Headteacher’s update

More Able visit

Fifteen Year 10 students attended a Master class on Wednesday at Runshaw College. The Master class was an opportunity to give the More Able cohort a taster of the subjects they might want to look at doing in further education. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were enthusiastic all day. Runshaw College put on challenging and creative lessons, which the students thoroughly enjoyed.

Runshaw staff and other school staff commented on how confident our students were and how they were not afraid to ask challenging questions and take part in discussions. Miss Smithies particularly enjoyed watching the Dance and PE lessons where the students could express their practical skills in front of the college tutors and other schools and she was very proud of their behaviour and conduct during the course of the day.

Throughout the course of the More Able programme for Year 10 students Miss Smithies has been pleased at how all the students who have attended these trips have embraced new challenges.

Year 10 Parents Evening

Please be reminded that Year 10 parents evening takes place on Thursday 3rd May. The booking system remains open until Wednesday 2nd at 7pm. Please contact the school office if you have any concerns with booking your appointments.

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Inset day

Please note that there will be an Inset day on Friday 4th May and students will not need to attend school, which will finish at normal time on Thursday at 3pm. This will run into the bank holiday on Monday 7th May; students will be back in school on Tuesday 8th May at 8.40am.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Art

Last week the Art department had the pleasure of having Year 11 working on their 10 hour final exam piece. As a department we are very proud of the effort and time that students have shown with the preparation work and the final pieces.

We have had a variety of ideas ranging from a student painting on teabags, to one student using her own face as a canvas, to microscopic paintings; we have also had some very impacting and meaningful responses this year to the human figure. We are hoping to have an exhibition of these final pieces in the summer term.

Mrs Ward and Mrs McAlister would like to thank Year 11 for their hard work.

Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week goes to Neve Mort Capstick in Year 7 for her abstract painting based on colour.

Neve has used colour really well to capture shapes and designs and used the work of Sara Bocczccini Meadows to inspire her.

English

RSC Live Screening

The English department has been very lucky this year, as we have managed to have three live screenings from the Royal Shakespeare Company and all for free! Following on from Julius Caesar and Twelfth Night, we had the opportunity to see the latest adaptation of Macbeth, starring Christopher Eccleston (better known as Doctor Who).
A group of students and their parents had the chance to watch the full performance on Thursday 26th April in our new library. It was a truly exciting performance of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies and was enjoyed by everyone.

We are hoping to offer a live screening of the latest performance of Romeo and Juliet during the new school year, as we firmly believe that the best way to study the work of Shakespeare is to see them perform on stage.

Library

We are very pleased that the library shelves are starting to fill up with all the exciting books that we have ordered or that have very kindly been donated. This week, we have had some exciting news as we have found out that we have been awarded a grant from The Siobhan Dowd Trust, who give grants to schools to enable them to take students to a local, independent bookseller to browse and choose more books for the library. We are now looking to organise a visit to Broadhursts in town to enable some of our students to have a chance to pick some of the books for our library; we will keep you updated on this.

We are also still happy to accept any donations of books that you might like to make as we feel you can never have enough! Please bring any donations to the school office for the attention of Miss G Navin or the English department.

Creative Writing Competition

The English Department are promoting a ‘Creative Writing Competition’ for all students in Years 7 and 8. We wish to encourage as many students as possible to enter and our topic is ‘Ghost Stories.’

Ghost Stories; we have all heard them and we have all been scared by them at one time or another! They can be terribly scary or simply funny, but either way they have been an attention-grabbing form of storytelling for centuries and leave people wondering whether what they have heard is fact or fiction!

Our Ghost Stories competition is open to all our creative writers from Year 7 and 8 and whether you choose to write a spine-chilling tale packed full of suspense, or a ghostly story that is actually quite funny, we would love to read it!

All successful stories will be published in a book alongside other spooky tales from budding storytellers! Once we have enough entries to publish a book we will contact the successful writers.

Spelling and Grammar Focus

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.

Spelling and Grammar Focus

Drama

Following year 7 Drama lesson feedback where students requested to work on whole class performances, Drama club are exploring Roald Dahls Revolting Rhymes, developing physical theatre techniques and whole group performance. This is planning for a summer term year group performance afternoon, where each Year 7 class could present a different play to the rest of the year group.

New members are always welcome at Drama club on Tuesdays at 3-4pm in Room 33.

PE

Sports Leaders

Stanley High hosted the Year 4 EFC Football Competition on Tuesday. Over 100 students took part and the Sports Leaders were instrumental in ensuring that the event ran smoothly during the afternoon. They organised the fixtures, refereed the matches and delivered the presentation to the winners.

Stanley High Silver Ambassadors students will also be attending St John Crossens on Friday, where they will be training up the year five pupils from the primary school in sport leadership.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Monday 30th April – Year 9 and 10 Rugby at Southport Rugby Club
  • Tuesday 1st May – Years 7, 8, 9, 10 Rounders at home against Scarisbrick Hall and Meols Cop High
  • Tuesday 1st May – Cricket Practice – all years
  • Wednesday 2nd May – Athletics practice – all years

Merseytravel Bus Fare

We have been notified by Merseytravel that the 762 bus fare will be increasing from Tuesday 1st May 2018. The prices for students will increase to £1.00 and for adults to £2.00. This applies to both the AM and PM buses.

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 20th April 2018 was 95.7%.

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

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