Just before Christmas, three enterprising Year 11 students Georgia, Paige and Holly held a Face Painting stall at the Rotary Club Victorian Evening to raise money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. The girls worked hard all evening and raised the sum of £45.00 and were delighted when Shipston Rotary Club agreed to match the sum, making their grand total £90.00. We were pleased to welcome Rotarian David Dawkins into school recently where he presented Georgia and Holly with the Rotary cheque.
Careers Education at Shipston High School starts as early as Year 7 and on Thursday 24th January, all of Year 7 took part in a Careers day.
Students worked in teams to try and decide what they would like to do in the future and what skills they would need to achieve their goals. It was a really fun and interactive day and Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed it whilst beginning to think about their future career paths.
On Wednesday 23rd January we were delighted to welcome Team GB athlete Eden Francis into school. Eden, a discus and shot athlete, started athletics at the age of 10 and was awarded her first Team GB vest at the age of 15.
Eden’s latest achievement is making the final top 8 in both the Shot Putt and the Discus at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and she is now in training to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
Our Year 10 students had the opportunity to take part in two circuit sessions with Eden which were followed up by an inspirational assembly delivered to Years 9 and 10. Students were fascinated to learn how Eden’s career has developed so far, to hear her aspirations for the future and to find out what can be achieved by sheer hard work, dedication and commitment.
We are very grateful to Eden and Team GB for making this visit possible and would like to wish Eden every success for the future. We shall certainly be keeping a close eye on what she goes on to achieve next.
As we start the new term, may I wish everyone connected to the school community a very Happy 2019.
We begin the year by welcoming new staff to the school for January. Mrs McDermott joins the Technology department, primarily in Graphics and Product Design. This follows the retirement of Mr Harper, who left in December after nearly twenty years’ service to Shipston High School. We thank him for his work and wish him well in his new ventures.
We also welcome Mrs Sheasby to the role of Pastoral Support Manager and Mr Harvey to the role of ICT Network Manager. The new staff are most welcome, and bring real strengths and skills to the school.
Shipston High School had another strong start to the Hockey season with its annual autumn term finale – ‘Tinsel tournament’ on Thursday 20th December. The evening involved just under 70 students competing in a fun and festive competition with teams suitably named for the festive period – Christmas trees, Crackers, Santas, Sleighs, Snowmen and The Wise Men. One of the highlights of the tournament is that every team consists of a mix of age and abilities.
Each game was played in excellent spirit and enabled players to show the skills they have learnt and developed during the term. All games proved to be very tight with the eventual winner being the ‘Crackers’. Prizes were also awarded for the best festive outfit, the winners were Abigail Neale and George Turner.
Each year group have enjoyed fixtures against a range of local schools with more scheduled in the spring term. All age groups have displayed excellent commitment to the sport and continue to progress in every game. Further highlights to look forward to are a Hockey tour to Rotterdam in the Netherlands in April and an opportunity to watch GB v Australia at the Olympic Park in June. Hopefully Hockey will continue to be a great strength at Shipston High.
Wednesday 19th December was Christmas Jumper day at Shipston High School.
Students were invited to wear their Christmas Jumpers alongside their normal uniform and donate 50p in support of two Charities, Shipston Community Christmas and Macmillan Cancer Support. The school has never seen so many reindeer, penguins and robins, coupled with a large amount of glitz!
Thank you to all students and staff who raised £224.00 for the charities.
Our GCSE Art and Design students had a fascinating session on Monday 17th December with well known artist Becky Gouverneur, who specialises in highly detailed charcoal and graphite portraits. Students were treated to an amazing insight into her work and the techniques involved, gaining some first hand knowledge for them to apply in their own Art and Design lessons.
We are very grateful to Becky for taking the time to come and visit us and for all the helpful tips she gave to the students.
With the onset of winter weather, we have recently circulated to parents the actions the school will take in the event of advance notice of a school closure or a forced closure during the school day. Although we hope to avoid any weather related closures, please can parents familiarise themselves with our procedures in the event of challenging conditions.
The website link to this letter is www.shipstonhigh.co.uk/information/school-letters/
As a rural community we are very mindful of the amazing work done by the Air Ambulance teams serving our locality.
On 20th November, we were pleased to welcome Mary from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity who gave two assemblies on the work of the Air Ambulance. At the instigation of the students, the school decided to undertake some fundraising to support them in their work and Friday 30th November saw a non-uniform day in aid of the Charity. We also sold Air Ambulance merchandise and invited our parents to donate through Parent Pay. Donations received a significant boost during our recent staff training day when staff took part in a “Chips for Choppers” lunch where everyone who wanted chips for lunch made a donation towards the fund in return for a member of staff to go and collect them from the local fish and chip shop!
We are delighted that we raised a massive £915.67 for the Charity. Thank you to everyone for your amazing support.
With the end of their time at Shipston High School approaching, our Year 11 students are preparing to take their next steps into further education or employment with training. Each year students have timetabled sessions to help them prepare their own CV in preparation for forthcoming interviews when applying for school and college places and apprenticeships.
This year’s mock interview session took place on Thursday 29th November where every student had a 25 minute personal interview conducted by representatives from local businesses and members of the Shipston on Stour Rotary Club. Dressed in their choice of interview clothes, this experience gave the students a real opportunity to prepare themselves for the “real thing” when formal interviews for sixth form and colleges begin in the New Year.
Once again, we are very grateful to the members of the Shipston on Stour Rotary Club and our business community for giving up their valuable time to help our students.