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E BULLETIN - SPRING 2019/20

Keeping you informed



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ISSUE 23   13.03.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

This week saw the return of our Year 10 students following their work experience placements. As a school we place real importance on work experience and careers guidance as we prep our young people for life beyond school. This year students accessed employment experiences across the North West, many sourced by Parents/Carers. Thank you for supporting this and also to Miss Hewitt and Miss Connor who make it all happen in a safe and secure manner. I have received many positive comments from employers impressed by the attitude and focus shown during work experience.


As Parents/Carers will be aware following the decision by Interski to close all Italian Ski Resorts to school parties, I took the decision to suspend all visits from other countries. Thank you for your messages of support and although we should ensure that panic does not shape our approach to the Covid-19 virus, we must be mindful of the dangers and act in accordance with guidance as it is updated. The initial suspension of visits until Easter has now been revised until at least the end of this academic year. As individuals please keep aware of the developing situation regarding the spread of the virus and log on to the latest information at:


www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus


At present, our Prime Minister has no intention to close schools and until this changes The Whitby High School will remain open. However, together with my senior team and governors I will be finalising plans, next week, in the event of a closure. School being closed does not mean an end to learning over the closure period. This will be shared with Parents, Carers and Students when appropriate.


Have a good weekend.


Mr B Heeley


WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.7%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 95%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.3%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T with 97%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

.This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Luca Bell for Progress and Resilience in Science.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week – Next Week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Coats in the Building.  


Theme of the Week – Next Week’s Theme of the Week will be Having a Growth Mindset.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Dress Code September 2020 - Below is the updated dress code for September 2020. All items on this list can be purchased from all of the usual stores on the high street. I wanted to let students, parents and carers know in plenty of time. Please follow these guidelines to the letter.


























Year 13 Summer Exam Timetables - The timetable for the summer exams has now been released. Copies of student timetables will be available from form tutors from Thursday 12th March. All students need to be armed with their timetable as soon as possible to ensure any issues can be ironed out in plenty of time.


Year 12 Work Experience - In a late addition to the calendar, we are now running a compulsory work experience week for Year 12. This will run the week beginning Monday 29th June – Friday 3rd July. Any students going on the Biology Field trip will finish on Thursday 2nd July. Students need to source their own placements and we will be providing them with all of the necessary paperwork to fill in over the next few days.


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 9 Geography Field Trip - Wednesday 4th March

BIG Maths Primary Challenge Final (15 Year 9 Students) - Thursday 5th March

Year 12 H&S Care Work Experience Week 2 - Monday 9th until Friday 10th March

Year 12 H&S Care Work Experience Week 2 - Monday 9th until Friday 13th March

Year 11 GCSE Mock Orals - Monday 9th until Monday 16th March

INSET DAY - Friday 13th March

Year 8 Food Farm Visit 2 - Monday 16th March

Year 9 Enterprise Pitch Day - Tuesday 17th March

KS5 Trip to Germany Leaves - Thursday 19th March

Year 12 Health & Social Care Visit to Chester Zoo- Friday 20th March


GENERAL UPDATE

Year 10 French Trip – For the diary: Friday 20th March – Y10 French trip : “The Word Is Not Enough” with GCHQ. The following Year 10 pupils are going on a French Trip on Friday 20th March. Mya Baddley, Evan Thomas, Alex Pentland, Hannah Booth, Gemma Butterworth, Emily Rowlands and Daniel Lynch. If there are any objections, please let Mrs Marshall know. Thank you.


Bronze DofE – Can students please return medical forms for the practice and qualifying expeditions to Mr Austin ASAP.


Year 11 – Silver DofE letters are available from Mr Austin, reply slips need to be returned ASAP. Any questions please see or email Mr Austin.


Manchester Thunder Trip – On Saturday 7th March we travelled to Belle Vue Sports Village to watch Manchester Thunder play Loughborough Lightening in the Netball Superleague. We have had Ashleigh Neal come to Whitby for a coaching workshop, it was an exciting opportunity for the girls to actually watch her in action! Thunder went down by 12 goals in the first half with a number of changes to the team being made at half time to attempt to close the gap. With only 2 minutes to go, Thunder had pulled back to level – the atmosphere was electric! The game ended with Thunder winning by 3 goals – such an exciting end to the game. Thanks to all those who came on the trip for their outstanding behaviour and conduct.


French Phrase of the Week: Il faut se laver les mains = Wash your hands!


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ISSUE 22    06.03.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

As always, it is a busy time in school. The Year 11 students have been sitting mock exams all week. This is to give them the best possible preparation for the final examinations in May and June. The year goes by very quickly and the ‘real’ examinations will soon be upon us. It is important that students learn from this experience and apply this learning when they sit their final examinations. The conduct of the students has been excellent overall.


March is a busy month for our International programme.  We have two Erasmus+ groups visiting Hungary and Lithuania, and a private exchange to our partner school in the Netherlands.  We will also be welcoming German students from our partner school in Kelsterbach, who will be working with our Year 8 and Year 9 students on cultural diversity. These opportunities are a great experience for our students.


Year 10 have been out of school all week on work experience. Many schools have sadly ended this programme, but it is something that we really value at Whitby. It gives young people valuable experience in preparation for when they leave education. Feedback from employers has been very positive.


We continue to monitor the situation with regard to Coronavirus. Please be assured that the Department for Education and the Local Authority are sending us regular updates and that we are following guidance accordingly. You may have seen on the national news that a school in the locality took the decision to close earlier this week for a ‘deep clean’ to take place. It was refreshing to see politicians and experts agreeing on BBC Question Time last night about the overall national strategy for dealing with this virus. Please be assured that it is something that I am monitoring at least daily.


