Headteacher’s update

Steps after Stanley

It has been an important time for our Year 11 students as we have had our ‘Steps after Stanley’ week. This has involved the students attending a special assembly on Tuesday morning where they were spoken to about the importance of being fully prepared for their future; during this assembly students were given envelopes containing their mock exam results. It was pleasing to see that a large number of students received some fantastic results and this was down to their hard work and commitment to their studies. Some students were a little disappointed with some results, but it was good to hear their positive conversations about what they now need to do to improve in those subjects. Students were also reminded about the comprehensive revision programme that is on offer every night of the week and reminded that it is important that they attend all the revision sessions on offer. Please see details below.

Another aspect of the ‘Steps after Stanley’ week was our mock interview day on Wednesday. We had a number of visitors in school from different educational and employment settings who conducted one to one interviews with our Year 11 students. The students had been using form time to fill in mock application forms and think about the requirements for a successful interview. All the visitors complimented the students on their smart appearance, impeccable manners and how well prepared they were for their interviews; the students were a credit to the school. I would like to thank all the visitors for kindly giving up their time for this fantastic opportunity for our students.

Finally, it is important that all Year 11 students have now made an application to a College for courses commencing in September 2018. If your child has not done so, please contact your child’s form tutor in the first instance who will be able to offer them the appropriate support and advice.

Manners Matter week

Next week sees the first of our ‘Praise weeks’ which will be taking place at least once per half term. Each week will have a different topic where staff are able to nominate a student who they feel has gone above normal practice in the weeks particular topic.
Next week we are focusing on manners, and have asked staff to nominate anyone who they feel has been outstanding; this does not just apply to students being polite towards teachers but also with their peers. All students who are nominated will be recognised for their politeness and two students will be randomly chosen to receive a voucher worth £10. We encourage all students at all times to be polite and we know that on the whole our students already are, but this is a way to promote good manners and encourage students to be polite at all times.

Year 8 Options Assemblies

The next two weeks sees the start of the Option process for Year 8 students. Each subject teacher will give a short presentation to students to give advice and guidance as to what will be expected should they choose the subject as an option. This will help students when they are choosing their options. There will also be an Options Evening where students and parents/carers are invited into school to visit the departments where further information and guidance will be available. This will take place on Wednesday 7th February, further details will be provided nearer the time.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Year 11 After School Revision Programme

year 11 revision timetable

Art

This week Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to Charlie Clarkson in Year 7 for his sweet competition entry. The Little Sweet Company, a local business, set our students a challenge to create a piece of art work related to the theme of sweets. The company had the Christmas holidays and last week to decide on the winner. They said they were astounded by the talent that the students have shown and the enthusiasm with all the entries. Students used a variety of materials to create their pieces, including 3D sweets, melted wax crayons, fabrics and a sewing machine. The Company said they liked Charlies’ the best as he had used his imagination to create 3D sweets. Thank you very much and well done Year 7.

English

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/2018/01/fortnightly-spelling-grammar-focus-22-01-2018.pdf

UK Maths Challenge

On Thursday 1st February we are delighted that over 100 of our Years 9 and 10 students will be taking part in the UK Maths Challenge organised by Leeds University. We wish them luck and that they continue on to the next round as in previous years.

PE

Our new extra-curricular timetable is up and running and we are really pleased with the response to Sportshall Athletics with the competitions that are taking place. What is also very pleasing is the amount of Sports Leaders contributing to both extra-curricular at Stanley but also leading activities off site in our local primary schools. I know all the feedback we have had has been excellent and the hours the students put in help towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Handball

Recently Stanley students and staff have worked closely with Andy Clarke from England Handball. Our Year 11 students were fortunate enough to have a 3 hour coaching clinic and a number of these students are now using handball as one of their GCSE activities. Our Year 10 GCSE students have also been participating in handball and have recently played a fixture against Formby High. We are pleased to announce that Stanley were victorious 14-10 and a high level of skill and tactical awareness was shown by both teams.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Monday 22nd – Primary Futsal Tournament at Stanley Hig
  • Monday 22nd – Year 11 GCSE Table Tennis at Birkdale High
  • Tuesday 23rd – Primary Futsal Tournament at Stanley High
  • Tuesday 23rd – Year 11 GCSE Handball at Formby High
  • Wednesday 24th – Primary Futsal Tournament at Stanley High
  • Thursday 25th – Primary Futsal Tournament at Stanley High
  • Friday 26th – Sports Ambassadors Training at Bishop David Sheppard Primary

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 12th January 2018 was 92.8%.

attendance 19-01-2018

Parents/Carers Evening dates

The yearly parent/carers evenings will be taking place on the following dates between 4-7pm. The booking system will open on 2 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

Extra-Curricular Activities

Please follow the link below to see details of all extra-curricular activities. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/curriculum/extra-curricular-activities-2/

Online Information and Apps

If you have changed your email address or any other contact details please let the office know by emailing. 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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