Articles by the Press Gang

An informal chat with our new Headteacher, Mrs Hall.

Laila B, Charlotte T and Micah T entered Mrs Hall’s office to ask her a few questions about the school and how she feels about certain subjects related to the school’s environment and its people. The answers she gave were full of confidence as she reeled off the information that we were in her office to gather.

During our time with the Headteacher, she answered our questions with great passion and enthusiasm.

Firstly, we asked “How do you find being a Headteacher?” Mrs Hall replied saying that it’s an amazing job working in this wonderful school. She also added that she takes pleasure in watching the students enjoy our school and providing feedback.

Next, we asked “Why did you pursue teaching?” Mrs Hall responded by saying that she continues teaching to “form a path” and to help students “make the best of themselves” and to “believe in themselves”. She made it clear that she wanted to enforce the school values to help students “live their best life.”

We were welcomed very kindly and Mrs Hall was a perfect interviewee. All of our questions were answered thoroughly and the three of us, (Charlotte, Micah and Laila) will definitely look forward to our next interview with our Headteacher.

The Chase

Well done to all our Year 7 students who participated in The Chase. This was a tough game for all the girls but we WON!!! The Chaser this time was Mrs S Bennett who was ‘THE CRUNCHER’. Ivy G, Violet C, Sienna P, Alice T and Darcey U all took part in representing their forms 7 P,G,H,S and J.

First up was Ivy G who answered all her questions correct and was home safe! Next was Violet C who also got home. Then commiserations to Sienna P who was sadly caught. Alice T made it home and was very happy about it. Finally, there was Darcey U who sadly couldn’t make it home.

Then came the final Chase. The 3 girls who made it through answered 11 out of 14 questions correctly. Then the Chaser was up. It was a stressful moment for everyone as the Chaser was on her 11th question but then her time was up. THE YEAR 7s WON!

Well done to all the girls who participated and well done to Mrs Bennett too. Better luck next time.

Alyce and Amana (Year 7)

The Bone Sparrow

In English with Miss Garlick, we just finished The Bone Sparrow. This moving book explores what it means to live as a refugee. It covers a range of important themes, such as friendship and family, grief and loss, hope, fear and freedom. It follows a young boy, called Subhi, who lives in a concentration camp in Australia. He is a Rohingya Muslim who has never set foot on the other side of the fence but everything changes when a curious girl called June crawls under the fence. Based on a true story, this book was both educational and thrilling. This is a must read for anybody who is interested in thrillers or religious historical stories with both joy and sadness. I would give this book a solid 4.5 stars and would like to read more like this.

By Maayana C 8S

Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is a classic book filled with love, fear and mystery. The heroine, Jane, is plain and poor but has a fiery temper, sharp wit and a kind heart. As a young child, she lived with her cruel aunt after her parents death. She is later sent to the austere Lowood Institution, a charity school, where she and the other girls are mistreated. In early adulthood, after several years of working as a teacher at Lowood, she musters the courage to leave. She finds work as a governess at Thornfield Hall where she meets the dashing Mr Rochester.

The novel follows the simple Jane as she battles through life’s struggles. Many obstacles stood in the way of Jane, including her cruel aunt, the grim conditions at Lowood, her love for Mr Rochester and the separation from him.

Jane Eyre is most certainly a quest for love but also a search for a sense of being valued and of belonging.

Amelia N 7H

The Tempest – Year 7

The enchanting world of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” has come alive in the vibrant storyboards created by our Year 7 students.

“The Tempest,” often considered one of Shakespeare’s most magical works, transports audiences to a remote island where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, uses his sorcery to manipulate the elements and seek justice. Through intricate illustrations and thoughtful narratives, our students have delved into the depths of this captivating tale.

Not only do these storyboards showcase the artistic talents of our students, but they also demonstrate their understanding of the complex themes present in “The Tempest.” Through their interpretations, they explore concepts of power, betrayal, forgiveness and the enduring resilience of the human spirit.

Congratulations to our Year 7 students on their impressive achievements, and may their journey through the world of Shakespeare continue!