On a final note, may I remind you about footwear in school. There seems to be a lot of trainers at the moment. I understand that sometimes shoes wear out or that children sustain injuries to their feet. However, sometimes students simply wish to wear trainers to school. We have always prided ourselves on high standards of appearance in this school and I would ask that any wearing of trainers is short-term and that you provide your child with an explanatory note, with an indication of when the issue will be resolved by.


I hope you have a pleasant weekend.

Mr B Heeley


WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.7%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 95%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.3%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T with 97%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Abbie Morgan for ATL scores in Geography.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week – Next Week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Uniform.  


Theme of the Week – Next Week’s Theme of the Week will be Motivation, Drive and Ambition.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

University Information 2020-21 – I am now receiving lots of information regarding Open Days / Exhibitions and Courses for next academic year. This information is being displayed in our Sixth Form Study Area and all relevant emails are being forwarded on to the students. Year 12 need to now be thinking of their next step post Year 13, so it is important that they take the time to visit the study room to check our board, check their emails regularly and take the time to speak to form tutor, Miss Hughes and Miss Hunt if they need any help getting started. There will be extensive UCAS support offered in the coming months but it is never too early to start thinking about the future.


Dress Code – Many thanks to all students for making a real effort to smarten up since returning after exams, it has not gone unnoticed. Let’s now maintain these high standards and keep our focus firmly on your studies.


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 9 Geography Field Trip - Wednesday 4th March

BIG Maths Primary Challenge Final (15 Year 9 Students) - Thursday 5th March

Year 12 H&S Care Work Experience Week 2 - Monday 9th until Friday 10th March

Year 12 H&S Care Work Experience Week 2 - Monday 9th until Friday 13th March

Year 11 GCSE Mock Orals - Monday 9th until Monday 16th March

INSET DAY - Friday 13th March

Year 8 Food Farm Visit 2 - Monday 16th March

Year 9 Enterprise Pitch Day - Tuesday 17th March

KS5 Trip to Germany Leaves - Thursday 19th March

Year 12 Health & Social Care Visit to Chester Zoo- Friday 20th March

Erasmus Earth Charter visit to Lithuania Leaves - Saturday 21st March

Dutch Cultural Partnership visit - Saturday 21st March

KS5 trip to Germany Returns - Sunday 22nd March

Kelsterbach visitors arrive - Sunday 22nd March  


GENERAL UPDATE

Uniform – If your child outgrows uniforms that is still in good condition we would be grateful if this could be brought in to school to be reused. It can be dropped off at reception or The Hub. There is always a need for good quality used uniform. Thank you.


Year 11 Mock GCSE French and German Speaking Exams – From next week (9th - 16th March) the MFL Department will be conducting Mock GCSE speaking exams. All Year 11 linguists have been given an appointment date and time to turn up to E4. Please see your recent emails about this. The students should be preparing for these exams by revising their conversation booklets and in particular and in addition their role plays and photo cards. The key to success is to have someone test them and this is where parents/carers/siblings can help. All you need to do is follow the text as they recite the answers. We would really appreciate your help. In case of ill health, please contact the school reception in the usual way and also email the teacher examiner directly e.g. lrawden@whitbyhs.cheshire.sch.uk. We can then make an arrangement for the student to sit the exam at a later date.


Primary Easter Egg Event – On Wednesday 4th March several Year 4 pupils from Woodlands Primary School, The Oaks Primary School and Meadow Primary School took part in a Maths Easter Egg Event. All pupils were a credit to their schools and behaved impeccably. There were several activities that took place, challenging the pupils’ thinking skills and of course their times tables knowledge. We would like to thank everyone that attended, as well as the Maths department staff that made it such a successful morning. A special mention goes to our helpers from Year 7 and 8 who guided the pupils around the school and encouraged them through every task; they really were great ambassadors for our school. Well done to all!  


French Phrase of the Week – j'ai acheté une nouvelle voiture et c'est rouge = I've bought a new car and it's red.


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ISSUE 21    28.02.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

The first week back after the Half-Term has been a typically busy one here at The Whitby High School. As you may recall, our current Pastoral Deputy Headteacher (Mr Gray) will be moving on at Easter to take up a Headship at Calday Grange Grammar School. This week we have been busy with two days of interviews to appoint Mr Gray’s successor. I am delighted to be able to inform you that we have appointed Mrs H Hill as our new Deputy Headteacher. Many of you will already know Mrs Hill as she has held a range of senior positions within school. She has extensive experience and knowledge of our school and students which will ensure that she is able to make immediate impact in her new role.


This week our Sixth Formers Geographers have been out on their Field trip and staying at the Field Studies Council Centre in Snowdonia.  They had a beautiful day on the beach in Criccieth yesterday looking at coastal processes and management and today they are investigating rurality and change.


National Careers Week runs from the 2nd to the 7th of March 2020 and aims to promote the importance of good careers education in schools and colleges. As part of Careers Week, our Year 10 students will be out on their Work Experience placements next week. They will be experiencing a wide range of jobs from various skills sectors and hopefully this will help them to begin to formulate ideas about future careers.


And finally, next week current Year 6 students will find out which secondary school has been offered to them. If you know of anyone who has not got a place at Whitby High and wants one please ask them to phone us to discuss late applications or for information on the appeals process.


Have a great weekend.


Mr B Heeley


WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.7

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 95.0%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.3%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T with 96.9%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Owen Johnson for progress in painting and art work.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week – Next Week’s Standard of the Week will focus on House Cards.  


Theme of the Week – Next Week’s Theme of the Week will be Happiness and Enjoyment.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Back to Normal - The normal school time-table for Sixth Form students resumes on Monday 2nd March.


