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E BULLETIN - AUTUMN 2019/20

Keeping you informed


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ISSUE 14    20.12.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Good Afternoon,


Welcome to the last E Bulletin of 2019, a year that has been extremely busy in a number of ways including two inspections and examination results that once again, placed us as the highest performing school in Ellesmere Port and Neston (Progress 8). Staff and students have continued to work hard and this is evident in results across many subjects and the quality and quantity of work completed. Well done to everyone.


Yesterday we held our annual ‘mock results day’ for Year 11 students, which gave them an insight into actual results day in August. Many students responded to this with positivity and a new drive to do the best they can. When we return in January, please help us to help them to focus on their studies. There is little more than four months in lessons before the 2020 examinations season begins.


Today we held our Christmas Fair and non-uniform day which once again was a huge success raising hundreds of pounds for charity. Thank you for all your support.


Following our October half term, parents/carers will recall that I appealed to you to be considerate to our local residents when dropping off or collecting your child. Residents are concerned that some parents/carers are parking on pavements, across driveways and leaving engines running whilst waiting for children. Residents tell me that they have, at times, been subjected to verbal abuse when waiting cars have been asked to move or turn the engine off. I do appreciate parents/carers wish to transport their child to/from school but please consider our neighbours when doing so. Also, don't forget we have an arrangement with Whitby Sports & Social Club to use their car park if this helps.

Finally, as the term draws to a close we say goodbye to a number of staff. This year we will see Mrs Lewis (Head of Music) and Mr Fordham (Teaching Assistant) leave us to move onto other things whilst Mr Arathoon our site manager will retire from his post. I thank them all for their hard work, commitment and support that they have given to the school for many years – I wish them well for the future.


I would also like to inform parents and carers that my Deputy Headteacher, Mr Gray will be leaving us in April to take up a new post as the Headteacher of Calday Grange Grammar School, West Kirby. I wish him well in this new post and I am sure he will be a real asset to his new school.


Have a wonderful Christmas break and happy, healthy 2020.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.4%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 94.7%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.3%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 96.8%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Annabelle Murphy for Resilience and Progress in ATL Scores across Subjects.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - After Half-Term the Standard of the Week will focus on Coats in the Building.  


Theme of the Week - After Half-Term the Theme of the Week will be Resolutions.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Exams and Controlled Assessments January 2020 - Looking ahead to January 2020, there are several external exams and controlled assessments coming up. They run from Wednesday 8th January up until Wednesday 22nd January. A full break down of which subjects, when and where has been emailed to the students. Exam preparation has been well underway in lessons and I am sure students will make time over their busy Christmas break to squeeze in some revision.


UCAS Deadline Application closing date is Wednesday 15th January 2020.


Wishing all Year 12 and 13 a very Merry (and safe) Christmas and a Happy New Year.


LOOKING AHEAD

Return from Christmas Holiday - Monday 6th January

Year 9 Practical Food Exam - Monday 6th until Friday 10th January

Year 11 to 12 Information Evening  - Thursday 9th January

KS5 Performing Arts Exam - Friday 10th January

Year 12 ICT Exam Week - Monday 13th January

Year 9 Option Evening  - Thursday 16th January

Year 11 Chester University English Lecture P Band - Wednesday 22nd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Leaves -  Thursday 23rd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Returns - Friday 24th January

Year 11 History Trip to Manchester - Monday 27th January

Year 10 History Trip to Manchester - Tuesday 28th January

Year 9 Parents and Carers Evening - Thursday 30th January

GENERAL UPDATE

Missing Christmas - A big thank you to everyone who has donated a present for Mission Christmas 2019, especially the pupils in 10W! We have filled two trolleys. Your generosity has been amazing! Merry Christmas.

Manchester Thunder Netball - The PE Department are delighted to announce they are offering places for a special netball opportunity! Ashleigh Neal (Manchester Thunder) will be coming into school to deliver a 2hr practical workshop on Monday 10th February from 3-5pm. Those pupils will then go and watch Ashleigh play in a Thunder Match vs Loughborough Lightning on Saturday 7th March. The cost is £27 which includes the workshop, match ticket and travel to and from the venue. There are only 30 spaces available so please collect a letter from the PE Department ASAP.   


Science Support for Year 11 - Year 11 have now received their Science mock examination review booklets to be completed during the Christmas break. These booklets are designed to consolidate three of the Paper 1 topic areas. Pupils need to bring the booklets in for checking on Monday 6th January.


School Uniform - During the Christmas break please remember that the usual school uniform rules will apply first week back. Please ensure your child returns to school in the correct uniform and not with new piercings, Christmas nails or trainers. We appreciate your cooperation with this.


French Phrase of the Week - Le Père Noël = Father Christmas

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ISSUE 13    13.12.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

The Christmas break is almost upon us and this week students have continued to work hard not only on their studies but also in raising money to support good causes. This was highlighted by all the students who attended our staff karaoke on Thursday. A selection of staff supported by students exhibited their vocal skills much to the enjoyment of all who attended. We await offers of record contracts!


As we consider others at Christmas can I remind parents/carers that donations for Mission Christmas need to be with us by Monday 16th December 2019. Please support this most worthwhile cause to help others at Christmas.


In one way Christmas came a little early for us with the delivery of our new school minibus. The new fifteen seater bus will continue to support the many out of school activities we offer our students every year.


Next week, as ever, is busy as we head towards the end of term. Our Year 11 Mock results day is taking place on Thursday 19th December to give our students an idea of what it will be like when collecting their GCSE results in the summer.


On Thursday 18th December we will be offering the Christmas lunch option at lunch time whilst in the evening we will be hosting our annual Christmas Concert in the Overpool Hall Doors open at 7:30pm.


Finally just a reminder that school closes at 12:35pm on our last day, Friday 20th December. Please refer to my recent email for further details.


Have a good weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.4%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 94.6%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.3%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 96.7%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Kayleigh Kynaston for Resilience and Progress in Drama.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next Week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Uniform.  


Theme of the Week - Next Week’s Theme of the Week will be Christmas/Celebration/House.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

We are having a push on basic standards over the coming weeks. Year 12 and 13 have been asked to be sure to adhere to our dress code. In addition, they have been asked to wear their lanyards at all times. I am sure I will see full cooperation from out students and thank them in advance for their support.


UCAS - Applications are now well underway. If you still haven’t completed your application, be sure to pay and send as soon as possible so Miss Hughes and Mrs Begbie can get the application checked in plenty of time.


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 12 Biology/Psychology Zoo Trip - Monday 16th December

Christmas Concert and Celebration - Wednesday 18th December

Year 11 Mock Results Day - Thursday 19th December

Break Up for Christmas Holiday - Friday 20th December

Return from Christmas Holiday - Monday 6th January

Year 9 Practical Food Exam - Monday 6th until Friday 10th January

Year 11 to 12 Information Evening - Thursday 9th January

KS5 Performing Arts Exam - Friday 10th January

Year 12 ICT Exam Week - Monday 13th January

Year 9 Option Evening - Thursday 16th January

Year 11 Chester University English Lecture P Band - Wednesday 22nd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Leaves - Thursday 23rd January

Year 9 History Trip to Belgium Returns - Friday 24th January

GENERAL UPDATE

Christmas Concert - On Wednesday 18th December, students from all year groups will be performing in the Christmas Concert. From students that have been playing instruments or signing for year, to those just beginning, there is a range of music for an entertaining evening. In addition to music, we are delighted that Drama are also performing three short Christmas themed pieces. We look forward to seeing you on the night. There is no charge on the door but we will be holding a raffle.


