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Alps Visit 2015

Day 1– Everyone arrived at school on time and ready for the coach journey to take us to Manchester Airport.  From there we caught our plane to Geneva. After a few hours traveling, we landed at Geneva Airport and many people spent most of their money on the “discounted” merchandise (chocolate/drinks) the airport sells! The prices were a bit of shock! We all collected our luggage and headed on to the coach which was going to take us to our destination, “Notre Dame de Bellecombe.” Finally, after a long coach journey we got to our hotel, un-packed and ate a traditional French dinner. After dinner we completed our evening activities.

Day 2– On the second day, we woke up very early, got some breakfast and had our pack lunches ready to then board the coach to visit the “Les Gorges du Fier”.  The Gorges was created by years of erosion, resulting in a beautiful rock formation, which carves into the land. Once we had arrived, it was a great photo opportunity for all of us, because of the beautiful scenery and footpath inside the Gorge. After a talk about how the Gorge was created by the teachers, we then went onto a half-day excursion to Annecy town. Annecy was very beautiful, with many gift shops, restaurants, historic buildings and more photo opportunities. During our time there, we had to complete tourism surveys but this was helped by eating our 6 scoop ice creams. We had our lunch altogether in front of a huge aqua blue lake in high twenty-degree heat with the Alps in the background.

We later arrived back at the hotel and evaluated on the day and studied the rocks and landforms we had seen. Only two days in and we had already seen some amazing views and had learnt how the Gorges Du Fier was created.

Day 3- We woke up early and departed on a local coach to go and view Aiguille du Midi and to use the highest cable car in Europe. The cable car goes 3800m to reach the top, which gives us stunning views of the Alps and yet again, great photo opportunities! Surprisingly there was a café, restaurant, gift shop and a mini museum. After traveling back down in the cable car, we caught a train at Montenvers Railway to take us up to Mer de Glace Glacier, a twelve thousand year old ice cave carved into a Glacier. To get down to the Glacier we had to take a ten minute cable car. The ice caves were nice, cool and had sculptures, information and mood lighting. It was a great experience. Once we had arrived back at the hotel, we got time to have dinner, pack and get our rooms sorted for tomorrow. We all completed a Mr Machin quiz special for a night time activity and also had time to pack and relax so that we were ready for our early start the next day.

Day 4- All of us had to be down by half six in the morning all ready and full from breakfast for our long day travelling in front of us. We left the hotel and headed to Geneva Airport in the coach getting to see the amazing views one last time. We checked in at Geneva and departed on our flight at about 11:25. We arrived back at Manchester, and took a coach from the airport, back to school.

Some of the highlights of the Alps trip were being able to see just how big a glacier is and go on the highest cable car in Europe.  This trip was inspirational and we have been left with many memories as well as educating us about glaciers, fold mountains, gorges and lots more. All of this will help prepare us for our GCSEs. I personally had a great time and would advise the future years to go and explore the French Alps. Thank you to all the teachers involved!

Written by Christian Hough (Year 10)

Christian also created this great video of the Alps trip.

Year 12 Students Visit Price Waterhouse Cooper

On Friday 10 July seven Year 12 students PWCwent to PWC (Price Waterhouse Cooper), one of the top 4 global Accountancy firms. The students took part in the “So you want to be an Accountant” challenge which involved a number of sessions and seminars to give them an opportunity to gain an understanding of the Accountancy profession. The students completed a number of challenges indicative of the range of work available to them in the field of accountancy, including fraud, audit, and tax challenges. They had the opportunity to meet accountants from a number of departments within PWC and there were also representatives from the PWC recruitment team, and the ICEAW, the accounting professional body in the UK. Some comments from the students show what they got from the day;


