Eaton Bank Academy

Your EBA Blogging Team – Eva Dean, Olivia Jackson, Nell Painter, Toby Turfrey and Oscar Ward



March Edition

2018’s Mother’s Day took place on the 11th of March.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. Most people celebrate this day by giving gifts to their mothers or even their grandmothers.

Mrs Mahmoud Miss B Williams Mrs Wardle
What makes mother’s day special to you? Spending time with my children and when they make me Mother’s Day cards and make me breakfast in bed. It is an opportunity to show the people you love that you appreciate them and what they do in life. I get to see my children as well as my grandchildren
Who do you celebrate this day with? I usually spend the day visiting my mum and seeing all of her grandchildren, which can get busy. Other than that I spend the day with my children. I spend the day with my children and my husband, so it’s just the four of us. I also see my mum. I see my mum and my children will come to visit me. We would also make a big family dinner.
Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions? We have a nice family meal and I enjoy watching my husband do the housework. No No
What does Mother’s day mean to you? I think that it’s nice to show my mum how much she is appreciated, and because I have children of my own I feel appreciated as well which is nice. It is also the little things such as being kind and not spending too much money. Family. I think that it is important to show others that they are not taken for granted. As you get older you start to appreciate your mum being here. Also spending time with my family is also nice.


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Ideas for Spring

  • Take up a sport
  • Running/ jogging
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Do gardening

Plans for Easter Break

  • Spring cleaning
  • Eat Healthily
  • Resolutions
  • Plans for half term
  • Holiday
  • Taking up hobbies
  • Easter traditions
  • Family activities
  • Reading or write your own story
  • Watch films
  • Build shelters for wild animals
  • Bug hunt
  • Egg hunt

10 Easter Facts

  1. In 2007, an egg covered in diamonds sold for almost £9 million. The egg is very special because, every hour, a cockerel made of jewels pops up from the top of the egg, flaps its wings four times, nods its head three times and makes a crowing noise!
  2. The tallest chocolate Easter egg ever was made in Italy in 2011. At 10.39 metres in height and 7,200 kg in weight, it was taller than a giraffe and heavier than an elephant!
  3. The Easter Bunny tradition made its way to the US in the 18th century. It is believed to have originated in Europe where it was actually the Easter Hare. Other Easter traditions include wearing Easter bonnets, making Easter baskets and having Easter egg hunts.
  4. Easter is celebrated at different times by Eastern and Western Christians. That’s because the dates for Easter in Eastern Christianity are based on the Julian Calendar.
  5. The white lily, the symbol of the resurrection, is the special Easter flower.
  6. The traditional act of painting eggs is called Pysanka.
  7. The name Easter owes its origin from Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon goddess who symbolizes hare and egg.
  8. Americans consume over 16 million jellybeans on Easter, enough to circle the globe three times over
  9. 76% of people eat the ears on chocolate bunnies first
  10. Households spend £94 on Easter each year, over £10 billion in total.


International Womens’ Day

International Woman’s Day is celebrated every year on the 8th of March, it celebrates women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. 2018 marks the 100 anniversary of when some women in 1918 were given the right to vote, however the women had to be over 30 and owned land, or be married and their husband own property.  The group of women that fought for this to happen were the suffragettes. The suffragettes   The Suffragists, a predominantly middle-class group of women, campaigned using peaceful tactics to successfully achieve the right for some women to vote. In 1928, under the Equal Franchise Act, women in the UK were granted equal voting rights, increasing the number of eligible female voters from 8 million to 15 million.

The bloggers have chosen our top  inspirational women that we feel will empower our generation of strong independent women.

The Greatest Showman Review

In The Greatest Showman, Hugh Jackman plays the father of entertainment, Phineas Taylor Barnum. In the movie, Barnum is shown to be an entrepreneur, a dreamer, a family man, an idealist, an underdog and a proto-modern evangelist for diversity (he has circus turns of all shapes and sizes). The film also features Zac Efron playing Phillip Carlyle, a fresh faced trust-fund figure who has had some success with legitimate theatre. And Zendaya, who plays the African-American trapeze artist Anne Wheeler.

