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Message from Mrs Williams:
Most of you know by now that I am retiring at the end of term. I have enjoyed working at The Heath for more than 20 years and have met some excellent students and teachers and made lots of good friends. I’ve had a great career. Thank you all for your support & friendship and for all the fun I’ve had with pupils & teachers at the Heath. Thanks to all the p a r e n t s w h o h a v e supported me over the years! Good Luck for the future. Sheila Williams
Introducing the new JLT On the 3rd of July we had the difficult task of selecting our Junior
Leadership Team (JLT). After a gruelling interview process which included a presentation, interview panel of current JLT members and an interview panel of Mrs Mullaney, Mr Jardine and Miss Carey. This year we had over 40 applications, the highest ever and the standard was as high
as always. After much discussion the following applicants were successful. Laura Lagares Ballantine(Head Girl), James Shellshear (Head Boy), Ben Jackson Spruce, Ellie Smith, Graham Shellshear, Katie Woodward, Sam Bazley, Jessica White. They have already attended their first training event at Weatherhead High School looking at the different leadership styles and leading teams. One of their first jobs will be to set up a JLT blog on the website so keep checking for updates on what they have been up to.
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Old Town New Beginnings
On Sunday 8th July The Year 9 GCSE dancers were involved in a country wide Big Dance project. The aim was for 20,000 dancers across the country to all perform different d a n c e s a t t h e s a m e t i m e . Accumulating in a flash mob where the whole country perform a dance together. This was inspired by the London 2012 Olympic games and the bring together of all the nations for one event
Using the old town as a stimulus the dancers created a site based dance along the canal site bought new experience and life to the town centre. The dancers encouraged the audience to move with them through the town where they witnessed many performances. The students thoroughly enjoyed the day and had a wonderful experience. It was an honour for the Heath School to be involved in such a memorable event. As you all know the London 2012 Olympics is fast upon us, and ‘Revolution Dance Company’, In
honour of this created a dance based on the games and the Awards Evening different cultures, countries and dance styles. The Heath Annual Awards Evening took place recently In June members of the company delivered dance workshops to to celebrate the successes primary schools where the students a n d a c h i e v e m e n t s o f got to learn about the olympics, students throughout the watch a short performance by the y e a r . A w a r d s f o r company and learned and created achievement, attainment, movement from from Indian/ and attendance were made Bolywood dance. This helped to a n d t h e r e w e r e a l s o develop their knowlegde of different o u t s t a n d i n g l e a d e r s h i p cultures and the history of the awards for those who have olympic games. shown qualities in this area. The workshops were a great success Due to the sheer number of and as a result Revolution Dance people involved the evening company has been asked back to was separated into two with many primary schools to deliver Year 7 and 8 having a more dance. Well done Dancers. ceremony followed by Year 9 Watch this space for next Years and 10, it was wonderful to see the hall full of people, Dance festival details. f a m i l y a n d f r i e n d s c e l e b r a t i n g t h e achievements of Heath students. Year 11 will have their own Awards Evening in the Autumn following the publication of the GCSE results. Congratulations to all who achieved an award on the night and keep up the good work next year. I would also Like to take this opportunity to say thank you and good Luck to our year 11 Dance Time Capsule Captains Robyn Capewell, Naomi Two year 7 students, Hannah Holland and Katie Smith. Your hard and Callum were proud to work and dedication to the dance represent The Heath when they department has been invaluable. You returned to their primary school. will be missed. As part of their Jubilee celebrations Moore Primary school buried a time capsule.
This term, some of the GCSE Sport students visited Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, to sample the fantastic facilities they have there and to meet some of the Senior Lecturers who run the sport related courses. The students started with some team building games and had to work together to solve a number of problems. The feedback from the students was that they had a great time there and we all agreed that the facilities at Edge Hill University are fantastic. A big thank you to the staff for giving up their time for us and, due to the impeccable behaviour of The Heath students, we have been invited back.
National School Sports Week (25th – 29th June) During National School Sports Week, the pupils at The Heath experienced a number of different sports within their curriculum. The climbing wall was in for one afternoon and many of our students were able to learn some basic climbing skills, facing the challenges of varying difficulties of climbs. Pro golfer, Jason O’Brien from Widnes golf club, came in for two afternoons and gave basic golfing skill lessons to many of our pupils during lunchtime and curriculum time. Lucky for us, the weather held out! A big thank you goes out to Brydie Short and Caitlin Turner for providing a fantastic session of Zumba. The girls (and boys) loved the session and have already requested a repeat! Widnes Vikings provided us with excellent rugby sessions. Both girls and boys thoroughly enjoyed the expertise of the coaching provided by Curtis.
