Afritwin – Rhino Awareness Campaign

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On Wednesday 18th November, our Sixth Form and Year 7 students helped to create a “Human Rhino” on the English Yard as part of Afritwin’s Rhino Awareness campaign. The team at Kestrel Cam Professional Aerial Filming & Photography used a drone camera to help us create the rhino, as well as film the finished product. By filming the event from the air, we were able to create a visually interesting film to raise awareness of the campaign to save these creatures from extinction. The finished piece was then edited by our Afritwin students and Miss Hinchcliffe to create the campaign video. I would like to thank Kestrel Cam for their help in making this possible, and a huge well done to Mr Burnett and the Afritwin team for their excellent planning and for the overall success with this project. You can view the finished product on our new YouTube channel by clicking on the link below

For those unaware, Afritwin is a charity project which links schools in the UK with schools in both the affluent and poorer townships of South Africa, and is run by a small group of staff and students at Lymm High School.

Every two years a group of our students visit the schools in South Africa and work to improve conditions for our partner townships. This year we wanted, not just to help our twin school, but also support the wider community within South Africa by adding an environmental aspect to our work. To do this we researched a number of current issues, and one that caught our attention was the plight of the rhinos in South Africa, which are in danger of extinction. We decided to try to raise awareness of this issue over here in the UK, with a number of events and initiatives in school. Rhino awareness is one of the most important current issues within the animal world. Their population is declining rapidly. The worry is that our children might never see a live rhino in the wild; this is not something that what we want for the next generation of young people.

Weekly Bulletin: 11th January 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to all our Year 9 parents who attended the Parents Evening last week. We would also like to make you aware of the upcoming Year 9 Choices Evening, which will take place on Thursday 21st January 2016. We hope that the evening will be able to enhance the information that you already have, to enable you and your child to make well informed decisions relating to Key Stage 4 option choices for Year 10 and 11. This week your child will receive a booklet containing lots of information on the courses available and will also be attending assemblies delivered by different faculties on each day. For more details on the choices evening click here.

Next week we have a group of students going to the Chill Factore in preparation for the Austria half term ski trip. The first session will take place on Tuesday 19th January after school, with another session following on Tuesday 26th January. These sessions will give the beginners an opportunity to get used to the kit and for friendships to form.

Don’t forget we have our ”Bags2schools” collection taking place on Thursday 21st January. Bags have been made available to students; however any bag will be acceptable. Our record collection was just over £300, which we hope to beat this time.

On Friday 22nd January there will be a joint PTA and Afritwin event in school. Tickets are £10 each or £60 for a table of 8. The event will include the local covers band “The Athertones”, which features several members of teaching staff from the school, as well as a bar and snacks. In the past these events have been great fun, so do come and join us in raising money for our school and school charity.

Finally, we have been receiving lots of enquiries regarding the 2016-17 term dates, therefore we have published our dates on the website under ‘Parents’ on the main menu. You can also view them by clicking here.

Scholars – Monthly Mensa Puzzle Competition – January

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. We will pick two correct entries after the closing date.

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

What are the words? To enter please click here

Closing date for all entries is: 31st January 2016.  Please apply directly through the link above.

Scholars – All Years Weekly Brainteaser 11/01/2016

Assume you are using a basic calculator and press the numbers in the order shown, replacing each question mark with a mathematical sign.

Plus, minus, multiply and divide can each be used once only.

In which order should they be used to score 24?

2    ?     8    ?     6    ?     9    ?    3   =    24

Answers to Mrs Wardle in A215a by Monday 18th January by 9am.

All Scholars – weekly Brainteaser answers 17/12/2015

A knight is positioned on the centre square of this chessboard.

Move the knight to each square once only, collecting letters to spell out five types of dwelling.

Each dwelling is five letters long.

What are they?

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Well done to Finlay in 9AH and Thomas in 8AH who both got the correct answer to our weekly Brainteaser.  They will be receiving a Praise Postcard and Hall points for their efforts.

Answers were:

  • House
  • Lodge
  • Villa
  • Igloo
  • Manor