Cheshire Librarians’ Book Quiz 2015/16

StudentsThe 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.J Timson

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.

Lymm Live

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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.

Afritwin CPR Project

Afritwin Logo shieldIn 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.

Oxford Student Road Trip

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.

Oxford Roadshow

Performing Arts – Great North Swim

PA Great North Swim

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

Rowing Success for LHS Students

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. 

Madrid Football Tour 2016

Madrid TourThis 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.

Under 20s Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

_DSC0610We 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.

The Science Faculty Takes Part In ‘Space Seeds’ Experiment

Space Seeds

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!

The project, Rocket Science, will give around half a million UK children the chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on earth, using the invaluable expertise of the European Space Agency (ESA) and RHS Science team. As preparation for the experiment, rocket seeds were sent to the International Space Station as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month Principia mission. After several months on board, the seeds were sent back to the UK, and were packaged up with identical seeds that have stayed on earth. Participating schools received two packets of 100 seeds to grow and compare.

The Year 7 Scholars students will be working with Mrs Donlan to monitor the seeds and record their findings. They began by sowing their seeds on Wednesday 27th April and will be monitoring their growth until Tuesday 31st May.

So far, the seeds are growing well, however there are some differences between the two groups of seedlings:

  • Blue – fewer seeds have germinated but the plants are maturing faster, and the seedlings are larger.
  • Red – almost all seeds germinated but the seedlings are growing slower.

We don’t know which group has been to space, but it is interesting that there do seem to be differences!

At the end of the 35 days we have to add our data to the national database, where all of the data will be analysed to see if going into space had a significant impact on rocket seeds.

Battle Of The Ages Rugby Game

Battle of the Ages RugbyFriday 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?

The game started at a frantic pace, the over 20s sending big strong runners at a determined young defence. It was 5 minutes in when the first try was scored to give the overs a 7-0 lead. The game continued in the same vein, the Bray brothers controlling much of the action for the over 20s and showing why Lenny D was keen for them to join the school in the sixth form. But it was an old 1st XV captain and current 1st XV coach Adam Fletcher’s cameo that got the crowd excited. Offloads and a willingness to use the outstanding Dave ‘graveyard’ Williamson from fullback, gave the overs a 21-0 lead.

The under’s were not going to stand and watch these old timers treat it like an exhibition match and they started to put more pressure on in defence and then started to have attacks of their own. It was former 1st XV captain Max Caldwell that intercepted a ball and scored a try from within his own half. The half time score was 21-5.

The second half saw the under’s gain more territory and the initial thoughts of a walk over for the overs was gone. Through Oscar McCormack and Sean Parsons, Toby Phillips managed to send these bog lads in the gain some yards and put the under’s on the front foot. It was a nice bit of play down the blind side and then some powerful running helped Oscar barge over for the under’s second score, 21-10.

With fresh faces on the pitch for the overs, well a more experienced look, the game started to be played at a higher tempo. The overs managed to score 2 more well worked tries but it was a fantastic line from Oscar again to take him clear of the defence with just the full back to beat. This time he showed his handling ability and used Nat Johnstone who was motoring up next to him and drew the fullback and Nat scored under the posts.

The highlight of the second half was a Sam Mullarkey Tackle on Josh Davies; whilst the young Davies kept hold of the ball it was a tackle for the highlight package for Sam and I’m sure he will be keeping that one for the grandchildren.

The Most valuable players as voted by the captains of each side were Oscar McCormack and Dave Williamson.

Thank you to all involved with the game and to Adam Fletcher and Chris Kinsey for helping to organise it, to Lymm Rugby club for the facilities and to the players, parents and supporters of the school who made the game such a success. Next year’s game is already being talked about and hopefully it will grow into an outstanding annual event.

Mr Pickles