Dress Code - All students are reminded that, from Monday 2/3/20, they are to dress smartly, in accordance with our school dress code. The following items are absolutely not permitted: Jeans, Trainers, Leggings, Jogging Pants, Faux Leather Skirts and over-revealing clothing of any kind.

If students choose to ignore this, they will be sent home to get changed. All students will have received this same message so I am hopeful that students will return after half term smartly dressed and ready to work. I thank you for your support with this.


Congratulations - Huge congratulations to all of our sixth form students who represented school so brilliantly on school trips to South Africa and Iceland over half term. I know the students all had an amazing time, big well done.


Also a big well done to all of Year 12 and 13 who have successfully completed a mock exam week this week. All exams have run smoothly, attendance to exams has been excellent and the conduct and focus of the students has been excellent. Well done.


LOOKING AHEAD

Break Up for Spring Half Term - Friday 14th February

Return from Spring Half Term - Monday 24th February

Year 12/13 Mock Exam Week - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 11 Walking Talking Mocks - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 12 Geography Field Trip - Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February

Year 10 Work Experience - Monday 2nd until Friday 6th March

Year 9 Geography Field Trip - Wednesday 4th March

BIG Maths Primary Challenge Final (15 Year 9 Students) - Thursday 5th March

Year 12 H&S Care Work Experience Week 2 - Monday 9th until Friday 10th March

Year 12 H&S Care Work Experience Week 2 - Monday 9th until Friday 13th March

Year 11 GCSE Mock Orals - Monday 9th until Monday 16th March

INSET DAY - Friday 13th March

Year 8 Food Farm Visit 2 - Monday 16th March

Year 9 Enterprise Pitch Day - Tuesday 17th March

KS5 Trip to Germany Leaves - Thursday 19th March

Year 12 Health & Social Care Visit to Chester Zoo- Friday 20th March


GENERAL UPDATE

Year 10 French – If you have received a letter about the Year 10 French trip to work with GCHQ, please return the slip to your French teacher as soon as possible. Thank you.


French Phrase of the Week – Mardi, j'ai mangé des crêpes = On Tuesday, I ate pancakes


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ISSUE 20    14.02.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

As the Half-Term draws to a close I hope that you are able to spend some quality time together. For some students the holiday offers new experiences away from Cheshire as they embark upon visits to South Africa and Iceland. Having accompanied students to South Africa four years ago I know that they are in for a real treat – a working treat but a treat never the less. They will find this beautiful country a land of extremes with their work in the township of Guguletu probably the most rewarding part of the visit. Due to a flight delay they have had the additional experience of a day and night in Doha whilst waiting for their connecting flight. I look forward to hearing of their experiences when they return.


As part of our review process, we have this week completed a Year 10 book review. This is where we randomly select students and review the work in their books. The purpose is to look at content, quality and quantity of work in the books over time. It was an absolute pleasure to see all those selected. The quality of the work, neatness, layout and student interaction with improvement suggestions was simply excellent. This mirrored a recent visit by our School Improvement Partnership (SIP) when she identified the work in books as a strength. Well done to all those selected.


Thank you for all your continued support this year and I hope you have a pleasant Half-Term. Also, as I quote our French Phrase of the Week ‘Joyeuse Saint Valentin! = Happy Valentine’s Day!


Mr B Heeley


WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.7%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 95%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.5%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 97.1%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Bedirhan Huyuk for Progress and Resilience in German.  


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - After Half-Term the Standard of the Week will focus on Equipment.   


Theme of the Week - After Half-Term the Theme of the Week will be Optimism.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Year 12 and 13 Mock Exam Reminder

Mock exams will run from Monday 24th February for Year 12 and 13. They are off timetable for the week and will have received full details of their exam timetable and seating plans. Those students not completing exams are expected to get themselves fully up to date with all coursework over the next two weeks. Throughout exam week students are expected to adhere to our dress code of “business dress”. Good luck to all students who are sitting exams.


Sixth Form Dress Code

Over the last few weeks, there has been a deterioration in sixth form dress. When students sign up to us, they agree to adhere to a dress code of “business dress”. To help students get back on track with this, they have been given a clear list of items of clothing that are not permitted to be worn to school under any circumstances. These are: Jeans, Trainers, Leggings, Jogging pants, Faux leather skirts and Over-revealing clothing of any kind.


If students choose to ignore this, they will be sent home to get changed. All students will have received this same message so I am hopeful that students will return after half term smartly dressed and ready to work. I thank you for your support with this.


Wishing all Year 12 and 13 a restful and productive half term.


LOOKING AHEAD

Break Up for Spring Half Term - Friday 14th February

Return from Spring Half Term - Monday 24th February

Year 12/13 Mock Exam Week - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 11 Walking Talking Mocks - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 12 Geography Field Trip - Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February

Year 10 Work Experience - Monday 2nd until Friday 6th March

Year 9 Geography Field Trip - Wednesday 4th March

BIG Maths Primary Challenge Final (15 Year 9 Students) - Thursday 5th March

Year 12 H&S Care Work Experience Week 2 - Monday 9th until Friday 10th March


GENERAL UPDATE

Iceland Trip - hafðu góða ferð (Bon Voyage)!!! – On Sunday the Geography trip to Iceland leaves! 39 students will brace arctic circle temperatures and experience the geological landscape that is ICELAND! To keep up to date with us follow the Geography Instagram: @TWHSGeog for pictures and videos!


Author Visit - We had the pleasure of author Stewart Foster talking to our year 7 this week. Well done to our fantastic students who were all engaged with his honest talk about his books, and all behaved exceptional. All Stewart’s Books are available in the School Library to enjoy. Keep up the fabulous reading year 7.


