Upper School Gallery
Year 9 Website on Climate Justice and God's World
The Year 9 class made their own website about Climate Justice and God's World.
You can view it here Climate Justice and Gods World Y9 Website
Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Award
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a scheme for 14-24-year-olds that teaches essential skills - resilience, communication, etc. builds confidence, and prepares the young person for work and life. There are three awards: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. For Bronze, you have to complete four categories. The first is Physical and for this you must do an hour of a specific sport a week for twelve weeks. The next is Volunteering and for this you must do an hour a week volunteering at a certain place, for twelve weeks. The third is Skills and for this you must choose a skill, and do it - an hour a week for twelve weeks. The fourth is the Expedition. For the expedition you must walk for two days, camping overnight and carry everything you need in a rucksack. We had a great time on our expedition.
Trip to Moel Famau
Years 9 and 10 recently went for a day trip to walk up Moel Famau in Wales. This was part of our collapsed time table week after our internal exams. This was a great day as we got to spend it outside with friends. We had a great time climbing the hill and then having coffee and ice cream in the cafe at the bottom. We enjoyed being in God's beautiful creation.
Blessing Our Neighbours
At Christmas and Easter our class (year 9) made gifts and cards and some chocolates to give to the people living opposite our school. We went out in pairs and handed them out to people and posted them through letterboxes. It was very nice to chat with our lovely neighbours, especially a couple who had a very friendly dog!
Reverse Advent Boxes
In Upper School we organised Reverse Advent boxes for the whole school to collect food for a local foodbank. We collected boxes and attached string to create squares. Students would then bring in food to go in each square and this was donated to a food bank.
The Christmas Fair
At Christmas Year 9 were responsible for organising the Christmas fair. Many pupils and parents participated in the even and some even sold things they had made! This year, our class has been growing many plants including spider plants, Aloe vera and Mother of millions. There were different kinds of stalls from accessories and clothes to games and the best — cakes and cookies! The money that was collected was given to Bridge2 which is an organistion that helps refugees. It was a busy afternoon but everyone enjoyed this special event.
What Is Beauty?
Year 9 and Year 10 spent 3 days exploring the beauty of creation of our immediate surroundings in Liverpool and also of Moel Famau close by. They spent time considering "What is beauty?" and "Where can we find it?" Pupils worked in small groups to present their findings. One pupil wrote the following poem..
When you walk up Moel Famau be cautious of the land of beauty, I'm not causing drama - just trying to do my duty of proclaiming God's beauty. And the life of the hills, this amazing scenery that beauty fulfills with all of this greenery. There's something we lack, we'll never realise. We forget to look back at life - through God's eyes.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Well done to the Y10s for completing a very successful Duke of Edinburgh expedition. What a joy it was to be in the beautiful countryside with such a fantastic group of students. Despite the rain and heavy back packs they showed resilience and fortitude completing the 2 day trek without getting lost!
World views and religious education course
This develops and deepens the young people’s understanding of the Christian world view whilst enabling them to learn about a wide range of world views that they will come across in modern Britain, including atheism, humanism, materialism/ consumerism and the major faiths practised within the United Kingdom. The young people are encouraged to identify the values and ideas that are inherent in each way of looking at the world and to discern their relationship to a Christian understanding of the world.
The need to respect people whose world view is different from their own is actively promoted as a Christian virtue and requirement: “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honour the emperor” 1 Peter 2:17. We recognise that developing an understanding of other cultures and respect for all people is essential for the young people to be equipped to serve as global citizens. It is also important so that they are able to demonstrate the blessings of the kingdom of God to all people without discrimination or exclusion.
The worldview and religious studies course is foundational, and the understanding the students gain through it feeds through into all the other elements of their Upper School education. Some of the learning is accredited through the GCSE Religious Studies, which includes the study of Christianity and Judaism, as well as ethical issues. The GCSE examination takes place at the end of year 10.
All students are given the opportunity to study seven GCSE subjects from the English Baccalaureate suite of educationally rigorous and recognised subjects that enable young people to progress on to further and higher education. These are:
- English Language
- English Literature
- Science Combined (Trilogy)
These subjects are all examined at the end of year 11.
Some students would benefit from doing one or two less GCSEs. Their programme could include more flexi-ed options or additional support in gaining the all-important English and Maths qualifications.
Some students have the capacity and aptitude to do one or two extra GCSEs through tailor made Flexi-ed options. In recent years, subjects offered have included, Single Separate Sciences, Art, Music, Law, Citizenship, Computer Science, Textiles, Product Design, Graphic Products, Economics, Business Studies. The availability of any subject is dependent on having an appropriate teacher, often drawing from the expertise of the Collaborative community, beyond our regular staff to deliver the course.
Global citizenship/Equipped to Serve vocational programme
This programme enables students to work out their faith and demonstrate God’s kingdom-life through local, national and global citizenship. They learn to apply their understanding of Christian principles, values and priorities in practical settings. The programme is vocational as it equips students to fulfil their calling to carry out the creation and cultural mandates not just in the future, but now.
To do this effectively they require a knowledge/research base that covers environmental geography, business studies, human geography and social studies. They also need to develop skills in presentation methods that will enable them to implement and communicate their plans, including making graphic products, performance, public speaking and the use of digital media. The course develops a range of transferrable skills, including entrepreneurial and problem-solving skills. Students learn to take pride in their workmanship, as their work directly impacts on others outside the classroom.
The students take part in 12 – 15 units of activity, relating to four broad areas of human activity. The units of activity average 20 hours although some are longer and some shorter. Two or more may run concurrently (eg Romania social action project and financial management unit).
- Social and environmental action
- Enterprise, finance and the world of work
- Politics and the media
- Life and leadership