Masterchef 2017

The Food Technology department held it’s annual Year 8 Masterchef competition before Easter. Once again the competition was fierce and the standard extremely high.

Competitors worked in the searing heat of the schools catering kitchens to produce their favourite recipe, which could be a starter, main course or a dessert dish, in a limited amount of time. It had to be within a budget of £5 and had to showcase skill all to be prepared within the time frame given of an hour. Students were allowed to have a Sous chef work with them. The semi-finalists were selected from the submissions and invited to the semi-final where they would prepare, cook and serve their chosen dish.

All students involved did us proud and their dishes were beautifully presented. The judges had much deliberation and finally agreed on the finalists. Students; Steven Turner along with Will Stout, Jack Powell along with Iain Tenant, Jack Gordan along with Tom Lea, Pierre De Villies, Gemma Gandy with Liv Galloway-Pollard, Darcy Whittingham with Emma Parkinson and George Gibbons with Ellie Davies all made it through to the next round with their imaginative choice of dishes.

These students remade their selected dishes, took on any feedback the judges gave for improvements and fought fiercely for the title of Interhall Masterchef competition 2017.

Chef Steven Turner with his Sous chef Will Stout came in 3rd place overall. Chef Pierre De Villies came in 2nd place with his sharing starter dish. Chef Darcy Whittingham and her Sous chef Emma Parkinson was crowned the overall winner of the competition. Darcy and Emma prepared a Trio of desserts for the competition.

Mrs Deane, Head of Food Technology said when asked about the competition, “Being given the list of ingredients as a base, it was clear to see that everyone had really thought about their dish and had prepared well. The atmosphere in food tech was great and the hard working attitude of every student was a pleasure to see.”

Well done to all of the students who took part and we look forward to seeing your entries for the Year 9 competition in the new academic year. Students will be receiving their prizes soon.

 

Important KS3 Exams Information

Dear Parents

KS3 students are entering their ‘end of year exam period’.  Students will be sitting exams in their core subjects (English, maths and science) in formal exam conditions.  They have all received an individual timetable for these tests.

Tests will also be taken for the following subjects: history, geography, RS and languages, in the classroom during normal timetabled lessons.  Students will be having assessments at the end of their current unit (so nearer the end of the summer term) in the practical and performance subjects.

Students are being issued with a blank timetable to write in when they are having their class based tests, this is because different groups will be sitting these subject tests at different times.

These exams are really nothing to be worried about.  They give the students good experience and practice of taking tests and get them into the habit and routine, so when they sit more formal exams they are able to take them in their stride.  They also provide really useful assessment information for teachers.

Students have been set revision tasks centrally for the core subjects: these can be found on Show My Homework.  Other subjects will continue to set revision tasks.

Best wishes

Jayne O’Grady

Deputy Headteacher

Lymm Student Wins Cheshire Vote to join Youth Parliament

Student Imogen Walsh lands position in the UK Youth Parliament, representing the borough, after topping a poll of her peers.

March saw the borough hold the elections for The UK Youth Parliament.  The UK Youth Parliament consists of some 300 full members (and a similar number of deputies) who are elected by the young people in the area to represent them and put forward their views to the government.

Imogen, a Year 10 student studying at Lymm High School, won one of these seats and will hold office for the next 2 years.

Gwyn Williams, Headteacher at Lymm High School said:

‘We are very proud of Imogen’s well deserved election to the UK Youth Parliament – she will be an excellent, democratic representative for her peers, and will be tenaciously determined – she is a great ambassador for young people and embodies the ethos of Lymm High School perfectly. We wish her luck and she has the full support of our school community.’

Run by young people, the Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. Every year the parliament chooses a national campaign and for 2017 candidates campaigned for better transport, the living wage and better opportunities for young people. Mental health was also chosen as a priority campaign for England.

As the area’s Member of the Youth Parliament, Imogen will now be responsible for rolling out her program and representing the youth in her area. She hopes young people in Warrington can have a say on issues directly affecting them such as environmentally friendly public transport and the promotion of mental health services, especially support in schools. She has also called for greater increase of school funding in Warrington.

With a new funding formula set to be introduced from April next year, Warrington’s schools face losing almost a quarter of a million pounds a year and the borough to become one of the worst-funded in the country.

Talking about the results Imogen said: “I am really pleased to have won and want to thank everyone for their support. The school funding proposals by the government are completely unfair for schools in Warrington. Young people of Warrington work really hard whilst at school and deserve the same opportunities as other young people in the country”

The Year 10 Student said: “I now feel I can give young people a voice to ensure the views of young people in Warrington are listened to by decision makers.”

