Headteacher’s update

Southport Learning Partnership ‘Toe to Toe Campaign’
On Thursday 20th July, as part of the Southport Learning Partnership we will be taking part in the ‘Toe to Toe Campaign’ which involves students in ALL Southport schools. The idea is for them to bring their ‘used’ school shoes in on the last day of term and at the end of the school day they take them off and leave them on their desk. They would need to bring another pair to wear for the journey home.

Key Points

  • If they don’t have school shoes to donate, any other shoes that a child (up to 16) might wear
  • They must be in ‘wear again’ condition with no holes in the soles
  • Children are under no pressure to donate

Shoes will be collated at Farnborough Road Junior School and they have arranged for the shoes to be delivered to the charity and be distributed to one of 35 countries around the world.

There is no obligation to take part, but we would love to support this charity and the work they carry out in finding new feet for pre-loved children’s shoes.

Churchtown Primary Celebration
Literacy Leaders
On Tuesday 11th July, Miss Navin and I accompanied two Year 9 Literacy Leaders who were invited to join the Year 5 and 6 assembly at Churchtown Primary School. Following on from their visit to Stanley High School earlier in the term when the Literacy Leaders delivered workshops on adventure writing, we held a competition for the Year 5 students to see who could produce the best adventure story.

Over 70 students entered the competition, which was fantastic, and we had a difficult job deciding which ones were the best! We eventually picked 4 finalists from each of the classes and from there the Literacy Leaders picked our top 3 pieces. Congratulations to Luke, Oscar and Grace on being our top 3 entries.

Stanley High School Awards Evening
On Tuesday 18th July we will be holding our awards evening for students in Year 7 to 10. A number of students have been awarded prizes for either academic achievement or outstanding effort and there are also 5 special prizes to be awarded. I look forward to the evening and presenting the students with their awards, we also have the honour of Michelle Dow from ‘All About STEM’ as our Guest Speaker at the event. I am sure the evening will be a great success.

Student Dress Code 2017-18
There will be one change to the student dress code from September, with a new school tie being introduced. All students will be given a brand new Stanley High tie on the first day of term. It will be their responsibility to look after the tie and if lost or defaced, replacements can be purchased from the school at £5 each. Please send students into school with their existing tie and it will be replaced with a new tie on the first day of term.

End of term dates
School will finish on Thursday 20th July at 12.15pm, if any student is eligible for free school meals and would require a packed lunch, please let the office know by Tuesday 18th July. Students will be expected back in school on Tuesday 5th September, Year 7 students are to arrive for registration at 8.40am and Year 8-11 students should arrive at 11.15pm for Period 3.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Southport Learning Partnership Arts Festival

On Thursday 13th July, 20 students represented Stanley High School at the Southport Learning Partnership Arts Festival, which took place at Kings Gardens in the town centre. The students performed their ‘Cirque Du Freak’ routine. All the students performed exceptionally well and represented the school to a superb standard, well done everyone. The whole event was fantastic to watch, particularly as the weather was kind and the sun was shining.

Stanley’s Got Talent Show

On Thursday evening we held our Stanley’s Got Talent Show which consisted of 15 acts performing a number of acts varying from singers and dancers to jugglers and all who took part were a credit to themselves and the school. The turnout was fantastic and everyone who took part did an amazing job, the crowd response was superb and a number of people commented on what a delightful evening it had been. Congratulations to the overall winners who were Amber Foreman and Natasha Austin Holden who performed an exceptional dance routine.

Year 5 and Year 6 Summer Camp

We will be delivering a summer camp during the summer break for Year 5 and Year 6 students who will be attending Stanley as Year 7s in September. The cost of the camp is £40.

The camp has a limit of 40 places available, information has been sent out to students. The date of the camp is Tuesday 1st – Friday 4th August, please contact the school for further information or follow the link to the website. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/year-5-6-summer-camp-2017/

Art

The Art department have been excited this week as Norwood Primary school visited as part of their Arts week. Mrs Ward’s form have been preparing for the past two weeks, demonstrations, group leaders, meeting and greeting, lunch activities, welcome posters and speeches. Students worked together in small groups to create some amazing three dimensional bird sculptures. A huge thank you to all involved.

Careers

Throughout the year Stanley students have been working with Careers Connect on their ‘Reach for the Future’ programme. Following on from this, Stanley has been selected as representatives for the Sefton area by Careers Connect to take part in a nationwide independent evaluation of the programme which is being led by an agency called Performance Consultancy. They will be involved in answering questions about the impact of the course and how effective it has been for developing the students understanding about the future of STEM careers and feelings about their own future career choice.