Manchester Thunder Netball – On Monday 10th February we had Ashleigh Neal from Manchester Thunder come to work with our Netballers. She spent 2 hours with the group looking at various attacking/defending skills and then applying this to games situations. We are now looking forward to seeing her play on Saturday 7th March when we go to watch Manchester Thunder v Loughborough Lightening.


National Enterprise Challenge - A big congratulations to all the Year 9 and 10 students who took part in The National Enterprise Challenge on Friday 7th February. Students participated in a number of enterprise related challenges for the brand ‘Grenade’. The winning team will now compete in the national finals in July with the chance of getting their protein bar design put into production.


English PiXLit Appt - English PiXLit App is useful for quick, digital revision of quotes and terminology for English Literature. Please find attached a guide for parents/carers.


French Phrase of the Week – Joyeuse Saint Valentin! = Happy Valentine’s Day!

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ISSUE 19    07.02.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Collaboration with Parents and Carers is always important to us so thank you to Year 11 Parents and Carers who attended out Year 11 Support Evening yesterday. The evening gave important information on how you can support your child in the final push before the examinations and builds on the many support opportunities built into our school year. Period 7, Holiday Workshops, After School Revision, ‘Walking Talking Mock’, Revision days, Targeted Support and a raft of revision guides and Software all support our students to do their best.


Some Parents and Carers may have viewed recent comments made about the school on the Social Media site “Pride in the Port”. The initial comment posted alleges that they had witnessed drug dealing outside the school grounds. Thank you to everyone who supported the school with positive comments in response, such matters are taken very seriously and acted upon accordingly. However, it never ceases to amaze me how, having witnessed such activity allegedly taking place, it is Social Media that is the first action rather than informing the police. Again, thank you for your support.


 Today we have hosted an Enterprise Challenge Day involving a large number of outside providers and our Year 9 students. We believe that exposure to such activities, working alongside professionals from a range of organisations and individuals is very important. Our students were excellent and I know, have thoroughly enjoyed the day and the experiences it has brought. Thank you to all involved.


Finally, a reminder that if you are in Ellesmere Port Town Centre please call in at the Library to see our Photography Exhibition developed in collaboration with the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool. Our thanks must go to Ellesmere Port Library for hosting the event.


Have a good weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.7%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 95%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.5%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 97.1%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Ewan Clarkson for Resilience in ICT.  


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Hair.   


Theme of the Week - Next week’s Theme of the Week will be Celebration / House.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Year 12 and 13 Mocks: These will start w/b 24/02/2020. This is the first Monday after half term. All students have received a timetable and staff are also notifying students of any extra sessions they need to attend during that week. Students are off timetable and anyone with very few or no exams are expected to use this time to get on top of all coursework. Morning exams start at 8.30 and afternoon exams start at 1pm. It is very important that students are on time.


Year 12 Careers Guidance - A reminder that our Careers team are on hand to advise any students who are starting to think about their next step post Year 13. There is a steady stream of information being filtered regarding a variety of exciting opportunities for our students via email and in form time. Students need to be accessing their emails and attending form daily to ensure they don’t miss out on any important information. Students need to come and speak to Miss Hughes if they are unsure where to start.



LOOKING AHEAD

KS5 Food Controlled Assessment - Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February

Year 11 Parents and Carers Evening - Thursday 13th February

Break Up for Spring Half Term - Friday 14th February

Return from Spring Half Term - Monday 24th February

Year 12/13 Mock Exam Week - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 11 Walking Talking Mocks - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 12 Geography Field Trip - Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February

Year 10 Work Experience - Monday 2nd until Friday 6th March

Year 9 Geography Field Trip - Wednesday 4th March

BIG Maths Primary Challenge Final (15 Year 9 Students) - Thursday 5th March

Year 12 H&S Care Work Experience Week 2 - Monday 9th until Friday 10th March


GENERAL UPDATE

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram – Don’t forget to follow us on our Social Media accounts! We regularly post upcoming events and useful links, information and guidance for students, parents and carers. Find us at Facebook: TheWhtiby Twitter: WhitbyHigh Instagram: WhitbyHigh.


NCS – On Monday colleagues from The National Citizenship Service will be in school talking to Year 11. This summer programme really is a fantastic opportunity and we thoroughly recommend young people consider signing up for the four week programme.


Safer Internet – Tuesday is a Safer Internet Day. Please share the ten top tips below with your children:

1. Only talk to people you know and trust in real life.

2. Don’t give away personal information to strangers – like what street you live on, or where you go to school. Say “no” if they ask you to share photos or videos of yourself.

3. Set your profiles to private.

4. Be ‘share aware’ – once you share something online, you’ve got no control over what anyone else does with it. And it’s illegal to take, share or view sexual images of under-18s full stop.

5. Be mindful of your digital footprint – it could come back to bite you.

6. If you see something upsetting, or someone bullies you, tell an adult you trust.

7. Don’t assume everything you see is true to life. People often make their lives look more exciting online.

8. Watch out for hoaxes and scams, like messages you’re asked to pass on or that ask you for payment details or passwords.

9. Be wary of schemes that promise easy cash in return for you receiving and transferring money, and don’t be fooled by anything that glamorises gang lifestyle.

10. Watch out for loot boxes or other ways that games get you to pay – before you know it you can spend a lot on them.  


Bronze DofE – There is a bronze DofE meeting after school in Sycamore Hall on Monday. We will be looking at navigation and also sorting out the expedition details and evidence onto their EdofE accounts and to have a look at the resources on the school website.


Silver DofE – Reminder to Year 11 students to get their Silver DofE forms in ASAP, letters are available from Mr Austin.


Year 7 Menai Trip – Letters for the Year 7 Menai trip were given out to students during an assembly on Tuesday. To secure a place on the trip both reply slips and deposits need to be returned. We are limited to taking 150 students and places will be given on a first come first served basis.


