Here’s more from Principal Designate, Guy Hutchence as he keeps readers updated on the progress of the East Manchester Academy which opens in September 2010.
October has been an important month for east Manchester parents. They have had to complete their admission forms, making preferences for high school places for their Year 6 children. We’ve done our best to help and advise. There have been family information days and drop-in sessions at the New East Manchester offices as well as considerable email correspondence. We’ve tried to answer as many queries as possible, but also signpost parents and carers to Choice Advice and the city council’s Admissions Team. I’ve been delighted with the level of interest in the new academy that’s been generated in such a short time.
A number of meetings this month with Manchester City FC, Manchester Aquatic Centre, Sportcity and the English Athletic Association have also been very useful in planning for September 2010. With their help and support our pupils will have exciting sports activities as part of the school timetable as well as after school and in the holidays.
There have been two special highlights for me this month. Firstly, at the twin assemblies at St Barnabas and St Wilfrid’s primary schools, Key 103’s Paul Galloway presented certificates to the creative brains behind the radio jingle that brought 400 to our September open evening. Well done to all involved.
Then, over on the site of the new academy, we held a time capsule ceremony where pupils and headteachers from over 10 local schools donated mementos that are now buried in front of the atrium. The time capsule event was memorable not only for the fantastic contributions, but also because we turned the tables on local celebrity photographer, Len Grant who was on hand to record the event with his customary expertise and humour. This time, however, we also took shots of him as no time capsule would be complete without a picture of the man behind the lens of some of east Manchester’s most moving and iconic photographs. History will record his face as well as his work!
Many thanks to all in the community who have helped out this month and good luck to all those youngsters in Year 6 who are on the final journey of their primary school experience.