Weekly Bulletin: 1st February 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

I begin this week with congratulations to Ellie Fletcher and Molly Clarke in Year 12, who have both been invited to trial for the Senior Women’s Great Britain Handball squad on Saturday 13th February. Both girls have worked extremely hard and deserve their success. I know I speak for everyone in wishing them the best of luck.

Another huge congratulations must go to one of our former students Mohamed El-Nemr, who has been offered a place at Oxford University to study Medicine – a fabulous achievement!

Wednesday 27th January marked the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and also Holocaust Memorial Day. The Humanities Department presented assemblies last week looking at the story of Else Cohn who was a German Jewish refugee that came across to Britain on the Kinder transport in 1939.

A group of Year 9 and Year 13 Religious Studies students also attended Trafford’s Holocaust Memorial afternoon on Wednesday, where there were speakers from other schools presenting the stories of heroes of the Holocaust. Students were also informed about recent genocides and the Syrian refugee crisis so they could understand the parallels between the Holocaust and what is happening in the world today.

On Friday the History Department arranged for a speaker to come into school to discuss with Year 9 students their own connections with the Holocaust and whether anti-semitism still exists today. There were around 150 students in attendance to this event who listened intently to Freddy Naftel as he recalled his grandparents fleeing from Germany in 1939 to Manchester.

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 will be available soon, 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

We have our Year 12 Parents Evening on Thursday this week, starting at 5pm, followed by our Year 10 Parents Evening next week on Thursday 11th February from 5pm til 8pm. Students should now be making appointments in their planners.

Finally, I would like to remind our Scholars Programme students to keep an eye on the Scholars’ webpage for important events, notices and weekly competitions – you can click here to view now.

Weekly Bulletin: 25th January 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

We begin this week with a celebration, as the publication of the official league tables showed that, as expected, Lymm High School has regained top spot in Warrington. 74% of our students gained the key benchmark of at least 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths, more than any other school in the borough. The school also saw the best results at A Level, with 53% gaining A*-B grades and 79% A*-C grades and the highest average grade per A Level entry.

I have been quoted in the press as saying that there is no complacency about these results and that is certainly the case – we recognise that, with the kind of fabulous students we are lucky enough to have here, we really ought to be near the top of these tables. Nevertheless, the results are a confirmation of the fact that the school is in a strong position now and we will use the energy this generates to ensure that we continue to go from strength to strength.

I would like to thank all of our Year 9 parents who attended our Choices Evening last week. We hope the evening provided you with enough information to help support your child through the process, as they begin to make their final KS4 subject choices. May I take this opportunity to remind you that students should return their completed form to Mr Thompson on Friday 29th January.

We had a busy day on Friday as 180 Year 5 pupils from our partner primaries joined us in school for the second ‘Primary Science Day’. They spent the whole day experiencing several interactive science investigations, using one of our labs and participating in an explosive chemistry demonstration! Thank you to all the staff and students who worked extremely hard to run the day, with a particular ‘thank you’ to Mrs Donlan for organising the event.

We also have a couple of sporting achievements to celebrate this week. Firstly congratulations and well done to the Year 7 indoor athletics squad who won at the Warrington championships in both boys and girls competitions.

Secondly, Rebecca Greenwood and Alice Hayden (both in Year 11) signed up to England Netball Young Leaders Award and have been working hard since September in assisting and leading practices with the Year 7 Netball team at Lymm High School, as well as carrying on their leadership at a local junior club. Due to the hours they were putting into their leadership, they were allowed to apply to be ball girls for the first test of the England versus Australia test series. The three test series started in Liverpool on Wednesday 20th January at the Echo Arena. Alice and Rebecca were selected from a large number of young leaders to work at the event and represent young netball leaders in the north of England. Well done on a fantastic achievement.

And finally, on Friday a group of Year 11 students celebrated with a doughnut party for achieving/exceeding 80% or more of their target grades in the mock exams. A huge well done must go to these students for all of their hard work and determination. I hope all of our students continue to keep up the work hard and preparation for their upcoming exams this summer.

Weekly Bulletin: 18th January 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

We start the week celebrating the success of our Year 8 Football team who have made their way into the last 16 of the National School’s U13 Cup. On Friday they competed in a competitive game in blustery conditions. However, with a score of 0-0 at the full-time whistle, Fenton Green scored a fantastic goal in extra time, leading Lymm to a well-deserved win against Manchester Grammar School. Congratulations to the team and good luck in your forthcoming game against Meadowhead School.

Congratulations also go to Izzy Troth, who has received an offer from Pembroke College, Oxford University to study Languages. This is obviously a fabulous achievement and we wish her all the best in securing the necessary grades.

We look forward to welcoming around 180 Year 5 pupils from our partner primaries into school on Friday, for the second ‘Primary Science Day’. They will be spending the whole day here at LHS, experiencing several interactive Science investigations, using one of our labs and participating in an explosive Chemistry demonstration! All of the experiments and activities will be led by a selection of our Year 11 and Year 12 students. It promises to be a very exciting event, and will give the Year 5 pupils a wonderful introduction to Science here at Lymm.

I would like to remind our Year 9 parents that Choices Evening will take place this week on Thursday. The purpose of the evening is 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. The evening has been split – with designated time slots based on your child’s hall group. Please click here for more information.

Parents of Year 11 and Year 12 students should have already seen the letters relating to AS levels. If not, see the following links:

Also on Thursday this week, we have our ”Bags2schools” collection taking place. 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 we have a joint PTA and Afritwin event in school. “Step back in time” will showcase the talents of the local covers band “The Athertones”, which features several members of teaching staff from the school. A bar and snacks will be available on the evening. Tickets are £10 each or £60 for a table of 8, and can be purchased from the school shop. In the past these events have been great fun, so do come and join us in raising money for our school and school charity.

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.

Weekly Bulletin: 5th January 2016

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year! I do hope you’ve had an enjoyable festive period and I wish you all the very best for a happy and successful 2016.

We are certainly looking forward to building on the positive steps made last term. I spoke to all staff yesterday and reiterated that the key challenge for this year is to raise our expectations of what we expect of all students. We feel as if we are making significant progress in some key areas, such as the setting of more homework, the marking of books and the reduction of low-level disruption in lessons, but we know that there is still plenty of work to be done. Thank you for your continued support.

It is with great pleasure that we offer our congratulations to Len Davies – governor, trustee & recently retired teacher at Lymm High School – who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to Rugby Union at levels including school, county, regional and national level. We are all absolutely delighted to see Len’s dedication, hard work and commitment to the school and to Rugby Union recognised by the award of an honour. Through his own sporting career, his service as a teacher and his love of sport, he has been a great role model both for colleagues and for pupils. We are really pleased that while he is enjoying a well-deserved retirement he continues to be involved in the school as a community governor.

On Thursday 7th January, we have our Year 9 Parents Evening, between 5.00pm-8.00pm. The evening will be an opportunity to gather detailed feedback regarding how your child is currently progressing. This will support them in making informed decisions during the choices process for Key Stage 4. There will also be an Information and Guidance Evening on Thursday 21st January. More information about the IAG Evening will be available soon.

Along with all schools in Cheshire, Lymm High School is part of a new Cheshire Police initiative called Operation Encompass. This scheme is designed to ensure that children and young people are better supported following their exposure to domestic incidents outside of school. Please see the link here or contact Mrs R Ball (Designated Safeguarding Lead) if you would like any further information.

Finally, the next PTA meeting will take place on Monday 11th January at 7pm in the Music Room, Leisure Centre. All parents are welcome to attend.