Sunday, 18 October 2015

Enrichment Week

This week we had one of six planned enrichment days.  The day provided the opportunity for learners to spend longer 'chunks' of time on specific activities to support their learning.  They are fantastic to see and its a great opportunity to see the whole school focusing on different areas of learning.

Year 11 spent their time working on GCSE studies.  Having such a large block of time means that learners were able to really focus on one area of their learning and make a great job of it.

It was wonderful to see how well they were working and how determined they all are to make the best of the opportunities given to them.

Year Seven went off on a team building event to Chester Zoo.  The visit gives them a real opportunity to bond as a year group as well as make the most of all the educational opportunities that the zoo
provides.  There is a competition for the best completed booklet by a Year Seven learner.  The winner will be decided in assembly tomorrow I think!  Good luck to all learners.

Year Nine were focusing on Health and Well Being looking at important issues such as pregnancy, alcohol and drug miss use.  The end of the day brought them an opportunity to be entertained by a group of musicians focusing on the messages they had received throughout the day.

Some Year 8 learners wrote this poem.  They worked with a Poet who visited the school.  Learners will be presenting this poem in public on Thursday 22nd October 2015 at Colwyn Bay Theatre as part of a Poetry Slam.

My life is like darkness
No one around
Just black and dark nothing to see
I’m drowning in my own social nightmares
I’m stressed
I feel self obsessed
You’ve messed up my life
Left me guessing what’s next
I’m scared I cry you make me want to die inside
Hiding behind your lies – living them out on me

I’m being told I’m useless
Raggy cheap stupid
I’m fat  ugly, nerdy weird
Loser you’re a nobody
Even you’re parents don’t want you
 the world would be better without you
it’s time you disappeared
You’re breaking me making me emotionally dead
I’m living through the nightmare of your words
The things you’ve said echo echo echo
It feels like you’re right here beside me
Like your voice is inside me controlling my head

How am I drowning when I’m surrounded by air?
We both breathe we both bleed
We both need the same things
Someone to listen
Someone to care
I’m trapped in a body
In a prison of your despair
there’s a volcano building up inside
All the kicking the hitting the spitting I’ve had enough
I need to find the key to open the prison door
I can’t take it any more STOP!

I need to find a shoulder to cry on
Someone to rely on
A cushion to fall back on
A friend to carry me
Let me know I’m not alone
Help me stand up from the crowd
You can help
you know can together we can do this
help me find the words
let my voice be heard
finally a friend
a light to guide me out of this dark abyss
together let’s do this
Make it through the pain
break through this barrier
One day we’ll find a way to break the chain

Unlock the door and take these words out of my brain

The same poet will be presenting the Awards at our Awards Evening on Monday Evening  at the Rhyl Pavilion. 

This week we also hosted our first Year Seven Parent's Assembly of the term.  This was a huge success.  Many parents have also signed up to work with the school on supporting their child with English and Maths.  This is a great opportunity and we are pleased so many parents are keen to take part.  We look forward to the start of these groups after the half term.  If you require any more information please contact the main office and ask to speak to Miss Kelly.

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