Weekly Bulletin: 23rd May 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week was another very busy week and this one promises to be the same – indeed, there is so much going on here that I sometimes struggle to keep track of it all!

We are pleased to announce that Ellena Hudson, Year 12, has been successful in securing a place on the Young Artists in Tuscany tour this summer. This is an extremely prestigious trip in which many students across Cheshire apply for and is nationally recognised by many universities and art colleges. This is a huge achievement for Ellena and we congratulate her on this accomplishment.

Congratulations to the junior boys athletics squad who have got through to the regional final in the ESAA cup. The final will take place on Monday 13th June at Victoria Park, Warrington. We wish them the very best of luck in the final.

On Tuesday this week, the Under 20s World Cup trophy will come to Lymm High School. The trophy will be stationed on the fields and will be brought in by world cup officials. The morning will see a festival of rugby – with Year 7 and 8 students taking part in a variety of rugby competitions as well as having the opportunity to take the obligatory photo with the trophy! This is set to be a fantastic day and Sale Sharks will also be in school to help run the event.

Year 12 A level Theatre Studies performances took place on Tuesday 17th May. The exam asks students to perform two pieces: a monologue or duologue, and a substantial directed performance piece. The large-scale piece was a play called ‘The Grandfathers,’ written by Rory Mullarkey. The play explores modern soldiering and warfare. The students were absolutely superb, giving performances of a high professional standard. Their work ethic and commitment to the performing arts is exemplary. Many of the students were also involved in the National Connections performance of ‘It Snows’ at The Lowry on Sunday 15th May. Their ability to switch from project to project in such a short amount of time shows just how brilliant they are.

The ‘Bin-it!’ Company came into school on Thursday last week. Our Year 7s enjoyed a 45-minute interactive session aimed at encouraging our students to look after the school and the local environment. Thank you to Mrs Morris for organising the event.

One of our talented Year 11 students, Matthew Baguley, has created a promotional video promoting Warrington Rowing Club – a club with strong links to our school. If your child is interested in getting involved, we have a lunchtime club each Monday in the gym, supervised by Mr Hadland and lead by our fantastic Year 11 and 12 Rowers. They will also be able to give you more information about joining Warrington Rowing Club. You can take a look at Matthews video using the following link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IQHVRmMuPRI

If you are interested in winning a pair of signed tickets for the Stone Roses concert on Wednesday 15th June at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, raffle tickets can be bought from the school shop and cost £2 each. The draw will be held towards the end of this week.

The Performing Arts Faculty is participating in the Great North Swim on Sunday 12th June for Cancer Research. Their goal is to raise £2000 – If you would like to sponsor them and help them raise money for this fantastic cause, visit their justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/lymmhighperformingarts

Finally, and importantly, Directors of Learning will be leading assemblies this week on the standards of behavior we expect of Lymm High School students and one of the issues they will be addressing is that of the use of racist or homophobic language. I know I can count on your support in reinforcing the message that such language is never acceptable in any context and regardless of what students might see or hear on social media or elsewhere. We would appreciate it if you could have a word with your children to make sure that they understand the importance of such a message.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Wednesday 25th May: E-safety Presentation for parents in the main hall, 6:30-8pm (click here for more details)
  • Friday 27th May: Year 13 Leavers Assembly
  • Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June: Half Term
  • Monday 6th – Friday 10th June: Year 7 Exam Week
  • Thursday 9th June: Year 13 Fashion Show

All Scholars and Gateway Students

Oxford & Cambridge Launch Collaborative Outreach Website

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new outreach website (www.oxfordandcambridgeoutreach.co.uk), which has been jointly developed by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

This online resource contains key information on how to access a wide variety of outreach opportunities on offer at both universities. Visit the website to find out contact details for your Link Colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, explore the searchable events portal and find out more about a series of new webinars offering information and advice about applying to Oxford and Cambridge.

