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.
Young Carers in Schools Award 2017
Greenbank wins award for young carer support
Greenbank High School has been given a Bronze award for their work to make sure students don’t miss out on an education because they are young carers.
The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.
Young carers are responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member who has a physical disability, mental health issue or substance misuse issue. The 2011 Census statistics revealed that there are just over 166,000 young carers in England, but research reveals that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The true figure could be closer to 700,000 young carers in England, equivalent to one in 12 school children many of whom are unrecognised and unsupported.
Research carried out by Carers Trust and The Children's Society shows that, on average, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year and often have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, because of their caring role.
To help schools support young carers, the programme offers a step-by-step guide for leaders, teachers and non-teaching staff, with practical tools designed to make it as easy as possible for schools. Staff can also receive training through webinars and events and the programme also features a newsletter each term highlighting relevant policy developments, spotlighting good practice and giving updates on the programme’s successes.
“To achieve their Bronze Award Greenbank has demonstrated that it supports young carers in many ways, including homework clubs and drop-in sessions with a member of staff who is responsible for this vulnerable group of pupils. Vital information about how to identify young carers is made available to all school staff, and noticeboards and the school webpage let students and their families know where to go for help”.
The programme is open to all schools in England and to sign up schools just need to visit www.youngcarersinschools.com
Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, says: “Schools play a vital role in a young carer’s life, but many care for relatives without their teachers even knowing what they do. On average young carers will miss half a day of school each fortnight as a result of their caring role, so the steps schools take to identify and support them can have a huge impact on their learning, wellbeing and life chances.”
Helen Leadbitter, national young carers lead at The Children’s Society, is thrilled with the way the Young Carers in Schools Programme is bringing about national change.
“Hundreds of schools across England are participating in the Young Carers in Schools programme, using the tools and resources to improve their support systems, and ensuring that no child need miss out on educational opportunities because they are a carer. 74% of schools who have achieved a Young Carers in Schools Award have noticed improved attendance among their young carers, and 94% have noticed improvements in their wellbeing and confidence.”
Carers Trust is the UK’s largest charity providing services to unpaid carers, young carers and young adult carers. We work to make sure that carers of all ages are not overlooked or deprived of services they need, and this is underpinned in our vision – a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised, and where they have access to the quality support services they need to live their own lives. We support over 465,000 carers across the UK, including over 30,000 young carers.
Through its network of carers services, Carers Trust supports thousands of young and young adult carers.
We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners, through our unique online services and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives.
There are seven million carers in the UK. Please visit our website www.carers.org for further information about your nearest service.
The Children’s Society
It is a painful fact that many children and young people in Britain today are still suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect. Too often their problems are ignored and their voices unheard. Now it is time to listen and to act.
The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.
We also campaign for changes to laws affecting children and young people, to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future.
Through a three-year partnership with The Children’s Society, Henley Festival aims to bring inspiration and support to young carers across England.
Last year, the festival saw 100 young carers and their families, who often feel isolated, take a break from their daily duties to come and enjoy our Family Day. The 'Hidden' photographic exhibition at the Festival exposed the unseen and often forgotten lives of children who selflessly dedicate their time to ensuring their family are cared for. We were delighted to welcome and offer work experience to young carers who were able to bring to life a handful of these powerful stories that lie behind 166,000 of Britain's closed doors.
And it doesn't stop there. 52 carers from the region were rewarded with a more-than-deserved break from their inescapable responsibilities by enjoying The Young Carers Festival held in Hampshire.
The Children's Society recognises the struggles that come with being a carer at a young age, juggling life at home and at school. To tackle this, they have worked with 35 school professionals in the Henley region to prepare children for any challenges they may face with their education and how schools can address issues, as well as helping five young carer's services.