Extra curricular PE is very popular at Shipston High School, with a great number of students representing the school in numerous sports. Our sports teams have been very active over the last few months and have achieved a number of notable successes:
Our Year 8 boys who took the gold medal in the Warwickshire School games level 3 sports hall athletics competition
Our U13 girls who took part in the Warwickshire girls rugby festival held at Barkers Butts RFC and won all of their games and then had tickets to watch the Womens’ England v Ireland Six Nations match at the Ricoh Arena
Our Year 8 basketball team who beat a very strong Alcester Grammar side 42-33 to become South Warwickshire district champions 2018
Our U15 girls rugby squad who won all their games at the recent RFU Warwickshire festival held at Shipston Rugby Club
Winter sports are nearing an end, with the Ski trip to the USA taking place during the Easter holidays. We look forward to the Summer term and achieving more great successes on fields, courts and track.
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.
The afternoon of 7th July saw the culmination of a year’s hard work for Years 8 and 9 when the Shipston Award badges and certificates were presented. The awards were presented to almost 200 successful students by Mr David Dawkins on behalf of the Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour, who kindly sponsor this activity in front of an audience of invited parents.
The Shipston Award is unique to our school and encourages students to develop responsibility for their learning, self confidence and personal skills. It also helps them to develop a sense of citizenship and service to others which we hope will help them to succeed when leaving school. Completion of the bronze, silver and gold awards in years 7,8 and 9 provides a perfect platform for those wishing to going on to take the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in Years 10 and 11.
The afternoon was also a great opportunity to present a number of students with Special Achievement awards given for excellent attitude to study and progress during the academic year.
We would like to record our grateful thanks to the Rotary Club of Shipston on Stour for its continued involvement in the Shipston Award.
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