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

Black History Month Poetry Competition

October in the UK is Black History Month. As a school, we wanted to use this opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contributions that black people have made to our society. This year, the theme of the month is ‘Saluting Our Sisters’, which aims to highlight the remarkable achievements that black women have made in the fields of literature, music, fashion, sport, business, politics, academia, social and health care and more!

At the start of the month and to mark the occasion, we launched a poetry competition. This competition asked students to learn about black women who have made significant contributions in various fields. They needed to write a poem about a pioneering black woman and explain why she is inspirational.

We were absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of brilliant, heartfelt and well-researched poems that were submitted! Our students chose to celebrate a wide range of black women, both modern and historical. From Mary Seacole and Rosa Parks, through to Simone Biles and Beyoncé, our students produced so many beautiful poems about inspirational women.

After much deliberation, we selected our KS3 and KS4 winning poems. Congratulations to Lydia W in Year 10 and Jessica O in Y9! Thank you for your wonderful poems – prizes will be headed your way! You can read their excellent poems below.

We also selected ten ‘runner-up’ poems, which were also both powerful and inspirational. Well done to:

Eden F (10S)

Harshey R (7J)

Jessica R (8S)

Maisie L (7G)

Alice T (7S)

Saffy E (8H)

Ruby C (10J)

Abigail M (7S)

Zaakirah M (10J)

Rosie Y (10H)

Thank you to everyone who submitted a poem! The high level of engagement with this competition was truly wonderful and it was a pleasure to read every poem submitted.

Miss Starkie and Mrs Hall

 

 

Harriet Tubman

 

Harriet Tubman, a hero so very brave,

Led so many to freedom, all of them slaves,

Daring and strong, she fought for their rights,

She never gave up without a fierce fight!

She was a conductor of the railroad,

A life’s long mission was bestowed,

Harriet’s secret web of pathways,

Gave liberation and happier days!

 

Harriet Tubman, the champion of the underground,

Led so many to freedom and escape from the compound,

Determined and brave, a traveller at night,

She never gave up on anyone’s rights!

 

A monetary bounty on her head,

Many searched and wanted her dead,

A fugitive outlaw hiding in the dark,

Over 300 enslaved would soon embark.

 

Harriet Tubman, a heroic nurse of the sick,

She assisted patients’ recovery, they healed really quick,

Sensitive and caring, their futures were bright,

She was a beacon of hope and guiding light!

 

A union spy who was undercover,

She helped the army to discover,

Gathering intelligence behind enemy lines,

Scouting and snooping were her secret signs.

Harriet Tubman, a hero so very brace,

Led so many to freedom, all of them slaves,

Daring and strong, she fought for their rights,

She never gave up without a fierce fight!

 

Lydia W (10S)

 

 

 

Black History Month Poem

 

We all know about Rosa Parks,

Who paved our future when she felt a fearsome spark,

To defend herself by keeping her chair,

She made others on the bus look and glare.

She didn’t see the meaning to the black and white ,

We’re all human, and that’s nothing to debate and care,

It may not be front and centre, but it’s there.

Mary Seacole’s achievement is the next story I’m going to tell,

She wanted to provide those in war with nourishment and care,

So, she asked for the funding,

But ended up finding her own way there.

She gathered a group of nurses to assemble a team,

Then they travelled to Crimea,

So proud that she made herself beam.

Next, I’ll talk about Claudia Jones,

Who set up a campaign to make sure her ideas were show,

She wanted to spread the word about civil rights,

By publishing newspapers, but not making a fight,

Finally, I’ll talk about Catherine Johnson,

Who was the only one would could complete the sum,

The sum to send up Apollo thirteen,

She had practiced her maths, this wasn’t a dream.

This poem has been about saluting our sisters,

Putting them first instead of the Misters.

 

Jessica O (Year 10)

 

Miss Starkie

English Department

Spine-Tingling Success at the Performing Arts Society’s Annual Spooky Walk!

It’s that time of year again, where the leaves fall and the air turns crisp, bringing with it the much-anticipated event of the school calendar – the Performing Arts Society’s Annual Spooky Walk. This year, our talented students took the art of suspense and drama to new heights, leaving a lasting impression on all who dared to venture into the world of ghouls and ghosts.

