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EASTER NEWSLETTER April 2012

OUT OF WIDNES, INTO AFRICA

LIFE CHANGING TRIP TO THE GAMBIA

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WHO HAS THE ‘W’ FACTOR?

RISING MOTOR CROSS STAR


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Foreword

A Sporting Centre of Excellence! This time next year, we’ll be getting ready to move into our new school building. As you walk past the school, you can’t fail to see the excellent progress that’s being made on the building. One of the main development areas has been that of the new Sports Hall. We are very excited about the opportunities that this will provide, not just for our pupils at Wade Deacon, but for the community of Widnes. The Sports’ Hall will be “state of the art” with six full size courts available for use – and with the school’s excellent links with Widnes Vikings and our growing partnership with Everton Football Club, the school looks forward to being a Sporting Centre of Excellence for our community.

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Mrs J A Gormley

Monday 16th April School Opens Thursday 3rd May PSHE Period 5 Monday 7th May School Closed – May Day Holiday Thursday 10th May Year 7 Parents’ Evening Saturday 19th May Gifted & Talented Masterclass Wednesday 23rd May PSHE Period 3 Monday 4th – Friday 8th June School Closed – Half Term Holiday Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th June Citizenship & Enterprise Days Year 7 Colomendy Residential Wednesday 27th June PSHE Period 1 Saturday 7th July Gifted & Talented Masterclass Tuesday 10th July Sports Day Wednesday 11th July Arts Evening

A Creative Centre of Excellence! Creativity, outstanding academic success and independent learning to develop life-long skills have always been at the heart of what we do at Wade Deacon. As you browse through this term’s newsletter you will see references to our international work and the many events that are held at Wade Deacon which not only showcase the creativity and outstanding successes of our pupils, but which invite the community to take part in those successes of which we are so proud. Imagine our delight, next year, when we will have the capacity to invite and welcome in 500 parents and members of the community to enjoy and take part in major community events which will be held in our brand new auditorium.

A Community Centre of Excellence! Before our new building opens next year, we still have many exciting community events to look forward to at Wade Deacon. One of the events that sums up the superb creative talents of our pupils, whether that is dance, technology, music, art, design, theatre or public speaking is our Arts’ Evening in the Summer. So, we look forward to welcoming you into Wade Deacon to sample the fantastic achievements of both pupils and teachers and to be a part of our community’s centre of excellence.

Friday 13th July PSHE Period 1 Monday 16th July Foundation Awards Friday 20th July – Tuesday 4th September School Closed - Summer Holiday 02

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Mrs J A Gormley Head of School

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Gifted & Talented Wade Deacon High School celebrated the second successful Saturday morning of Gifted & Talented Masterclasses this academic year on Saturday 4th February. Over 350 excited pupils attended with an additional 100 Gifted and Talented Primary School pupils also attending. The Masterclasses covered a wide range of activities focussing on fun, stretch and challenge for the more able pupils and February’s sessions were a particular highlight.

Pupils make and test their robots.

A group of 50 primary school pupils returned to take part in Circus Performances including stilt walking, plate spinning and Diablo skills. An additional group of 20 Primary pupils attended to take part in the UK Mathematics Challenge. There were French, English and Humanities sessions in classrooms and Design Technology in the workshops, Science in the laboratories and even Fencing in the Gym. One particular session was led by John Findlay who is the 2011 Robot Wars Champion and he taught our pupils how to construct remote controlled vehicles in the first part of two Robot Wars sessions. The Bridge Theatre and Dance Studio were a hive of activity with pupils from all years rehearsing their performances for Wade Deacon’s Got to Dance, the fantastic three night dance extravaganza. This also included two primary school classes who have been working under the choreography and expertise of Miss Paton and Miss Locker as part of ‘Got to Dance’.

Pupils rehearse tribal section for the ‘Got to Dance’ show.

Mr Woan, Director of Foundation Stage and Pupil Engagement said “The provision for our Gifted and Talented pupils at the Masterclasses is getting bigger and better with very exciting activities taking place in every room. The pupil response to the sessions has been excellent and the staff and external providers ensure that the pupils enjoy and achieve throughout the morning.” Preparing for battle in ‘Robot wars’

Pupils make their own refugee shelter.

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Pupils get their bags packed for the Gambia In order to raise much needed funds for the Geography trip to The Gambia, pupils spent Sunday 22nd January at Morrisons on a marathon bag pack!

