Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
The 8th -10th February saw our outstanding production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat take place. The vibrant musical was performed 5 times including two shows for Southport primary schools. The cast who have been rehearsing since September left the audiences wowed with all aspects of their performance. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in Joseph and I’m sure the memories will stay with all involved for ever.
World Book Day
The 2nd March saw us celebrating World Book Day with the staff and pupils dressing up as characters from books or films. There were also lots of quizzes, games and competitions and our first very successful book swap. Thank you to all who got involved and continued to make it a special day at Greenbank.
Year 9 Visit to Parliament
On 3rd March, 42 Year 9 pupils visited the Houses of Parliament and The London Eye. We left Greenbank at 5am and travelled by coach to London. On arrival we visited the London Eye completing the 4D experience and riding on the eye pods with spectacular views of the capital city. After eating lunch on the Embankment we toured the Houses of Parliament learning about the Lords and Commons and how laws are made. We arrived back at Greenbank at 11pm tired but enthusiastic about politics!
English London Theatre Visit
On the 2nd February, 40 Year 10 and 11 students set off on the train to our nation's capital. Our mission: to watch two plays and undertake two dramatic workshops to explore themes and ideas relevant to GCSE English Literature. Firstly, we paid witness to the excellent An Inspector Calls. With a house that exploded, real rain on stage and a story as relevant now as it was when Priestly wrote it, we followed Inspector Goole as he wheedled the truth out of the Birling family. It was a clever, thought-provoking production and one Year 11 student commented afterwards, "It really helped bring the play to life more than in the classroom. I feel I really understand it now".
We also took part in a tour of the Globe Theatre and a workshop looking at character relationships in Macbeth. Cue lots of angry Lady Macbeths trying to persuade Macbeths to kill the King. Students enjoyed getting to grips with the language and really exploring the motivation behind the character's words. Then, to top it all off, we participated in what has been described as the "scariest experience in live theatre" when we saw The Woman in Black. This was preceded by a workshop which allowed our students up onto the actual stage to recreate some of the scenes. They can all claim they have performed on a West End Stage! As for the play itself, well, we never knew a door or a rocking chair could be so terrifying! All in all we had an excellent time and look forward to our next theatre adventure.
After being cooped up for 18 hours travelling to Mount Snow, Vermont by air and coach, Greenbank students launched onto the slopes of Mount Snow. The snow for skiing this year was the best the resort had seen for a few years, with heavy snow filled skies and a cool wind it was perfect for learning or for just pure enjoyment.
The five groups: two beginners, one intermediate and one advanced and a boarder group, were introduced to their respective instructors and off we went. On the first day the advanced instructor took his team onto the blue to assess their skill. I think he was amazed; he returned each day having taken his group through most of the routes open to them, including black expert runs.
The intermediate group instructor never had a problem keeping his group going, which eventually was able to join the advanced group by the end of the week.
Every daily visit to the beginner groups was a shock; their progress was brilliant. By the third day, they were all taken off the nursery slope and on to the mountain slopes and despite a few falls, all survived the experience and are now competent skiers. Not forgetting the Snow Boarders, who acquitted themselves with style and grace throughout the week. Après Ski was fantastic as well, with a disco, pizza night and tubing, not forgetting the shopping both at a Mall and in Boston.
My reflection on the week is one of great pride in the students who helped make this such a successful trip and to see how many students looked after each other. It was wonderful to see expressions of joy each day as new skills and achievements were accomplished.
We have some very talented students here at Greenbank High and many kind and thoughtful individuals. We were so pleased to take many of these on a fantastic learning experience to Vermont.
A huge thank you to parents who helped pay for this; the students who made it so much fun; and the staff who helped make this such a safe and successful trip.
Rotary Youth Speaks Winners
We were delighted to attend The new Rotary Youth Speaks tournament at The Ramada hosted by The Rotary Club of Southport Meols on 22nd March. The competition was fierce from fellow secondary schools based around the topic of Brexit but due to the girls flair, research, confidence and exceptional delivery we won.
Congratulations to Lois, Lydia and Sarah. Thank you to Miss Prescott and Mrs Wasilew for coaching and supporting the team.
Rotary Technology Tournament Winners
Well done to the four teams that the entered The Rotary Technology Tournament on 10th March. Greenbank were both winners and runners-up and the girls showed excellent design and engineering skills.
Thank you to Mr Melia for coaching the team.
Dot Art Competition
It’s time to vote for the DotArt exhibition again! Our finalists are Molly White, Ella Grey and Ella Myerscough. Great to see our photography students so well represented this year!
Just click on the link below and vote.