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Going for Gold

Last week, 24 Year 12 students completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold Practice Expedition in North Yorkshire with the help of one of our expedition providers YCP. This is the first time in two years that students have completed an expedition after many of them participated in their Silver Award during Year 10. Students completed their five day expedition, walking up to 15km a day and camping in a number of campsites across Settle and Langcliffe. They were praised for their attitude, determination and resilience to overcome the challenges they faced, particularly the wet weather across the expedition and the number of blisters some of them picked up! YCP said “Students were a pleasure to work with and were polite and respectful. We have no doubt they will be successful in the qualifying expedition with the attitude they displayed.” Well done to all our students and good luck completing your Qualifying Expedition in June.

Careering Ahead

Last week the School Hall was absolutely buzzing with conversation as Year 9 and Year 11 students toured the ‘Careers Fair’ which featured market stalls with employers from a vast selection of industries and professions. Mrs MacDunne, Careers Coordinator, said “This event is only possible thanks to the valuable time and energy invested by the professionals who come to support FHS students as they consider their future careers or education pathways. I was delighted to see so many students engage very positively with, and ask great questions of, the visiting employers and educators.” The scope of businesses and education establishments present gave students the fantastic opportunity to ask about qualifications and requirements to enter the various professions. This event is very timely as Year 9 students begin their GCSE options selection process next week and will now be able to consider the advice from employers and universities on which subjects to consider. Equally, students in Year 11 are submitting applications for Sixth Form for September or considering employment/training, and these conversations will support them in these important decision they are faced with.


Just Groovy!

On Thursday 11 January over 140 students took part in our annual ‘The Groove’ dance show to a packed audience at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool.  With over 21 captivating performances from students across Years 7 to 13, the level of talent, collaboration and ambition of our young dancers was very clear to see. Performances featured  a range of pieces inspired by topics from stage, screen (both large and small), world culture and life events with fantastic choreography by the Dance Department, Mrs Whitehead, Mrs Harrocks and Miss Gaudie, together with some by the students themselves.  Mrs Wilkins, Director of Creative Arts, commented “It never ceases to amaze us how the quality of this event, a favourite on the Performing Arts calendar, just grows better and better every year – the quality and commitment on display this year was awe-inspiring.  It is a pleasure to see so many students involved in our dance curriculum from all age groups.”  A big well done to all the dancers and everyone who supported the event… the future of dance at FHS is bright and exciting!