Daniel Myatt & Louise Chadwick

Easily fending off the good natured banter from customers joking about school uniform having to be worn on a Sunday, our pupils came through in fine style, collecting a staggering £1100.00 in just six hours! It is testimony to the affection that people in the town have for Wade Deacon that customers were willing to give so generously. The aim of the fund raising event was to provide financial resources to a variety of schools in The Gambia who are in desperate need of funds as well as providing educational sponsorships for young children living in The Gunjur region.

Citizenship & Enterprise

February saw another highly successful Citizenship & Enterprise Day, where our pupils were given the opportunity to spend a day exploring issues that surround them in the outside world. Both our Year 9 & 11 pupils addressed the topic of Racism, whilst Year 10 focused on the ever-growing issue of Knife Crime in the UK. With outside speakers from The Anthony Walker Foundation, Defend UK, and Anti-Bullying organisations, pupils were able to hear a full range of real life stories first hand. A selection of classroom-based activities were also undertaken, including designing T-shirts, writing songs and performing adverts around the topics. Citizenship & Enterprise Day Coordinator, Mrs Goulding commented: “Yet again, our pupils higlighted their commitment to tackling issues which impact on the world around them. Pupils handled these senstive topics with maturity and received praise from all of our outside speakers on the day.”

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Exploring Historic London The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London were the highlights of the Year 11 trip to London. 56 GCSE History pupils were treated to a coveted tour behind the scenes at the Palace of Westminster arranged by local MP Derek Twigg. The tour included visiting both chambers of parliament, the lobbies where MPs cast their votes, and even the Queen’s Robing Room where she puts on her royal robes and crown before the State Opening of Parliament.

Pupils enjoy the London Eye.

Big Ben.

Cabinet War Rooms.

The 3 day residential also included fantastic cultural experiences including a flight on the London Eye and an evening at Covent Garden, famous for its shops, street performers and restaurants. The group also took in the West End’s theatreland, seeing one of the most celebrated musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot. Kyle Johnson said that ‘It was a wonderful experience and a jam-packed trip that kept you interested every minute. The hustle and bustle of the Underground, the rich history of the War Cabinet rooms and brilliant performance of Billy Elliot, which I definitely recommend, made the trip one to remember.’

Westminster Hall, Houses of parliament.

Mark Taylor agreed; ‘I really enjoyed the trip to London and learned a lot from it concerning both history and politics. I most enjoyed our visit to the Natural History museum and the almighty dinosaur fossils they display there. Also, I found our visit to parliament quite awe inspiring; to think that we could stand where great British figures like Winston Churchill had once walked. It was an experience that was not to be missed! I would definitely go again.’ Ms Judson, Mark Taylor & Kyle Johnson enjoy ‘Billy Elliot’ at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

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Out o Doing the conga with Kajabang Scouts. Harry, Fergus, Adam, Robert, Oliver & Callum – Sports Day at Gunjur Orphans’ School.

Rachel Myler at sports day at an Oprhpans’ School.

Wade Deacon & Gambian pupils team together to play football.

Callum, Rob and Sam visit an ‘outdoor school’ – under a tree! Paige with a pupil from the Gunjur Orphans’ School after the presentation of gifts donated from our pupils and parents.

The only way to travel: the team set off on another ‘off-road adventure in Gunjur

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of Widnes; Into Africa Over the half term, Year 10 and Year 11 pupils enjoyed a ‘life - changing’ trip to The Gunjur Project in The Gambia, West Africa. As part of their Geography course, pupils have to complete a case study on eco-tourism and The Gunjur Project fits all of the criteria for this area of study. The Project supports the local community in Gunjur – helping to build schools and provide resources for them, as well as providing educational sponsorships for children which is so desperately needed. It costs just £90.00 per year to sponsor one pupil at secondary school and just £10.00 per year to sponsor a nursery child. One primary school we visited had an annual budget of just £300.00 which covered absolutely everything – including teachers’ salaries and books! Through our fund raising efforts, we were able to make a number of donations to the many schools and projects that we visited – providing learning resources, financial assistance for the development of The Gunjur Project - as well as sponsoring two children for a year’s education. We will now receive updates on how the children are doing and will receive copies of their school reports each term. The generosity of our pupils and parents also enabled us to make donations to 26 children at the Gunjur Orphans’ School which was a very emotional experience for our pupils and staff.

