.
A LEVEL SUCCESS
We are delighted to congratulate so many of our students who have achieved their richly deserved results enabling them to go on to Higher Education. We wish you well for the future and hope that you keep in touch!
Pleased to Help
Sixth Form Enterprise group “Innovate” visited Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice on 8th July to present a cheque for £100 as a donation from their profits from selling their “Moving Upward” Transition Book for primary school Year 6 pupils and their parents. The students were deeply moved by the experience of seeing the babies and the work that takes place at the Hospice.
Geography Field Trip to Aberystwyth
Year 12 Geography students spent a week in Aberystwyth collecting data for their coursework. They shared the week with students from Hilbre High School Sixth Form. As well as collecting data they experienced life at Aberystwyth University, staying in the halls and working in the laboratories at night. The students worked hard during the whole week, spending 6 hours during each day in the field and then more than 2 hours each night in the labs. The weather was surprisingly good and despite the hard work, the students all had a positive experience and some have said they would even go again!
Heads up for Business with Decipher
Decipher, our Year 10 Enterprise team, are taking part in an Liverpool City Enterprise Competition - Head for Business. A Sales Activity Challenge was held on Monday 4 - Friday 8 February 2013. Every break time the team sold many different exciting items - Make Up Monday, Tutor Tuesday, Wild Wednesday, Fair Trade Thursday and Friday Fever.
In April the girls gave a sales pitch to ‘Dragons’ (judges from Liverpool Vision) at an event held at a business office in the City Centre and successfully achieved five of the Dragons investing in their business. The team were thrilled by the feedback from the judges who stated that they were impressed by both their professionalism and their "wow factor”. The students got through to the Final of the competition held at Liverpool Vision on Wednesday, 1 May.
Please see their advertisement, TV advert and Radio Jingle by opening the attached files to learn more about their business. If you are interested in hiring the team please contact Decipher at school.
Year 13 student, Louise, won an amazing £1000 as the 1st prize in an Art in the City Exhibition which was held at the Metquarter. Louise, her family and Mrs Cook (Head of Art) attended the awards presentation where Louise was presented with a cheque.The exhibition raised funds for the Prince's Trust. The prize was donated by Cammell Laird who now will display Louise's painting in their offices. Well done Louise!
NEW YORK, NEW YORK!
Our Sixth Formers, accompanied by Mrs Cassidy, Mrs McElhinney-Samson and Mr Mark Jones, thoroughly enjoyed themselves on their trip to New York in February. All the usual sights were visited and a morning was spent in a secondary school. The following comment was received from a member of staff following our students' visit:
"Just wanted to let you know that even the snow, rain, and sleet couldn't keep your students away! After school was cancelled last Friday, we were able set up for the students to come up to Hastings this morning. Your students were wonderfully behaved and a joy to host. My students really loved getting to meet kids from halfway around the world."
Liverpool Schools' Parliament - Euroscala December 2012
Two schools from Liverpool comprising girls from Archbishop Blanch and Notre Dame were chosen to represent the UK at Euroscola for our successes in enterprise and debating competitions. Read all about it by clicking on the link below:
INTRODUCTION TO PRINCESS ANNE
One of our Year 10 pupils who attends Beechley Riding Stables in Calderstones Park was asked to meet Princess Anne when she paid a visit to the stables on 11 December. The Princess Royal opened a new woodland trail for disabled horse riders in Liverpool and unveiled a plaque at the Stables, in her role as president of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), to mark the opening to the Sensory Woodland Trail.
A film exploring Liverpool’s links with the RMS Titanic was premiered at Merseyside Maritime Museum on Monday, 10 December. ‘Titanic and Liverpool: a voyage into history’ was conceived by students at Archbishop Blanch School, and produced with the help of Liverpool film company Handstand and a grant of £20,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. What started off as a school project soon became much more: a journey of discovery about local heroes, a city’s heritage and the fundamental workings of how history is made.
In November 2011, armed with a copy of the Liverpool Echo and the promise of a spectacular catalogue of events in the city to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, six students from Archbishop Blanch School arrived to their history club meeting with a lot of questions. What has Titanic got to do with us? Why was ‘Liverpool’ emblazoned on its hull? And were there even any scousers on board?
And so began their journey…..
Just 12 months later, it is safe to say that their learning curve has been a steep one. Self-christened “Titanoraks”, the girls have become experts on the part that Liverpool had to play in Titanic’s construction, maiden voyage, and legendary sinking. Over the past year the team has grown to include teachers, local historians, budding actors and members of the public. Weekends have been spent on “Titanic tours”, visiting the homes of crew members and passengers from the Liverpool area. Museum exhibitions have been combed for details, facts have emerged, questions asked and answered, conflicts resolved and opinions changed. And all of this research has happened against a backdrop of new events and new history being made. In April 2012, the girls were lucky enough to have press access to the Sea Odyssey event, documented in the film. They visited theatre projects, local exhibitions and interviewed members of community groups holding their own anniversary events. Was it right to have what seemed to be a “street party” to mark the anniversary of a disaster, they asked? What did local people think? And what about the relatives of those who lost their lives on that night in 1912?