E-Safety Presentation – 25/05/16

We would like to invite all parents to an e-safety presentation delivered by our Police School Liasion Officer, PC Jeff Mather on Wednesday from 6.30-8pm. As you will know, e-safety is such an important issue these days and it can be very difficult for adults to keep up with the latest developments; this session is aimed at ensuring parents understand the issues and know how to help keep their children safe online. If you are intending on coming along, please let Ann Mogey know on 01925 750711 or amogey@lymmhigh.org.uk so that we can ensure there are sufficient refreshments. (If you are a Year 7 parent and have already completed a reply slip about this, there is no need to let Mrs Mogey know again).

Weekly Bulletin: 17th May 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to all our Year 7 Parents who attended the Parents Evening on Thursday last week. We had excellent attendance of 91% – which is fantastic. It is great to see and hear how well our Year 7 students have settled in and lovely to hear so much positive feedback from parents during the evening.

I would like to inform you about some changes we are making to the structure of the school day from September. You can read the changes in the letter linked here.

A much overdue congratulations must go to our Year 8 footballers who won the Warrington League recently; finishing first after only losing one game all season. In an incredible performance, they defeated St Gregory’s 7-1 in the final. This has followed a superb National Cup run, which saw the Year 8 team reach the last 16 in the country. Many thanks go to Mr Wilde and Mr Riddell for all their hard work with the team, as well as congratulations to the boys for the exemplary way they have conducted themselves throughout the season.

We would like to invite all parents to an e-safety presentation delivered by our Police School Liasion Officer, PC Jeff Mather next Wednesday from 6.30-8pm. As you will know, e-safety is such an important issue these days and it can be very difficult for adults to keep up with the latest developments; this session is aimed at ensuring parents understand the issues and know how to help keep their children safe online. If you are intending on coming along, please let Ann Mogey know on 01925 750711 or amogey@lymmhigh.org.uk so that we can ensure there are sufficient refreshments. (If you are a Year 7 parent and have already completed a reply slip about this, there is no need to let Mrs Mogey know again)

The ‘Bin-it!’ Company will be coming in to school on Thursday this week, to promote the issue of littering to our year 7 students. They will be presenting a 45-minute interactive session to encourage our students to look after the school and the local environment. This supports the schools ethos of developing students to become well-rounded, socially responsible citizens.

Congratulations to Gwen Tavernier (Year 8), and Joe Lambert (year 7), who were our first winners in our new hall points reward scheme. Gwen and Joe both won a £50 Amazon voucher in the first of 9 weekly draws.

On Tuesday 10th May, Lymm High School hosted the annual BTEC Photography Exhibition ‘Capture.’ Students worked incredibly hard throughout the year and the exhibition was of the highest professional standards.

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world’ educational project and Lymm High School is taking part! Click here to read about how our Year 7 Scholars students are getting involved!

Friday night saw Lymm rugby club host the first, for a number of years, Lymm High School old boys game suitably dubbed ‘Battle of the Ages’. With superb weather and an excellent surface to play on, the game had been eagerly anticipated by all involved. Was the size and strength of the over 20s going to win over the speed and fitness of the under 20s? Click here to read the full report from Mr Pickles.

We are delighted to launch a small selection of Adult Courses available to parents and members of the Lymm Community. The courses available include: Sewing, Knitting, Baking and Spanish for Beginners. Each course is a six-week program and are scheduled to begin next week – please click here to see our flyer. If you are interested in registering on one of our courses please contact Miss Tina McGuffie on tmcguffie@lymmhigh.org.uk. Also feel free to share this opportunity with any family or friends you think would be interested.

The PTA have been donated a pair of tickets for the Stone Roses concert on Wednesday 15th June at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. The event has long been sold out and the tickets have even been signed by vocalist Ian Brown. If you are interested, raffle tickets can be bought from the school shop and cost £2 each.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Tuesday 17th May: ‘The Grandfathers’ A Level Performance in the main hall
  • Wednesday 18th May: Cricket Leadership Course and Cricket Festival at Lymm Cricket Club
  • Wednesday 25th May: E-safety Presentation for parents in the main hall, 6:30-8pm
  • Friday 27th May: Year 13 Leavers Assembly
  • Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June: Half Term

Year 8 Revision Topics

Please see below a list of revision topics recommended by subject teachers.

