Weekly Bulletin: 22nd February 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all had an enjoyable half term.

I start with the very exciting news that we will be holding our inaugural Lymm High School Sportsmans Dinner at the Park Royal Hotel, Stretton on the 20th April. We are delighted to announce that guest speakers will include World Cup Final referee, Nigel Owens, and ex-Manchester United player, Lee Sharpe. Tickets are £65 per person and tables of 10 can be purchased for £650. Sponsorship packages are also available. Please contact Tina McGuffie on 755458 or tmcguffie@lymmhigh.org.uk for more details. It will be a big, black tie event and ought to be a fantastic evening. Proceeds will go towards developing all sports at the school and your support will be much appreciated. More details can be found here.

We finished last half term with two exciting trips going out; the ski trip to Austria and the History trip to Berlin.

The History Department went on a GSCE study tour for 3 nights over February half term with 40 Year 11 students taking part. The visit was thoroughly enjoyable and very beneficial for their GCSE History studies. Students were able to take advantage of a range of activities, including a 4-hour walking tour around the main Nazi and Cold War Germany historical sites including the Brandenburg Gate, Bebel Platz (site of the Nazi book burning), Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Students also visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp where they immersed themselves in the harsh reality of being in a Nazi camp. They also saw Berlin at night when they travelled up the dizzying heights of East Berlin’s TV Tower and then visited the Bundestag Friday morning to understand the foundations of German democracy. Thank you to the Humanities faculty for all their hard work in arranging the trip.

I would also like to thank Mr Hayes and the team on their hard work in ensuring our students had a fabulous time on the Ski trip to Austria.

Don’t forget that we have the Afritwin ‘Auction of Promises’ on Friday 11th March, from 7-10.30pm in the school hall. The ‘Auction of Promises’ lot list is growing rapidly and the online auction has also gone live. 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. View our online auction now by clicking here, or you can find a full auction/promise list by clicking here.

Well done to the Year 7 girls Football team who won their first round National Cup game against Wade Deacon before half term. The game was a real nail-biter, with Lymm winning 5-4, after extra-time. The girls are due to play Fallibroome at home in the next round and we all wish them the best of luck.

We are currently in the process of setting up an LHS Alumni group. If you, or any members of your family are a past student of the school and would like to be included, 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.

Finally, I am sure you have heard about the desperately sad news regarding the Warrington band, Viola Beach. There is a particular link to Lymm High School in that one of the band members, Kris Leonard, was ex-student of the school. We have left a few words in memory of Kris on our website here.

Kristian Leonard

We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of former Lymm High School student, Kristian Leonard.

Kris is well-remembered by staff and students at the school as a popular young man, always able to make those around him smile. As one of his ex-teachers, Stacey Lyttle, put it: ‘if anyone was belly laughing, it was usually because of something Kris had said… he was a real people person.’

Another of his teachers, John Hayes, says ‘Kris always displayed a love of music and was rarely seen without a set of earphones’. Faye Scott, Kris’ form tutor at school, similarly remembers Kris being mad about music and says that his creativity and charisma made a successful career in music inevitable.

Despite Viola Beach’s growing popularity, Kris never changed. Those who kept in touch with him say that he remained his funny, charming, innocent self. He was always positive, seeing the glass as half full and believing there was good in everyone and every situation.

Our thoughts are very much with Kris’ family and friends at this difficult time, as indeed they are with those of the other victims of this tragic accident.

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All Scholars – Weekly Brainteaser 09/02/2016

Use the letters given to complete the pyramid so that one seven letter word, one five letter word, one four letter word and three words of three letters can be read. What are the words?

C  D  D  E  L  M  O  O  R  S  U  U

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Answers on paper, with full name and form, to Mrs Wardle by Monday 22nd February, break time. Please feel free to place your answer under my door or email if you are unable to find me.

All Scholars – Weekly Brainteaser Answer

What number should appear next in this sequence?

1    4    4    8    32    40    1280    ?

Answer: 1320. Alternate between multiplying the numbers and adding them to give the next number.

Well done to Sophie (7DH) Jasmine (7MH) Holly (7AH) Siobhan (7ML) Elizabeth (8ML) Thomas (8AH) and Finlay (9AH) who all entered with the correct answer and have been awarded 10 Hall Points.

All Scholars – Monthly Mensa Puzzle Competition – January Answers and NEW Competition

Way back in January we gave you the opportunity to complete a Mensa Puzzle. Below is the answer and the new competition for you to enter.

January – For each of the following place the two words together and arrange the letters to give one word.

  • a) MAIL + TROY   b) CRUST + TIN   c) POOR + TERM

Answer:

  • a)    Morality   b)    Instruct   c)    Promoter

February competition – Enter this month’s competition for a chance to win a set of Mensa branded Absolutely Authentic Mensa test cards. A must for anyone who enjoys testing their logical thought process to the limit! For a chance of winning, submit your answer to the following question. Mensa will pick two correct entries after the closing date.

When each of the following words is rearranged, one of them can be used to suffix all the others to give five longer words. What are they?