Photography - It was an absolute pleasure to see Isabelle Phillips back in school this week, she left The Whitby High School 3 years ago having done exceptionally well on her Photography A-Level course. Isabelle is now studying for a degree in Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University. She came back to talk to our Year 12 and 13 students, giving them an insight into what it’s like a university and the exciting opportunities that lay ahead. She showed some examples of her work and discussed the creative process that she uses. She also brought some specialist film/analogue cameras in for students to try. The passion and excitement she showed for Photography was evident and inspiring.


Whitby Christmas Market 2019 - Arrangements are now well underway for this year’s Christmas Market. It will be open to Year 7 and 8 only and is being run by our Sixth Formers and staff. It will take place on the morning of Friday 20th December in Overpool Hall and students will be provided with a time-table of when they are to attend. Each child will need a small amount of change (everything costs 50p) in order to take full advantage of the games and goodies that will be available. Please note that there will be an inflatable bungee run that the students can have a go of. This is completely age appropriate and will be fully supervised by members of staff. However, if you object to your child going on this inflatable, please e-mail rhughes@whitbyhs.cheshire.sch.uk with their name and form.  


Year 11 into 12 Evening - A reminder to parents and carers that this will be taking place Thursday 9th January 2020, 6:30pm start. There is a registration link to the website.


Charity Cake Sale - Well done to 7W who did a cake sale for the Windsor House Charity (The Anthony Nolan Trust) and raised over £80. Thanks to everyone who brought in the delicious cakes and helped sell them on the day.


Year 8 & 9 German Trip - It is with regret that we will have to cancel the planned trip to Germany in July 2020 due to continuing low numbers - without a minimum of 40 pupils it just wasn’t going to be financially possible to continue. Parents/carers who have paid money into the trip account will have this money refunded, there will be cheques in the post as soon as possible. Pupils may have other opportunities to engage in activities with German visitors when they come over to send a week with us in May 2020.


Year 10 - Please remember the deadline for Bronze DofE consent forms and the first payment is Wednesday 18th December.


Year 11 - Silver DofE information letters have been made available to students via form tutors. If you have any questions please contact Mr Austin.


French Phrase of the Week - l'oiseau = bird


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ISSUE 12     06.12.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Time passes very quickly as we move towards the end of term and the Christmas break. School does not relax in its endeavour to offer the best to our students, as we approach the well-earned festive break and thus the final two weeks of term are vitally important. At present we seemed plagued by winter sickness and when ill we should spend time recovering, however, if your child is able to come to school, even with a ‘snivel’ please get them in. if they are taken ill during the day or worsen we will contact you immediately.


Keeping standards high at The Whitby High School is important to us whether it is related to attendance, behaviour, uniform or general community spirit. With this in mind we are having a focus on standards over the next few weeks and beyond. Please look out for an email from me, via our ‘in touch’ system, explaining what we will be doing and how you can support us.


The Christmas period means many different things to us all. For some it is family based, others it is a time of faith and for some an opportunity to party and have fun. All of these elements feature in Christmas for me but it is also a time when I think of others in different circumstances who may not have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas as I do. This is why, once again we will be supporting our local foodbank. You will receive information about how you can help and all donations will be gratefully received. What a difference it would make if every student and member of staff brought in just one item.


Have a good weekend

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 93.8%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 94.7%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 94.6%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 96.7%

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Cerys Owens for Resilience and Progress in Media Studies.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next Week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Hair.  


Theme of the Week - Next Week’s Theme of the Week will be Helping Others and Neighbourliness.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Reminder: Year 12 assessment week starts Monday the 9th of December.


Whitby Christmas Market 2019

Arrangements are now well underway for this year’s Christmas Market. It will be open to Year 7 and 8 only and is being run by our Sixth Formers and staff. It will take place on the morning of Friday the 20th of December in Overpool Hall and students will be provided with a time-table of when they are to attend. Each child will need a small amount of change (everything costs 50p) in order to take full advantage of the games and goodies that will be available. Please note that there will be an inflatable bungee run that the students can have a go of. This is completely age appropriate and will be fully supervised by members of staff. However, if you object to your child going on this inflatable, please e-mail rhughes@whitbyhs.cheshire.sch.uk with their name and form.


Year 13 mock week is now complete. Students are back on normal time-table and will be hitting the ground running getting ready for external exams as soon as January for some subjects. They have conducted themselves brilliantly during exam week, well done.


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 12 Tests - Monday 9th until Friday 13th December

Year 7 House Competitions - Monday 9th December

Year 10 House Competitions - Monday 9th December

Year 8 House Competitions - Wednesday 11th December

Year 9 House Competitions - Wednesday 11th December

Year 12 Biology/Psychology Zoo Trip - Monday 16th December

Christmas Concert and Celebration - Wednesday 18th December

Year 11 Mock Results Day - Thursday 19th December

Break Up for Christmas Holiday - Friday 20th December

Return from Christmas Holiday - Monday 6th January

Year 9 Practical Food Exam - Monday 6th until Friday 10th January

Year 11 to 12 Information Evening - Thursday 9th January

KS5 Performing Arts Exam - Friday 10th January

GENERAL UPDATE

Victory for the girls U14s football team - The U14s had a convincing 10-2 win against Neston on Wednesday afternoon. Evie Sadler's run and parried shot set up Marli Ngiam to slot in the first goal 2 minutes into the game. Mollie Potts then scored a minute later with Lara Williams putting away two goals in quick succession. One which gets my vote for goal of the match with Lara running from the half way line, skipping around defenders then powering an unstoppable ball in the top left hand corner. Skye Garfield's chip, Amy Terry's cool finish and an own goal meant we were 7-0 ahead when Neston broke just before the half time whistle to put away their first goal. The second half was a much closer game with Neston scoring soon after the start, however a minute later Katie Barnes kept our lead to 6 goals. Evie Sadler scored another and  Katie Barnes finished the scoring spree with her second. Player of the match voted by Neston was Mel Jones who did a stellar job in defence. The team now progress to the third round of the Cheshire Cup. Team: Charlotte Smith (Cpt), Chloe Watson, Katie Barnes (2), Mel Jones, Ruby Darlington, Lara Williams (2), Mollie Potts (1), Evie Sadler (1), Marli Ngiam (1), Amy Terry (1), Skye Garfield (1), Hollie White


Highlighting Outstanding Work at The Whitby High School - Since returning in September the work that the students have been producing is outstanding. We have decided to showcase this each week via the weekly bulletin. Departments have been asked to photograph some of the student’s work which they feel offers just a glimpse into this, emphasising the hard work of our students. Students will now be able to look for their work and be proud of their achievements.  Each week a new department will highlight the work that has been created in their area. Congratulations to all the students who have their work displayed and to those who don’t, it might be your work in the bulletin next week so keep your eyes peeled! Please see attached to the email this week’s work from the Technology Department


School Library - We would like to remind students and parents/carers that in the school library we have the 100 Whitby books available. These are suggested reading for all abilities and interests. We also have a ‘staff favourites’ section that we invite you to join us in reading. Reading is key to academic development and we ask for your support in developing our culture of reading.  


French Phrase of the Week - un hippocampe = seahorse

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ISSUE 11     29.11.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Another busy week comes to a close and for our Year 11 students it has been another week of mock examinations, preparing them for the coming months ahead. Examination times have always been an anxious time for some students as they find themselves tested in the formal settings of examination halls. As a school, we will continue to support all our students to embrace the examination setting as an opportunity - an opportunity to shine, to demonstrate what they know and to be acknowledged for all their hard work and effort over the previous years. I thank all parents and carers for supporting your children and the school through these examinations. Although these are the mock examinations the actual examinations will be upon us very quickly.  


