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 last Thursday evening’s 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)
There is now an after school homework club at Breightmet Library every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 3.30pm- 6.45pm and every Saturday 9.00am- 4.45pm. They give students free computer time to complete their work, surf appropriate websites and use the library resources (online and shelved stock). They are also entitled to unlimited free homework printouts.
Students do not need to be members to access this service. If you are interested, just pop into the library and ask at the counter and staff will log you onto a computer.
Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Breightmet Health Centre,
Breightmet Fold Lane,
Bolton. BL2 6NT
Tel no: 01204 332353
Monday 9 – 12.30pm
Tuesday 9 – 7.00pm
Wednesday 9 – 12.30pm
Thursday 9 – 7.00pm
Friday 9 – 1pm
Saturday 9 – 5pm