It’s been a busy couple of weeks here at Our Lady’s as our students continue to apply themselves with some very rewarding results. Speaking of success, our former Year 11s returned to school on Thursday 10 November for GSSE Certificate Evening. The evening opened with a ‘Champagne Reception’ in the foyer, where students and their families were welcomed back by some familiar faces.
Mr Ormsby greeted everyone in the school hall before Maria Collins from Year 11 got the evening off to a great start with a beautiful rendition of a song from the musical Wicked. Next up were the guest speakers. Mr Bruce, Assistant Principal at Loreto College and School Vice-Chair of Governors gave an amusing speech reminding the former Year 11s they are in the prime of their lives and anything is possible. Mr David Byrne from Price Waterhouse Coopers (a working partner of Our Lady’s) then offered advice on networking and using Linkedin as a way to contact key industry players about career opportunities. Another musical interlude was provided by Abraham Oladapo (Year 8) before the formal certificate presentations.
Miss Woosey – last year’s Head of Year – welcomed each 2016 leaver onto stage to be presented with their certificates by Mr Ormsby and Mr Michael Campbell, the Chair of Governors. Miss Woosey also had some ‘special awards’ to present. Best Effort Award went to Yong Le Xu and Contribution to School Life Awards went to Patrick Cerra and Francesca Forbes. Abigail Marshall was presented with the Bethany Riley Award for five years 100% attendance and Denzel Maumbe was also recognised for only having one session of absence in Year 7 in his five years at Our Lady’s.
Miss Lauren Osborne-Abbott, a former Our Lady’s student who is now studying for an MA in Microbiology at Manchester Metropolitan University was the last guest speaker. She delivered an inspiring talk about not getting downhearted by setbacks as often they can lead to a more fulfilling path. Finally Mr Ormsby presented his Headteacher’s Award to Olivia Owen for her outstanding GCSE results with an incredible 6 A* and 3 A grades. Guests enjoyed a hot and cold buffet in the dining room which was a fantastic end to a wonderful evening.
We are proud of all our students and by developing valuable working partnerships we continue to invest in a brighter future. One such partnership is with Quality Teachers who visited Our Lady’s on Friday 11 November to run an interview seminar to teach our Year 11s the importance of preparation. The seminar was run by Dan Bazeley and Rebecca Clarke from Quality Teachers who gave the students an insight about the interview process and the skills needed to make a good first impression. The session was designed to prepare our Year 11s for practice interviews that they will all be undertaking. Drama was used to highlight what makes a ‘good’ and a ‘bad’ interview (bad interview pictured!) The follow-up practice interviews will acclimatise them used to getting a grilling in the interview room, ensuring they know how to sell themselves as the ideal candidate for the job! It was good practise for the careers fair taking place here this coming Friday (25 November) when the year 11s will undertake mock interviews with Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Quality Teachers returned again on Friday to lead an Olympic enterprise challenge with our Year 8 students. Working in groups the students were asked to come up with a business pitch. There were some impressively creative Olympic themed ideas including 3D goggles, glow gloves, clothing ranges and much more.
Mr Schofield (Partnership Development Manager and School Games Organiser) organised the days and said: “My thanks to all staff assisting on the day and in particular thanks to Dan, Sarah and Dave from our business partner Quality Teachers who led the sessions. It was great to see all the students get involved by demonstrating a real flare for presentations.”
The top six groups will now go through to a grand final presentation in December.
In other news, Mr Ormsby featured in Thursday’s Middleton Guardian talking about his role at the school and all the fantastic things that happen here. Well done everyone – keep it up the good work!