At the start of October half term, nineteen Business Studies students visited Brussels to experience a range of visits to different types of organisations.
A highlight was the European Parliament where the students took on the roles of MEPs and debated various issues affecting businesses, both in UK and in Europe. Students engaged with this interactive role play game and came away discussing some very pressing issues.
In addition, they visited the National Bank of Belgium where physical cash is still printed (but not for much longer). During this visit they discussed the pros and cons of a single currency for businesses and it was clear there were differing views!
Other visits included the Cantillon brewery, a small family brewery tucked away in the side streets, the atomium (where they experienced amazing views of the city and beyond, Concept Chocolate (a small independent chocolate factory where many gifts were bought) and the European Commision.
The students were a credit to themselves and to Fallibroome and a good time was had by all.
Creative Yr 10 students spend the afternoon using printmaking to create stunning nature themed prints.
Year 10 students took part in a printmaking workshop, focusing on the artwork of local artist, Charles Tunnicliffe. Artist Julie Longbottom, from Macclesfield’s Heritage Centre, brought in examples of Tunnicliffe’s beautifully detailed nature paintings to inspire the pupils to create their own nature themed print. Following some really creative experimentation, the final results were very impressive. The finished artworks will be exhibited in the Heritage Centre.
After losing our good friend Max Ambrose-Morrison to cancer, Teenage Cancer Trust have dedicated this years 80s Battle Of The Bands event at Manchester Airport to him.
Max loved music, forming a band with his friends called Max Morrison and The Down. His condition never stopped him as he recorded a new EP entitled apparent motion that is still available on Spotify. Despite everything happening in his life, he was always optimistic, insisting ‘it’s only temporary’. A true legend, Max continues to inspire us all and is our motivation behind raising money for a phenomenal cause.
A group of sixth formers at Fallibroome Academy in Cheshire are raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust to get us to this event by doing various fundraising activities. Please donate to this amazing cause to ensure we can get to the Battle Of The Bands and win!
The Fallibroome Academy hosted its 11th TEDxYouth@Manchester conference on November 6th. The audience of 450 sixth form students from six local schools were challenged and inspired by speakers presenting ‘ideas worth spreading’ under the theme of ‘small change’.
The programme included talks by international tennis coach Sam Jalloh, world record Atlantic Rower Kiko Matthews, former Manchester United footballer Richard Eckersley whose journey from professional sport to zero waste campaigner was echoed by political activist Femi Oluwole.
Students Zeta Graham, Moran Smith and Sam Squires spoke eloquently about their own experiences of change and moving musical interludes were performed by Fallibroome students Charlotte English, Tim Wheeler and Chetham’s School of Music students Sam Toulson and Cubby Howard.
Fallibroome Trust CEO and TEDx conference curator Peter Rubery said:
‘Our conference is a unique opportunity for students to hear and present challenging ideas. My thanks go to the fantastic organising committee and the amazing speakers and performers who made this a memorable day.’
We have been aware for some time that it is very easy to gain access to the Fallibroome site compared to most other schools. While we value the open and friendly feel that this gives to our school, we are also conscious that this means that unwanted visitors can come onto the school grounds and even enter the school buildings unnoticed. The design of the school with our multiple buildings and entrances makes us particularly vulnerable in this respect. These concerns have led us to make a number of changes to our site and buildings in recent years, including:
Improved CCTV infrastructure
Installation of electronic locks on the gate to the Leisure Centre and on some other external doors
Repositioning of the visitors’ car park
Improved signing in processes, etc.
In reality, however, the only way to secure the school site adequately is to install improved gates and fencing. As the cost of such infrastructure has been prohibitive, we have been unable to fund this work and have instead worked with colleagues in the Fallibroome Trust to bid for external grants that would enable us to complete such a project. We were successful with such a bid earlier this year and consequently intend to complete this work in two phases over the next two-year period.
The first phase of this work has already started. This involves the installation of an automatic vehicle gate on the main school path along with some additional fencing. This gate will prevent vehicles from driving through the school site during the school day, although emergency access to the site will still be possible using an intercom that will be linked to our main reception desk. From Monday 25th November, it is our intention to keep this new gate closed during the school day between 8.25 am and 3.40 pm (3.25pm on Tuesdays). The second phase of this development will involve controlling pedestrian access to the school in a similar fashion, but this work will not commence until next year.
We are aware of a small number of families who need to be able to drive to the back of the school to pick up and drop off their children at the beginning and end of the school day. We will be issuing these families with coded fobs that will allow them to get through the automatic gates in the same way as a member of staff. Information about these special arrangements will be sent to these families shortly.
We have deliberately located the new gate so that parents can continue to use the turning circle if they need to do so during the school day. However, we ask parents not to use the turning circle immediately before or after school as the buses need to be able to move through this area at these times. Also, as large numbers of students typically walk through this car park at this time, the potential for an accident is significantly greater. We consequently ask parents not to use the turning circle between 8.30 am-9.00 am and between 3.00 pm-4.00 pm (2.45 pm-3.45 pm on Tuesdays).
We are particularly grateful for the support of the Trust in the grant bidding process as this has made this project possible.
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