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The visit enabled our pupils to understand the way that ethical eco-tourism can operate, as well as making comparisons between the Gunjur Project and more main stream tourist locations in The Gambia. They also studied the local environment seeing first-hand how people use natural resources to sustain themselves and their families. Pupils had many opportunities to sample the culture of The Gambia – in terms of Music, Art, Dance and Food making the trip an unforgettable one for everyone. It goes without saying that our pupils conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion throughout the trip typified by the way they interacted with the Gambian children at every stop we made. They truly were inspirational. According to The Project, we were the best group they have ever hosted. Sophie Cain said of the trip ‘I think I speak for all of us when I say that this has been a life changing experience. We have seen children who have absolutely nothing and who are desperate for an education. It was very humbling for us and will certainly make us value the things we have and not take those things for granted. That’s the message that we will be bringing back. The Gambia is a wonderfully friendly place that we will never ever forget’.

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DRAMA WORKSHOP

CELEBRATION BOOKLET

As part of their GCSE Scripted study on Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, our Year 10 GCSE Drama pupils have been working with professional actors who have played lead roles both in London’s West End, and the National tour. Pupils undertook a two hour workshop session, helping them to portray lively 7 year olds and develop their movement on stage, before sharing their work in progress and gaining helpful feedback from the professionals. Workshop leader, Jamie Evans was full of praise for our budding thespians: “It was great to work with the students. It was exciting to see in such little time how they progressed!” Leader of Standards & Achievement in Drama, Mrs Goulding, added: “Our pupils relished the opportunity to show off their work to a professional actor, and really valued the feedback they received.” Jamie Evans gives Leon Hough & Elliot Dennett a few tips.

Beth Blakemore and Beth Fogharty

Annie Kinsella seeks advice from actress Emma Knowell.

Year 8 pupils’ poetry flew thousands of miles over Christmas in the form of a celebration booklet sent to partnership schools across the world including: Serbia, Slovakia, India, China, Germany, Japan and Oman. After studying celebrations and traditions in other cultures, all pupils had the chance to create their own poetry representing these celebrations. From the Hindu celebration of Holi to the Cheese Rolling Festival in Gloucestershire, our pupils captured the spirit of these events using carefully chosen words, rich in connotations. Miss Griffiths, who collated the booklet said, “I’m so proud of the work our pupils have produced. It’s a fantastic, well-deserved achievement to see their work sent across the globe.” Pupils across the year group impressed all English staff with their commitment to perfection and enthusiasm for learning about new cultures.

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DRAGONS’ DEN Brave year 7s faced fierce Dragons in the WOW room before Christmas, presenting ideas for new inventions. The panel consisted of members of our local community: Andrew Roberts and Edward Burke, including School Governors Eileen Jones and Linda Scott. Finishing off the panel was Mr Mealey, who was hugely impressed by a Sky Cam remote control plane.

MOVE OVER DAVID CAMERON Ellie Taylor makes her point forcefully during our weekly Debating Society.

Our guests were impressed with the business acumen demonstrated by our pupils as well as their confident rhetoric speaking and listening skills. Miss Bird, who transported the clients into the Den, was immensely proud of the pupils. “Their professional, complex and imaginative ideas could definitely give Lord Sugar a run for his money. It was fantastic to see the pupils react so professionally under such intense scrutiny.” Over twenty groups took part and the Dragons found it difficult to decide on just one winner. Each Dragon therefore selected a winner, with Mr Kirkham providing prizes for all involved. Magnetic Car: Bradley Wilson David Stulberg

Wade Deacon’s first Debating Society is up and running with an argumentative and opinionated group of Year 9 pupils! The society, which meets every Monday are being mentored by Sarah Harding from Manchester University who coaches our pupils in the etiquette and structure of debating, as well as providing a range of motions that are ‘put to the house’. Wade Deacon is being supported by ‘Debate Mate’ – a London based organisation which seeks to develop all aspects of public speaking in young people. The Debating Society will be taking part in rounds of The Urban Debate League through the year and will be competing in The Debate Mate Cup at Manchester University on the 27th April. If successful, we will go on to represent The North West in The Debate Mate Grand Final in London in June. Fingers crossed! Results so far are encouraging with the team already having won three debates in the first Urban Debate League held at Loretto High School, Manchester on 15th March. Mr Mealey who coordinates the Debating Society is clearly impressed: “Debating is a key skill for our pupils to learn. Being able to think on their feet, listen to arguments and offer rebuttals that are relevant and wellarticulated are skills that are vital if pupils wish to advance in their academic careers. I think we have some budding politicians in the making and, who knows; maybe the next PM!”