SCIENCE

  • Photosynthesis
  • Breathing
  • Plants
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Reactivity of metals
  • Energy forms
  • Heat transfer
  • Transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Refraction and dispersion

GEOGRAPHY

  • Rainforests – Where they are, the climate, the vegetation and animals and their adaptions to the rainforest, causes of deforestation, effects of deforestation
  • Climate change – What is global warming, the greenhouse effect, causes of global warming, effects of global warming (sea level rise, changing weather patterns, ice melt), renewable and non renewable energy.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Topics:

  • God and Creation
  • Good and Evil
  • Forgiveness
  • Life after death

Exam technique:

  • Keywords
  • Personal opinions regarding the issues we have learned about
  • Understanding and explaining how people are affected by the issues we have covered
  • Evaluating these issues (for and against views)

Format:

Section 1: Keywords x 5

Section 2:

  • Part a) (2marks): Keywords
  • Part b) (4 marks): ONE opinion with TWO well explained reasons
  • Part c) (8 marks): FOUR explained points with examples
  • Part d) i (3 marks): 3 Reasons for your opinion on an issue
  • Part d) ii (3 marks): 3 Reasons for the opposite opinion

Section 3: Two evaluation mini-essays.

HISTORY

Topics to revise:

  • Industrial Revolution
  • Factory conditions
  • Inventions
  • Development of the police
  • Jack the Ripper
  • British Empire
  • Colonies of the empire e.g. Australia, India, New Zealand, America
  • Should we be proud of the empire?
  • Why did Britain want an empire?
  • Slavery 
  • Slave triangle
  • Slave auction
  • Life on a plantation
  • Abolition of slavery
  • World War One
  • Why did men join up to fight?

Skills

  • Creating an argument – why do you agree or disagree?
  • Explanation using specific evidence
  • How useful is the source to a historian?

FRENCH

Revision Topics 

  • Holidays: countries, weather, accommodation types, booking/reservations, complaints, free time activities, present, past and future tenses
  • Healthy lifestyle: meals, food, quantities, numbers, café/restaurant language, past/future meals, healthy living (food), body parts, injury/illness, at the doctor’s, daily routine, time
  • Opinions, Question phrases

Question Structure

  • Listening paper: yes/no/true/false/letter in a box type questions. Any written answers given in English
  • Reading paper: as per listening exam, plus a short translation into English
  • Writing paper: questions mainly in English, building up from one word answers, to short sentences, to an extended paragraph, plus 5 short sentences to translate into French
  • Speaking: a 2 minute conversation with your class teacher, in French, about any of the topics listed above

Revision Tips

  • Use www.linguascope.com (username lymm, password Madrid1234) to revise all topics
  • Use your exercise books to revise vocabulary
  • Write model answers to expected questions (given by class teacher) and learn them and/or key vocabulary phrases
  • Practise both speaking and writing your model answers
  • Get your parents/carers/siblings to test you on vocabulary

GERMAN

Revision Topics 

  • Self, family and pets: name, age, birthday, appearance, personality, animals, descriptions
  • School: favourite subject, opinions about other subjects with reasons (using ‘weil’), uniform, what you eat and drink at school, with opinions
  • Hobbies: what you enjoy doing after school and at the weekend – present and future tenses
  • Home: where you live, your house, your bedroom, opinions

Question Structure

  • Listening paper: yes/no/true/false/letter in a box type questions. Any written answers given in English
  • Reading paper: as per listening exam, plus a short translation into English
  • Writing paper: questions mainly in English, building up from one word answers, to short sentences, to an extended paragraph, plus 5 short sentences to translate into German
  • Speaking: a 2 minute conversation with your class teacher, in German, about any of the topics listed above

Revision Tips

  • Use www.linguascope.com (username lymm, password Madrid1234) to revise all topics
  • Use your exercise books to revise vocabulary
  • Write model answers to expected questions (given by class teacher) and learn them and/or key vocabulary phrases
  • Practise both speaking and writing your model answers
  • Get your parents/carers/siblings to test you on vocabulary

