It has been an incredibly busy in school this week with lots of fantastic activities taking place for our students. Last weekend a number of our Year 7 students had a wonderful weekend in Colomendy and experienced a variety of outdoor activities.
On Wednesday all students took part in our first Enrichment Day of the year. Please see the information below from Year Leaders showing the range of activities which each year group took part in. There will be four more Enrichment Days throughout the year, each focusing on a different aspect.
Yesterday Larkfield Primary students from Years 5 and 6 joined us for a curriculum taster day and staff were supported by our Stanley High Student Leaders.
I was delighted to see so many visitors who came into school today for the Macmillan Coffee Morning and it was a delight to taste and judge the staff cakes, but most of all it was fantastic to see the number of students who attended the gym at break time as well as the number of cakes that were contributed by the students.
I have welcomed lots of visitors to our school this week and they have been very complimentary about the school and have given me very positive feedback about our students.
Damien Moore MP visit
I was delighted to welcome our local MP, Damien Moore, to the school and to show him what a wonderful community we have here at Stanley High.
He was most impressed with the calm, purposeful attitude of our students and the good manners shown across the school.
We look forward to building a mutually beneficial relationship and I hope to arrange a visit to the Parliament building in London sometime next year.
Mr N Moore
Another 20 students undertook their Bikeability Level 3 qualification on local roads and junctions around Stanley this week. Understanding and being aware of the difficulties and dangers when cycling on the road will hopefully increase the confidence of the participants and encourage them to cycle more often, not just to and from school but also in the evenings and at weekends, enjoying the greater freedom and independence as well as being safer.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Today we held a Macmillan coffee morning in the school hall and we were delighted to welcome a fantastic number of parents/carers and grandparents as well as some of our local residents to join us for refreshments between 10am and 12noon. We also held a cake sale in the Gymnasium for students to donate or purchase their own cakes and we held a staff bake sale competition in the staffroom. The overall winners were Mrs Coggins and Mrs Abram but a thank you must go to all staff who made the effort to bake a cake and we look forward to seeing bigger and better next year.
The atmosphere was great in all three areas and the students who helped to serve refreshments were a great representation of the school and the ethos we are striving for. There were musical contributions from Padasht, Joe and Thomas and a huge thanks to all the staff who helped out on the day, with particular thanks to the ‘bakers’ who baked in Room 37 last night and to Sandra and her team in the canteen for their fantastic contribution. Miss Foy baked a fantastic unicorn cake which was raffled off and the lucky winner was fortunate enough to take the cake home with her.
We have raised a fantastic amount of money for a great cause and we look forward to next year!
Year 7 Trip to Colomendy
On Friday 22nd September Year 7 students and staff travelled to Colomendy Adventure Centre, near Mold in North Wales. The students were very excited about their weekend away and on arrival, after a brief site tour, they went straight to their first activity.
The variety of activities covered over the weekend challenged and developed teamwork, encouraged communication and offered adventure.
STEM Enrichment Day
A group of 15 Year 8 students took part in two STEM enrichment days on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday at Greenbank High School we completed many activities associated with space and the space environment including how objects react in the thinning atmosphere of space. On Tuesday they visited Welshpool and launched a balloon into space and tracked its route over the duration of the flight. All 15 students thoroughly enjoyed the day and explored how classroom-based activities can be directly linked to real-life experiments. A pigs eye and various metals were sent into space to see how they reacted to the thinning atmosphere and low temperatures.
Whole School Enrichment Day – Wednesday 27th September
Year 11 – Careers
Students were involved in a College Carousel, a Study Skills Workshop and a ‘How to write a Personal Statement’ session. The aim of the day was to help the students make some important decisions about their options for when they leave Stanley and to prepare them for their final GCSE exams. During the morning, students attended talks delivered by Myerscough College, Career Connect, National Apprenticeships and Edge Hill University. In the afternoon, students took part in a Study Skills workshop; a session on how to write a personal statement delivered by Runshaw College and finally an information and guidance session from Southport College and King George V College. Congratulations to all the Year 11 students on their excellent behaviour and engagement during the day.
The day ended with a College Information and Guidance evening for Year 11 parents/carers hosted by King George V College and Southport College. It was lovely to see some ex-students return to Stanley to share their experiences and successes at College. Thank you to all those parents who attended the evening.
Students spent Wednesday morning learning about the effects of teenage pregnancy and what it is like to be pregnant. This was followed by a programme called ‘The Baby Borrowers’ where students watched a social experiment: teenagers were given babies to look after, with very mixed results!
In the afternoon, students studied human rights where they looked at the rights that we take for granted then studied countries where basic human rights are abused. Students thoroughly enjoyed the day and there was lots of discussion.
