Headteacher’s update
From Monday the rewards system has been revised to ensure all students have the opportunity to celebrate their successes within Stanley. Students will be rewarded for achieving merit points with commendation badges for positive behaviours, and this will reflect their hard work and commitment to their learning.  In addition students will receive merit points for attendance, punctuality, high standards of uniform and for attending extra-curricular activities.  Please see the criteria for how merit points will be awarded.

Thank you for the support for Children in Need and for all the donations made by students and staff.

We had the first meeting of the new PTA on Tuesday evening and have already got some exciting ideas for fundraising and supporting all students in the school. If you would like to offer support to the PTA or wish to join, the next meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th December at 7pm in the school hall.

Children in Need Day

Today we held our annual ‘Fancy Dress’ mufti day to raise funds for Children in Need. The theme for fancy dress this year was Spots and as always the students and staff joined in by dressing in a ‘Spotty’ outfit or a ‘Spotty’ accessory.

A minimum voluntary donation of £1 was requested from students and staff and it was nice to see so many taking part in what was a fun day which raised both money and awareness for a very worthwhile cause. We will let you know the total in next week’s bulletin.

Austria Ski Visit – April 2017
An information meeting is being held on Thursday 24th November 2016 at 6pm in the school hall, to provide information to the parents and carers of students who are attending the ski visit.

A ski clothing hire company, Ski Equip from Stockport, will also be attending to display their stock.  The meeting is an excellent opportunity for parents/carers to ask any questions they may have.

Careers Seminar
A group of Year 11 students were involved in a careers seminar yesterday, delivered by one of our parents. Mrs Tattersall very kindly came into school to talk about her career experiences and the session was incredibly valuable for the students involved, so a huge thank you from the team at Stanley High!

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage as many of you as possible to come in and talk to our students as they would benefit greatly from your experiences in your jobs/careers and how you have achieved them.

Bicycle safety
If your child cycles to school, please ensure they have a suitable cycle lock to secure their bike, as a number of thefts have taken place in the past.  Please note, a lock is still required for bikes left in the cycle shelter, the school is not responsible for any cycle theft.

This week Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week has been awarded to Amber Evans for her 3D insect homework.


It was inspired by the work of Michelle Stilzlein who is an artist who uses old car parts to create beautiful butterflies. The size and design was dictated by the materials Amber had to work with. To create the sculpture Amber describes that she took an old zip and inserted one end into a drinking straw, and then threaded some wooden beads onto the straw. The wings are made of cardboard and covered in tissue paper.  The wings were then attached to the body and legs were added using old wire and some pipe cleaners to add some realism.  The wings are decorated with buttons using a hot glue gun to secure the pattern.

The piece is called ‘Rainbow Buttonfly’ based on the Lepidoptera Arcus butterfly which was discovered in 2016 in the United Kingdom. It is commonly found in haberdasheries and occasionally in sewing baskets!

Food Technology
Two of our Food and Nutrition students from Year 10 GCSE, Ruby Cartwright and Sophie Marston, are competing in the Southport Rotary Catering Competition against local Sefton schools today.

They have to cook a two course meal of their choice and the girls have been working hard preparing for it and are very nervous, we wish them the best of luck and we are sure they will do the school and themselves proud.

On Wednesday 16th November, Year 10 sat a GCSE style English assessment in the hall.  It is the first time during their English GCSE that they have had the opportunity to do this and their attitude and behaviour were impeccable. The English department would like to congratulate them on this and hope that this is the start of many positive experiences to come during their GCSE course!

Film Club
Miss G Navin is starting a Film Club for Year 7 and 8 students.  It will be every Thursday lunchtime in Room 11; there are only 25 places available therefore students need to sign up soon!

The club will begin on Thursday 24th November, please see Miss Navin in Room 11 for more information.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Congratulations to the 54 students who have completed their DoE Awards. This is a huge achievement and something the students should be deservedly proud of.

35 Year 10 students have achieved their Bronze Award and 19 Year 11 students have achieved their Silver Award.

For each award students had to complete activities in four sections; Physical, Skills, Volunteering and Expedition. They started the award last November and have been working towards passing the award for nearly a year.

Students will be presented with their award at a Presentation Evening on Thursday 30th March 2017 at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.  Details of the arrangements for that evening will be given to the students nearer the time.

Students in the current Year 9 will be given the opportunity to enroll for the Bronze Award next week. There will be an assembly detailing what is involved on Wednesday and students will sign up after school on Friday 25th November.  If you have any questions please ask for Mr Hooton, DoE Co-ordinator.

Year 9 GCSE boys and girls took part in a handball fixture against Meols Cop Year 10 GCSE students. Both the boys and girls played with great skill and enthusiasm, particularly as this is a new sport that we have introduced into the extra curriculum.  The games were both hard fought and congratulations go to the girls who won 13-11.

Year 9 boys National Cup – won 3-0 against St Francis Xavier School with a superb hat trick from Marco Pinto Ventura

Year 8 girls National Cup – unfortunately our year 8 girls lost against a very strong Archbishop Temple from Preston conceding 2 late goals to lose 2-1.

Cross Country


46 Students went to Birkdale common to compete in the Sefton Cross Country league on Wednesday. The students ran in difficult conditions and challenged themselves to perform to the best of their ability.

Stand out performances came from Adam Oakley Year 7 who won his race , Rebecca Bamber Year 7, Tom Corcoran Year 9 came 3rd in the Year 8/9 boys race, Matthew Chong finished 6th in the Year 10/11 boys race with Molly Riding coming 3rd and Alice Prescott 5th in the Year 10/11 girls race.   All students were a credit to the school and should be very proud of their endeavours.

Runners up in the North Sefton KS3 Boys finals. Well done to the boys for trying their best.

Tuesday 22nd
Year 7 basketball tournament at Range High

Wednesday 23rd
Year 8 National Cup football at Christleton High, Chester

Thursday 24th
KS3 Girls badminton tournament at home

Thursday 24th
Year 7 Futsal tournament at Formby High

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 94.2%.




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