MATHEMATICS

Set 3

  • Using a calculator effectively
  • BIDMAS
  • Calculations and Number Properties (Squares, Cubes, roots, primes etc.)
  • Factors, Multiple, LCM and HCF
  • Properties of 2D Shapes
  • Angle properties
  • Writing expressions
  • Collecting like terms
  • Expanding brackets
  • Substitution into expressions and formulae
  • Solving equations
  • Rounding and Estimation
  • Fractions (Identifying, Simplifying, Equivalent fractions, Fractions of Amounts, Adding and Subtracting etc)
  • Probability
  • Percentages (Links to Fractions and Decimals, Percentage of amounts, Percentage change)
  • Averages and Range from raw data and from a frequency table
  • Calculating with Decimals
  • Powers and Roots
  • Perimeter and Area of 2D Shapes inc Circles
  • Volume of Prisms
  • Plotting Coordinates
  • Plotting Linear Graphs
  • Units
  • Writing a number as a product of primes
  • Representing Data
  • Surface Area of Cubes and Cuboids
  • Sequences

Set 2

As well as knowing the material from set 3, students in set 2 should know:

  • Factorising expressions
  • Expanding double brackets
  • Setting up and solving equations
  • Mean from a grouped frequency table
  • Standard Index Form
  • Index/Power Laws
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentage Multipliers
  • Quadratic Graphs
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Equations with Fractions
  • Volumes of Prisms

Set 1

As well as knowing the material from sets 3 and 2, students in set 1 should know:

  • Compound growth and decay
  • Reverse percentages
  • Trigonometry (SOHCAHTOA)
  • Solving Quadratic equations by factorising
  • Probability and Tree Diagrams
  • Cumulative Frequency and Box Plot diagrams
  • Calculating with Standard Index Form

Year 7 Revision Topics

Please see below a list of revision topics recommended by subject teachers.

SCIENCE

  • Cells
  • Nutrition
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • States of matter
  • The atom
  • Chemical formulae
  • Speed, distance, time
  • Motion graphs
  • Moments
  • Balanced and unbalanced forces

GEOGRAPHY

There will be 3 sections to your exam.

  • Multiple choice
  • Short questions
  • 1 long question (you will pick one from two options)
  • Map skills:– 6 figure grid references, 4 figure Grid references, compass points, contours, direction, scale.
  • Fantastic places:- Look over a selection of the fantastic places you have studied, focusing on what makes them fantastic and any issues that these places face.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Topics:

  • Ultimate Questions
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam

Exam technique:

  • Keywords
  • Personal opinions regarding the issues we have learned about
  • Understanding and explaining how people are affected by the issues we have covered
  • Evaluating these issues (for and against views)

Format:

Section 1: Keywords x 5

Section 2:

  • Part a) (4marks): Keywords
  • Part b) (6 marks): ONE opinion with TWO well explained reasons
  • Part c) (12 marks): FOUR explained points with examples
  • Part d) i (5 marks): 3 well explained reasons for your opinion on an issue
  • Part d) ii (5 marks): 3 well explained reasons for the opposite opinion

HISTORY

Topics to revise:

  • Who are the British?  Windrush/Notting Hill Riots
  • Medieval England
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • Doomesday Book
  • Feudal System
  • Harrying of the North
  • Motte and Bailey Castles
  • Medieval Religion
  • Why is religion important to Medieval people?
  • Heaven and Hell
  • Thomas Beckett and Henry II
  • Medieval People
  • King John and the Magna Carta
  • Peasants’ Revolt
  • Black Death
  • The Tudors
  • War of the Roses
  • Henry VIII – his wives and children
  • Reformation of the church- why did it happen?
  • Dissolution of the monasteries

Skills

  • Explanation of definitions
  • Source analysis – how useful is a source as historical evidence?