Miss Garlick

Teacher of English & Drama

Introducing Mrs Marsh

Hi! I’m Mrs Marsh and I wanted to take this opportunity to say how excited I am to be part of the English faculty here at Penwortham Girls’ High School.

I have taught in a number of schools in Lancashire and the Midlands over the last 24 years. Teaching English and English Literature really is a passion of mine. I love teaching and feel that it is a privilege to be in such a trusted position to guide and hopefully enthuse and inspire young people.

When not in a classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking or watching trash TV (although I do love a costume drama!) Some of my favourite places to have a wander are the Lake District or the Yorkshire Dales.

I love books shops. One of my happy places is on a comfy sofa, curled up with a good book, a brew and a piece of cake. My all time favourite novels are some of the classics, Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. Although currently, I love reading books by Maggie O’Farrell.

I love music and going to gigs and festivals. I love the theatre and all that jazz.

I very much look forward to getting to know students and staff a little better over the coming months.

Bedrock Leaderboard

Since September our students have been ‘rocking’ Bedrock. Bedrock is a proven way of making great gains in vocabulary acquisition, improving reading age and mastering grammar. All out KS3 students are expected to achieve 20 points on Bedrock each week. 20 points is the minimum each student should achieve to guarantee progress. However, some of our students are so determined to become masters of English that since September, they have achieved a phenomenal number of points!

Our leaderboard looks like this:

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

Out of this World – Creative Writing

This term, our Year 8 students have been studying the topic ‘Out of this World’! This unit of work has taken them on a multi-genre journey from the dark world of dystopian fiction, through the starry skies of science-fiction, and now through the wardrobe into fantasy fiction (and Narnia!).

Recently, our classes have been working on creating their own pieces of creative writing, inspired by the texts they have been studying below in class.

Please enjoy reading this small selection of work by our creative and imaginative students:

 

A Dystopian Planet – Descriptive Writing

Shattered remains of an attempt of civilisation surround me. A constant reminder that we – the last survivors left on this horror of a place – have no hope of recreating what was once here. We are just a world left behind, an irrelevant waste of supplies in this void of darkness that surrounds us.

The sun’s blazing heat reflects against the last remains of glass, sending rays of light into the abyss. The torn down buildings, once grand visions of the future, cast shadows as da rans hopeless as our suture days to come.

Inside our last place of sanctuary, we are imprisoned, isolated in our own chambers. Rarely ever seeing any other form of life. Our population decreases rapidly each day, just like the starts we see burning into flames out in the void of the cosmos.

Anya L

 

Tangler

As you enter the abyss, you get swallowed by the unknown void of the cosmos. Once you enter, there is no escape; you get silenced forever. You get trapped. There is nothing past the abyss, but the deafening silence of space, and a settlement. It’s unusual and is in the shape of a sphere (which is the only normal thing about it). When you look at it, your last hopes and dreams get destroyed. Rocks plummet down, breaking off the planet and eventually crash on the earth. Its tangled looking shape soaks up all light and happiness.

It used to be along, straight path of rock (which floated round the atmosphere, however, after many years of research, we have discovered that over time, the straight rock has bent and squished itself into a tangled spherical shape. We have named it the Tangler. On it, it’s like a maze, but not a fun maze you may do for entertainment, if you can’t make your way out into the open, your life will be ended! You will be dead! When you fall through a gap in between the deadly paths, you will end up in the centre of planted Tangler. We don’t know what happens there. We have never seen anyone since they fell. Anyone.

Aliens. We have seen them a few times too. They are slimy, purple creatures, or should I say beasts? They leave a slimy trail wherever they do, but no-one has ever touched them, we believe they are cursed. The starts around the planet have lost their shimmer. They’re just full dots waiting to be revived – not like that will ever happen. The ground is dimly lit, by the two suns, submerged by death and smoke. Fear that this trap will take over the world isn’t unusual. It gets larger by around a meter each year, to drown life.

Never enter an abyss, now you know why. You will discover nothing more than a once in a lifetime experience: death.

