Our weekly Conversation Club moved from Tuesday to Wednesday this week because of the Bank Holiday. This week the teachers leading the hour-long discussion were Andy and Lee. We also went on a walking trip to St. Ann’s Church and to the magnificent John Ryland’s Library. John Ryland’s Library is a Victorian Gothic building and one of Manchester’s hidden secrets. It never fails to amaze and inspire.
On Thursday our students went with Tom to the National Football Museum. While this museum is an Aladdin’s Cave for football fans, it is also extremely interesting for anyone with an interest in British culture and anthropology. The fact this museum is free to enter really is incredible, and it is fast becoming part of the fabric of Manchester life.
On Friday we went to a beautiful, traditional English tea and cake shop in the trendy Northern Quarter. This gave students the opportunity to practice their English with an NCM teacher and also to meet other students from different levels – and, of course, to indulge in some truly delicious cakes!
We will start this week with a Conversation Club as normal. Tuesday Night Football will also be back – students should write their names at Reception if they want to play! It will cost just £3.50 per player.
On Wednesday we will visit the outstanding Imperial War Museum in Salford Quays. This free museum looks at the way war has affected our lives over the years and visiting it is a truly moving experience.
This Thursday we will visit Old Trafford, home to the world’s most famous football club, Manchester United. This fascinating tour and guide tell the story of Manchester United from day one, including the Munich air disaster, right up to the emergence of modern-day icons such as David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
On Friday our school will be transformed for the monthly Project Day. This month we will focus on Local History. Everything from the Industrial Revolution to sport will be covered, as well as the famous music scene of Manchester, which has delivered the world such bands as Oasis, The Smiths and New Order. It will be a great opportunity for our students to come together and mix with other classes, all the time practising their English skills.
On Saturday NCM teacher, Emma will take students to one of the biggest and best shopping centres in the world – The Trafford Centre! With hundreds of shops and Europe’s biggest food court, there is plenty to see and do. Students should sign their names at Reception and we will meet outside the school at 10:00 on Saturday morning.
As normal, if you have any questions about any of the events this week please come and ask me.
I look forward to seeing loads of new faces this week and beyond!
See you all soon – John Mandy