As parents and carers will know, we endeavour to keep you aware of society based issues that we find can impact both home and school life. Some of these issues may seem to parents and carers irrelevant but we believe being aware makes it easier to act if, unlikely though it may be, an issues exists. With this in mind, thank you to those who attended the presentation by Cheshire Police on the growing and worrying issue of ‘County Lines’ which was hosted last night. There was a good number who came along for the presentation and we thank Sgt Davies of Cheshire Police for his assistance.


As we approach the Christmas break we continue to focus on what offers the best life chances for our young learners. Throughout this week, we have been out and about in lessons taking a look at the learning in classrooms and as usual the quality of engagement and the work completed remains high with teachers using all at their disposal to ensure students are engaged and learning. Well done to staff and students.


Have a good weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 94.4%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 95.3%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 95.1%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 97.2%

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Paige Bevan for Resilience and Progress in Dance.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next Week’s Standard of the Week will focus on House Cards.  


Theme of the Week - Next Week’s Theme of the Week will be Suffering.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Year 12 assessment week starts Monday 9th December. These assessments will take place in classrooms and time-tables will run as normal during this week. I am sure revision is well underway! Best of luck Year 12.


This time of year is extremely busy for our students in and out of school. Students have been asked to be mindful for how much paid work they take on during this busy build up to the Christmas holidays. We appreciate your on-going support in helping us support our students with the difficult work/study balance that comes with being in the Sixth Form.


Whitby Christmas Market 2019 - Arrangements are now well underway for this year’s Christmas Market. It will be open to Year 7 and 8 only and is being run by our Sixth Formers and staff. It will take place on the morning of Friday 20th December in Overpool Hall and students will be provided with a time-table of when they are to attend. Each child will need a small amount of change (everything costs 50p) in order to take full advantage of the games and goodies that will be available. Please note that there will be an inflatable bungee run that the students can have a go of. This is completely age appropriate and will be fully supervised by members of staff. However, if you object to your child going on this inflatable, please email rhughes@whitbyhs.cheshire.sch.uk with their name and form.


LOOKING AHEAD

Year 7 House Competitions - Monday 9th December

Year 10 House Competitions - Monday 9th December

Year 8 House Competitions - Wednesday 11th December

Year 9 House Competitions - Wednesday 11th December

Year 12 Biology/Psychology Zoo Trip - Monday 16th December

Christmas Concert and Celebration - Wednesday 18th December

Break up for Christmas Holiday - Friday 20th December


GENERAL UPDATE

Dropping off / Picking up - We still have a number of students being dropped off on the yellow Zig Zag and ‘Keep Clear’ road markings, in front of the ‘No Parking’ signs and on the school premises. All of these are dangerous to our school community and to other road users. Unless your child has an agreement with the school to be dropped of in a designated area on school premises, please drop off a short distance away and allow your child to have a short walk each day. It’s healthier and safer. Thank you for your cooperation.


Equipment - Please have a chat with your child to ensure they have the equipment they need for school. As a minimum student in all year must bring pens, a pencil and a ruler. This is their responsibility so please support them in this. Stationery makes a great stocking filler!


Cross-Country - West Cheshire are hosting the next ESSAR Cross-Country event this Saturday 30th November. The races start at 10am (registration from 9:15am) and are for Years 7&8. All welcome to participate.


Girls Football - Girls Football club is back on Wednesday 11th December. We will be training indoors, so please bring suitable footwear. Anyone is welcome.


PE Kit - Can the PE Department remind all students that if they are unable to do PE they must have a note written in their planner and they must still bring their PE kit! This is because they may be asked to take part in a non-active role (coach/official) or we may be outside or on the field which will prevent their uniform from getting wet/dirty. Failing to bring kit will result in a sanction.


Bronze DofE - Letters have been given out to Year 10 students during an assembly on Thursday. The deadline for handing in the reply slip and registration fee is Wednesday 18th December.


Year 7 Football - Last Friday night the Year 7 football team played an away fixture at Caldy Grammar School in the English School Cup. Despite the rain and a high quality opposition the Whitby side put in their best performance of the year winning 2-0. A 25 yard strike from Pirie and an awesome turn and snap shot from Riach put Whitby into the next round. It was an fantastic all round team performance but Maw at centre back was key to keeping a clean sheet.


French Phrase of the Week - Ma correspondante a une chèvre noire et blanche = My pen-pal has a black and white goat.

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ISSUE 10     22.11.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Parents/carers, it was lovely to see so many of you attending our Student Monitoring Day last week. It was a great opportunity for our Form Tutors to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress and for you to discover ways that you can support them in their learning at home.


Last Friday, the school was closed due to Inset Training Day focusing on Teaching and Learning and to give departments time to work on assessment and curriculum development. Staff took full advantage of the Inset Training Day and I am looking forward to seeing some of their fantastic ideas when I visit classes next week.


Your child may have mentioned that we have had to evacuate the school building several times this week. This has been due to some teething problems with our new fire alarm system. Our site team are working with the installation engineers to ensure that the system is fully operational and fit for purpose.


As you may know the Year 11 mock exams have started this week and will continue until Friday 29th November. Please support us in reminding your child to make sure that they hand in any electronic devices to the invigilators for safe keeping during this period.


Last week we also welcomed a group of Dutch Students from our partner school, 2 College Durendael, Oisterwijk. They worked alongside our students on an UpCyclying Project that Mrs Ballance has developed in Design and Technology. Together, they built fully functioning desk lamps from materials that would normally have been thrown away and in Art they created collages inspired by Pop Art using everyday objects. They used old shirts and recycled canvasses to produce a stunning wall display!


Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 94.5%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 96%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 95.3%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 97.6%

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Jake McLatchie for Resilience and Progress in English.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next Week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Equipment.  


Theme of the Week - Next Week’s Theme of the Week will be Achievement.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Year 11 into 12 Information Evening - An email has now gone out to all Year 11 pupil and parents/carers to let you all know that Year 11 into 12 Information Evening will be held Thursday 9th January. If you haven’t done so already, please check the email and contact Miss Hughes if you have any queries.


UCAS - Applications are well underway with many students receiving conditional offers and interviews already, very exciting! Please make sure your application is in hand, paid and sent as soon as possible. Contact Mrs Begbie or Miss Hughes if you have any questions.


Year 13 Mock Exams - In a slight change to the earlier published dates, mock exams for Year 13 start Thursday 28th November. All students will be on study leave from Wednesday 27th November, and during the mock exams, however study facilities will be open to anyone who wishes to use them. Students will resume to their normal time-table Thursday 5th December. A complete time-table for exams has been sent to all Year 13 parents and carers. Please note that if a student has no exams to sit during this week, the expectation is for them to use this time to get on top of all outstanding work and coursework. If a student comes in to study, they must sign in and our using their lanyards so that we know if they are on site or not outside of exams times. Thank you for your cooperation with this.


LOOKING AHEAD


Year 11 Mocks and MFL Orals - Monday 18th until Friday 29th November

A Level ‘Biology Live’ Trip to Manchester - Tuesday 26th November

Cultural Visit to Kelsterbach Leaves - Wednesday 27th November

Year 11M Practical Food Exam - Monday 2nd until Friday 6th December

Year 11 GCSE Poetry Live Manchester - Monday 2nd December

Year 13 Mocks and MFL Orals - Monday 2nd until Friday 6th December

Year 7 House Competitions - Monday 9th December

Year 10 House Competitions - Monday 9th December

Year 8 House Competitions - Wednesday 11th December

Year 9 House Competitions - Wednesday 11th December

Year 12 Biology/Psychology Zoo Trip - Monday 16th December

Christmas Concert and Celebration - Wednesday 18th December

Break up for Christmas Holiday - Friday 20th December


GENERAL UPDATE

Police Partnership - Parental talk on the issue of drugs in the community will be held on Thursday 28th November. As part of our close work with the local police, Sergeant Paul Davis is giving a talk to parents/carers on Thursday 28th November at 7pm. This is on the theme of ‘County Lines’ and drugs in the local community. Sadly, all areas of the country are affected by drugs and the term ‘County Lines’ refers to the fact that drugs are being transported from the big cities into small towns and rural areas. Drug gangs target young people to transport and sell illegal substances. Sergeant Davis will speak about this topic in depth and it would be good to see as many parents/carers there as possible to learn about this worrying trend. Hot drinks will be served and the event will take place in the main Sycamore Hall.


