Careers Education at Shipston High School starts as early as Year 7 and on Thursday 24th January, all of Year 7 took part in a Careers day.
Students worked in teams to try and decide what they would like to do in the future and what skills they would need to achieve their goals. It was a really fun and interactive day and Year 7 thoroughly enjoyed it whilst beginning to think about their future career paths.
On Wednesday 23rd January we were delighted to welcome Team GB athlete Eden Francis into school. Eden, a discus and shot athlete, started athletics at the age of 10 and was awarded her first Team GB vest at the age of 15.
Eden’s latest achievement is making the final top 8 in both the Shot Putt and the Discus at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and she is now in training to compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
Our Year 10 students had the opportunity to take part in two circuit sessions with Eden which were followed up by an inspirational assembly delivered to Years 9 and 10. Students were fascinated to learn how Eden’s career has developed so far, to hear her aspirations for the future and to find out what can be achieved by sheer hard work, dedication and commitment.
We are very grateful to Eden and Team GB for making this visit possible and would like to wish Eden every success for the future. We shall certainly be keeping a close eye on what she goes on to achieve next.
As we start the new term, may I wish everyone connected to the school community a very Happy 2019.
We begin the year by welcoming new staff to the school for January. Mrs McDermott joins the Technology department, primarily in Graphics and Product Design. This follows the retirement of Mr Harper, who left in December after nearly twenty years’ service to Shipston High School. We thank him for his work and wish him well in his new ventures.
We also welcome Mrs Sheasby to the role of Pastoral Support Manager and Mr Harvey to the role of ICT Network Manager. The new staff are most welcome, and bring real strengths and skills to the school.
Shipston High School had another strong start to the Hockey season with its annual autumn term finale – ‘Tinsel tournament’ on Thursday 20th December. The evening involved just under 70 students competing in a fun and festive competition with teams suitably named for the festive period – Christmas trees, Crackers, Santas, Sleighs, Snowmen and The Wise Men. One of the highlights of the tournament is that every team consists of a mix of age and abilities.
Each game was played in excellent spirit and enabled players to show the skills they have learnt and developed during the term. All games proved to be very tight with the eventual winner being the ‘Crackers’. Prizes were also awarded for the best festive outfit, the winners were Abigail Neale and George Turner.
Each year group have enjoyed fixtures against a range of local schools with more scheduled in the spring term. All age groups have displayed excellent commitment to the sport and continue to progress in every game. Further highlights to look forward to are a Hockey tour to Rotterdam in the Netherlands in April and an opportunity to watch GB v Australia at the Olympic Park in June. Hopefully Hockey will continue to be a great strength at Shipston High.