Following the recent summer success of record breaking public examination results at both GCSE and A level, last week’s Calder High School Year six Open Evening not surprisingly proved to be a popular attraction.
Prior to presentations by the Headteacher, Mr Tony Guise, prospective parents and students were splendidly entertained in the Ted Hughes Theatre by Luca Kelly, a talented pianist currently in Year seven. The theme of Mr Guise’s speech focussed on his pride of the school and its students. This was borne out by contributions made from three students new to Calder, (Finn Sierevogel, Jude Wilson and Anita Gosling) and the school’s Head Boy and Head Girl, Tom Bull and Megan Hampshire, who spoke eloquently about the support of staff and their own involvement in the many enrichment opportunities offered by the school.
Throughout the evening student guides were on hand to escort visitors around the many interactive subject displays. Prospective students were able to try their hand at pretty much anything from archery and table tennis to badge making, food tasting, film animation, drumming, scientific experiments and mathematical problem solving.
Special mention must however go to staff in the Humanities Faculty who dressed to impress; while the Geographers adopted a rainforest theme to their wears, the History Department looked splendid in their World War Two costumes.
Chris Washington, Assistant Headteacher, said: “I was delighted how well the evening went; there was such a vibrant atmosphere around the school and it was great that so many parents commented on the warm welcome of staff and the positivity our students. The fact that 99% of those who attended indicated that they would choose to send their children to Calder really does show what a bright future the school has.”