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The Queen’s School is an outstanding independent school for girls aged 4-18, set in the heart of the vibrant and historic city of Chester.

Throughout our long and illustrious history, the success (both in and outside of the classroom), resourcefulness, kindness and resilience of our pupils has always shone through. As a school we understand that the core of resilience is self-growth and about being flexible, having the ability to open your mind and change direction, and to adapt. These are all skills that we develop from the very beginning of a pupils journey with us.

There are three key areas that we want our girls to excel in, and they are, to be able to collaborate confidently, think independently and aspire globally. Of course, we also value empathy, humour and community. We want our girls to be ambitious, have goals, to know what is it that they want from life, ask for it and trust that in the end, they will receive it through hard work, determination, persistence and the confidence to do so. We encourage them to set all kinds of goals – personal, career, adventure and contribution, so that by doing so they will have a sense of direction, security and purpose in their life. We are there to support and champion them along the way. That is why pupils leave Queen’s confident in themselves and knowing that they are capable young people with the ability to make a difference, innovate, inspire and lead.

At Queen’s, we celebrate our pupil’s uniqueness and small class sizes mean that we can tailor what we do to meet the needs of every member of the school community. We want our girls to be happy, to expect the best from life and to cultivate their optimism even when faced with challenging times, so we continually encourage them in all they do.

Our staff are exceptional and committed to ensuring each girl realises her potential not only through facilitating high quality learning experiences, but also by providing opportunities to cement friendships, build networks and get involved in all the fantastic range of extra-curricular activities offered outside their academic programmes. We want pupils to leave as well-rounded individuals who are successful both personally and academically.

One of the planned developments at Queen’s is a new multi-purpose astro turf project that will include sheltered seating and floodlights. This will provide huge benefits for both the school and the local community and will encompass a full-size pitch and a 200m running track. It will also be available for a range of other outdoor sports and training activities including netball, hockey, lacrosse, tennis and football. This will be a fantastic addition to our facilities and reflects our commitment to Fitness for All.

There is so much more to share be it our Beach and Forest School Programmes at Lower School or our fabulous mentoring and careers provision at Senior School, to name just a few. Please come and see for yourself what makes a Queen’s education so special at our Open Events in October.

Learn Welsh in 2021

This January why not sign up to one of the new beginners Welsh for Adults courses run by Popeth Cymraeg.  Due to the coronavirus all the classes are on-line for the foreseeable future and have been since last March.  When the virus struck, the Denbigh based Welsh language provider had to switch more or less overnight to teaching on-line, utilising the Zoom platform.  According to Ioan Talfryn, the organisations Chief Executive : “We had a steep learning curve last Spring but what surprised us was how quicly all our tutors and students adapted to the Zoom classes.  We invested heavily in training and created new digital resources for tutors and students. This has meant that we’ve been able to continue to offer a service of the highest order.”

Last year was very eventful for Popeth Cymraeg even before the pandemic.   A week before lockdown happened the North East Wales Welsh for Adults partnership (which includes Coleg Cambria and Popeth Cymraeg) received a glowing report from Estyn inspectors, receiving the highest grades for any Welsh for Adults provider in the current inspection round.

In addition to its traditional locally based students in Denbighshire and Conwy this September Popeth Cymraeg saw Welsh learners from far afield flocking to the on-line classes.  They have attracted students from other parts of Wales, from England and from accross the pond, with students joining the lessons from Canada, the US as well as from continental Europe.

“The on-line provision has certainly made it possible for a broader range of students to access Welsh classes” explained Mr. Talfryn “and even after the pandemic subsides we will continue to offer some on-line classes as well as classroom based teaching.”

So take the plunge in 2021.  Join one of the new beginners courses which will be starting the week of January 25th –  day or evening, once or twice a week.  To register go to the website www.popethcymraeg.cymru and click on January Courses.  This will show you all the classes which are on offer (see also Popeth Cymraeg’s advert in this publication).

According to Mr. Talfryn if he had to stress one thing about Popeth Cymraeg’s Welsh classes it would be their communal dimension.  “Students may come initially to learn Welsh but fairly soon the classes become a social event and students become friends and very supportive of each other.  We look forward to welcoming more and more students into our expanding community.”

I have worked with children and young people for over twenty years, including in schools, nurseries and Special Educational Needs settings. I completed a degree in Childhood Studies, and a postgraduate masters in Child and Family Psychology at the University of Chester. My research highlighted the desperate situation that children in our area are facing. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), schools and local authorities are struggling with shortages and overstretched budgets, with many children sadly reaching crisis point whilst on a waiting list.

This motivated me to establish Kids Dot Calm, using my qualifications and experience to support children and families to restore healthy emotional wellbeing and make a positive difference. My office is based in Hoylake, and I also work in schools across the Wirral and Cheshire. I offer one to one or small group sessions for children, as well as parent advice and support sessions. Using my Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training and other fun and child-friendly approaches, I adapt each child and family’s treatment plan according to their culture and goals with the understanding that each family is unique.

