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The Ed. Podcast

The Ed. Podcast

By Cheadle Hulme School
Up-to-the-minute action from Cheadle Hulme School.

Tune in each month to hear guest presenters and a range of voices from the CHS community; you’ll be taken around the world on School trips, gain a glimpse behind the scenes, find out what is keeping the students busy outside their studies, and learn about CHS’s academic curriculum, find out what former students are up to, plus much, much more…

...and it’s all neatly packaged together with jingles composed by CHS’s talented musicians.

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On the line with CHS’s Giving Day callers
4 weeks since Cheadle Hulme School’s first Giving Day, experience the buzz and calling hub chatter for yourself; the School Council’s altruistic Sixth Form pupils reveal what it was like to really push themselves beyond their comfort zone and rise to the ultimate fundraising challenge; to call the School’s former students (Old Waconians), swap stories, and together raise more than £30,000 for The Bursary Fund. Head Boy, James and Head Girl Beth speak candidly about leading and supporting the Council team through the process, not to mention a spot of healthy competition! Council member Alex shares his own charitable highlights of becoming a Giving Day caller, and Mehar talks of what it was like to speak with the Old Waconian who helped fund his own place at CHS. Returning to the Ed. Podcast, Year 13 medic Maisha explains why Giving Day is still as relevant today as when she first became a Bursary Waconian herself. And the School’s Fundraising Manager, Jen Miller tells how Giving Day fed into the School’s “Amazing” campaign to offer support and increase social diversity within the CHS community.
16:24
November 26, 2020
Lest we forget: CHS Remembers
Bringing you a Remembrance special, Year 11 student Thomas is your host and guides you through Cheadle Hulme School’s annual Service of Remembrance. In the absence of a physical ceremony, usually held annually in front of the School’s main building, join students, staff and Old Waconians in marking 75 years since VE Day and VJ Day by listening to them recall the poignant story of the Spanish Flu, alongside a selection of readings, a 2-minute silence and the Last Post. Hear from an  Old Waconian (former pupil) currently serving on the Front Line, Lieutenant Jamie Grace, Class of 2012 who speaks directly from his base in Estonia; discover the hidden history of CHS’s Sundial memorial; and hit the high seas with Old Waconian doctor-in-training and Naval Officer, Hal Dewhurst, Class of 2016. Readings include; ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae, read by Lieutenant and Old Waconian, Jamie Grace, Class of 2012 James Niven’s Story, read by Year 8 pupils, Alex Viveash and Emmie Roberts Reconciliation by Siegfried Sassoon, read by CHS Infant & Junior School Head, Mr Vincent Weightman CHS Story: Old Waconian Frances E Smith, read by Year 11 students Josh Chalk and Charlotte Freeman Sonnet by John Buxton, read by CHS Deputy Head (Academic), Mr Nick Axon Excerpt from Pandemic 1918 by Catharine Arnold, read by Head Boy, James Whelan Can We Start Over, read by Mrs Jessica Feraille There Will be Peace, read by Head Girl, Beth Harrison Extract from ‘The Fallen’ read by CHS Head, Mr Neil Smith
30:59
November 11, 2020
How hot is your Design and Technology?
Year 9 host Annie takes you on a trip through Pentagon Yard and dashes past Derby Building to bring you a special episode from Cheadle Hulme School's Design & Technology workshops. As well as budding engineers, its where thinkers and problem-solvers prepare their portfolios, sketch out their ideas, and work on hefty machinery to create an array of impressive projects… speakers… bike racks…. wall clocks… mobile phone holders… you name it! And its where those creative sparks of inspiration often lead to the students pursing their love of design and STEM at university and beyond. Meet CHS Teacher of Design & Technology, Mrs Metcalfe and Year 10 student Maham, the winner of the DT Department’s Cheadle Chilli Challenge who reveal more about the Department's latest skills competition which asks students, hot is your Design and Techology? Old Waconian, David Hunt, Class of 1998, the Chief Digital Officer and CEO at Havas Health & You beams in from his home in California, to reveal more about his own journey from being a pupil at CHS with a passion for problem-solving and how Waconians can use their curiosity and creativity to have a greater impact upon society. PLUS! Hear CHS Director of Technology, Mr Luke Dunn reveal how the School uses real-world contexts to challenge pupils; how paperwork is becoming a thing of the past; and how Design Technology has become a vital part of growing extra skills including independent learning and project management.