Year 7 Rugby - The Year 7 squad continued with their excellent start to 2020, hosting a mini tournament with Hilbre and St John Plessington.  The first encounter with SJP proved to be the match of the afternoon, with some bone-crunching tackles from both sides.  Whitby thought they'd won the game, following a try from Lucas Newell and a fine solo effort from Billy Budd.  However, SJP fought hard to get back into the game and were rewarded with a second try to level the scores just before the final whistle. In the last match of the afternoon, Whitby produced a magnificent defensive effort to secure a well earned victory against a strong Hilbre side.  Ethan Roberts proved to be the decisive factor with two superb tries and rightly deserved the Man of the Match award.


Tournaments and Additional Fixtures - There are at least two more tournaments and some additional fixtures scheduled after February half term. The last training session of the year is next Wednesday after school and any players who wish to join the rugby squad should attend.


District Indoor Athletics – On Wednesday the 5th of February, year 7 and 8 pupils took part in the district athletics competition hosted at The Whitby High School. A huge congratulations to our year 8 girls who placed 1st overall and 1st in the obstacle relay, 6 lap race and 4x2 lap relay. Well done to Evie for placing 1st in the vertical jump and to Isla in the speed bounce, helping our Whitby girls achieve this victory! Well done to our year 7 boys placing 1st in the 2 lap race, 4 lap race, 8 lap relay and 4x2 lap relay. Followed by amazing performance from George in the speed bounce and Ethan in the Vertical Jump. Well done to our year 7 girls for placing 1st in the 2 lap race, followed by amazing 1st place performance from Cerys in the speed bounce. A close 2nd place for our year 8 boys in the 4 and 2 lap races, beating Neston High by 1 second! The afternoon was a huge success and our Whitby Athletes should be extremely proud of themselves. Report written by Niyah Callister and James Fletcher of 13W.


English Support (Literature) - On Tuesday 18th February we are pleased to welcome Stacey Reay into school. Students are invited into school for an English Exam session that aims to extend students working at a Grade 5 or above. This is with Stacey Reay (Instagram/teacher) who is skilled in supporting students achieve the highest grades in Literature. The focus will be Romeo and Juliet. This is in the Sycamore Hall and students should let Mr Walton or Miss Mitchell know if they will attend.


French Phrase of the Week – Passez un bon week-end = Have a nice weekend.

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ISSUE 18    3101.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Many thanks to everyone who attended the Year 9 Parents/Carers Evening on Thursday. As you know, Parents/Carers evenings are important but Year 9 is particularly important as it is the time when crucial decisions need to be made regarding Key Stage 4 Courses. Please take time to discuss the options open to your child if they are in Year 9. The deadline for option forms to be returned is Monday 3rd February.


On Tuesday we said goodbye to our South Korean students, or as they say in South Korea namjjog-e jagbyeol insa. They have had a great time attending lessons with some of  our Year 8 and Year 9 students and visiting places of cultural interest.  We look forward to welcoming more International Students to our school in the coming months through our Erasmus Projects and Cultural Partnerships.


This week we had our first ‘Vegan/Veggie’ day. Dreena McCone and her amazing catering team came up with some inspirational menu choices with students, staff and visitors enjoying Vegan Rogan Josh Curry, Vegan Pasta, Veggie Burgers/Sausages and loaded Jacket Potatoes.



Thursday evening also saw the launch of the ‘Open Eye’ exhibition at Ellesmere Port Library. It was great to see our students’ work displayed in the heart of the town. This year the Open Eye Gallery’s theme is Belonging. Students have made personal responses ranging from how they like to spend their time to nostalgic family memories. The exhibition will run until June and will be open during Library open hours, pop a long if you can.


Have a good weekend.

Mr B Heeley


WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.7%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 94.9%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.5%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 97%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Callum Denny for Resilience in Maths.  


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Make Up / Nails.   


Theme of the Week - Next week’s Theme of the Week will be E-Safety.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Year 12 and 13 Mocks: These will start Monday 24th February. This is the first Monday back after half term. An exam time-table will be sent to all students and parents/carers. Seating plans will be published and available in the Sixth Form Study area as well as outside the Sports Hall.


Year 13 review 2 – This review data has now been shared with all students. Huge congratulations to the many students who continue to give maximum effort to their studies and are attaining excellent teacher assessed grades as a result. Keep up the great work.


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 11 Parents and Carers Revision Evening - Thursday 6th February

KS5 Art and Design Trip to London - Thursday 6th February

KS5 Food Controlled Assessment - Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February

Year 11 Parents and Carers Evening - Thursday 13th February

Break Up for Spring Half Term - Friday 14th February

Return from Spring Half Term - Monday 24th February

Year 12/13 Mock Exam Week - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 11 Walking Talking Mocks - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 12 Geography Field Trip - Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February


GENERAL UPDATE

The GAPP – The GAPP Initiative (Giving Against Period Poverty) is very much a home grown, grass roots project. A project which started at St Thomas and St Lawrence Churches in Ellesmere Port.  Part of the Aim is to improve awareness and tackle period poverty and to further support school girls, they are making and providing starter packs for all year 7 girls in the local community.  These packs include sanitary products, briefs, and a selection of toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, deodorant and facial wipes, toothbrush, tooth paste). We have started to give out these packs to year 7 girls on a rolling programme. The local Asda store in Ellesmere Port are supporting the GAPP initiative’s starter pack project through their Green token voting scheme (1st January to the end of March). Providing the green tokens will enable GAPP to support local high school girls with starter packs. If you would like to make any donations towards the GAPP initiative please bring to the front reception or ask students to bring them to Mrs K Hill in school.


