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SIMS InTouch 19/07/2017

Please click here to see InTouch letter


Sixth Form Bridging Packs 23/06/2017

Please click here for the Sixth Form Bridging packs


“Intermediate Maths Challenge” 01/05/2017

Please click here for further information about the “Intermediate Maths Challenge”.


Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum 23/02/2017

Clck here for events on 15th March 2017.


VR Experience for GCSE Computing students 30/11/2016

A local company, Colossal Squid, are coming in to school to demonstrate the latest VR experiences to the GCSE groups who have the chance to explore space, the past or under the ocean in fully emmersive environments.

http://www.colossal-squid.co.uk/


Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards 29/11/2016

DofE is thriving at Spalding High School, on November 24th the South Holland DofE preseClubs and Activities - D of E presentation November 2016ntation evening was held at Spalding Grammar school.  40 Year 11 students received their Bronze award certificates and badges and 3 students were awarded their Gold award.  There have been lots of recent changes to the way that DofE is administered in schools and Spalding High has now become its own Directly Licensed DofE Centre.  Mrs Anderson and Mr Garbett (SHS DofE Manager) recently attended the Central England DofE Licensed Centre presentations to be awarded the School’s official DofE license. Currently there are 49 new Bronze students and 35 Gold students busy working towards their awards. 


School & teacher win at Education Awards ceremony 11/11/2016

Read the reaction to the win in the Education Awards.


Collection dates for Food & Nutrition coursework 10/11/2016

GCSE Food & Nutrition coursework will be available to collect from the entrance hall at the end of the GCSE Presentation afternoon on 24th November.

A Level Food & Nutrition coursework will be available at the end of Senior Prizegiving on 20th December.


Message from Chair of Governors 31/10/2016

To all members of our School community,

As you are aware the Governors of Spalding High School have undertaken a formal consultation in recent months to consider whether we should convert to an academy.  I would like to thank the students, parents, staff and stakeholders who have participated and shared their views on this matter with us.  This week the Governing Body voted unanimously to continue with the process of conversion to an academy.  No significant objections have been raised during our consultations.  We are at the start of a long journey, but rest assured, our prime objective remains to protect and preserve the ethos of our very special school.  After half term we will begin our formal discussions with the Local Authority, Regional Schools’ Commissioner and the Department For Education.  We will, of course, keep you informed of our progress.

Regards,

Dr.P.Gorton,

Chair of SHS Board of Governors


Bag2School collection coming up 20/10/2016

We are pleased to announce that the School has organised a clothes, shoes & textiles collection with Bag2School in order to raise school funds.

Bag2School is the UK’s leading textile recycler and fundraiser working with schools and since its inception in 2001 it has now paid out over £27 million.

As well as raising vitally needed funds for our School, it also helps the environment by helping to divert unwanted textiles away from landfill. A recent DEFRA report has shown that textile collection schemes are helping to reduce the volume of textiles discarded as municipal solid waste. However it is a fact that as a nation we still send 350,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill every year.

 By getting involved in our Bag2School collection, you have an opportunity to sort through your cupboards and wardrobes and donate unwanted textiles in the bag provided – this can include adults’ and children’s clothes, shoes (tied together please), hats, belts, handbags and soft toys.  In addition to raising much needed funds it will also raise awareness amongst the children of the benefits of recycling and reuse. Click here to see a list of items that can and cannot be donated.

 If you fill the donation bag and still have more then you can use any other bag to donate your items and don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends and neighbours to have a sort out as well!

 Bag2School will be collecting from our School on Friday 27th January 2017. Please bring your bag (or bags!) to School on that morning (by 9.00 a.m.) and help us have a really good collection.

 Many thanks indeed for helping us with this unique fundraising opportunity.


Proposed new Information Technology BTEC 10/10/2016

Click on the link below to see an overview of the proposed new Information Technology BTEC course.

BTEC  overview


Outlook Expedition to Malawi 22/09/2016

Clubs and Activities - Malawi orphanageThis summer, a group of 9 Spalding High students from Years 12 & 13 were accompanied by Mrs Schwarz and Mrs Syer on an Outlook Expedition to Malawi, Africa.  The month was spent volunteering at environmental and social projects around the country, before completing a 4 day trek phase through the mountains down to Lake Malawi, followed by a safari at Liwonde National Park.