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Who ly excited as W Factor I was extreme When I heard about the didn’t think I ging. Although I really I have a passion for sin spite the fact cided to give it a go. De would get through, I de . I sang ‘Make nt for my first audition that I was nervous, I we ourite artists. ele who is one of my fav you feel my love’ by Ad backs however I I would get to the call I was unsure whether see that I had. pleasently surprised to was very shocked and backs. Everyone rehearsing for the call I immediately started competition was fabulous and the who had got through ourite musical ‘For Good’ from my fav was very tough. I sang had to perform was increased as we all Wicked. The pressure equipped with Room which was fully in the school’s Wow gh to the final ard that I had got throu microphones. When I he believe it. d and I really couldn’t I was absolutely thrille azing standard through were of an am All eight acts that got We all had to at to get to the final. and it was really gre ly worthwhile. rd but it was definite practice and work ha was electric. final the atmosphere On the evening of the great to know couraging and it was Everyone was really en e it was very supporting me. Backstag that lots of people were lliant and the one was absolutely bri nerve-wracking. Every sting to hear all It was also very intere standard was so high. ces too. of our guests performan ry nervous but n to perform I was ve When it came to my tur s great fun and it really enjoyed it. It wa when I began to sing I s were revealed dence. When the result really boosted my confi came second helmed to find that I I was absolutely overw . place. I was really elated ghly enjoyed it. portunity and I thorou It was such a great op finitley love to rt of it and I would de I was so proud to be pa do it again.

When I auditioned, I wa s hoping that I would ge t through, because I love singing and performing. When I saw my name on the list, I was ecstatic. I was so thrille d I couldn’t stop jumping up and do wn. Every day and night I would practice, just hoping to see my name on the list once more. When I auditioned again my heart was pounding; I was so nervous, but when I sing I am not at all. Singing ma kes me happy. When I finally fou nd out I got through, I jus t wanted to let out a massive SCRE AM. Soon enough all my friend s heard and were cheering me on. Before I knew it the big day came. When we we re waiting behind the curtain, I was so nervous because I wa s first, but when I started to sing in front of my friends and family, all my nerves went away. It was such an amazing exp erience. When they called us ou t to the front, to anno unce the results, my heart was pounding and I just ho ped I did enough. When they called my name out as joint 2n d place I was thrilled. Even thoug h I didn’t get 1st place I was still happy. I was happy for Beth who came joint 2n d with me and Dan who came 1st. Lucy Heyes

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o has the ‘ Daniel Sinnot-Davies performs the winners song!

’ Factor? Wade Deacon’s new ‘X’ Factor-style competition brought new singing talent to light, and could be the beginning of something very big for one lucky contestant. After weeks of auditions 39 contestants were whittled down to 8 for the grand finale, performing before a packed audience in the Bridge Theatre. The standard of the performances was very high and the expert judging panel deliberated for some time before announcing the winners.

The Vox Pops give a sterling performance.

The overall winner was Daniel Sinnot-Davies for his moving rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ which captivated audience and judges alike. The joint runners up were the very talented Lucy Heyes and Beth Lindopp. Daniel’s winning performance caught the attention of ITV’s X Factor production team who invited him to audition for the show. The auditions were held in the Liverpool Echo Arena, where Daniel got through to the third round!

Beth Lindop (left) & Lucy Heyes (right) with winner Daniel Sinnot-Davies .

Daniel’s prize will see him booked in to a professional recording studio in the summer term, and he will receive coaching from Music staff to prepare for this opportunity. Perhaps with this experience behind him, Daniel could go even further on the X Factor in the future! Leader of Music Miss Butterworth was very proud of the pupils who took part; “The W Factor was a hit with contestants and the audience. All the judges were very impressed with the performances, and we have already started planning for next year!” Daniel Sinnot-Davies with three W Factor judges, Ms Butterworth, guest judge Laura Harrison & Mr Annable

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Build Building work is continuing in earnest on the Lower Wing of the Birchfield Road Campus, with much of the structure of the new building now in place. The building contractors are delighted to report that the project is exactly on target. The new sports hall frame has been constructed, with cladding to 3 sides and all internal block work completed. The waterproof membrane is being added to the roof and the external brickwork is being constructed. The ground floor is completely constructed on the new sections to the rear of the site, and at the time of this newsletter going to print the columns and stairs up to the second floor were in progress. Historical artefacts will be integrated into the new buildings to celebrate the heritage of the school. As part of this project, the engraved marble foundation stones were carefully removed from the entrance hall, revealing a surprise package.