23:41
November 5, 2020
Meet your new student hosts
Your newest hosts Annie, Thomas and Sol kick off Season 2 by saying hello and introducing themselves so you can get to know them a little better, - Before they begin sharing all the action from Cheadle Hulme School, Year 9 pupils Annie and Sol, and Year 11 pupil Thomas give a taster of what the CHS experience is really like.  - What are their favourite School subjects? - What are their dream careers? - Which co-curricular activities do they take part in? - What was it like starting as a pupil at CHS? - What is truly, the BEST thing about Cheadle Hulme School? - In our new shorter, more focused, Ed. Podcast format hear how they answered each of these questions (and more!) before they take to the mic and present their own episodes about a variety of exciting topics from across the School. - cheadlehulmeschool.co.uk
15:03
October 22, 2020
A Question of CHS Sport – Part 2
In a special, double episode, new hosts Sol, Annie and Thomas celebrate the end of another season of sporting success at Cheadle Hulme School – and what lies ahead for its young athletes of the future. - Over 60 minutes – and some extra time! – take a hop, skip and jump across the School’s netball and tennis courts, hit the hockey, football, rugby and cricket pitches, stretch out in The Gym, Pavilion and Fitness Suite, and make a splash in The Swim as we discuss CHS sport in terms of mind, body and spirit. - What is CHS’s Elite Sports pathway and High Performance Programme really like? Rising sports stars Ollie, Pan and Hannah share their experience. Meet newly appointed CHS Head of Elite Performance Mr Groves, and join CHS’s sports coaches in a special Team Talk. - There’s Football Focus with Mr Wood and Mrs Currie-Hateley; they discuss the increasing number of girls turning to football for fitness and playing competitively, and ace Defender Megan gives her own take on what she enjoys most about the game. - Hear advice from special guests; Blackburn Rovers F.C.’s Performance Nutritionist and Director and Founder of 'I, IGOR', Callum Edwards talks nutrition, and CHS Parent and Director of Harris and Ross Physiotherapy, Jeff Ross (alongside CHS Coach Ashley Young) discusses the importance of Strength & Conditioning. - Junior athletes pitch some challenging questions to CHS Junior School Sports Coach, Mr Cartwright about developing athleticism from a young age; CHS Swimming Coach Mrs Vernon reflects upon the altruistic swimmers who took on the overnight Cheadle Channel Challenge, and Sarah Jackson, Class of 2016 talks alternative sport as she shares her own experience from CHS student to professional windsurfer in regular feature, Old Waconian of the Month. - CHS Coaches and international athletes Miss Thomas and Mr Brown, reveal how their personal experiences of representing their country in netball and cricket has helped their students. - And as a special cheerio to cricket fan and CHS Second Master, Mr Winter - after good innings as a much-loved member of staff for the past 27 years - he picks the Old Waconians who would make up his ‘all-star’ first eleven. - Part 2 (Episode 11): Junior Sport | Strength & Conditioning | Cheadle Channel Challenge | OWOTM | Mr Winter’s First Eleven Cricket | Staff Experience = Student Experience | Team Talk pt.2 - Part 1 (Episode 10): Team Talk pt.1 | Elite Performance Vs High Performance | Food & Sport | Football Focus
1:16:54
September 1, 2020
A Question of CHS Sport – Part 1
In a special, double episode, new hosts Sol, Annie and Thomas celebrate the end of another season of sporting success at Cheadle Hulme School – and what lies ahead for its young athletes of the future. - Over 60 minutes – and some extra time! – take a hop, skip and jump across the School’s netball and tennis courts, hit the hockey, football, rugby and cricket pitches, stretch out in The Gym, Pavilion and Fitness Suite, and make a splash in The Swim as we discuss CHS sport in terms of mind, body and spirit. - What is CHS’s Elite Sports pathway and High Performance Programme really like? Rising sports stars Ollie, Pan and Hannah share their experience. Meet newly appointed CHS Head of Elite Performance Mr Groves, and join CHS’s sports coaches in a special Team Talk. - There’s Football Focus with Mr Wood and Mrs Currie-Hateley; they discuss the increasing number of girls turning to football for fitness and playing