Barnum’s career is interestingly depicted as something which shows how show business moved from the margins to the mainstream: from a wacky circus tent to something at the very centre of American life. Here is the rackety and cheerfully disreputable vaudeville from which Barnum made his fortune: the macabre wax figures of historical figures and exotic stuffed animals, the cabinet of strange curiosities, the human freaks whose backgrounds and anatomical achievements he may have exaggerated just a trifle. And then we had the live-action circus acts that he tried next. Barnum is lowbrow, and proud of it. But he is shown here respecting highbrow. Barnum’s young daughter is aspiring to be a great ballet dancer. Barnum is shown gambling his reputation on promoting the “Swedish songbird” Jenny Lind, played by Rebecca Ferguson, warbling her undemanding ballads, somewhere between the unwholesome shock on which Barnum made his fortune and the elevated fare that Barnum admired. Phineas gambles a lot of his own money on promoting a tour for Jenny. Perhaps he gambled his domestic happiness, as well, possibly betraying his wife and children by having an affair with her, although this film leaves it ambiguous as to whether he actually committed adultery. To conclude, The Greatest Showman is an exciting musical that is great for everyone!


February Edition

Meet the students

Izzie Gayle Mia (Year 9) Clarisse Stubbs
What’s your favourite subject? What’s your favourite subject? Art because its creative Art text
What are you doing over the half term? I’m going Spain I’m going Scotland Wales
What is your favourite pancake topping? Maple syrup Nutella and strawberries Nutella
What do you think about valentine’s day? I like it because I think is adorable I think is it a useless holiday Love
Describe Eaton Bank Academy in words Fab, fun, friends Good, friends, education Study, friends

High School Musical



What is your role in the musical? What is your favourite song from the musical? Who is your favourite character in the musical? What is your favourite musical? Why did you decide to join ‘High School Musical’? Can you describe the musical in three words?
Oscar Eckersley Ryan Stick to The Status Quo Zeke Guys & Dolls I enjoy musicals It’s pretty good!
Toby Turfrey Zeke Stick to The Status Quo Ryan Footloose I enjoy musicals A modern classic
Maya Hicklin Jackie Scott Stick to The Status Quo Sharpay Hamilton I enjoy musicals Come see it!
Mr Abbott  Band Leader/M.D. Stick to The Status Quo Ryan Jesus Christ Super Star Singing, dancing and basketball
Mrs Sheard  Choreographer Stick to The Status Quo Sharpay Starlight Express Full of fun
Miss Williams  Director Get’cha Head in The Game I love them all! Les Misarables Feel good, fab!


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New Years’ Resolutions

We have asked people in different year groups if they made new year’s resolutions and whether they kept them or not.

The bloggers predict that the younger year group will have made more new year’s resolutions than the older year group, however we think that only a small percentage will have kept through this month.

Please click on the graphs below to enlarge.


January Edition

The Bloggers welcome you back to school. We hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year!


New Year’s Resolutions

These are top 10 most popular adults’ new year’s resolutions.

  1. Exercise more (38 percent)
  2. Lose weight (33 per cent)
  3. Eat more healthily (32 per cent)
  4. Take a more active approach to health (15 per cent)
  5. Learn a new skill or hobby (15 per cent)
  6. Spend more time on personal wellbeing (12 per cent)
  7. Spend more time with family and friends (12 per cent)
  8. Drink less alcohol (12 per cent)
  9. Stop smoking (9 per cent)
  10. Other (1 per cent)

How long do people keep their resolutions?

Only 8 percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions, according to one commonly cited statistic. There are many reasons people can’t stick to their resolutions, from setting too many of them to getting derailed by small failures.  Of the 63% of UK adults who failed to keep a New Year’s resolution, here is how long their last broken one lasted.

– less than a year 86%

– one month or less 66%

– less than 3 months 80%

– less than a year 86%

The History of New Year Resolutions

Most of us create New Year’s Resolutions as a way to add change to our lives, quit a bad habit or start something new. But why do we do this?

The ancient Babylonians are said to have been the first people to make New Year’s resolutions, around 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to hold recorded celebrations in honour of the new year—though for them the year began not in January but in mid-March, when the crops were planted. They made promises to their gods to pay their debts and return anything that they had borrowed, these promises could be considered as New Year’s Resolutions. If the people kept to their promises to their (pagan) Gods, then they would be rewarded.

In the ancient Romans Julius Caesar established January the 1st as the start of the New year, named after Janus the two faced God. Believing Janus symbolically looked backwards into the past year and ahead into the future.

