Weekly Bulletin: 18th July 2016

Dear parents and carers,

The final week of the school year is upon us and I must start by wishing you all the very best for a wonderful summer. It is a huge privilege to be able to come into work every day to spend time with students as fabulous as ours and I hope you all enjoy being with them over the next few weeks.

As I said last time, it has been a very positive year and really feels as if the school is moving forwards rapidly at the moment. If you haven’t yet had the chance to read my update on the School Improvement Plan, you can do by clicking here. Thank you all very much, as ever, for your support; it makes all the difference.

Network Warrington have informed us that they have made some minor changes to their bus timetables as of September. This includes the following services: 41A, 42 and 42A. Please click here for further information.

Today is a very important day in the school calendar: Founders Day. Already this morning we have seen a number of students returning to their primary schools to help out with gardening and display boards; and a coffee morning organised by sixth form for elderly local residents. Everyone has also taken part in a sponsored walk raising money for Claire House, our chosen charity for this year.   This afternoon, we look forward to the carnival with prizes for the best tutor group stall and more money being raised for Claire House. All these activities form part of our desire to increase the opportunities for our students to play a bigger part in the wider community and these are the kinds of things we want to do more and more of.

Awards Evening took place last Thursday evening and it was a delight to see so many students receiving well-deserved awards for achievement and progress across the curriculum.

I hope everyone is looking forward to Sports Day tomorrow – if the weather reports are to be trusted it looks to be a great, if rather hot, day. Please ensure that students bring sun tan lotion, hats and water with them.

Congratulations go to our new Head Boy, Matthew Davies and Head Girl, Lily Bury; and also to our Deputy Head Boy, Matthew Broadsmith and Deputy Head Girl, Rachael Roberts. I am sure they will all be great ambassadors for our school.

Following from a couple of individual mentions in my bulletins recently, I would like to extend my congratulations to the following students whose work has been chosen to be published as part of the Young Writers Spine-Chillers Saga Competition; Katherine Bushnell, Kyle Branwood, Sophie Howgate, Grace Dougall, Scarlett Wright, Nicholas Mundy, Cara Williamson, Lucy Corrigan, Mia Gilby, Joel Millar, Jessica Salmon, Harvey Talbot, Joe Tomlinson, Andra Barcan, Katie Welling; Daisy Chriscoli, Jack Higgins, Hal Bircham, Daniella Dobozy, Sam Eddleston-Rose, Jaikey Gioacchini, Charlotte Wood, Beth Artingstall, Daniel Seed, Jacob Delaney, Sophie Rylance, Isabelle Graham, Jasmine Lee, Ella Gladwin, Harmony Swift, Amy French, Finley Beardsworth, Lydia Shaw, Joe Talbot, Lottie Cleminson, Amy Nelson, Maddie Kay, Zara McGillivary, Cole Porter, Elliott Bottomley, Noah Harrison, Hannah Morrison, Flynn Smith, Teddy Slight, Bailey Smith, Lily Parsons, Emily Moore, Kyle Soakell, Adam Rimmer and Mia Anderson. A fantastic achievement for them all, well done.

With next year in mind, I would like to draw your attention to a new “Frequently Asked Questions” section of the Parent Communication page on our website; please click here for further information. This follows on from the Parents Forum action plan which has also been updated here. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via any of the methods suggested.

Finally, please remember the early school closure on Wednesday 20th July. School will be closing at 12.25pm for summer holidays.

Once again, I hope you all have a lovely break, and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Tuesday 19 July – Sports Day
  • Wednesday 20 July – Early school closure (12:25pm) for summer holidays
  • Thursday 18th August – A Level Results Day
  • Thursday 25th August – GCSE Results Day
  • Thursday 1st September & Friday 2nd September – INSET Days
  • Monday 5th September – Autumn term begins

Weekly Bulletin: 11th July 2016

Dear parents and carers,

Terrifyingly, this is the last full week of the school year and, as such, it is a time for reflection. Last summer, I published a three year School Improvement Plan following extensive consultation with students, staff and parents; this has been on the website all year. I have now added a review against each area of the Plan, which you can read here (the review comments are in red font). It may take a few minutes to read, but I encourage you to set aside some time to do so. We have had a really successful year and there can be no question that the school is improving rapidly. It was nice to see that the editor of Lymm Life referred recently to a “feel good factor” returning to the school and that seems to sum things up very well. I will always try hard to avoid the trap of over-stating how well things are going, but I will say that I could not be more pleased with the progress made this year. We are very heavily over-subscribed for September, staff morale is good and the foundations are now in place to really push forward. Thank you all very much indeed for your continued support.