competitively, and ace Defender Megan gives her own take on what she enjoys most about the game. - Hear advice from special guests; Blackburn Rovers F.C.’s Performance Nutritionist and Director and Founder of 'I, IGOR', Callum Edwards talks nutrition, and CHS Parent and Director of Harris and Ross Physiotherapy, Jeff Ross (alongside CHS Coach Ashley Young) discusses the importance of Strength & Conditioning. - Junior athletes pitch some challenging questions to CHS Junior School Sports Coach, Mr Cartwright about developing athleticism from a young age; CHS Swimming Coach Mrs Vernon reflects upon the altruistic swimmers who took on the overnight Cheadle Channel Challenge, and Sarah Jackson, Class of 2016 talks alternative sport as she shares her own experience from CHS student to professional windsurfer in regular feature, Old Waconian of the Month. - CHS Coaches and international athletes Miss Thomas and Mr Brown, reveal how their personal experiences of representing their country in netball and cricket has helped their students. - And as a special cheerio to cricket fan and CHS Second Master, Mr Winter - after good innings as a much-loved member of staff for the past 27 years - he picks the Old Waconians who would make up his ‘all-star’ first eleven. - Part 1 (Episode 10): Team Talk pt.1 | Elite Performance Vs High Performance | Food & Sport | Football Focus - Part 2 (Episode 11): Junior Sport | Strength & Conditioning | Cheadle Channel Challenge | OWOTM | Mr Winter’s First Eleven Cricket | Staff Experience = Student Experience | Team Talk pt.2
1:06:51
September 1, 2020
The Ed. Podcast presents... Class of 2020
Meet the Class of 2020 as they prepare for life beyond Cheadle Hulme School. Virtually broadcasting from CHS’s Sixth Form Centre, join the Upper Sixth as they take their next steps and become Old Waconians. Hear what leaving CHS means to the students who have had to say a socially-distanced goodbye to their classmates as they reflect on their School days of the past, make career plans in the present, and discuss their hopes for the future. What are Class of 2020’s highlights? Which unforgettable moments will they share as they chat about the teachers who have inspired them and the qualities that make CHS unique? And in these unpredictable times, Head Girl, Laura reveals what working in a post-pandemic world could look like for her as she pursues her dream of becoming a travel writer. As for what the Class of 2020 can expect from their first year as Old Waconians? Brandon Few, Class of 2014, gives his own insight and tells how it’s never been so easy to stay connected with the School, not to mention why those reunions and opportunities for networking, mentoring and volunteering have never been so important. PLUS: Graduation congratulations from Head of Sixth Form, Mr Axon; and President of the Old Waconians’ Association, broadcaster and Strictly Come Dancing star, Katie Derham, Class of 1988 officially welcomes the Class of 2020 to the Old Waconian community. cheadlehulmeschool.co.uk
47:55
June 22, 2020
We are One CHS
Delving further into the world of Cheadle Hulme School, this time, we bring CHS even closer to home; hear how the School has been tackling the period of enforced remote learning through the eyes of CHS’s families, students and staff as they share their own Covid-19 lockdown stories and how, even when we’re apart under these difficult circumstances, CHS is all in this together. Virtually visit the homes of some CHS families who send an audio postcard ‘from our home’ and share their own lockdown survival guides; students talk from their Waconian workspaces about their remote learning experience; and teachers share pages from their School planners and talk about what lockdown looks like for them as they ensure students’ education and wellbeing needs are met alongside the needs of their own families. There’s even remote Form Time fun with Year 11 and Year 9, a poem from Old Waconian former student Fred Cornes, Class of 1957 and hear how CHS has been supporting those in need; take a trip to the Design & Technology Department production line as they create PPE face shields for the NHS and Jonathan Billings of Stockport homelessness charity The Wellspring explains how you can support them with the One CHS Challenge. Stay safe everyone! #OneCHS
1:08:35
May 13, 2020
Is that Spring in your step… or are you just pleased to hear from us?
