We were delighted to welcome Mr Moore on Tuesday and we hope you received the letter of welcome sent to you. Please follow the link below if you missed the groupcall message.

Letter to parents and carers

Mr Moore will be holding assemblies with all year groups to remind students of the school rules, some of which are below for your information.

Reminders
Please be aware that energy drinks/fizzy drinks are not allowed in school. Should a student be found with any in their possession, the drinks will be confiscated and disposed of.

Mobile phones and electrical devices are not allowed during the school day and any student who is found with a phone out of their bags or blazer will have it confiscated. Parent/Carers will be contacted to collect them from the school office.

If, for any reason, you need your child to sign out of school early, we request that you issue them with a letter giving details and the time they need to leave school. This will ensure they are able to leave a lesson early and this will be shown at the office to sign out of school.  You can also put a note in their planner which will be signed by a staff member as authorisation.

Year 11 Student Progress Evening
This will be held on Thursday 10th November between 4pm and 7pm.  Appointments can still be booked on the school website until Wednesday 9th November at 7pm.

Dates for all the Student Progress Evenings are available on the school website under the parent session.

Children in Need Day
On Friday 18th November we will be holding our annual ‘Fancy Dress’ mufti day to raise funds for Children in Need.  The theme for fancy dress this year is Spots and as always we will be encouraging students and staff to join in by dressing up in a ‘Spotty’ outfit or a ‘Spotty’ accessory.  A minimum voluntary donation of £1 will be requested from students and staff and it would be nice to see as many as possible taking part in what will hopefully be a fun day raising both money and awareness for a very worthwhile cause.  There will also be other fundraising activities taking place throughout the day at break and lunchtimes.  Hopefully we will beat our total from last year which was a fantastic £1425.49.

Art
tom-ryder-year-10_iu_320This week Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week has been awarded to Tom Ryder for his detailed ink drawing of an owl.

Tom is now working on a series of owls for his nature project.  Tom looked at the work of Abby Diamond to help with his ink technique.

Mrs McAlister would like to recognise Emily Walsh for her outstanding effort and quality of work for her artist research board on cakes and confectionary.

This is her first GCSE homework project so well done Emily on your outstanding efforts.

Year 11 students are working on a landscape project called ‘A Sense of Place’ for their GCSE art coursework. They have to research the work of other artists to inspire and develop their own ideas.  They have just completed some interesting representations of urban landscapes by British artist Paul Kenton.  Kenton’s work depicts the energy, movement and the bright lights at night-time in capital cities around the world.  The students had to move out of their comfort zones, experimenting with new techniques and media in order to create these pieces which I think are exciting and expressive.

English – Writer in Residence visit
On Tuesday the Year 8 students had the opportunity to meet one of our writers in residence, Jon Mayhew. They have been studying his novel ‘Mortlock’ since September and this was a wonderful opportunity for students to ask questions and find out more information about both the novel and being an author.writer_in_residence_720

Students had a opportunity to work with Jon on their writing skills during the day, as well as a chance to purchase a personally signed copy of one of Jon’s novels.

Jon had such an amazing day he sent the following message:
“Thanks so much for a brilliant day. It was so well-organised and the children knew exactly where to be at the right time.  The pupils were a credit to the school, being polite and well-disciplined at all times.  I really enjoyed listening to their ideas and working with them on their writing.”

Languages
The Language department will be recognising a “Linguist of the Week Award” to a student who they feel has made extra effort or has shown particular skills in their language lesson, and this week’s award goes to Emma Rogers in Year 10. Miss Peacock has been impressed with Emma’s effort and resilience since starting her GCSE Spanish course, as well as her excellent preparation for her speaking assessment.  Well done, Emma!

Music
Mr Winstanley held two composition workshops for Year 11 GCSE Music students on Monday 31st October; students were exploring the genre of minimalist music for their GCSE coursework.

Both sessions were well attended and the quality of work produced was excellent!

Sports News
The new extra curriculum timetable is now available and we have had a really positive uptake for both boys and girls basketball. Please be aware that KS3 girls and boys football is continuing on Monday’s on the 3G pitches.

Our dancers have been putting the finishing touches to their routine that they will be performing in their ‘Chance to Dance’ in Blackpool on Saturday 12th November and they will be looking to maintain the impressive standard that they deliver year on year.

Basketball Results
Year 8 vs Range (TBC tomorrow)

Sports Leaders
Sports Leaders will once again be helping out as Stanley High School host the EFC Year 4 football competition. Again this is an excellent opportunity for the school and Leaders to host such an event that will attract 10 schools and over 100 parents, strengthening our links with the local community.

Next week’s fixtures
Tuesday 8th
Years 7, 8 & 9 Girls football vs Range High

Wednesday 9th
Year 9 Boys football vs Birkdale High
Year 7 Boys football at Birkdale High

Thursday 10th
Year 9 Basketball tournament at Formby High

Friday 11th
Year 9 Football National Cup at St Francis Xavier College

Attendance
We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 21st October was 94.4%.

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Congratulations to 7WIL who achieved 99.7% attendance last week.

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