The film that they have produced documents our city’s links with the ship on a number of levels: exploring its owners White Star Line, whose offices can still be seen on The Strand, and Chairman J. Bruce Ismay who lived and was educated here. Merseyside was home to both Captain Smith of Titanic and Captain Rostron of the Carpathia, the ship which picked up Titanic survivors adrift in the Atlantic ocean in the days following the disaster. And crew members Fred Fleet, Charles Lightoller and Henry Tingle Wilde had homes in the city. The film looks at the personalities beneath the myths surrounding these well known names, offering new perspectives and insights into the role these Liverpudlians had to play in April 1912.
Following its premiere, the film will be available to local people, schools and community groups. Its value is not only in the story it has to tell, but in its exploration of how history is made every day by ordinary people. In completing the project, the students involved have learned not just about the story of the Titanic, but also a wider appreciation of their city’s maritime heritage, a deeper understanding of the complexity of how historical events are recorded and commemorated, and a wide range of media skills including acting, directing and managing camera and sound equipment.
The DVD is available free to any interested parties. If you would like a copy please contact the school.
CHURCH SCHOOL INSPECTION - "OUTSTANDING"
SIAS [STATUTORY INSPECTION OF ANGLICAN SCHOOLS] JUNE 2012
“The genuine delight of many of the students and staff to express their faith with confidence sets the tone for Archbishop Blanch School’s Christian distinctiveness. There is an exceptionally strong sense of community and positive and caring relationships that encourage and motivate all involved in the school. The contribution pupils make to the day-to-day running of the school is outstanding and this illustrates the confidence and sense of responsibility for the ‘common good’ which supports them in their future lives. An all embracing feeling of friendship, compassion and thanksgiving underpins all areas of school life and Christian values are seen in action on a daily basis. There is the sense of belonging, responsibility and inclusiveness which is the hall-mark of all relationships. Pupils welcome the contribution Muslim students make to the religious dimension of school life, recognising the strength of diversity in faith.
The school’s passion, drive and engagement with pupils ensure that all aspects of personal development and learning are nurtured and flourish exceptionally well. Collective worship is given high priority in the life of the school; the many and varied opportunities to express faith publicly and without embarrassment help all to grow spiritually in worshipful harmony.”
To read the full report please click - SIAS_INSPECTION_REPORT_-_JUNE_2012.pdf
Ofsted Report May 2012 - "This is a Good school with Outstanding Pupil Behaviour and Safety"
Our recent Ofsted Report includes the following statements:
The behaviour and safety of the pupils is outstanding.
Students achieve well and attain high standards by the end of Year 11 and Year 13.
Teaching is good and there are examples of outstanding practice; this supports the significantly above average attainment and good achievement. Literacy and oral skills are good. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make equally good progress. Staff are good role models, helping secure pupils’ outstanding moral and social development.
Behaviour is outstanding. The girls are excellent ambassadors for their school. They are polite, well meaning and inquisitive and are genuinely concerned for their well-being and their positive view of the school. Attitudes to learning are equally outstanding.
All students are prepared well for their next stage of education.
The Sixth Form is good. A very high proportion of girls stay on into the Sixth Form. Achievement is good and reflects that of the main school. Students make good progress and achieve well.
Leadership is good. The governing body demonstrates loyalty and commitment, providing well-informed challenge and support to the school.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. All pupils feel safe at all times.
To read the full report please click - OFSTED_REPORT_2012.pdf
North West Student of the Year!
We are delighted to announce that one of our Year 11 has just been named North West Student of the Year. She attended the North West Final of the Innovation Awards 2012 at the Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester Airport on 26th June to compete for the title of North West Student of the Year 2012. Mrs Addy accompanied Faye and said it was like a night at the Oscars! There were over 400 people in attendance and the whole event took place under Concorde itself.
Our pupil was the youngest student to compete and faced strong competition from Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. The interview took place on Concorde by three eminent business executives who were very impressed with all the candidates and said the standard was very high. They commented that these young people were definitely the entrepreneurs of the future. Well done, we are so proud of you!
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LUNCH WITH ED!
Two of our Sixth Formers, along with Mrs Addy (Applied Learning Manager), were invited to attend the Federation of Small Business Annual Conference at the BT Convention Centre to hear Vince Cable and Ed Miliband speak. They were later invited to stay for lunch with the members of the FSB and their guests. This invitation was the result of an order that Elephant Enterprises secured last year for 700 Liver Charm Key Rings given to FSB members to encourage them to attend the Liverpool conference.