1 April 2022

One of the limitations in recent times that has been placed on our curriculum, has been around the number of trips and off site visits we have been able to fulfil.  These wider experiences prove to be very popular with our boys.  Thankfully more are now being scheduled and last week a group of Y10 boys attended a residential with their Geography teachers, as part of their GCSE course.  The boys experienced Human and Physical Geography in the field. At Kingswood, which is near Tafarn-y-Gelyn, they collected primary river data to explore the difference between courses of a river and how human intervention can impact natural processes. They then moved to Liverpool in England, to study the transformation of Liverpool’s city centre through urban regeneration. 

Also, last week a group of our Y10 boys, led by Mr Musiol participated in the annual stock market challenge. The event, is organised by The University of Manchester’s Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) in liaison with Global Investor Simulations.  The main event simulates a Dealing Room with contestants working in pairs to take on the roles of Investment Analyst (trader) and Media Analyst (news researcher). In addition, there was the opportunity to discuss with staff the different pathways into university as well as the career opportunities in Business and Finance. They also met AMBS undergraduate and postgraduate students, who bolstered the wider message that underpins such experiences. In particular concerning study and the importance of developing soft skills to boost employability. 

Another element of school life that generates passionate discussion amongst the boys is their eating.  We are all looking forward to our newly appointed catering company, Taylor Shaw, sharing more details about the exciting plans they have for our boys’ dining experiences.  They will be taking over formally following the Easter break.  In the meantime, they will be issuing information regarding the menus and improvements they envisage making to make our boys happier in regards what they eat every day.

On a similar theme, I was privileged to be one of the judges in our bake off competition this week.  This was part of our 95th celebration, and the enthusiasm and skill levels of our boys to produce high quality bakes was a joy to witness. The support from Miss Mason and Mrs Hobson to ensure the event happened to the standard it did, was again one of those uplifting moments we get at West Hill and remind ourselves to not take for granted.

Mr Owens

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