FRENCH

Revision Topics 

  • Self, family and pets: name, age, birthday, appearance, personality, animals, descriptions
  • School: favourite subject, opinions about other subjects with reasons, uniform, what you eat and drink at school, with opinions
  • Hobbies: what you enjoy doing after school and at the weekend – present and future tenses
  • Home: where you live, your house, your bedroom, opinions
  • Question Phrases

Question Structure

  • Listening paper: yes/no/true/false/letter in a box type questions. Any written answers given in English
  • Reading paper: as per listening exam, plus a short translation into English
  • Writing paper: questions mainly in English, building up from one word answers, to short sentences, to an extended paragraph, plus 5 short sentences to translate into French
  • Speaking: a 2 minute conversation with your class teacher, in French, about any of the topics listed above

Revision Tips

  • Use www.linguascope.com (username lymm, password Madrid1234) to revise all topics
  • Use your exercise books to revise vocabulary
  • Write model answers to expected questions (given by class teacher) and learn them and/or key vocabulary phrases
  • Practise both speaking and writing your model answers
  • Get your parents/carers/siblings to test you on vocabulary

The Science Faculty Takes Part In ‘Space Seeds’ Experiment

Space Seeds

The RHS Campaign for School Gardening has partnered with the UK Space Agency to embark on an ‘out of this world’ educational project and Lymm High School is taking part!

The project, Rocket Science, will give around half a million UK children the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on earth, using the invaluable expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and RHS Science team. As preparation for the experiment, rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission. After several months on board, the seeds were sent back to the UK, and were packaged up with identical seeds that have stayed on earth. Participating schools received two packets of 100 seeds to grow and compare.

The Year 7 Scholars students will be working with Mrs Donlan to monitor the seeds and record their findings. They began by sowing their seeds on Wednesday 27th April and will be monitoring their growth until Tuesday 31st May.

So far, the seeds are growing well, however there are some differences between the two groups of seedlings:

  • Blue – fewer seeds have germinated but the plants are maturing faster, and the seedlings are larger.
  • Red – almost all seeds germinated but the seedlings are growing slower.

We don’t know which group has been to space, but it is interesting that there do seem to be differences!

At the end of the 35 days we have to add our data to the national database, where all of the data will be analysed to see if going into space had a significant impact on rocket seeds.

Battle Of The Ages Rugby Game

Battle of the Ages RugbyFriday night saw Lymm Rugby Club host the first, for a number of years, Lymm High School old boys game suitably dubbed ‘Battle of the Ages’. With superb weather and an excellent surface to play on, the game had been eagerly anticipated by all involved. Was the size and strength of the over 20s going to win over the speed and fitness of the under 20s?

The game started at a frantic pace, the over 20s sending big strong runners at a determined young defence. It was 5 minutes in when the first try was scored to give the overs a 7-0 lead. The game continued in the same vein, the Bray brothers controlling much of the action for the over 20s and showing why Lenny D was keen for them to join the school in the sixth form. But it was an old 1st XV captain and current 1st XV coach Adam Fletcher’s cameo that got the crowd excited. Offloads and a willingness to use the outstanding Dave ‘graveyard’ Williamson from fullback, gave the overs a 21-0 lead.

The under’s were not going to stand and watch these old timers treat it like an exhibition match and they started to put more pressure on in defence and then started to have attacks of their own. It was former 1st XV captain Max Caldwell that intercepted a ball and scored a try from within his own half. The half time score was 21-5.

The second half saw the under’s gain more territory and the initial thoughts of a walk over for the overs was gone. Through Oscar McCormack and Sean Parsons, Toby Phillips managed to send these bog lads in the gain some yards and put the under’s on the front foot. It was a nice bit of play down the blind side and then some powerful running helped Oscar barge over for the under’s second score, 21-10.

With fresh faces on the pitch for the overs, well a more experienced look, the game started to be played at a higher tempo. The overs managed to score 2 more well worked tries but it was a fantastic line from Oscar again to take him clear of the defence with just the full back to beat. This time he showed his handling ability and used Nat Johnstone who was motoring up next to him and drew the fullback and Nat scored under the posts.

The highlight of the second half was a Sam Mullarkey Tackle on Josh Davies; whilst the young Davies kept hold of the ball it was a tackle for the highlight package for Sam and I’m sure he will be keeping that one for the grandchildren.

The Most valuable players as voted by the captains of each side were Oscar McCormack and Dave Williamson.

Thank you to all involved with the game and to Adam Fletcher and Chris Kinsey for helping to organise it, to Lymm Rugby club for the facilities and to the players, parents and supporters of the school who made the game such a success. Next year’s game is already being talked about and hopefully it will grow into an outstanding annual event.

Mr Pickles