Sarah’s Blog – February 2020

Sarah’s Blog – February 2020

It has been a busy few months at the McKee with lots of activities, learning and competitions going on.

The Military Preparation Programme students have stepped up to the mark this term and staff teaching them the core subjects of maths, English and Science GCSE have given some excellent feedback on the attitude and effort shown.

Some of the group have also completed and passed their basic navigation certificate. Congratulations to Mason Kennedy, Cameron Clifford, Cain Rourke, Dane Fitch and Kieran Smith. We look forward to many more.

The group also enjoyed a visit to the Infantry Museum in February and earlier in the year were outstanding in their conduct at a Veteran’s breakfast event. Well done to all involved!

The English department are giving students the opportunity to compete and challenge themselves each half term with a different literacy event. Last half term was a short story competition and congratulations to Max French Y10 who won with his chilling story Man in the Window. A fantastic read and well done Max!

This half term will see students competing in spelling. Last time we had a spelling competition earlier in the academic year Ben Patterson Y11 came out as champion. Who will win this time?

On Friday 17th January, 2020, a group of ten KS4 students attended Manchester Lowry Theatre to watch Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of the set GCSE Literature play, ‘An Inspector Calls’.

India Gardiner (Year 11) wrote the following review.

We went to watch ‘An Inspector Calls’ at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester which lasted 1 hour & 45 minutes and followed the play nearly word for word; with added humor to stick in our minds for the upcoming months. As the play went on we saw the downfall of the Birling family, which was reflected physically through the collapse of their house at the end of the play after the Inspector leaves. It was extremely useful to watch this play as we are studying it in English for our literature GCSE exam this year. Watching the performance will help us to remember the play even more than just reading and watching the play on DVD, especially since as we had a great experience visiting the theatre to watch it as well.

Well done and thank you India.

Key Stage Three students were able to develop their experience of art and visited the Harris Museum in Preston. We went to see an exhibition by artist Tina Dempsey and are hoping to work with Tina in the near future as an artist in residence. We thought it would be a good idea to see the work of a professional artist, in a gallery setting.

As well as the Art work, our students enjoyed the peaceful spaces such as the Reference Library and café.

We also enjoyed the exhibition on Costume throughout the Ages and the story of Horace the Elk – The Ice Age Wonder.

Students thought the Harris was great. The exhibitions were very interesting and they loved the building!

Well done to all the students who represented the McKee in a recent football tournament, conducting themselves very well. This was the team’s first outing in McKee team colours. Hopefully there will be more matches in the near future. Our PE teacher and team manager Ben awarded Niall Creasey our Player of the Tournament and Daniel Irish won our Fair Play award. Well done Niall and Daniel, and to all involved. We look forward to seeing how the team get on when they compete again.

AFC Fylde

McKee students from Blakiston House have attended AFC Fylde since June 2019. All of the students have received weekly inputs since October to enable the students to receive Sports Leadership qualifications. The girls have received a weekly yoga/boxercise input following the October half term whilst the boys have received inputs in rugby and football. During wet weather the students have still mainly accessed outside sessions with just a few being held indoors where the students have been introduced to Boccia.
Prior to engaging with AFC Fylde, the girls were generally disengaged from any physical activity but have developed a more positive mindset towards PE. The girl group have been widely recognised as the most improved group to attend AFC and it was requested that the girls were filmed during one of the sessions to act as a promotional event for AFC. Well done girls!

Share This Article?