As the end of another busy term approaches, Christmas is often a time for reflection and is a time to celebrate the successes of the whole school community at the end of 2016. It has certainly been a challenging term in many ways and a period of transition for the school, however there have been many reasons to celebrate the successes and I trust the weekly bulletin has highlighted the wonderful achievements of our students and staff.
This term we say farewell to Mr Fitzpatrick and on behalf of the school community I would like to thank him for all his hard work in leading the school for the previous 5 years. Ms Heath is also retiring at Christmas after 8 years at Stanley High and I wish her well in her travels. Mrs Pomford has taught Science at Stanley since 2015 and leaves to relocate to Thamesmead School in Middlesex, I would like to wish her all the best in her new school.
I would like to wish you all a happy and relaxing Christmas and I look forward to an exciting and successful 2017. School closes at 1.00pm on Tuesday 20th December and re-opens on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
Mr N Moore
A thank you on my retirement
As I complete my last term of teaching after over 30 years in this brilliant profession, I would like to thank everyone at Stanley High; the students, the staff, the parents, the governors as well as those in the local community, who have contributed to making my time here such an enjoyable experience.
Throughout the years working in education with the constant changes that have come along, I could never describe school life as ‘dull’ and so it is essential to have a strong supportive team to work alongside, to ensure the smooth running of a school. This is exactly what Stanley offers for all involved in the school, providing a compassionate and helpful environment which I shall certainly miss.
So, as I prepare to start my retirement travels, I would like to wish everyone heart-felt best wishes and success for the future as Stanley High continues on its journey forward.
Deputy Headteacher, Stanley High School 2008-2016
Year 7 update
We are continuing with the Year 7 ‘Beautiful Advent Challenge’ which has received lots of positive comments and enjoyment from, not just the students, but staff too.
There are currently 25 Year 7 students who have achieved their Bronze level for the number of credits which is a fantastic achievement in their first term, and will hopefully encourage others to strive to achieve theirs.
Eight Year 7 students went to the Southport Foodbank with our Christmas appeal donations on Monday, where they weighed the food, helped to sort food to go onto the shelves and then made up some bags with items in for collections.
The form representatives then gave a talk for all other Year7 students in their forms on Tuesday to explain what they had learnt and how the Foodbank works.
On Wednesday 6 Year 7 students went out with Mrs Urquhart to deliver Christmas cards to their former primary schools for their Year 6 form tutors, which was an enjoyable trip and I am sure made the students feel very grown up having only been left their primary school for such a short time.
Christmas Jumper Day
We held a Christmas jumper day to raise funds for Save the Children. Students and Staff did not disappoint and went ‘all out’ with their Christmas themed jumpers.
If you would like to learn more about what Save the Children do, please go to the following link: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/
On Monday at 1.30pm we will be holding our annual Christmas concert for local senior citizens and parents and grandparents. There will be a variety of Christmas themed items, which will include some drama/musical performances and dance displays.
Students have been busy rehearsing during lunchtime and after school for the past few weeks and have held their final full dress rehearsal today and we are in awe of the talent that has been on display. We have had a huge response to attend the event and are full to capacity and we are sure that it will be a huge success.
We want to give a massive thanks and congratulations to Miss Cassidy, Miss Cregg and Mr Winstanley for all of their hard work and dedication, as without their commitment these events would not be able to take place.
Linguist of the Week
This week’s award goes to Jess Thorpe in Year 8. Miss Navin was extremely impressed with Jess’s performance on her recent speaking test. She gave detailed, accurate answers to each question, using lots of complex language and her pronunciation was excellent. It was a reflection of the outstanding attitude to learning she has shown throughout the year. Well done, Jess!
This week Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week has been awarded to the 8/4 Food Technology class for their cookie bag designs.
On Friday Mrs Ward had the real pleasure of being invited to judge a cookie competition with 8/4 and Mrs Moriarty. Students had designed and chosen a name for their own cookie business, they had then been given a brown paper bag to put their business name and logo on in readiness to take their cookies home after the lesson.