The Spooky Walk was a monstrous success, raising a staggering £438.66 for our beloved Performing Arts Society. At just 50p a ticket, we managed to attract a whopping 870+ brave souls to experience the spine-tingling thrills of our drama studio’s eerie transformation.

What made this year’s Spooky Walk truly special were the unforgettable performances and the spine-chilling masks that left everyone in awe. The drama studio became an eerie realm inhabited by a motley crew of characters, including menacing nuns, battle-hardened army veterans, a Pig Butcher and daring asylum escapees.

I cannot express my gratitude enough to all the student and teachers who were part of this fantastic event. I am so proud of each of our students for all their hard work, creativity and commitment to bringing this week of terror to life. The success of the event wouldn’t have been possible without their combined efforts.

You were all brilliant and we are always so proud of your exceptional contributions to our school community. Until next Halloween, keep those creative sparks alive!

Miss Garlick

English & Drama Department

Gothic Tales

As part of the celebrations for the Festival of Literature and Languages, Year 7 and Year 8 enjoyed a visit from Redheart Theatre and watched a performance of ‘Gothic Tales’.

As the nights grow longer and darker, it has been a tradition since the Victorian era, for people to gather together and share ghost stories. We felt that the festival was a brilliant opportunity to honour that tradition.

The stories were performed as a one-man show and it was incredible to watch the way that the actor switched between characters and perspectives seamlessly. The production’s creative use of lighting and sound kept the whole room captivated.

First, the students watched the story of ‘The Red Room’ by H. G. Wells; a sinister and spine-tingling tale of a man facing a haunted room and fear itself!

Then they were drawn into the world of Edgar Allan Poe and witnessed the unreliable narrator and the madness of ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’.

For Year 8 students, this was the perfect way to revisit their knowledge of the Gothic, which they studied in their English lessons in Year 7. For current Year 7s, it was an exciting taste of the eerie genre which they will be learning about in the Spring Term.

Thank you to Rupert from Redheart Theatre for his engaging and exciting performance.

Miss Starkie 

English Department

Jennifer Lane – Author Visit

On Wednesday 11th of October, our Year 9 students enjoyed a visit from published author, Jennifer Lane.

Her latest novel, The Black Air, is set in Lancashire and was inspired by the tales of the Pendle witches. The novel explores dark mysteries, supernatural forces and the power of female friendship.

A panel of three Year 9 students interviewed Jennifer Lane in the hall as part of the visit. Jemima A, Pixie H and Erin G did an absolutely fantastic job of posing the question to the author.

The whole year group engaged brilliantly in the talk, which culminated in a question and answer session. The English department was so impressed by the quality of the thoughtful questions that were posed to the author.

This mysterious and spellbinding novel sounds like the perfect read for those looking for a spooky autumnal novel

Thank you to Jennifer Lane and the team at UCLAN publishing for coming to speak to our students. 

Miss Starkie

English Department

Key Stage 4

Year 10 have settled well into the routine of GCSE English and are embracing the study of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (a text they will be examined on). Any students who have not yet purchased their copy of the text can still do so via Mrs Snowdon. The cost of the text is £4.20.

Year 11 have returned ready to go and we have been impressed by their attitudes. This term in Year 11, students will be studying poetry and also the 19th Century text Jekyll and Hyde or A Christmas Carol. Any students who have not yet purchased their copy of the texts can still do so via Mrs Snowdon. The cost of the text is £2.50.

All students have access to a GCSE Pod account where they will find brilliant revision pods for English Language and Literature (as well as other subjects). I would encourage all Year 11 students to be starting their preparation for the November mock exams. They should be preparing to sit English Language Paper 1 and Romeo and Juliet, and Blood Brothers for Literature. We have also launched a KS4 revision library this year in room 7, where students will find a range of revision books and practice exams to support their exam preparation. All KS4 students are welcome to access this resource.

Mrs Snowdon

Curriculum Leader for English

The Library

The PGHS Library is open every day of the week at break time and lunch time. All students are able to borrow books from the library, which is well-stocked and up-to-date with all the modern reads. All students are welcome in the library to read, complete homework or to use the computers (for homework use). Mrs Woodhouse will also be launching a Games Club in the library on a Friday lunchtime.

  • 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