 

Us, Them and Way Back When

 

The Lymm History Society, visited the High School on Friday in collaboration with The Relationships Centre as part of the Centre’s Heritage Lottery funded Project, “Us and Them and Way Back When” which aims to make links between young people and their local community.

The centre bases their work with young people from local schools on the period from 1877, when the premises in Museum Street was built, through to present day. The focus of the day for Lymm students was Cheshire’s contribution to World War One.

Students showed great interest in a story, visitor David, from the Lymm History Society shared about how both his grandfathers had met and fought together in World War One, with one of them unfortunately being killed in combat in 1918. The artefacts also inspired students to talk about their own heritage with many of them being aware of great grandfather’s that had fought for king and country. One student said ‘my Great Grandfather suffered from shellshock after the war and had terrible nightmares’, which brought home the harsh realities of war and the long-lasting effects that it had.

The society also shared personal stories taken from war records of individual soldiers listed on the War Memorials in St Mary’s Church, St Peter’s Church and High Legh. Brian informed students about how his  own Grandfather had reacted when seeing the memorial during his cousins wedding and how this was the only time where he had shown emotion about his time in the war.

Students were thoroughly engaged in the session with many asking insightful questions such as ‘How much would soldiers get paid?’, ‘Did your grandfather ever tell you about his time in World War One?’ and ‘What was the most common weapon used?’.

The society shared the research that they have compiled from the individual soldiers listed on the War Memorials and students enjoyed looking through these records for anyone that shared their name or had particularly courageous story.

The favourite artefact of the day however was a visitor’s book from a local military hospital in Lymm, where soldiers had written poems, drawn pictures, or simply said thank you to the nurses for supporting their recovery. It was a real find and the group were very thankful for the opportunity to handle such rare items.

The World War One visit, offered to members of the Lymm High School Scholar’s programme which aims to add further challenge and enrichment opportunities for students, highlighted the importance of learning about local history and how ordinary people do extraordinary things.

Jackie Cooling from The Relationships Centre said “It is our aim to enable the young people of Warrington to embrace their wonderful local heritage, and to build bridges between the young people and older generations who have many stories to tell.”

“We are so pleased to have Brian Smith from the Lymm History Society speak to students at Lymm High School about Lymm during WW1 and also telling them the real life story of his grandfather, Thomas Ingham Smith who lost his life whilst fighting for his country.”

Following the session, students will take part in a Remembrance Ceremony and look around the memorials, conducting their own research into ancestors who may have fought in World War One.

They plan to use their research as inspiration to design a war memorial, write a poem or create a memory square to be displayed at 19 Museum Street in Warrington during the summer. An opening night at the Parr Hall is planned where a selection of students that have entered pieces will be able to visit with their families to see their work and the contributions of other Warrington primary and secondary schools.

 

Year 9 Democracy Day

Year 9 had a brilliant off-timetable day, learning about our fundamental political processes and considering their own beliefs and values.

The sessions focused on how our democratic systems work in the UK. Students also learnt about the different political parties and their platforms, ideologies and policies.

They were given the opportunity to consider where they stood on the political spectrum and which party, if any, most aligned with their views. This then led to students formulating their own questions on key current issues.

The day culminated with a wonderfully executed Question Time event in the school hall.

Our panel members included local councillors from the different political parties who were grilled by our students on their stance on issues ranging from mental health support, to school funding and the effect of Brexit on our local economy.

This was a fantastic day when students really put their learning into practice!

Huge thanks to our visitors: Councillor Rebecca Knowles, Councillor Kath Buckley, Councillor Sheila Woodyatt, Councillor Josh Booth, Councillor Ian Marks and Councillor Peter Walker, as well as to Mr Wright and the team for superb planning and delivery.

 

Spring Concert 2017

On Tuesday 28th March, Lymm High School held their annual Spring Concert— a celebration of the wide range of musical talent we have within our school.

The evening was kicked off by the Big Band, with guest singer Suzie Underwood. It was evident the band have made real progress and sounded fantastic. Suzie featured on the night with an arrangement of Halo, and it was a treat to hear some good jazz in the form of  improvised solos in a piece called The Chicken.

Lymm Flutes, thanks to Mrs Dawn Savell, provided a small ensemble contrast. They are growing in confidence and in style, and the contributions from the junior strings and brass featuring our primary players showed us the superstars of the future.

Wonderful performances from the Senior Strings and Senior Brass completed the second half and demonstrated the high end level of talent that we have here at Lymm.

The performers reacted to the large audience well, and we recognise the efforts of Mr David Nicholson in promoting the event.

A huge thank you goes to our directors Mr Ray Kelly, Mrs Jacqui Leighton-Jones and Mr Tom Wyss who made an amazing team!