Headteacher’s update

Parents Forum
I was delighted to meet a number of our parent/carers at the forum last night. During the evening I outlined my vision for Stanley High School and spoke at length regarding changes to support your child while they are here.

Mock Exams
Congratulations to the Year 11 who finished their mock exams yesterday. Despite it being a busy and stressful time for them, their attitude and behaviour has been impeccable.  I have congratulated the students this morning and look forward to celebrating their successes on the mock results day in the New Year.

Parental Communication
You will see included with this week’s bulletin a document that relates to parental communication and the most appropriate line of contact. We hope that you find this information helpful in guiding you to the appropriate first point of contact, should you need it.

Parental communication with school

The newly formed PTA holds a regular meeting at the school each half term at 7.00pm, to plan fundraising events and see how the money raised is to be spent by the school, we will notify you of the date in advance.  We are always looking for new members and all parents/carers and staff are very welcome to join us.

Stanley High School PTA – what’s involved?

  • We work alongside parents, teachers and students to raise money for those all-important extras for our children.
  • We aim to raise funds for items not within the school budget, for example, stage-lighting, sports equipment, Duke of Edinburgh and supporting educational visits.
  • We aim to promote communication between parents, teachers and students and endeavour to create a positive image of Stanley High School within the local community.
  • We accept all ideas or offers of time, no matter how small – they are all gratefully received.

PTA Fund-raising events
Every penny raised benefits all of our children at Stanley High.  Forthcoming fund raising events include:

  • Helping to serve refreshment at Parents Evening in 2017:
    Year 10 – 19th January 2017
    Year 8 – 23rd February 2017
    Year 9 – 9th March 2017
    Year 7 – 27th April 2017
  • Raffle prizes for a ‘Grand Stanley Spring Raffle’.
    Any donations of raffle prizes from local businesses would be gratefully received.
  • Serving refreshments at the monthly car boot sale.
    The next date is 28th January 2017.

Christmas Lunch
On Wednesday the school canteen will be serving a traditional festive lunch with all the trimmings, including Christmas pudding or a mince pie for £2.20.

A ‘Merry Xmas Panini’ will be also available each day until 20th December for £2.00 and from 12th to 16th December a ‘Star Shortbread & Satsuma’ will be available each day for 75p.

Christmas Jumper DayChristmas Jumper Day
Next Friday December 16th, we will be taking part in a Christmas jumper day to raise funds for Save the Children. Staff and students will be able to wear a Christmas themed jumper on the day and we would ask that a minimum donation of £1 be given. It will be expected that students will have their full uniform on with the jumper as a replacement for their shirt, tie and blazer.

If you would like to learn more about what Save the Children do, please go to the following link: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/

Christmas Extravaganza
On Monday 19th December at 1.30pm we will be holding our annual Christmas concert for local senior citizens and parents and grandparents. There will be a variety of Christmas themed items, which will include some drama/musical performances and dance displays.

Students are busy rehearsing in Drama, Dance and Music during lunchtime and after school and we want to give a huge thanks to Miss Cassidy, Miss Cregg and Mr Winstanley for their hard work and dedication towards these productions which are always a huge success.

Year 10 Careers seminar
Once again Year 10 students have been lucky enough to have a careers seminar with a parent. Mrs Cannon kindly gave up her time to come and talk to the students about career paths in the NHS. The talk was well received and students gained a valuable insight into the opportunities that await them beyond Stanley High School.

I would like to take this opportunity to further encourage any member of our school community to get in touch with Mrs Perkins if you wish to come into school and allow our students to benefit from your experiences.

Sefton Shining Stars awards

Five students attended the Sefton Shining Stars awards at Bootle Town Hall on Tuesday evening. They won a ‘highly commended’ prize for caring for a fellow student. The students; Lucy Gillon, Sally O’Hanlon, Elena Green, Sophie Rimmer, Chloe Winder won a voucher worth £20.00 and received a goody bag each.

Miss Kent and Abbey Tomlinson accompanied the girls on the evening, which was a fantastic celebration with a magician, popcorn and candy floss. We are incredibly proud of their achievement, well done girls.

20161205_151209More Able visit
A small group of our Year 10 talented artists went to Runshaw College on Monday for a More Able drawing event.

The workshop focused on developing critical thinking skills and risk taking with drawing. Each student had the chance to experience a range of practical workshops devoted to new approaches to drawing.

This involved working with 2D and 3D media to explore the term ‘drawing’ in its widest sense. They had direct access to the facilities at Runshaw and the staff that specialise in those areas. The students produced some outstanding work which they will put towards their Art GCSE.


Linguist of the Week
This week’s award goes to more than one student. Molly Riding, Genevieve Butterworth and Amber Evans in Year 10 have all been nominated by Miss Navin for their excellent performance on their first formal writing assessment since they began their GCSE French course.

Molly impressed Miss Navin with the amount of complex structures she used in her work, as well as writing far more than the minimum expectation. The level of complexity in Genevieve’s work was highly pleasing and she showed a very good understanding of the requirements of the task. Miss Navin was delighted with the level of accuracy in the work that Amber produced, which in fact was the most accurate in the class. Their performances bodes well for their GCSE exams.

This week Mrs Ward’s creative work of the week has been awarded to Kayleigh Ainsworth in Year 7. Kayleigh has been working on the theme of Typography in her technology lessons, learning about the basic rendering and blending skills needed for designers to communicate ideas.

The brief for the project was ‘a graphic design studio have asked you to produce a new typeface, you are to design a letter for each letter of the alphabet. You have to be creative to win this challenge.’ Students have been working in class on these Alphabets, developing their basic rendering techniques and they have also viewed a video about the history of typography.

Kayleigh has worked hard on an extra letter at home using spray pens to create a surface and using this to cut out her letter. She then developed a beautiful border around the edge featuring butterflies and flowers. Kayleigh’s letter has inspired the start of a new display in my classroom. This will hopefully be complete in January for viewing once the project is complete.

Sports News
During the winter months students are permitted to wear base layers underneath their PE kit to help keep them warm, these can either be black or white.

The Year 9 basketball team came 4th in a North Sefton Schools basketball tournament held at Stanley. The standard of competition was extremely high and the boys did very well throughout. In the group game they narrowly lost 10-8 to the eventual winners of the competition.

Well done to our KS4 boys who came runners up in the North Sefton Badminton competition held at Stanley.

Year 9 girls recently took part in the Sefton Schools County FA tournament. In adverse weather our girls showed a great attitude and a high level of skill to finish 5th overall. Well done to all of our girls in Year 7, 8 and 9 who have not only performed well in these competitions but also in the National Cup. More football will follow in March for the North Sefton schools tournament in Thornton.

Year 7 had their first competitive game against Range this week and although they lost a hard fought game, 5 – 2, there were plenty of positive signs for tournaments coming up in the next half term.

Tuesday 13th December

Year 10 Basketball tournament at Stanley
Year 8 Football at Birkdale in the Merseyside Cup

Wednesday 14th December
Years 7 and 8 Basketball vs Birkdale at Stanley

We have a target of 95% attendance and work hard every day to beat this. The whole school attendance for week ending 25th November was 93.6%.



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