A group of year 9, 10 and 11 students recently took part in the Greater Manchester County Games Indoor Rowing Competition Finals at Oldham Sport for All Centre.
Having already taken part in the competition in its earlier stages and
having proven their mettle we were invited to the finals.
The teams were; Braxton, Fahad, Kais and Morgan who represented the year 9 boys. Aasia, Angelina, Anita and Princess represented the year 10 girls. Aaron, Irfan, Mardin and Marvellous represented the year 11 boys.
The star of the show was Princess, who had a tough start to her race with her foot coming loose and she ended up 10 seconds behind everyone else. Despite this, and despite falling off the rowing machine three times she showed unbelievable resilience and rowed to a photo finish winning 1st place.
The year 9 boys swept aside all competition taking all podium places,
Morgan in particular finished nearly 50 metres in front.
The relay races showed the collaborative spirit of our students with all
groups finishing in podium places, either 1st or 2nd.
It was great seeing our students cheering each other on with such passion and
showing support to their peers.
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.
As part of the Global Scholars Program we are studying the topic of ‘Nature in our Cities’. We are looking at the different Flora and Fauna that can be found in our city. Some major world cities such as New York and London have huge public parks in the centre of them.
We in Manchester have a few small parks. Therefore, the students decided they would like to visit St John’s Gardens in central Manchester. They took photos and discussed the different types of flora found in the park.
They were intrigued to find out that it was previously occupied by St John’s Church and its graveyard whose tombstones have been covered over by 18 inches of soil except for that of John Owens, founder of Owen’s College, which later became Manchester University.
The garden was awarded a Green Flag in 2012 and is part of
the St John Street conservation area.
Pure innovations in conjunction with The Careers and Enterprise company have supported organising a number of work related learning trips for different groups of 6thform students.
Transport for Greater Manchester welcomed 8 of our students to its head office. Here they provided a tour of the printing room, warehouse and offices, described a typical working day and set up a number of activities including using specialist computers and printers to label bus stops.
The staff were welcoming and engaging and the students thoroughly enjoyed the day. We even bumped into an ex pupil who is now working in the office for TFGM!
A group of students will be going to the Rowlinsons Knitwear Factory at the end of November and Australasia in January.
Many thanks to Pure Innovations for organising these discovery days.
The Melland High School cricket team were selected to represent Manchester at a competition against other schools from Cheshire and Yorkshire. Not only did they show exceptional behaviour and team work throughout the day, their cricket skills were brilliant and they brought home the trophy! Well done to Irfan for leading the team as captain, I’m sure you all join me in being extremely proud of them all and look forward to seeing them perform to such a high standard again soon.
As part of Citizenship lessons this year Melland students will take part in a programme run by The Global Scholars network. Throughout the Global Scholars programme, students will be able to communicate directly in e-classrooms with other students across the globe. Multimedia projects invite Global Scholars to explore connections between each year’s global topic and their own cities. Students advance in digital literacy, language communication, and other key learning outcomes while showing us the world through their eyes.
The Melland students will be investigating “Nature in Our Cities” They will learn about different topics and share their results with their peers across the globe. This will also give them the opportunity to see how nature flourishes in our city and in other cities throughout the world. At the start of the programme they will make a video introducing themselves, their school and where they live. The project will culminate in them carrying out a ‘Community Project’ of their choice relating to nature in our city.
The Global Scholars programme covers 25 countriesand 51 cities, including 13 cities in the U.S. and 38 vibrantinternational cities.
Friday 20th September a group of our sixth formers took to the streets in protest, joining millions of students all over the world to be part of ‘climate strike day’ in what will go down as a historic day of action in support of the climate change agenda.
Armed with homemade placards, loud voices and determination, our students marched through Manchester to join thousands of others gathered in St Peters Square to make their voices heard.
The Sixth Formers represented Melland fantastically throughout the morning and took the crowds and noise in their stride as well as making some noise themselves. Not only did they impress us but they also made their mark on the protest by attracting attention from the local media and giving an interview to the BBC. Special mention to Marshall Collins who spoke to the camera with such enthusiasm and confidence about the issues that young people face. Watch this space for the interview piece!
During the summer, two of our sixth form pupils participated in the NCS Challenge. Luke and Marshall spent 4 weeks involved in a variety of activities designed to develop their independence and confidence and achieve more than they ever imagined. During phase one our young people had to spend a week away from home accessing outdoor pursuits working in teams and accessing activities such as archery and rock climbing.
In the second phase Luke and Marshall had the opportunity to stay in halls of residence where they would develop their life and living skills. This was followed by a two week community partnership in the community. Marshall, who has just started sixth form helped in Harperhey Community Garden. He had to help keep the garden and work with residents to ensure all plant life was cared for. Marshall overcome his fear of public speaking in a Dragon’s Den Style pitch to win £25 towards his community project and with sponsor input managed to raise around £300. Luke attended Mellor Mill in Marple which is an archaeological trust where he helped with the cleaning and weeding.
Marshall and Luke made lots of new friends on the project and developed their independence and confidence in a big way. They have started this school year incredible well with a new found maturity and awareness of the world around them. Luke was very encouraging about the scheme and said “NCS Challenge was inspirational and think others at our school would love it!”
They were both very excited last week as they celebrated their triumphs with a reward ceremony at the Palace Theatre where they received certificates for their triumphant completion of the course.
Melland High School
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50 Wembley Road, Gorton, Manchester, M18 7DT