New Parent Governor - We are pleased to announce that Mrs Michelle Davies has been appointed as new parent governor for The Whitby High School. Congratulations Mrs Davies!


Greenpeace - All students in Year 7 to 11 were lucky to be able to see a presentation about climate change and pollution from Greenpeace during assemblies. A lot of interesting information regarding the environment was shared and students were fascinated by what they learned. A lot of food for thought! Thank you to Colin Watson and Niall MacFadyen from Greenpeace for coming in to talk to us.


Netball - On Wednesday 13th November we hosted a triangular against Neston and TEPCEC for Years 7, 8, 9 and out Senior 1st team. It was so great to see so many girls out playing Netball after school! The Year 7 team beat Neston 14-1 and beat TEPCEC 4-0 with a special mention to Cerys Rowlands whose shooting was outstanding. The Year 8 team beat Neston 14-1 and beat TEPCEC 9-1 with a special mention for Holly George and Libby Moore. The Year 9 team lost to Neston 12-7 and beat TEPCEC 10-0 with Mel Jones being nominated as player of the match. The Senior 1st team only played Neston and beat them 34-5. Well done to all those who played - a fantastic result for all teams!     


Interhouse Competitions - The next Interhouse Competition is just around the corner! Girls will be playing Netball and boys will be playing Rugby, Monday 9th December Year 7 - periods 3 & 4, Year 10 - periods 5 & 6. Wednesday 11th December Year 8 - periods 1 & 2, Year 9 - periods 5 & 6. All pupils must come down to the changing rooms at the beginning of the lesson for a prompt stat. It is getting colder so please ensure you are wearing base layers etc. If you are unable to participate please ensure you have a note from home in your planner and you still bring your full PE kit - we will ALL be outside and students may be asked to help with the running of the competition. Any queries to Mrs Gregory.


Year 8 Football - The year 8 football team lost 2-1 to a strong Upton team in the 3rd round of the Cheshire Cup. Upton took a 2-0 lead but a spirited Whitby team scored with 5 minutes before the full time whistle. The goal came from the penalty spot as McLatchie converted after he was brought down in the box after a skilful run.


Year 9 Football - The year 9 football team battled to a 3-2 win after extra time against Caldy. On a tricky pitch and in cold conditions Whitby were 2 goals up at half time thanks to Joyce and Aguis. Some of Caldy’s start players made a difference and levelled at 2-2 at full time. In extra time a fantastic save from Maddison level to Aguis counter attack who managed to square the ball to Hill who finished inside the box to give Whitby the win. The lads now move into the 5th round of the national cup. There were a number of fantastic performances but Heppell and Taylor at centre back were crucial to stopping the attacking threat of Caldy.


Hungerball - We have started hungerball sessions at lunchtime on a Wednesday and Friday in the Overpool Gym. 8TR and 8H have had access to this innovative football based inflatable game this week. Next week 8HR will have the chance to use this facility on Wednesday and 8S on Friday. More details will be give to form teachers.


German Trip 2020 - The trip to Reutlingen in July 2020 currently has 27 pupils on the list - in order to continue with the trip at the same price we will need to increase numbers to at least 40 pupils. If any other pupils studying German in Year 8 or Year 9 are interested in taking part, they should see Mrs Rowlands in E6 for an information letter. We have been visiting Reutlingen for many years and the numbers have always been much higher, so it would be a shame not to be able to continue the contact this time - whatever the final Brexit outcome is, it will not affect our travel arrangements. (For those pupils currently on the list, all monies already paid in full will be fully refunded if the trip has to be cancelled).


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ISSUE 9     08.11.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Parents and Carers, I hope you enjoyed the half term break and having returned to school it has been a busy week not least due to our annual Presentation Evening held last night; once again I found myself humbled by the number of students, parents/carers and guests who attended to recognise achievement, progress, endeavour and care amongst our young people. In keeping with our 60th anniversary, we welcomed into school former student Stephen Merryweather (1963-1967) and Mrs Krystyna Lawson, daughter of the original Headteacher, Mr Kenneth Hedges OBE. Mr Merryweather former colleague of Lord Alan Sugar and part of the development team that produced the ‘Tomb Raider’ computer game gave an inspiring speech about resilience and commitment to succeed. Students were encouraged to ‘never stop trying’ and celebrate the success on the way rather than at the end. Thank you to everyone who attended including our worshipful Mayor, the Mayor of Ellesmere Port.

Next week promises to also be a busy week as we have our usual ‘Monitoring Day’. Please take the opportunity to and us to catch up on how your child is progressing and speak with their Form Tutor. There are limited appointments available and must be booked via the Form Tutor.


Finally, can I remind you that next Friday is a school Inset training day and students are not in school.


Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 95%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 96.5%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 95.6%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 98%

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Gemma Butterworth for ATL Scores Across Subjects.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next Week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Make Up/Nails.  


Theme of the Week - Next Week’s Theme of the Week will be Anti-Bullying Week.

SIXTH FORM FOCUS

As of Monday this week (4/11/2019) the Head of Sixth Form post has been taken over by Miss R Hughes. Please direct any further enquiries regarding the Sixth Form to her. (Please note the initial as there are now four Miss Hughes’s at the last count!)


Monitoring Day is next Thursday 14th November – It runs from 1:30pm until 7pm. It is an opportunity to sit with the student’s form tutor to discuss current progress and general performance so far this year. We have a long list of students who have not made appointments as yet. All parents and carers of these students have been contact by e-mail and I hope to see requests for appointments coming in as of today. It is as important as ever that we maintain strong communication with parents and carers and work together to ensure your child is on track and performing at their full potential at this crucial time in their education. If you have not yet made an appointment, please contact Miss Hughes or Miss Hunt to organise.


Exam dates for your diary – Week beginning 2nd December, Year 13 will undertake mock exams. Week beginning 9 December, Year 12 will complete assessments in class. Revision for all of this should be well underway. Students were informed of these dates in assembly this week.


Absence reminder – If a student is unwell and unable to come to school, we expect parents or carers to contact school via the main switchboard. You will be directed to an absence hotline where you can leave a message to let us know why your child is absent.


Finally, huge congratulations to all of our Sixth Form students who picked up awards at Presentation Evening. As a school we are hugely proud of you all and you should be very proud of yourselves. Big well done.


LOOKING AHEAD

Dutch Cultural Visitors arrive - Monday 11th November

Year 7 Author Visit - Tuesday 12th November   

Monitoring Day - Thursday 14th November

INSET DAY - Friday 15th November

Dutch Cultural Visitors leave - Sunday 17th November

Year 11 Mocks and MFL Orals - Monday 18th until Friday 29th November

A Level ‘Biology Live’ Trip to Manchester - Tuesday 26th November

Cultural Visit to Kelsterbach Leaves - Wednesday 27th November

Year 11M Practical Food Exam - Monday 2nd until Friday 6th December

Year 11 GCSE Poetry Live Manchester - Monday 2nd December

Year 13 Mocks and MFL Orals - Monday 2nd until Friday 6th December

GENERAL UPDATE

Polite Reminder - Can I again ask parents and carers to be considerate to our local residents and neighbours when dropping off and picking up your child. Please do not park across driveways or restrict access to property and help protect our environment by shutting off engines whilst waiting. This along with littering can result in being issued with a fix penalty notice from CWAC. I would not want you left vulnerable to this as CWAC Enforcement Officers are attending the areas of the school at drop off and pick up times. Thank you for your co-operations on this matter.


