Good Luck to our Year 11 pupils who begin their public examinations next week. Remember, God is good!
During the Easter break a party of pupils and staff flew to the heart of the Three Valleys in France, for a week of skiing. It was the the best spring conditions for four years and the children all thoroughly enjoyed the experience , making excellent progress on the slopes. The Hotel was first-rate, serving superb food and offering lively evening entertainment, including a disco and Karaoke (note to staff, don’t give up the day job!) Please view our gallery here.
The pupil’s behaviour was a credit to the school making it a holiday both memorable and great fun.
Year 11 pupils experienced their ‘mock’ job interviews on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 March. 28 highly skilled, professionals from our community put the Year 11 pupils through their paces in a proper interview. It was an amazing learning experience for all the students. Our thanks go to the interviewers for giving up their precious time to help and support our students in this very important aspect of their careers programme.
One of our students commented after the interview “it was such a worthwhile experience; I’m ready to take on anything”.
On Tuesday the 19 January, 6 talented and promising engineers from St Gabriel’s RC High School made their way to Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry to take part in a Faraday Challenge run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). The trip involved a full-day challenge involving the much-anticipated BBC Micro:Bit programmable device. They aim to give students an exciting and engaging introduction to coding. Every pupil in year 7 in the UK will be eligible to receive a free Micro:Bit that will be used by their schools to develop their programming skills.
At each event teams compete to win an Amazon voucher for themselves and an exclusive IET Faraday/BBC Micro:Bit sports watch and a trophy for their school. During the day the pupils had to identify problems and generate two solutions before engineering the Micro:Bit to function as intended. The pupils then had to prepare for an entrepreneurial Dragon's Den style pitch to the judges. The competition was very strong amongst the groups but the 6 St Gabriel’s pupils showed their outstanding form and went on to win. Participant and winner Fred Bailey said, “We arrived at the MOSI full of anticipation, we were going to program Micro:Bits (small circuit boards with rows of LED lights that could be programmed to do several things) and find uses for them.” Winning team member Thomas Gaddes continues, “Our group made a step counter and a pet tracker. We all had to present our product to the judge at the end of the day. It was nerve-wrecking but we all found it fairly easy to do. We were extremely surprised when we found out that we had won first prize, a £10 Amazon voucher and a watch!”.
Photo showing pupils holding winning trophy:
(front row L to R) Fred Bailey, Holly Walsh, Harrison Warburton
(back row L to R) Thomas Gaddes, Emily Butterworth, Zosia Milejski