I can help with issues such as stress and anxiety, self-esteem, emotion management, self-harm and many more. I have vast experience and training in Autism Spectrum conditions and offer support to children, siblings and parents affected by a diagnosis.

My aim is to ensure that all children and families feel valued and empowered, and to support them to gain the skills and perspective to overcome their difficulties. I believe that given the skills, strategies and opportunities, children can demonstrate surprising resilience and strength to overcome challenges, often before they become unmanageable.

Please see the website for further information, and call or email for an informal chat about how I can help your family, or to book sessions.

FIRE UP YOUR CAREER WITH AN APPRENTICESHIP

Waterside Training is a successful and specialist provider of apprenticeships and technical training in Engineering and Manufacturing. Waterside recruits, manages and trains apprentices on behalf of leading multi-national companies in the North West.

We are based at the STEM Technology Campus in the centre of St Helens focussing on excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Technical skills for industry, working with a diverse range of companies like AB World Foods, NSG Pilkington, Essity, Diageo, Stateside Foods and Tremco Illbruck to name a few…

Our Apprenticeship programmes focus on developing and inspiring apprentices to reach their best potential via academic qualifications, foundation training in Electrical and Mechanical techniques with site based training to the Apprenticeship Level 3 Standards helping develop the next generation of engineers and process technicians.

An apprenticeship is a great alternative to university in starting a career specialising in either Engineering or Manufacturing offering exciting opportunities providing real life practical experience working alongside industry professionals.  With all the benefits an apprenticeship offers; a salary, qualifications up to HNC Level 4, training and personal development, whilst working with a leading employer within the North West, it’s an ideal way to get your career started!

Applications now available, visit www.waterside-training.co.uk for more information.

Thomas Telford Sixth Form offers an exciting opportunity for students to continue their studies post 16, combining structured learning with increased independence. There is a culture of success where students are highly motivated to succeed. The caring environment provides small class sizes, daily tutor meetings, regular reporting and careers advice. Staff are experts in, and passionate about, their subject areas and this fosters a fantastic student staff relationship.

Thomas Telford School is rated outstanding by Ofsted and it continues to enjoy exceptional results with students gaining places at their first choice university, stage school, high quality apprenticeship or employment.

There is something for everyone at Thomas Telford School. Alongside the traditional academic subjects, Thomas Telford School offers a range of vocational subjects including triple awards in Business, Performing Arts and Sport.

The Business Academy provides a comprehensive experience for students wishing to study Business and Finance. The course is work related and enhances students’ employability skills. Students who study in the Business Academy will also study the AAT qualification.

The Performing Arts Academy aims to be as practical as possible with students visiting West End Shows and participating in workshops by West End performers both in and outside of School. Many students have been successful in securing places in top stage schools and have gone on to work in film and in the West End.

The Sports Academy is an ideal route for students who want to go onto university, apprenticeship or employment in areas related to sports. Thomas Telford School has exceptional facilities including a 3G astro, a state of the art fitness and conditioning centre and a swimming pool. Sports Academy students gain other external qualifications alongside the BTEC and have the opportunity to play high level sporting fixtures.

Thomas Telford ensures that students are not only equipped with an excellent academic profile but are also well rounded resilient and confident young people who have a wide range of experiences.

Further information is available at www.ttsonline.net.

An Introduction To The Importance of Education

So, what exactly is education? Well, simply put it is the process of learning and knowing. This process of course is not restricted to school textbooks only. Education starts from birth. It is the parents which inculcate good manners and make responsible human beings out of their children. Home is essentially then their first school.

However, typically, when we talk about education we are referring to the formal education that starts from the first school our child attends, where they learn how to behave and understand what is happening around them.

Education is important for everyone in the world. It makes one able to understand what is happening around us logically and clearly. An educated person has the ability to take viable decisions and make right moves at the right time. Human existence without education is just like fecund land. Education not only enables individuals to put their potential to best use and do something productive in the upcoming future, but also plays a main role in shaping an individual to be a better, responsible citizen and an active member of the society.

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For this reason, it is hugely important that you pick the right school to educate your children, your most precious possession. Because only if the school is of a good standard will your child be able to make the very best of their future. So, because education begins at an early age; attaining good promises a good future because it is education that provides good character to the person as they age. Additionally, good education enables one to make best use of one’s skills and talent and helps in fetching the most competitive jobs. Importance of education can be realised in the height achieved by great and famous personalities in different fields of education.

But, just how do you pick the right school? Well, of course you need to do your research, the internet and family/friends is probably the best place to start, but the most important thing to do is visit the school you are considering. In our opinion, the very best option available to you is to attend an open day. A School Open Day brings to life those glossy brochures that you have been poring over at home for many weeks. It really is a valuable opportunity to see the schools for yourselves; meet the teaching staff, existing pupils and maybe parents who already have children there.

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