Ellesmere Port Round Table Santa Float – The Ellesmere Port Round Table are once again running a Santa Float in Ellesmere Port, Great Sutton & Little Sutton this Christmas, as they have done for the past three years. Through this fundraising initiative they have raised almost £20,000 for good cause in the Ellesmere Port Area. On behalf of the Ellesmere Port Round Table we have attached the dates and times for the Santa Float 2019 so that you are aware of where the float is starting from and the dates and times so that you do not miss this festive treat in the run up to Christmas 2019.


Ties – We are going to start selling ties in school. These will be provided by our main uniform stockist, Harvey and Tilley’s, so they are the same item that you would buy from them. They are priced at £5 and are available from Pupil Services.


Pastoral Changes – You may recall that I informed you about some key changes in the Pastoral System in the E Bulletin before half-term. With immediate effect:

 Miss Hughes is now Head of Sixth Form

 Mrs Knight is the new House Progress Manager for Tudor House

 Mr Bensley supports Stuart and Windsor Houses

 Mr Holmes supports Hanover and York Houses

 Mrs Palmer is House Progress Manager for Windsor House for two days and will support the wider Pastoral System during the other days.


Assemblies – Assemblies take place weekly, year assemblies and House assemblies on alternate weeks, attending assembly is compulsory unless there are reasons that House/Form Tutors are aware of, non-attendance will result in extended school. Thanks for your support.


Blood Brothers - This week, 114 Year 11 students visited the Crewe Lyceum Theatre to see a performance of Blood Brothers to prepare them for their GCSE English Literature exam. Their behaviour was a credit to the school and we hope that all found it both enjoyable and useful to see the play performed.


English Literature - On the 2nd December, we will be visiting Manchester for the Poetry Live event which will see a range of national poets give lectures and reading of their key works. Students have been studying these poems since Year 10 and they all form a vital part of their GCSE English Literature exam - we have 120 places and more information will be sent out in the coming days.  


BookBuzz – BookBuzz is a reading programme from BookTrust that aims to help participating schools give their students the opportunity to choose their own book to take home and keep. All books are carefully selected by a panel of experts to ensure quality, suitability and to encourage reading for pleasure. I am really pleased to inform you that the school library have collaborated with this scheme for all our Year 7 students. All of the books have now arrived and will be given out during Year 7 Library lessons over the coming week. In addition to this, all the 15 books are also available to our students in our school library. I am really looking forward to hearing how much they have enjoyed reading them. Please encourage your child to visit the BookBuzz website www.booktrust.org/Bookbuzz where they can write a book review and read content and blogs from our BookBuzz authors. Let’s bring the BookBuzz to Whitby!


Netball Captains – Congratulations to the following girls who were successful in becoming netball captains for their year groups: Year 7 – Cerys Rowlands. Year 8 – Grace Roberts. Year 9 – Emily Pratt. Year 10 – Kellie Murray.


Netball National Cup – On Wednesday 6th November we played Cheadle Hulme Independent School in the National Knockout Cup. We started strongly going 3-0 up in the first three minutes with Kellie Murray scoring from long range. They brought it back and after the first 15 minutes it was 12-12. It was goal for goal throughout the second quarter and such an exciting game to watch. Abbie Morgan dominated in centre court and Emily Forster played an excellent role in a supporting WD position. The third quarter saw us 4 goals down after Cheadle made some changes and brought on fresh legs. Unfortunately, the final score was 45-31 as they pulled away in the final quarter. Well done to all the girls who fought hard but were unsuccessful on this occasion: Kellie Murray (captain), Jasmine Haydock, Megan Davies, Abbie Morgan, Emily Forster, Holly Yeardsley and a special mention to Ruby Davies who played up from Year 9.


French Phrase of the Week –  Ma correspondante a quinze ans = My pen-pal is 15 years old.



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ISSUE 8     25.10.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

As many of you will know, this year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the school and a series of events are taking place across the year to mark this milestone. On Wednesday, of this week, the whole school (staff and students) were photographed to mark the occasion. As you can imagine this is a logistical headache, with approximately 1,800 people being photographed. The behaviour of our students during this process was exemplary and I am looking forward to seeing the finished photograph.


Continuing the theme of our anniversary celebrations, on the Thursday 7th November we welcome back a former student Mr Stephen Merryweather as guest speaker at our presentation evening. Mr Merryweather left the school in 1967 and went on to have a successful career in IT and the computer gaming industry. Stephen subsequently founded his own business and it will be fascinating to hear about his journey since leaving Whitby.


As well as being mindful of tradition we are, of course, constantly looking to move forward and develop the school further. After half term, there will be some changes to our pastoral structure. Miss R. Hughes will take on a new challenge as Head of Sixth form and will be replaced as Tudor House Progress Manager by Mrs C. Knight. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Hughes for her dedication and service in Tudor House. She has made a huge difference to the lives of countless students in her care and I wish her well in her new role. I am confident that Mrs Hughes will build upon the already high standards within the Sixth Form including three years of improving results. Mrs Begbie, our current Head of Sixth Form will oversee Miss Hughes’ work as well as focusing on continuing to raise the standards of learning and teaching across the whole school. I thank Mrs Begbie for the dedication that she has shown to our Sixth and for the tremendous progress that has been made.


After a long and tiring half-term I wish all of our students and families a restful holiday.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 95.1%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 96.6%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 95.9%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 98.3%

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Kyle Hodkinson for Resilience and Progress in English.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - After Half-Term the Standard of the Week will focus on Footwear.  


Theme of the Week - After Half-Term the Theme of the Week will be Remembrance.

SIXTH FORM FOCUS

This week we have trained almost 60 students to be ‘Dementia Friends’.  This means that over half of our Sixth Form (Y13 completed their training last year) have now been part of the project which is something to be really proud of.


Thanks to Miss Russell again for organising our visits from ‘Anthony Nolan’.  Our students who wish to take this further signed up for the next stage of becoming potential stem cell donors yesterday.


Y13 have their mock exams at the end of November/start of December with Y12 taking in-class assessments.  Please can parents/carers support students with making sensible choices about taking on extra paid work in the run up to Christmas.  We know that some employers put pressure on students to take additional hours but they are entitled to turn these down.  We know that some paid work brings real benefits (along with the obvious financial ones) to students in terms of confidence and experience but evidence suggests that more than 8-10 hours per week is linked to under performance.  Students need to take the ‘long view’ of this – if they don’t prioritise their studies now, they will struggle to make up for lost time.


University offers are starting to come in for those students who have submitted their applications.  Those who are ready to submit after the holidays need to ensure that their form tutors are aware and are able to start the reference process.


LOOKING AHEAD

Break Up for Autumn Half Term - Friday 25th October

Return from Autumn Half Term - Monday 4th November

Year 12 Health & Social Care Work Experience Week 1 - Monday 4th November    

Year 7 History trip to Caernarfon Castle - Wednesday 6th November

Year 10 and Year 11 Blood Brothers Trip - Thursday 7th November    

Presentation Evening - Thursday 7th November

Dutch Cultural Visitors arrive - Monday 11th November

Year 7 Author Visit - Tuesday 12th November   

Monitoring Day - Thursday 14th November

INSET DAY- Friday 15th November

Dutch Cultural Visitors leave - Sunday 17th November

Year 11 Mocks and MFL Orals - Monday 18th until Friday 29th November

A Level ‘Biology Live’ Trip to Manchester - Tuesday 26th November

GENERAL UPDATE

Applications for Year 7 September 2020 – Please remember if you are applying for a place for a child currently in Year 6, the deadline for the applications is 31st October 2019. Please ensure you provide accurate details of siblings already at school and current primary school to ensure the correct criteria is assigned to your application. The school admission policy is available on the website where full details of over subscription criteria can be found.


