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‘A Privilege’ to Walk in the Footsteps of Heroes


Pupils from Years 10 & 11 experienced the raw emotion of the Auschwitz Birkenau extermination camp during their visit to Krakow over the February half term break.


A formal tour of the camp barracks and gas chambers was led by local guides who gave first-hand accounts of the horrors from individuals involved. Pupils also had the chance to meet with a Holocaust survivor and take part in an emotional candle memorial service at Birkenau – the larger of the two camps.


The visit also included  a walking tour of the old Jewish district of Krakow and the former WW2 Jewish Ghetto as well as  many of the sites featured in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Schindler’s List.’


One of the highlights of the trip was a meeting with a lady who had survived the Holocaust as a child, but whose poet father had died at the camp. During their meeting, Ms Rouski read out one of the poems written by the lady’s father with not a dry eye amongst any of our pupils.


Joshua Rogers from Year 11, summed up the feelings of everyone when he said ‘It is crucial that young people  learn about the Holocaust as these catastrophic events let them know how privileged they are and how thankful they should be for everything they have.’










Young People at the Heart of Schools’ Conference


420 delegates from 8 schools across our Multi Academy Trust attended the 3rd annual Education Conference held at Wade Deacon in February.


A total of 17 workshops were held throughout the day ranging from Mental Health & Well – Being through to Philosophy for Children allowing accessibility and relevance to primary, secondary and further education establishments.


The day began with a keynote presentation from ‘stand up’ educationalist Dave Keeling who expertly demonstrated how laughter and humour can improve achievement for all learners, with the day concluding with educational advisor, writer and trainer Mary Myatt whose theme was the High Challenge, Low Threat Learning Environment.


The day ultimately provided unique opportunities for colleagues across different educational sectors to discuss the latest initiatives in education and to share exciting new ideas.


Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive with delegates praising ‘the range of workshops on offer’ and the ‘immediate impact on teaching and learning.’ The general consensus was that it was incredibly beneficial to have primary schools, secondary schools and colleges working together in the same room – putting the education of our young people first.












Pupils Show their Caring Side.


35 of our Year 8 pupils visited London recently as part of their CARE (Collaborative Award for Research) Project.


This is an award that seeks to expand our pupils’ awareness and knowledge of The Elizabethan era, as well as developing both their subject specific and interpretive skills. In order to secure the award, pupils have been attending weekly sessions at school where they have explored all aspects of Elizabethan England, whilst making comparisons to modern life. Topics have had a cross curricular dimension and have included Hygiene, The Landscape of London and Crime & Punishment in a session led by our own PC White.


During the London trip, pupils took in the usual attractions such as The London Eye, Harry Potter Studios and a guided tour around The Globe Theatre.


All of our pupils’ hard work will culminate in a formal presentation to parents, carers and Wade Deacon staff later this term. Good luck everyone!








Pupils Wow the Crowds in Got to Dance Spectacular!



Pupils from Years 7 – 11 took part in our annual Got to Dance event in early February wowing sell-out crowds with a variety of dance routines including Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Street and Jazz dance genres.


This was Wade Deacon’s 7th annual Got to Dance show which is an event that is eagerly anticipated by the whole school community. Crowd numbers this year were the highest ever with 600 + visitors through the doors.


Leader of Dance, Mrs Paton, was overwhelmed with the quality of performances this year telling Insight ‘This is a huge event at school and involves so many people, both in performance and behind the scenes. It is a celebration – a showcase of talent which really shines through, year on year.’





Students Bring the Sounds of Salzburg to the Stage!



Our reputation for high quality musical theatre was further enhanced in January with a thrilling production of The Sound of Music. This ambitious production included a cast from all Year Groups in school who auditioned in mid-July and have been practising ever since (including weekends!)


And that practice really paid off with precocious performances of the highest quality over two sell – out nights in our Main Hall.


The Sound of Music marks our third Musical Theatre performance in as many years following the successes of Aladdin and Oliver. Our focus is to create authentic theatrical experiences which challenge our students and seek to push the boundaries of what is possible. Our  use of a live orchestra creates a further dimension to our productions.


Emily Sharples, who gave a stellar performance in the lead role of Maria said: ‘It really was a thrill play such a famous role. It was a great team effort from everyone and we all enjoyed the experience tremendously.’



Table Tennis success 14.01.17


Over the weekend our year 7/8 girls and boys table tennis teams were competing in the North West Table Tennis competition in Blackburn. I am very proud to announce that the boys team are ranked 5th in the North West and the girls won the competition ranking them 1st overall. The girls will now progress onto the regional final in Blackburn on 4th March. Both teams were a credit to the school and I’m sure you will wish to congratulate them on their successes.









