Netball Tour to Australia 2014

Twenty-three players and three staff toured Australia during the summer holidays. The tour began with sightseeing in Brisbane, matches were then played further north on the Sunshine Coast against our old friends at Matthew Flinders School and Sunshine Coast Grammar School. Taking advantage of what the Sunshine Coast offers, the girls had a surfing lesson at the spectacular Noosa Beach, a netball clinic with Firebird and Australian players and visited Australia Zoo.

We then moved inland to Toowoomba for a very different Australian experience. Glennie School hosted the girls during this leg of the tour. A relaxing weekend of water sports and sand surfing followed on Moreton Island where the girls also fed wild dolphins. Sydney was next on the itinerary with more matches at Cherrybrook High School and taking in the famous sights of Sydney, the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. A thrilling ride on the jet boat in Sydney Harbour was special. The final destination was Perth where the last match was played against Methodist Ladies College, a school we have frequently hosted at Newcastle under Lyme School. The tour was a wonderful experience for all involved.

After School

While waiting to be picked up, pupils can enjoy relaxing and socialising in the new cafe, or studying in the new library.

Q&A with a D-Day Veteran

It was a special honour to receive Reverend Sargent and his wife to our school. Aged nineteen, he piloted a landing vessel full of American soldiers onto Utah beach on D-Day. He gave a short talk about his memories and answered questions from our pupils. He also brought with him the very flag that was flying on his ship that day.

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Year 8 pupils visited MOSI to learn about and experience a range of scientific displays, including the current special exhibition Collider, telling the story of the discovery of the Higgs Boson with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

Debating War, 100 years on

On October 6, 1914, the school debated the motion "The merits of War outweigh its evils". The motion was proposed by Horace Hill (pictured standing, left) and opposed by Henry Salt (standing, left), and was defeated by eleven votes to ten. Both students went on to serve in the First World War; Horace was a captain in the Middlesex Regiment and was killed at Ypres on 5 September 1917. Henry was a Lieutenant in the North Staffordshire Regiment, and he survived the war.

Today we held another debate on the same motion, one hundred years on. Students Will Garside, Vicky Jenkinson and Andrew Foxall proposed the motion, and Headmaster Nick Rugg and Senior Teacher Julie Simms opposed.

The students won both the audience vote and the judges' decision.

Show Jumping Success

The school qualified two teams for the School National Championships show jumping competition at Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre on Sat 5 April. The teams were Tyler Casey, Bobbie and Madison Heath at 80cm and Millie Wain, Elizabeth Chapman and Bobbie and Madison Heath at 90cm. Bobbie Heath also came first in the 90cm class and third in the 80cm class so has qualified as an individual rider at both heights.

Oxford and Cambridge Offers

It has been an excellent year for applications to both Oxford University and Cambridge University. We are delighted to report that six students have gained offers this year. Pictured are, Raihan Mohammed, Lauren Horton, Jonathon Stafford and Phillip Eccleston. They have been offered places at Cambridge to read Medicine (Robinson College), Natural Sciences (Gonville and Caius College), Engineering (St John’s College) and Mathematics (Pembroke College) respectively. Absent from the picture are Lyric Jain (who has won a place to read Engineering at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge) and Alex Brian (who will be studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Magdalen College, Oxford). Congratulations to them all.

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Year 8 Cross Curricular Project

Year 8 pupils work independently in teams to produce a display of information on the theme of 'the heart'. They drew on the experience of various teachers and worked as a group to produce a final display, which will be available to view at the Parents' evening on Tuesday 11 February.

Visit of Tristram Hunt, MP

Tristram Hunt, local MP and Shadow Education Minister, visited the school on Friday. He enjoyed a tour of the school and spent time in an Upper Sixth Physics lesson, where he was able to engage directly with students. He was also happy to discuss and share his thoughts on national education policy and offered an insight into what Labour might try to do if they come to office after the next election.

Careers Fair

Local and national businesses visited the school to give our Year 9 pupils and their parents a flavour of the types of careers that they might be interested in pursuing in the future.

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