In addition to the above activities, all the girls took part in a Jump Rope for Heart event, raising money for the British Heart Foundation. The sum raised was £83.00. So a big thank you to the girls who made contributions to this good cause. Our Lady Mother of the Saviour Primary school in Runcorn, requested our help with their sports day. Some of our year 10 young leaders assisted with the day and put their newly learned skills to the test. They did an excellent job! Well done girls.
Children of Halton Sing 2012 A group of pupils f r o m o u r s i n g i n g g r o u p a n d t h e Re vo l u t i o n D a n c e Company took part in the Children of Halton Sing Festival at the S t o b a r t S t a d i u m Widnes. The theme of t h e e v e n t w a s “Olympic Spirit” and t h e d a n c e r s performed their piece “London’s Calling” in the centre of the pitch. The singers joined up with the primaries a n d s e c o n d a r y schools in Halton to sing such Olympic-‐ themed songs as “Eye of the Tiger” and “Go for Gold”. A fantastic t i m e w a s h a d b y everyone.
We took some of our athletes to the Cheshire Athletics Meeting at Victoria Park, Warrington, where we entered the 70m hurdles, the 100m sprint and the 800m. All the girls tried really hard and performed well on the night. Thank you to Alicia Ennis, Fay Moore, Holly Glover and Hannah Shaw (all in year 7) for participating. Hannah won her 70m hurdle race in a personal best of 12.4seconds and went onto represent Cheshire in a competition against Merseyside, where she came 2nd. Well done Hannah! Our year 7 tag rugby team were selected to represent Halton in the recent Merseyside School Games held at Wavertree Athletics Centre, Liverpool. The weather was awful but the girls battled through the torrential rain to put in some great performances. Three of our Olympic Ambassadors came along to the event to show the VIP’s around the venue and thank you to Tom Dempsey for his work with the squad! We also met the Mayor and Mayoress of Halton (Tom and Angela McInerney)
Music Instrumental Lessons Over the summer holiday, some students may consider a n e w c h a l l e n g e i n September – to learn how to play a musical instrument. Lessons are very popular at the Heath and we have a fantastic team of teachers who visit school to provide s p e c i a l i s t t u i t i o n . We currently offer lessons in electric, acoustic and bass guitar, drum kit, singing, saxophone, clarinet, flute, v i o l i n , t r u m p et /co r n et , t r o m b o n e a n d p i a n o / keyboard. Please see Miss Dale for information and a form to complete, and lessons start back during the second week in September.
The Heath School at ‘Halton Employment Day’ Laura Lagares-‐Ballantine and James Shellshear (pictured) our newly appointed head girl and head boy respectively, were invited to attend to Halton’s Employment Day hosted by SOG at the Heath Business Park. The theme of the morning was to celebrate the opportunities in Halton for business growth and future expansion of the region, as projects like the ‘Mersey Gateway’ bridge project and others begin to step up. Shadow Minister for Employment Stephen Timms spoke first to speak followed by David Parr the Chief Executive of Halton BC then closely followed by John Lewis , Managing Director of SOG. The key note speaker was Alastair Campbell, former Downing Street press Secretary and Director of Communications for the Labour party under Tony Blair’s Government. A very light hearted speech sharing stories of when he was with President Obama, Jacques Chirac at the G8 Summit and Angela Merkel discussing the Euro Zone to name just a few. No mention of Piers Morgan though! A really interesting day and great exposure for our new leaders of the junior leadership team of the Heath.
LIPA 4:19 at the Heath’ is a p a r t t i m e p e r f o r m i n g arts academy which is part of Liverpool I n s t i t u t e o f P e r f o r m i n g Arts. The academy is based at the Heath School, Runcorn and has been operating in Halton for the past 3 years. We currently have students aged 4 -‐ 19 at the academy, which runs on a Saturday morning during term time, but we have spaces for new recruits. Classes are in Singing, Dance and Drama and operate on a rotational system of 1 hour each for 7-‐19 years from 9.30am -‐1pm. Early Start Classes (4-‐6 years) run from 10 -‐ 11.30 am each week. For all age groups, classes are fun and stimulating and provide challenging, inspiring lessons structured around technique and performance skills. Since beginning LIPA 4:19 we have performed and produced 9 shows in venues, such as an outdoor Shakespeare performance in Liverpool Sudley Manor, an 80’s Rock version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. More recently we performed a show based on musical movies at the Brindley Theatre and the Heath School. Students also have the opportunity to take exams in the various art forms. In March most of the academy were entered for their IDTA dance exams, age 4 to 19 and all passed with flying colours at their various levels! Next term sees some of our older students perform in a charity event at the Warrington Parr Hall, alongside stars from London’s West End Stage. All staff at LIPA 4:19 are trained and experienced performers and practitioners – highly skilled in their various fields of performing arts and working with young people. Children do not need to audition for LIPA 4:19, just complete an application form and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Termly fees do apply.
