Year 9 pupils at Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe have taken part in the school’s new Going for Gold scheme which aims to raise pupils’ ambitions and aspirations. This will culminate in a Graduation ceremony and celebration on the school’s Chaplaincy Day.
The scheme has focused on specific aspects of school life including attendance, punctuality, appearance, behaviour, evidence of contribution to school life and the community and attitude to learning. Pupils earn points as they achieve in these areas. The programme is based on the school’s commitment to raising aspirations and achievements of all its pupils; it aims to provide opportunities for all students to develop and demonstrate excellence in their gifts and talents.
The scheme will culminate in a graduation ceremony for all Year 9 pupils and a celebration of their achievement with three award categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
“Focussing on high standards, challenge and innovation will help us to secure the climate of vibrancy and success that is growing in the school, enabling all students to flourish and grow,” explained Ms Catherine Collier, Director of Specialism at Saint Paul’s. “The focus of our “Going for Gold” programme is to celebrate aspiration and ambition; we aim to develop our pupils’ personal and interpersonal skills to allow them to raise their aspirations, believe in themselves and make a positive contribution.”
“We encourage our pupils to have high expectations and strive for success, the Going for Gold programme gives a framework for this,” commented Mr Wiktor Daron, Head Teacher at Saint Paul’s. “We aim to deliver excellent teaching and support which can excite, enthuse and inspire students to achieve great things in life.”