With the United Kingdom general election due on 7th May 2015, it seemed an appropriate time for our students to undertake question and answer sessions with political candidates for the Wentworth and Dearne constituency.
To ensure a balanced and unbiased representation of the political scene, invitations were sent to all political parties and we were fortunate that three candidates were able to spare some time from their very busy schedules; Alan England (English Democrats), Michael Naughton (Conservatives) and John Healey (Labour).
Students from all year groups (including members of our Student Leadership Group) asked questions ranging from immigration, the NHS, the Armed Forces, taxation to education and the welfare state.
All three political candidates spoke candidly but maintained a sense of humour whilst being continuously grilled.
Once again, our students showed themselves to be articulate, interested and passionate about issues that affected them directly as well as global affairs. And for those Sixth Form students who are eligible to vote for the first time next week, it helped to remove any misconceptions and will hopefully provide an objective view of the political world in which we live.
In preparation for their A2 English Literature examination, six Year 13 students visited The Shakespeare Centre in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Before the lecture, students had a whistle stop tour of Shakespeare’s family home; were entertained by an outdoor acting ensemble performing several extracts from The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth; and a tour of the Shakespeare exhibition in the centre where Shakespeare was presented in a multitude of ways including on screen, on canvas and in print.
The lecture explored the social and theatrical contexts of The Tempest by Shakespeare and Dr. Faustus by Marlowe and students were introduced to a variety of alternative interpretations of the texts.
Eleven of our ASD students joined Rawmarsh Comprehensive School at Herringthorpe Athletics Stadium this week for the SEND Athletics Event.
The event which is organised by Active Ability, saw students split into groups where they competed against each other in various athletic events such as 50m and 100m sprints, “throwing”, long jump and a 200m relay.
All activities aimed to develop communication, self-esteem and promote healthy living through sport.
Year 7 student Isaac Lomas said, “It was a great day and I really enjoyed all the different sports.”
Mrs Talbot said that the event was extremely successful and all students who participated behaved wonderfully.
Well done to you all!