  • My visit to PWC was the first time that I had been to a global company. It was amazing to see the career paths that the company offered and the different sectors of the business. During the day I learnt about the numerous functions that the business carried out, as well as the everyday life and work of an accountant. I found the trip both inspiring, informative and definitely something to aim for. Alex Murray – Head Boy
  • It was a good way to see how such a big global business works, and how all the different sections work within the business. There were sections there that I have never considered before and now I have a brief knowledge about those sections. Also, it was very interesting to see the many different routes you can make to work for a company like PWC. Matthew Beeston – Yr12 Business
  • It was a great insight into the corporate world. 10 out of 10! Really interesting to hear the views of people who actually work there about what they do and what they enjoy about Accountancy. It was very inspiring to see where hard work can get you. I managed to learn a lot but also enjoyed it at the same time. Cameron Crampton – Head Boy Team
  • It was a great insight into the corporate world and has allowed me to broaden my knowledge of the diverse area within business. Overall, the day at PWC was an extremely helpful day and has been of huge benefit to me. Sam Winstanley – Head Boy Team
  • Informative, interesting, insightful. George Pemberton – Yr12 Business

Creative Media Exhibition

This term saw the very first Summer exhibition by students of the Creative MediaPoster department.

For their final unit the six Year 13 students were set the task of creating Art films on the theme of ‘Me, Myself & I’ which were then exhibited as Video Art installations.  Each was inspired by the work of famous Video Artists like Sam Taylor Wood, Peter Campus and Remo Camerato.

The students had to organise and set up the exhibition which involved projectors, lap tops, lights, smoke machines and music.  Visitors to the exhibition were also able to see each student’s Final Major Project and other films that they had been working on over the two years they’ve been studying with Mr Mace; music videos, documentaries, adverts, animations and corporate videos.  The six students have now completed their BTEC in Creative Media Production and two of them are off to university to continue their studies. Ryan Welch and Harry Broady are both hoping to work in the TV industry after Media courses at Salford and Sheffield Hallam Universities.



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Year 7 Parent and Child Reading Club

On Tuesday we held the last Year 7 parent and child reading club for this year.  This half term, we read “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.  This should have been more of a “light-hearted” read (and we did find some humour in the book) but it stimulated more discussion than many of the other books we have read on far more difficult themes.  We were all a little bit surprised that the book kept us talking for well over an hour.  Some of the boys completed an Accelerated Reader test on the book before we locked up the library for the night too.

After discussions about what to do with the reading club next year, we have decided to expand the reading club to become a Year 7 and Year 8 parent and child reading club next year.  It would be great if some of the new Year 7 parents and boys would join us.

This year, as well as “The Graveyard Book”,  we have read and discussed “Holes” by Louis Sachar, “Listen to the Moon” by Michael Morpurgo, “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness and “Now is the Time for Running” by Michael Williams – so if you did not join us for the reading club, you could enjoy some of these over the summer.

We decided that we would all like to read a book over the summer.  Our summer reading book will be “Maggot Moon” by Sally Gardner.  The meeting to discuss this book will be organised soon after we return to school in September.  More details about this book are below along with a link to a website too.

Hope you all have a good summer.


Maggot Moonmm

Set in an alternative 1950s Britain, where Standish Treadwell and Gramps live with the rest of the undesirables in Zone 7, and all stand terrified under the brutal regime of the Motherland. But severely dyslexic Standish sees the world through different eyes to most, and through his vision and courage he has to track down his best friend Hector, who has disappeared completely, and ultimately find a way to bring down the oppressive forces of the Motherland. How can one boy stand against an all-powerful army?

MAGGOT MOON is an unforgettable story of courage, friendship and rebellion, written in a wholly original style that will have readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. It is also available as an all-new kind of iBook, filled with stunning extra content, including exclusive animations, interactive puzzles, videos and author interviews.

Maggot Moon Microsite

Year 9 Students Undertake Crest Award

Ever wondered why you can’t sleep properly at night or whether it is worth the money buying vitamin pills? The year 9s have been investigating and showcasing their work on vitamin C.

The students have been completing their Bronze Level Crest Award. It’s like the Duke of Edinburgh for science. Here are some photos to show you what they have been up to.

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