As temperatures rise, it’s tempting to cool off with a swim in a river, canal, lake or reservoir. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is regularly called to rescue people who have got into trouble in the water.
What are the dangers?
- There is no supervision.
- The cold water temperature can claim your life in minutes – even if you are a strong swimmer.
- It’s difficult to estimate the depth of the water. It may be much deeper or much shallower than expected.
- There are often no suitable places to get out of the water due to steep slimy banks or sides.
- There is no way of knowing what lies beneath – there could be weeds, pipes, shopping trolleys, sharp metal or broken bottles.
- Swimming in open water can lead to a variety of serious illnesses.
- There may be hidden currents. Flowing water or swimming in the sea can be especially dangerous.
- Alcohol and swimming don’t mix – perception and capability are both affected by drinking.
What should I do if I see someone in difficulty?
- Alert someone, preferably a lifeguard. Or, dial 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service. Explain your location clearly and describe any landmarks.
- Swim somewhere safe – the swimming baths.
- Obey the warning signs around reservoirs, lakes, canals, rivers and at the beach.
- Value your own safety first – jumping into the water to rescue pets or belongings can be highly dangerous.
- Know what to do in an emergency – ring 999 and ask for the fire and rescue service. Explain your location clearly and describe any landmarks.
- Enjoy organised water sports in a safe environment – with the correct equipment and a qualified instructor.
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We know that you will probably have loads to think about now that you are starting a new school so we thought it might be useful for you (and your parents) to have a list of the most important things you need to remember ready for your first day at THS.
- First day: Tuesday 5th September
- School starts: 8:45am.
- Form room: L1-6 (Lofthouse Building)
- Form tutor: to be confirmed
- Form: 7J, 7N, 7R, 7E, 7W, OR 7Y
What will I need to bring with me?
- School bag
- Pencil case containing: 2 pens, 2 pencils, rubber, ruler and pencil sharpener
- Packed lunch or lunch money, ready to put onto the money machine.
- Food and drink for break (you can also buy toast at the canteen)
- Bus fare or bus pass
- Data collection form (if you haven’t already brought it in)
What do I need to remember when I am getting ready over the summer?
- A smart new uniform, worn correctly
- No jewellery except for a watch
- No make-up or nail varnish
- No extreme hairstyles or colours
- Plain black shoes (but not boots or trainers)
- Plain dark coloured coat (but no logos or hoodies)
- Mobile phones must be switched off in school buildings and kept safely in your bag
You don’t need to bring your PE kit on the first day
Any forms that your parents need to send back into school, please make sure you bring them in on the first day back.
On a sheet of paper, write down any questions you think of during the holiday and ask your tutor on the first day back. Do not worry! It will all be OK!
See you in September!
At Key Stage 3 you will do a wide range of subjects including Art, Design Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, ICT, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language (French, German and Spanish are taught at THS), Music, CWL (Careers, Wellbeing and Life issues), Physical Education, Religious Education, and Science.
Dependent on the subject, you will be either placed in sets according to your ability, or in mixed ability groups.
You will also follow a Careers, Wellbeing and Life issues course (CWL). This includes themes of Citizenship, Careers Education and Health Education, as well as Personal Awareness.
The Pastoral Leadership Team, and the individual Year Pastoral Heads in particular, are responsible for the welfare of the students in your year and deal with such items as students’ records, parents’ queries, absences, general discipline, social activities and students’ personal problems in school.
Your Form Tutor is responsible for groups of students and you will have regular form periods and tutorials; this enables your form tutor to get to know you and to monitor your homework diaries.
At Tottington High School we attempt to produce not only academically successful students, but students who are socially well-balanced, and who have acquired skills and habits that will enable them to fill their leisure time with worthwhile and rewarding activities. All students stay at school for lunch, so lunchtime activities are provided, including Music, ICT, Gymnastics, etc. These activities often extend to meetings after school.