New Year Reads – Movie Edition

Meet the students

Sam Vincent (Year 11) Cody Pedley (Year 9)
What did you do over Christmas? Went shopping Visited friends and family
What did you get for Christmas? Money and clothes Money and fluffy socks, pandora
Did you do anything on new year? Yes Yes
If so what did you do? Went out Went out for a meal with friends
Have you made any new year’s resolutions? Yes Yes
If so what are they? Work harder To be healthier
Have you kept up with them so far? Yes No!

Christmas Edition

Meet the Staff – Mr O’Neill

What is your favourite thing during Christmas?

The sense of anticipation

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Pipes of peace

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Full Christmas meal on Christmas Eve

If you could choose anywhere to go on Christmas where would you go?
Someplace cold, maybe Norway and see the Northern lights.

If you could have any famous guests round for Christmas, Dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

William Shakespeare

I would ask him about his plays and poems

Describe Christmas in 3 words

Exciting, Homely and Decorations

Friday 8th December heavy snow struck Congleton and the following day snowmen were being made and everyone was excited. Here is some pictures of the snow at school.




Christmas Concert(s)

On Saturday the 9th of December, our school choir, ‘Encore’, performed multiple different songs, carols and medleys. They performed at the Congleton Daneside Theatre with the Rotary Club of Congleton Silk Brass.
Then, on Tuesday the 12th of December, the Eaton Bank Academy Music Department performed in a ‘Christmas Celebration’. There was an almost sold out audience. The show featured many different acts performing such as:
• The Violets – ‘What If I’ – Original Song
• The 6th Form band & Oscar Eckersley – ‘Let Me Entertain You’ – Originally by Robbie Williams
• The percussion band – ‘The Hustle’ – Originally by Van McCoy
• The Year 10 band – ‘Blues loop’ – Original Song
• Lower school vocals – ‘Should Have Been a North Pole Elf’ – Originally by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
• Encore – ‘Al Shlosha D’varim’ – Originally by Allan Naplan
• Year 7 Singers – ‘Electricity’ – Originally by Elton John
This will be the last musical event for a few months, but don’t worry because it will soon be February 2018 when High School Musical is to be performed at the Daneside theatre.
Get Ready Wildcats!

List of some of the greatest Christmas hits!

Dean Martin- let it snow!
Bing Crosby- It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmas time
Sia- Santa’s coming for us
Shakin Stevens-Merry Christmas Everyone
Ariana Grande- Santa Tell Me
Boney M- Mary’s Boy Child/ Oh My Lord
Band Aid 30- Do they know It’s Christmas
Sam Smith- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The Pogues- Fairytale of New York
Lily Allen-Somewhere Only We Know
David Bowie and Bing Crosby-Little Drummer Boy
Chris De Burgh- A Spaceman came Travelling
Jose Feliciano- Feliz Navidad
Jackie Evancho- We’re walking in the air.

Meet the Staff – Mrs Wardle

What is your favourite thing during Christmas?
Used to be called the Christmas Fairy
Seeing family get together

What is your favourite Christmas song?
Jethro Tull- Ring out solstice bells

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Cook ham on Christmas eve

If you could choose anywhere to go on Christmas where would you go?
See northern lights- somewhere snowy

If you could have any famous guests round for Christmas, Dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
Jack Nicholson – be fun “cracking sense of humour”

Describe Christmas in 3 words
Peace, Love and Tinsil

Five Reasons why ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens is still relevant in 2017

  • There is still a large gap between the rich and poor in society.
  • There is a stereotype for the poor (that they don’t work hard) this novella breaks the stereotype and changes people’s views and opinions.
  • People that are more fortunate in life should be kinder and more generous to the less fortunate.
  • Redemption can happen and people can change, forgiveness is important.
  • Ignorance and Want have become a huge part of our culture and most people are only interested in things when money is involved. A Christmas Carol shows the importance of why people’s attitudes should change, to avoid being Ignorant and Want.

Meet the Staff – Mrs Davies, School Receptionist

Favourite thing about Christmas?


Favourite Christmas song?

White Christmas

Do you have any traditions?

Having the whole family play games

If you could choose anywhere to be for Christmas where would you be?


Name a famous you would like to celebrate Christmas with?

