Heads up for Business with Decipher
Decipher, our Year 10 Enterprise team, are taking part in an Liverpool City Enterprise Competition - Head for Business. A Sales Activity Challenge was held on Monday 4 - Friday 8 February 2013. Every break time the team sold many different exciting items - Make Up Monday, Tutor Tuesday, Wild Wednesday, Fair Trade Thursday and Friday Fever.
In April the girls gave a sales pitch to ‘Dragons’ (judges from Liverpool Vision) at an event held at a business office in the City Centre and successfully achieved five of the Dragons investing in their business. The team were thrilled by the feedback from the judges who stated that they were impressed by both their professionalism and their "wow factor”. The students are now through to the Final of the competition to be held at Liverpool Vision on Wednesday, 1 May. Watch this space for the results!
Please see their advertisement, TV advert and Radio Jingle by opening the attached files to learn more about their business. If you are interested in hiring the team please contact Decipher at school. Good luck DECIPHER!!
Year 13 student, Louise, has won an amazing £1000 as the 1st prize in an Art in the City Exhibition which was held at the Metquarter. Louise, her family and Mrs Cook (Head of Art) attended the awards presentation where Louise was presented with a cheque.The exhibition raised funds for the Prince's Trust. The prize was donated by Cammell Laird who now will display Louise's painting in their offices. Well done Louise!
NEW YORK, NEW YORK!
Our Sixth Formers, accompanied by Mrs Cassidy, Mrs McElhinney-Samson and Mr Mark Jones, thoroughly enjoyed themselves on their trip to New York in February. All the usual sights were visited and a morning was spent in a secondary school. The following comment was received from a member of staff following our students' visit:
"Just wanted to let you know that even the snow, rain, and sleet couldn't keep your students away! After school was cancelled last Friday, we were able set up for the students to come up to Hastings this morning. Your students were wonderfully behaved and a joy to host. My students really loved getting to meet kids from halfway around the world."
Liverpool Schools' Parliament - Euroscala December 2012
Two schools from Liverpool comprising girls from Archbishop Blanch and Notre Dame were chosen to represent the UK at Euroscola for our successes in enterprise and debating competitions. Read all about it by clicking on the link below:
INTRODUCTION TO PRINCESS ANNE
One of our Year 10 pupils who attends Beechley Riding Stables in Calderstones Park was asked to meet Princess Anne when she paid a visit to the stables on 11 December. The Princess Royal opened a new woodland trail for disabled horse riders in Liverpool and unveiled a plaque at the Stables, in her role as president of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), to mark the opening to the Sensory Woodland Trail.
A film exploring Liverpool’s links with the RMS Titanic was premiered at Merseyside Maritime Museum on Monday, 10 December. ‘Titanic and Liverpool: a voyage into history’ was conceived by students at Archbishop Blanch School, and produced with the help of Liverpool film company Handstand and a grant of £20,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. What started off as a school project soon became much more: a journey of discovery about local heroes, a city’s heritage and the fundamental workings of how history is made.
In November 2011, armed with a copy of the Liverpool Echo and the promise of a spectacular catalogue of events in the city to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, six students from Archbishop Blanch School arrived to their history club meeting with a lot of questions. What has Titanic got to do with us? Why was ‘Liverpool’ emblazoned on its hull? And were there even any scousers on board?
And so began their journey…..
Just 12 months later, it is safe to say that their learning curve has been a steep one. Self-christened “Titanoraks”, the girls have become experts on the part that Liverpool had to play in Titanic’s construction, maiden voyage, and legendary sinking. Over the past year the team has grown to include teachers, local historians, budding actors and members of the public. Weekends have been spent on “Titanic tours”, visiting the homes of crew members and passengers from the Liverpool area. Museum exhibitions have been combed for details, facts have emerged, questions asked and answered, conflicts resolved and opinions changed. And all of this research has happened against a backdrop of new events and new history being made. In April 2012, the girls were lucky enough to have press access to the Sea Odyssey event, documented in the film. They visited theatre projects, local exhibitions and interviewed members of community groups holding their own anniversary events. Was it right to have what seemed to be a “street party” to mark the anniversary of a disaster, they asked? What did local people think? And what about the relatives of those who lost their lives on that night in 1912?