Our time there was truly life-changing and we were incredibly luckyClubs and Activities - Malawi primary school to have such an immersive experience, the highlight most probably being the schools that we visited, such as the Mbwalala Primary School in northern Luwawa, and interacting with the young children at an orphanage and crisis nursery.  The looks on their faces as we gave them the colourful notebooks and stationery donated by local supermarkets were unforgettable, and they were all so surprised when we managed to converse with them in their own language, Chichewa.

In Malawi, girls our own age miss a quarter of their school lives because the traditions of their culture forbid them from leaving their homes during menstruation - something that the group just couldn’t quite believe.  The all-girls school that we visited, Edinburgh Girls High in Mzuzu, really struck a chord with us all as it was so easy to make comparisons with our own school back in Spalding.  The sanitary towels that we had bought with the help of donations from our school were given to two senior students, both 17, one of which hoping to study maths at university and the other an aspiring midwife. It was clear that they were really appreciated, especially seeing as the current water shortage in the cities is making washing reusable sanitary towels considerably difficult.

Clubs and Activities - Malawi 2016We’re so grateful for the generosity of everyone who helped us with our fundraising goals, without which we might not have been able to impact so many lives in the way that we did.  The sheer poverty that we encountered, yet the happiness of the people living in it, really made us appreciate our families and the quality of our lives back at home.  To anyone considering taking part, I would wholeheartedly recommend the experience – I’ve seen a part of the world that I never thought would be possible at the age of 17, and have made memories that will truly last a lifetime.

Rosie Stevenson


100% Pass rate at A Level 27/08/2016

A level students achieved a 100% pass rate.  Click on the link below for Lincolnshire County Council comment on the results and see a short video of our students.

https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/news/lincolnshire-a-level-pass-rate-above-national-average/130051.article


BBC Micro:Bits - available for year 7's to sign out. 04/07/2016

As part of the agreement of accessing the Micro:Bits, the year 7 students are expected to develop various programs and demonstrate, when they return the device, what they have learned and produced.

Any current year 7 student can come to the Computing office (T6) and sign out a Micro:Bit for use over the holidays during the final week of term. They will be provided with the Micro:Bit, battery pack and batteries (whilst stocks last) and a connection cable for their PC or Mac, all software is online from the BBC website @ https://www.microbit.co.uk/.

ICT and Business - BBCMBit

Students will then be required to return the Micro:Bit and accessories along with examples of what they worked on and developed after the holidays. Should they wish to borrow the device again they just need to see Mr. Fovargue to discuss when they can access one.


Wanted - Used & nearly new uniform 23/05/2016

Used and nearly new uniform – an urgent plea – help us to raise money and save you money too!

We know that children can grow very quickly, especially when they reach their teenage years and this can mean that items of school uniform and equipment can have a short life span!

Every year we raise approximately £1000 by selling used and nearly new items of school uniform that your daughters have outgrown.  The Sixth Form committee do a fantastic job of collecting items, laundering and re-selling them at the new Year 7 intake evening.  The money is kept within the School Charitable Fund and used for projects to support your child’s learning.

However, this is an area that we feel can really develop further and in doing so not only earn money for more school based projects but also to save parents money and increase recycling too.  The long term goal is to have an “electronic shop” via our website where parents of children in any year group can see the nearly new and used (but still in very good condition) items of school uniform and PE kit that are for sale.  In the shorter term we need to significantly increase our stock of used uniform and as such are making a plea for you to send in any of the following items:
• Art and science coats – one would expect these to have some signs of wear due to the nature of their use – but if your daughter has outgrown them or is no longer taking Art in KS4, please send them in.
• Food technology baskets – if your daughter is no longer taking Food & Nutrition in KS4.
• Any item of PE kit, school skirts (old and new style), white shirts (Hills or any other brand are fine), school ties & school jumpers. 

As a parent, we should look at the used item and think to ourselves; it is still in good condition, it is too good to throw away and someone else will be able to get a good level of use out of it.

The summer is traditionally the time that Year 9 will have picked their subjects and know whether they need their Art overalls or food technology baskets; Year 11 will have sat their exams and no longer need any of their items of school uniform and as parents, we get ready to buy new items for the new academic year.  PLEASE; send in the items that you would otherwise throw away or leave in the back of the cupboard so that we can start to make better use of it.

All items should be delivered to the school reception over the next few weeks and again in September.  From the end of Term 6 and in time for the new academic year (once we have sorted out the stock) we will post a listing on the school website.  If there is anything parents would like to buy they should contact the school reception who will make arrangements for you to collect the item(s).  Hopefully this project will become very successful and we will be able to develop our “electronic shop” during the next academic year.


Spring Fayre 13/05/2016

A HUGE thank you to everyone who made our inaugural Spring Fayre such a success.

