Weekly Bulletin: 29th February 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

We were delighted to receive a recent letter from Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for Schools, congratulating us for our excellent performance last summer in terms of the number of students gaining the English Baccalaureate (“Ebacc”). We were one of the top 100 non-selective state schools in the whole country (out of over 3000 schools) which is obviously quite an achievement. The letter can be seen here. It is always nice to receive such recognition from the government and further underlines the impact of all the hard work that went into delivering such a strong set of results as last summer.

Last week we sent a text message informing you of a letter on our website regarding notification of an additional INSET day and early school closure in June. We will be talking to all students who have exams on the affected days to make sure that there are no issues with transport but please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries. Full details can be found in the letter here.

Today your child will be sent home with a flyer and letter regarding the Lymm High School Sportsmans Dinner, which I mentioned in last week’s bulletin. Details are also available on the website here. In response to a couple of queries, I’d like to clarify that both men and women are very much invited!

On Wednesday last week, 4 students from Lymm High School took part in the UKMT Maths Challenge at Manchester Grammar School. This is a national competition, run by the UK Maths Trust, with the aim of engaging and enhancing pupils’ mathematical thinking, communication and teamwork skills. The team of two year 8 pupils – Matthew Uren and Gwen Tavernier – and two year 9 pupils – Finlay Williams and Amy Wright – took part in several activities across the 4 hour competition, involving 28 high schools from the Manchester area. The team performed exceptionally well and placed third in the competition, only beaten by teams from Manchester Grammar School and Withington Girls’ School – making them the highest ranked state school in the competition and narrowly missing out on qualifying for the finals of the competition in London. Well done to the team on a brilliant achievement!

Also last week, the U18s rugby team managed to win the plate of the Cheshire 7s competition. A great achievement to a very stop start season due to weather. Well done!

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the Afritwin ‘Auction of Promises’ Evening on Friday 11th March, from 7-10.30pm in the school hall. The evening will not only include the auction, there will be games and challenges, as well as a buffet and a bar. Tickets for the evening are available from the school shop and cost £5 each. This really is a night not to be missed! All proceeds raised will be used to support our work in South Africa – you can find out more about the Afritwin project by clicking here.

There is also an online auction for the larger lots including some fantastic donations such as signed sports memorabilia, holiday vouchers, theatre tickets, rounds of golf as well as 7 nights accommodation in Crete. You can view the online auction by clicking here. We also have a separate online auction, which closes on Thursday this week, as we have tickets to see Adele in Manchester on 10th March. You can bid on these much sought after concert tickets on the following link: https://auctionofpromises.com/2016PreAuctionLHSAfritwin

Finally, If you, or any members of your family are a past student of the school and would like to be part of our alumni group, please contact our Business Manager Miss McGuffie via email – tmcguffie@lymmhigh.org.uk, to be added to our list. More information will be provided over the coming weeks.