Extra- curricular activities
We believe in educating the whole child, giving each of our young people an opportunity to have experiences and to build their skills outside of the classroom through a range of extra-curricular activities. These activities help our pupils to build in confidence, problem solve and interact with a wider range of people, including those from outside the school. A successful extra-curricular programme brings psychological, social, physical and educational benefits to all of those who take part.
We run our sports days in conjunction with the University of Lancashire to develop pupils teamwork and social skills. Fair play and respect, as part of their spiritual and moral development, is encouraged throughout the sports activities. These activities build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and co-operation. In addition there is a programme of enrichment days, residential visits and outdoor activity days which are very popular with all the pupils.
The enrichment days usually take place at the end of each term. They are a variety of topics / subjects covered in one day that focuses on practical creative activities. These enrichments can be: STEM, health and wellbeing, spirituality, literacy, numeracy and enterprise. Besides building new skills and interests it gives them an experience of developing real world learning opportunities that also support core subjects.
PMGHS Enrichment day – 17 December 2018
Year 10 and 11 participated in a ‘do the right thing’ workshop that was delivered by Lancashire Magistrates courts. We were fortunate to have 3 magistrates who came in to educate the pupils on what goes on a magistrate court. The lead magistrate Alan Barker gave the pupils an insight on the different court cases that they deal with on a daily basis. Thereafter, they took part in a mock trial, where the outcome was decided by the pupils through all the evidence given by the defendant, prosecutor and witnesses. This outcome varied and they had valid reasons as to why they reached the decided verdict.
The Year 7, 8 and 9 took part in creating a Nasheed or a drama script relating it to the themes of Patience, tolerance, love for others what you love for yourself and being fortunate. This enhanced their performance skills such as character development and story-telling through drama and language skills through nasheeds. The nominated nasheeds and drama scripts were performed in front of the whole school. The quality of these performance were excellent but there could only be one winner per year group. Well done to 7G, 8G, and 9M as the year group winners!
PMGHS Enrichment day – 12 February 2019
Year 7 – The Science Faculty organised a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester as part of the Enrichment day activities. Pupils had the opportunity to explore the various exhibits at the museum as well as taking part in one of two workshops. The seeing Sounds workshop allowed them to explore sound waves and the Materials and Design workshop allowed them to explore product design. Both workshops involved cross curricular learning and creativity. Pupils also explored the interactive gallery and took part in the Revolution Manchester Show which explained the beginnings of the Liverpool and Manchester railways in an interactive, fun way.
Year 8 – Year 8 pupils visited Preston College as part of their Enrichment day. Pupils were informed about the courses available, career prospects along with a tour of the campus. They also took part in Mental Health and Wellbeing workshops. Coping with stresses of daily life, positive self esteem and working productively was the theme portrayed within the activities.
Year 9 – Year 9 pupils took part in a trip to Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School Sixth Form Centre as part of their Enrichment day. They received a tour of the facilities and attended a talk on A level choices and also had the opportunity to network with sixth form pupils who are currently studying at the school by taking part in a sixth-form style lesson on debating skills. A fantastic opportunity for our pupils to see how a sixth form centre works and gain a feeling of the wealth of subjects available to them at A level. It also allowed them to network with like-minded young ladies with aspirations such as their own.
Bridge the Gap activity was delivered by Preston College. It was a great opportunity for pupils to enhance their problem solving, team building & leadership skills. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed building and designing a bridge out of lego.
Sgt Archer and Sgt Arif from the Army (Preston) also delivered an elite problem solving activity to the Year 9. Pupils were given an insight to Career prospects that are available within the Army. Pupils were overwhelmed to find out all the different job opportunities the Army has to offer.
Year 10 – Talk The Talk Workshops – Talk The Talk communication plus workshops delivered by the ‘Talk The Talk’ company to support pupils with communication and confidence building skills.
Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences and has been used over thousands of years to help people to navigate, predict weather, understand existence and much more. The PMGHS Astronomy club is a place to learn more about the wonder of the universe and appreciate the Almighty’s creation. Pupils learn about the planets, solar systems, stars, galaxies and many more interesting space concepts.
To learn more about the universe and keep up-to-date with the latest news, please click here to visit the Astronomy club web-page which has been created by the pupils.
The PMGHS Astronomy Club attended two lectures at UCLAN all about why the Milky Way is special and how everything was created from nothing. On the first evening, Chris Lintott, who is a Professor of Astrophysics at University of Oxford and also the presenter of BBC’s Sky at Night drew on cutting-edge research and results from his own Galaxy Zoo project to compare the Milky Way to the other galaxies which surround us and ask whether we’re living in a special time in its history. We learnt a lot about the makeup of different galaxies and saw amazing visuals of different galaxies captured through some of the most advanced telescopes available. We looked at the size, shapes and composition of different galaxies and identified what that represented and the clues it gave us about our existence. On the second evening, we had a very interesting talk led by Professor Carlos Frenk of Durham University. He explained how Cosmology confronts some of the most fundamental questions in Science; and questioned how and when did our universe begin? What is it made of? How did galaxies and other structures form? There has been enormous progress in the past few decades towards answering these questions and Professor Carlos Frenk shared his knowledge research with us.
Fowziyah, Maasha, Habibah. Arwah, Mrs Patel (Science) and Mrs Desai
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
The Duke of Edinburgh award develops key life skills. Pupils have to complete four sections to pass their award, these are: volunteering, physical (developing fitness or learning a new sport), skills (developing a new skill in their chosen field) and completing a walking one night, two-day expedition. The results from interviews and meetings with employers showed that the key attributes they looked for were leadership, teamwork, self-motivation, communication, confidence and the ability to learn – all of which you gain from doing the DofE expedition alone.
Our pupils get a chance to complete their bronze DofE award in Year 10. They will record their sections online using the DofE system. The pupils thoroughly enjoy completing this award and are amazed at the resilience and passion that they show on their expedition.
Duke of Edinburgh Practice walk – September 2018
The 8 mile walk was hard, enjoyable and exhausting. Not only did it give us a boost to our fitness levels, but it also gave us an insight into what the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award would actually be like. The walk helped us to realise how much effort and hard work we needed to put in, but it also showed us how much fun we could have doing this challenging award. Overall even though it was exhausting, and we were aching it helped us to understand why we need to Improve on our fitness and how we could build us confidence further for the next training day and expeditions.
Zainab, Fatima & Amina Angraj (Year 10)