Pi Poetry Competition

The Pi Poetry challenge is an annual event at Shipston High where we throw down the literary gauntlet to our students to use their super linguistic and poetic skills to write a Pi Poem. The challenge is to write a poem using the first forty digits of Pi with each word of the poem having the equivalent number of letters as the digit. Quite a challenge but to the great credit of the students they were, as usual, up to the task and took on the Challenge.
This year’s theme was a secret …. well, not really but it was all about ‘hidden identity’. We received a wide range of wonderful writing penned by our very creative Year 7 students. Topics as diverse as animals, film stars and sporting celebrities arrived in the entrance box. Finally, after thoughtful deliberation the judges awarded 1st prize to Layla McCarthy for her fantastic poem which, in keeping with our theme even had a hidden title!

P.E. Department Ski Trip to the U.S.A.

On Thursday 29th March the Shipston High School annual ski trip set out to conquer more slopes of the world. This year’s destination: New Hampshire, USA.

Fuelled with energy the group set off at 6:30 a.m. and landed at their first stop, Boston, around midday USA time. What followed was an informative tour of America’s most historic city. A quick stop at McDonalds, to satisfy many a student’s desire for a supersized burger was next on the agenda before a long coach drive to our hotel for the main part of our trip.
Our first mountain to conquer was Cannon Resort: 265 acres of skiing. Despite the mountain being hidden in a dense fog, the students started to traverse the slopes showing amazing confidence no matter the group. The following day the clouds finally broke and with awe and wonder students were finally able to see and experience what it was like to ski down a mountain.
Thirsty for more mountain slopes, the group travelled to Loon Resort on the 3rd and 4th day. Two days of absolute blissful sunshine. Nearly all students managed to get to the top of the mountain due to Loon’s ability to cater for all abilities. From the top the students were able to see the famous Washington Mountain far off in the distance – wondrous panoramic views for all to soak up.
On the students 5th day we travelled back to Cannon and tackled it with assured confidence. The mountains had treated us well (well most of us) and the students thanked all who had helped them develop their skills.

But the trip was not over, we had New York City to conquer. Despite a downpour of rain the Yankee game went ahead and the group experienced some humongous humans slug a ball around the field. An assured Yankee victory ensured all went home happy! A quick walk around New York City and Times Square in the evening allowed students to soak in the city that never sleeps.
The next morning we went to Freedom Tower for spectacular views of the city before a spot of shopping. On the evening, the students and staff witnessed the amazing Broadway show “The Lion King”.
Another hop on-off tour on the final morning followed by a trip up Rockefeller centre ensured that the students experienced NYC at its best. Exhausted and ready for home comforts we finally made our way back to Shipston on 7th April.
An amazing trip, thoroughly well organised and planned by Mr Yuill.

Year 9 Geography Trip to Iceland

On Monday 12th March 28 students and 3 staff travelled to Reykjavik in Iceland for the school’s first trip to this area. The focus of the trip was tectonic hazards and to appreciate the spectacular scenery of this fascinating country.

Each day focused on a different area within the country. The South Shore trip looked at the formation of waterfalls, in particular Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The Reykjanes Peninsula trip spent more time looking at volcanic features. One of the highlight days was the Golden Circle trip which included a visit to a geothermal hot spring, the Secret Lagoon, a geothermal power station, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Gullfoss waterfall and Great Geysir. The day was made even more memorable when we were fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights, an experience never to be forgotten.

The trip reinforced many of the topics previously studied in Geography and will certainly aid any student planning to follow Geography at GCSE level. The students were a pleasure to take and a real credit to the school, we received many compliments throughout the trip, which was testament to their behaviour.

It is certainly a trip that we are sure the students will treasure, Iceland is a beautiful country. Our thanks go to Miss Davies for all her work in organising such an amazing trip.

OFSTED Inspection

Following their inspection visit on Tuesday 20th March this year, Ofsted have now published their report on Shipston High School. The full report is available on the Ofsted website and can also be downloaded from the “School Performance” area of this website.
We are delighted to inform you that the school is judged to be good.

This is a strong result for the school, with the report recognising the excellent results achieved at Shipston High due to the commitment of staff, pupils, governors and families.

Congratulations to our pupils on the positive impression they gave of themselves during the visit. The inspectors were impressed by our young people throughout: ‘Pupils are a credit to you. They speak positively about how much they enjoy school, make friends and feel safe’.

The report recognises our focus on safety and well-being, stating ‘Safeguarding is effective’. This is reflected in the feedback provided to Ofsted by families: ‘Parents think very highly of the school…Parents feel that pupils are safe, happy, taught well and make good progress’.

The report recognises the focus the school places on high quality teaching and learning, stating ‘Inspectors’ evidence supports the success of your focus upon classroom-based school improvement in terms of the quality of teaching and outcomes’. This will always be our school priority as the core business of the school is developing all of our pupils’ skills and talents.

We would encourage everyone to take a few minutes to read the report. The inspection was thorough and appropriately rigorous, giving the inspectors a clear understanding of the school. Their judgements are fair, and reflect the view of the school community on what we do well and areas for us to develop.

