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Orchard Park High School

A cup of kindness

Equality Club was raising funds for the British Red Cross this week.

On Wednesday 8th May, Ms Hansford accompanied a group of Year 9 students to represent the school at the Croydon Athletics competition. Out of the 22 of our Year 9 athletes selected, an impressive five students went on to reach the final of their individual events (George, Deborah, Tegan, Jayda and Justice) and three students went on to win a medal: 

  • Deborah who placed second in the 100m race 
  • Jayda who placed second in the 200m race 
  • Justice who placed third in the 300m race 

Yesterday, Ms Ongley treated the Year 10 dancers to an afternoon at the Fairfield Halls to watch The BRIT School's annual dance showcase. It was an inspiring event that left lots of our dancers excited about getting into the dance studio and experimenting with the choreography they had seen. 

This week, Mr Mathys delivered assemblies on our core value of Drive. Students were encouraged to be aspirational for themselves by highlighting the benefits of going to university. He also addressed how perceived barriers to higher education could be overcome in the hope that students break the glass ceiling that limits their aspirations. 

Year 7 participated in Maths by Stealth workshops where students planned and designed a music concert. They used various skill builders, including teamwork, problem-solving and creativity. At the end of the workshop, the students showcased their research in a presentation. They pitched their concert plan and honed their public speaking skills, attempting to persuade their peers why their plan was the best. This demonstrated their excellent behaviour, active participation, and enthusiasm. Importantly, they also gained a deeper understanding of the practical relevance of maths in everyday life. 

At the ‘Cup of Kindness’ event on Wednesday, our Equality Club successfully raised £100 for The British Red Cross. Every pound raised will directly contribute to supporting the vital humanitarian work carried out by The British Red Cross. 

Thank you to all Year 7 parents who attended the parent’s evening on Thursday. It is always a pleasure talking to parents about their children's progress. 

Enjoy the weather. 

Ms C Moran, Headteacher