In April, Year 11 full course Religious Studies students visited Liverpool’s Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals. The visit was arranged to benefit students’ work in the second of their two GCSE RS units, Religious Expression in Society, where students consider religious architecture, art, literature, media and music. The students, the largest group ever taken on this annual trip, spent an hour at each of the venues, each remarkable and unique in their design.
Wednesday 5 April saw the fifth annual Gym and Dance show take place. This year we were proud to represent gymnastics and dance routines from Priestley House, Secondary Phase and our special guests this year Panache. Panache are an external gymnastics company who use our sports facilities to run their gymnastics club on a weekly basis. All gymnast wowed the audience with their amazing gymnastic skills in the first half of the show. The dance section of the show represented many dance styles this year from contemporary to street dance, Bollywood to Irish dancing. The night was very much a pupil lead occasion as all dances and gymnastics routines where choreographed by the students themselves, which demonstrates their enthusiasm to be part of extracurricular activities at the school. The night was also enhanced by pupils from Year 11 comparing the show and being responsible for the lighting and music. On behalf of the PE department many thanks to all pupils who participated, Panache for being special guests and above all the parents for their support on the night.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Year 2 class and pupils from 8 local schools took part in a skills session on the back field. The activities were led by coaches from Premier Coaching. The pupils all had a fantastic time and learnt some new footballing skills. They practised passing the ball, dribbling, goal-keeping and even played some 5-a-side matches.
The STEM faculty took 28 Year 8 and 9 students on an educational visit to Winmarleigh Hall on the weekend of Friday 31 March to Monday 3 April. The visit was designed to allow students to see Mathematics and Science being applied outside the classroom as well as including activities to improve their team building skills. The trip was a huge success with lots of complicated STEM activities and skills being undertaken by everyone. Students managed to improve their ability to problem solve as well as use data collected from the Giant Swing to produce graphs in a computer based lesson. Whilst abseiling, they discovered how to work out the height of the tower they had just abseiled down by using measurements taken on site and applying Trigonometry; another new skill.
Evening activities included building team robots where students enjoyed a ‘Robot Wars’ style battle at the end resulting in a lot of mess and the hard built robots suffering a soggy death! Although cold and tired by the end of the weekend, all students were fully engaged in the activities and learnt a lot about themselves; particularly in terms of their tolerance for heights. Winmarleigh Hall staff were impressed with the behaviour of Batley Grammar School students and have invited us to return again next year.
On Monday 3 April, the primary phase took part in their own Easter-themed Bake Off organised by Head Girl, Jenna Husain. There was a fantastic array of large and small cakes which were admired, tasted and judged by Mrs Tullie, Mr Hartley, Jenna, William (head Boy) and Hannah (school councillor). They had some really difficult decisions to make! Well done to all our winners and thank you for taking part. We raised an amazing £159.45 selling the cakes afterwards which will be shared equally between a charity and developing projects in school. Thank you for your support. Well done to our winners: Aadam Mulla; Sam Hunter; Hannah Baporia.