In The Community
Our School and pupils play a full role in working with and supporting the local community. This section provides a flavour of the School’s public benefit activities, including the Sixth Form Volunteers.
Citizenship Day at Withington is a day devoted annually to focusing on what it means to be a good citizen, locally, nationally and internationally – and shows the School at its very best!
Last year, girls from Year 7 and Year 12 worked together to run a Sports Day for sixty Year 5 pupils from Old Moat Primary School. Year 8 developed their modern language skills in an Enterprise Day, while Year 9 girls were involved in a Fairtrade game overseen by Inspiring Futures, and reflected on how they fit into the global economy. Year 10 pupils took part in outdoor team-building activities facilitated by Wiseup.
The main charity supported throughout the day was the Christie Hospital and girls were delighted to see the ‘Christie Bear’ taking part in the fundraising activities which included a cake sale and carwash.
For the first time, Withington Juniors also took part in the day. Their programme of activities included learning vital First Aid skills, making films to promote social responsibility, creating friendship bracelets and making a ‘random acts of kindness’ display.
A team of Sixth Form students, led by an Art Teacher and Technician, created a spectacular mural in the playground of Haveley Hey Primary School in Wythenshawe. The design, based on a ‘woodland theme’ for the children, was created by the Art Ambassadors at Withington (a group of Lower Sixth Art students).
The Withington Maths Tournament
For the last four years, talented mathematicians from up to nine schools across Greater Manchester and Cheshire have put their problem-solving abilities to the test at the Withington Maths Tournament. This inter-school competition for Year 12 students aims to introduce Sixth Formers in the region to the types of curriculum-stretching challenges they may find in their applications process for top universities. The Withington vision is to collaborate with other local schools – both independent and state sector – to provide opportunities for able young mathematicians to get together to stretch their comfort zones in preparation for study beyond A Level.
This year, eight schools from the state and independent sectors pitted their abilities against each other across a number of maths-related topics. The tournament consists
of teams of four going head-to-head over three rounds. This year, the first round was based on the Sumaze app;Withington were extremely fortunate to be able to work with software
engineers from MEI to produce ten gruelling levels for the teams to unlock.
Young Chemistry Communicators
Local primary school children from Old Moat Primary School and St Paul’s C of E Primary, with their parents, were invited to an event held at the School in March 2017 as part of a national Young Chemistry Communicators programme. The pupils and their parents participated in a series of workshops which culminated in an exciting science show with a number of dramatic experiments presented and performed by our Lower Sixth pupils.
Young Chemistry Communicators is a project overseen by Techniquest Glyndwr and funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry. This is the second year Withington has taken part. The intention is to enhance the communication skills of Sixth Form chemists and deliver Chemistry-related activities to younger children, in order to inspire them to study the subject.
In 2018, two new groups of Lower Sixth pupils presented two shows, the first one was for 60 children from Acacias Primary School and the second for a smaller group of children from Longford Park Primary School.
We are very proud of the impact of our SHINE Saturday Morning Science classes on raising the aspirations of local Junior School children.
Sports Lettings and Summer Activities
Our sporting facilities are used extensively by local groups during the weekday evenings and there are a range of children’s activities during the summer holidays.
Local Primary School Links
The Head of Classics oversees the teaching of the Minimus Latin programme to Year 5 and Year 6 pupils at a local inner-city primary school. The author of that programme delivered a training day at Withington for parents, home tutors and teachers from State and Independent schools.
Christmas Party and Concert for Local Senior Citizens
The School hosts a Christmas concert and ‘picnic’ for local elderly people. Pupils at the school are actively involved in the organisation of the transport, the provision of the food and the entertainment. One of the highlights of the festive season, more than 100 residents from the local community enjoyed a party tea followed by a Carol Concert in the Arts Centre with performances by the Senior Choir and Orchestra.
There was plenty of audience participation and the Headmistress, as in previous years, led a Golden Oldies sing-along with renditions of old favourites including Que Sera Sera, Moon River, What a Wonderful World, We’re a Couple of Swells and White Christmas.
The Four Schools Project
The School actively engages with schools in the state sector and our partnerships demonstrate a real commitment to sharing our facilities and working together for the mutual benefit of all concerned. The ‘Four Schools Project’ has taken WGS and MGS pupils on joint trips to Oxford or Cambridge University together with pupils from Manchester Academy and William Hulme’s Grammar School.
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