Jenya Z

 

Science-Fiction Narrative Writing

22nd May 2022. It was the day my parents flight vanished. No one knew how it happened. With them, 200 other passengers were gone. It was a mystery. Were they dead? Were they alive? We never knew. We had to wait for the investigations to tell us.

This was my parent’s vacation. Me and my brothers all forced them, as we felt they needed it more than we did. Reluctantly, they agreed. They set off on the morning of the 22nd of May at 8:10 am. Everything went well, or so we thought. At exactly 9:30 am, we received a call from the airline, Auroair 505, confronting us with the news about our parent’s disappearance. We were baffled. How did this happen? What caused this?

Finally, after 10 years, the lead investigator called us up, asking one of us to risk our life and take a journey to Jupiter. Apparently, they had a suspicion that the plane that disappeared had been dropped somehow on the grounds of Jupiter, with layers of strata bordering the tops. Both of my brothers were scared, so I had to say “yes!”.

I spent months training, physically and mentally, for this mission. I was working very closely with some fellow scientists and a team of engineers to construct a spacecraft, capable of withstanding the conditions of Jupiter. We had to keep our main focus on the planet’s intense gravity, radiation, and the harsh environment awaiting us. It was extremely complicated and difficult, but I was determined to unlock the truths of the plane’s disappearance and find my parents.

Eventually, the day arrived. I was ready to embark on my historical journey. As I boarded the spacecraft, I couldn’t help but feel excitement gushing through my veins. However, I did feel a sense of anxiety. This mission was live on TV, meaning that the whole world was watching and the weight of my parent’s disappearance rested on my shoulders. Even through it was risky, I had to do it.

After tiring days and nights, I finally reached Jupiter. With the help of modern technology, it only took me 7 months. Usually, it would have taken at least 6 and a half years. Wow! I faced many challenges in this journey: from navigating through asteroid belts, to travelling through the jet-black skies of space. But, the commitment I had and support from my brother’s encouraged me to keep going.

I was prepared to face anything.

Sahasra V

Miss Starkie

English Department

Sci-Fi Novel Challenge

To celebrate the school’s recent STEM Festival, the English department have been reading lots of science-fiction books.

However, disaster struck earlier this week, when a mysterious wormhole somehow opened up in the English Annexe and tragically removed all the titles from the covers of the novels!

Can you help the English department by identifying the novels from their front covers?

Please email your answers to Miss Starkie. The first person to help us correctly identify the books will receive a prize!

(g.starkie@penworthamgirls.lancs.sch.uk)

1. Mrs Snowdon was reading this sand-covered adventure. She can’t remember the name of the book, but she does remember seeing the lovely Timothee Chalamet in the movie recently! 

2. Miss Starkie has been enjoying this comedy adventure. She knows it’s also one of Mr Ward’s favourites, and though she can’t remember the name, she does remember the immortal advice given in the book: Don’t Panic! 

3. Miss Garlick has been reading a book that is also very well known for its film adaptation. She does find the dinosaurs rather exciting, but can’t help but feel that she’d much rather go on a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 

4. Mrs Woodhouse has been reading the book that is often considered the first science-fiction book ever written! While the experiment in it is rather exciting, she’s quite pleased that the science department at this school doesn’t include reanimation on the curriculum. 

5. Mrs Ibrahim was reading this red-planet based novel, which was adapted into a film with Matt Damon. She can’t remember the name, but does remember there being an odd amount of potato content for a book about space!

6. Miss Suleman has been reading this dystopian classic by Aldous Huxley. She can’t remember the name exactly, but knows it’s something like Courageous Modern Planet. 

7. Mrs McGibbon has been reading a novel in which a young woman is able to see the different versions of the life she could have lived. It’s not as full of exciting lasers or aliens like some sci-fi novels, but it is set in an English teachers’ favourite location! 

8. Finally, Mr Gilgun has been enjoying this dystopian novel which inspired the TV show ‘Big Brother’. He knows it’s named after a year, but he can’t remember which one. He’s fairly sure that Madonna and Prince were topping the charts that year though! 

