Nasze najjaśniejsze gwiazdy świecą
(Our brightest stars shine)
At Manchester Health Academy, we recognise the hard yards that our students put in to be successful, and celebrate their successes. Last year, we were unable to hold our usual Academy Awards evening because of the flood damage, and so it was a great pleasure to welcome students to collect their prizes last week.
I was heartened to see so many students, along with their parents and carers, feeling proud of what they have achieved last Thursday evening. More than 150 subject awards were made, as well as awards for sports performance, extracurricular challenges such as Duke of Edinburgh and attendance.
Two annual memorial prizes were also awarded; the Jodie Dixon Award for Academic Endeavour was awarded to Isabel Burkhill, while the Steve Mycio Award for Sporting Endeavour was presented to Amy Tickner.
This week, a group of our Year 10 students were put through their paces on an overnight trip with Manchester United Foundation and the Army. “Resilience” was the word of the day, with students pushing themselves to carry on despite fatigue. Trips like this are important, not only as they provide a different experience for students, but also because they foster trust and respect amongst the students and between students and their teachers.
This week has also seen author Stephen May give the first in this year’s Aspire to Be careers talks and a creative writing workshop. I was delighted to hear that one student brought in a piece of his writing for Stephen to critique – creative work is very subjective and it can be daunting to hold your work up for scrutiny; I applaud that student’ courage and self-confidence. Stephens message to students who wish to live a creative life is that while talent can be found everywhere, the combination of talent and persistence is what brings success, and of course the resilience to cope with the inevitable knock-backs along the way.
Careers Education and Advice is an important part of what we offer our students, and I am very pleased to say that we have opened a dedicated Careers Room this year. The room is packed with careers resources, and houses tablets and a printer for students to do their own careers research. Our Careers Officer, Lisa Hutchinson, will be in the Careers Room on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in term time, with both drop in sessions and appointments available.
This brilliant new resource has been made possible with the support of our sponsor, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, who agreed that a dedicated space out of the library would afford our students a quieter, more private area to effectively discuss their futures. Thanks is also due to Bupa who again, also supported us in the creation of this facility.
Our next Aspire to Be careers talk will be with Academy parent Michelle Kennedy, who will be talking about careers in the Civil Service. These talks are open to students of any age and are held over lunch break.
Yesterday, staff and students have celebrated the European Day of Languages, with activities in many of their subjects. We have a number of students and staff for whom English is not their first language, and days like this are great for everyone to try their hand at some phrases in another language.
(All the best)