Nitrous Oxide – As Parents/Carers will be aware, as a school we will always alert you to aspects of life outside of school that could impact on your child. We have recently been informed by the authorities of a rise in the use of Nitrous Oxide within the community. Nitrous Oxide is a colourless gas that is most commonly found in pressurised metal canisters – usually silver. You may have seen these metal canisters lying around in the streets. We would like to draw your attention that the use of this drug is dangerous. Using it can affect judgement which can create risks to the individual. It can cause users to faint or pass out and in extreme cases can cause sudden death through lack of oxygen. It has numerous nicknames: Balloons, Nos, Whippits, Laughing Gas, Hippie Crack, Chargers, Noz and others. Could you please advise your child not to be tempted if inhaling Nitrous Oxide is offered to them. If you wish to find out more the www.talktofrank.com website contains comprehensive advice on all types of drugs.


Skirts – It has come to our attention that a number of girls are wearing skirts that are unsuitable for school. These include lycra skirts and skirts that are tight-fitting or too short. The traditional pleated skirts and pinafores are absolutely fine. I would appreciate your support in enforcing this matter.


Year 11 Prom – The year 11 prom will be on Friday 3rd July 2020. It will be held at ‘The Abbots Well Hotel’ near Christleton, Chester. It starts at 8pm until 12pm. Letters should have gone out to all Year 11 forms. If your son/daughter has not received a letter, please ask them to come and see Miss Kilbride as soon as possible to collect one.


Mobile Phones - You may recall that I have addressed the issue of mobile phones on a number of occasions through various correspondence. Recently, we have had a number of occasions whereby students have contacted parents/carers about incidents in school and then either contacted school or turned up in person. This causes significant disruption and must stop. School staff cannot deal with issues which they do not know about. If this continues, I will have no alternative but to introduce an outright ban on mobile devices. I thank you in advance of your support on this matter. 


Changes to the Pastoral System - After half term, there are a few pastoral changes to inform you about. Miss Hughes will be our new Head of Sixth form. She will be replaced in Tudor House with Mrs Knight. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Miss Hughes for her dedication and service in Tudor House. She has made a huge difference to the lives of countless students in her care. We wish her well in her new role as Head of Sixth Form and welcome Mrs Knight to the school and her new role. I will inform you of more changes as they unfold.


Netball Success – Congratulations to Grace Roberts and Izzi Terry who have been successful in the selection process for Manchester Thunder U13 Netball team. This is a huge achievement and as a department we are very proud of them. This means they are playing for their club, county and now at a professional level. Well done girls!


Year 7 Football – The team moved into the 3rd round of the English School Football Competition thanks to a 6-2 win against Blessed Thomas, Altrincham. After leading 3-1 at half time Blessed Thomas made it 3-2 but the attacking threat from Whitby was too much for our opponents. The goals were shared between Brierley, Joyce and Riach who score two each.


Year 7 Rugby - The year 7 rugby team played in their first central venue league at Woodchurch on Thursday. Despite a number of players having limited rugby experience the students performed brilliantly. Whitby defeated the hosts Woodchurch 2 tries to 1 and had narrow defeats to the more knowledgeable Wirral Grammar A and B teams. The attacking threat from Pirie, Newell and Smith and strong defending from Bernard, Johnson, Jones and Ankers shows the future is bright and we look forward to our next set of fixtures. 


Interhouse Cross-Country - Congratulations to all the competitors in this year’s Interhouse cross-country. The winners in each year group are as follows: Year 7 Girls - York. Year 7 Boys - York. Year 8 Girls - Hanover. Year 8 Boys - York. Year 9 Girls - Hanover. Year 9 Boys - Hanover.


French Phrase of the Week –  Ma correspondante vient de Paris! = My pen-pal comes from Paris!


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ISSUE 7     18.10.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Here at The Whitby High School we pride ourselves on the quality of education that we provide for all of our students irrespective of their starting points. This week saw the publication of the Department for Education’s school progress figures and it was pleasing to find that once again The Whitby High is the highest performing school in Ellesmere Port and Neston. This consistent success is only possible due to the hard work of our teachers, support staff and of course your children/our students.


This week senior leaders have been scrutinising students’ work and it was a real pleasure to see both the quality of work in students’ books and the pride which they are taking in the work that they produce. These positive attitudes will be invaluable assets for when our students eventually reach the workplace. Preparing students for work is an important part of what we do at The Whitby and next week will see our year 10 students developing a greater understanding of potential careers through the annual careers event which we run in conjunction with Mploy.


Our year 13 students have also been considering their futures with many applying for university places this week. In addition, next week will see The Whitby High School host our annual Oxbridge information evening for those students who are considering studying at these most prestigious of universities.


Have a lovely weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 95.2%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 96.7%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 96.3%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 9H at 98.5%

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Emily Pratt for Progress in PE


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Punctuality.  


Theme of the Week - Next week’s Theme of the Week will be Celebration/House.

SIXTH FORM FOCUS

This week we have sent university applications for Cambridge (Natural Sciences and Psychological & Behavioural Sciences); Veterinary Science; Dentistry; Biomedical Science; Midwifery and Physiotherapy. Some have had offers back already! There are many more that are almost ready and will go off before half term. Year 13s who are applying for university must get their applications completed in good time to allow staff the time to write high quality references and to check applications thoroughly.


The Oxbridge Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 22nd October at 6.30pm in the Library. This evening is for Year 10-12 and their parents/carers who might be considering applying for the universities of Oxford or Cambridge. Please complete the form here http://www.whitbyhigh.org/oxbridge.html if you’d like to attend.


Thanks to Rob from Dementia Friends for coming in to speak to our Year 12s last week. A fabulous 57 students have signed up to become ‘Dementia Friends’ and will have their training sessions on Tuesday. Students have been emailed with their training time.


Thanks to Miss Russell and the Anthony Nolan Trust for speaking to Year 12 this week about stem cell donation. There is more information to follow for any students interested in finding out more.


The mock high apprenticeship assessment centre session has now been confirmed for Thursday 28th November. Students will be sent a link through which they can register to attend if they’d like to. It will be held in school.


LOOKING AHEAD

KS5 Photography Trip - Monday 21st October

Year 7 Interhouse Competitions - Monday 21st October

Whole School Photograph - Wednesday 23rd October  

Year 8 and 9 Interhouse Competitions -  Thursday 24th October

Break Up for Autumn Half Term - Friday 25th October

Return from Autumn Half Term -  Monday 4th November

Year 12 Health & Social Care Work Experience Week 1 -  Monday 4th November    

Year 7 History trip to Caernarfon Castle - Wednesday 6th November

Year 10 and Year 11 Blood Brothers Trip - Thursday 7th November    

Presentation Evening - Thursday 7th November

Dutch Cultural Visitors arrive - Monday 11th November   

Monitoring Day - Thursday 14th November

INSET DAY- Friday 15th November

Dutch Cultural Visitors leave - Sunday 17th November

Year 11 Mocks and MFL Orals -  Monday 18th until Friday 29th November

A Level ‘Biology Live’ Trip to Manchester - Tuesday 26th November


GENERAL UPDATE

Cold Weather – As the weather gets colder, I would like to clarify the school’s line on uniform and appearance. Students may wear a woollen or ‘beanie’ style hat around the site. Any type of headwear which covers the face is NOT allowed. This includes ski type masks. This message does not apply to religious headwear. Students must not wear hoods up, particularly in large groups. This is for health and safety reasons and so that students are easily identifiable. I thank you in advance for your support on this matter.