So far we have raised £2,833 but we still have money coming in (and money to go out!) so we hope to exceed £3000!  This will have a huge impact on the projects that we can support to improve teaching and learning and the facilities for the pupils.

 


Last minute goal helps U16 girls football team win County Cup final 18/03/2016

On Tuesday 15th March the High School U16 girls football team were crowned Lincolnshire champions. However, in a game that was dominated by the High School girls, the team found themselves 2-0 down with only 25 minutes to play. The opposition from Kesteven & Sleaford girls High School were clinical with their counter attacking, scoring 2 goals with 2 first half chances. Nevertheless, the High School team didn’t give up and after many squandered chances Jeorge Carr finally made it 2-1 with 25 minutes left on the clock. A nail biting 24 minutes pursued with chance after chance missed by the High School team. However, in the last minute of the game Emma Gent’s header from close range ensured the game would finish with a penalty shoot-out. Heroics from goalkeeper Hermione Baxter-Chinery in the shoot-out secured victory for the team 3-1 on penalties.
Player of the match = Kate Amess


U13 girls football team finish County cup runners-up 18/03/2016

On Monday 14th March the High School U13 girls football team put on a brave performance against Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough. The first half was a very close game with both teams missing good goal scoring chances to take the lead. However, an early second half goal from the opposition enabled QEHS to grow in confidence. Three late second half goals pursued and the High School team finished runners up, eventually losing 4-0.
Player of the match = Emma Agar


Home Computer recommendations for Computing 01/02/2016

Link to Recommendations


New Computing Ambassadors Sought 26/01/2016

Girls with a serious interest in computing are being sought as ambassadors for the Computing department. This role will require a commitment to events such as open evenings, displays, talks and presentations; you may also be required to bring wider ideas, research, projects and devices to lessons to discuss and you could be asked to help with displays in the classroom, putting work up, creating materials for the VLE and generally promoting the advantages of Computing as a subject choice.

If you think this is something that interests you then please come and speak with Mr. Fovargue who will be more than happy to get you involved.


New Scholastic Book Club 08/01/2016

Our new Scholastic Book Club is up and running! Go to http://schools.scholastic.co.uk/spalding-high-sch to browse the latest books and order online.

For every £1 you spend on this month’s Book Club, our school will earn 20p in Scholastic Rewards.

Please place your order online by January 28th, 2016.


Computer Science is 4th Ebacc Science option 15/12/2015

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/computer-science-to-be-included-in-the-ebacc


How to: Pages - Save as a Word Doc 24/11/2015

Link to Pages Guide


Maths success in two national competitions 24/11/2015

Students are celebrating success in maths; the school has performed exceptionally well in two national competitions.

Year 11 student Josie Periam gained a Gold certificate in the recent United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Senior Challenge, with a fantastic mark of 83. The Senior Challenge is aimed at all Year 12 -13 students studying mathematics in England and Wales. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in 90 minutes and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. However this year the school were allowed to enter lower year students as well, making their achievement even more exceptional. 87 students signed up to spend a voluntary hour and a half sitting a maths exam, producing some excellent results.

Alongside Josie’s Gold, Silver certificates were awarded to Year 13 student Abbie Spinks and Year 10 student Anagha Gijo. Of 87 entries (25 of which were from Year 10 and 11) the High School achieved one gold, six silver and 31 bronze.

Keen maths students have also entered teams in the National Cipher Challenge. Over 700 schools both from the UK and as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Hawaii are competing to decrypt ciphers that uncover a mystery storyline.

The University of Southampton has been running the online code breaking competition for several years now.

So far 27 High School teams, comprising students from all years, have passed the first challenge in a series of eight. The competition is an extension activity running alongside students normal studies and is being approached with great enthusiasm and good natured competiveness. The challenge finishes in January with a prize giving ceremony at Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma.


Summer 2015 GCSE certificates 20/11/2015

Summer 2015 GCSE certificates are available for collection.  Please contact the Exams Officer, Mrs K Smith, to make arrangements.


Controlled Assessments for KS4 started 20/11/2015

Students taking Computing at GCSE in both year 10 and 11 are now in to their 20 hour controlled assessment. Each CA is 30% of their final GCSE grade.


Digital Graphics - Wednesday Lunchtimes 20/11/2015

T5 is available on Wednesday lunchtimes for any student in year 10 & 11 who would like to come along and have a go using Photoshop and a Digital Drawing Tablet to complete computer based digital art.

From 12:50 - 1:25