Headteacher’s update

New Admissions
On Wednesday we were delighted to receive our admission list for September and we look forward to welcoming our new students to Stanley on Wednesday 28th June for the Transition Day and parents and carers on Monday 3rd July at 6pm for the New Intake Evening.

Year 8 Options
Thank you for the swift return of the Year 8 Option Forms. We are now processing the forms and preparing the curriculum for next academic year and we will inform students in the next few weeks of their pathways and option choices.

Year 9 Student Progress evening
This will be taking place on Thursday from 4-7pm, the booking system will be open for you to book appointments until 7pm on Wednesday. Please follow the link below if you have not yet made your appointments.

https://stanleyhighschool.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/.

Mr N Moore
Headteacher

Careers Corner
Last Friday Year 11 students were visited by the National Citizen Service who invited them to become involved in outward bound programme which to develop their leadership skills, engagement with local businesses in order to boost CVs and UCAS applications. This unique programme offers opportunities like no other where students can work in teams and put new skills into practice. Judging by the feedback, many of our students will taking up the offer.

Next week a number of Stanley students will be attending an apprenticeships fair at Southport College. Local employers will be there to answer questions and give guidance on the opportunities on offer.

Art
Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week is awarded to Leila Storch in Year 9 for her beautifully detailed pattern bird painting.

This particular piece of work has been produced for an experiment with watercolours, pen and ink as part of the Colours in Nature coursework project. The colours Leila has chosen are beautiful and work really well together.

Catering
Year 10 students produced some outstanding results on Tuesday in their food practical lesson – as it was Shrove Tuesday they requested to cook pancakes and their attitude to learning was outstanding – well it probably would be with chocolate and ice-cream involved!

Well done 10A food group.

World Book Day celebrations
We have been celebrating World Book Day with a variety of exciting activities over the last few days.

On Wednesday 1st March, we had a visit from Jon Mayhew, our writer in residence. He gave an inspiring talk to Year 7 about becoming an author, which has influenced a few of our students to consider this as a new and exciting career path!

We were joined by Year 5 students from Marshside, Larkfield and St John’s. They were treated to a talk from Jon both about becoming an author as well as ideas about ways to improve writing. The students then had the opportunity to work with our Year 9 Literacy Leaders on actually putting Jon’s tips and tricks into their own pieces of writing! All the students enjoyed producing their own pieces of work that they were able to share with Jon.

In the afternoon we were joined by Year 4 students from Marshside, Larkfield and St John’s, who also had the opportunity to work on their writing skills with Jon and our Year 9 Literacy Leaders. It was a really exciting and positive day and we look forward to welcoming both Jon and students from our feeder primary schools again soon.

On Thursday 2nd March Mrs Abram ran a ‘Design a Book Cover’ competition for Year 7 students. The winners were selected by Mr Moore who were Harriet Becksmith, Harry Aspinall and Ethan Rawcliffe and the overall winner was Holly Partington with her fantastic design for Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG.’

Miss Perkins has been encouraging staff to share a book that has inspired them with all of our students and has also launched a ‘Design a Book Token’ competition during form time. There have been lots of other ‘booky’ activities taking place in English lessons and form time. All students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have received a £1 book token and Miss Perkins and Miss Navin have been encouraging students to read (with a little help from Elmo and Cookie Monster!) during an assembly explaining the importance of World Book Day and the importance of reading in general.

We will have to start thinking about World Book Day 2018 soon to make sure that we can do even more exciting things next year!

Linguist of the Week
This week’s award goes to Katie Cornish in Year 7 who is making exceptional progress in Spanish.  Her confidence has improved since September and she is now able to create great pieces of written work.  Katie has recently produced a fantastic piece of written homework about what she does in each subject in school, which was created completely independently and really showed her talent for writing extended sentences.  Miss Peacock is very proud of what she has achieved.

Sports News

Football results
Year 8 & Year 10 played against Scarisbrick Hall with Year 8 winning 8-0 and Y10 winning 5-0. Congratulations to both teams.

Upcoming fixtures

Monday 6th March – Year 7 Rugby Tournament Finals at Southport Rugby Club
Monday 6th March – Year 9 & 10 Football at Meols Cop High
Tuesday 7th March – Year 7 & 8 Football at home to Meols Cop High
Wednesday 8th March – Y7 & 8 Girls Sportshall Athletics at Greenbank High
Thursday 9th March –  Y9 Merseyside Rugby Tournament at Sefton Rugby Club

Please see the updated PE extra-curricular activities on the website. https://stanleyhigh.co.uk/curriculum/extra-curricular-activities-2/

Attendance
We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 24th February 2017 was 94.2%.

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