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As we prepare to enjoy a festive school break, a round up of the latest news and views from the county's classrooms..

Geographical Greatness

The Queens School has been awarded The Secondary Geography Quality Mark, SGQM, in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning in geography. SGQM is a prestigious award which recognises quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development, learning and teaching. It also acknowledges student attainment, progress and achievement in geographical knowledge, understanding, values and skills.

A rigorous moderation process must be adhered to before an award can be issued and the SGQM team were hugely impressed by The Queens School and their innovative approach to teaching in this subject. Head of Geography, Miss Aldridge commented, “We are so proud to have achieved this award on the back of an outstanding year of exam results.”


Happy Talk

The children at The Firs School, Chester have recently started taking a new class and are all very happy about it. Their new ‘My Happy Mind’ class helps the children to understand the benefits of managing their own mind, teaches them to celebrate themselves and others and how to build positive relationships. The classes are science based and built on psychology and neuroscience research to create positive, sustainable and growth- orientated behaviour. All the pupils at The Firs School attend weekly classes where through mindfulness they develop a habit of gratitude, positivity and how to set goals for themselves.


A Fitter Future at WGS

Withington Girls’ School aims to further boost sports performance and participation levels through the development of a new £1.75m Sports Centre, scheduled to open next Spring

Following the opening of its £5m Junior School and Hub two years ago, work has now commenced to transform the existing gym and sports hall into an ‘inspirational’ new amenity.

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Shake it Baby

With more young children spending time glued to screens, phones and ipads, Public Health England have launched a ‘Shake Up’ campaign across the north west. The campaign has been launched in conjunction with Change4life and Disney, and encourages children to be more active all year round.

The programme offers different ten minute activities featuring their favourite Disney characters as inspiration. The campaign is also being supported by a number of Team GB athletes, including Olympic swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, who have lent their voices to this campaign to encourage more children to get involved. This is an important campaign for Sports England who help families try new sports and physical activities locally.

nhs.uk/10-minute- shake-up