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Orchard Park High School

Celebrating kindness

This week we have celebrated Anti Bullying Week and World Kindness Day. 

On Monday, we wore odd socks to show our support in standing against bullying and students read about the ripples from our actions, both positive and negative. Students and staff were given a Galaxy Ripple bar and encouraged to commit acts of kindness to keep the positivity moving through the school and beyond. A special mention to Sofia and Nabiha in Year 7 who made beautiful posters to wish Year 11 students good luck in their PPEs (pictured) and to Ellis, Danny and Jamie in Year 8, who went out of their way to check in on a Year 7 student. We continued to celebrate on Fun Friday, where we sang songs about kindness, self love and collaboration and created a large group collage with Anti-Bullying messages.

As part of our Aspirations programme, Mr Mathys and Miss Saulter took 20 of our Year 9 students on a workplace visit to Framestore, a multi Oscar winning creative studio in Chancery Lane. Students were taken through the stages of creative visual effects for movies, careers available in the field of visual effects and the routes staff had taken to reach this point in their profession. The students then had an opportunity to design an immersive experience and pitch their ideas to industry professionals. A special mention goes to Dave and Charis for their outstanding presentation skills. Charis was also selected to be filmed for their promotional video. You can read more about our careers provision here:

On Thursday, we hosted a rugby development match (under 15s) with Lanfranc Academy. Students developed their tactical awareness of line-outs and scrums within the competitive match. Although the match ended 25-15 to Lanfranc, the following students were commended for their attacking prowess, leadership and brilliant runs throughout the game: Farrell, Ty, Ricardo, Aurio and Shakir. Thank you to Mr Latouche for arranging the opportunity. We look forward to our next rugby fixture.

Finally, good luck to Logan in Year 7, who is performing in School of Rock this week. A superstar in the making!

Ms C Moran, Headteacher