The film that they have produced documents our city’s links with the ship on a number of levels: exploring its owners White Star Line, whose offices can still be seen on The Strand, and Chairman J. Bruce Ismay who lived and was educated here. Merseyside was home to both Captain Smith of Titanic and Captain Rostron of the Carpathia, the ship which picked up Titanic survivors adrift in the Atlantic ocean in the days following the disaster. And crew members Fred Fleet, Charles Lightoller and Henry Tingle Wilde had homes in the city. The film looks at the personalities beneath the myths surrounding these well known names, offering new perspectives and insights into the role these Liverpudlians had to play in April 1912.
Following its premiere, the film will be available to local people, schools and community groups. Its value is not only in the story it has to tell, but in its exploration of how history is made every day by ordinary people. In completing the project, the students involved have learned not just about the story of the Titanic, but also a wider appreciation of their city’s maritime heritage, a deeper understanding of the complexity of how historical events are recorded and commemorated, and a wide range of media skills including acting, directing and managing camera and sound equipment.
The DVD is available free to any interested parties. If you would like a copy please contact the school.
We were delighted to welcome DAME LORNA E F MUIRHEAD, DBE, H M LORD-LIEUTENANT OF THE COUNTY OF MERSEYSIDE
as our speaker at the school's Evening to Celebrate our Achievements in the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 14 November 2012. Dame Lorna's speech was inspirational, with just the right touch of humour, and was very well received by the audience. It was wonderful to welcome back so many students who have now progressed to Higher Education or further training and to celebrate their public exam success. The musical entertainment was outstanding and the singing worthy of professional praise.
CHURCH SCHOOL INSPECTION - "OUTSTANDING"
SIAS [STATUTORY INSPECTION OF ANGLICAN SCHOOLS] JUNE 2012
“The genuine delight of many of the students and staff to express their faith with confidence sets the tone for Archbishop Blanch School’s Christian distinctiveness. There is an exceptionally strong sense of community and positive and caring relationships that encourage and motivate all involved in the school. The contribution pupils make to the day-to-day running of the school is outstanding and this illustrates the confidence and sense of responsibility for the ‘common good’ which supports them in their future lives. An all embracing feeling of friendship, compassion and thanksgiving underpins all areas of school life and Christian values are seen in action on a daily basis. There is the sense of belonging, responsibility and inclusiveness which is the hall-mark of all relationships. Pupils welcome the contribution Muslim students make to the religious dimension of school life, recognising the strength of diversity in faith.
The school’s passion, drive and engagement with pupils ensure that all aspects of personal development and learning are nurtured and flourish exceptionally well. Collective worship is given high priority in the life of the school; the many and varied opportunities to express faith publicly and without embarrassment help all to grow spiritually in worshipful harmony.”
To read the full report please click - SIAS_INSPECTION_REPORT_-_JUNE_2012.pdf
Ofsted Report May 2012 - "This is a Good school with Outstanding Pupil Behaviour and Safety"
Our recent Ofsted Report includes the following statements:
The behaviour and safety of the pupils is outstanding.
Students achieve well and attain high standards by the end of Year 11 and Year 13.
Teaching is good and there are examples of outstanding practice; this supports the significantly above average attainment and good achievement. Literacy and oral skills are good. Disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs make equally good progress. Staff are good role models, helping secure pupils’ outstanding moral and social development.
Behaviour is outstanding. The girls are excellent ambassadors for their school. They are polite, well meaning and inquisitive and are genuinely concerned for their well-being and their positive view of the school. Attitudes to learning are equally outstanding.
All students are prepared well for their next stage of education.
The Sixth Form is good. A very high proportion of girls stay on into the Sixth Form. Achievement is good and reflects that of the main school. Students make good progress and achieve well.
Leadership is good. The governing body demonstrates loyalty and commitment, providing well-informed challenge and support to the school.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding. All pupils feel safe at all times.
