June NewsletterPosted on: 06/07/2017
What a month for MEA Central! I apologise for the delay in publishing this newsletter, but we’ve had some important recent events that I wanted to include in the update on our last full academic month before opening. There has been much to squeeze in to our days as preparations really start to accelerate – not only has the building come on leaps and bounds, but we have also been busy planning, recruiting and staging some very important and exciting events:
Topping Out Ceremony
On Thursday 29th June, the Topping Out Ceremony (an occasion to celebrate the completed construction of our building) took place on site at Lytham Road and was attended by everyone involved in the planning and development of MEA Central, including leads and representatives from our partners at Manchester City Council and Laing O’Rourke, as well as members of the Altius Trust team, primary headteachers and our local Councillors Ali and Akbar. It was a lovely afternoon where we celebrated our journey to this point and attendees were treated to a tour around the building and a lovely poem written and read by Zohaib, a future Central pupil who is currently Head Boy at Birchfields Primary School and sure to be one of our great public speakers in the future!
Year 6 Transition Day
On Tuesday we held our Y6 Transition Day at The Armitage Centre on the University of Manchester Campus, and what a wonderful day it was! The school finally came to life as our founder students came together with their teachers for the first time and took full advantage of the opportunity to make work hard, take part and be kind.
After being welcomed by Ms Reynard, students worked in groups to design and prepare pitches for an app which could help them get to school in safe and sustainable ways.
Four groups of finalists were picked and pitched to our judges who were Mr Eldon (the ‘mean’ judge!), Ms Reynard, Ms Reynolds and Ms Shabir from Central and Charlotte McHugh from TFGM. An all female group came out as the winners with their innovative ideas and an articulate, powerful and persuasive presentation. All of the finalists were of an impressive standard and Mr Eldon was convinced we had found not only leaders for the school, but some future Prime Ministers! Well done to all involved.
After a very tasty lunch, the afternoon was spent outside playing team games where there lots of friendly competition! While there were certainly some shining sports stars, it was most pleasing to note that every single student took part and tried their best – with many surprising themselves with what they were able to achieve.
Manchester United’s mascot, Fred The Red, made a special guest appearance for our group photo and lots of high fives before pupils left with goody bags. An amazing day and a fabulous start to MEA Central!
That’s all for this month. The newsletters will continue throughout the summer as the building opens and training begins, but follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for daily updates.