South Warwickshire Athletics Championships

The annual South Warwickshire Athletics Championships took place on 21st June and Shipston fielded an impressive squad, achieving outstanding success.

Overall, using a combination of results from Years 7, 8 and 9, Shipston High School finished in third place out of ten schools competing within the South Warwickshire district. Last year we finished fifth in this competition, our best ever placing, so to finish third overall this year is a superb achievement and one of which we are extremely proud.

In every year group competition, Shipston finished as best small school teams compared to other similar sized schools (Small School Champions). The Year 8 team in particular performed very strongly, finishing third in both the girls’ and boys’ competitions.

Special congratulations to Leah Bowen in Year 7 who smashed the South Warwickshire district record for the 1500m, beating the previous record by 4 seconds! She ran it in 5 min 23 sec. An outstanding time and achievement.

All our athletes performed brilliantly and did the school proud. Thanks go to Mr Lockwood and the P.E. department for training the team and supporting them at this event.


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Mayo House Fundraising

Head of Mayo House, Mrs Yvonne Caswell, recently took part in – and completed – the Heineken Race to the Tower along the Cotswold way (53 miles), in aid of Mayo’s Charity MIND and achieved her target in 14 hrs, 11 mins 59 secs.

Last week Tegen Hammick and Emma Musgrove from 7JW organised and held a bake sale to add to the money raised for MIND and managed to raise a whopping £66.40!

They said:
“We were inspired by Mrs Caswell’s 53 mile run for MIND so we wanted to do something too to support. MIND is an amazing charity and supports so many people. We feel very proud that the money we have raised will be going to a good cause”.

The Long Road to Ghana

One Week, 4,000 Miles, Two Great Causes

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

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

Shipston High School at the Shipston Proms

The school is pleased to be supporting the Shipston Proms in a number of events this year. If you would like to see the level at which some of our musicians are performing, the following events are well worth attending:

Sunday 17th June – Townsend Hall, The Fame Contest 2.00 p.m.
Some of our students have entered the Fame Contest competition which this year is on a Sunday afternoon rather than a Saturday night.

Thursday 21st June The Summer Showcase School Concert 7.00 p.m. School Hall
The ‘main event’ for the school in regard to the Proms fortnight, this is a nice event to attend if you can. Featuring only our students the audience sit round tables and refreshments are available throughout to make a nice relaxed atmosphere.

Wednesday 27th June Young Musicians Concert Barcheston Church 7.30 p.m.
Some of our students will be performing at this concert which is always of a very high standard.

Friday 29th June Songs from the Shows Townsend Hall 7.30 p.m.
Some of our current and ex students will be performing.

Saturday 30th June The Last Night (and Day) of the Proms. 2.00 p.m. to 11.45 p.m. Shipston Town Centre
The School Jazz Band are performing from 3.50 p.m. for about 30 minutes and potentially one of the Fame Contest entrants!

Year 9 Visit to World War I Battlefields

As part of our new GCSE course we will be studying Surgery and Medical developments on the Western Front during World War One. Over the weekend of 18th May the school took 36 year 9 students to Ypres in Belgium in preparation for the course.  They visited a variety of places including the largest British Military cemetery, Tyne Cott, and Langemarck which is a Germany cemetery.  Many students were able to visit relatives’ graves during the visit.   They were able to visit J.E Phipps grave which was significant for four of our students who came to us from Brailes Primary School. This was the grandfather of their former teacher’s husband who have never been able to travel to the Somme. The students placed crosses on behalf of the family at his graveside. On the third day the group travelled to France and visited the Somme. The first stop here was the Lochnagar Crater which is one of the largest man made holes on earth caused by a mine. They were able to see the Thiephval memorial, the largest British memorial in the world. On this day they also followed the route that casualties would have taken either on stretcher or on foot. This allowed students to understand the movement of casualties during the war. The final day was spent in the Arras area investigating the underground tunnel system used to move troops closer to the front line.  As part of the tour two students were selected to lay a wreath on behalf of the school, this was part of the Menin Gate ceremony that takes place every evening.

Thanks to Miss McElroy for organising such a valuable and moving experience for the students.  Congratulations also to the group of students who took part in the visit for their exemplary behaviour and attitude in dealing with some very emotional events.


Coventry Refugee Centre

Throughout May, Year 8 ran a collection for the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre. Matthew Martin, Katie Haycock and Beth Brookes were all involved in delivering assemblies to each House to help raise awareness of the terrible situations some people are currently having to deal with and to ask for the school’s help in supporting the donation drive.

On the Wednesday before half term Miss Whitworth and Mr Howells travelled to Coventry to deliver the donations from the Shipston High Students; to say the team were grateful is an understatement! Jackie and the team were overwhelmed by the support and the donations that Shipston had offered and were very keen to want to pass on their thanks to all the students at Shipston who had donated.

On behalf of the Coventry Refugee Centre, Miss Whitworth and everyone at Shipston High School thank you to all parents for their generous donations. Toni the Centre Director at the Coventry Refugee Centre has written to the school ‘we were overwhelmed by the generosity of all the pupils at Shipston High. Our destitute clients will be very grateful for the food and it helps enormously to know that there are many people in the UK who really care about their plight’.

As always, our students have done us very proud!