To read the full report please click - OFSTED_REPORT_2012.pdf
North West Student of the Year!
We are delighted to announce that one of our Year 11 has just been named North West Student of the Year. She attended the North West Final of the Innovation Awards 2012 at the Concorde Conference Centre, Manchester Airport on 26th June to compete for the title of North West Student of the Year 2012. Mrs Addy accompanied Faye and said it was like a night at the Oscars! There were over 400 people in attendance and the whole event took place under Concorde itself.
Our pupil was the youngest student to compete and faced strong competition from Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. The interview took place on Concorde by three eminent business executives who were very impressed with all the candidates and said the standard was very high. They commented that these young people were definitely the entrepreneurs of the future. Well done, we are so proud of you!
ON SALE NOW! THE MUST HAVE BOOK FOR CHILDREN (& THEIR PARENTS) WHO ARE TRANSFERRING TO SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER. MOVING UPWARDS - A BOOK AND INTERACTIVE CD-ROM FULL OF TOP TIPS TO MAKE THE TRANSITION TO SECONDARY SCHOOL AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE. £3.50 + postage & packing, available from school. See INNOV 8 link below for further details.
30TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION - 23rd MARCH 2012
What a wonderful occasion and how good it was to welcome past staff and students of Archbishop Blanch School. Our talented musicians delivered a very entertaining programme of vocal and instrumental pieces which were much appreciated by the audience. Thanks to Mrs Timson and Mrs Jones from our catering department who provided a scrumptious supper and the FABSs committee who organised the evening. Here's to the next 30 years!
We are delighted to announce that the school has been awarded the National Standard for Enterprise Education - a framework for excellence. Mrs Addy our Enterprise Co-ordinator was complimented on her submission for the award, which was "completed to an exceptionally high standard as well as the accompanying portfolio evidence".
INNOV8 - Global Entrepreneurship Enterprise Company
“Liverpool's Great Enterprise Challenge is an exciting competition that all Liverpool schools are encouraged to participate in; all participating schools will receive a start-up fund of £100, with the most innovative and impressive ideas receiving an extra cash injection at events in November and January. The very best ideas will be showcased during the GEC2012 at the Liverpool Arena & Convention Centre in March……..The aim of the competition is to encourage enterprise and establish sustainable businesses within schools. Participating schools will be encouraged to have sustainability and corporate social responsibility at the heart of their business ideas.” Paul Bradshaw School-to-School & Transformation, Liverpool City Council, Children and Young People's Services
We are delighted to announce that our Year 11 Enterprise Company, INNOV8, got throught the first two rounds, successfully gaining a place in the final of Great Enterprise Challenge 2012 as one of five secondary schools in March. INNOV8’s business proposal was to provide a book for Year 6 primary school children on their transfer to secondary school and for the same book to be reversed for their parents/carers. Their unique selling point is “The ‘must-have’ guide for all Year 6 children (and their families) transferring to Secondary School, prepared by young people FOR young people”. .
Much research took place on the compilation of the book which is now in production. To provide funding, the students have carried out various sales at parents’ meetings selling refreshments, cake sales, selling stationery, etc.
If you would like to support the company, please do contact the school. The book and CD rom cost £3.50 +p.p.. There are also two items of stationery currently available, a ballpoint pen for 75p and a flower highlighter (5 different colours) for £2. Both items carry the INNOV8 logo.
Please click on the following link for further details: INNOV8ABS
BETH TWEDDLE GYMNASTIC ACADEMY HELD EVERY TUESDAY AT ABS
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LUNCH WITH ED!
Two of our Sixth Formers, along with Mrs Addy (Applied Learning Manager), were invited to attend the Federation of Small Business Annual Conference at the BT Convention Centre to hear Vince Cable and Ed Miliband speak. They were later invited to stay for lunch with the members of the FSB and their guests. This invitation was the result of an order that Elephant Enterprises secured last year for 700 Liver Charm Key Rings given to FSB members to encourage them to attend the Liverpool conference.