Dear Parents and Carers,
I begin this week with congratulations to Ellie Fletcher and Molly Clarke in Year 12, who have both been invited to trial for the Senior Women’s Great Britain Handball squad on Saturday 13th February. Both girls have worked extremely hard and deserve their success. I know I speak for everyone in wishing them the best of luck.
Another huge congratulations must go to one of our former students Mohamed El-Nemr, who has been offered a place at Oxford University to study Medicine – a fabulous achievement!
Wednesday 27th January marked the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and also Holocaust Memorial Day. The Humanities Department presented assemblies last week looking at the story of Else Cohn who was a German Jewish refugee that came across to Britain on the Kinder transport in 1939.
A group of Year 9 and Year 13 Religious Studies students also attended Trafford’s Holocaust Memorial afternoon on Wednesday, where there were speakers from other schools presenting the stories of heroes of the Holocaust. Students were also informed about recent genocides and the Syrian refugee crisis so they could understand the parallels between the Holocaust and what is happening in the world today.
On Friday the History Department arranged for a speaker to come into school to discuss with Year 9 students their own connections with the Holocaust and whether anti-semitism still exists today. There were around 150 students in attendance to this event who listened intently to Freddy Naftel as he recalled his grandparents fleeing from Germany in 1939 to Manchester.
Our Afritwin team has begun their preparations for their bi-annual ‘Auction of Promises’ which will be held on Friday 11th March. I recommend you put this date in your diaries, as this is an event not to be missed! Over the years this has proved to be a really enjoyable evening and, thanks to the generosity of a number of people, a very lucrative one for our project. This year the funds raised from the evening will be split equally between helping us to develop a food programme for Qhasana High School, our partner school in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and, to support the cost of making the trip out there for 21 students and 6 staff during our summer holidays.
The list of “lots” for the Auction is growing and we are hoping that you may be able to help further. Are you, or any of your family and friends, in a position to offer us something that we can auction? Any donations of items or promises will be gratefully accepted. Items that have been offered so far include; rounds of golf, hospitality at Warrington Wolves, £250 holiday vouchers, hours of babysitting, hours of cleaning, a taxi service to the airport (Liverpool or Manchester), meal vouchers, and a weekend at a hotel in Grasmere to mention only a few. A full list of the promises/items already offered will be available soon, along with details of how you might be able to bid on any item. If you have any questions or think you may be able to help in any way, please get in touch by emailing Mr Burnett: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have our Year 12 Parents Evening on Thursday this week, starting at 5pm, followed by our Year 10 Parents Evening next week on Thursday 11th February from 5pm til 8pm. Students should now be making appointments in their planners.
Finally, I would like to remind our Scholars Programme students to keep an eye on the Scholars’ webpage for important events, notices and weekly competitions – you can click here to view now.