Weekly Bulletin: 13th June 2016

Dear parents and carers,

Please remember the early closure on Thursday this week (16th June), in order for our staff to prepare for our annual Summer Open Evening. Buses have been notified and will be available from 12.25pm to ensure a safe journey home. Any students returning in the evening as faculty helpers or tour guides must return their permission slips to Mr Spencer, for Year 7 tour guides, or to the Heads of Faculty. This will be a great opportunity for students to gain further evidence for their leadership ladder.

Following this, school will also be closed for a staff INSET day on Friday for teachers to prepare for the new GCSE and A Level specifications. Students will therefore not be required to attend school, unless they have an external exam on this day. As we said in our original letter, if this causes any major problems in terms of childcare for any families, we may be able to help with supervising a certain number of students for the day; please contact Student Services if this applies to you.

You will know that we are currently working hard to create even more opportunities to celebrate our students’ successes. With this in mind, all students who’ve been awarded a Silver, Gold or Platinum Leadership Ladder award this year will be invited to ‘Mad Hatter Tea Parties’ in July. These will include party food and a short film as a ‘well done’ for their achievements. This will take place in the Main Hall during period 6 on their allocated day based on their hall. Students will receive an invitation very soon.

This year’s Football tour to Madrid was a huge success. 48 pupils from Years 8 and 9 were given the opportunity to experience the Spanish culture of football and to showcase their footballing skills. All of the boys conducted themselves in a professional and well-behaved manner and as a result we look forward to planning the next football tour. You can read more about this fantastic trip by clicking here.

Year 6/7 transition events have started in earnest with over 150 future students visiting the school last week for events in Art, Religious Studies, Mathematics and English. Although there were a number of nervous faces at the beginning of the afternoon, they were soon replaced by huge grins. Many thanks to the staff who have given up their time to ensure all students settle quickly into the school ready for September. Can we just remind parents with children in Year 6 that the events are heavily oversubscribed, so please let us know if you are no longer able to attend so that we can invite other students and/or adjust the activities accordingly.

Tuesday saw the first of two visits to the University of Manchester for our Year 8 Scholars. Mrs Worrall was incredibly proud of the behaviour and enthusiasm of our students.  Having had an exclusive tour of the many facilities that the university had to offer, our students eagerly asked questions of the university ambassadors.  As it was such a sunny day, the students even managed to enjoy a picnic on the lawn before returning to school. Our second cohort is due to go out next Tuesday and we are hoping the weather is as sunny then.

National Book Tokens are giving away a fantastic prize of £5,000 of National Book Tokens – enough to buy hundreds of books for our library. You’ll also get the chance to win £100 of National Book Tokens for yourself! Accepted in thousands of bookshops and online, National Book Tokens are the perfect way to reward, encourage literacy and inspire a love of books. All school staff and parents can enter by completing the form on the following link: http://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools#.V15inmP92JU The competition closes on 31st July 2016.

It was great to see one of our cricket teams in the semi final of the Cheshire Cup last week, after beating Calday Grange and Wirral Grammar School in previous rounds. The boys bowled Birkenhead School out for 130, but on a tough wicket could only make 80 as they tried to chase the score down. Well done to the boys involved; to get so far was a huge achievement against some great cricketing schools.

Finally, well done to the Performing Arts Team of  Mr Hardacre, Mrs Richards, Mr Starkey, Mrs Packman, Ms Oakes and Mr Shooter, who completed the Great North Swim in Windermere on Sunday. This 1 mile outdoor swim was all in aid of charity to support a number of staff who have been affected by cancer over the past year. We are incredibly proud of them. If you would like to make a donation, the Justgiving link is still open: https://www.justgiving.com/lymmhighperformingarts

Upcoming Important Dates

  • 13th – 17th June: Year 8 Exams
  • 14th – 15th June: Year 4 Spoken Languages Days
  • 16th June: Open Evening (12:25pm early closure)
  • 17th June: INSET Day
  • 20th June – 6th July: Year 7 Ty’n-y-Felin Residential

– Walton: Monday 20th – Wednesday 22nd June

– Tatton: Wednesday 22nd – Friday 24th June

– Moreton: Monday 27th – Wednesday 29th June

– Dunham: Wednesday 29th June – Friday 1st July

– Arley: Monday 4th – Wednesday 6th July