If you would like apply for a place or find out more information please contact Kate Allerston, Principal of LIPA 4:19 at the Heath t : 0 1 9 2 8 5 7 6 6 6 4 o r e : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olympic Torch Comes To The Heath On Wednesday 30 th May the Olympic torch was carried through school by a nominated torch bearer and ex student Paul Gavin. Paul left The Heath in 2004 and joined an apprentice scheme at Vauxhall cars. Shortly after his 19th birthday Paul was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and was given a 50% chance of survival. Paul battled through the treatment and numerous operations before being given the all clear 3 years ago. Since his recovery Paul has tirelessly raised money for cancer charities and consequently was nominated as an Olympic torch bearer and carried the torch through Ruthin in North Wales before accepting the invitation to show the torch to the students of The Heath. The Torch was carried by Paul, who was accompanied by our own year 10 Olympic champions, through the school from the front drive, down across the front of school, around the turning circle and ending under the dome on the back yard. All the way our students lined the route and gave their vocal support. Throughout the rest of the day Paul presented a series of assemblies to all year groups telling them of his inspirational story. Paul was joined in the assemblies by Olympic swimming representative Michael Rock who also presented about what it means to be an Olympic athlete and the dedication and hard work it requires. You can cheer on Michael in the 100m butterfly event at the Olympic pool. Both Paul and Michael were inspirational in their presentations and anyone that heard them couldn`t be moved by the very different journeys these young men have made. The students were once again very generous in their donations to Paul`s charity on the day and the following non uniform day raised in excess of £1000 for charity. The day was a great success and all who took part were proud to be involved in this historic day at The Heath. Mr Byrne
Year 11 Prom On Friday 6th July at The Holiday Inn 200 pupils and staff came together to celebrate the passage of the current Year 11 the class of 2012 in to the w o r l d o f c o l l e g e , a p p r e n t i c e s h i p s a n d work. The young l a d i e s a n d gentlemen dressed themselves up to the nines (and even a few staff tried as well!) and hopefully had a night to remember. The atmosphere was terrific and with the leavers assembly in the morning, a fitting tribute was paid to a great year group with the world at their feet. From a very proud Progress Coordinator Mr McNamara
Drama London Trip The Drama Department hit the Big Smoke again this half term to experience all our capital city has to offer! Workshops at The Globe and Dragon Hall were among the best we’ve attended and students looked at Dramatic tension and the Shakespearean classic ‘Romeo and Juliet’. The BBC tour was once again insightful and gave students the opportunity to consider the Media industry and how it works. The West End did not disappoint as we watched the acclaimed ‘Woman in Black’, which even had Mr Holmes jumping in his seat! Shopping in Covent Garden and seeing the sights from The London Eye were memorable experiences that students loved! The students were fantastic as always and were complimented on their manners, attitude and enthusiasm for Drama wherever they went. Mrs Probert launched this trip a number of years ago and has remained passionate and involved in the Arts. As she retires this year we sadly say goodbye, but would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Probert for her continued support and her unwavering commitment to e x t e n d i n g l e a r n i n g beyond the classroom to ensure students have memories that will stay with them forever. Enjoy your retirement!
School Council Update The past few weeks have been busy for the School Councils! Year 7 Anti-‐Litter Campaign The Year 7 Council has had discussions over the litter problem we have in school, especially around The Dome. They decided to raise the awareness of the issue by running and judging an Anti-‐Litter Poster Campaign. Entries have all been counted, and verified by the judges to ensure that they meet the criteria and it was decided that the following students have been victorious!! Winners: Alex McNamara and Jess Smith, both in 7EEY, who entered a joint effort! Runner-‐Up: Lucy Ryder and Lilly Carter, again both in 7EEY! Bronze Medallist: Elle Turrell 7BGB! Jess and Alex both split the top prize of 100 VIVOs, and Lucy and Lilly split the prize of 50 VIVOs for second place, Elle received the 25 VIVOs for coming third! All pupils who entered received 2 VIVOs per entry – log on and check your accounts! Look out for their posters around school in September! Outreach Work with Helsby High We also had visitors from Helsby High School who brought their School Council along to look at our Dome – they’re thinking of getting one. Our School Council members met with them in the Concept Classroom and we had a discussion about the various issues affecting all year groups in both schools. The pupils seemed to really enjoy it! Finally a massive ‘Thank-‐You’ to all the Year Council Representatives who have attended meetings this year and given up lunchtimes! Well done to one and all! Remember, it’s your voice, use it! Mr. Young
