12 Apr

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Welcome to my first blog of the Summer term and also my first post for a while. I feel refreshed going in to what is technically my last term as a school student. Seeing the progression I have made since first joining New Bridge in Year 9 is unbelievable and I cannot wait to see how much more I will achieve in my final term in Year 11 and beyond.

Rewinding back to the last couple of weeks of our Spring term; we enjoyed our trip to Broughton Park when we became the ‘Tag Rugby Champions of Greater Manchester’. The aura of invincibility created by our Under 19 team was fantastic as we won 100% of our fixtures which is no easy feat! Our second team won bronze which is also a great achievement – it is fantastic to see our New Bridge teams performing at such an excellent level within school sport.

Our final week saw our Super Learning Day which this term was a day of learning around the Festival of Colour. I was in the hall leading some sporting activities relating to colour including ‘Domes and Dishes’ and our very own coloured equipment game where people have to collect as much equipment as they can within a minute. Our IT pathway filmed the occasion in all its glory. We also had a celebration in the afternoon where we ate some tasty Indian food and relaxed in the theatre.

We ended the term in traditional New Bridge fashion with our afternoon Talent Show – and what a show it was! Some students from the Activ8 pathway decided to showcase their parody of Miley Cyrus and I, for one, am scarred for life. I would like to thank everyone for having the courage to get up on stage and entertain us, something I have to admit that I will be not be doing anytime soon. It was certainly one way to finish the term!

Whilst the majority of you were enjoying the two week break, I spent last Friday with Jack and Tony receiving the full VIP treatment at Halifax RLFC’s MBi Shay Stadium where we enjoyed a tour of the grounds and were treated to a personal gym session with Halifax captain, Scott Murrell! We came home with rugby balls, match programmes from their 2016 season so far as well as free tickets to their Championship fixture against Workington on 1st May (although I hope they improve by then following yesterday’s defeat to Swinton.) I would like to thank Scott and everyone at Halifax RLFC for giving us such an enjoyable day, I cannot wait to visit you again on the 1st May.

As of tomorrow, I will be freezing my face off in the middle of nowhere as I complete my practice expedition for my Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award. It will be a good chance to explore the great outdoors as well as take a break from my social media (for the first time in months). The only downside to the trip is that I will miss Manchester City’s crucial quarter-final tie with PSG tonight.

And so here it is again, the final term of the year. The ‘hard work’ term but also (hopefully!) the ‘fun’ term. And, in just 14 weeks, to quote Alice Cooper, ‘school’s out for summer!’

Have a good week,

Matthew