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:

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.

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.

Sports Relief 2016

We have lots of fundraising activities happening this week for Sports Relief. Firstly the Food Technology faculty will be holding a sports theme cake competition on Thursday, with the cakes being sold during break on Friday to raise money for Sports Relief. We also have a staff football match as well as the much anticipated row-a-thon. The sponsored row will be happening on Friday and students will be aiming to row 209 miles throughout the day (1 mile for each country entering the Olympics).

Rugby Success for LHS Students

Congratulations to Toby Phillips (Year 13) and Harry Radcliff (Year 10), who have both been selected for the England U18s Touch Rugby team. This is a great achievement, especially for Harry as he is still eligible for this age groups for another three years. Congratulations must also go to Joe Murphy who has been selected to play for Sale Academy U16s in the Wellington festival. Again another great achievement as this is where all the academies come together and play each other, looking at selection for the England U16s team.

Students Place Third in UKMT Manchester Maths Competition

Maths-Finalists-300x225On Wednesday 24th February, four students from Lymm High School took part in the UKMT Maths Challenge  at Manchester Grammar School. This is a national competition, run by the UK Maths Trust, with the aim of engaging and enhancing pupils’ mathematical thinking, communication and teamwork skills.

The team of two year 8 pupils – Matthew Uren and Gwen Tavernier – and two year 9 pupils – Finlay Williams and Amy Wright – took part in several activities across the 4 hour competition, involving 28 high schools from the Manchester area.

The team performed exceptionally well and placed third in the competition, only beaten by teams from Manchester Grammar School and Withington Girls’ School – making them the highest ranked state school in the competition and narrowly missing out on qualifying for the finals of the competition  in London.

LHS receives a letter of congratulations from Nick Gibb MP

We were delighted to receive a recent letter from Nick Gibb MP, the Minister of State for Schools, congratulating us for our excellent performance last summer in terms of the number of students gaining the English Baccalaureate (“Ebacc”). We were one of the top 100 non-selective state schools in the whole country (out of over 3000 schools) which is obviously quite an achievement. The letter can be seen here. It is always nice to receive such recognition from the government and further underlines the impact of all the hard work that went into delivering such a strong set of results as last summer.

Kristian Leonard

We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of former Lymm High School student, Kristian Leonard.

Kris is well-remembered by staff and students at the school as a popular young man, always able to make those around him smile. As one of his ex-teachers, Stacey Lyttle, put it: ‘if anyone was belly laughing, it was usually because of something Kris had said… he was a real people person.’

Another of his teachers, John Hayes, says ‘Kris always displayed a love of music and was rarely seen without a set of earphones’. Faye Scott, Kris’ form tutor at school, similarly remembers Kris being mad about music and says that his creativity and charisma made a successful career in music inevitable.

Despite Viola Beach’s growing popularity, Kris never changed. Those who kept in touch with him say that he remained his funny, charming, innocent self. He was always positive, seeing the glass as half full and believing there was good in everyone and every situation.

Our thoughts are very much with Kris’ family and friends at this difficult time, as indeed they are with those of the other victims of this tragic accident.

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