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ding Project on Target A copy of the Widnes Weekly News from May 1930 was discovered parcelled up with school papers and hidden beneath the foundation stone. The papers included the programme for the foundation stone laying ceremony and a beautifully handwritten document outlining the history of the school in its various incarnations since its foundation as Farnworth Grammar School in 1507. The original building on Birchfield Road was completed at a cost of £60,000 and accommodated 550 ‘scholars’, with provision for extension to 700. The current building project will create a school for 1500 pupils at a cost of £24 million. The new buildings will open in April 2013. Scanned copies of the historical documents and the latest photographs of the building are available on the school website; www.wadedeacon.com/bsf

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Clare McDermott performs in Horror on the dance floor.

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The year 10 hairspray performance.

Millie Kilshaw & Lauren Smith perform a duet.

Our spectacular ‘Got to Dance’ event was bigger and better this year, with more routines, more dancers and more special effects. Over 140 Wade Deacon pupils across all years took part in this fantastic celebration of dance talent. There were also performances from Lunts Heath Primary, Moorfields Primary and Cronton College pupils. Pupils delivered performances in a wide range of different dance genres including musical theatre, jazz, tap, contemporary, street as well as other variations. Superb costumes, makeup, sound, lighting and the introduction of a smoke machine added a little polish to the beautiful routines perfected after many hours of practice. Dance teacher Mrs Locker was delighted with the shows; “The standard of the performances were outstanding and all 3 nights were a great success. We are looking forward to ‘Got to Dance 2013’!” The year 7 performance of Olly Murs.

The year 9 Tribal performance.

Ben Jumps to Victory Ben Atkins, Year 9, participated in the National Schools final for Trampolining in March this year, representing the school he finished an incredible third place winning a bronze trophy. After a fantastic year last year finishing in ninth place at the World Championships in November, Ben is now in training ready to compete in the forthcoming European Championships in Russia.

Nicole Hulme & Elin Peters perform a duet.

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Ben with his Bronze throphy for the National Schools Final.

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Rugby

Sport Jacob Ryan

The year 7 Rugby team have had a very successful season so far, reaching the Semi Finals of the North West Championships. Wade Deacon faced St Peters, Wigan, in the semi-finals where they were beaten 34-10. The Wigan team then went on to be the overall champions, beating St Peter & Paul 34-8 in the final. At the time of going to print, the year 7 team are travelling to Hull to meet Sirius Academy in the Carnegie Schools Cup Nationals.

Athletics

We took 4 teams to the Halton Sports Hall Athletics competition, where our year 7 boys team and our year 8 girls team both won the event. This means they have qualified for the Merseyside finals. We wish them all the best for this event.

Cross Country

On January 14th we took 15 pupils to the Cheshire cross country trials at Whitby High School in Cheshire, after they had successfully qualified from the Halton round. This day was especially cold and pupils performed exceptionally well given the weather conditions. Kiera Grady came in 8th place which is a fantastic achievement. She will now represent Cheshire in the next round. Kiera is the first Wade Deacon pupil to ever get to this stage.

Football The year 10 football team has made a tremendous start to their season. They are currently undefeated and top of the league and are hoping to retain the Halton League cup. They also reached the Quarter finals of the Schools Cheshire Cup where they were unfortunately beaten by Poynton High School. The team played extremely well and dominated the game for the majority, but unfortunately they could not find the back of the net. 16

Motor Cross Jacob Ryan was selected by the National Motor Cross Academy to go and train with them in Spain and Portugal for a 2 week intensive period. This enabled Jacob to work on regaining his fitness after weeks off due to a motor cross accident. Having become involved in motor cross four seasons ago Jacob has come on leaps and bounds and will now represent the National Motor Cross Academy in one of the most highly recognised motor cross competitions in Britain, the ‘British Red Bull Championships’. Jacob’s first race is on April 28th in Landrake near Plymouth. We wish him good luck in all of his upcoming competitions.

Basketball

Callum Johnson has been playing basketball for the last 9 years. For 7 of these years, Callum played in Portugal for his county team and for the last 2 years he has played for Everton. He is now playing for the Merseyside Tigers in the U17 British Basketball league. He currently trains twice a week in Liverpool and is preparing for some key games and competitions within his league. Wade Deacon High School


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