Year 11 Netball Success – On Tuesday 28th of January we went to the Wirral with our combined Y11/10 team to play against Woodchurch and Prenton. We played Woodchurch first and Kellie Murray and Megan Davies dominated in the shooting circle with 100% shooting. With some excellent interceptions and tips from Jasmine Haydock, Holly Yeardsley and Emily Forster, the whistle went at half time with the score of 12-1. We tried a completely different combination for the second half moving Emily Forster in to shoot and Katie-May Chapman to Centre. The girls continued to display excellent athleticism and the final score was 22-6. We then played Prenton and again started strongly. We used this opportunity to continue to try different combinations, proving the versatility of this team. The score at half time was 14-3. Katie-May Chapman dominated in centre court and fed the ball well into the circle. Overall, it was another outstanding performance from the girls with the final score being 32-6. The girls who played were: Katie-May Chapman, Jasmine Haydock, Emily Forster, Kellie Murray, Holly Yeardsley, Abbie Morgan and Megan Davies.


Bronze DofE – A number of resources have been uploaded onto the school website to help assist students with the completion of their Bronze DofE Award. The resources can be found on the homepage then clock on the school life section and on the drop down menu you will find the Duke of Edinburgh section. Another useful resource available is the DofE App that can be used by students to upload evidence and monitor their progress.


Author Visit - We have author, Stewart Foster, coming into school on Monday 10th February.  He will be working with Year 7 Period 5.  Mrs Maxwell, in the library, has order forms for students to order any of his 3 books and have them signed on the day. They can collect one from the library.


French Phrase of the Week - j'ai fait des résolutions mais je les ai déjà rompu = I made resolutions but I have already broken them

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ISSUE 17    24.01.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Each week brings something different in such a large and busy school. As another foreign visit left for Belgium this week, it was good to reflect on the many opportunities we offer our students, to visit other countries and cultures. Each time any ‘off-site’ visit takes place it has to be ‘signed off’ by not only me but also the local authority. As I worked on this today, I took a moment to look at what we have happening over the coming months. Lithuania, Holland, South Africa, Iceland and our annual Ski Trip are all pending and set to offer all participants new or developing experiences. Thank you to staff who organise and manage these visits and also to parents/carers who support their child to be involved.


Over recent months I have highlighted to parents and carers about the frustration of local residents at those times of the day when children are dropped off or collected. The vast majority of you all have responded well, however, a small number still cause issues for residents who wish to enter or leave their property – please support us to help our neighbours by parking responsibly. I am saddened that again I have had to mention this, however, a number of potentially dangerous acts by parents/carers by Overpool entrances have put students at risk. Parents/Carers should not bring vehicles onto site unless invited and parking on the yellow ‘zig zags’ is illegal. As students have been put at risk, I have had no alternative but to contacted Cheshire West and Chester Highways and our local Police liaison to patrol the areas concerned at the appropriate times. Failure to act responsibly and within the law will result in the necessary action being taken by both organisations. Keeping our children safe is my priority.


Next week, Year 9 parents and carers are invited in to our Parents/Carers Evening. I look forward to meeting with you and please don’t forget to use this opportunity to discuss Year 9 Option choices with your child and their teachers.


Have a good weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.6%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 94.9%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.4%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 96.9%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Sophie Brazier for Excellent Progress in lessons.  


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Footwear.   


Theme of the Week - Next week’s Theme of the Week will be Student Voice / Democracy.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Year 12 and 13 Mock exams: These start Monday 24th February. These will be treated like a real exam situation with students seated in the main sports hall or a smaller room if access arrangements are in place. Revision should be well underway and paid working hours to be kept to a minimum over half term. Please use this time for revision.


South Africa Trip: Well done and good luck to our Sixth Form students who are heading to South Africa in the next few weeks. We are extremely proud of their contribution to this charitable cause.


General reminders: All parents and carers will have received an e-mail from Miss Hughes detailing our absence procedures for both students and parents. Please give this a read and contact Miss Hughes or Miss Hunt if there are any issues.


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 12 ICT Exam Week - Monday 13th January

Year 9 Option Evening - Thursday 16th January

Year 11 Chester University English Lecture P Band - Wednesday 22nd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Leaves - Thursday 23rd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Returns - Friday 24th January

Year 10 History Trip to Manchester - Tuesday 28th January

Year 9 Parents and Carers Evening - Thursday 30th January

Year 11 Parents and Carers Revision Evening - Thursday 6th February

KS5 Art and Design Trip to London - Thursday 6th February

KS5 Food Controlled Assessment - Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February

Year 11 Parents and Carers Evening - Thursday 13th February

Break Up for Spring Half Term - Friday 14th February

Return from Spring Half Term - Monday 24th February

Year 12/13 Mock Exam Week - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 11 Walking Talking Mocks - Monday 24th until Friday 28th February

Year 12 Geography Field Trip - Thursday 27th and Friday 28th February


GENERAL UPDATE

Bronze DofE - There will be a meeting after school on Monday in the Sycamore Hall for all students who have signed up to Bronze DofE. The focus will be on cooking and food choices but students will also select their expedition groups (4-7 students per group).


Hungerball - Next week students in 7S will have access to Hungerball in the Overpool Gym at lunchtime on Wednesday and it will be available to 7SR on Friday.


