Headteacher’s update

Meols Rotary Speaking Competition

On Tuesday night I was delighted to attend with our Year 11 students Joe, Molly and Louis who represented Stanley High School at the Senior Rotary Youth Speaks competition. Each student performed exceptionally well, delivering a speech about adolescent mental health. The speech was well received by the judges and the team was commended for tackling such an emotive and sometimes divisive topic.

Year 7 Parents Evening

Yesterday saw Parents/Carers in school for the Year 7 Parents evening. It was fantastic to see so many attending and also to see so many students with smiles on their faces. Should you need to speak further with a teacher, please do not hesitate to contact the school office or email enquiries@stanleyhigh.co.uk.

Year 11 Leavers Awards Evening

On Tuesday 21st November at 7pm, we will be celebrating our former Year 11 students. During the evening they will receive their GCSE certificates and there will also be a number of other additional prizes awarded, including form prizes, 100% attendance and the Headteachers Award. We look forward to the evening and hope that our leavers all have an enjoyable evening where they will be able to catch up with both their peers and some of the teachers.

Merit Points

This week our first students who have received 100 merit points have been awarded their Bronze badges for their hard work and positive contributions to school life. I look forward to celebrating more students achieving their badges over the coming weeks.

Children in Need

Today we have had some fun in aid of Children in Need. Many of us wore ‘Spots’ to school and there was also a ‘Spot the Spot’ competition around school, each spot had a letter which spelled out a word so students had to find the correct amount of letters to match up with the word – I’m sure there was a lot of fun trying to put the letters in the correct order!

During lunchtime there was a staff versus student volleyball match that took take place in the Gym. We were lucky enough to have enough players to mix up the teams so that there was three matches with one that ended up being a mixture of students and staff!

Students were asked to donate 20p to attend and watch the match but many students were seen to put in £1 and also to pay for their friends so we want to thank Parents/Carers and students for their fantastic generosity for what we all know to be a fantastic cause.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Charity Christmas Fayre

Five of our Year 9 students with Year Leader Mrs Lee went to the Co-op on Fylde Road on Friday 10th November to hand over our shopping list for the Stanley Christmas Fair. Every student in Year 9 took part in an Enterprise Project to design and make items to sell. Winning designs range from reindeer models and personalised tree decorations to sweet cones and magic keys. The designs have now gone into production with proceeds going to charities of the students’ choice.

Allison Jackson, Manager of the Co-op on Fylde Road, kindly offered to donate items for two of the enterprise groups whose designs involved edible products. We presented her with a list of ingredients for cookies, hot chocolate, winter warmer soup and fresh bread rolls. The Fair will take place on Friday 15th December from 2 – 5.30pm at the school.

Enrichment Day on Mental Health and Awareness

Year 7

Students took part in some problem solving activities, where they worked in teams to support and develop good communication skills. They also learnt about trying to stay positive and how turning a negative into a positive can alter the way we approach situations. Students also listened to information about how their mental health can affect their physical health and they learnt about the square breathing technique to help relax them.

In another session they focussed on the power of colouring and drawing to aid relaxation. Another key area which was discussed was about the safe use of the internet and in particular the posting of images on Facebook, Instagram etc. The overall message to students was to think before they post any photo or information and report anything which they find upsetting.

Year 8

Throughout the day students took part in a number of tasks showing different aspects of mental health and how other people and social media can affect a person. Students took part in challenges where they looked at text messages and how they can be hurtful, what they could do in certain situations and how teamwork can benefit a person. They also took part in a challenge where they were given an insight into how they perceived themselves in comparison to other student’s perception of them.

Year 9

Year 9 students spent the day looking at mental health and how to cope with stress and anxiety. Each form took part in 5 different sessions including ‘Building Resilience’ and ‘Developing Positive Mental Attitudes’. Students spent one hour of the day investigating ways to manage stress through art and creativity and also had a lesson on learning how to manage their social media accounts to keep them safe in the online world. Feedback from both staff and students was very positive.

Year 10

Year 10 students thoroughly enjoyed making bread as a practical method of relieving stress whilst listening to classical music. Volunteers from the Samaritans introduced their work and helped students to understand that there is always someone to talk to if things are difficult. Students looked at the impact of social media on mental health and well-being and discussed their responsibilities towards others when using the internet.