ROT   BOOR   OR   HUG   HOT   LOP    

What are the words? To enter please click here

The closing date is: Monday 29th February 2016

U19 Girls Hockey Tournament

U19 Hockey

The U19 tournament kicked off with a convincing win over Fallibromme. The girls looked controlled under pressure and executed attacking play with finesse to ensure their victory. The positioning came down to the final game against Kings Chester who took an early lead to go 2 goals ahead. Despite weathering pressure well as the game progressed the girls were unable to come back from such a damming start, however finished runners up. The girls took home silver medals and are now second in Cheshire. Well done to all involved!

Graffiti Workshop – 02/03/16

On Wednesday 2nd March, our Visual Arts Faculty will be hosting a Graffiti workshop, ran by Zap Graffiti. Any student wishing to get involved in the workshop should contact a member of the Visual Arts Faculty to receive a letter with more information. The workshop will begin at 3:30pm and is scheduled to finish at 5:30pm. This is set to be an exciting and creative evening, in which students will gain some additional art skills and techniques. This is not to be missed by any of our budding artists!

Weekly Bulletin: 8th February 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

I begin by asking all parents and carers to help us by completing a questionnaire, giving us your views on where you feel we are as a school at this point in time. As you know, I have been very keen to gather the views of parents since I arrived at the school and intend to continue seeking feedback in a variety of forms on an ongoing basis (including more ‘parent forum’ events). This particular questionnaire is a provided by Ofsted and, as such, provides very useful information with which we can benchmark ourselves against other schools and identify areas for improvement. The more parents who complete the questionnaire, the more useful the results will be so I would be very grateful if you could spend a few minutes doing so. Please go to the ‘give my views’ section of the Parent View website at www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/. If you haven’t done so already, you will need to register first. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Even though half-term break is in sight, we still have a busy week ahead at Lymm. On Wednesday Dr Kirsten Vickers, Admissions Director and fellow in the Natural Sciences (Material Science) at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, will be in school to deliver a variety of workshops and talks to our Scholars and Gateway Programme students to assist them in writing references as well as provide support with competitive applications.

Also this week we have our Year 10 Parents Evening on Thursday, from 5-8pm. Students should have now made appointments with their subject tutors in their planners. We look forward to seeing you there!

The PE faculty is currently selling raffle tickets for a special edition signed Wayne Rooney England Shirt, which is one of only 50 made worldwide. The shirt has been personally donated by Wayne himself, to help us raise money for our Football Tour. Tickets are £1 each or 5 for £4. Please contact Mr Mason if you are interested in purchasing a ticket – email: smason@lymmhigh.org.uk.

Mr Pickles would like to remind our rugby students and parents, to purchase their tickets for the Rugby Awards and Presentation Evening on Friday 26th February at 6pm. Tickets cost £7.50. Students should see Mr Pickles to purchase their tickets.

It has been a busy season for the indoor hockey squads who over recent weeks have enjoyed participating the finals of both the U16 and U19 tournaments.

The U19 kicked off with a convincing win over Fallibromme. I’m told that the girls looked controlled under pressure and executed attacking play with finesse to ensure their victory. The positioning came down to the final game against Kings Chester who took an early lead to go 2 goals ahead. Despite weathering pressure well as the game progressed the girls were unable to come back from such a damming start, however finished runners up. The girls took home silver medals and are now second in Cheshire. Well done to all involved!

The U16s faced a grueling first round in November but fought well and qualified in second place. In the final they faced three well drilled teams who applied pressure well. Centre forward Toni Mason was firing in the goals and notable performances were made by Rana Proctor and Ruby Kelly. Anna Dempsy worked hard to support in all areas of the pitch, particularly supporting the back line who remained strong despite ongoing pressure. With excellent tackling and short corner organisation Lottie Butler, Jess Murray and Lizzi Coy made life difficult for the attacking opposition. The girls fought hard to finish a respectable third place in the county.

Our Afritwin team has begun their preparations for their bi-annual ‘Auction of Promises’ which will be held on Friday 11th March. I recommend you put this date in your diaries, as this is an event not to be missed! Over the years this has proved to be a really enjoyable evening and, thanks to the generosity of a number of people, a very lucrative one for our project. This year the funds raised from the evening will be split equally between helping us to develop a food programme for Qhasana High School, our partner school in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and, to support the cost of making the trip out there for 21 students and 6 staff during our summer holidays.

The list of “lots” for the Auction is growing and we are hoping that you may be able to help further. Are you, or any of your family and friends, in a position to offer us something that we can auction? Any donations of items or promises will be gratefully accepted. Items that have been offered so far include; rounds of golf, hospitality at Warrington Wolves, £250 holiday vouchers, hours of babysitting, hours of cleaning, a taxi service to the airport (Liverpool or Manchester), meal vouchers, and a weekend at a hotel in Grasmere to mention only a few. A full list of the promises/items already offered can be found by clicking here, along with details of how you might be able to bid on any item. If you have any questions or think you may be able to help in any way, please get in touch by emailing Mr Burnett: cburnett@lymmhigh.org.uk

Finally, on Wednesday 2nd March, our Visual Arts Faculty will be hosting a Graffiti workshop, ran by Zap Graffiti. Any student wishing to get involved in the workshop should contact a member of the Visual Arts Faculty to receive a letter with more information. The workshop will begin at 3:30pm and is scheduled to finish at 5:30pm. This is set to be an exciting and creative evening, in which students will gain some additional art skills and techniques. This is not to be missed by any of our budding artists!