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

Sale Sharks Academy

RUGBY NEWS

James Rooney, Callum Grieves and Joe Johnson performed really well against Newcastle falcons for Sale Sharks U15 academy. This in itself is a great achievement however, James and Callum have been selected for a North of England U15 development day being coached by the England U18s coach. This is the first step in their journey to playing at an elite level.

GB Success For Ellie and Mollie

Our year 12 pupils Ellie Fletcher and Molly Clark have been selected for the Great Britain Senior Women’s Handball Team. They will be involved in training camps from September and be up for selection for the World Championships in October. The pupils began playing Handball at Lymm High School when they started in year 7. From this the girls went on to become National Champions in 2013 in London with the school team and play for clubs outside of school. This is a fantastic achievement and the school would like to wish the girls the very best of luck at the training camps in September and their upcoming selection.

La Manga 2016

La mangaSports students at Lymm High School had the opportunity of a lifetime to spend the 2 week break participating in a work experience placement at the world renowned La Manga Sports Complex in Spain over Easter break. Whilst on placement, students worked alongside professional sports coaches delivering an Easter Sports Camp including football and tennis coaching amongst many other activities. This is the tenth year that Lymm High School have visited the elite sports venue; a long standing relationship that provides a wonderful experience for students to develop both academically and socially. The students were fantastic representatives for the school and we received glowing feedback from both the sports coaches and residents of La Manga regarding their professionalism, behavior and enthusiasm for sports.

If you are interested in studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport or A-Level PE at Lymm High School please contact Mr Williams on 01925 755458 or email awilliams@lymmhigh.org.uk.

Gateway students attended the Oxbridge conference

gateway-news-300x225On Wednesday 16th March, a group of 25 students from Lymm High School Sixth Form Gateway Programme visited the Oxford and Cambridge Conference at Aintree Race Course. The conference will hopefully inspire them to go on to achieve their potential of gaining A and A* grades across all subjects.  The students’ UCAS applications will benefit hugely from being able to access talks from Oxford and Cambridge University Admission Officers on how to make a competitive university application, student finance and careers, as well as specific course lectures delivered by Oxbridge professors.

Year 12 Linguists visit Manchester University

Languages-news-225x300Last week, our Year 12 linguists thoroughly enjoyed a speaking skills activity day run by PGCE trainee teachers at Manchester University, aimed at helping our students ahead of the upcoming AS speaking exams.

A variety of intensive sessions throughout the day put our fantastic Year 12 French, German and Spanish students through their paces, showing off their ability to communicate effectively on a variety of AS Level topics. Students found the experience excellent preparation for the exam and the course leaders complimented the students on their outstanding effort and very impressive language skills!

We ended the day with a well-earned pizza before our trip home. Congratulations on representing our school so well!

Afritwin Auction of Promises Evening

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Afritwin Auction of Promises Evening on Friday. A few more calculations are still to be made, however early projections are looking at an estimated £8000 raised for the Afritwin Challenge 2016. This is a fantastic achievement; the money raised will go a long way in supporting our work in South Africa this summer. Thank you to all the staff and parents who have worked extremely hard to make this evening possible.