Milton Jones

3-word summary of Christmas:

Love, Magic and Happiness


Meet the Students…Christmas Questions

Mackenzie Jackson Year 9

Alfie Stevens Year 9

What is your favourite thing about Christmas? All of Christmas day


The pigs in blankets


What’s your favourite Christmas song?


All I want for Christmas


Fairy tale of New York


Do you have any Christmas traditions?


I go to my Grandma’s at night and meet my whole family and we have a party


My presents are in certain places


If you could choose any where to go where would you go for Christmas?


The North Pole




If you could have any famous guest round for Christmas (past or present) who would you have round?


Ariana Grande


Amy Winehouse


Describe Christmas in 3 words


Best thing ever


My favourite time



Christmas Reads…


November Edition

Meet the Students



Lucy Barrow


Penny Woodward

What A-levels did you take?  History, Sociology and English Language  Business, Economics, Btec Sport and Maths
 What are you planning on doing when you leave school?  Probably get an apprenticeship  Gap Year
 What do you want to do when you are older?  Don’t know!  Don’t know!
 What do you do in your free time?  Go to the gym  Football
 What advice would you give to the year 11’s  Don’t panic and grab every opportunity Think hard, know what you’re doing
 What’s the best thing about being a 6th Former?  More independence Free lessons, more independence


Story of the Month!

First look at Eaton Bank Academy’s exciting new musical!

This month saw the beginning of next year’s school musical… High School Musical. The lead roles Troy and Gabriella will be played by Olly & Lilly. To start the rehearsal process, we went to the Gulliver’s world hotel in Warrington. Whilst we were there we used the facilities to successfully run through all of Act 1. You can view a video of Mr Ayebare & Mr Abbot singing ‘Stick to the status quo’ on the performing arts twitter page @ebaPerfArts

You can also see the full list of songs and who performs them below.

Act One

Wildcat Cheer – Cheerleaders, Company
Start of Something New – Troy, Gabriella, Company
Get’cha Head in the Game – Troy, Jocks
Get’cha Head in the Game (Reprise) – Troy, Jocks
Auditions(Bop to the Top/What I’ve Been Looking For) – Thespians, Ms. Darbus
What I’ve Been Looking For – Ryan, Sharpay
What I’ve Been Looking For (Reprise) – Troy, Gabriella
Cellular Fusion – Taylor, Chad, Martha, Zeke, Kelsi, Sharpay, Ryan, Company
Stick to the Status Quo – Ryan, Sharpay, Zeke, Martha, Ripper, Company

Act Two

I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Troy, Gabriella
Wildcat Cheer (Reprise) – Cheerleaders
Counting on You – Chad, Taylor, Martha, Zeke, Jocks, Brainiacs, Troy, Gabriella
When There Was Me and You – Troy, Gabriella, Company
Start of Something New (Reprise) – Troy, Gabriella
We’re All in This Together – Kelsi, Chad, Taylor, Jocks, Brainiacs
Bop to the Top – Ryan, Sharpay, Taylor, Thespians, Brainiacs
Breaking Free – Troy, Gabriella, Company
We’re All in This Together (Reprise) – Company
Megamix – Company

And for those of you that just can’t wait until February 2018 here is the main cast list and a teaser for the story.

Cast Synopsis

• Troy Bolton – Played by Olly
• Gabriella Montez – Played by Lilly
• Sharpay Evans – Played by Naomi
• Ryan Evans – Played by Oscar
• Chad Danforth Played by Sam
• Taylor McKessie – Played by Naomi

Troy Bolton, the star athlete at a small-town high school, falls for nerdy beauty Gabriella Montez at a holiday karaoke party. When they return to campus, Troy and Gabriella audition for the upcoming school musical. Meanwhile, the jealous Sharpay Evans conspires to squelch their chances. The two must struggle to make it to auditions while also meeting their existing obligations to the basketball team and the academic decathlon.If I had three words to describe the weekend I would say that it was exciting, exhausting and exuberant. High School Musical will be performed on the 13th,14th and the 15th of February 2018.

If I had three words to describe the weekend I would say that it was exciting, exhausting and exuberant.

High School Musical will be performed on the 13th,14th and the 15th of February 2018.

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October Edition

Story of the Month!

Phoebe and Orla welcome our YR 7’s with new football club!

The story of the month is about Phoebe Kensale (Year 10) and Orla Lea (Year 10) starting up a new football club, for Year 7’s to feel comfortable and make new friends! The bloggers thought that this should be the story of the month because they have created a club so that the younger students can express themselves, feel welcome and enjoy what they love to do!

