Headteacher’s update
Today we took part in Red Nose day raising money for Comic Relief.  We held a cake sale at break time, which despite making a bit of mess was a huge success and so far we have raised a fantastic £249 for what is a fantastic charity.

English/Maths/Science Meeting
As Year 11 approach the end of their time here at Stanley High School it is crucial that they are as fully prepared as possible in order to achieve success in their rapidly approaching GCSE exams. To this end we would like to invite Year 11 parents into school on Wednesday 29th March at 5pm, where Subject Leaders from the core subjects will give you further guidance on how you can help support your child during this very important time.

We look forward to seeing you on the 30th March at 5pm.

Year 11 Revision Sessions
We will be holding an extensive timetable of revision during the Spring Break for Year 11 students, details will be posted on the website from Monday and will be Groupcalled home. Students who are expected to attend have been informed by the individual teacher, so please encourage your child to attend as many sessions as possible.

Safeguarding Message
We have sent out a Groupcall message in relation to an app that is increasingly causing concern called ‘Musical.ly’. This information was previously issued in June 2016.  If you have not received it, please let the office know and we will ensure you are able to access the information.

2017-2018 Term Dates
Following approval at the Full Governors meeting on Wednesday please see the 2017-18 term dates below:

End of Term
Please be reminded that we finish for the Spring Break on Friday 31st at 1pm.  Students will return to school on Tuesday 18th April at 8.40am following the Easter weekend.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Stanley High Car Boot Sale
Our monthly Car Boot Sale will be taking place tomorrow, please come and see if you can ‘bag a bargain’ or alternatively, if you wish to volunteer to help the school run the event please contact the school office on 01704 228940.
If you wish to be a part of the School’s PTA, please contact the above number and ask to speak with the School Business Manager.

Rotary Club Public Speaking competition

On Tuesday 21st March, 3 of our Year 8 Students took part in the Youth Speaks public speaking competition run by the Rotary Club.  Eleanor, Ethan and Sean have been working with Miss Perkins on the topic Brexit and its effect on the youth of today. They had to take the roles of Chairperson, speaker and vote of thanks and prepare speeches of specific lengths depending on their role.  We also had an extremely hard working reserve, Aiden, who was ready to step in at the last minute if necessary!

Miss Perkins and Mr Moore accompanied our students to the final at the Ramada Plaza Hotel where they competed against teams from other schools in the area, all of whom were considerably older than our students! The competition was hard fought and, sadly, our team was beaten by a team of Year 10s from Greenbank. However, our team showed how fantastic Stanley students are and they are definitely winners in our eyes!

More Able Visit

On Friday 17th March, five of our More Able Graphics students visited Runshaw College. They created their own typography and image manipulation using the Apple Suite software packages such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
The students were a credit to themselves and the school.

Year 8 Careers Day

On Tuesday all Year 8 students took part in a day of activities based on Challenge, Confidence, Commitment, Control and Mental Toughness.  They had a break from normal lessons and spent the day discussing, sharing, thinking, stacking plastic cups and trying to squeeze as many people as they could into a piece of A4 paper!  The day was a great success and our external providers from Career Connect were very impressed with the engagement and commitment of our students. Well done Year 8!
 
Austria Ski Trip 2017 – Visit to Chill Factore

The students who will be attending the ski trip during the first week of the Spring Break visited Chill Factore in Manchester on Tuesday evening. The students who received a taster session were excellent, as were the more experienced students who skied on the main slope.

All of the team are now looking forward to the trip. Updates will be posted on the School’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout their stay in Austria.
 
Year 9 Jump Warehouse Visit

Year 9 students have been to Jump Warehouse today as a reward for their superb attitude to learning.
Students (and staff!) have had a brilliant time.

Active Kids 2017
Please remember to send your vouchers into school to help us get some free equipment for the school, which will benefit our students, in either the PE department or the Catering department.
Art

Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week goes to the Year 11 Saturday morning Art/ Graphics students. There has been a group of students who have been working extremely hard on completing their coursework for both Art and Graphics over the past few weekends.  In Particular Lewis Ball who has been painting a burger in his art lessons, and has been inspired by Andy Warhol.  Lewis has also used the burger painting to inspire his Graphics Burger Company ‘Burger Barn’.  He is hoping to open this as his own company in the future and has promised complimentary meals to Mrs Ward!  Well done Lewis keep up the great work.

Talented member of our Stanley Site team Mr Phil Johnson was also inspiring the Year 11 students with his fantastic watercolour paintings and drawings of field birds. Mr Johnson likes to keep records of the birds he has spotted out and about in the local area.

