Headteacher’s update
Year 11 mock exams commence on Monday for two weeks. I would like to wish all Year 11s good luck and look forward to celebrating their results on mock results day in January 2017.  Students have been issued with a mock exam timetable and should they have misplaced it, please direct them to the exams office.  The timetable will alter for the two week period to allow morning and afternoon exams to take place and lunch will be at 12.15pm to 1pm for all years.

I have been impressed with the high standards of uniform within school, and thank parents and carers for supporting this. To continue to ensure and maintain the high standards of student dress, we have purchased some black pumps for students who choose not to wear the correct footwear.  They will be loaned to the students on a daily basis.

This week in form time, form tutors have delivered a session on anti-bullying and this will be followed up in year assemblies over the coming weeks with e-safety and anti-bullying presentations.

Children in Need
A massive thank you to all those who took part in the ‘Spotacular’ mufti day to raise money for Children in Need on Friday. We are pleased to announce that we raised a total of £753.00.

Year 7 Christmas Appeal
This week during the Year 7 assembly, students were asked to bring in a voluntary contribution towards supporting Southport Food Bank. The items being collected are to be put together to form a hamper for a Christmas Lunch.

Each form has been allocated three items, of which the students are asked to bring in one item, if possible. This appeal runs until 9th December.

Foodbank Appeal

A group of students, accompanied by Mrs Urquhart, will take the donation to the Foodbank where they will listen to a talk about the role of the centre and then take a tour of the store rooms. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.

Christmas Extravaganza
On Monday 19th December we will be holding our annual Christmas concert for the local senior citizens and parents and grandparents of the cast performing.  We will have a variety of Christmas activities alongside some drama performances and dance displays.

All the students are busy rehearsing in each of the departments: Drama, Dance and Music and we want to give a huge thanks to Miss Cassidy, Miss Cregg and Mr Winstanley for their hard work and dedication towards these productions.

At the Drama club, which takes place after school on Wednesdays and at lunchtime, students are rehearsing two acting scenes and a group song. All are excited about taking part in the production alongside the other musicians and dancers.

Xpressions App
As previously mentioned, we are now using the Xpressions App so please ensure we have your correct mobile number and email address on our school database to enable you to use the App.

Click here for the link with instructions on how to access and install the app.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
A record number of students have signed up for the Silver DofE Award this year – a total of 27 students have paid their deposit.

Students can start their Physical, Skills and Volunteering immediately.  We have sent off for their Record Books and will call the students together for a short meeting as soon as they arrive.  Thank you to all parents for supporting their child in this venture.

Art
This week Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week has been awarded to Josh Greaves in Year 7 for his amazing colour homework booklet; the detail is fantastic.

He has included information on how colour affects food choice, how brands are marketed to reinforce their company values and examples of how artists use colour to depict their work. Mrs Ward’s favourite part is the photograph of items related to his favourite colour, which Josh has also drawn.

Food Technology
A massive congratulations to Ruby Cartwright and Sophie Marston, who competed in the Southport Rotary Catering Competition against local Sefton schools on Friday.

Both students were a credit to the school and everything went as planned. It is a fantastic opportunity for students to compete in with other schools and we are pleased to say that Ruby came runner up against a 6th form student.  Well done Ruby and Sophie!

History
Well done to Year 7/1 History for an outstanding effort; they have been studying ‘Contenders to the Throne in 1066’ and students were asked to prepare their ideas through selecting and organising information, writing an essay which included their own opinion with evidence, and then preparing in groups to argue their ideas in the form of a debate. The students impressed Miss Van-Eker with the presentation as it was so well planned and they gave an outstanding delivery with evidence to back up what they were arguing. They are a credit to the school well done7/1!

Linguist of the Week
This week’s award goes to Liam Sephton in Year 8. Liam has impressed Miss Navin with his energy and enthusiasm in French lessons since September.  He always takes an active role in class and his French pronunciation is excellent. Keep up the good work, Liam!

RE
Year 8 RE students were asked to explore, research and answer the ultimate question; “How can God exist when there is evil and suffering in the world?” All students did well but the following students deserve an extra mention for producing some outstanding essays:  Amy French, Scott Ogden, Jamie Ogden, Georgia Bancroft, Anna Williams, Jessica Thorpe, Aiden Christian, Eleanor Backshall.  Well done on all your hard work, Mrs Rawcliffe was very impressed.

Sports News

Results
Football
The Year 8 Girls team participated in the Liverpool County FA tournament which consisted of 12 teams from Merseyside. In the group games they played fantastically well where they beat Savio, Meols Cop, Maricourt, Range and Formby before eventually losing to Chesterfield in the final game.  The attitude and desire of the girls was brilliant throughout the whole tournament and they also met Everton and England player, Jenna Dear.

Badminton
Well done to our year 9 and 10 girls A and B teams who finished runners up in the A and B tournament respectively.

Dance
On Saturday 12th November, 28 students took part in the Chance2Dance festival, held at the Blackpool Opera House.  We are still the only high school to take part in the festival; all other schools are external performing arts academies from all over the UK.

At the start of the day, students were treated to a performance by Britain’s Got Talent finalists ‘Addict Dance Academy’ who have also invited us to Leicester to attend a workshop day at their post 16 training academy.

Students from Year 7, 8, 9 & 10 all danced in our ‘Cirque Du Freak’ routine and a number of students also took part in our second routine ‘Where Have All The Children Gone.’

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All students danced impeccably and were outstanding representatives for our school. Well done to everyone who took part and a huge thank you to Miss Cregg and Mrs Urquhart who gave up their Saturday to accompany them, support them and champion them, you are all a credit to the school.

Up and coming fixtures
Monday 28th November
Year 9 National Cup football at Wright Robinson, Manchester

Tuesday 29th November
Year 8 basketball tournament at Range High

Thursday 1st December
KS4 Boys badminton tournament at home

Friday 2nd December
Year 9 & 10 Liverpool County FA Merseyside girls football tournament

Attendance
We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 18th November was 93.9%.

attendance

Congratulations to 7CRL for attaining 100% attendance this week and also to 9SMC for 99.1% and 8MEM for 99% attendance.

 

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