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Epidemic of Art

Helix = Syphilis / White hairy squid = Typhoid / White blob with purple bits = Bubonic plague / Red ball with little tentacles = Measles

The Spring term’s Arts and Humanities topic is Medicine and Disease.

Students have learned about how diseases changed the world. How the Black Death, killed tens of millions, brought the Feudal System crashing down and ended the Middle Ages.

How measles and typhoid wiped out 90% of the population of the Americas by the time any Europeans actually thought of living there.

About how an English doctor worked out how to stop the cholera that was killing thousands in 19th Century London, and so ushered in the age of clean water and modern sewage systems we now take for granted.

The Art component of the topic involved students looking at photographs of four of the more picturesque pathogens and attempting to copy the picture in the medium of felt.

This involves layering dyed sheep’s wool that has been spread out into a gauze to form a backing mat. This is soaked in soapy water and placed between sheets of bubble wrap. There follows twenty minutes of massaging with finger tips.

This allows the natural matting properties of the wool to start forming the felt. Next more wool is carefully spread out to create the image of the germ itself. Another half hour or so of rubbing and soapy water follows, hot and cold rinses, then a spot of rolling in a bamboo place mat. A final rinse and the felt is complete. Soft, deadly and beautiful!

Bronze DofE Award for V Group Students!

We recently had a visit from Vicki Hamilton the North West branch Operations Officer of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. She came in to verify the work that pupils from the V Group have done for their Bronze award.

we are glad to announce that all of the pupils involved have achieved their Bronze award. Congratulations to them all.

LG4 Environment Project

Over the past half term LG4 have been learning about the environment and how to keep it clean. Incorporating work related learning into this LG4 have become ‘outdoor environmental quality caretakers’.

As part of this they have had to survey the quality of the outdoor space and then plan a course of action to improve it. The most immediate action was to remove any litter from the environment, this has been something that have done consistently for the last 6 weeks come rain, shine, or frost!

The next step of this job will be to create an awareness campaign for our school in order to reduce the amount of litter being dropped outside. Hopefully, with all their efforts the outdoor spaces will be looking good for all our students to enjoy once the weather finally improves.

A1 Group Perform live for BFET Principals

This week Melland students from the A1 group showcased their developing communication and signing skills for the BFET Executive Team and our BFET Principals in the high tech Melland Multimedia Studio. 

Teaching staff supported the students in creating a spectacular visual treat as the backdrop during their live performance in which they were seen juggling, walking the tight rope, lifting impossible weights at the same time as signing to the song ‘This is Me’ from the Greatest Showman. All the pupils took on characters from the film and gave them their own individual interpretation.

The students and staff have worked incredibly hard and barring a few nerves we think it was a fantastic performance.

Melland are part of the 2 year national pilot developing the ‘Semi-Formal Curriculum with ‘Equals’ which aims to improve pupils communication, health and wellbeing, confidence and independence as well as working on the core domains of functional numeracy, literacy, PSHCE, physical well-being, drama and humanities.  

the full video of this project to be uploaded to the Melland High school YouTube channel

Student Attendance Update

The 1st 2020 Attendance update.

KS3 & 4 attendance has increased to 91.1% and Sixth form has also increased to 88.2%.

These are over a 1% increase, which is huge when it comes to attendance figures.

We are now well above the national average (90.6%) for special schools

V Group’s Journey Around the World

This term, the V group are beginning their cultural encounters topic: The World Around Me.

As part of the newly developed Semi-Formal Curriculum; V group will be exploring various modes of transport and encountering different cultural celebrations and festivals.

We will navigate our cultural journey alongside the classic story: Around the World in 80 Days.

V group started our worldly adventure just in time for the Chinese New Year. We celebrated with a tea party and traditional Chinese treats. We also explored various Chinese artefacts and enjoyed traditional Chinese music.

We look forward to a new term of joy and prosperity as we navigate the world around me. 

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Melland High School
Gorton Education Village
50 Wembley Road, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7DT
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