I would like to draw your attention to a letter I have prepared about expectations as regards uniform for next year. The purpose of writing at this particular time is so that those of you buying new items of uniform over the summer can ensure students are properly dressed for the new school year. Please click here to read the letter. Again, I thank you for your support.

Sports day has been rescheduled in order to accommodate our Year 7 Arley students to be able to go to Ty’n-y-Felin this week. Sports day will now take place next week on Tuesday 19 July. You can find more information about sports day by clicking here. We wish the Arley students all the best at Tynny.

We have our annual Awards Evening taking place on Thursday this week. Can I ask that any parents who have not sent their RVSP to please do so as soon as possible by email to info@lymmhigh.org.uk, or by calling reception on 01925 755458. Please leave the name of recipient and numbers of guests in attendance. Due to the numbers we can only allow a maximum of 2 guests to attend the evening in addition to the recipient. Recipients must attend in correct school uniform and be in attendance by 6.30pm at the latest. They should report to staff in the Atrium area to register their attendance before taking up their seats in the Main Hall. Guests will be required to produce their ticket in the reception area before proceeding into the Hall. The presentations will begin promptly at 7.00pm.

Congratulations to the Merseyside STEM Robotics challenge day winners: Grace Cooke and Gwen Tavernier and to the Merseyside STEM Medical challenge day winners: Jessica Ward and Hannah Maudsley-Barton. As part of Lymm’s scholar programme, the girls attended Liverpool John Moores University on Wednesday 6th July to take part in an annual Science Technology Engineering and Maths challenge day against students from seven other schools. We are really proud to say that Grace and Gwen from Year 8 came in first place in the Robotics challenge based on their teamwork and programming skills. They programmed an autonomous robot to complete a task set by the organisers and outscored over 90 other students. This was made even more impressive by some of the other challengers being in Year 9. We are equally proud of Jessica and Hannah, also from Year 8, who came in first place in the Medical challenge based on their teamwork and diagnostic skills. The girls diagnosed a patient based on symptoms described to them by a junior doctor and also outscored over 90 other students. Again, this was made even more impressive by some of the other challengers being in Year 9.

Founders Day is approaching and this is an important event in the school calendar. Having had such success with the launch of the 5K Sponsored Walk last year, we wish to continue to build on this in order to celebrate our school’s history and community links. Please click here to read a letter with more information.

Well done to all of our students who participated in the Non-Uniform Day on Friday and raised a fantastic £1142.02 for Cancer Research.

We would like to inform parents and students that the ILC will be closed from Monday 18th July to Wednesday 20th July. This is to allow for stock checking and will include lesson times, break, lunch and before and after school sessions.

Finally, the PTA Annual General Meeting will be held tonight at 7pm in the Music Room, Leisure Centre. All parents are welcome to attend.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 July – Year 7 Arley Ty’n-y-felin Trip
  • Monday 11 July – PTA Annual General Meeting
  • Thursday 14 July – Awards Evening
  • Monday 18 July – Founders Day
  • Tuesday 19 July – Sports Day
  • Wednesday 20 July – Early school closure (12:25pm) for summer holidays

Weekly Bulletin: 4th July 2016

Dear parents and carers,

Firstly, you may have heard that one of the teaching unions (the NUT) has called a strike for tomorrow. However, I can reassure you that school will still be open as normal to all year groups. We might have to make alternative arrangements for some classes at different points in the day, but all students will of course be properly supervised in such cases. Overall, we anticipate that any disruption will be minimal and the vast majority of students will have a normal school day. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

We have two lovely evenings planned this week. Firstly we have our latest production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ on Wednesday at 7pm. The production will take place in the main hall and costs £3 for adults and £2 for children and concessions – payments to be made on the evening. Secondly, we have our annual summer concert on Thursday in St. Peter’s Church at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and concessions. These are both set to be brilliant evenings and we hope you can join us to celebrate our students’ fantastic talents.

We are pleased to announce that the following students were successful in being selected for the Royal Society of British Artists student exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. From Year 13: Eleanor Ormerod, Lucy Fagan and Emily Morton; and from Year 12: Ellena Hudson. This is a very prestigious exhibition in which many schools and colleges enter. Their work will be on display at the Mall Galleries between the 5-9 July. Congratulations to our students on this excellent achievement.

NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Groups have contacted us to let us know that they have secured new investment and have identified a service for all Warrington children and young people aged 11-19 years to support emotional health and wellbeing. Kooth.com have delivered a series of assemblies to students as part of a newly commissioned service from Warrington Borough Council. Kooth.com is a free, safe, confidential and non-stigmatised way for young people to receive counselling, advice and support on-line. It is staffed by fully trained, qualified counsellors and provides a much-needed service 365 days a year supporting mental health and emotional wellbeing for young people aged 11-18. Please click here to read the letter from NHS Warrington.

As I mentioned last week, we are holding a non-uniform day this Friday (8 July) in support of the Performing Arts team’s efforts to raise money for Cancer Research. We are asking students to bring in £1 for the privilege of wearing their own clothes in aid of this good cause. https://www.justgiving.com/lymmhighperformingarts

We would like to inform parents and students that the ILC will be closed from Monday 18th July to Wednesday 20th July. This is to allow for stock checking and will include lesson times, break, lunch and before and after school sessions.

Finally, some of you will have heard that there was an accident involving a coach of students on their way to Tyn-y-Felin this morning. Fortunately, everybody involved is safe and well and we will re-arrange the trip as soon as we possibly can. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all the staff, students and parents concerned for their response; everybody conducted themselves magnificently.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Monday 4 July: Year 8 STEM Scholars Trip & Sixth Form Futures Day
  • Tuesday 5 & Friday 8 July: Mad Hatters Tea Party
  • Wednesday 6 July: Alice in Wonderland Production
  • Thursday 7 July: Year 6 Transition Day/Evening & Summer Concert
  • Friday 8 July: Non-uniform Day
  • Friday 8 – Monday 18 July: German Exchange
  • Tuesday 12 July: Sports Day
  • Thursday 14 July: Awards Evening

Weekly Bulletin: 27th June 2016

Dear parents and carers,

The last few public examinations are taking place this week and, whilst the time feels to me as if it’s flown by, I have no doubt it hasn’t felt quite the same for many of the students! I would like to thank them all for conducting themselves so well throughout the exam season; it can be a stressful time, but they have been fabulous and we look forward to a successful summer of results.

We continue this week with the Year 7 trips to Ty’n-y-Felin as Moreton Hall head out today. I hope that the students have a fantastic time and we have our fingers crossed that they are as lucky with the weather as the groups that went last week were.

Thank you to all those who supported the Lymm Live event on Saturday. There were some excellent performances and a lovely atmosphere. I know my family and I enjoyed ourselves and it seemed as if everybody else did too.

To celebrate our students’ hard work and talent, the Visual Arts Department are holding the End of Year Show on Tuesday 28th June at 6-8pm in the Lower Hexagon, with the Year 13 Fashion Show running in the Main Hall at 7pm. We will be showcasing all of our wonderful KS4 and KS5 Fine Art, Fashion and Photography work for students, parents and staff to enjoy! Please do come along to what will be a lovely evening.

Congratulations to Amy Nelson in Year 7, who was one of five students across the UK to have her story ‘Monster Fear’, selected to be published as part of the Young Writers Spine-Chillers Saga Competition. Well done Amy on this massive achievement!

Over the last couple of weeks we have been collating information in order to update the school’s sporting honors boards. Students who have represented the county or equivalent in their sport have been asked to inform Mr. Hampton, Head of PE and Sport, to ensure he has the correct details. Please can you ensure that your son or daughter has been to see Mr. Hampton to ensure that their achievements are properly recognised. We have so many wonderful young people in the school involved in so many different activities that it can be difficult to keep tabs on everything, so we do rely on students and parents keeping us informed; thank you for your support.

Following on from this, congratulations go to Daniel Farini, in Year 9, who has been selected to compete as part of the North West Regional Water Polo Squad in the under-15s inter-regional competition in July. We wish him and his team the best of luck in the upcoming competition.

Similarly, congratulations to Hattie Cosgrove, Lauren Ferris, Josef Murphy who have all been selected to represent Cheshire in athletics. We wish them the best of luck in their upcoming competitions.

The Oxford Student Road trip visited Lymm High School on Wednesday 22nd June and students from Year 10 and 12 were able to benefit from the advice the under graduates offered about applying and studying at Oxford University. Click here to read more.

Looking a little further ahead, Founders Day is approaching and this is an important event in the school calendar. Having had such success with the launch of the 5K Sponsored Walk last year, we wish to continue to build on this in order to celebrate our school’s history and community links. Please click here to read a letter, which will be sent home with students today.

