Cheshire Independent Issue 144

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Why not attend our Information Evening—details below A CHEADLE Hulme school got a full class when it asked parents to come in for a lesson in phonics. Greenbank Preparatory School, which has won the Independent Schools’ Association’s national award for parental engagement, asked mums and dads from their early years classes to come into school and learn about modern methods for teaching reading and writing. Laura Bradbury, head of Green- bank’s early years and foundation stage (three-to-five years), said: “We are delighted the class has been so popular with a full turnout.” She added: “Words are made up of small units of sounds called pho- nemes and there are 44 in the Eng- lish alphabet and not just 26 letters. “Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word, helping them to learn to read and spell words more easily. “Phonics has been increasingly used by teachers over the last 15 years meaning not one of our par- ents will not have been taught the methods themselves. “We believe it is important parents reinforce our work at home with their own reading and writing.” James Cordingley, from Cheadle Hulme, pictured with his four-year- old son Rupert, said: “It all much better put together than when I was a child. “This is a fantastic initiative show- ing us how to reinforce what Rupert learns in school and, most impor- tantly, help Rupert to be a confident young reader. In fact, Rupert was teaching me how to do it.” A TRIO of talented young scien- tists will be heading to the one of the world’s great universities if they make their grades in this summer’s A Level exams. All three of the King’s pupils come from Macclesfield, all study science related subjects and all hope to be travelling down to Cambridge University in Sep- tember after receiving top offers. Pictured (from the left) is King’s School captain Kieran Cullen, 17, who has an offer to read medicine at Clare College. Kieran said: “To read medicine has been a long-standing dream of mine. I would love to be involved in cutting-edge science and to help patients.” A member of the King’s choir, Kieran was also a national award winner in the Model United Nations debating compe- tition. Joshua Howdle, 17, has an offer of two A*s and an A to read chemical engi- neering via engineering and says the sub- ject appeals because, “It opens up a vast range of challenging options and I want to have an interesting career, hopefully as a freelance chemical engineer.” Joshua was also team leader on King’s award-winning Engineering Education Scheme project. King’s School’s vice-captain, Aisling Day, 17, has an offer of two A*s and two As to read chemical engineering via nat- ural sciences. MusicianAisling has Grade 8 in piano and cello, which she plays in the Halle Youth Orchestra. Principal of King’s Sixth Form, Richard Davies, said: “These young people have been given offers in some of the most com- petitive subjects at one of the world’s most demanding academic institutions.” PASSIONATE environmentalist 10-year-old Alys Price-Jones says a handwritten letter from the ‘Greatest Living Englishman’ will inspire her to be an advocate for amore sustainable planet. The Loreto Preparatory School pupil, who lives in Sale, sent her project on the planet’s threatened ecology with a letter of explanation to Sir David Attenboroughand receivedahandwritten replyby returnof post. Sir David wrote: “Alys, Thank you for letter. You are quite right to be angry about the damage humanbeings are inflictingon theEarthand I hope youwilldowhatyoucanandwhereyoucantohelp. BestWishes, DavidAttenborough.” Alys, pictured, said: “I couldn’t believe he could find time towrite tome. He’s is definitely the great- est living Englishman and someone that I and all my friends look up to and respect. I will treasure this letter for the rest of my life and my mum is going toget it framed.” She added: “It is up to everyone, young and old, tomake a difference. Protests are all well and good, but it is action we need. Action to reduce the use of plastic bags and bottles. Action to use more renewable energy and action to reduce the amount of redmeat we all eat. I recycle now. Back to school for parents Sir David is an inspiration to Alys Cambridge offer for young scientists I prefer towalk thanhavemumanddad takemeon short journeys and I am trying to eat more plants and we can all do the same. I am always on at my mumanddadabout this and tobe fair they are tak- ing it onboard and agreewithme.” Loreto Preparatory School head teacher Anne Roberts said:“Alys is a verybright and compassion- ate girl and like all of our pupils is very concerned about the future of the planet. Sir David must receive so many requests so all of us at Loreto Preparatory School, pupils and teachers alike, were delighted that he has recognised the excellence of Alys’school project.What awonderfulman.”