The success of this report is due to the contribution of everyone involved in our school community, and thanks are due to everyone for their continued support. We are all very proud of the school, and this report identifies and celebrates many of the school’s strengths, not least ‘the positive attitudes of pupils.’

Shipston High School Sporting Success

Extra curricular PE is very popular at Shipston High School, with a great number of students representing the school in numerous sports. Our sports teams have been very active over the last few months and have achieved a number of notable successes:
Congratulations to:
Our Year 8 boys who took the gold medal in the Warwickshire School games level 3 sports hall athletics competition
Our U13 girls who took part in the Warwickshire girls rugby festival held at Barkers Butts RFC and won all of their games and then had tickets to watch the Womens’ England v Ireland Six Nations match at the Ricoh Arena
Our Year 8 basketball team who beat a very strong Alcester Grammar side 42-33 to become South Warwickshire district champions 2018
Our U15 girls rugby squad who won all their games at the recent RFU Warwickshire festival held at Shipston Rugby Club

Winter sports are nearing an end, with the Ski trip to the USA taking place during the Easter holidays. We look forward to the Summer term and achieving more great successes on fields, courts and track.

Year 9 Further and Higher Education Day

On Thursday 21st March we hosted a Year 9 Further and Higher Education day for all our Year 9 students. Students were divided into groups and visited a different “workshop” every half an hour.

The range and variety of workshops was outstanding and included Aston Martin (with a very smart car in the car park), robotics company Comau who brought some virtual reality headsets for students to try out, Taylor Wimpey, Ricardo, the Police Force, Warwick University and many other employers and education providers.

It is always good to find out what our former students have gone on to achieve and we encountered several of these during the course of the day. Toby, who left us last year, is undertaking an apprenticeship with Jaguar Land Rover, Charlie and Abbie were representing their Sixth Form, and Alexia was representing Warwickshire College where she is studying a course in beauty and make up, preparing to go freelance.

The whole day was a great success, giving Year 9 the chance to see many possibilities opening up to them as they prepare to make their option choices for GCSE study next academic year. We are very grateful to all the businesses and education providers who took time out to give our students such an insightful day and thanks to Ms Moorman for all her work in putting the day together.

Student Investor Challenge

The Student Investor Challenge is a competition run by the London Institute of Banking and Finance.
Teams of 4 students are required to invest “virtual” money on the Stock Exchange to see which team can make the biggest profit on their portfolios.
The competition started on 23rd October 2017 with 800 teams taking part. Our school team has currently made the semi final comprising 500 teams and is busy trading to try and make the top ten teams who then go onto the grand final with a main price of an all expenses paid trip to New York. Trading closes on Friday 16th March, with the team currently placed around 20th.
We are very proud of team Badger 9 for doing so well in this competition, especially as they are competing against students older than themselves including sixth formers.

Thursday 1st March is the day that parents across the country learn which secondary school has been allocated to their child for September 2018.
Shipston High School is fully subscribed, with a waiting list, for the academic year starting in September 2018 and parents are advised to ensure that they accept the place offered here as soon as possible and definitely by the deadline of 15th March.
If your child has been placed on the waiting list for our school, please be aware that during the next few weeks the situation can, and does, change. For clarification, reallocation of places that have been declined from the first offer round on 1st March starts on 19th March. This can have a significant effect on our waiting list as re-offers are then made to parents who placed our school as a higher priority than the school that they have been allocated. This applies even if they have already accepted a place at a lower priority school.
If parents need any further help or advice on the allocation of places, the waiting list situation or the Warwickshire Local Authority Appeals process please contact Mrs Alison Punt, Headteacher’s Secretary on apunt@shipstonhigh.co.uk or telephone 01608 661833 who will be happy to give you any further information.

World Book Day: Thursday 1st March

This Thursday is World Book Day and students are busily preparing their costumes in readiness for the latest Inter House competition.
Each House has been allocated a different type of literature and students have been challenged to represent their House in the following areas:

Mayo – Classic Childrens literature
Hart – Wizards, Witches and Dragons
Sheldon – Comic Book/Graphic Novel characters
Badger – Gothic Ghosts and Ghouls

Staff will be involved too. Members of staff in each department (or group of departments) have been allocated an author with the aim of dressing up as a character from any of their books/works and students have to guest which author it is. The authors are:

Lewis Carroll
J.K. Rowling
Charles Dickens
Ian Fleming and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Comic Book Heroes
Roald Dahl

Once again students will be able to get involved in the very popular “Book Shelf competition” where members of staff photograph their bookshelves and students have to guess which member of staff the shelf belongs to.
It all promises to be a very lively and exciting day.

Christmas Jumper day

Friday 15th December was Christmas Jumper day and staff and students entered into the spirit of the day adding a Christmas jumper to their school uniform.

This year the fundraising was in aid of our four House charities:

Badger House:  Mary’s Meals – who provide meals for children across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Hart House:  Plan International – supporting the education of Wilmer and Eva, two children overseas

Mayo House:  British Heart Foundation

Sheldon House:  Teenage Cancer Trust

Thank you to everyone who took part in raising funds for such worthy charities.