The schools’ Afritwin group have linked up with Professor Ralph Mackinnon from the Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital in a scheme to raise awareness and skills in CPR. (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Please click here for more details.

Please click here for a letter from Warrington Borough Council in response to the recent court case relating to term-time holidays.

Finally, I have had my arm twisted and have agreed to a non-uniform day on Friday 8th July in support of the Performing Arts team’s efforts to raise money for Cancer Research. We are asking students to bring in £1 for the privilege of wearing their own clothes in aid of this good cause. https://www.justgiving.com/lymmhighperformingarts

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Monday 27 – Wednesday 29 June: Year 7 Moreton Ty’n-y-Felin Residential
  • Tuesday 28 June: Art Exhibition & Year 13 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
  • Monday 4 July: Year 8 STEM Scholars Trip & Sixth Form Futures Day
  • Tuesday 5 & Friday 8 July: Mad Hatters Tea Party
  • Wednesday 6 July: Alice in Wonderland Production
  • Thursday 7 July: Year 6 Transition Day/Evening & Summer Concert
  • Friday 8 July: Non-uniform Day

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

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

Weekly Bulletin: 6th June 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome you all back from what has, I hope, been an enjoyable and restful half term break.

I would like to remind parents of the early closure on Thursday next 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. We hope many of our students will return in the evening to support prospective pupils and also to use this as an opportunity to gain further evidence for the Leadership Ladder.

Following this, school will also be closed for a staff INSET day on Friday 17th June 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.

Before half term we had a fantastic ‘Rugby Festival’ when the Under 20s World Cup trophy came to Lymm High School. The day was incredibly successful – starting with the beautiful weather that enabled our Year 7 and 8 students to participate in a variety of rugby competitions throughout the morning. Students were also fortunate enough to have their photograph taken with the trophy; as well as participate in sessions run by Sale Sharks. Thank you to our PE staff, Sale Sharks and the World Cup Officials who helped to organise this brilliant day.

We also had a very successful trip to Madrid over half-term, with details to follow in next week’s bulletin.

The Performing Arts Faculty are participating in the Great North Swim this Sunday 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, please visit their justgiving page (if only just to see their picture!) at: https://www.justgiving.com/lymmhighperformingarts

Upcoming Important Dates

  • 6th – 10th June: Year 7 Exams
  • 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

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

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

Weekly Bulletin: 10th May 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Tonight we are holding our annual BTEC Photography Exhibition ‘Capture’. Students have worked incredibly hard throughout the year and the exhibition is of the highest professional standard. If you would like to come and view the many talents of our students, please come to N206 in the Sixth Form Building. The exhibition will be available from 6:30–8:00pm.

Year 7 Parents Evening will take place on Thursday this week, from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. Students should already be making appointments with teachers and recording this on the appropriate page of their school planner. Please be aware that some teachers have many Year 7 classes and will have to prioritise which parents they are able to see on the night. Telephone conversations will be available with any teacher you cannot see, by request.

Year 11 parents should already have received a text message about revision sessions; if not, please click here for details.

Congratulations go to the Year 9 football team, who last week won the league with a 4-0 victory at Great Sankey. This rounded off an exceptional season in which the boys scored 40 goals whilst conceding only 9 all season and, most importantly, conducted themselves throughout in a manner deserving of great credit. There will be a DVD available to celebrate some of the highlights. Particular thanks must also go to Mr Powell for all his hard work.

Congratulations also go to Lucy Glover who was selected to row for GB Rowing Team at the Munich International Junior Regatta last weekend. Munich is a large-scale regatta attracting a wide range of high-performing club and country crews. This event is customarily used by GB Rowing Team to race a very select number of athletes at the top of the pyramid in the current year’s junior trial process. Lucy’s crew won bronze – a terrific achievement for a newly formed crew with eyes set on the World Championship title in July!

If you missed my response to the recent Parent Forum meeting (focus on home-school communication) you can find it here.

The PTA are delighted to have been donated a pair of tickets for the Stone Roses concert on 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. The PTA are holding a raffle, with the winner taking both tickets. If you are interested, raffle tickets can be bought from the school shop and cost £2 each.

Finally, we once again wish all students and families the very best of luck with the forthcoming GCSE and A’level exams, the first of which are taking place this year. As a school we will be doing all we can to support students involved and I know that you all will be doing the same.