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Martin High newsletter: Busy first term

Busy First Term
We are delighted with how the first term has begun. The school continues to be an incredibly busy and productive place to be and learn. We have been celebrating with our past Year 11's as well as welcoming our new Year 7's; school has been a hive of activity.

Exam Results 2017
Our results will be posted next month, we would however like to congratulate our Year 11's who have all gone on successfully to their post 16 placements.

Post 16
We are delighted to announce a new Post 16 provision opening in Anstey. The Martin High School and Cedars Academy will be launching Cedars Martin Sixth Form College.  The open event will be held at 6pm at Cedars Academy in Birstall on the 7th November 2017...ALL are welcome.

Jamie Scallion's visit to Martin High School
Jamie Scallion an author and songwriter came to the school on Wednesday 27th September. He talked to all year 7, 8 and 9 about his life and talked of how he had been inspired to write a series of books after being in a London rock band for over ten years. In fact it was whilst on tour that he wrote his first instalment of his book 'The Rock 'n' Roll Diaries'.

Jamie also talked to students about song-writing and with the students he wrote some lyrics of some songs. The students enjoyed this very much and Ashleigh Pryor in year 9 said his talk was "exciting and fun". Jamie also did a song-writing workshop in the library with a lucky year 8 group and Blake Dunn and Logan Lamie said "Jamie was sick and amazing! He's the best author we have had at school".

When asked what he had thought about his visit Jamie said the following:-

"My author visit to Martin High School was one of the most enjoyable I've ever had. The students were keen to learn about song writing and the level of imagination and literacy skill was very high. We wrote some great lyrics together - including the songs, Death of a cat, Planet love and my personal favorite, Roblox! The workshop with the Year 8's in the fantastically stocked library was a real highlight. Also, I know this isn't technically to do with literacy but the school dinner was absolutely delicious!"

World Smile Week On Friday 6th October and for the following week, we celebrated
'World Smile Day' to raise money for Smile Train who fund cleft lip and palate surgery for children in developing countries. Throughout the week staff and pupils helped to raise awareness and funds by taking part in different activities. Pupils designed smile masks ready for group photos,
and we all wore a bright coloured accessory for a day to
put a smile on everyone's face.
Finally, we are having a 'House' penny collecting competition which will end on Friday 13th October. We are looking forward to announcing the total of money raised after half term.
Mrs L Norman - Head of Endeavour House

Jeans for Genes Day On Friday 22nd September both staff and pupils wore their jeans for the day and donated £1 for the privilege. Students extracted DNA from a banana!
In total we raised a massive £501.97!
A big thank you to everyone that took part.
Miss Hobson - Science Department

'Back to School' Event
The Martin High back to school event for 2017 was a wonderful success! Parents, carers and pupils enjoyed a range of lessons and took part in some stunning activities.
The feedback from everyone was amazing and highlighted how inspirational learning can be.
Some quotes from parents and carers...
"We had a wonderful time. Thankyou"
"We found this evening fun and interesting"
"My daughter was really excited and enjoyed the evening"
Mr S Dickinson - Assistant Head Teacher

Friday 29th September saw 62 excited Year 8's and 7 teachers leave school to head to PGL Boreatton Park in Shropshire for the weekend. During this weekend the Year 8 students were challenged to push themselves to their limits in terms of their bravery as they took part in eight different activities: high ropes course, climbing, aeroball, zip wire, survivor, archery, challenge course and giant swing – each of them challenging in their own right.

On this weekend students were encouraged to improve their communication and team work skills by working in groups. PGL is all about engaging children to learning through adventure. Their adventure activities are designed to motivate, build confidence and encourage development.

The trip was a phenomenal success with all students making us teachers incredibly proud by their behaviour, effort and resilience, even when clearly daunted by an activity. A huge thank you and well done to everyone involved in the trip.
Miss S Yeabsley/Miss M Hallam
Trip organisers

Frantic Assembly The Theatre Company 'Frantic Assembly' visited us on Monday 9th October to do workshops with year 10 and 11. They are touring round the country at present with their show 'Things I know to be True', and we were lucky enough to be able to take a group of pupils to see the show at The Curve Theatre on Wednesday 11th October.
Also after the huge success of our 'Summer Nights' show in the summer, we will once again be performing a Christmas show, which this year is the production of 'Oliver'. Casting and rehearsals are well underway and tickets will be on sale soon, so watch this space.
Miss B Milner
Subject Leader - Drama

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