Thank you for allowing Year 11 have a look at these beautiful paintings.
Drama
On Friday 17th March over 100 students from Drama, Music, Dance and English classes viewed 2 performances from Southport College Performing Arts Schools Tour 2017.

Great Expectations follows Pip’s journey through adolescence and students were shown the power and relevance of literary masterpieces through his internal struggle between compassion and wealth.

DNA showed through drama and physical theatre a condensed version of this modern play which brought to life the moral tug-of-war between actions and their consequences.

As always the performances were engaging, inspiring, well directed and a great chance for students to view live theatre at school.

English

A huge well done to Mrs Abram’s Year 7 set 1 for their fantastic projects on William Shakespeare.

The students have spent time at home researching the life and times of William Shakespeare and the standard of work has been fantastic.

A Christmas Carol Production
In preparation for their GCSE next year, Year 10 students have been invited to a theatrical production of A Christmas Carol in December.  This will take place in the Octagon Theatre, Bolton.

Further details of this visit are available in a letter that has been distributed this week, but if students need any more information, they can come speak to Miss Donnelly in Room 9.

Literacy Leaders

On Tuesday 21st March, six of our Year 9 Literacy Leaders spent time working with Year 6 students from Linaker Primary School.  They worked with them on a mystery box story and helped them to plan and write an exciting adventure story.

All the Year 6 students had a great time trying to decide how to use the mystery objects in their stories.

They produced some fascinating pieces of writing. We are now running a competition to see which of the Year 6 students have produced the best story and will be awarding certificates and prizes to the winners!
Our Literacy Leaders cannot wait to see the final results.

Literacy Forum presentation
Following the forum on Tuesday 14th March where we discussed ways to help your child with literacy, please follow the link to the school website where you will find the presentation. 
Download document here.
Linguist of the Week
This week’s award goes to Ema Garcia in Year 11. Mrs Lee nominated Ema due to her excellent attitude to learning. She can be relied upon to work hard both in class and at home and as a result, she is making excellent progress in her GCSE French course. Well done, Ema!
Maths

Four year 10 students attended Runshaw College on Wednesday evening for their annual Maths Challenge. Although they didn’t win, the students had a great evening and particularly enjoyed the free cakes and sandwiches! Their enthusiasm and positive attitude was commented on by other staff and they were a credit to Stanley High School – well done boys!

The students were absolute stars, although they did send poor Joe on his crutches out to collect their medals which they all found absolutely hilarious. They came 19th out of 32 teams.
Music

Mr and Mrs Thorpe, parents of Fred and Jess Thorpe have very kindly donated a digital piano which we believe belonged to their uncle who has sadly passed away.

The piano is fantastic and a real welcome addition to the Music department!
Thank you Mr and Mrs Thorpe for your generosity.

Sports News
Dance
Practices are continuing for this year’s Wally Cain Dance Festival; we are performing on Friday 30th June.  Tickets will soon be available to purchase from the Southport Convention Centre.  Students will be told shortly of their costume requirements.

Football
Year 7 played against Christ the King losing 2 – 4 and Year 9 played against Christ the King winning 8 – 0.

Netball
This week the Year 7 and 8 tournament at Formby was postponed due to bad weather. The tournament has been rescheduled for Tuesday 25th April.

Sportshall Athletics
On Friday 17th March the Year 7 boys participated in the Merseyside Sportshall Athletics finals in Liverpool.  The standard of competition was exceptional and the boys performed extremely well with a number of boys achieving personal bests in their events.  Stanley eventually finished in 7th place out of the 14 schools that attended.

Rugby
A team of Y9 and 10 students took part in a Rugby Tournament at Southport RUFC on Monday. The team were confident going into the tournament that they would perform well and we won the first game against Meols Cop 29-5. The second game against Formby was of much greater intensity and the final score was 20-5 to Formby.

The most dramatic incident of the game came during the second half when during a hailstorm most players ran off the pitch to take shelter, however play continued amidst much confusion.

For our efforts we returned home with the runners up trophy ending the season on a good, although bedraggled note.

Upcoming Fixtures
Tuesday 28th – Year 10 & 11 Golf Masters at Formby Golf Club
Wednesday 29th – KS4 boys Handball Tournament
Wednesday 29th – Year 9b Football fixtures against Hawthorne High
Thursday 30th – Year 7 Rugby Tournament
Attendance
We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 17th March 2017 was 93.4%.

Congratulations to 8DAK for achieving 99.6% attendance and 7WIL for achieving 99% attendance.

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