Year 8 Careers Day


On Tuesday 11th July, Year 8 students took part in a careers morning. Employers from 5 local companies gave up their time to come in and speak to the students about their jobs and the opportunities their companies offer, giving them a chance to ask questions and learn about their backgrounds. Careers discussed included architecture, working at the tax office and for Redrow Homes. Our students listened attentively and asked some very perceptive questions – hopefully they have got some ideas about what they might like to do in the future!

Duke of Edinburgh

D of EOur final Bronze Expedition of the season took place last weekend and the trip was largely uneventful, although the frog in the girls’ tent did cause some alarm and amusement! The students equipped themselves very well despite some inclement weather on the Friday night, which meant that they had to pitch their tents and cook in the rain! Saturday saw much better weather and even led to some suntanned students.

D of E

This season has seen two Silver Expeditions and four Bronze Expeditions take place. All the students have behaved very well and have been excellent ambassadors for the school. They will all pass the Expedition side of the Award provided they complete a Group Presentation which will take place on Tuesday 18th July.

Well done to all those who took part and, once again, a big thank you to the staff who have given up their weekends to help out and particularly Mr Hooton.

English

As you may already know, we are trying to raise funds to develop a brand new library in school. Miss Navin has been contacting various publishing companies and asking if they would like to donate some books to the school library.

English Book Appeal

We are still waiting to hear from some of them but Pan Macmillan have very kindly donated a box of books covering a variety of topics and age groups and we very grateful for their kind donation. We look forward to hearing from the other companies soon. If you have any good quality books that you would like to donate and would be suitable for the school library, please send them in to school which will remain open during the summer break.

School Library

We are planning to open a brand new School Library and would like you to please help us win £5,000 of National Book Tokens – you can also get £100 for yourself! Just enter the competition online, it only takes a minute: https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools#.WTpYWJLyvcs. thank you in advance!

History

Year 7 set 1 had the opportunity to show off their research skills on a History project of their choice. Students worked in teams to divide up different tasks, research key facts and then present their projects to the group. The work produced was exceptional with real detective skills shining through. The accompanying PowerPoints, booklets and posters were also of a very high standard. When presenting, students were extremely confident and enthusiastic, allowing us all to hear the incredible details they had found out. A particular favourite was the delicious cake made by one group for us all to taste!
Both Miss Van-Eker and Miss Peacock were very impressed by all students!

Science

Miss Davenport has been very proud of her KS3 classes, who have been having fun carrying out investigations right up to the end of term.

Whilst studying the topic of Ecosystem Processes, some Year 8 students were investigating how fertilisers affected the rate of growth on pea plants. They were able to practice many scientific skills during the investigation and also went down to the farm to plant their pea plants so they could continue to grow. They also studied adaptation of animals and plants. They had great fun relating science to the real world.

Year 8 students loved making living graphs to represent continuous and discontinuous data whilst studying the topic of Variation and Inheritance.

Another year 8 class have been investigating different rocks and their formations. A student brought in some examples from his own fantastic collection for us to study in more detail.

Finally, Miss Davenport and Mr McDonald Year 7 students have been studying the topic of Acids and Alkalis. Whilst doing this they have been testing household substances by making their own ‘red cabbage’ indicator. They enjoyed boiling the cabbage and observing the different colours produced when added to different substances to see if they were acids or alkalis and how strong they were. Some students were able to give the substance a pH number too. They were amazed to see that natural products in the real world could be used as indicators.

Sports News

Stanley High Sports Day
On Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th July we will be holding our annual school sports days. On Monday students will be taking part in the field events which will include long jump, triple jump, javelin, discus shot and high jump and on Tuesday students will be taking part in the track events which will include 100m, 300m, 400m and relay events. We are hoping for fine weather, which will hopefully make the day, but would ask that students bring in water bottles and sunscreen should the sun be exceptionally hot on the day.

Sports Leaders
This week has seen a large number of Stanley High Sports Leaders from Years 8 and 9 involved in a number of activities with local primary schools. On Monday and Tuesday there were visits from Linaker, St John Crossens and Kew Woods primary schools. They took part in a number of subjects including Design Technology, Science, Music and PE.

On Wednesday a number of Year 8 Sports Leaders were selected to attend St John Crossens primary school. In the morning they organised and delivered a golf competition to students from reception through to Year 6. This project was linked to the British Open which is being hosted at Royal Birkdale. The students can be seen pictured with the Claret Jug where the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Speith and local favourite Tommy Fleetwood will be aiming to win next week. They also supported St John Crossens sports day which took place in the afternoon.

Today Stanley hosted the Liverpool County FA primary football competition for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 Girls. Stanley High Sport Leaders will be refereeing the matches once again.

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 7th July 2017 was 92.1%. Thank you to parents and carers for your support in ensuring your child attends school regularly.

attendance 14 July 2017

Online Information and Apps

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