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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Sports Day is always a popular event in the school calendar and last Monday was no exception! During the course of the day students enjoyed all the activities on offer and all kinds of records were broken across track and field events. The winner of the Sports Day trophy was Sheldon House who were also awarded the overall house trophy for all the additional house events that had taken place during the school year 2018-2019.
During a hot and busy day students were grateful to be able to buy ice lollies and sweets from the sweet stall, with all proceeds being donated to charity.
The finals of the English Schools Athletics Championships took place in Birmingham during the weekend of 14/15th July.
We would like to extend our congratulations to Year 9 student Freddie Clemons who achieved first place in the 80m hurdles event. It is thrilling for the school and the P.E. department to be able to say that England’s number one hurdler is part of Shipston High School. Well done Freddie, keep thinking big and go bigger!
Congratulations also to Caitlyn Buckley, also Year 9, who also represented Warwickshire in the 100m event.
On Friday 5th July Ms Whitworth and Mr Harris took 28 students from Year 7,8 and 9 down to London to visit a variety of places of worship. First stop was the Buddhapadipa Temple where students were splashed with some holy water to wake them up after the journey down and to prepare them to learn about the Buddhist way of life. This stop also included a brief meditation and an act of bowing towards the teachers as a thank you and sign of respect (Ms Whitworth is now considering incorporating this into her daily classroom routine).
They then headed to the East London Mosque to learn about the five pillars and how the mosque stands as a community centre too, welcoming people from all over the world (as well as London!). The evening was then topped off with a visit to the theatre to watch Wicked, a musical which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
On Saturday morning the group heading over to the beautiful Neasden mandir where students were lucky enough to witness the Aarti ceremony.
All of the students were an absolute credit to the school, and we very proud of the conduct of each and every one of them.
Year 10 students have just returned after a week out of school on work experience. The students were at many varied places from Aston Martin, Owen Mumford, Museums, Golf clubs, Garages, Graphic design studios, an Auctioneer, Architects, EE, Veterinary surgeries, and many more, one student even worked for a fashion house in the Shard in London.
The students find work experience a very rewarding experience and insight into the world of work, it really teaches them some of those vital skills they will need in life, and a good reference from an employer can make all the difference with college or job interviews.
A number of students have also been offered apprenticeships and Saturday jobs as a result of their week at work.
If your child will be starting in Year 10 in September it is never too early to start looking for a really good place, one that interests them and that they will enjoy.
If you or a member of your family works somewhere that would be able to offer one of our students a placement next year then please get in touch with Louise Moorman at the school.