Over the past few weeks our Year 7s were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to visit Lymm’s very own residential site, Tyn-Y-Felin, in Anglesey. Two forms per trip; the groups travelled in their halls and this was an excellent opportunity to get to know each other even better as they continue their seven year journey through Lymm High School together. Whilst the weather was changeable for each trip, all the students spent some time on Silver Bay beach, went crabbing with string and bacon in the creek and took part in team building exercises at the residential site. In addition, each student was given the opportunity to go ‘Coasteering’ in Trearddur Bay. This is an amazing experience where students, in wetsuits and lifejackets, are lead around the rocks and cliffs and given the opportunity to jump into the sea from various heights – depending on how daring they are! The students had a great time and were very grateful to be given this experience and they are all looking forward to getting back to Tynny as soon as another opportunity arises!
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.
Structure of the day
- 8:25am: Registration
- P1: Year 7 & 8 students who are involved in field events only. Also anybody competing in the 1500m and hurdles from all years.
- P2: Year 9 & 10 students who are involved in field events only.
All other students will be in normal lessons periods 1 & 2
- P3: All students to register at normal P3 lessons. Once registered all pupils should make their way to the track area and sit in their designated hall space.
- 11:00pm – 12:15pm: Track Events Start: All students are to report to the bank area and sit in hall bases.
Students should listen for their track event to be called
- P5: All students to register at normal P5 lessons. Once registered all students should make their way to the track area.
- 1:25pm – 2:40pm: Afternoon track events begin. (Spectators to watch on the bank)
- 2:45pm: Presentation of trophies (students to sit in form groups under art balcony for presentation)
- 3:10pm: Depart for buses – End of Day
- All students whether competing or not must arrive to school in PE kit. Blue tracksuit bottoms can be worn along with a blue top or school blazer.
- No Hoodies or Fashion Tops are to be worn and will be confiscated if seen.
- A reminder to bring sun cream if weather conditions are hot and also any medication if required.
- Students to bring work books in for the day in case Sports Day is cancelled.
The final of the Cheshire Librarians’ Book Quiz 2015/16 took place at The King’s School Chester on Tuesday 14th June. The top four scoring teams competed in the evening’s thrilling final which really put their literary knowledge to the test. The overall winners came from the Queen’s school, Chester.
The guest host this year was author Teri Terry whose successful dystopian teenage series ‘Slated’ was followed up by sci-fi thriller ‘Mind Games’ and supernatural page turner ‘Book of Lies’. Teri gave a talk outlining her writing methods and style and presented book tokens to the finalists.
Lymm High School students from Years 7 and 8 who took part in the quiz received book tokens, signed book marks and signed copies of ‘Mind Games’.
‘Mind Games’ was a popular book choice amongst the group. Over the school year they have read and answered questions on six set books and completed six general fiction quiz rounds in the competition against 25 schools from Warrington, Halton and Cheshire.
Saturday 25th June started as a mixed day weather wise, with grey clouds looming over the vast fields of Lymm High School. However, undeterred by the showers, preparations continued for one of the last events of Lymm Festival and a great showcase of the diverse talent of Lymm High School and the Lymm community. For those of you who have had the misfortune to miss this unique event in the past, let us highlight what Lymm Live is all about…
Picture a school field transformed into a mini festival ground (but minus the Glastonbury mud!). The covered stage equipped with PA systems expertly set up by the Lymm High School Music Tech students, is surrounded by an auditorium of hay bales kindly lent to us by a local farmer. However that is not all, as surrounding the stage and temporary natural seating are numerous activities for families including a bouncy slide, face painting, sweet stall and the obligatory fast food van. There is of course an ice cream van too, as well as a bar run by the volunteers of the Lymm High School PTA selling hot, cold, soft and alcoholic beverages. So the scene is set and as the afternoon goes by many students, parents, grandparents, friends, Lymm Festival supporters and members of the Lymm community wander into the grounds to experience a wide range of entertainment organised by the school. There is music of various genres, from brass to strings, orchestra to rock bands and singing from some of Lymm High School partner primaries as well as students, teachers and parents. The atmosphere is laid back with friends catching up with each other, children enjoying the freedom of an open green space and of course soaking up the wonderful talents displayed by the children and students on the stage. This year in addition to the musical entertainment we are pleased to host one of the Lymm Festival acts; ‘Comedy Sportz’, which the children in the crowd find particularly amusing. Volunteers are plentiful when the performers ask for assistance with their act, whether it involves working with the players on the stage or making strange noises into the microphone, or simply coming up with ideas for the teams to base their next activity on. It is plain to see that everyone is having fun and even the sun makes an appearance to warm everyone up and keep the rain away.