Police Presentations – Many thanks for P.C. Bailiff who has met with Year 7 to 11 this week to talk about Operation Treacle. The aim is to promote understanding of the laws around and dangers of fireworks and anti-social behaviour at Halloween and Bonfire Night time. We ask you as parents and carers to ensure that you know where your children are in the evenings and to be confident that they are not in possession of such items. P.C. Bailiff has also talked to Year 7 this week about Operation Sceptre. This is a proactive approach to understanding Knife Crime amongst young people and teaching them how to respond if faced with peer pressure over bladed articles. The students behaved impeccably and had some excellent questions for P.C.  Bailiff.


Student Equipment and Uniform – As the weeks have gone on, increasing numbers of students are arriving to school with incorrect equipment. Please ensure your children are properly equipped for school and have, as a minimum, pens, pencils, a ruler and rubber each day. If your child does not have the correct uniform (including trainers) please send a note in with them explaining the reason and when the uniform will be replaced. Please ensure your children are not bringing expensive jewellery, mobile phones, cash or anything else of value into school.  


French Phrase of the Week - Tu veux un correspondant? = Do you want a pen-pal?

Interhouse Cross Country Reminder – We have changed the format of Interhouse Cross Country this year. The girls and boys will run at different times. Because of this, we will be running each competition within one period – this means pupils will need to be quick at changing and arrive 5 minutes before the start of their lesson. Form tutors/teachers will escort their classes to the relevant changing rooms at the appropriate time.  ALL pupils will need to bring their PE Kit – even if they have a note in their planner excusing them. Year 7 boys – Monday 21st October Period 3 – Meet at 10.45am. Year 7 Girls – Monday 21st October Period 4 – Meet at 11.35am. Year 8 Boys – Thursday 24th October Period 5 – Meet at 1.05pm. Year 8 Girls – Thursday 24th October Period 6 – Meet at 2.00pm. Year 9 Boys – Thursday 24th October Period 1 – Meet at 8.55am. Year 9 Girls – Thursday 24th October Period 2 – Meet at 09.30am.  Good luck to all runners!


Year 9 Rugby – Whitby ventured into the second round of the Wirral Central Venue League (CVL) with a strong 19-man squad, including two debutants Tamati Friday and Ethan Markley. In the opening match, the hosts were keen to prove a point against a fierce Bebington team who were the only side to beat Whitby in the first round. The forward pack dominated possession throughout most of the game with notable performances from Davies, Shone and Latham, including a superb try from Will Dean, having burst through several defenders. Aiden Hill pulled the strings superbly in midfield which opened up the space for Cooper and Randles to make significant yards and score a number of tries, which secured a 24-0 win.

In a close encounter with Woodchurch, Whitby produced a ferocious defensive effort to edge a 7-5 victory. Randles struck again with a wonderful solo try, whilst Lyth, Woods and debutant, Ethan Markley, were also instrumental in the win with some bone crunching tackles throughout the match. In the final contest of the tournament, Williams and Markley touched down following some flowing rugby from one end of the pitch to the other. South Wirral managed a consolation try in the final act of the match but Whitby never really looked in danger, and celebrated 3 wins out of 3 at the final whistle.


Year 7 Netball – On Tuesday 15th October we took the Year 7 Netball team to Woodchurch School for a ‘start of season’ netball tournament. We played Oldershaw and Bebington winning convincingly 5-0 and 4-0 respectively. We then went on to win against Prenton and drew with West Kirby, amongst others. It was a fantastic performance from our Year 7 girls who clearly have great potential. Congratulations to the following girls who played: Phoebe Cushing, Abi Hutton, Cerys Rowlands, Gracie Gerrard, Charlotte Chapman, Charlotte Williams and Lily Rowley.


Netball Captains – We have had huge success with the Netball so far this year with 30-40 girls turning up to play every Monday after school. The PE department would like to give you all the opportunity to be a Netball Captain for your year group – helping organise the teams as well as assisting with coaching and learning on the job! If you would like to be considered, please write a paragraph stating why you would be perfect for the role and submit it, via email, to Mrs Gregory: hgregory@whitbyhs.cheshire.sch.uk or drop it in by hand to the PE Office. Closing date is Thursday 24th October. Successful candidates will be informed in the first week back after half term.


Girls Football Update – Well done to the Under 15’s girls football team who beat Rainhill on Tuesday. It was 2-2 at full time and went to extra time. Still nothing was scored so it went to some nail biting penalties. Luckily, our girls came out on form and beat Rainhill 3-1 on penalties. A special mention for Lily Jenkins, Joely McAteer, Lara Williams, Mollie Potts and Ruby Edwards who played out of their skin and ensure Whitby High School went through to the 3rd round. The entire team were fantastic and it’s great to see the teamwork, dedication and enthusiasm for girls football alive and well in our community. I am especially proud of the girls for their contribution and dedication to sport in the school Miss Harrison.


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ISSUE 6     11.10.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Congratulations to our Eco-Committee for all their hard work and effort that has been rewarded by gaining the Bronze Eco Schools Award this week. As their good work continues I feel the Silver Award will not be long in coming. Well done to all those involved in this.


As parents and carers will be aware, The Whitby High School have always placed a great deal of importance on careers guidance, work experience and developing employ ability within our young learners. Our impartial advice and guidance (IAG) has continued to develop through the important work of Mrs Worthington and Miss Connor in association with a number of outside agencies. This work has again been recognised through the school obtaining the second stage of the ‘Inspiring IAG Careers Standard’. This prestigious award is very demanding with now only one more stage to fill the full level award. Well done to them both for their hard work and life chances IAG brings to our students.


As discussed in my last E Bulletin, we have supported our Year 11 students this week through the work of Humanutopia, a nationally renowned provider. The two days went very well and were very thought provoking for students and staff involved. If you have a child in Year 11 please take a moment, if you can, to discuss their involvement with this important innovation.


Finally, can I once again ask parents and carers to be considerate to our neighbouring residents when dropping off and picking up your child by car. Park away from the school gates if possible and please do not wait on yellow zig zag lines by all entrances/exits.


Have a good weekend.


Mr B Heeley


WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 95.3%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 96.9%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 96.5%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 99%


STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is James Hawes for Progress in History.


SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.


Standard of the Week - Next week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Litter.  


Theme of the Week - Next week’s Theme of the Week will be Human Rights.


SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Year 12 visited the University of Liverpool and the University and Higher Apprenticeship search fair this week. Lots of information was shared and hopefully students have some more ideas about what their next steps will be.


Year 12 should now have let Miss Hunt know what they are doing for their ‘community service’ by email. Many students are in classes working with younger students, having a great impact with those students and also developing their own skills.


Many Year 13 students have started to submit draft UCAS statements which is great. These should go to the form tutor in the first instance for feed back.


The Oxbridge Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 22nd October at 6.30pm in the Library. This event is for Year 10-12 students and their parents/carers who might be considering applying for the universities of Oxford or Cambridge.


Thanks to Rob from Dementia Friends for coming in to speak to our Year 12s. We will be offering ‘Dementia Friends’ training to Sixth Form students again on Tuesday 22nd October. Last year we trained over 80 students and staff. Students need to follow the link in their emails to sign up for a course.


The mock higher apprenticeship assessment centre session has now been confirmed for Thursday 28th November. Students will be sent a link through which they can register to attend if they’d like to. It will be held in school.