Miss Starkie

English Department

Theatre Trip to Runshaw College

Our Year 10 Drama students recently embarked on a thrilling theatre trip to Runshaw College, where they were treated to a spectacular performance of “Lord of the Flies.” The highlight? One of our own, Natalie B, showcased her exceptional talent alongside the brilliant Runshaw College drama students.

The production was brilliant, with outstanding acting, creative staging, mesmerising light design and a unique incorporation of physical theatre. Our students were not only entertained but also inspired, gathering valuable ideas for their own upcoming performances.

Natalie’s performance was a shining moment, leaving us immensely proud of her achievements since leaving PGHS. Her success serves as motivation for our current students, proving the lasting impact of their drama education.

A big shout-out to Runshaw College for a night of theatrical magic and inspiration. The trip was a resounding success, leaving our students buzzing with creative energy and eager to bring their own stories to the stage. The power of drama to captivate hearts and minds was truly evident, thanks to the outstanding talents at Runshaw College.

Miss Garlick

English & Drama Department

Autumn Term Bedrock Leaders

Once again, a number of our students have shown huge ambition by going above and beyond in their quest to become the next Susie Dent in the world of words. Our top 10 wordsmiths are:

Student                                                Class                                      Points

Naomi S                                              9En2                                      948                                                                        

Lily T                                                    9En1                                       916                                                        

Lily S                                                    10/Me1                                812                                                        

Amie K                                                10En6                                    649                                                        

Eda M                                                  7En2                                      607

Maayana C                                          8En2                                      599

Claudia B                                             10En6                                    598

Sophia A                                              7En6                                      593

Ellie B                                                   7En1                                      566

Lucy B                                                  7En1                                      533

All of these students will be awarded with a Head’s Breakfast.

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

Year 8 Visit the Land of Oz at Liverpool Empire

In the English Department, we believe that the experience of seeing live theatre is a magical experience that every student should enjoy. Sadly, we are not able to take every student to see a play or musical live, so this year we have been looking for ways to bring the theatre experience into PGHS!

Earlier this year, Y11 gathered in the hall to watch the National Theatre’s recent production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Simon Godwin. The play took a more modern spin on some of the characters – even switching the roles of Lord and Lady Capulet! The English teachers even took on the task of learning how to use a popcorn machine, in order to provide tasty treats to all students.

This Christmas, we have looked for ways to bring a musical experience to every KS3 student. As Year 7 have recently been studying ‘Myths and Monsters’, they will be watching the brand-new musical The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers.

Year 8 and 9 students are going to enjoy the exciting and inspirational Billy Elliot. This musical will build on knowledge they have gained studying the ‘Coming of Age’ genre in Year 8, and will also be excellent preparation for their study of Blood Brothers in Year 10.

We hope that all our students enjoy their theatre experience!

Miss Starkie

English Department

Bringing the Theatre to the Classroom

In the English Department, we believe that the experience of seeing live theatre is a magical experience that every student should enjoy. Sadly, we are not able to take every student to see a play or musical live, so this year we have been looking for ways to bring the theatre experience into PGHS!

Earlier this year, Y11 gathered in the hall to watch the National Theatre’s recent production of Romeo and Juliet, directed by Simon Godwin. The play took a more modern spin on some of the characters – even switching the roles of Lord and Lady Capulet! The English teachers even took on the task of learning how to use a popcorn machine, in order to provide tasty treats to all students.

This Christmas, we have looked for ways to bring a musical experience to every KS3 student. As Year 7 have recently been studying ‘Myths and Monsters’, they will be watching the brand-new musical The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers.

Year 8 and 9 students are going to enjoy the exciting and inspirational Billy Elliot. This musical will build on knowledge they have gained studying the ‘Coming of Age’ genre in Year 8, and will also be excellent preparation for their study of Blood Brothers in Year 10.

We hope that all our students enjoy their theatre experience!

Miss Starkie

English Department

  • Artsmark Platinum Award - Awards by Arts Council England
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • International School Award
  • Artsmark Platinum Award - Awards by Arts Council England
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • International School Award