Headteacher’s update

Year 11 Mock Examinations
Students have been given their results following the November mock exam session and over the forthcoming weeks will be working hard on their revision for their GCSE exams in the summer. Year 11 parent/carers have been provided with information relating to the upcoming mock exams and revision sessions along with some interview techniques in advance of the Mock Interview day and some key dates.

Primary visits
It was lovely to welcome Year 4 students from Kew Woods, Norwood, St Johns Crosses, Churchtown, St Patricks and Linaker Primaries this week. From talking with the students they have had a fantastic experience and the student leaders from Stanley High who have helped, have been a credit to the school once again.

Year 10 Student Progress Evening
I look forward to meeting Year 10 parent/carers on Thursday 19th at the Student Progress evening and if you have not already booked your appointments please visit the link below which will take you to the booking programme or alternatively contact the school office and we will be happy to assist.

https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/parents/parents-evening-booking-system/

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Examinations
If you are a speaker of Welsh, or know anyone who speaks Welsh and would be interested in helping out a student during the examination period, please contact the Examination Officer, Mr Battistini, who will give you further details.

Year 11 Parent/Carers
Please let the office know if you have not received the Groupcall message containing a number of pieces of information and fliers that are of importance for the students with their upcoming Mock Examinations, Mock Interviews and the ongoing revision sessions which are being held after school. All students have also been issued with the mock exam timetable and the revision timetable and this morning they received their mock exam results from November.

Careers
We will be holding a Mock Interview day for Year 11 students on Wednesday 18th January. The interviews will be conducted by local employers, as well as a number of parents of Stanley students. If you would like to get involved in the interview process, the team at Stanley would really appreciate your support. Please contact Miss Perkins at mperkins@stanleyhigh.co.uk.

sheepFarm news
Last week, our nine Jacobs Sheep moved to their new home at The Farm on Wheels.

Stella from ‘The Farm On Wheels’ has kindly sent us photographs of the sheep who are going to be bred, producing springtime lambs. The sheep have settled in well and are enjoying the freedom of an 8 acre field in Staffordshire.

The Farm on Wheels is an organisation which takes the animals into schools and care homes and we will be getting regular updates on the progress of the sheep and their lambs.

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Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week goes to George Campbell in Year 9 for his A1 research board based on Jessa Huebing Reitinger. Jessa is an American artist who studies and paints insects, she paints the insects in live shows where the audience can watch her paint as they also participate in a zoo visit.

George has worked especially hard on his board and what really caught my eye on was the amazing detail and colour on the humming bird’s wings. Students can view the board in my art room along with a collection of other students A1 research boards.

Mrs McAlister was also impressed and proud of the achievements of Harrison Fautley in Year 9. The GCSE Art work is is a homework piece based on artist research for the coursework project on confectionary. Harrison worked really hard on this and it had paid off. 

Drama
Year 9 and 10 GCSE Drama students will be taking part in an acting workshop next Tuesday 17th during period 3 delivered by Jaime Scott who trained as an actor at The Arden School of Theatre and The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.  He attends advanced acting masterclasses in Manchester and is leading a series of exciting experimental workshops focussing on acclaimed acting theories to achieve instant characters using improvisation, roleplay, games and our own creative instincts.

On Friday 20th January Year 9 and 10 GCSE Drama students will be taking part in a Blood Brothers workshop delivered by the company ‘STAGE-ed’.  The company have worked closely with Willy Russell who has given his personal stamp of approval on what promises to be an inspiring day.  This day will provide an exciting exploration of the play in a practical approach where students understand character, context and setting, have fun with accent and children’s game-play and eventually perform scenes that use comic timing and tension to entertain the audience.

Drama club continues every Wednesday after school 3-4pm – all newcomers welcome!

Linguist of the Week
This week’s award goes to Annabel Riding in Year 9 for her excellent performance in her French speaking test. She impressed Miss Navin with both the complexity of her answers & her accurate pronunciation. Congratulations, Annabel!

Science
Year 11 Separate Science students attended KGV 6th Form College on Wednesday afternoon to take part in a Science Masterclass.  The afternoon covered aspects of Unit 3 Physics and Chemistry and gave them a taste of A-level Science and student life beyond Stanley High School.

They carried out practical investigations on fundamental waves and tested organic compounds to identify their functional groups.  The students took away lots of new ideas to think about and thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to the school.

Sports News
Dance practice has re-started for all students on Monday after school and we had lots of new members which was fantastic to see. We are currently awaiting information regarding this years ‘Wally Cain Dance Festival’ so that we can start our preparations. GCSE Dance practice will also be taking place on Fridays at 3-5pm.

Netball practices have re-commenced this week following the Christmas break and matches will start in the next couple of weeks. Next week Netball practice after school will change to Year 9/10 on Tuesday at 3-4pm and Year 7/8 on Wednesday at 3-4pm.

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 6th January 2017 was 94%.

attendance 13-01-2017

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