Weekly Bulletin: 20th June 2016

Dear parents and carers,

I’d like to start by sincerely thanking everybody who has contributed to the new School Development Fund – either by returning a standing order form or by using Parent Pay. If you have not yet done so, but are able to contribute, we would really appreciate your support. Speaking to parents recently, it is clear that most people are unaware of the full impact of government cuts to education and it may help put this into context if I tell you that next school year we will receive approximately £500,000 less in real terms than we did for the year of 2013/14. It seems almost certain that we will be receiving a further £500,000 less again per year in three years from now – which means we will need to provide the same standard of education for the same number of students with around £1 million less per year. Such cuts certainly dwarf the impact of any financial issues the school may have faced 3-4 years ago and I would not be telling the truth if I said I was not concerned about this.

I am not seeking to cause panic and the work I have done on the budget since arriving at the school means that, relatively speaking, we are no worse off than most other schools in the North-West. However, Warrington is an especially poorly funded area and I am sure you will appreciate that cuts of what amount to over 10% of our income mean we are in a completely different financial climate than we were 3-4 years ago. It is a simple fact that, unless we raise significantly more money from external sources (including parental donations), we will be unable to maintain our facilities to the standard you are entitled to expect. As you know, our first priority is to refurbish the PE changing rooms that are used by all students, every week and which are really getting very tired. With this in mind, we would really appreciate your support – any amount, however small, really does help! Full details of the Development Fund can be found here, including standing order forms to be downloaded (our preferred method for donations) and notes about how to contribute via Parent Pay.

On a more positive note, we begin our Year 7 residential trips to to Ty’n-y-Felin this week, with Walton Hall being the first group departing today. I hope all of our Year 7s have a fantastic time at our brilliant residential centre. We are so fortunate to have such a facility, and our current and past students always acknowledge their time at Tynny as some of their best memories at Lymm High School.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents about the upcoming Lymm Live Festival, which takes place this weekend on Saturday 25th June, 2-7pm. The festival will be located on our school fields and will once again be jam-packed with entertainment suitable for all the family. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the school shop, or purchased upon entrance on the day.

This weekend Ellie Davies and Lucy Glover added yet another major and prestigious championship victory to their already impressive CVs. The girls won the Junior Double Sculls at Henley Women’s Regatta. Also, Lucy Stanhope was in the Junior Quad Sculls crew that reached the final from a field of 23 boats only to be narrowly beaten by a strong Glasgow Schools crew. This is the first time Warrington Rowing Club has ever had two crews reach the finals at Henley Women’s Regatta.

In other rowing news, Gwen and Mathilde Tavernier and their crew became British champions at the National schools Regatta two weeks ago in the women’s junior under 15 coxed quad category. This is the highest possible achievement in rowing at their age. At 15, this is the pinnacle of rowing! Mathilde, Gwen and their squad have been focused all season and have won all regional and national level competition meetings all year. A huge well done and congratulations goes to all of the girls on their rowing achievements this year.

On Thursday 9th June, students from Lymm High School competed in the Warrington Athletics Competition at Victoria Park. We had a number of fantastic individual performances from students in Years 7 through to 10 and pleasingly we won the overall team events for both the girls and boys. Well done to all pupils involved!

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Monday 20 – Wednesday 22 June: Year 7 Walton Ty’n-y-Felin Residential
  • Tuesday 21 June: Scholars Trip to University of Manchester
  • Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 June: Year 7 Tatton Ty’n-y-Felin Residential
  • Friday 24 June: Sixth Form Futures Day
  • Friday 24 June: Year 8 Arley Hall Gardening Competition
  • Saturday 25 June: Lymm Live Festival
  • Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 June: Year 7 Moreton Ty’n-y-Felin Residential
  • Tuesday 28 June: Year 12 Fashion Show
  • Wednesday 29 June – Friday 1 July: Year 7 Dunham Ty’n-y-Felin Residential
  • Wednesday 29 June: Year 11 Leavers Ball
  • Thursday 30 June: Year 13 Leavers Ball
  • Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 July: Year 7 Arley Ty’n-y-Felin Residential