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 email@example.com or telephone 01608 661833 who will be happy to give you any further information.
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:
Ian Fleming and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Comic Book Heroes
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.
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.
The first PiXL Edge Awards ceremony to celebrate Year 8’s success during their first year at Shipston High School took place on Thursday 30th November. The PiXL Edge – Apprentice Level framework gives students the opportunity to develop five key life attributes through a series of targeted activities and challenges. These attributes were chosen after research looked into employability skills and the following attributes were identified as key to success.
Leadership; Organisation; Resilience; Initiative and Communication
Students were required to complete two activities per attribute. Examples of some of the activities undertaking by the students to gain the award include organising a fundraising event for a local Youth Council which involved running a tabletop sale, car wash and bike repair, writing and delivering a speech on Animal Abuse and Animal Testing, learning a new musical instrument and completing research for a project within History which included creating a model of castle.
As a school we are keen to promote such skills and qualities to prepare students for life once they leave Shipston High. Our students are keen and determined to face every challenge set which was evidenced by the number of students who achieved the award. Hopefully the success and accolade of this award will drive them forward to work towards the next level which will be launched after Christmas.
The school’s annual Awards Evening took place on Thursday 23rd November.
This evening is one of the major celebration events of the school calendar, where we celebrate the achievements of our current Key Stage 4 students and present last summer’s leavers with their hard-earned GCSE certificates. As well as many parents, staff, governors and ex-students we were pleased to welcome members of town organisations such as the Rotary, Lions and Probus clubs together with representatives from the Shipston churches and our Town Mayor, Cllr. Dan Scobie.
It is always very interesting to meet up again with our ex-students and find out what career path they are taking and learn the variety of A level and college courses they are undertaking. They are certainly great role models for our younger students.
In addition to prizes for outstanding progress and achievement, awards were presented for service to the school and the general wider community. One such award was The Graham Lowe “Wilco” Award sponsored by the Shipston on Stour branch of the Royal British Legion in memory of Graham Lowe who was the school’s first Head Boy in 1957. The award is presented for being a cheerful and willing volunteer and was given to Rebecca Drew and Abigail Slatter for the work they are doing as volunteer junior librarians in school.
Our Year 11 students have now applied for further education courses, so interviews for Colleges, sixth form, apprenticeships and full-time jobs are just around the corner. In preparation for this we organised a “Mock interview” day on Thursday 16th November so that students could experience for themselves what it feels like to be in an interview situation and the type of questions they may be asked at interview.
During the course of the day, every Year 11 student took part in a 25 minute interview based on their own CV. Interviews were conducted by members of the local business community and representatives from the Shipston on Stour Rotary Club who have much experience in interviewing young people.
The day was a great success with the students gaining a lot of valuable knowledge and useful information to help them in the “real thing” and our visitors remarking on the level of maturity and ambition for the future shown by our students.
Once again, we are very grateful to all our interviewers for giving up their own valuable time to give their support to this project.
Shipston High School is very pleased and privileged to support the Shipston branch of the Royal British Legion in its fundraising and in raising awareness of conflicts past and present and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Our poppy sellers are busy during the Poppy Appeal fortnight selling poppies and other merchandise to support the Poppy Appeal, each year trying to beat the previous year’s total.
A big part of our school Remembrance is the whole school assembly led by the President and Chairman of the Shipston Royal British Legion. At 2.30 p.m. on Friday 10th November the school falls silent for the whole period of the assembly as a mark of respect for all those who suffered. Mr Hunt, Head of Music, sounds the Last Post and Reveille and we are proud to say that Year 10 student Harvey Crockett is the Legion’s official Standard bearer.
To end our remembrance, our four senior prefects will represent the school in the town procession on Sunday 12th November, lay a wreath on behalf of the school at the war memorial and read out the names of the fallen during the remembrance service.
Each year our senior prefects decide on their own wording to accompany the wreath. This year’s wording is very poignant:
“We will never forget their fight, their suffering and their pain
We will always remember them; their bravery and their name”
Prison Me No Way was created by the No Way Trust, a national educational charity whose main aim is to raise awareness among young people about the causes, consequences and penalties of crime. On Tuesday 3rd October all students in Years 8 and 9 attended a series of workshops aimed at helping them to make the right choices in life, including listening and taking part in activities run by volunteers from the fire and ambulance services, the prison service, magistrates and the police. In addition, they took part in a “street scene” to raise awareness of anti-social behaviour, listened to an ex-offender about his experiences and found themselves in a mock-up prison cell.
This biennial event was kindly sponsored by the Stour Valley Lions and DASH Shipston, whose support we very much appreciate.
Our annual Open Evening was held on Thursday 28th September and was exceptionally well attended. Parents and Year 6 pupils took tours around the school and heard about our current successes, our plans for the future and the incredible “Shipston Spirit” as well as taking part in some of the many and varied activities available.
The pupils were, as always, out in force during the evening (including our team of roving reporters who scoured the school looking for stories and conducting interviews for the Open Evening Newsletter written and prepared during the evening) and filled the school with energy as they shared their pride in the school with prospective parents. Visitors were full of praise for the atmosphere of the school, the mature demeanour of our pupils, and our reputation for excellence.
With just under one month left before Year 6 parents have to make their final choices for admission to secondary school in September 2018 we hope that the evening will have provided a good flavour of what Shipston High School has to offer.