Headteacher’s update

Manchester attack
As a school community, we have been saddened and shocked by the terrible events in Manchester earlier this week. On Wednesday we observed a minutes silence throughout the school and staff have been supporting students who have been affected or upset by the atrocity. Our thoughts and prayers go to all those families who have been affected.

The links below will provide some advice and support for parents.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/children-calling-childLine-fearing-terrorist-attacks/

http://parentinfo.org/article/helping-your-child-cope-with-media-coverage-of-traumatic-events

Year 11 and May half term revision sessions
I have been delighted with the attitude and application of our Year 11 students as the Year 11 exams have commenced in earnest. It has been pleasing to see how mature the students are and I look forward to celebrating their successes in the summer.

We have an extensive revision programme taking place during the half term holiday and Year 11 students have been informed as to what they are expected to attend, however if they want to attend any of the revision sessions they will be made welcome. Please follow the link below to view the revision timetable. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/documents/2017/05/revision-may-half-term-2017.pdf

Whole School Photograph
The whole school photograph is now available on the Tempest website to view http://www.tempest-groups.co.uk in the search criteria enter Stanley High School and the password 580623. We have an actual size copy in school, please call in to Reception if you would like to view it.

If you would like to purchase a photograph there are different options to choose from which vary in price, your child should have brought an order form home this week, please return your order by 16th June to benefit from the free post and packing.

Rewards

Erin and Keisha are the first two students in Year 9 to achieve the Gold merit badge.

This is a fantastic achievement and we look forward to more students achieving this level of reward.

Southport Learning Partnership ‘Odd Shoe Day’
You may remember that on February 9th we held a fundraising ‘Love my Community’ day with the Southport Learning Partnership to raise funds for Queenscourt Hospice. We asked student to wear odd shoes for the day alongside the local primary and secondary schools and to donate to the charity. We are extremely pleased to announce that the total money raised has reached a fantastic total of £5443.41 from the 21 schools that took part. This money will do a fantastic amount of good and we thank all those who took part and we look forward to the next event.

Half term break
I hope you all have a nice break during half term and get a chance to re-charge your batteries for the final half term. We will return to school on Monday 5th June at 8.40am. Year 11 students continue in school as normal and unless sitting an exam or attending a revision session will follow their timetable until Friday 16th June.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

GCSE Examinations Arrangements
Year 11 students continue with their GCSE exams and revision programme and we ask you to remind them to continue working hard.

Should they need additional support they can speak with their Subject Teacher, Year Leader or Form Tutor. Please see the links below on a number of exam related topics.

Please follow the link below to view the exam timetable.

https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/school-information/exams/

Please follow the links below for information on coping with exam stresses.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/Coping-with-exam-stress.aspx

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1HsY1X8ySjKBMVXPVCbP4qH/exam-stress

Please follow the link below to view the revision schedule for the next three weeks.

https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/documents/2017/05/revision-plan-may-2017.pdf

Please re-visit the PowerPoint via the link below if you need any revision tips to help your child.

https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/documents/2017/03/year-11-parent-event-29th-march.pdf

Students can meet in the canteen from 8am on the days of their exams where breakfast and refreshments will be provided for those sitting a morning exam. Students must be in school by 8.30am when sitting morning exams. Please encourage your child to be on time as this makes a huge impact on their preparation prior to the exams.


Please continue to send your vouchers into school, we can continue to collect them until the end of June.

The vouchers will enable us get some free equipment for the school, which will benefit our students in either the PE or the Catering department. Please follow the link if you would like more information. https://activekids.sainsburys.co.uk/

Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
Last weekend 23 of our Year 9 students took part in a Practice Weekend for their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. Luckily, the forecast rain held off until late Saturday morning by which time our students had already completed most of the skills required; they had navigated very well on Friday’s walk, cooked dinner and breakfast on their Trangia systems and had pitched and repacked their tents. By the time the rain came, minds were firmly focused on a hot bath and comfortable bed back home.

The students’ attitude and behaviour were excellent and they were a credit to the school. Well done to all who took part – and a big thank you to the staff who gave up their weekend to accompany the very successful trip.

