As you are all no doubt aware throughout October we are celebrating Black History month. To open this week’s blog and given the fact that both students and staff are continuing to work harder than ever following the disruptions of the last eighteen months, I would like to draw upon a quote from Maya Angelou.
Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She received dozens of awards and more than fifty honorary degrees and is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences
Her quote “Nothing will work unless you do” is a message to us all and should inspire us all to work hard to achieve our full potential, particularly at this time of ongoing adversity.
Last week the college received a visit from Will Quince, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for the Department for Education and representatives from the FA. The focus for the visit centred on girls in sports and confidence building. The Minister was introduced to the FA’s ‘Game of Our Own’ programme and he also met a number of our students. The feedback was extremely positive with officials saying that ‘The girls were a real credit to the school’. The visitors were especially impressed with the college’s Football Activators’ and heartened to see the FA strategy come to life in schools. A particular well done must go to Ms Ashton Smith who continues to work tirelessly to develop girl’s football here at Wright Robinson.
On Sunday evening the Pride of Gorton awards took place. The Awards are held annually and it was great to be back at the monastery for a live event. In keeping with tradition Ms Rothwell and Mr Buckley were in attendance with the college’s Chamber choir who entertained guests for an hour with a series of excellent individual and group recitals.
Under the Awards format three nominees are shortlisted for each category, with eleven categories in total. As Headteacher I was extremely proud to see that all three shortlisted nominees for the ‘Young Achievement Award’ Belinda Year 10, Alexandra Year 9 and Prunelle Year 9, were students here at Wright Robinson. Prunelle picked up the overall award but well done to all three students. Maddux Year 9 took home the ‘Making a Difference Award’ and Mr Tayo was nominated for the ‘Outstanding Service by a Key Worker Award’. Miss Bowker won the ‘Clean and Green Award’ for her work with the students around litter picking in the local area to round off what was a hugely successful night for the college. Well done to everyone who was nominated and a special thanks to the Gorton Events Committee for making it all possible.
As part of the college’s work celebrating Black History Month my assemblies this week have showcased the ‘Afrobeat’ dance style with performances by students from Years 9, 10 and 11 taking place each morning. A very well done to all of the performers and again a particular thank you to Rachel from Wer1Dance who has been working with our students on a weekly basis raising the profile of Afrobeat dance.
Over the past two weeks there have been so many sports fixtures it is impossible to mention them all individually. I am pleased to report however that it appears to be very much business as usual for both boys and girls in a range of sports. Notably there have been comfortable victories for both the U16 A and U15 B Boy’s Football teams in the English Schools Cup and both the Key Stage 3 and 4 Girl’s football teams are progressing well in their prospective leagues.
As this blog is posted our student’s will break for Half Term returning on Monday 1st November. I hope that everyone takes some time to rest enjoys a safe and happy holiday period.