Headteacher’s update

Austria Ski visit
The ski visit left today with 34 students and 4 staff travelling to Saalbach in Austria. There will be regular updates on the school Facebook and Twitter pages and we wish them a fantastically cold and snow filled visit and look forward to hearing about their adventures. They will return to school on Saturday 8th April.

Year 11 Revision Timetable
There are a number of revision session taking place over the spring break for Year 11 students and all students have been given a copy of the timetable which has also been emailed home to parents and carers. Please follow the link below to find details of the timetable and additional subject revision resources.

Year 11 Core Subject Meeting
Thank you to all the parent/carers who attended the meeting on Wednesday evening with Core Subject Leaders. Please follow the link below to view the PowerPoint presentation which contains all the information your child should need to help them in the run up to the GCSE Examinations.

Year 7 Student Progress Evening
This will be taking place on Thursday 27th April from 4-7pm, the booking system is open for you to book appointments and will remain open until 7pm on Wednesday 26th April. Please follow the link if you have not yet made your appointments. https://stanleyhighschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/.

I would like to wish you an enjoyable spring break and please be reminded that we return to school on Tuesday 18th April, following the Easter weekend, at 8.40am. The school office will remain open during the break between the hours of 9am and 3.30pm should you need to contact the school.

Mr N Moore

Duke of Edinburgh Presentation
On Thursday evening a number of our students attended the Duke of Edinburgh Award Presentation at the Southport Theatre. The event was attended by students from across Sefton and The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, the High Sheriff of Merseyside and the Mayor of Sefton attended, as well as other distinguished guests.

Students received their Bronze and Silver Awards and it was fantastic to see so many of our (and other) students receive these as a result of their hard work. The evening was a celebration of achievement and was enjoyed by all who attended.

A huge thanks to Mr Hooton for all the hard work given over the year in organising and preparing students and Mrs Urquhart for stepping in these last few weeks, all the staff who attend the expeditions, whom without they could not go ahead and also to Mrs Witherup for her help with the finances and for also helping with the organisation.

Sefton Schools Emotional Health and Well-being Day
Six students accompanied by Miss Millard and Mr Walker attended a Health and Emotional Well-being Event organised by young people across Sefton on Tuesday 21st March. The students from Year 9 and 10 took part in a number of workshops focussing on skills to improve their health and emotional well-being. Workshops included creative writing, video and media and a mindfulness taster. At the end of the day there was a question time styled session in which all students were invited to pose relevant questions to the key decision makers across Sefton. Stanley was one of a number of schools whose students attended from across Sefton. All students were fully involved and enjoyed the day.

Gifted and Able visit

Four Year 10 students visited Runshaw College on Wednesday for a Gifted and Talented event called ‘Medical Marvels’ which was an introduction to the courses on offer at Runshaw which would take them into the medical profession.

The students took part in three sessions in which they performed a variety of practical tasks; from the careful art of stitching an orange to the slightly more robust Heimlich Manoeuvre and not forgetting the more mundane tasks of perfect bandaging, taking blood pressure and using a stethoscope.

They then had the opportunity to experience the life of a doctor in an A&E department which included analysing the symptoms of a patient who had collapsed and reviewing their echocardiogram, MRI scan and GCS all against the other schools and students in the attempt to make the correct diagnosis.

Finally they had the opportunity to experience anatomical drawing where they attempted to sketch the anatomy of the upper body onto a t-shirt.

The students had a fantastic time applying their scientific knowledge and hopefully the experience will awaken a desire to join the medical profession in the future.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids
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 or the Catering department.

Please follow the link if you would like more information. https://activekids.sainsburys.co.uk

2017-2018 Term Dates
Please see the 2017-18 term dates below:

Careers Corner
Year 9 Careers Day
Year 9 students took part in a careers education day on Wednesday. During the day they learned about their own strengths and weaknesses and how this might impact upon their choice of occupation. Additionally, students looked at the importance of body language and how to manage stress.

There will be a further Year 9 careers day in July that will look at specific careers which are available to them.

Cyberfirst Courses
Cyberfirst short courses are designed to introduce 11-17 year olds to the world of cyber security.
A career in cyber security has become a hot topic recently and job opportunities are expected to grow over the next few years. There will be bursaries of up to £4000 for students to study degrees in STEM subjects, including computer science.

The link below is to a government website advertising residential summer courses for students that are FREE. The nearest university to Stanley offering the courses is Lancaster, but there are other venues across the country not just London. https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/cyberfirst-courses

CyberFirst Defenders
A free four-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 14 to 15 year olds. The course provides a valuable introduction to the tools, knowledge and skills required to build and protect small networks and personal devices. Bookings are now open. For all enquiries please contact Smallpiece on 01926 333200 or email cyberfirst@smallpeicetrust.org.uk.

CyberFirst Futures
A free five-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 15 to 16 year olds. Ideal for students looking to study computer science at AS/A Levels, or equivalents. Students will explore advanced cyber security threats to devices, apps and software and investigate ways of protecting them. Bookings are now open. For all enquiries please contact Smallpeice on 01926 333200 or email cyberfirst@smallpeicetrust.org.uk

CyberFirst Advanced
A free five-day residential and non-residential course aimed at 16 to 17 year olds. This is designed to expand the knowledge of anyone studying computer science at AS/A Levels or equivalents or for any student who has a real interest and aptitude for computers. Bookings are now open. For all enquiries please contact Smallpiece on 01926 333200 or email cyberfirst@smallpeicetrust.org.uk.

CyberFirst Adventurers
A free one-day development course aimed at students who have not yet made their GCSE choices (11 to 14 year olds) and their parents, teachers and guardians.
The courses will run in late autumn 2017 and early 2018. Details and booking information for this course will be announced in summer 2017.

Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to Year 11 Art and Graphics. The Year 11 Graphics class have been finalising their final pieces with the help of the very talented Mr Pinder. They have been working really hard over the past couple of months in preparation for their two day final pieces. Well done Year 11.

Red Nose Day Cake Sale

Thank you once again for the all the fantastic effort students and staff gave towards the cake making and sales for the Red Nose Day fundraising.

Students stayed behind on Thursday 23rd to make cakes and staff and students kindly also donated cakes towards the sale which took place on Friday 24th at break time and due to the amount of donations we had to extend the cake sale to lunchtime! In the end we raised a fantastic total of £249.44 which was sent to the charity this week and will be a small token from Stanley High School, but will make a huge difference in what was a fantastic day all round for the charity.

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 24th March 2017 was 93.6%.

Congratulations to 8FRK for achieving 99.2% attendance and 9THO for achieving 99.3% attendance.

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