Year 9 visit to the Anne Frank Exhibition


A group of Year 9 students visited the Anne Frank Exhibition at Greenbank High School on Monday morning. They met with a representative from the exhibition who showed the students around the information boards. It is hoped that our students will become Anne Frank ambassadors, helping younger students study Anne Frank when they visit local primary schools.

Art
Mrs Ward’s Creative work of the week goes to Gina Halliwell in Year 10 for her sketchbook work based on birds and feathers.

Gina has captured the colours and textures of the parrots wing really well. Her watercolour bird is outstanding and she has used her inks and watercolours well to develop her own personal colour scheme.

Gina will be using these pieces to inspire a final piece for her Colours in Nature. Well done Gina.

8.2 produced some outstanding homework on manga for their recent Anime project. Mrs McAlister was really impressed at the standard of the work and the effort made by all the class.

Some of the work is on display in the art corridor for students to view.

Drama
Rehearsals are already underway and going well for our many student acts. Tickets for the final show on Thursday 13th July will be on sale from 5th June from the finance office at a cost of £3.00, we encourage you to buy early as we are expecting a sell-out audience!

For further information students can see Miss Cassidy and Mr Winstanley.

Sports News

Athletics
Athletics practices will continue on Monday and Wednesday after school. The girls have their first Southport and Formby Schools Competition after half term on Thursday 15th June. We look forward again to achieve outstanding results.

Year 9 boys went to Birkdale High School to take part in athletics trials in both track and field. There were some outstanding individual performances which is encouraging as the North Sefton Athletics championships is being held at Stanley on Thursday 8th June and the Division 1 Sefton Athletics Championships is on Monday 26th June.

Dance
We are still continuing our rehearsals for the Wally Cain Contemporary Dance Festival. Our performance piece is starting to really take shape and we are looking forward to performing it on Friday 30th June at the Southport Convention Centre.

Tickets are available from the Southport Convention Centre (please ensure you purchase the tickets for the correct evening – Friday – as the centre will not change/refund tickets purchased incorrectly).

A final reminder that there will be a dance practice over half term next week on Thursday 1st June from 10am – 2pm. This is for all students involved in the Wally Cain Dance Festival.

Rounders
On Tuesday night, we played the second rounders fixture of the season. We followed on from the success of last week and Year 8 and 9 teams continued their fantastic record this season. Well done to all students involved. The next fixture will be held on Monday 12th June at Stanley against Formby High School.

Rugby

The Year 8 team travelled to Merseyside to take part in the latest Emerging Schools Rugby Tournament. The schedule for the afternoon included four games against what we expected to be strong opposition. Our first opponents were the host school Pensby High School who fielded a strong team and we unfortunately lost by 3 – 1, although we started to look much stronger by the end of the game.

The second opponents, Woodchurch High School, a local team who were probably the best team we would face that day. Despite making some excellent defensive tackles we could not stop them and unfortunately we lost 4 – 0. Despite the loss we were beginning to realise that we had to start moving the ball wide to our faster runners to get into the games.

Our third game was against the Heath School from Runcorn. Passing the ball wide allowed our faster players: Ben and Nathan to run in unanswered tries for a convincing 4 – 0 win which gave us renewed confidence before the final game against Cardinal Heenan school. This was our closest game with the result closely contested right up to the final few minutes. With the score level at 2 – 2 a couple of missed tackles left us trailing by two tries.

Although a disappointing end to the tournament, it left the team determined to do better and gave us an understanding of the tactics to employ, which will hopefully achieve success.

Attendance
We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 19th May 2017 was 92.4%. Thank you to parents and carers for your support in ensuring your child attends school regularly.

Congratulations to 8DAK who achieved 99.2% attendance.

Online Information and Apps
If you have changed your email address or any other contact details please let the office know by emailing enquiries@stanleyhigh.co.uk. 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.

Extra-Curricular Activities
Technology Tuesday is open to all Technology and Business Year 10 students 3-4pm every Tuesday in R44 for coursework extra time.

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

Additional Study Timetable
The additional study timetable is available on the link below, please note that this is the minimum amount of additional study students will receive, and in certain subjects more will be given as required.

https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/documents/2016/12/additional-study.pdf

 

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