Mandela College Blog It always seems impossible until it's done

We have been very busy since coming back after Christmas in what has been a very short, but intense term! Once again, Mandela pupils were at their very best trying hard in lessons, sports, drama and many other things. I have been proud of how our pupils have supported one another. I was especially proud yesterday when Eboni and Jacob in Year 9 spoke to the Ofsted inspectors in a really mature and positive way. Well done to the 2 of you!

Just a reminder that we appreciate your ongoing support and continue to ask for this with regards to conduct of our pupils inside and outside of school, school uniform and iPepper.

We are here to help, so if you have any issues or queries, please contact us by telephone or email:

kaw@ormskirk.lancs.sch.uk (Head of College)

fr@ormskirk.lancs.sch.uk (Pastoral Manager)

Have a good half term break.

Sporting Successes

We have had a lot of sporting successes this term in Mandela. Fletcher and Callum from Year 7 have now proven themselves to be an invaluable part of the school basketball team, recently scoring over 30 baskets between them in their last match! In the recent College sports competitions, the Year 8 boys team came 2nd and the girls came 3rd. We are very proud of their efforts. We also have 5 pupils in Mandela who are keen athletes and regularly train with Pembroke Harriers. These are Hope, Gracie, Mark, Grace and Erin. Erin has recently joined and wrote a few words for our blog:

I have recently joined athletics at Edge Hill University. I joined after being encouraged by my PE teachers and friends. I enjoy going because I am with my friends and the coaches are really nice and motivating. I have made lots of new friends and improved my throwing skills. I would encourage people to join athletics to build confidence as well as their skills.

Academic successes

We have had lots of pupils receive awards this half term for effort and achievement in various subjects. Most recently Ella and Jack have received Mathematician of the week, and Sarah, Ava and Mason have received Linguist of the Week. Well done to you all.

Mason

Chinese New Year reward trip 26/1/17

A few weeks back, a small number of students were selected to have the privilege of going to edge hill’s Chinese New Year celebration including me, we first gathered in the hall at 11:40 with Miss Dodgeon ( and a few other staff ) and we left at about 12:00. We walked around the Side of the hospital and arrived at central campus after walking through countless car parks so we entered the hub. There were big decorations and stalls everywhere. First, we wandered around for about 90 minutes, buying sweets, eating and doing the subjects at the stalls. After, we had a Chinese lion dance lesson with the rest of the group. Finally, we headed back to school at 2:55 and arrived at about 3:08 to get on busses but if you didn't get the school bus, you would have to go back into school for 5 mins until the bell went. Personally, I really enjoyed the trip and I think the school should do more.

Hairspray Superstars

Three of our Mandela pupils are involved in a production of Hairspray in Liverpool. This is a fantastic opportunity and achievement. Eboni, Charlotte and Jake all have big parts to play and we wish them all the luck in the world! Eboni has written about the experience below.

My name is Eboni and I am 14 years old. I am starring in Hairspray with LHK productions. I will be playing the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. The cast are all getting very excited (and nervous) about the show because we only have 4 weeks left! It is always a great experience doing shows because you always meet new people and make new friends. We rehearse every Sunday and everybody is working hard to reach their best potential. Hairspray is very exciting and full of amazing songs and dance routines. I cannot wait to perform at the Epstein theatre in Liverpool on 25th March. I am very eager to sing the most known song , 'Good Morning Baltimore' along with other hit Hairspray songs such as 'I can hear the bells' and 'You can't stop the beat'

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