One session looked at the importance of having a growth mind-set rather than just deciding that something is too hard. Students worked hard and joined in fully with the activities. As the volunteers from the Samaritans left they told Miss Kent that our students were incredibly polite and receptive and how much of a pleasure it had been to spend the day with them.

Year 11

Year 11 had 3 different providers visiting them to give them expert advice. Students had sessions with Southport/KGV College and Runshaw College to learn about the application process and personal statements. They also had three sessions focused around Mental Health and Wellbeing. These included topics such as:
– Building Resilience, with a visiting speaker Gill Smith from Connect Health and Wellbeing
– Social Media
– Problem Solving

All of the Mental Health Awareness sessions were aimed at discussing coping strategies, and methods of how to deal with pressures that they will experience over the coming months and future years. The students were extremely responsive towards our visitors and appeared to gain a lot from the day.

Year 7 Christmas Community Action

Year 7 will be supporting the Southport Foodbank for their Community Action this term. Each form has been allocated four items from the Christmas meal list supplied by the Foodbank and we are asking for each student to bring in one item from their list if possible, this is obviously on a donation basis. Thank you in advance for your continuing support.

Art

This week’s creative work of the week is awarded to Laura Briscoe Rimmer in Year 11 for her final piece for her colours in nature coursework project. Laura has photographed her cat and has used photo shop to change the colours. This piece is highly detailed and very colourful. Keep up the great work Laura.

Lennon Courtney in Year 7 has been continuing with his anime project in his own time at home.

Mrs McAlister is extremely impressed by his work and also his commitment.

English

On Thursday 16th November, Year 7 and 2 GCSE Drama groups had the chance to a watch a live streaming of Julius Caesar from the RSC. They are going to be studying this as part of their Shakespeare unit later this year so we took the opportunity to enjoy the murder and intrigue, performed by one of the best Shakespeare theatre companies.
Year 7 behaved impeccably and we hope that we can offer further opportunities like this to other year groups.

Each 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

PE

Badminton

Stanley High hosted the KS3 Boys Badminton competition on Wednesday evening. The standard of play as always was extremely high and both teams from Stanley produced outstanding individual and doubles performances. Special mention has to go to our Year 8 boys who won most of their games against their Year 9 counterparts from other schools before eventually losing to a strong Birkdale High. Well done to our Year 8 boys finishing runners up.

Football

Year 8 bowed out of the National Cup small schools competition in an exciting game against Maghull High School. Both teams played with great skill and determination and Maghull were eventually victorious 4-2 in a closely fought game. Special mention goes to Andrew Fleming for his fantastic performance and Daniel Rimington for his 2 expertly taken goals.

Year 10 Rugby Tournament

An injury depleted team of only 9 players disembarked at Southport RUFC ready to play their first competitive games of the season this week. With only 9 players there was plenty of space to exploit on the pitch which we used to full advantage releasing our faster sprinters to run in try after try.

We managed to overcome each of our opponents: 20 – 0 vs Formby; 45 – 10 vs CTK and 10 – 0 vs Meols Cop. Top try scorer was Joe Langford with 9 tries and the tackle of the tournament was made by Dan Timperley on a player nearly twice his size. Well done boys.

Upcoming fixtures

Tuesday 21st : Year 7 Boys Basketball at Formby High
Wednesday 22nd : KS3 Girls Badminton at Stanley High
Thursday 23rd : Year 7–10 Girls Football competition at Playfootball.net, Thornton
Friday 24th : Handball GCSE moderation at Formby High

Lunchtime activities for Year 7

Two new clubs have been set up this term for Year 7 students to attend at lunchtime. Board Games club in Room 41 and Science Club with Mr Roberts and Year 11 Scientists in Room 22. Both will take place on Tuesdays from 12.30-12.55pm.

Advance Notice

Please be aware that the canteen will be serving a traditional Christmas Roast Dinner and Pudding on Wednesday 13th December for a cost of £2.20.

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 11th November was 94.3%.

Congratulations to 8SB for achieving 99.2% attendance.

Parents Evening dates

The yearly parent/carers evenings will be taking place on the following dates between 4-7pm.  The booking system will open for the two weeks prior to each date and will close the day before.  You will be notified of this nearer the time via GroupCall with details of how you can book your appointments.  Should you need any assistance with booking your appointments or on how to use the system, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

  • 1st February 2018 – Year 11
  • 1st March 2018 – Year 8                  
  • 22nd March 2018 – Year 9
  • 3rd May 2018 – Year 10

School Term Dates

term dates

Online Information and Apps

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