It’s the Spring term so we’re celebrating all the exciting news and activities from across the School that the season has to offer… With Sixth Form host James as your guide, get to know CHS’s newest teachers; Junior School Deputy Head Mrs Feraille reveals more about her role and hobbies, as well as those of Senior School Teacher of Computing, Business & Economics, Mrs Barr. In honour of International Women’s Day, CHS’s girls choosing STEM subjects as part of their career paths reveal more about their entries into the School’s annual Peter Bullock prize. The Junior girls tell why playing rugby is just one of many spots they’ve been getting stuck into, and travel to India with Old Waconian of the Month, Class of 1968’s Nicola Tansley who gives an insight into her volunteer work with underprivileged Tibetan communities. Sixth Form students also navigate the current COVID-19 lockdown; Year 13 violinist Daniel tells more about the rehearsals which were taking place for the cancelled Spring Concert and Year 12 Young Enterprise team Managing Director Rami reveals the secret to his team’s success after becoming Area Winners of the national competition.
47:49
March 31, 2020
The Ed.Podcast presents... John Thomson
Sixth Form host James introduces a new ‘in focus’ series, The Ed Podcast presents… with a new format that will allow you to spend some quality time in the company of those with their own unique connection to Cheadle Hulme School (CHS). In this episode get to know writer, comedian, actor and all-round television personality John Thomson. Joining CHS Head, Mr Smith, at the School’s ChEd Talk event, John discusses his past, present and future, giving a candid insight into his story so far. You can hear the Cold Feet, Men Behaving Badly and Fast Show star speak about what it’s really like to work in the creative world of television and we delve a little deeper into the roles which have made him a household name. He even tells of what it was like to grow up as an aspiring comedian and performer in Salford and Manchester, then becoming part of the city’s Comedy circuit performing at Chorlton’s Buzz Club with fellow impressionists Caroline Aherne, Paul Whitehouse and Steve Coogan. The conversation also explores the challenges actors face on the international stage as John takes us from LA to what he has in store for the future. Not to mention a few extra surprises along the way…
1:03:36
February 29, 2020
Healthy New Year
In the fifth episode, The Ed. Podcast wishes all its listeners a Healthy New Year! If you’re a resolution maker – particularly one embarking upon a new active regime with plenty of exercise and healthy eating – hear top tips from CHS sports scholars who talk motivation, as well as from Nick of CHS’s catering team Independents By Sodexo, giving his own nutritional words of wisdom. They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about your mental health? CHS School Counsellor Rachel Vora gives a few of her own suggestions for combating exam stress and Seasonal Affective Disorder, whilst Year 7 Book Club discuss their favourite reads they have enjoyed during some moments of calm. Get energetic with the Senior School Zumba Class, find out more about what it’s really like to be a Year 6 studying for the Senior School entrance exams and catch up with Solicitor and Class of 1994’s Warren Heyman, this episode’s ‘Old Waconian of the Month.’
37:27
January 31, 2020
The most wonderful time of the year!
Our fourth episode of The Ed. Podcast explores the festive and the altruistic side of life at CHS. Year 13 host James is here to guide you through a seasonal offering of carols and good deeds as students and staff tell how they’ll be celebrating this special time of year and helping to support others… Enjoy a seasonal soundtrack provided by CHS’s very own Senior Chorus, Schola Cantorum… not to mention a few of the sweetest, most angelic voices from our Infant and Junior singers. Get festive with news of what happened when a team of CHS students hosted ‘Coffee, cake and carols’ for the elderly residents of their local community and find out exactly what goes into making 1400 Christmas dinners with CHS’s Head Chef from award-winning catering team, Independents by Sodexo. Students tell how they spend their time volunteering with some incredible charitable organisations; find out how the Juniors have been showing ‘Compassion’ at Christmas and, like Old Waconian of the Month, Rachel Gunn (Class of 2013) are striving to protect the environment. Bursary student Maisha discusses how the Bursary fund could be one of the most important gifts to offer this season; and hear how a team of 40 students have been preparing to help Peruvian communities when they embark upon a vital and enriching international expedition in 2020. 06:54   Juniors talk “Compassion” at Christmas 10:27   International Volunteer Day – students share their acts of Altruism 15:16   Discussing the CHS Bursary Fund – Sixth Form Bursary student Maisha in conversation with best friend Abby 10:56   Top Christmas dinner tips from CHS Head Chef, Andy Wilcox 30:13   CHS’s Junior green warriors reveal all about the Eco Council 33:21   OWOTM: Marine biology and conservation careers with Rachel Gunn, Class of 2013 37:35   Coffee, cakes and carols for the local community 40:06   Behind the scenes: Juniors and Infants prepare for their festive shows 41:43   Preparing for Peru – students talk fundraising and supporting the Peruvian community
48:13
December 19, 2019
What is it to be Academic?
