This year eighteen of our Year 10 students have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme and challenged themselves, pushing the boundaries of sport, skill, voluntary work, countryside expeditions with camping and map navigation over a number of days to achieve the required standard to pass their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Next year, they will all take on further challenges towards the Silver Award.
Well done and congratulations to everyone involved!
Mr J Cudworth. (Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator)
Want to get involved with our Duke Of Edinburgh programme? Check out our Duke Of Edinburgh page or speak to Mr Cudworth for more information.
Tottington High School was honoured when local MP, James Frith spoke at our annual awards evening, A Celebration of Excellence, which celebrates the fantastic achievements of our very best students. Mr Frith’s inspirational speech was very well received by all whom attended, so much so that we decided that it should be shared with a wider audience. So here it is in full…
It’s great to be here this afternoon. Today marks the award stage of the hard work that’s got you here. I know that success like this doesn’t happen overnight. So congratulations to you all.
I am especially proud to stand here as your fairly new Member of Parliament and address you, the future of Bury. Mums, Dads, Carers, family and friends. You will all be so proud this evening. Congratulations!
Let me start by saying that in me, you have a champion for your school. And in Parliament on Thursday I asked the Minister for schools to reconsider the case to re-build or repair your school. But I know it’s not just about buildings. And your performance and awards this evening haven’t needed new buildings to see you succeed.
My job here as I see it, isn’t just to dish out the prizes but to help draw your eyes to the horizon.
So whether you are near to leaver status or coming to the end of your first year here. Ask yourself. What do you stand for?
And I want to talk to you about two things. Leadership and opportunity.
What do you stand for?
It’s about the contribution you make and the opportunities you take.
It will determine what others see in you or believe about you.
It will be the reason you succeed or a reason why you need to do a little bit more about getting the right answer to the question.
Progress is not automatic. Just as the progress you’ve made at this school, it comes with hard work and determination. Progress is not a right. It is a reward.
The point is this.
The answer to what do you stand for? is not about your shape or size or even the sound of your voice.
It’s about the space you leave in a room when you walk out of it?
If you are not there, what isn’t happening?
If you leave, what doesn’t get done?
And as you journey through this school and for leavers, on to the next stage of education and life, we are in a more and more competitive world. One that is rich with opportunity and anxiety. Of threats and promises. And you are the future of this world. This country. Our town. This school. And standing for something helps you stand out. A world that has great riches and rewards as well as huge uncertainty.
All too often be prepared for unfairness too.
Don’t sit still.
Be the fizz.
And imagine being the best you can be and go for it.
Plug in and contribute.
Decide what you are standing for and live it out. Live it through your relationships, your career, your faith if you have one and your respect and love for others.
Be an active yes person.
Have others think of you as someone to involve, to trust, to go to.
You are all leaders. You lead your own life already. So be a better leader.
Behave like one.
Leadership is a state of mind and an approach to life.
It’s not about being popular but taking ownership of a vision or a responsibility.
And often it’s about putting others before yourself. And serving.
In Bury we have a brilliant mix of talents and opportunities. Too often though, nationally, a bleak picture is painted of young people and the opportunities you face. It is for you each to reach for those opportunities and for me and everyone else together to ensure those opportunities are there once you leave education.
So – stand up for what you believe in, demand a better deal from life, from politics, from yourself and give thanks for your family, our community and the shoulders of the giants that came before you, on which we all stand. And always remember your life will be shaped by the choices you make and the opportunities you take. Decide what you are standing up for, show leadership and get out there.
Thank you very much.
TfGM (Transport for Greater Manchester) have released the school bus timetables for the forthcoming academic year and the contact details of the bus operators.
TfGM have been notified that Rosso are no longer able to provide their commercial school services 469(485) AM/PM journeys. TfGM have been able to replace these journeys re-numbered 902 (AM journey operated by Atlantic Travel and PM journey operated by Tyrers). Please note that the operators of school bus services might have also be changed, so please refer to the timetable below:
THS Bus Timetables Sept18
An introduction to School buses and concessionary fares for students in Greater Manchester
Passengers can pay a fare to the driver for each journey shown on this timetable. However, students will need to show an IGO pass to travel at the concessionary (reduced) fare. If students do not have an IGO pass, they will have to pay a higher fare.
Most of the journeys shown in this timetable are funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). The majority of TfGM funded services charge a standard fare and also offer daily return tickets. In some cases, the return ticket can also be used for travel on other journeys which serve similar areas – even if it is provided by a different operator. On most services, students can also buy a weekly scholar’s ticket, which costs £7.30. These are ONLY valid on schooldays on school buses and are available from the bus driver on all services where they are applicable. To help the driver, please try to have the correct fare when buying your ticket.
