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We’re proud to be Grangers!

The calendar year has been as busy as ever, and several of our Grangers have been representing the school at several events, making us and them both proud to be Grangers.

You may remember back at the beginning of the school year we attended the SUSOMAD Celebration Event for our winning video on cyberbullying. SUSOMAD is a two-day programme designed to challenge prejudice and identity-based bullying. It comprises of workshops delivered by staff from Diversity and Cohesion and the Anne Frank Trust.

Recently on Holocaust Memorial Day, several of our students attended a memorial event in Bradford to remember the lives lost during the Holocaust and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and Myanmar. The Grangers gave a heartfelt reading of the poem Refugee Blues by W.H. Auden, and throughout the event, they were respectful and fantastic SUSOMAD ambassadors and representatives for our school.

Our Year 7 boy’s football team have had a fantastic start to their season, so far after playing 4 games, they have won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1. The boys continue to be fiercely enthusiastic about their roles within the team, whilst playing fair and are gracious in all their matches.

And it’s not just the students doing their best to be the best Grangers they can be, but the staff as well! Mr Johnson, 2nd in the area for Maths is taking part in the non-professional charity stage of the Tour de France on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK. He is aiming to raise £1,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and training is going well, Mr Johnson regularly trains for up to 5 hours and is now averaging 20mph. We’re all supportive of him, and wish all the best in both his race and in his aim to reach his fundraising goal!

Meanwhile, a group of Grangers were lucky enough to go on a study visit to Disneyland Paris in February.  This involved going ‘behind the scenes’ to find out a little more about what it takes to create the magical land of Mickey Mouse. There was, of course, fun time too, with a chance to explore the park and try out the rides! One student commented ‘I learnt that engineering is an important topic for making rides and I have learnt how science and engineering are actually used in real life.'  Another student wanted to share that, ‘the trip did a lot of good for our confidence skills. The trip pushes you out of your comfort zone and makes you feel and behave more maturely and independently.’

TV and radio presenter Peg Alexander came into Grange to lead a workshop on presentation skills with our new Grange FM radio team. Every Friday, during tutor time, we will broadcast our own radio show, with updates on what’s going on in Grange. The team have even worked on a jingle, which will be far catchier than Miss Mander’s xylophone playing.

At Grange we inspire all our staff and students to be our best selves in all that we do. This is the essence of being a True Granger.