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Vivos for the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal
Using the Vivo website, students are able to donate Vivos to the British Red Cross to help the Philippines disaster. Ballakermeen students have generously donated 30,000 Vivos already. Thank you.
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From the Headteacher's Desk
This is always a busy, but rewarding time of the school year. We have had all the excitement of the school show, ‘Oliver!’ and it has been wonderful to see the students receive a standing ovation at each performance. We are looking forward to three other big public events, including the Carol Service and Prize Day. Before that though, we have our Christmas Market on Friday 6th December at 6pm. Our students are busy making hampers and there are some amazing creations being constructed.
The main focus in school is still on our core business of teaching and learning, and preparing for January 14th when everyone will be involved with examinations and in-class tests. This emphasis on preparing for examinations from Year 7 onwards is part of our response to the new GCSEs which do away with much of the coursework element in favour of final tests: we hope that practice will make perfect.
It has been very encouraging to watch the progress of the building work alongside our Sixth Form Centre. When it is finished our dining room will be double the size and we will have much-needed new classrooms and study areas. We especially appreciate government making this investment in times of financial hardship: our young people are our greatest asset, and it is money well spent.
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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