In STEM club this year, year 7 students have been given the opportunity to plan and deliver some exciting sessions for our local feeder primary schools. Students have taken a well-known fairy tale and built an exciting STEM session, which involves primary children solving a problem based on the story. The sessions are intended to teach younger children about STEM and the careers involved. It allows them to work as a team to solve a problem, by designing and creating a prototype.
The students look forward to visiting Cop Lane Primary before the end of the summer term, to deliver their STEM sessions and to inspire and enthuse some younger children about STEM.
On the 21st April, a group of Year 8 and 9 students from STEM club, were invited to take part in a regional heat for the 2022 Tomorrow’s Engineers Robotics Challenge. It was held at Preston’s College iSTEM building and hosted by some amazing STEM ambassadors that were on hand to help and advise our students.
We have been working on the challenge for a number of months. There are many different tasks involved. The students have to build and programme a Lego robot to perform numerous challenges. These include a speed challenge, a ramp challenge and even a challenge following coloured lines to collect objects.
The students were amazing at rising to the occasion and programming the robot, even adapting the code when it didn’t quite work out. Check out the video of our robot on our twitter page!
Another big part of the day is the blind teamwork challenge. The students were challenged with creating the slowest marble run out of 4 paper plates, 4 paper cups, 1 roll of masking tape and 1 pair of scissors. Their design was innovative and well constructed. This lead to them winning this particular section and winning the trophy.
Sadly, on the day, we were not able to become overall winners, but had a great time and received some good feedback from the judges. The students showed incredible resilience and determination to complete the challenges set.
10 Year 7 students were joined by students from All Hallows’ Catholic High School, Ashton Community Science College and Shuttleworth college, as part of our ENTHUSE school partnership, to take part in a STEM event with STEMfirst. Students learned all about Engineering and how to deliver exciting engineering tasks to primary age children, through the use of Fairy tales. It was a great day, students were fully involved and came up with some fantastic ideas. They cannot wait to represent PGHS and visit our local primary schools in the summer term to deliver some exciting STEM activities.
On the 28th February 2022, to celebrate our exciting new STEM fortnight, we invited all of Year 7 to join us at the Blue Planet Aquarium. This educational experience included classroom workshops, diver talks and the opportunity to view a range of marine forms in preparation for our Art & Design Unit 2 Sculpture Project.
Throughout the day, students were fully engaged with a wide range of activities, looking at textures and learning about the biodiversity in our precious coral reefs. Environmental issues were also discussed and we explored ways of protecting our marine habitats.
It is aimed that over the following months, Year 7 will use this visit as a useful reference source for observational drawing and textural clay sculptures. We look forward to sharing examples of our student’s work later this academic year.
Miss Morris, Lead Teacher for Art, Design & Photography
At Penwortham Girls’ High School, we know that schools have a far bigger role than simply teaching your daughter the knowledge needed to pass their GCSEs.
As set out in our mission statement, we want our students to become articulate, independent, questioning, and tolerant young people; ready to face the challenges and seize the opportunities of life.
As such, we have an ambitious and carefully planned wider opportunities programme of clubs, societies, visits, residential trips and in-school experiences. This programme is closely aligned with our termly festivals.
During the Autumn term, we hosted our Festival of Literature and Languages, a fortnight crammed with acting, debating, writing and reading related events. In the final weeks of the Summer term, our school production of ‘The Sound of Music’, along with Sports Day and our annual Passport Walks, will be the highlight of P&A22 (Festival of Performance and the Arts).
This term, we are hosting our first STEM festival, from Monday 28th February to Friday 11th March. A celebration and exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. As well as an extensive in-school programme of activities, we are also offering every student in Years 7 to 10, the opportunity to experience a school trip; which sadly due to Covid has not been possible for the past two years. Visits range from trips to Blackpool’s Sealife Centre and Zoo, to opportunities to learn at The Holocaust Exhibition and Lancaster University.
As we only received the Covid ‘green light’ for these visits in the past week, we need to confirm bookings with all of the venues and coach companies as soon as possible, ideally before the half term. To ensure all these trips go ahead as planned, we are asking parents to return reply slips and make payments as quickly as possible.
Mr Ward, Senior Assistant Headteacher, Personal Development Lead.
It’s an exciting time at STEM club. We have been learning how to programme our LEGO robots! These robots are able to do many things, such as move items from place to place, follow lines of colour and they can stop when they sense an obstruction.
We entered a national competition that gives us the chance to win money for the school and also attend the Big Bang Science Fair in Birmingham in March. The students have been great so far and have managed to programme the robot to follow a set route. They now have to work with an environmental theme and make the robot do 8 tasks within 5 minutes.
If any other students would like to attend STEM club, we meet every Monday after school in Room 34. Come down and join us!
Our next festival is called ‘STEM Festival’ where we will be celebrating all topics on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
We are looking to hold a careers ‘speed dating’ event on Monday 7th March for our current Year 10 and 11 students. The aim of the day is to showcase careers and inspire the younger generation. The day will run from 10am until 3pm with lunch provided. You will be asked to talk about your career and about your job the routes you took to get into your current position and what skills you need. The girls will come up with some insightful questions for you to answer too. So, if you have a job anything to do with Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths and can get involved on this day please let me know by emailing: email@example.com
If you know of any family members or other adults who would like to help, please ask them to email me.
During the last lockdown, all the Year 8 students were entered into a competition called ‘Innovate’ by the V&A museum. There was a theme of ‘Home’ and the students were tasked with how the making of our homes can be improved in the future, for instance, how to be more inclusive or environmentally friendly. This was a national competition and out of all the schools that entered, two of our students, Amelia Watson and Sophie Johnson, were chosen to take part in the final. (Only ten finalists were picked, so this was already a massive achievement.) The girls had to take part in an online Zoom ‘pitching day’ in order to present their final designs to the judges, one of which was the BBC presenter and Paralympian Ade Adepitan. The girls were commended for their innovative designs and although they did not win the final, they still came away with finalists’ trophies (which are made from recycled marine plastic).
Mrs Gornall was also awarded the V&A Innovative ‘Teacher of the Year’ which was a huge surprise to her! Well done again to the girls for their designs but also to the rest of the year 8 students. The judges were very impressed by how many original designs were entered by Penwortham Girls’ students.