The tour this year, had the highest quantity of travelling parental support ever seen. It was incredible and certainly inspired the boys to perform at their best. We were most fortunate to play all three matches in fantastic weather conditions.
The standard of cricket was very high and brought the best out of the Lady Barn squad. We played three different schools, with each game closely fought. Every pupil had a role to play in achieving three victories.
The camaraderie and team spirit was outstanding. The pupils and staff were smartly dressed in match kit, kindly organised by Joshua’s mum. It was a brilliant tour in which the Lady Barn family came together to enjoy some excellent cricket. Thank you also to Mr Slade and Mr Kingdom for giving up their time to support the boys.
Match 1: King’s Rochester 61 all out, LBHS 62 for 3
Match 2: King’s Canterbury 150 for 7, LBHS 154 for 2
The Manchester Arena was a new venue to participate in the ISA North regional athletics meeting. We were fully represented in every junior age category and raring to go.
A series of track heats and field events was the morning format. Lots of courage and endeavour was on show, as the Lady Barn competitors gave their all to qualify for the finals in the afternoon. There were many impressive performances.
Overall, we were highly competitive throughout the whole day. The pupils were a real credit to the school and were very supportive and encouraging towards every member of the Lady Barn athletics squad.
Year 4 Boys – Overall Winners
National ISA Athletics Qualifiers:
Emily W – 600m
William C – 600m
Rhys W – 75m Relay
Many thanks to Miss Critchley, Mrs Mills, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Pietkiewicz who helped to look after the pupils and to assist in the smooth running of the event.
Over the past two weeks, it has been a sheer delight to present almost sixty junior pupils with their hard-earned Research Award certificates and medals in two special assemblies.
Parents were invited to coffee before the event and enjoyed listening to the supervising teachers speak warmly about each child’s project and how much they had enjoyed supervising them.
Each child got the individual attention and praise they deserved and a Teacher’s Comments sheet to take away together with their shiny certificate and ‘Special Award’ medal.
We are truly thrilled that the take-up for the Research award has grown year upon year, but more importantly, how much the children (and staff) have enjoyed the opportunity to tell us about their passions.
Wednesday 8th June saw us welcome our final speaker of the year into junior assembly. Dr. Ansar Jawaid (dad of Mariam NJ) took time out from his biotechnology-company, Precision Medicines, based on the former AstraZeneca site in Alderley Edge, to tell us about the progress being made with drugs to treat cancer.
He gave us a brief outline of his background gaining his degrees in Genetics and his PhD at Kings’ College London and Oxford University, joining AstraZeneca 14 years ago. Two years ago, he set up his own company to develop cancer medicines using his expertise in genetics and pharmaceuticals to make drugs more effective by using a personalised medicine approach.
The children (and staff) were amazed that only 0.1% of drugs researched make it through to finally being used to treat patients and the huge cost, one to one and a half billion pounds, needed to develop effective medicines – even more than the wages of footballers such as Ronaldo! Ansar explained in simple terms what cancer is and how his company is working with other scientists and doctors in places such as The Christie Hospital here in Manchester and the USA to develop a very exciting drug to potentially cure breast cancer – this drug targets the ‘cancer initiating cells’ or ‘cancer stem cells’ that are believed to give rise to cancer as well as spreading cancer in the body, and shows great promise.
The children were riveted and asked some fantastic questions. When asked what had inspired him to become a scientist in this field, Ansar answered that it was not about the money for him, but about helping patients and having a positive effect on their lives. This had been perfectly demonstrated a few minutes earlier by a wonderful letter written by a mother whose cancer was in remission because of a drug which Ansar had worked on. She was so grateful particularly because she was able to see her daughter graduating in Law. What a wonderful way to round off this year’s Inspirational Speakers’ programme with such a positive message, not only about the fantastic work being done by so many scientists in this region, but also about what is important in life.
The last day before half-term saw us welcome former Lady Barner, Asra Shakoor into junior assembly. Asra still has two siblings at LBHS, Zain (Yr1) and Leila (Yr6) who were both in assembly to watch their big sister tell us about her job as a parliamentary researcher for the current Business Secretary, Sajid Javid. Asra talked fondly about her time at Lady Barn and how her history teachers had encouraged in her a love of history which was obvious as she spoke about the traditions of British democracy as practised in the Houses of Parliament. The children were fascinated by her slides of both chambers, breakfast on the House of Commons terrace and David Cameron’s first Cabinet meeting; one child even thought he could see Asra sitting at the end of the table in no 10 – Asra explained that unfortunately, she wasn’t at that Cabinet meeting and that her office is actually In the basement of the House of Commons! It was very obvious, however, that our pupils are well-informed about mainstream politics with most children recognising the leaders of the main political parties who Asra sees in the House of Commons on a regular basis. When asked what inspired her to pursue a career in politics, Asra told the children that she had loved being a School Councillor and later, at secondary school, taking part in activities such as MUN, the Model United Nations. So, with that in mind, we are now expecting to see many more Lady Barners working in the House of Commons and following in Asra’s footsteps. It was just wonderful welcoming back one of our ex pupils and we would like to thank her for taking the time to come back to school to inspire our current pupils.
Mrs J Flynn – AGT Coordinator
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