Lymm Live has now become an annual event so make sure you put it in your diary for next year – the last Saturday of Lymm Festival. Tickets are available at the Festival Box Office in the Village Hall Annexe leading up to the Festival or at the School shop or you can just pay at the entrance. All this could not happen without the support and hard work of the performing arts teachers and the talented students but also the ‘invisible’ work done behind the scenes setting up gazebos, bars and then manning the activities on the day by the Lymm High School PTA. Contrary to popular opinion, although Lymm High School is a large school with well over a 1000 pupils, the PTA is really very small and it is down to a handful of people who give up their time freely to make events such as this a success, so next time you see a PTA request do come along and support those few people as we are always looking for more friends to help us out, even if it is just for one event.
Thanks to all those who came to Lymm Live and especially those who stayed to enjoy the rock bands who patiently waited for their moment of stardom at the end of the afternoon/early evening. It was once again a success and we look forward to many more. If you would like to see other musical or performing art events held at Lymm High School throughout the year then keep checking on the school website for dates and times.
In the UK we have a poor record compared to other similar nations in saving lives with CPR and this project is aimed at improving that. We have had a manikin in school for some months now with students in the sixth form practising their skills and being assessed for their effectiveness. The next stage is to spread the word further. Two of the most up to date manikins have been secured by Professor Mackinnon and we are due to take them with us to South Africa this summer. One is destined for each of our partner schools. We have teamed up with the Cardamon Lounge Restaurant in Stockton Heath for a “Curry and CPR” night on Wednesday 13th July. We have arranged a two-course meal and Ralph will be there to teach us how to do effective CPR between courses. We are selling tickets for this event priced at £20 per head and £15 for under 16s. Funds raised on the evening will be used towards the cost of transporting the manikins to South Africa.
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. The students are currently studying a variety of courses from Law to Biochemistry at Pembroke College. In the morning they gave a brilliant presentation to Year 10 students about life at Oxford University as well as inspiring them to continue their hard work towards their studies and to ensure they are aware of their capabilities to progress onto the highest level of education. Following this, the Gateway Programme students in Year 12 were given a workshop to support them with their interview technique and writing their personal statements in preparation for their UCAS applications.
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. 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
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. In five rounds of 1500m racing over two days, Ellie and Lucy were untouchable and their 27 competitors knew from the very first row that the eventual outcome had that demoralising sense of inevitability.
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 School crew.
This is the first time Warrington Rowing Club has ever had two crews reach the finals at Henley Women’s Regatta.
This year’s football tour to Madrid, Spain 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.
Once we arrived in sunny Spain it was straight to the Valdebebas training ground, home to Real Madrid FC.
Here, the boys experienced a typical Real Madrid training session delivered by their very own coaches in preparation for their 2 games against Spanish opposition.
On Saturday brought an element of surprise as the boys were told they were going to watch the Champions League Final at the Bernabeu Stadium along with 80,000 other Madrid fans – ‘the Madridistas’.
The atmosphere was amazing and with Ronaldo scoring the winning penalty after extra time, what more could we have asked for?
On the final day, we checked out of the Hotel Asset Torrejon and enjoyed a tour of the Bernabeu stadium.
Unfortunately, Ronaldo wasn’t around, but pupils were still able to imagine the atmosphere of the 85,000 seater stadium on match day.
All of the boys conducted themselves superbly throughout the trip – they were thoroughly professional and well-behaved manner and, as a result, we look forward to planning the next football tour.