Emily, Ellie and Hannah (all Year 7) have been developing their journalistic skills by creating a new Year 7 blog to give you a slice of life at BGS.
We hope you enjoy reading about some of the Year 7 highlights from last term. Look out for more Year 7 blogs throughout the year!
Year 7 Bake Off - by Emily
At the end of last term we organised a very successful Year 7 bake off. We had 20 entries which were then sold off to raise money for the Bury Deaf Society. The total amount raised was £69 and the winning cake was a joint effort from Amelia Jarvis and Maryam Malik who collected their prize of a hamper filled with winter treats and snacks galore in our end of term assembly. Second prize went to Hannah Platt and joint third prize to Zara Kipping and Lola Westell. The Year 7 Pastoral Team had the difficult job of judging the competition and commented that “the standard of cake decoration was extremely high and they tasted delicious as well!” Well done and thank you to everyone who took part and gave their support.
HeartBeat Bury and Mental Health Odd-Socks Day - by Hannah
Two events from the last half term stand out for us. During our HeartBeat Bury day our normal lessons were paused and we spent the day learning in creative ways about the importance of staying healthy, the dangers of smoking, how much sugar we should have in a day, how to relieve stress and how to take care of ourselves. We finished the day with a sponsored run which raised over £1000 for Rochdale and district ‘Mind’, a local charity providing services to support people with mental health and wellbeing issues. To celebrate Anti-Bullying week last term we took part in ‘Odd –Socks Day’ when we wore our craziest, wackiest and goofiest socks to show that we are all different in our own way.
Interview with Mrs Anderson, Headteacher of BGSG and Principal of BGS - Ellie
What was your favourite subject at senior school and why?
I think I have two favourite subjects from school. I really liked History because it made me see the world differently. I remember my History teacher telling us about how MPs controlled different areas of the country. I realised that there could be MPs that controlled around 3,000 people and then MPs in areas where they controlled 3 people! It made me realise how unfair Parliament and the world was, and how sometimes the world was set out to be deliberately unfair. Also, I liked History because my teacher was a bit crazy, and I think I liked that! I also liked Maths because there could be a specific answer for everything, whereas in other subjects, there wasn’t.
What is your favourite book and why?
Oh no! I have so many favourite books! I love reading a lot but I think my most favourite has to be Bird Song by Sebastian Faulks. It’s about the First World War. It makes you realise that despite the fact the English and the Germans are on different sides, they actually have a lot more in common than you would think, and a very similar life back at home. One thing that happens in the book is when an English soldier and a German soldier meet in an underground tunnel, but rather than kill each other they just walk away. It makes you realise that they were being pressured into fighting a war.
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why?
I would definitely go and live in Paris. I really love France, I’ve been there so many times. I would live on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris because I love the culture, art, food and the people and basically everything about Paris!
When did you realise you wanted to be a Headteacher?
I have always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was about four or five. There are so many pictures of me with all my teddies set out in their ‘lesson’. I realised in about my mid-thirties that I wanted to be a headteacher. I want to be able to change lives and have a huge impact on someone’s life. I thought it would be amazing to be able to do that and now I can!
What’s your favourite animal?
It would be a cat, I think. I have two black cats at home. One of my cats is really fat and can’t even get through the cat flap! My cats are really popular on Halloween. Sometimes I think of renting them out to people for it!
What are your plans for the school?
Well, for our 450th birthday in 2020, we are hoping to have a Royal visit. I’m not sure which Royals yet, but I think I would like Harry and Meghan. I would also love to have a giant birthday party. I’m open to ideas for this and for the future from our students and the Student Council.
Do you have any children?
Yes, I have a 14 year old son called Daniel and a 15 year old daughter called Katie.
Do they go to this school?
No, they go to a different school. I thought it was really important that they could be their own person and not have to have really high expectations on them. Can you imagine if one of your parents was your Headteacher?