What made you want to start the club?
“So when I was in year 7 I didn’t really know anyone and the way I made friends and connected with people and teachers was through sport. The first club I did was football and I loved it, so I really wanted to get a club going to encourage the new year sevens to come and try something new. Whether they end up loving or hating football, they have made new friends and tried something new!”

Who can join the club and when will it take place?
“The club is just for the year sevens on a Thursday night after school. Once they have got more confident with football it will be open for other year groups.”

What do you like most about the sport?
” I started playing football when I was 7 so I’ve been playing for 8 years. It’s just such a fun way to do exercise, all that matters is the game, no one cares how smart you are, who your friends are its just a way of zoning and enjoying yourself!”

What would you like to achieve with this club?
“In this club we would like the year sevens to become more confident in themselves and hopefully make new friends.”

What is your favourite thing about football?
“My favourite thing about football would be scoring goals and winning the matches.”

Meet the Students
Year 7




What’s your favourite subject?

“My favourite subject is PE because I just like sports”

“My favourite subject is Dance because it lets me express my feelings”

“My favourite subject is English because I like reading”

What do you like about the school so far?

“I like my friends more than anything else”

“I like the teachers because they are nice”

“I like how it has broadened my horizons”

What did you look forward to when you started the school year?


“Dance and Art”

“Making new friends”

Describe Eaton Bank Academy in 3 words

“Fun / Exciting / Opportunities”

“Amazing / Good / Fantastic”

“Fun / Cool / Exciting”

Sports Results for September

The boys football team played All Hallows in a game that ended up at 2-1 to All Hallows. Never mind boys- better luck next time!

The year seven girl’s netball A team played against Fallibroome Academy’s A team in a game that ended up 10-6 to Fallibroome. The year seven girl’s netball B team also played against Fallibroome Academy in a game that ended up 4-2 to Eaton Bank, Well Done Girls!  

Meet the Teachers


Miss Parker (English)

Mr Kennedy-Fowler (Science) 

Mr Davies (History)

Why did you decide to teach your subject?

“In high school I really enjoyed learning English mostly because of my teacher Miss Birks she really inspired me to start teaching, I also studied it in university and I love to talk about literature.”

“Because it’s the best subject.”

“I liked studying it in school and then decided to take it as a

degree and use it to get a job and teach others about history.”

Why did you choose to work at Eaton Bank?

“When I came to the school I really liked the atmosphere and the feel of the school. I also liked how nice and enthusiastic all the students were.”

“I used to teach at a university back in North Manchester then I moved in to this area so I came here.”

“I liked the feel of the place and I’d also heard great things about Eaton bank from some of the people I trained with.”

When did you join the school?

“September this year (2017)”

“September 2017”

“I joined around the same time that you did in 2014.”

Tell me something I don’t know about you

“I’m a hockey umpire so I have umpired some hockey games in Spain and Belgium.”

“I have a dog called Amber”

“I flew a plane when I was 16 or 17, I was with one of my friends who flew planes for people, so when his friend was about to fly some people his friend let him fly the plane back home.”

What do you love most about teaching at Eaton Bank?

“I love how the students are willing to give everything a go in my lessons.”

“I love the practical work and the different variety of classes.”

“I enjoy how the school takes the students on trips to historical places that they are learning about at the time, I also like the students and when we go on trips it shows how interested they are in the subject.”

Describe Eaton Bank in 3 words

“Freedom, welcoming and smiley”

“Vibrant, studious and hectic because there are always things going on.”

“Believe in success”

What’s the best book you have ever read?

“Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley.



“A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson”


“A Month in the Country” is my favourite book other people find it boring when I try and explain it to them but I love it.”


Things to do

From catching up on homework in the LRC to getting active in a club- there is something for everyone at EBA! The following is a list of things to do when you are bored at lunchtime or break times:

  • Sit with friends in the quad.
  • Do homework
  • Read a book from the LRC
  • Practise on mymaths
  • Practise on Spellzone
  • Relax on the field (During summer)
  • Practise football on the field
  • Partake in an extra curriculum activity
  • Go to a homework hub
  • Practise music on the IMacs
  • Finish off work in your form room
  • Go to a music lesson
  • Eat lunch in the cafeteria


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