Work. World. Wellness.
It has been fantastic seeing students engage in a variety of activities during the past three months. From international days marking important aspects of human life and history, to participating in smaller close-to-home projects, students have demonstrated a real interest in global and personal matters. Topics included:
- Earth Hour
- International Golden Rule Day
- Earth Day
- Virtual Safety Challenge
- International Day of Families
- Black Lives Matter
- School Diversity Week
Click on the link below to see examples of what they have been up to during lockdown.
The 75th anniversary of VE Day took place on Friday 8 May. Students were encouraged to mark the event by decorating their homes, drawing art and writing articles. We received lots of fantastic photos of their efforts, with our pastoral team awarding House Points to the top three. Click on the link below to see some of the entries we received.
Manor's Eco-Schools Committee has been busy during lockdown coming up with and implementing ideas to help improve the local environment. Their two biggest projects have included building insect homes to increase biodiversity as well as organising a community litter pick, with their efforts being featured on the Northants Telegraph's website.
To find out more about the Committee and their aims, please click on the link below.
Blutick Maths Marathon
The collective efforts of our students resulted in a third place finish for the school in the Blutick Maths Marathon, sponsored by Hodder Education. Students have been using the online learning platform to support them with their home learning, with the Maths Marathon an additional challenge to participate in during late April/early May. Thanks to their dedication and hard work, our students answered a phenomenal 41,831 questions over the two-week competition period. Manor was awarded £200 for finishing in the top five schools.
Manor School opened up its gates on 8 June to children of key workers and our most vulnerable & disadvantaged students (this provision was previously hosted at Windmill Primary School). Divided into two bubbles across three classrooms, teachers delivered lessons from all subjects across the curriculum. As well as covering the tasks set through our home learning provision, the groups also had the opportunity to partake in additional activities such as designing and building prototypes of pet carry-cages.
As an additional way of keeping in touch with students, we have been publishing weekly virtual assemblies on Friday afternoons. The first three videos were hosted by our Progress Leaders, and since then it has been the turn of a different department each week to present the assembly. The videos have featured setting a variety of student challenges, including researching their local area (Humanities), making a model moon lander (Science), and creating a lip sync video (Performing Arts). Click on the link below for a playlist of all the videos.
Virtual School Games
Northamptonshire Sport hosted a series of challenges in the build-up to the Virtual School Games Day on 9 July. Consisting of nine weekly challenges, we were delighted to be crowned county winners in the tennis, basketball and athletics events, as well as district winners in the football event. Look out for an update on our Twitter account for the result of the Virtual School Games Day.
To read more about the games and how we have been encouraging students to participate, please click on the link below.
Year 11 and 13 Virtual Proms
The end of year proms are always two of the most anticipated events in the school calendar, so in lieu of being able to celebrate in person we instead took to Instagram to host virtual versions instead. Featuring prom awards voted by students, music playlists, and messages from staff as well as some special guests, the events were highly successful and enjoyed by all.
Mr Austin, Director of English
I am really looking forward to getting started and working with a team of staff and students who all want the same thing, success for each other and ambition to develop ourselves as individuals and the school that we are all part of. The sense of community and collaboration that appears to go throughout the school is something special and I can’t wait to play my part in it.
Ms Holtman, Teacher of English and Psychology
From the outset, Manor School and the Manor family have been so welcoming and supportive. Despite our induction being fully virtual, the warmth, commitment and passion of each person involved has been palpable. With such a positive experience thus far, I’m predictably excited to start my journey at Manor School.
Ms Matthews, Teacher of Psychology and Social Sciences
I can’t wait to start teaching A-Level Psychology at Manor and getting involved in all the great things the school has to offer. As the proud owner of a Pets as Therapy dog, I am excited to be working for a school that has a huge focus on wellbeing.
Mr McGuiness, Teacher of Drama
My name is Mr McGuinness and I will be teaching Drama next year in Manor. I am from Northern Ireland and have been living in England since last year. I am really looking forward to starting Manor in September after hearing about all the good work the staff and pupils are doing there and becoming part of the team.