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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Graffiti Workshop – 02/03/16

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!

Holocaust Memorial Day Trip and Talk

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.

Holocaust Memorial Day Trip and Talk

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.

Primary Science Day – 22/01/16

Primary-Science-Day-239x300We had a busy day on Friday as 180 Year 5 pupils from our partner primaries joined us in school for the second ‘Primary Science Day’. They spent the whole day experiencing several interactive science investigations, using one of our labs and participating in an explosive chemistry demonstration! Thank you to all the staff and students who worked extremely hard to run the day, with a particular ‘thank you’ to Mrs Donlan for organising the event.

Year 11 Mock Result Celebrations

Y11-website-300x254On Friday a group of Year 11 students celebrated with a doughnut party for achieving/exceeding 80% or more of their target grades in the mock exams. A huge well done must go to these students for all of their hard work and determination. We hope all of our students continue to keep up the work hard and preparation for their upcoming exams this summer.

Afritwin – Rhino Awareness Campaign

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On Wednesday 18th November, our Sixth Form and Year 7 students helped to create a “Human Rhino” on the English Yard as part of Afritwin’s Rhino Awareness campaign. The team at Kestrel Cam Professional Aerial Filming & Photography used a drone camera to help us create the rhino, as well as film the finished product. By filming the event from the air, we were able to create a visually interesting film to raise awareness of the campaign to save these creatures from extinction. The finished piece was then edited by our Afritwin students and Miss Hinchcliffe to create the campaign video. I would like to thank Kestrel Cam for their help in making this possible, and a huge well done to Mr Burnett and the Afritwin team for their excellent planning and for the overall success with this project. You can view the finished product on our new YouTube channel by clicking on the link below https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRzJpyHT9JeTy7H2vgcJ9eQ

For those unaware, Afritwin is a charity project which links schools in the UK with schools in both the affluent and poorer townships of South Africa, and is run by a small group of staff and students at Lymm High School.

Every two years a group of our students visit the schools in South Africa and work to improve conditions for our partner townships. This year we wanted, not just to help our twin school, but also support the wider community within South Africa by adding an environmental aspect to our work. To do this we researched a number of current issues, and one that caught our attention was the plight of the rhinos in South Africa, which are in danger of extinction. We decided to try to raise awareness of this issue over here in the UK, with a number of events and initiatives in school. Rhino awareness is one of the most important current issues within the animal world. Their population is declining rapidly. The worry is that our children might never see a live rhino in the wild; this is not something that what we want for the next generation of young people.