Students at Penwortham school rebuild school community

Posted on - 5th March, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Education, Penwortham, Preston News, Schools, South Ribble News
Mrs Cattanach’s Buddy Groups recorded a Christmas podcast. Picture: Penwortham Girls School

Students at Penwortham Girls’ High School have been rebuilding their school’s community following the pandemic.


Students worked on a number of community projects during the autumn term in ‘buddy forms’ which were made up of students across the year groups.

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Students wrote Christmas cards to local care homes, thank you letters to NHS staff, produced food parcels for the homeless and wrote to patients on the Children’s Ward at Blackpool Hospital.

Read more: Penwortham Girls’ High School encouraging more students to take on apprenticeships 

Students in years 7-9 have learnt more about the Fundamental British Value of democracy.


As part of their learning students were given the task to write a letter to an MP of an English constituency informing them of our school campaign to make Magna Carta Day, which occurs on 15 June a new English bank holiday.

Students learnt about the importance of the Magna Carta in securing greater rights for the English people, as well as discussing the benefits of an extra bank holiday on physical and mental wellbeing.

The campaign has been well received by MPs, with over 60 writing personal responses to students. Most notably, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry have sent written replies.

The most enthusiastic response has been from Andrew Rosindell MP for Romford, who wrote a superb response to a letter from a Year 7 student, enclosing the gift of a photograph of the Queen to celebrate the upcoming Jubilee.

Read more: Fulwood primary school receives tree donations 

Mrs Cattanach’s Buddy Groups worked incredibly hard in the session before Christmas to create a Christmas Podcast to send to local Care Homes and St. Catherine’s Hospice.

The students sang and performed together traditional carols such as Silent Night and more upbeat numbers such as ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’.

The girls were delighted to hear that the podcast had been well received and helped brighten the days of others during the festive period. Mrs Cattanach received a number of messages.

One response to the podcast was: “Thank you very much for taking the time to produce and send this video – it certainly put a smile on quite a few faces – please pass on our sincere thanks to all the performers, what a talented bunch you have at the school.”

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