Headteacher’s update
PTA
The next meeting is on Tuesday 21st February at 6pm.  It would be fantastic if any additional parents would be interested in joining to support the education of our students.

Year 8 Options Information, Advice and Guidance Evening
There was a fantastic turnout at the Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) evening for parents on Wednesday. Parents and carers were given a presentation outlining the option process before visiting subject leaders and staff in their classroom to discuss the course content and assessments for options and the core subjects. It was pleasing to see that the majority of students have clear pathways that they had already considered prior to the options information evening and the guidance sessions in school had given them an understanding of the processes.

Southport Learning Partnership ‘Love my Community’ Day

As part of the Southport Learning Partnership, we were proud to take part in the second ‘Love my Community’ event yesterday which was ‘Odd Shoes for Queenscourt’; students and staff were asked to wear odd shoes for the day and to donate £1 for Queenscourt and I am sure between the Southport Community we will raise a fantastic amount for this fantastic cause.

School opening times
Please be aware that the school office is open during half term from 9am to 3.30pm should you wish to contact the school; term time opening hours are from 8am to 4pm.

I hope you all have a relaxing and restful half term, please be reminded that the new term starts on Monday 20th February at 8.40am which will be a Week A timetable.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Year 8 Careers
elaine meredith explains using kudos
Year 8 students took part in a Careers day on Friday 3rd February, using ‘Kudos’ which is a career planning computer programme that gives students the opportunity to explore their career ideas and find out what qualifications they may need for particular career paths.

Students can answer a set of 50 questions, followed by a further 67 questions and the responses for each question could be one of five answers: dislike very much, dislike, does not matter, like and like very much. This will then give a list of careers that match their preferences from the questions. Students can then click on these careers and it will enable them to look at the aspects of the career and the qualifications needed for it.

The careers lesson on the day was delivered by Elaine Meredith our Careers Advisor, who supported the students to investigate the identified careers and was on hand to answer any questions and offer up to date careers information and advice.

The aim of the session was:

  • To develop and expand the students’ knowledge of careers and to encourage them to start thinking about career planning.
  • To explore a range of careers, widen career knowledge and raise their aspirations to a wider variety of careers available.  Also to direct the students where to look and who to ask for career information, advice and guidance.
  • To help improve the students confidence and motivation to take the next steps on your career path.

The students engaged fully with the lessons and enjoyed the KUDOS programme. The feedback was very positive and most students said the session had made a difference to them.

Art

Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week goes to Amber Evans in Year 10 for her beautiful A3 acrylic painting of a butterfly. The butterfly has been painted from a photograph and Amber has captured the colours and detail exquisitely. This piece of work is part of Ambers coursework project ‘Colours in Nature’ and can be viewed in room 43 in Amber’s own mini art gallery.

Catering
southport bake off
Two of our Year 10 students, Jodie and Emma, were invited to take part in the ‘Great Bake off Competition’ at Southport College competing with local schools including some schools out of Sefton. They had 2 hours to prepare and bake a cake of their choice, decorating them ready for presentation.

Unfortunately they didn’t win but the chefs at Southport College said they were ‘head and shoulders’ above other students in their theory knowledge and health and hygiene in the kitchen.  

Congratulation Jodie and Emma.

Drama Theatre Trip
Year 10 Drama students with Miss Cassidy and Mr Winstanley visited the Amanda Roocroft Theatre at Runshaw College on Wednesday 1st February to view an evening performance of the play ‘DNA’ by Dennis Kelly.  The play explores a dilemma that faces a group of teenagers and how they manage the cover up of a crime.

Students will be writing about this performance as a practice for their GCSE exam preparation to analyse live theatre performance.   This was our 3rd visit to Runshaw during the GCSE course to view live theatre, which have included trips to professional productions at the Liverpool Empire theatre and amateur productions at The Little Theatre in Southport.

It was a lovely evening – judging by the singing in the mini bus on the way home everyone had a great time!

Linguist of the Week
This week’s award goes to Lois Johnson in Year 8. Lois has been nominated by Miss Navin for her excellent attitude to learning in French.  She shows enthusiasm in lessons and her performance on her recent writing test showed great promise.  Keep it up, Lois!

Sports News
Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 Netball team played at Formby High and despite a much improved performance Years 7 and 8 suffered defeats. Year 10 were also on the wrong side of a thrilling match but the stand out performance was the Year 9 team who played some excellent netball winning 18 – 5.

The Year 9 National Cup Football Quarter Final vs Thomas Telford High School was a superb game that went to extra time but unfortunately Stanley suffered a 3-2 defeat. Well done to the team for a fantastic effort!

Attendance
We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 3rd February 2017 was 94.2%.


Congratulations to 7WIL for achieving 99% attendance.

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