Year 11 Revision Evening - The Whitby High School would like to invite you into school on Thursday 6th February from 6:00pm - 7:00pm to explore methods that you can use at home to best support revision at this busy period of time. Please confirm your attendance using this link -

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Hb5f2cACE0uq30qVQfew_QeuAonyjxFPlqURLwDENKNUQUhHOTc1Vkc1TFdZTlVCNzRPSU84MlJWOC4u


French Phrase of the Week - j'ai fait des résolutions mais je les ai déjà rompu = I made resolutions but I have already broken them

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ISSUE 16    17.01.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Another busy week in the life of The Whitby High School this.  Well done and thank you to our BTEC students across the school who have sat external exams this week.  They have conducted themselves impeccably so far and I am sure that this will continue next week when the exams conclude.  Last night was Year 9 Options Evening and it was great to see so many students, parents and carers there to find out more about the options on offer at Key Stage 4.  This is an exciting time for Year 9 who are going to be making some important decisions about their education in the next few weeks. 


The deadline for university applications also came this week.  Staff and students have spent time honing their applications in Year 13 and we sent the remaining ones this week.  A record number of students (62) have applied to continue their education at university and we wish them all the best of luck.  Many students have already received offers from a wide range of universities including the Universities of Nottingham, Leeds, Manchester, York, Southampton, Glasgow and Cambridge amongst many others – we are very proud of them all!


Next week we welcome a small group of students from South Korea who will be in school for a 2 week integration programme.  They will be shadowing some of our students and experiencing life in a UK school.  There are many opportunities for our students to work with groups of international students both here and in other countries.  Students are encouraged to take these opportunities and new experiences, even if they are sometimes a little outside of their comfort zone.  Linked to this, our Year 9 History trip to Belgium takes place next week as does a visit to the University of Chester’s English department with a group of Year 11s.


The ‘standard’ focus next week is punctuality.  The vast majority of our students are on time to school and each lesson every day - this makes for a settled and focused start to learning.  Thanks to all of our parents and carers who support us with keeping up our high standards day in, day out.


Have a great weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.6%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 94.8%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.4%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 97%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Alex Hunt for Resilience and Progress in Drama.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Punctuality.   


Theme of the Week - Next week’s Theme of the Week will be Holocaust Remembrance.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

UCAS - UCAS is now complete for this year. We have sent a record 62 applications off and I know that offers continue to come flooding in. Can I take this opportunity to give a huge thanks to our Year 13 form tutor team and subject staff who have worked tirelessly to complete references for the students, it is greatly appreciated.


Attendance - A reminder to all students, parents and carers that if a student is going to be off school unwell, contact needs to be made with school from home and a message is to be left with brief details of why the student is off. Many thanks for your continued support with this.   


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 12 ICT Exam Week - Monday 13th January

Year 9 Option Evening - Thursday 16th January

Year 11 Chester University English Lecture P Band - Wednesday 22nd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Leaves - Thursday 23rd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Returns - Friday 24th January

Year 10 History Trip to Manchester - Tuesday 28th January

Year 9 Parents and Carers Evening - Thursday 30th January

Year 11 Parents and Carers Revision Evening - Thursday 6th February

KS5 Art and Design Trip to London - Thursday 6th February

KS5 Food Controlled Assessment - Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February

Year 11 Parents and Carers Evening - Thursday 13th February

Break Up for Spring Half Term - Friday 14th February

Return from Spring Half Term - Monday 24th February


GENERAL UPDATE

Working Together to Improve Behaviour - As we continue our focus on standards, some parents/carers will be contacted over the coming days with regard to steps the school will be taking to improve behaviour in a minority of lessons. This is in response to student, staff and parental feedback. Steps we will take include meetings with Senior Staff and immediate sanctions for breaches of our behaviour expectations. I look forward to your support during this drive to maintain the highest possible standards.


Morning Supervision and Arrival Times - The school canteen and the library are open from 8am daily. Students should not come into the building before this time or to other areas unless by agreement with individual members of staff. The school yard is supervised from 8.20am and all students should be on site ready for the 8.25 bell. Thank you for your cooperation.


Hungerball- 7H will have access to Hungerball during lunchtime on Wednesday in the Overpool Gym and it will be available to 7HR on Friday.


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) - Year 11 and 6th form, any students who need help to complete their Bronze DofE please email Mr Austin for advice. Year 10 - there will be a Bronze meeting after school on Monday in Sycamore Hall, the meeting will last about 45 minutes. Year 11 - Silver DofE letters are available from Mr Austin, either see me in person or express your interest via email. I will also put the information letter and reply slip on the school website.


Year 7 & 8 Netball - on Tuesday 14th January, Woodchurch School came to play our Year 7 and Year 8 Netballers. The Year 8 team played first and started strongly with a 6-0 lead at half time. Grace Roberts and Lucy Maddison made several interceptions in defence and Holly George was sinking shots from anywhere in the circle. The second half was more of the same and the final score was 11-1. Player of the match was Grace Roberts.

The Year 7 team were second to play and again, started strongly with Cerys Rowlands shooting (and scoring!) From the edge of the circle on several occasions. Charlotte Chapman at Goal Keeper made number of interceptions and tips and despite her playing being very tall, put some excellent pressure on the shooter. The final score was 14-3 and the player of the match was Cerys Rowlands. Well done to all the girls who played.


Manchester Thunder Trip - Spaces on the Manchester Thunder Trip are going fast so please ensure you return your letter to Pupil Services and pay online ASAP. Thank you.


Apprenticeship Open Events - Airbus have contacted school to remind us of their upcoming Open Events. The first event is - Airbus Craft Apprenticeships Open Evening, Thursday 23rd January 17:30pm - 19:30pm. The location for this event is Coleg Cambria, Kelsterton Road Connah’s Quay, Deeside, CH5 4BR.

The second event at Airbus is - Airbus Degree Apprenticeship Open Evening, Thursday 30th January, 17:00pm  19:00pm. The location for this event is Deeside Sixth Form Centre, Kelsterton Road, Connah’s Quay, Deeside, CH5 4BR.