My name is Ben, I am visually impaired and in year 10. I have played blind football for 20 months. Blind football is similar to its “Able-‐bodied” counterparts. There are several adaptions not just for safety but for practicality. The main adaptation is that the ball contains ball bearings this allows all players to locate the ball. Another main adaptation is that the people watching the game must be silent as any noise from the crowd makes it almost impossible to locate the moving ball. The third main adaptation is that the players must wear blindfolds and some are patched depending on their classification. The classification ranges from B1 to B3 depending on how much sight each player has. B1 is players who are totally blind. B2 have more sight than a B1 player but less than a B3 player. In blind football the outfield players have to be B1, B2, B3 and the keepers do not have to have a visual impairment. As I have some sight I would have to be patched, taped, patched again
taped again wear a gauze and then put my blindfold on. There is a range in both player’s age and player’s ability with Liam being 12 and Roy being 27. The ability in the team range widely. Liam is the newest player and has being training for 12 months whereas Roy is a member of the England Blind Squad and has been selected to represent Great Britain in the London 2012 Paralympics. Sighted goalkeeper Steve is a m e m b e r o f t h e E n g l a n d Development Squad. As I am not 16 I have been unable to play a league or cup game at this moment of time. Since the start of 2012 John Ball who is an England Blind Football Coach has been attending and running sessions to monitor the progress of both Steve and Roy. On May 12th 2012 John Ball spoke to me and my parents at the end of the training session and informed me that I would have been invited to the England Blind Football Development Squad’s training camp but because I wasn’t 16 I wouldn’t be able to go but that I would be selected to be a part of t h e E n g l a n d B l i n d Fo o t b a l l
Development Squad when I turned 16. In the early part of June, John Ball contacted us to inform us that they had found insurance and that I could be a member of the England Blind Football Development Squad and was invited to the training camp at Hereford on Saturday 4th August. When I turn 16 I am allowed to participate in the whole weekend of the training camp as they would be able to receive extra insurance for me. On August 4th I have to be at Hereford by 8am to have a medical, an eye test for my international blind sport classification and to be given my own official England Training Kit with Blindfolds and protective gear. At 10am I will then have my first training session with the England Development Squad as a member of the Development Squad. This means if I train hard enough and play well in the league I may be selected for the England Blind 1 st Squad and play in i n t e r n a t i o n a l g a m e s a n d tournaments. Ben Jackson-‐Spruce (10LOG)
Creative Arts Evening. On the 10th July The Heath welcomed a sell out audience to our annual Performing Arts Showcase at the Brindley t h e a t r e . O ve r a h u n d r e d students took part, performing a diverse range of acts from the D a n c e , M u s i c a n d D ra m a departments. Audiences were also treated to a look at the exemplary work from the Art Department. The school’s Dance company ‘Revolution’ produced a piece
based on the Olympic Games, which was recently debuted in the Stobart stadium for the Children Of Halton Sing, along with our music department who amazed the audience again with the variety of fantastic musicians and singers. The year 11 GCSE drama group was welcomed back for the evening and delivered an emotional and harrowing piece inspired by the Hillsborough tragedy. The Creative Arts D e p a r t m e n t s a r e a l s o celebrating achieving Arts mark Gold this year and what better way to celebrate than with a ‘ G l e e ’ s t y l e m a s h u p
incorporating the ‘Golden’ theme. We are very proud of all our students who have all worked exceptionally hard throughout the year, their commitment and passion for Creative Arts was evident on the night. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our year 11 students and wish them good luck for their bright futures and also thank everyone who attended for the continued support. This year’s musical will open this December and will be the classic ‘Wizard of Oz’! We look forward to seeing you there.
Transition Day In Technology 13th – 14th June 2012 Year 6 pupils enjoyed a creative day when they attended Transition Day in June. Within Technology they made a Commemorative Mug of the day that incorporated SMART materials including ‘Thermo chromatic’ and ‘Phosphorescent Ink’, also incorporated was a ‘promotional tag’ for them to show how artistic they were. The results were amazing and staff involved were astounded at the high aesthetics of the products produced – if this is a baseline for what some of the pupils can do in Year 6 – ‘the skys the limit’ for the potential to be achieved when they do their GCSE’’s in Technology.
The Heath - Closure Dates SCHOOL CLOSES
SCHOOL REOPENS TO STUDENTS
Thursday 19th July 2012
Tuesday 4th September 2012
Friday 19th October 2012
Monday 29th October 2012
Thursday 20th December 2012
Monday 7th January 2013
Friday 15th February 2013
Monday 25th February 2013
Thursday 28th March 2013
Monday 15th April 2013
Friday 3rd May 2013
Tuesday 7th May 2013
Friday 24th May 2013
Monday 3rd June 2013
Friday 19th July 2013
Inset Days Monday 3rd September 2012 Friday 5th October 2012 Monday 22nd July 2013 Tuesday 23rd July 2013 Wednesday 24th July 2013