Students were trained as Student Leaders in one of 7 different curriculum areas. Here at Stanley we regularly have primary school visitors and some of our students also go out into local primary schools to deliver sessions. We now have designated Student Leaders in Literacy, Numeracy, Science, MFL, IT, Art and Humanities. The feedback from both students and staff was very positive. Miss Waltho (trainer of our Numeracy Leaders) said ‘The students were fabulous and I am looking forward to working with them all and some very successful primary visits.’
Students joined forces with Merseyside Police to help tackle Hate Crime. They looked into important aspects of preventing Hate Crime as well as looking at some extreme examples (the Sophie Lancaster story, Anthony Walker etc). During the day, students designed benches along the theme of ‘Say No to Hate Crime’.
As a year group, they will then choose their favourite 11 designs in an assembly on Tuesday and in the forthcoming weeks, they will paint these chosen designs onto benches on Rotten Row. This will be an exciting and fulfilling opportunity for our students to have a direct impact on their local community.
Students took part in a day of sports activities, covering Rugby, Badminton, Netball, Football, Basketball and Dodgeball. Their attitude was amazing and they worked really hard when challenged by learning new skills. The final session of the day was dodgeball and their enthusiasm for the activity could be heard all the way up to the main entrance. There were lots of red faces and tired students leaving at the end of the day but all with smiles and comments about how much they had enjoyed their curriculum day.
Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to Kyle Hulme in Year 9. Kyle has just embarked on the Art GCSE course and has been working at home on tonal drawings for his first coursework project.
Kyle says he really enjoys using his 4B pencil to capture the texture and tone in his drawings.
Drama club is on every Wednesday and we are looking to recruit at least another 10 students to help us with our preparation for the Drama performance at the Christmas concert in December. Years 7-10 are all welcome Wednesday 3-4pm in Room 33, come along next week and give it a try!
Thursday 28th September was National Poetry Day. The theme this year was Freedom and the English department asked all staff to read a poem linked to freedom to each of their classes. They also asked students to write poems as part of their lessons and for homework. We are looking forward to reading the final results!
Year 9Y2 created a whole class poem about Freedom which you can read at the link below, each member of the class contributed their own metaphor, please congratulate your child for their wonderful efforts and fantastic ideas. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/freedom-is/
English intervention sessions are starting from Monday 2nd October with Miss Navin. Students will be invited to specific sessions on a 6-week rotation to help support their learning in lessons, 4 different groups will be running each week during registration. The different groups include technical accuracy and Grade 9-7 critical thinking. Further information will be sent home to those students taking part in the first rotation.
Making a Buzz about Books!
Book Buzz was launched on Monday 18th September, giving every student in Years 7 and 8 a free book. There are 15 exciting new titles to choose from, all of which are available for you to see on the Book Buzz website https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/practitioners/our-programmes/bookbuzz/. There is also a copy of each book in Room 7.
Students will be ordering their books in their English lessons, and the books will be delivered to the school in the coming weeks. The only difficult part will be deciding which book to choose!
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.
Students can now sign up for additional music lessons in school. This year we are offering tuition for the drum kit, guitar, vocals, woodwind and brass lessons to take place during the school day. The cost for the year is £100 and the fee can be paid in two instalments, PP students are entitled to a discount. If you are interested please see Mr Winstanley in Room 12.
Girls from Year 9 and 10 represented the school at the first Emerging Schools Tournament for girls held at Widnes RUFC this week. The girls played three games of full contact Rugby, the first time most had ever played the full game. Although the team were nervous prior to the first game against South Wirral they performed brilliantly and scored 6 tries and only conceded 1 to end up winning. With confidence high, they faced their second opponents in what was expected to be the toughest game against St Peter and Paul from Widnes. In a very close game, they were narrowly beaten by 4 tries to 3. The last game was against Broadgreen who had several strong players. The first half of the game was very tense with teams evenly matched but managed to score 2 tries to win what was quite a physical game.
Overall the girls really enjoyed the opportunity to play the full contact version and came away having learnt more about the game. Our tackling was good, support for each other when running with the ball was great and scoring tries added to the fun.
Hopefully, some of the girls will be able to follow this up and participate in more fixtures both for school and at Southport RUFC in the coming months.
Year 10 Science
Well done to classes 10Es 10Y2 and 10X2 who have all carried out 2 of their required practicals for their Science GCSE. The students had to make a salt from an insoluble base and also from a metal carbonate, both of which require many skills to get to this stage below. They all showed excellent practical skills and achieved amazing results.
We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 22nd September was 94.6%.
Congratulations to 8PB and 9EWA for achieving 99.1% 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
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