Headteacher’s update

Start of Term

Students will be expected back into school on Monday 30th October at 8.40am for form time, we hope you have a pleasant half term break.

Toe to Toe Campaign

A huge thanks to all the parents that sent in ‘spare’ shoes in July for the Southport Learning Partnership ‘Toe to Toe’ campaign.The shoes have been distributed to the Ukraine, and I am sure the children will be extremely grateful.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Battlefields Tour

Two of our Year 11 students, Ruby and Dean accompanied by History teacher Miss Van-Eker, had a fantastic opportunity to visit the World War One Battlefields in Belgium and France on the weekend of 6-9th October. Other schools from all over the North West of England accompanied us on our journey to find out about the Great War. The trip involved visits to Lijssenthoek Cemetery, the Passchendaele Memorial Museum, Menin Gate, Beaumont Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park, Sunken Lane, the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Thiepval Memorial, Langemark Cemetery and Talbot House.

The first day of our tour was in Ypres and students were able to see the trench systems and see where the British and German front lines would have been, as well as understanding how the tactics used, applied to the landscape. In the evening, there was a unique opportunity to be part of the national commemorations of the First World War Centenary held at Menin Gate. We were able to proudly lay a wreath at the ceremony and reflect on how World War One lost so many lives.

Over the next couple of days, we visited a number of cemeteries, in which were we told stories about different soldiers who had fallen. Passchendaele Memorial Museum was a chance to look at the weapons used in World War One, including imitations of the smells of the gases used! We worked alongside the tour guides in Sunken Lane to recreate where the soldiers went ‘over the top’ on day one during the Battle of the Somme. Students took part in evening activities, which involved historical enquiries about where they had visited in the day and look in greater depth at the brutality of the Great War using artefacts. Ruby and Dean even got to lead an activity, they had to work with the other schools to form a balanced argument on whether the Battle of the Somme was really a disaster for the British.

The final day was spent visiting Langemark Cemetery. This was a German Cemetery in Belgium, which had an eerie atmosphere and was a total contrast to the cemeteries we had previously visited during the trip. To end on a positive, we got to visit Talbot House, which was where soldiers had a bit of downtime from the brutality of war. 

We learnt about how soldiers would watch entertainment acts to keep the morale up. Lastly, we visited the Chapel at the top of the house, where we said a prayer together in remembrance of those who lost their lives.

Both Ruby and Dean thought the trip was very moving. They learnt so much about World War One and equally, took away sombre memories which will last a lifetime. We will be holding a Remembrance Oral History afternoon at Stanley High School on Friday 10th November, from 1.30-2.30pm, in which students will talk about their experience
in more detail. All are welcome and there is no cost.

RAF Roadshow lifts off at Stanley

The RAF Education Roadshow inspired students from Stanley High and Churchtown primary school with their “Fun with Flight” presentation this week at Stanley High school.

Students discovered how the physics they study in the classroom is an integral part of the work that engineers undertake in the RAF and other engineering organisations.

The jaw-dropping demonstrations included drones, balloons, airships and even a jet engine.

Students also learnt about the microlight world altitude record and the physics behind how the RAF achieved this. The show actively promoted women in engineering and sought to demystify the work of engineers. It was a brilliant illustration of exciting careers in STEM. 

The live, theatre style Roadshow, provided a fun and engaging presentation that captured the imagination of the young .audience and will hopefully inspire them to become future scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Art

This week’s creative work of the week is awarded to Aaron Whitehead in Year 11 and his stunning detailed owl eyes. Aaron has captured the colour and texture of this magnificent creature really well. This particular drawing is going towards Aaron’s final
piece of coursework.

Mrs Ward would like to thank Year 11 students who attended Art club last Saturday. Twelve Year 11 students and a couple of Year 10 attended an Art coursework workshop last Saturday to enable them to complete their coursework for Christmas.

Year 11 arrived a little blurry eyed at 9 am and worked hard till lunchtime. Well done to all who attended.

Mrs McAlister was amazed at the wonderful homework that was handed in by Santa Ozalina and Harry Prescott in Year 8. The homework was to design an insect-inspired  tattoo and they both handed it in early! Well done.

Drama

Congratulations to all of Miss Cassidy’s Year 11 Drama students who completed their performance exam on Wednesday, forming part of a unit worth 40% of their final GCSE. Four groups each had the theme of “What does it feel like to be a 21st Century teenager?” and from this they planned, researched, scripted, rehearsed and improved their unique performances. The whole class worked as a team to support each other and we are all so pleased that everything ran smoothly. A big thank you to Mr Proffitt who supported with the sound and lighting and a massive well done to the Year 11s!

PE

Rugby

Under the threatening skies and forecast of strong winds from Hurricane Ophelia the Year 7 Rugby team embarked on their first competitive full contact matches at Liverpool St Helens RUFC. At first we were a little daunted by what we perceived were larger players on the other teams but once into the game the differences were minimal. Double header games against Maricourt and Cowley were closely matched with plenty of tackles made by both sides. The first 3 games produced 3 draws, 2 with Maricourt and 1 with Cowley before we began to string passes together and started to move the ball away from the breakdown area. Straighter, more direct running and more confident tackling meant we were stronger in both attack and defence so that in the final three games no tries were conceded and our first win was produced against Cowley. Our final game introduced new opponents in the shape of Woodchurch which once again finished in a draw with both sides almost scoring tries against some desperate defending and dropped passes.

A windy and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon allowed the team to experience full contact Rugby for the first time and finishing undefeated was a bonus.

An enthusiastic team of Year 8s arrived at Liverpool St Helens RUFC ready to compete in what turned out to be a tournament that would test the physical and tactical strengths of the team. The 4 difficult opponents illustrated to us the elements of our game that require some work as well some areas that are progressing well. Running with the ball in hand, supporting each other and winning the ball back at the breakdown were extremely effective.

Despite a couple of narrow losses everyone enjoyed the afternoon of Rugby and learnt some lessons which hopefully will help improve.

Congratulations to Georgia and Francesca who have been selected for Merseyside under 14 football and under 15 Lancashire Rugby teams. The girls will be representing both their district and county after half term and we wish them all the best.

Well done also to Tom who has been selected to represent the Welsh Rugby Union Exiles under 15 team in a tournament after half term. He was selected out of over 200 registered players and again the school is very proud of his achievements.

Sports leaders

A big thank you to all the sports leaders who have led activities both at Stanley and also off-site. A record amount of Duke of Edinburgh forms have been signed by the PE department in recognition of the amount of hours our Sports Leaders have completed. Just this week alone 12 primaries have been involved in sporting fixtures at Stanley and a further 3 primaries have had our students lead the extra-curricular events at their school. What has been even more pleasing is the time and enthusiasm that Year 11 and Year 10 students have given to our Year 7 students in leading activities for them since September.

Football results

Year 7 Stanley 1 – Birkdale 3
Year 7 Stanley 9 – Birkdale 0

Just recently Stanley and Birkdale have played a number of football games with Year 7 to give as many students as possible the opportunity to represent their school. As it stands over 50% of Year 7 have represented Stanley in football. Well done to all the students who have participated.

Year 10

Year 10 started the journey in the ESFA National Cup with an excellent performance against a strong Standish school before eventually winning 4 -0. The boys have had unprecedented success in this competition winning it twice before and the signs are promising that it will be another successful season.

Attendance

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 13th October was 92.3%.

attendance

Congratulations to 7JF for achieving 99% 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 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.

  • 16th November 2017 – Year 7
  • 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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