Mrs Ward was impressed with the students enthusiasm for the project and the boundless energy and enthusiasm shown by Mrs Moriarty to ensure all students made and decorated their cookies.
8/4 have really gone to town with their decorations and the overall winner was James O’Hanlon with his cookies with a smiley face, which he drew himself onto a chocolate button.
Romeo and Juliet Workshop
On Friday 9th December, Year 11 took part in a workshop about Romeo and Juliet. They have been studying the play as part of their GCSE English Literature course and this was a fantastic opportunity to work with a professional actor on how the play can work on stage.
A number of students were confident enough to get up on the stage and take part in acting out key scenes (including wearing costumes). Some students even had the chance to learn a little bit about stage fighting!
Hopefully, Year 11 have learned a lot from this that they will be able to include in their work for their GCSE exams.
Literacy Leader training
On Friday 9th December, 19 Year 9 students had the opportunity to work with Year 10 Literacy Ambassadors from Greenbank High School. This is the start of a new project at Stanley High that will involve our Literacy Leaders working on various ideas to help raise the profile of literacy across the school and the local community.
The students worked together to identify what they felt was most important in terms of literacy and what could be done to help develop this further at Stanley. They shared ideas with each other and with the students from Greenbank, based on things that they already do. There are lots of good ideas that have come from this collaboration already! Mr Monahan and Miss Navin will be working with our Literacy Leaders to implement these ideas over the coming months.
The National Citizenship Service came in to deliver Dragon’s Den style workshops to Year 11 students during their PSHE/IT lessons on Friday this week. This was an excellent opportunity for our students to gain some valuable skills for the world of work.
KS3 Technology students have finalised their making outcomes for their Graphics projects ‘Design a packaged outcome for a pair of headphones’ and ‘Design and make your own superhero DVD’. The students have worked with Miss Smithies over the term to produce some outstanding outcomes. She was very impressed with the professional look of some of the student’s work.
Year 9 have also been working exceptionally hard on their project for GCSE Graphics this term. They have designed their own logo, mascot, keyring and packaging for the redesign of the Southport Fair Ground. The theme parks fictional name is ‘Southport Mega’ and it is a science themed fairground, therefore the logos and keyrings reflect the theme. There have been some outstanding outcomes and the students have had the opportunity to develop their outcomes on 2D Design, Photoshop and the vacuum forming machine.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
We have had a high number of Year 9 students showing an interest in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, which began in November.
So far they have had three taster sessions looking at map reading skills and equipment and have been given the opportunity to choose their activities for the Physical, Skills and Volunteering sections of the Award and students are free to start these activities as soon as they like.
In January, we will be asking for a firm commitment to the course and a letter will be sent out to parents asking for a £21 deposit, which will be used to buy their Record Books and register them with the D of E organisation.
There will be a further cost of £110 to cover transport, camping fees and other costs which we will request in March 2017.
For students who completed their Bronze and Silver Awards this year, well done. There will be a Presentation Evening on 30th March 2017; details will be given out nearer the time.
Thank you and Merry Christmas to all parents who have supported their children through the various Awards this year. If you have any concerns please speak with Mr Hooton.
During the winter months students are allowed to wear base layers underneath their PE kit to help keep them warm, these can either be black or white.
This week Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 played against Christ the King, Birkdale and Meols Cop. As always all of our teams played with great enthusiasm and a high level of skill. However the stand out performances were Year 7 and 8 against Meols Cop and Year 10 who had 2 victories against Birkdale and Christ the King.
Year 7 sadly lost to Cardinal Heenan in the last 16 of the National Cup this week. The boys should not be disappointed, as this has been a brilliant first season and there will be plenty more football in the New Year. In the first two weeks back after Christmas Year 9 and 10 have National Cup games against Ridgeway and Shrewsbury High schools; if both years win, they will be in the quarter finals of the National Cup, which will be a fantastic achievement.
KS4 Girls came 2nd place in the North Sefton Centre Parcs competition. Everyone played extremely well and as a school we are extremely proud of all of our badminton players who have finished in the top 2 consistently in all competitions.
We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 9th December was 93.6%.