On Friday 7th February 2020, eight of our year 9 students took part in a Hate Crime Ambassador training programme at Bury’s New Kershaw Centre, along with students from several other Bury schools. The students were placed into mixed teams with the other schools and worked really well together. Each team produced some good work around the strands of hate crime (disability, race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation) – and also covered stereotyping, prejudice and equality. At the end of the activity the students returned to their own school’s group to work on their final presentation – Tottington High School’s team produced a piece of work on their given topic of religion. All our students got involved and got lots out of the day, and were all a credit to our school.
Our GCSE Options booklet and the PowerPoint presentation from Options Evening, held on 26th February, is now available on the school website under the ‘For Parents’ tab, and then Curriculum-GCSE Options Information. Alternatively you can simply follow this link:
A massive congratulations goes to Ellie, Mille, Maxine and Madison in Year 9 for coming first in the I Am Creative project last week. The project was run by the Ideas Foundation and the task was to create a digital product to advertise the BBC’s Big Weekend and then pitch the idea, in true Apprentice/Dragon’s Den style to representatives from the BBC. The judges were the animation team from CBBC and CBeebies.
Five teams from Tottington High School were entered into the competition and our teams competed against many other schools from the Greater Manchester area. Three of our teams made it into the final in which they competed against 3 teams from Derby High School.
Here are a few photos from the day, and there is also the chance to watch the winning animation by Millie and the team.
Tottington High School Year 9 student, Owen Sheen was commended today by Councillor Yvonne Wright for his help in converting Tottington Library into newly refurbished community-run Tottington Centre, which officially opened its doors to the public yesterday in an Grand Opening ceremony.
The former Town Hall building on Market Street in the village was last occupied by Tottington Library which closed last year due to funding cuts by Bury Council. Not to let a good building go to waste, a group of volunteers, The Friends of Tottington Library, rallied round and decided to restore the building, create some spaces for community groups and rent out office space and conference rooms in order to raise enough money to keep the building open and provide a number of much-needed services to the people of Tottington.
Owen visited the Friends of Tottington Library one day and offered his services as a volunteer. During the weeks and month leading up to yesterday’s relaunch, Owen has removed furniture in some rooms to make way for various classes and groups to occupy the newly-created space, he has undertaken litter-picking on the car park and the surrounding grassed areas, he has helped move lots of items from one room to another, and using his own initiative, he has mopped floors, cleaned the stairs and wiped down paintwork. Working alone or with friends, Owen has offered to do the gardens and clear leaves this weekend.
Cllr Wright, one of the organisers and events co-ordinator at Tottington Centre said “Owen is very well-mannered, courteous and respectful to all the people he has come across – mostly his grandparents age! He is very unassuming, which is a very good quality in life, and I am proud to say he is one of our most valued volunteers,” and added “what a good job his parents and Totty High have done!”
Owen was invited, along with all the other volunteers and local business owners, to attend the Grand Opening of The Tottington Centre yesterday afternoon, and he met the Mayor of Bury who was happy to pose for a photo or two with Owen at the entrance to the Centre.
Owen Sheen pictured at the entrance to Tottington Centre with the Mayor of Bury
To find out what’s on at The Tottington Centre, you can visit their website and check out the various groups and classes that are held during the week. There’s something for everybody, so call in sometime and give the volunteers your support. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer yourself, you can contact the Centre through their website and fill-in the enquiry form.