Year 10 Work Experience

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.

School trip to World War I battlefields

Earlier this term, the History department organised an enrichment visit to explore the battlefields of the First World War for a group of Year 9 students. The visit encompassed a range of activities including visiting Ypres and attending the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate where students laid a wreath on behalf of the school, visiting Langemarck German Military Cemetery and Tyne Cot and areas of the Somme including the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. Of course no trip to Belgium would be complete without the obligatory chocolate shop visit too!

The purpose of the visit was, amongst other things, to experience what life would have been like on the Western Front, enabling students to find out about how medicine was used and developed during the war, a key element in the new GCSE History course.

Whilst away, visit leader Miss McElroy received many compliments about the behaviour of all our students with the tour guides commenting on how engaged and enthusiastic they were in all aspects of the trip, conducting themselves well and showing maturity beyond their years when dealing with sensitive issues. Thanks to Miss McElroy and staff for organising such an informative, emotive and thought provoking trip.

Amazing success!

Year 10 student Isabella Benfield has again shown us what persistence and endeavour can achieve. Isabella competed yesterday in the Riding for the Disabled Association qualifiers, entering
two dressage classes and two show jumping classes. She came first in all four!! Not content with that, Isabella went on to win a trophy for the highest dressage score for Warwickshire and another one for the highest show jumping score of the day for the whole West Mercia region.

We are delighted that through her dedication and efforts she has qualified for the National Championships at Hartpury College on 12th and 13th July. Wishing you the best of luck Isabella, we are all so proud of you!

Year 10 Law Day

On Thursday 9th May a group of Year 10 students took part in a Law day at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School.

It was a really interesting and informative day. The students took part in five different workshops with lawyers from the Law firm Harrison, Clark Rickerby. Each workshop featured a different type of law, Criminal, Litigation, Insolvency, Employment and Property.

After lunch, the students spent some time preparing for a mock trial to take place that afternoon. Each student had been given legal papers to pre-read before the day and all students took on a role in the trial. Before the mock trial, students prepared their own questions and planned how they wanted the defence and prosecution to go. At the end of the afternoon the trial went ahead with a judge deciding the outcome of the case.

We are grateful to Harrison Clark Rickerby for leading the workshops and to Stratford Girls’ Grammar School for hosting the event. It was certainly a busy day and really gave the students a very good insight into a career in Law.

Live Art Workshop

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.

 

Year 9 Visit to the National Arboretum

As we approach a significant remembrance Sunday, the school is involved in a number of activities to commemorate this important event. Miss McElroy has written a summary of a recent trip to the National Memorial Arboretum, which follows here:
On Thursday 4th October we were able to take Year 9 on a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum. This trip was designed to help the students reflect on how and why we remember the fallen by looking at a small section of the 300 war memorials.
During our visit we took part in a poppies workshop, this enabled us to learn about the creation of the poppies and about some of the poetry inspired by them. Students were asked to take apart their poppy and then put it back together with restrictions such as using one arm or closing their eyes. This helped to demonstrate how difficult it is for veterans returning from war to adapt to their surroundings; a real insight into the impact of conflict.
We were then able to freely walk the grounds of the arboretum. We focused on two memorials: the armed forces memorial which commemorates soldiers killed in conflict since the end of World War Two and the Shot at Dawn memorial which commemorates those soldiers who faced the firing squad for perceived offences. These were both powerful memorials that provoked a deep level of discussion from the students.
As a close to our day we took part in the act of remembrance where students read poetry and laid a wreath on behalf of the school. The students’ response to the trip was profound with many reflecting on why we are free today and what it actually means to be free. The scale of the memorial at the Arboretum also provoked some awe from the students, leaving them with a deep level of respect.

At a more local level, we are very proud of Year 11 student Connor Begley who has recently completed his training as Standard Bearer for the Shipston branch of the Royal British Legion. Connor performed his first duty on Sunday 21st November when he took part in the remembrance Service at the Memorial Garden in Shipston to commemorate the end of the First World War.

Major Road Safety Award

Shipston High School is the inaugural winners of the Warwickshire County Council Road Safety Team annual award, sponsored by the Ocado Foundation.
This award is given to the school considered to have shown the best initiative or making a particular, significant contribution to road safety. We won the award for the tremendous voluntary homework carried out by a number of our Year 7 students in preparing booklets and posters on road safety themes covered in their PSE lessons over the last year. Some of the students, together with Mrs Lucy Baker were presented with the Trophy and a £500 prize to be spent on road safety initiatives at the school by Mr John Squires, Road Safety Mentor from the WCC.

Shipston High School is the place to be

Shipston High School’s student numbers continue to grow. This year the school will admit 120 new students into Year 7 in September – its largest intake yet. On 28th June we held our Induction day for those students to come and have a day in school to experience just what it’s like to be a student at Shipston High School. It is always exciting to see pupils from a number of schools join together with new friendships to foster and new experiences to share. This year was no exception and by the end of the day there were many smiling faces and an air of anticipation of what lies ahead. We are very much looking forward to them joining us properly in September.
It doesn’t, however, end there. We are already looking ahead to September 2019 and the following week, on 3rd July, we held an Open Morning for Year 5 Parents and pupils who are exploring possibilities for their secondary education. We were delighted to welcome into school around 60 families, eager to see what we have to offer their children – and to get a first look at our new building. Applications are now open through the Warwickshire Local Authority for places in September 2019 until the end of October 2018.

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The Long Road to Ghana

One Week, 4,000 Miles, Two Great Causes

When we were invited to help raise money for Brain Tumour Research UK and Willing & Abel we were keen to find out what we could do to help. The aim of the “Long Road to Ghana” was to help the local community to travel 4,000 miles from Shipston-on-Stour to a young man called Ethan’s Home in Akatsi, Ghana. Ethan Suglo first came to the UK for surgery a couple of years ago to treat a medical illness that is treated at birth in all Western Countries. His first surgery was very successful, but to give him the chance of a normal life he needed more. It was for this surgery that we wanted to help raise money. The fundraising challenge across the community was to travel – by whatever means – the equivalent of 4,000 miles in 7 days.

On Monday 4th June staff and students gave up their lunchtime and took to the school field, along with Dr. Williams from the local Medical Centre, to clock up some miles towards the 4,000 mile total. With the help of the school Jazz Band to spur them on, we estimate our walkers covered around 375 miles, raising over £400 for the charity. We would like to thank all our parents who gave so generously towards this event and understand that the Ethan has now had his surgery at the John Radcliffe Hospital.