End of season Rounders tournament

On Thursday 18th July after school over 40 girls took to the field to take part in the end of season Rounders tournament.

There was some very competitive play, showing how enthusiastically the girls take advantage of the many sporting opportunities available to them.
Thanks to Miss Rhodes for organising the event.

Pixl Edge Awards

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 are encouraged to take involve themselves in the Pixl programme. Pixl is a series of awards at three levels which are designed to empower students with the attitudes and attributes essential for employability and life. During the course of the academic year, students follow an online platform through a series of accredited tasks and activities (including target-setting and self-reflection) enabling them to gradually enhance their skills and abilities and we have been amazed and impressed by the huge range of activities our students undertake alongside their academic curriculum.

Apprentice, Pioneer and Graduate level awards were presented to 169 students who completed one – and sometimes two – of the levels during the 2018-2019 academic year during the end of term celebration assemblies on Friday 19th July. We were very fortunate to welcome into school Mrs Fay Ivens representing the Shipston on Stour Rotary Club who very kindly sponsor the award in school to present the certificates and badges to the students. Once again the school would like to express its thanks and gratitude to the members of the Shipston on Stour Rotary Club for their very generous sponsorship of this annual event.

Netball News

A very busy and successful netball year was brought to a close for this academic year with a trip to the Netball World Cup in Liverpool on Wednesday 17th July. A 6.00 a.m. start from school and a 6.00 p.m arrival home meant a long and tiring day for 20 key stage 3 girls and 2 members of staff, but students had the opportunity to watch some top class netball including Singapore v Samoa (49-63). Thanks to Mr Lockwood for organising the trip.

Woman in Black

45 Year 9 and 10 students attended the matinee of The Woman in Black at The Fortune Theatre in London on 18th July. The Womain in Black has been running for 32 years in the West End, it is a perfect example of theatre using only three actors and a few lighting/sound effects to maximize the terror. It also uses the Brechtian technique of breaking the fourth wall when the ghost comes through the audience …..

The record number of scared students will now be tasked with writing up the play as part of their final GCSE Drama examination!

Butterfly Trail

During the early part of the summer we were contacted by Richard Gray of the Stour Valley Wildlife Action Group who told us about a Butterfly Walk and nature trail taking place during the four Saturdays in July at a farm between Honington and Halford. Proceeds from the Walk were to be donated to local charity Shipston Home Nursing. The school was asked if the Art department would be willing to produce some butterfly artwork for a display to showcase some of the species of butterfly that can be seen on the walk and Ms Costello and her art students were delighted to take up the challenge. Some amazing pieces of artwork were produced which are now proudly displayed for all to see.

Senior Prefects for new academic year

The “Dragons Den” has nothing on the Shipston High School senior prefect interview process. Students had to submit a letter of application, pass through a shortlisting process and then undergo a tough interview with Mr Harris, Ms. Westbrook and Governor Mr Punt. The quality of the applications was very high. After long debate and discussion it was decided that, due to the growing school and the genuine variety of skills and ideas discussed in interview, the senior prefect team would be expanded to five for the next school year. Minnie Thomas and Ashish Shylesh were appointed Head Prefects with Matthew Barrett, Amy West and James Barrett being appointed Deputy Head Prefects.

It is hoped that some of the unsuccessful candidates will take on House roles at the start of next term and congratulations are due to all the interview candidates for some very impressive performances.

Hawaiian Hockey Tournament

After school on Tuesday 16th July saw a brilliant evening of hockey at the annual Hawaiian hockey tournament. Hockey is increasing in popularity across the school with in excess of 40 boys and girls turning up regularly for after school practice and fixtures. An exceptionally successful hockey tour to the Netherlands earlier this year helped to raise its profile even more. The Hawaiian tournament was the culmination of a very successful hockey year and congratulations go to winning team “Panamas”. This season’s hockey awards were: Player of the season – Year 7 – Tom Pinnock; Year 8 – Ellie-May Watkins; Year 9 – Izzy Allford, Morgan Cooke, Emily Savidge; Year 10 – Josh Goodman, Louise Plank; Year 11 – Alex Bradley, Sammy King, Max Morris. Congratulations to all.

Ocado Foundation Road Safety Trophy

Shipston High School has won a prestigious road safety award for the second year running for our work in raising the awareness of road safety in our school and community as part of the Driving Ambitions programme. The programme, sponsored by the Ocado Foundation in conjunction with Warwickshire County Council’s Road Safety Team aims to highlight schools that go the extra mile to promote road safety to children, teachers and the wider community. This year, our Year 7s produced a series of road safety raps and poems inspired by Mrs Lucy Baker and road safety school mentor John Squires.

The school will hold the Road Safety Trophy for one year and was awarded a prize to the value of £500 donated by Ocado, to spend on road safety initiatives over the coming year.

Isabella Benfield in Year 10 is a serious horsewoman! During the weekend of 12th/13th July Isabella competed for the second year running in the RDA National Championships held at Hartpury College. Once again Isabella shone and took the Gold medal for showjumping (finishing only two points away from the senior scores) and was placed second in the dressage. We are immensely proud of Isabella’s achievements and the example she sets to those around her. Congratulations Isabella!

Year 11 Leavers Prom

Our leavers Prom took place on Friday 6th July at Heythrop Park Country Hotel.  What an amazing sight to see all our Year 11s back, dressed to impress to spend a special evening with their peers and teachers before going their separate ways.  Once again, the modes of transport didn’t fail to impress and provided much enjoyment for other visitors to the hotel.  Big thanks to Mrs Peebles for her unwavering support for the Prom and the tireless work she put it to make it such a success.