A summary of fares and ticketing information on all school services included in this timetable can be found at https://www.tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/bus-school-bus-services
There are also a small number of TfGM funded services where the operator sets the fares. You will need to check with the operator what fares are available.
Yellow School Buses
This timetable also shows the journeys operated by Yellow School Buses.
Yellow School Bus journeys have special travel conditions and can only be used by students who hold a Yellow School Bus pass which is valid for that journey. Students who wish to use a Yellow School Bus should go to https://www.tfqm.com/tickets-and-passes /bus-vellow-school-busesfor details on how to apply for a pass.
The IGO Pass
All students between the ages of 11 and 16 need an IGO pass if they wish to travel at the concessionary (reduced fare) rate on buses.
The IGO pass is like an ID card and proves that the student is aged 16 or under. It must be carried on all journeys and shown to the driver before paying the fare.
The IGO pass costs £10 and can only be bought by students who live, or go to school in Greater Manchester .
More information on IGO and an application form to get an IGO pass is on the TfGM website at http://iqo.tfgm.com
(Please note: students who are entitled to a free Scholars Travel Pass for journeys between home and school and students aged between 16 and 19 who have a Scholars Concessionary Pass, do not need an IGO Pass for these journeys)
Date: Lake District – 30th June 2018 – 2nd July 2018
Route: Skelwith Bridge – Coniston – Torver – Seathwaite – Eskdale
Typical. Our final expedition was set to be in the middle of a heatwave, about the only time you don’t want temperatures in the high twenties and blazing sun all day. Luckily Mr Cudworth and our assessor, Pam, agreed to reduce the weight of our rucksacks so we set off with a lightened load across the beautiful Lake District National Park.
We set out into some woodland and then promptly got lost. Despite Kaitlan, from the other team, telling us the correct way to go. After what seemed like ages we finally found the path and were able to get back on track reaching our checkpoint on time. From then on we continued in fairly high spirits albeit very hot and sweaty passing through our checkpoints.
When we reached Coniston, Martyn suggested we go and see the grave of Sir Malcom Campbell; the land and water world speed record holder. So Beker and I did, however I had been expecting there to be some information about it (I’m not sure why) so was slightly disappointed it was just a grave.
Again we set off this time into fields, where we found a whole dead sheep skeleton so obviously we (Garfieh) carried the skull, which we named Larry, for most of the rest of the day.
We reached camp, set up our tents, ate tea and then went to bed earlier than usual (I think some of us were still feeling the after effects of prom). When we woke up the next morning everyone seemed surprised at how well they had slept considering the frozen nightmares of the practise.
The Yorkys left camp an hour early to try to escape the worst of the sun and we followed soon after. Unfortunately Ellie wasn’t very well so after checkpoint one she went back with Martyn and Miss Harvey whilst the rest of us set off up a mountain (Dow Crag 778m). We made steady progress up it and everyone was ecstatic when we reached the top and saw the stunning views, you could even see the Isle of Man. We were so excited we dumped our rucksacks and climbed to the very top with Mr Cudworth.
Eventually we set off down a very steep path, by the time we had made it to the bottom Molly and Kian had reached the end of 99 bottles of gin on the wall. Here we saw and felt the effects of the heat despite Beker insisting it wasn’t hot even though it was 29 degrees. Garfieh turned himself into a warrior using face paint and a wet towel and the Tarn had begun to dry up.
Ellie re-joined us at checkpoint 5 and we headed to the campsite where, as it was Holly’s 16th birthday the next day, we had a massive treat. Ice-cream! Which was delicious in the heat. After doing all the necessary jobs we headed to the river where we watched Garfieh playing in the river, pretending to be a salmon.
The next day we set off early again. As we made our way through fields we began singing and an American woman commented she was able to hear us from the top of the hill. Due to the sweltering heat we decided to navigate a route just off our path so that we passed a tarn. Mr Cudworth and Miss Harvey said they would turn a blind eye to us going in for a paddle, I am so glad they did because as Molly said it was the best time on D of E ever!
After all the fun we decided we had better get a move on as we were seriously late so we trekked the last bit as fast as we could. We reached the end still well over an hour late and couldn’t find the van anywhere so we began to think they had set off without us. However after a couple of minutes they turned up and we set off back.
If my feet were anything to go by the smell in the van must have been torture. But it was worth it as I absolutely loved it and had a great time and am sure the others did.
Jo Woodman – Year 11
Thank you to Mr Cudworth, Miss Harvey and Martyn for taking us.