Headteacher’s update

School Library

This week it was a pleasure to open the new Library which is located in the old Farm House building, and we are extremely grateful to Rachael Lucas for coming to open the Library.

Extensive renovations have taken place and there is a designated reading room, an area where intervention can take place as well as the Library which has been stocked with a variety of books which we have purchased, as well as those that have been kindly donated.

We are still keen to receive any donations of books for young adults and younger children, that are in good condition, so if you have any books that you wish to donate, please drop them into the office for the attention of Miss G Navin and the English department.

Year 11 Parent/Carer Information Evening

On Tuesday we held a meeting for Year 11 parents to offer guidance and support for them and their child working towards the GCSE Examination period. The PowerPoint will soon be available online and also emailed to parent/carers and should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office or Mrs Rae, Year 11 Leader. Thank you to all those parents who attended, your support for the school is much appreciated.

Enrichment Day

Yesterday we held our fourth enrichment day where students were off timetable and able to study subjects that are linked to the curriculum but in a different format. Please see below information on the fantastic activities the students took part in and a huge thank you to staff for all their additional preparation.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Enrichment Day – Thursday 12 April 2018

The theme for the day was centred around the SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) aspects of life and society. In Years 7, 8 and 9 the students focussed on a particular country, and the understanding of cultural differences and historical events. This ties in with the 2018 World Cup, which is taking place this summer in Russia.

Year 7 focused on Japan. The students worked around the Technology and Art department creating Japanese paddle fans, Noh masks, Tempura vegetables with sweet ginger dip, comic style art and origami paper folding.

Year 8 focused on China, in the subjects of PE, Music, Drama and Modern Foreign Languages. Chinese style dance, music, theatre, Tai Chi and folklore were studied and practised.

Year 9 focused on Russia, working in PE, History, Geography and Languages. The history and geography of Russia, Russian style Dance, and the Russian provinces within sport were discussed. In languages, they analysed France and their World Cup win in 1998 and how the team, which came from a number of different ethnic backgrounds, brought the country together in celebration. This was tied in with more recent events in France (Marine Le Pen). This covered SMSC in terms of understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity.

Year 10 focused on RE, and visited Liverpool to look at places of worship. Students visited the Anglican and Roman Catholic Cathedrals then compared and contrasted the acts of worship which occur in these places of worship. Students also visited the Orthodox Synagogue in Toxteth. Here, students were able to learn about the layout of a synagogue and the importance of religious symbolism. Staff at all three venues commented about the superb behaviour of the students.

Year 11 focused around the core subjects of English, Maths and Science in preparation for their GCSE exams. This was an extremely worthwhile day for them to cover aspects of the subjects in more depth.

Outstanding success

This week one of our past students Holly Hibbott was representing England at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Holly took part in 3 individual events, the 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle and the 4x200m freestyle relay. Despite her tender age and competing against some of the world top swimmers, Holly managed 3 personal bests in each of her individual events finishing 5th in the 200m and 4th in the 800m losing out on a medal on the last stroke. However our local girl came good in the 400m freestyle getting an exceptional Silver medal. She also added a bronze medal to her ever increasing medal collection in the women’s freestyle relay. The games were in the Gold Coast region of Australia in a town called Southport so maybe that brought her some good luck along the way. Well done Holly for being an inspirational role model to boys and girls in all sports at Stanley and we wish you continued success in your aspirations to go to the 2020 Olympics.

English

Not only was Monday 9th April the first day of the new term but it also saw the first visit for students to our new library! We have been waiting very excitedly for the library to be finished and some of our Year 8 students had the opportunity of a sneak peak before anyone else.

We were extremely lucky that Rachael Lucas, a successful local author and parent, was on hand to help us celebrate the first students in the library. Rachael, whose first young adult novel State of Grace which is set in Southport, paid us a visit to meet our students and have a Q&A session about being an author. The Year 8 students who had the chance to chat with Rachael were able to ask a wide variety of questions about her books and her life as an author. Some of the things we found out included what a working day is like for an author, when Racheal decided she wanted to be an author and what her next book is going to be about (as well as when it will be published!) Some of the Year 8 students gave her new book idea their seal of approval.

Rachael was really pleased to be able to join us as part of our opening celebrations and very kindly donated a number of signed copies of State of Grace for our students to enjoy for years to come.

The English department are really looking forward to being able to start teaching lessons in the library and we hope that we will be able to invite Rachael back to do some work on writing skills with a range of different year groups.

To celebrate the opening of our brand new library, Stanley High will be hosting a Spring book fair. The book fair will be located in the library and will be open at lunchtime and after school from the 18th – 25th April. We would love you to support the book fair, as it will help us to add even more books to the new library.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Each fortnight during form time there will a specific spelling and grammar focus for the students. This information is also available online for parents/carers and students should they wish to work on it at home. Please follow the link below to see the fortnightly focus for this half term.

https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/documents/2018/02/fortnightly-spelling-grammar-focus.pdf

Drama

During the Curriculum Day on Thursday, Year 8 students in Drama enjoyed exploring China and links to Chinese Theatre, Thai Chi, Beijing Opera characters and Chinese folklore. The Karate kid ‘Wax-on Wax-off’ was a particular favourite!

A reminder that Drama club is on every Tuesday this term 3-4pm in room 33.

PE

GCSE Moderation

This week our year 11 students have been assessed in a number of activities both onsite and offsite. Yet again the attitude of our students has been exceptional and their determination to achieve the best possible practical score has been noted PE staff. Well done to all the students who have taken part and we wish them the best of luck in achieving their target grade.

PE Extra-Curricular

A new extra-curricular timetable for the summer term is now available and offers all students at Stanley the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sporting activities throughout the summer.

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 22nd March 2018 was 94.3%.

Congratulations to 7MG and 9MMC for achieving 99% attendance and to 9KF for achieving 99.1%.

Parents/Carers Evening dates

The yearly parent/carers evenings will be taking place on the following dates between 4-7pm. The booking system will open on 2 weeks prior to each date and will close the day before. You will be notified of this nearer the time via GroupCall with details of how you can book your appointments. Should you need any assistance with booking your appointments or on how to use the system, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. Year 10 will be held on 3rd May 2018.

School Term Dates

term dates

Extra-Curricular Activities

Please follow the link below to see details of all extra-curricular activities. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/curriculum/extra-curricular-activities-2/

Online Information and Apps

If you have changed your email address or any other contact details please let the office know by emailing. You can also follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stanleyhighsouthport/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/shs1952 to keep up to date with events and activities in school.

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