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Vocab Express Global Challenge
From Thursday 6th March to Wednesday 12th March, GCSE and A Level French and German students will be competing against schools across the globe to see who knows the most vocabulary. The top 25 students in the school will receive certificates as well as Vivos, and there will be a special prize for the winner. By 3 p.m. on 6th March our students had got us to a magnificent 3rd place in our category – now they’re going all out for first place! Students can take part in school and at home on www.vocabexpress.com, but time runs out at 15.30 on 12th March.
Parent Governor Elections
Congratulations to Mrs Anne Harrison, re-elected Parent Governor in a close contest. Commiserations to Mrs Melanie Perry who ran Mrs Harrison very close.
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From the Headteacher's Desk
Our friends in our partner school, Number 1 School, in Liuyang, China, will be celebrating new year on January 31st when they enter the Year of the Horse. We send them warm greetings and our best hopes for a happy and prosperous new year.
The Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar. It is said that Buddha invited all the animals to meet with him. Twelve arrived and Buddha named a year after each animal, stating that people born in each specific year would reflect the characteristics of that particular animal. Those who are born in the year of the horse are meant to be cheerful, adventurous, talented and good with their hands. They will also continue working until the job is done. I will let you decide if Rembrandt, Neil Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Emma Watson, Chopin and Theodore Roosevelt match that description!
Although it should feel strange to be saying ‘Happy New Year’ a month late, like many colleagues in education, our lives are lived by the academic calendar. My new year starts in August, when examination results are published. Happily, it was a very pleasant start to the new school year, repeated again in the first week of the January 2014 term when 99 Year 11 students took their GCSE Maths paper two terms early and passed! Similar successes were achieved by our GCSE English students, although not in such large numbers. Congratulations to all involved; I hope it motivates you to achieve even higher levels of success in your other GCSE subjects later this year.
For Year 6 students, the next academic year will mean a change of school and I look forward to meeting many of them on Thursday February 6th at our open evening. Of course, many of the children from our partner primary schools are familiar with Ballakermeen because they have visited to take part in Science lessons, or to perform in our Studio Theatre. If you are Reema or Charlotte from Scoill yn Jubilee, just visiting the school is not enough. On February 12th, they will be hosting a Titanic Exhibition in our Drama Studio. I am not sure of Reema and Charlotte’s Chinese birth signs, but if their commitment to hard work and wanting to get the job done is anything to go by, they could well have been born in the Year of the Horse!
Whether you are a Horse, a Dragon, or any other creature I wish you good health and success for the new year, and a very warm welcome to all the Year 6 students who will be joining our family in September: it will come around sooner than you think!
P. A. Burnett
About Our School
Ballakermeen High School is a fully comprehensive secondary school serving Douglas, Isle of Man. There are over 1500 students aged 11 – 18.
Centrally located on a secure, single site we enjoy a reputation for high academic achievement, excellent pastoral care, and a proud record in sport and the arts. Our facilities are outstanding and include a swimming pool, sports hall, extensive ICT suites, laboratories and a theatre.
Ballakermeen High School has recently celebrated a Silver Jubilee, and for 25 years we have succeeded in meeting the needs and aspirations of our students and their families. Although we are a large institution we are a close-knit community where many kinds of success are celebrated and every individual is valued. We are proud of our listening relationship with parents and the way in which we develop our staff to provide the best in learning opportunities. Quite simply, we are passionate about learning and about helping our students to make the most of their time with us.
We are happy to arrange visits and to provide further information on request.
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