LOOKING AHEAD

Erasmus Emotional Wellbeing visit to Dunkirk Returns - Saturday 12th October

Year 13 History Houses of Parliament Trip -  Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th October

Year 10 Photography Trip - Wednesday 16th October

KS5 Art and Design trip to Liverpool - Friday 18th October

KS5 Photography Trip - Monday 21st October

Year 7 Interhouse Competitions - Monday 21st October

Whole School Photograph - Wednesday 23rd October

Year 8 and 9 Interhouse Competitions - Thursday 24th October  

Break Up for Autumn Half Term  - Friday 25th October

Return from Autumn Half Term - Monday 4th November

Year 7 History trip to Caernarfon Castle - Wednesday 6th November

Presentation Evening - Thursday 7th November

Dutch Cultural Visitors Arrive - Monday 11th November

Monitoring Day - Thursday 14th November


GENERAL UPDATE

Arriving on Site - May I just remind you that when you come onto site, you must report to the main reception in order to get a visitor’s badge and sign in. Please do not go straight to the building where the member of staff you are going to see is based. Thank you.


Year 7 Boys Rugby Trial - All Year 7 boys are invited to the Rugby Trial Wednesday 16th October 3:10-4:10pm. Students should arrive to get changed in the downstairs changing rooms in Overpool building after PM registration. They should be prepared with full rugby kit, boots and a gum shield.


Girls Football - Well done to the U14 girls team who beat Sandbach High School 2-1 last Thursday. A special mention to Anya Minall (Goalkeeper) who played fantastically and saved almost every shot that was sent her way and Lara Williams, who ran the length and breadth of the pitch, setting the ball up for both goals that were scored by Marli Ngiam. A fantastic game and a great way to start the season. Round 2 is next Friday against Meole Blake High School in Shrewsbury, kick off 2:20pm. Good luck to the girls!


Year 7 Boys Football - 4-1 win v St Hilda’s (National Cup). The first game of the Year 7 team ended in a 4-1 victory. Goals from Riach, Joyce, McArdle and Brierley sealed the win. There were also some fantastic shot stopping from Bernard in goal.


Year 8 Boys Football - 4-2 win v Kings (Cheshire Cup). The Year 8 team followed up a strong performance in their friendly against TEPCEC with a good win against Kings School. Goals from Welsh, Lloyd, o.g and a cracking header from Duncan allowed Whitby to go through to the second round. Lisitskiy was given Man of the Match on his 11-a-side debut with 3 assists from the right wing.


Year 9 Boys Football - 4-4 AET 3-1 Pens win v Fazakerley (National Cup). A tense game against a good Fazakerley side needed penalties to separate the two teams. After finishing 3-3 after full time, then 4-4 after extra time, Whitby won the shootout 3-1. The goals came from Agius (Hat-trick) and Hill during the match and Agius, Anderton and Joyce converted from the spot. The hero though was Maddison playing his first game for the school who pulled off an awesome save from Fazakerley’s start player in the shootout.  


The Eco-Committee - the Eco-Committee are pleased to announce we have achieved our Bronze Eco School Award. We achieved this by carrying out an environmental review of the school and by creating an action plan. Our targets for this term are to construct an eco-greenhouse, create an eco-area and improve food waste facilities. We are currently looking for donations of plant pots, seeds, plants or any items that can be used for bug hotels. If you wish to donate anything for our eco area, please either drop them at reception for Miss Hughes or bring them to D7. Thank you.


French Phrase of the Week - Le nouvel an, je vais aller à Disney = In the New Year, I am going to go to Disney.


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ISSUE 5     04.10.19


HEADTEACHER’S UPDATE

Firstly a big thank you to all parents and carers who hosted students during the recent Erasmus visit. This visit which involved students and staff from five schools was, as ever, a huge success and this is due in part to you welcoming the youngsters into your homes. Without such generosity their visits could not take place.

This week we welcome back into school ‘Humanutopia’ who spent time with Year 9 students last year. Next Tuesday and Friday this highly acclaimed external group, will return to with Year 11 students on the ‘Who Am I’ one day course. For further information log on to www.humanutopia.com

Finally can I please remind parents and carers once again about the use of social media to air concerns. Please contact school if you have an issue and allow us time to investigate and respond. If you are still not happy, please make an appointment to discuss further. I must make it clear that if particular staff are named without their consent, I will seek legal advice on how to proceed. We must work together for the education and well being of our young learners.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr B Heeley

WEEKLY ATTENDANCE

Whole School - 95.6%

Highest Year Group Attendance Rate - Year 7 with 97.2%

Highest House Attendance Rate - Hanover with 97%

Highest Form Attendance Rate - 7T at 99.4%

STUDENT OF THE WEEK

This weeks ‘Student of the Week’ is Eminhan Goker for Progress in Maths.

SCHOOL FOCUS

Every week, we focus on whole-school standards in terms of appearance and standards. The ‘Standard of the Week‘ reflects this. The ‘Theme of the Week’ is centred around a particular theme, which is explored in tutorial time and assemblies.

Standard of the Week - Next week’s Standard of the Week will focus on Coats in Buildings.  

Theme of the Week - Next week’s Theme of the Week will be Inspirational People.

SIXTH FORM FOCUS

Year 12 will be going to the University of Liverpool (AM) and the University and Apprenticeship Search Fair (PM) on Wednesday 9th October. Please complete and return form C’s and payments.

Year 12 should now have let Miss Hunt know what they are doing for their ‘community service’ by email. Many students are in classes working with younger students, having a great impact with those students and also developing their own skills.

Many Year 13 students have started to submit draft UCAS statements which is great. These should go to the form tutor in the first instance for feedback.

The Oxbridge Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 22nd October at 6.30pm in the Library. This event is for Year 10-12 students and their parents/carers who might be considering applying for the universities of Oxford or Cambridge.

We will be offering ‘Dementia Friends’ training to Sixth Form students again on Tuesday 22nd October. Last year we trained over 80 students and staff. More information to follow.

The mock higher apprenticeship assessment centre session has now been confirmed for Thursday 28th November. Students will be sent a link through, which they can register to attend if they’d like to. It will be held in school.

LOOKING AHEAD

Erasmus Emotional Wellbeing visit to Dunkirk Returns - Saturday 12th October

Year 13 History Houses of Parliament Trip -  Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th October

Year 10 Photography Trip - Wednesday 16th October

KS5 Art and Design trip to Liverpool - Friday 18th October

KS5 Photography Trip - Monday 21st October

Year 7 Interhouse Competitions - Monday 21st October

Whole School Photograph - Wednesday 23rd October

Year 8 and 9 Interhouse Competitions - Thursday 24th October  

Break Up for Autumn Half Term  - Friday 25th October

Return from Autumn Half Term - Monday 4th November

Year 7 History trip to Caernarfon Castle - Wednesday 6th November

Presentation Evening - Thursday 7th November

Dutch Cultural Visitors Arrive - Monday 11th November

Monitoring Day - Thursday 14th November

GENERAL UPDATE

Year 9 Rugby - The Year 9 squad made a positive start to the season with two wins and a narrow defeat in the opening round of the Central Venue League. Max Randles scored a brace of tries and Harry Latham carried the ball very well, but Scott Lyth secured the Man of the Match for his brutal defence all afternoon. The Year 9s are back in action next Thursday in the second round at Whitby High!

Year 8 Rugby - The Year 8 squad opened their new season at Woodchurch High School in the first round of the Central Venue League. In their first match, Whitby struggled against the reigning champions, Pensby, but performed much better in a closer game against Oldershaw. They finally secured a well-deserved victory against South Wirral in their final game of the afternoon. Blackhall, Herridge and Leech had excellent performances, but Man of the Match went to Ieuan Jones for his attacking threat and superb leadership skills.  

French Phrase of the Week - Le club français a commencé! = French club has begun!



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