Our third episode of The Ed. Podcast explores the Academic side of life at CHS. Year 13 host James guides you through a series of interviews and discussions about what it means to ‘be academic’ and the way students’ learning is incorporated into life at CHS. You can hear what students and their teachers really think about homework; find out more about what a typical day involves for Old Waconian of the Month and Deputy Head of the North West Crown Prosecution Service, Annabel Hartley; and Deputy Head (Teaching & Curriculum), Mr Richardson chats with Year 6 parent Mrs Entwistle about what to expect from the School’s curriculum beginning September 2020. Pop into the Christopher Simon building to find out about the 25 languages spoken across the School and how to help your child with their linguistic studies, hear what Year 4 most enjoyed about their trip to Manchester’s Science & Industry Museum, get a flavour of co-curricular activity, Model United Nations and learn about what’s involved in the Oxbridge application process. 05:40   Homework: Year 9 student Louisa investigates… 09:53   Old Waconian of the Month: Deputy Head of Crown Prosecution Service in the North West, Annabel Hartley, Class of 1993 13:19   Curriculum Question Time: Year 6 parent Mrs Entwistle interviews CHS Deputy Head (Teaching & Curriculum), Mr Richardson 21:14   A love of learning languages: CHS Head of Languages, Mr Wilson and Stephen Spender prize-winning languages student 33:16   Science fun with Year 4 36:52   What Did You Do Today? Model United Nations at CHS (MUNCH) 47:28   The path to Oxbridge: Sixth Form students and CHS Oxbridge co-ordinator, Mrs Barfoot
1:03:54
December 17, 2019
More Art Not Less
In the second episode of The Ed. Podcast, Year 13 host James takes you on a journey through the artistic side of life at the School across music, art, drama, and literature. Hear what‘s been inspiring the Juniors during their art lessons; take a trip to Boston and New York with CHS’s literature students; meet rising student band The Schrutes as they prepare for G!G; Head of Art, Mr Hayley reveals his own artistic inspirations; and become an honorary member of The School Council as they welcome you to one of their weekly meetings. Find out what it’s like to paint in front of a live audience at Manchester Art Fair; meet Theatre Director and "Old Waconian of the Month", George Perrin; catch up with the cast of Senior School production, The Crucible, and find out more about CHS’s Sixth Form Arts Pathway and Arts Award. 05:52 Arts Pathway and Arts Award: Ms Harms and Mrs Gardner 14.20  Arts Pathway and Arts Award: Sixth Form students 18:10 Junior School Art: Year 6 students and Mrs Flynn 26:37 Get ready for G!G: Mr Lawrence 33:00  Get ready for G!G: The Schrutes 39:50 Meet The Cast: Senior School Production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible 46:56 Old Waconian of the Month: George Perrin, Class of 1999 – Theatre Director 49:50 New York New York: Literature students and Mr Axon visit the USA 54:00 What Did You Do Today? CHS School Council 56:30 Manchester Art Fair: Student live painters 58:52 My life in art: Mr Hayley, Head of Art
1:04:58
November 7, 2019
New Beginnings
In the first episode of The Ed. Podcast, Year 13 host James is your guide, as students from across the school tell how they've been settling in to their 'back to school' routines. Hear what CHS's Sixth Form students think of their new Sixth Form Centre; Year 7 talk about their residential trip; and CHS Director of Sport Mr Higgins reflects on the School's most successful season yet. Meet mathematician and "Old Waconian of the Month", Kit Yates; hear what CHS's young scientists got up to during the summer at bluedot festival and enjoy hearing the students interview a few of the newest members of staff.
59:05
September 30, 2019