On 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.
Last 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!
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.
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).
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.
On 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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday 2nd March, our Visual Arts Faculty will be hosting a Graffiti workshop, ran by Zap Graffiti. Any student wishing to get involved in the workshop should contact a member of the Visual Arts Faculty to receive a letter with more information. The workshop will begin at 3:30pm and is scheduled to finish at 5:30pm. This is set to be an exciting and creative evening, in which students will gain some additional art skills and techniques. This is not to be missed by any of our budding artists!
Wednesday 27th January marked the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and also Holocaust Memorial Day. The Humanities Department presented assemblies last week looking at the story of Else Cohn who was a German Jewish refugee that came across to Britain on the Kinder transport in 1939.
A group of Year 9 and Year 13 Religious Studies students also attended Trafford’s Holocaust Memorial afternoon on Wednesday, where there were speakers from other schools presenting the stories of heroes of the Holocaust. Students were also informed about recent genocides and the Syrian refugee crisis so they could understand the parallels between the Holocaust and what is happening in the world today.
On Friday the History Department arranged for a speaker to come into school to discuss with Year 9 students their own connections with the Holocaust and whether anti-semitism still exists today. There were around 150 students in attendance to this event who listened intently to Freddy Naftel as he recalled his grandparents fleeing from Germany in 1939 to Manchester.