Bentley Motors have also contacted school and they are holding their Open Evening on Saturday 1st February. The location of this event is Bentley Motors, Pyms Lane, Crewe, CW1 3PL. This event is aimed at Year 11 and 13 students, or those who are eligible to apply for an apprenticeship in 2020, to give an insight into the company and the roles available this year. Attendance at this event is free but ticketed - tickets are available from this link Bentley Open Day More information can be found on the website - www.bentleycareers.com


Year 11 Exam Support - The Whitby High School would like to invite you into school on Thursday 6th February from 6:00pm - 7:00pm to explore methods that you can use at home to best support revision at this busy period of time. Subjects such as Science, Maths, Humanities, MFL and English will present their ‘top-tips’ for home revision; strategies that we ask are used regularly at home to best prepare students for their examinations. We hope to equip you with knowledge of these key methods so that you feel more confident with using structured home learning time. We will also be exploring best advice for coping with exam stress and anxiety. More information will be sent via email in the coming weeks.  


French Phrase of the Week - Bon appétit = enjoy your meal


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ISSUE 15    10.01.20


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family had a good break over the festive period and hopefully managed some quality time with family and friends.


We appreciate that over the holiday period your child may have had such things as fake nails etc applied. If this is the case can you please ensure that they are removed so that your child is not in breach of our school rules. As we continue to maintain standards in time with our uniform and appearance policy we will be issuing sanctions from Monday onwards.


Thank you to everyone who attended our Year 11 into 12 Evening last night. The event was very well attended and it was good to see so many of our students interested in joining us as Sixth Formers from September. As a large school we can offer an impressive thirty Level 3 courses in Year 12 and 13, which feature a rich collection of academic and vocational courses.


As a new term starts I would like to give a warm welcome to Mr Gunning who has joined our Design and Technology Food Department.


Year 9 Parents/Carers – Just a gentle reminder of our Year 9 Options Evening next week. This is an important night in preparing your child for courses they will study at GCSE/BTEC Level. A night not to be missed.


Have a good weekend.

Mr B Heeley


WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.4%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 94.7%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.3%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 96.9%



STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Lucy Palin-Morgan for Excellent Resilience and Attitude to Learning.



SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Litter.  


Theme of the Week - Next week’s Theme of the Week will be Martin Luther King / Peaceful Protest.



SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Christmas Fair - A huge thank you to all Year 12’s and 13’s who helped run our Christmas Fair on the last day of term. It was a huge success and enjoyed by all who attended and we have raised just over £800 for this year’s chosen charity, Cheshire Care Leavers. Your help and support was greatly appreciated.


Exams - External exams for a selection of courses are now underway. Students have been sent a timetable and should be aware of what they have coming up.


Attendance - A reminder to all Sixth Form students, parents and carers: if a student is unwell and unable to come to school, please contact the main switch board and let us know the reason for the absence. Also, if a student becomes unwell during the school day, they must sign out with either Miss Hughes or Miss Hunt so that we can notify parents and carers that they have left site for the day. Many thanks for your support with this.  


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 12 ICT Exam Week - Monday 13th January

Year 9 Option Evening - Thursday 16th January

Year 11 Chester University English Lecture P Band - Wednesday 22nd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Leaves - Thursday 23rd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Returns - Friday 24th January

Year 10 History Trip to Manchester - Tuesday 28th January

Year 9 Parents and Carers Evening - Thursday 30th January

Year 11 Parents and Carers Revision Evening - Thursday 6th February

KS5 Art and Design Trip to London - Thursday 6th February



GENERAL UPDATE

Photography - We are very proud to announce that our A Level Photography students are re-exhibiting the work they produced last summer at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool. In collaboration with the Open Eye Gallery we are re-exhibiting their work again this time it will be in Ellesmere Port Library. The work is a personal response to the theme of ‘belonging’. And is impressive. All are welcome to come and see it.


Uniform and Appearance - As we return after the Christmas Holidays, may I remind you about the school’s uniform and appearance code. A number of students are wearing trainers, this should only ever be a temporary measure and parents/carers should send a note explaining why their child is wearing trainers and when it will be corrected. A number of girls are wearing ‘false nails’ at the moment, these must be removed. From Monday 13th January, we will be issuing sanctions for those students with false nails. Please act on this if it applies to your child.


Polite Reminder - Pupils bringing in personal belongings do so at their own risk and school can take no responsibility in the event of any loss/damage.


Year 11 into 12 Update - Year 12 Open Evening took place on Thursday 9th January. The link for students to start applying is now live on our website. To access the application form, simply go on to our website, select the Sixth Form tab and then click “Join Us”. This will provide you with a form to complete on the screen. Miss Hughes will publish some meeting slots for parents and carers to attend with the students to discuss choices in more detail and give everyone peace of mind that the right choices have been made.


Year 10 Bronze DofE - All Students who have signed up for the Bronze DofE Award need to attend a meeting after school on Monday 13th January in the Sycamore Hall, the meeting is compulsory and will last about 30 minutes.


Hungerball - Students in 8Y (Wednesday) and 8YK (Friday) will have access to Hungerball during lunchtime in the Overpool Gym this week.  


Girls PE - The girls are now on Football in PE until Easter - this means that they will need football boots and shin pads. We have a small number of spares that pupils may borrow, but all pupils have been given plenty of notice to purchase these items. It is part of their kit requirements and we recommend they buy one size bigger to ensure they can use them for more than one year.


Girls PE Kit - Just a reminder that the girls PE Kit is Navy leggings and not black. Too many pupils are starting to wear black gym leggings and this is not part of our uniform. Socks must be navy football socks and not school socks. We thank you for your support with this.


French Phrase of the Week - Bonne année = Happy New Year!



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