Headteacher’s update

Good Schools Guide

It was wonderful to read the 2018 Real Schools Guide in the Liverpool Echo last week, which ranked us in the top 30% of schools nationally. It is based on 51 different factors and indicators, and shows the progress we have made in making this a great school. Please follow this link to see our score sheet https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/real-schools-guide-search-secondary-13367690 and select the school name.

New Intake evening

On Monday we welcomed Year 6 students and parents who will be starting with us in September into school to give them some important information as they embark on their high school journey. We hope this will prepare them for their start in September and I am delighted with the high volume of students and parents that attended, it was a pleasure to see so many, particularly with the hot and humid climate.

Postbox of Praise

This week has seen our final praise week with the topic being ‘The Extra Mile’. Staff were able to nominate students who they felt had gone the extra mile. Each student nominated will be acknowledged with a certificate and two names will be chosen to receive a voucher worth £10.

Celebration Evening

Next Thursday we will hold our annual Celebration Evening for students. This celebration is to acknowledge the success of students in their subjects and form tutor groups with five additional awards for sporting achievement, inspiration, enterprise, consideration and the Headteacher’s Award. I am sure it will be a fantastic evening as it was last year, and we have the pleasure of Mr Damien Moore MP as our Guest Speaker.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Broadhursts Bookshop visit

On Thursday 28th June, Miss Navin and Mr Wright had the privilege of taking 10 students from across Year 7, 8 and 9 to Broadhursts bookshop in Southport, with the task of spending a £350 grant that we have been awarded by the Siobhan Dowd Trust to purchase books for our new library.

The welcome we received when we arrived at Broadhursts was delightful and we were greeted by the lovely staff Kate, Gill, Jo and Ashley. Kate explained about the history of the bookshop and where our students would be able to find specific genres of books.

Then the really exciting part; choosing the books! Our students were allowed into any section of the shop and were given a special behind the scenes tour. The hardest part was stopping Mis s Navin from choosing books.

We now have a really exciting selection of books (including The London Eye Mystery by the late Siobhan Dowd, which seemed most appropriate) which we are eagerly awaiting delivery so that we can get them on the shelves.

We were incredibly proud of our students and their impeccable behaviour. This was also noted in a lovely email that Miss Navin received from Kate at Broadhursts:

“Many thanks – we really enjoyed your visit and were most impressed by the friendly confidence of your students, their careful, considered choosing and their impeccable behaviour! It was a pleasure to have them here and I hope they will be brave enough to wander in on their own if they’d like to browse again. Please let them know again they will be most welcome. Do hope everyone enjoys all the great new books, what a fantastic legacy from Siobhan Dowd.

We really hope that this is the start of a lasting relationship with Broadhursts and that we will be able to take more students in the not too distant future.”

If you have any books at home that you wish to donate to the school library, please drop them into the school office for the attention of Miss G Navin.

Catamaran Competition

Catamaran CompetitionPC Maggie Howard came into school on Wednesday to meet with the four shortlisted Catamaran competition winners. She was very impressed with the quality of all four entries, but the overall winner was Lizzie whose entry, according to Maggie, ‘blew me away’. Lizzie will now spend the last week of August on a catamaran sailing around the South coast of England!

The other entrants; Lottie, Kyle and Kayleigh have gone onto the reserve list and may still be lucky and also get to sail.

Montgenevre Ski Trip 2019

The students attending the ski trip are excitedly organising themselves for the visit. However, one of the group has unfortunately had to withdraw from the trip, so a place has become available. If your child would like to go, please contact Mr Lock for further information.

Year 10 College visit

On Monday, Year 10 students visited Southport College for their final taster day. Students chose two options to study and also had time to discover the college. Students enjoyed the day and came away with ideas for future study.

Next year, students will have further input from all of our local colleges and Careers Connect. Students will also be guided and helped with their college applications.

Enrichment Day

This week saw the last of our Enrichment days where students took part in a number of activities and lessons around PSHE topics. The students all fully embraced the change in curriculum.

InflataNationYear 7 and 8

Year 7 and 8 students attended “InflataNation” in Runcorn. Students and staff spent 2 exhausting hours exploring the UKs largest inflatable theme park and in very hot conditions used up all there energy – there was significantly less singing on the journey back to school! One of the highlights of the day was the dual between Mr Black and Kamran in Year 8; in which Kamran emerged victorious.
All students had a wonderful time and we re fabulous ambassadors for Stanley High School.

Year 9

98 Year 9 students and 10 members of staff went to The Hive Leisure Centre in Widnes. We spent two hours ice-skating (a welcome temperature change during this summer’s heatwave!) and then an hour in the bowling alley.

Ice Skating

All the students enjoyed the experience, even if some were a little braver on the ice than others – and all were a credit to the school.

Year 10

Year 10 students looked at two issues, Addiction and Hate Crime. The sessions were informative and thought provoking and were led by the Choose Life Project. They involved looking at what is meant by addiction, and how easy it can be to become addicted to legal and illegal drugs.
During the afternoon session, the students focused on the issues of Hate Crime, and the possible consequences. The students looked at the Sophie Lancaster Story in particular as a case study.
The behaviour of all of the Year 10 students and the respect they showed to our visitors was excellent, and the volunteers from the project commented on their manners and input into the sessions.

Art

This week’s creative work of the week from Mrs Ward is awarded to Ava Dacre in Year 10 for her amazing detail on her lizard paintings and for her spectacular use of colour on her dragon painting.
Ava has recently completed a work placement at Banks Methodist Primary School where she worked with a group of students showing them her art skills.

The teacher was so impressed that she would like to visit Stanley in the future to take part in some Art workshops. Well done Ava.

Drama

During period 5 on Friday 13th July, Year 7 students will be involved in whole Drama class performances to present Roald Dahl’s ‘Revolting Rhymes’ to the rest of their year group.
They have been exploring physical theatre to use bodies as set and will work as a team to present four different poems. The Drama club students have been involved in the Year 7 Drama rehearsal lessons by helping to direct and will also be there on the performance afternoon to help out backstage. This has been a huge team effort – a massive well done to all students involved.

English

A huge congratulations to the 15 students from Year 7 and 8 whose ‘Ghost Stories’ we have chosen to put into our ‘Spine – Chilling Stories’ collection.

There were many fantastic entries and Mrs Abram had the difficult task of selecting the winning short stories. It was lovely to see such imaginative and creative ideas from so many students.
Congratulations to Bella and Faith for our winning entry – ‘The Ridderak.’ Well done to all involved.

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/2018/05/spelling-grammar-focus.pdf

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 29th June 2018 was 96.2%.

Attendance figures

Congratulations to 10JR for achieveing 99% attendance.

Online Information and Apps

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