In 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.
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.
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
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.
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.