Year 9 North West Champions 14.01.17


Our Year 9 rugby team were crowned North West Champions for the third consecutive year on Saturday, defeating St Peters (Wigan) 38-4. They now move on to the National stages with aspirations to retain the title of National Champions. The boys have worked tirelessly and shown a superb commitment and dedication to representing the school. To have only been beaten once in over two years is a fantastic achievement.









 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Inspires the Next Generation! 11.04.2016


120 young musicians from Halton, Warrington and St Helens had the unique opportunity over the Easter holiday to play alongside The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain as part of its Inspire programme.


A full day of music making hosted by Wade Deacon High School allowed local youngsters to integrate fully with the orchestra, culminating in a collaborative evening performance of Stravinsky’s Firebird in front of an audience in the school’s Main Hall.

The NYO’s Inspire programme aims for local musicians to learn the mechanics of being in a full orchestra by working alongside the very best in the country. The aim is for NYO members to pass on their skills and experience that will hopefully lead our youngsters to want to become professional musicians in the future.


All of our local musicians performed in the evening concert having practised and perfected their pieces during the day resulting in a spectacular performance of which Stravinsky himself would have been proud! An orchestral arrangement of Ed Sheeran’s Photograph was also performed by the younger members of the orchestra.


Leader of music at Wade Deacon Danell Hughes was thrilled with the outcomes from the day telling The Weekly News: ‘To host the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain is a huge honour for our school. More importantly though, are the opportunities that the event have brought to so many talented youngsters in Halton, Warrington and St. Helens who have rubbed shoulders with the very best musicians in the country. It has been a truly inspirational experience for everyone involved,’ she said.


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Year 8 Boys Final - Glantaf (Cardiff) 14- 16 Wade Deacon (Widnes)


12 months on since their trip to Wembley as Year 7 boys’ National finalist, the same group of Wade Deacon students had made it to the National finals for the second consecutive year. They would be taking to the field against the same opponents that defeated convincingly 46-6 in 2015, Glantaf.


Wade Deacon went into the final having only previously lost 1 game in 2 years, and are the current North West Champions after beating Saddleworth at the Select Security Stadium in January 2016. Glantaff (Wales), the current National champions, have never been defeated in Rugby League leading up to this years final.


In a close encounter between two evenly matched teams, Wade Deacon were able to avenge their defeat from 12 months earlier, beating their opponents 16-14 with what can only be described as an outstanding display of defensive effort from 1-17. To restrict a side like Glantaff, with their power and strength in attack, to just 14 points was a reflection of the effort and dedication put in by the group of Year 8 boys and the Teachers over the past 12 months.


Wade Deacon began the game like a team with a point to prove, scoring on the first set of the game, when a precision kick by Marco Williams was collected by Will Gilhooley who found Alex Sutton inside to score under the posts. Williamson converting to make it 6-0. 2 try’s by William Gillhooley either side of 2 Glantaff try’s (including an excellent 80m individual effort) meant that Wade Deacon went into half time with a 6 point advantage (16-10).


The Second half was a tight affair with both sides having several opportunities to score, but both defences held firm and with only 10 minutes left to play, some excellent footwork opened the Wade Deacon defence for Glantaff to score in the corner. With the Conversion unsuccessful from the touch line, the game would finish with Glantaff pushing for a final try. Wade Deacon were able to defend their line for the final few minutes and retained the ball for the final few seconds, to be crowned as the Year 8 boys National Champions 2016. A Special mention must go to work put in by Reece Sumner who sacrificed his performance with the ball to play a huge role in keeping the Glantaff attack quiet for the majority of the final.


Wade Deacon: James Murray; Caliean Thomson, William Gilhooley, Nathan Bannerman, Adam Bamber; Sam Craig, Marco Williamson; Jamie Holdroyd, Alex Davies, George Chatten, Reece Sumner, Jack Hunter, Alex Sutton Interchange: Euan Holland, Aiden Doolan, Adam Holdroyd.


Glantaf: Rhodri Thomas; Iwan Jones, Louis Shugar, Ewan Skuse, Iwan Johnes; Jac Lloyd, Gwylim Evans; Harry Griffiths, Ioan McDougall, Tieron Bowen, Osian Evans, Gethin Marshall, Cai Marcus Jemmett Interchange: Oli Meek, Morgan Boas, Oli K Bar, Fin Lovett.





The Downing Street Debates 11.05.2016


Two of our students, Raphael Ardani and Emily Birchall were selected to compete in the inaugural Downing Street Debates and what a fantastic day they had.


Raphael & Emily competed initially in 2 rounds of debates in The Committee Rooms of Parliament and won both of these. As a result, they made it through to The Grand Final held at 10 Downing Street. David Cameron welcomed us at No. 10 and introduced the Grand Final which unfortunately we lost. That said, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us and one that we will never forget. Below Raphael Ardani and Emily Birchall with Mr Mealey and Ms Holland.




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