Headteacher’s update

I am delighted to inform parents and carers that the Board of Trustees of the Southport Learning Trust have made my position of Headteacher permanent here at Stanley High School.  I am excited and committed to continue the improvements we have made as a school and to provide an excellent education serving our local community.

Interact Club

Interact Certificate

The Interact Club of Stanley has now been presented with their official Certificate of Organisation by the President of Rotary International. They will now meet during Thursday lunchtimes each week to discuss and organise charity events for Stanley Interact, the local community and various charities sponsored by the Interact International Organisation.  If anyone would like to sign up, they can do so in Room 9 during Thursday lunchtimes.

Open Evening

On Monday 18th September we will be holding our Open Evening for primary students and parents/carers to visit us as they make their decision on which high school to attend. The school will be open from 6pm to 8pm with a talk from myself taking place at 6.15pm in the main hall. If you have a Year 6/5 primary student, please feel free to visit us and take a tour around the classrooms where they will be able to experience what it will be like at our school and see what exciting topics they will have the chance to study should they choose to come to our school.

As many students will be helping on the evening and to enable time to prepare for the evening, school will finish at 2pm on Monday 18th September. Should your child wish to catch the school bus at 3pm, please let the school know and we will make appropriate arrangements.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 29th September we will be hosting a coffee morning in the school hall.  We welcome all parent/carers and grandparents to join us for refreshments from 11am to 12noon. We welcome your own donations, but we will be providing refreshments for you to purchase for this very worthy cause. We look forward to seeing you there.

Art

Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to Natasha Kelty in Year 11, for her highly detailed painting of a dahlia flower.

Creative Work of the Week

Natasha has worked hard over the summer to complete her painting using acrylic paints to blend the colours. This painting is part of Natasha’s ‘Colours in Nature’ GCSE coursework project. Mrs Ward is looking forward to Natasha’s planning and sketches for her final pieces. What a stunning painting, well done.

English

Year 11 have hit the ground running as they have already completed a cold baseline assessment for their English Language GCSE in the first week! This week they have also taken part in ‘Walk and Talk’ mocks delivered by Miss Perkins, Miss Navin and Mrs Rae. These will be taking place regularly across the year in order to help students to understand the requirements of the various exam papers, as well as how to improve their responses.

Students have taken all of these things very seriously and they have found the whole process useful. Students have said that the ‘Walk and Talk‘ mocks have already helped them to see where they are making mistakes that are easily fixed so that they can gain extra marks in their exams. These extra marks can make the difference between achieving one grade or another.  Well done to the students for making a fantastic start to their final year and we will expect to see Year 11 continuing to make this excellent effort throughout the year, not just in English but in all subjects.

Making a Buzz about Books!

BookbuzzBook Buzz will be launched on Monday 18th September, giving every student in Years 7 and 8 a free book. There are 15 exciting new titles to choose from, all of which are available for you to see on the Book Buzz website https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/practitioners/our-programmes/bookbuzz/. There is also a copy of each book in Room 7.

Students will be ordering their books in their English lessons, and the books will be delivered to the school in the coming weeks. The only difficult part will be deciding which book to choose!

Spelling and Grammar FocusEach 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/2017/09/fortnightly-spelling-grammar-focus.pdf

Music

Music club at lunchtime is running again on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is an opportunity for students to pop in and practice on the instruments or to use the music software. This will be open to all.

Students can now sign up for additional music lessons in school. This year we are offering tuition for the drum kit, guitar, vocals, woodwind and brass lessons to take place during the school day. The cost for the year is £100 (for 35 lessons) and the fee can be paid in two instalments, PP students are entitled to a discount. If you are interested please see Mr Winstanley in Room 12.

PE

Over the last few years, both current and ex Stanley students have had some tremendous success with their swimming. Just recently Holly Hibbott qualified for the World Championship final in Budapest but it is the exploits of two current students who we are particularly proud of: Jess and Abbie are members of Southport Swimming Club, and they have recently taken part in both the North West Championships, English Championships and British Championships.

Jess and Abbie

Abbie came first in the North West Championships in both 100m and 200m backstroke and qualified for the finals in both English and British Nationals. Jess competed in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke events, the 200m medley and the 400m and 800m freestyle. Jess made the final in the last four events and was a gold medallist in the 800m, smashing her personal best by 7 seconds.

Both girls success is well deserved as their dedication to their training is reaping its rewards. As a school, we are very proud of their achievements, well-done girls.

Bikeability

Year 7 girls have been working hard this week to achieve their Level 2 and Level 3 Bikeability award. Despite the adverse weather, the girls did a fantastic job and it will be the Year 7 boys participating next week.

Extra-curricular

Extra-curricular clubs are in full swing and there has been a good attendance at Netball, Football, Dance, Rugby and Badminton. Particular well done to Year 7 for their fantastic start over in PE both in lessons and attendance at extra-curricular. Already there are promising signs for the forthcoming sporting fixtures.

Sports Leaders

During the last week, Sports Leaders from Year 9 and 10 have been assisting and leading activities for our feeder primaries who have visited Stanley High School. Year 6 students from Linaker, Kew Woods and Churchtown attended and they have taken part in a range of activities including trampolining. The feedback from both the year 6 students and staff has been fantastic and as always our Leaders have been fantastic role models for the school. Many thanks in advance for the number of Sports Leaders who have been involved and who are assisting the PE department on Open Evening.

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this.  The whole school attendance for week ending 15th September was 93.8%.

Attendance 15-09-2017

Congratulations to 11TC for achieving 99.1% attendance.

Online Information and Apps

If you have changed your email address or any other contact details please let the office know by emailing enquiries@stanleyhigh.co.uk. You can also follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stanleyhighsouthport/  and Twitter https://twitter.com/shs1952  to keep up to date with events and activities in school.

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