Art Textiles recycling work

Art/Textiles students in Years 10 and 11 have been using their lockdown time to look at how they can recycle ordinary everyday items into something special.  The results have been astonishing, showing without a doubt that recycling is the way to go.  Congratulations to all students on producing such original designs.

Artwork is thriving under home learning

Although the majority of students have been engaged in on line learning since the start of the lockdown at the beginning of this term, a lot of amazing work has been taking place in living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms across the school community.

Our Art department has received some brilliant artwork sent in by students whilst home learning and we would like to share below some examples of what has been achieved.  The “eye” themed pieces of work are by Year 8 students whilst the remainder are from a collection of work by Year 10 students.

Technology Department in full swing

In the period up to Christmas, before the covid lockdown in January, the Technology Department was able to run some after school homework/coursework sessions for our Key Stage 4 students, with all appropriate safety measures in place. Their hard work both in lessons and after school has produced some exceptional work.

Textiles, students have been working on products based on nature, which involves experimenting with many different techniques and using artists as inspiration for their work.

Health and Social Care students have been researching some support organisations for families in poverty.

Food technology students have been working on their controlled assessments, where they have been building their practical skills base to enable them to identify three to four dishes based on a theme, two of which they would be required to cook in a three hour practical exam, should this be allowed under Government/Exam Board guidelines.

The gallery below shows some of the brilliant work that has been taking place.

Remembrance

Remembrance is one of our whole school events that is embraced wholeheartedly by our students. This year, more than ever our senior prefects were determined that even though the country is in lockdown they still wanted to undertake the traditional wreath laying ceremony. When it became apparent that it wouldn’t be possible for the four of them to attend the Shipston town event we decided to hold our own commemoration on the school site.

On the morning of 11th November in the school grounds Cameron, Emelia, Tom and May read out a paragraph they had written expressing their thoughts, together with the names of the fallen from the two World Wars and laid the wreath in their memory. The whole school then fell silent for 2 minutes, where students stood and reflected on past events. Each year group in school had attended assemblies during the previous week on the theme of “Respect”, something to be shown in everyday life but also in remembering with great respect those who had risked their own lives for the rest of us.

“Remembrance 2020
We will never forget the courage you showed for us.
Now, more than ever, we understand the importance of community, and regret that we cannot commemorate this time together as we are socially distanced, but we know we are united in our gratitude.
We understand the importance of role models and we thank you for how you stood up as people of Shipston on Stour, and contributed to victory.
You will always be remembered as heroes.
We will remember them.

The senior prefects on behalf of Shipston High School”

Art at Shipston High School

A lot has been going on in the Art department this term.

We are happy to share some photographs of our recycled bugs and also some Year 9 and 11 artwork. Hope you enjoy them.

New Senior Prefects

Many congratulations to our four new senior prefects for this Academic Year.

There was a very strong field of applications for the posts, but after a rigorous application, shortlisting and interview process Cameron Collie and Emelia Berry were appointed Senior Prefects with Thomas Taylor and May Redshaw their Deputies.

The students received their Senior Prefect ties from Mr Saunders and are now ready to take up their responsibilities in school.

Shipston High School Examination Results

Shipston High School congratulates its Year 11 students on the fantastic GCSE results achieved this year. Students in Year 11 have had an extremely challenging time since the cancellation of the usual examinations but these grades represent the hard work across the duration of their courses. Their commitment has been rewarded with impressive individual performances and strong results across the school. All students should be very proud.

The school has a strong and consistent record of academic achievement. Our focus on quality education, and our work preparing students for adult life, will enable them to move on to a wide range of fulfilling careers. 2020 results demonstrate the strong academic focus of Shipston High School and the excellent progress our students have made through sustained effort across five years in the school. After such a disrupted year, we are delighted that these results empower students to go on to fulfil their ambitions in education, training and employment.

Results day is also a day to remember the community spirit that has supported our young people through the most unusual of circumstances; students have and are still being encouraged and supported by their families, friends and school staff.

All students should be congratulated. Well done to everyone, and very best wishes for your future endeavours.

End of Term reflections from the Headteacher

Shipston High School has had another active year, with students and staff involved in a varied range of activities.
One event has dominated all of our lives, and 2020 will doubtless be remembered as the year of the coronavirus. However, as the school community enjoys the summer break, it is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the year.

In the Autumn term the school welcomed another full year group of 120 year 7 students. This marked a further growth for the school, and Shipston High School is now regularly oversubscribed; a real mark of its popularity and families’ desire to be part of the school success story.

Alongside a great atmosphere of learning in the school, students were able to enjoy activities offsite, including trips locally and internationally. For example, Year 11 students visited the impressive Oxford University Museum of Natural History and all of our Year 7 students enjoyed a trip to Warwick Castle, learning about the history of the castle and the region’s power. 2020 saw our first school trip to Poland, where students experienced local culture, and visited the site of Auschwitz. This was a powerful and extraordinarily challenging experience for school age young people. It is with pride that we reflect how superbly our students represented the school during all of their out of school activities and the appreciation they have shown to members of staff for making the opportunities available.

In public speaking, Shipston High School won the prestigious Rotary Youth Speaks District competition. Our Year 10 students performed very impressively, beating sixth form teams from the local area to take victory. They were truly magnificent, engaging, articulate, and entertaining, winning plaudits from around the venue.

Thanks to support from the Police Crime Commissioner, we were delighted to welcome into school Loudmouth Theatre in Education company in early 2020 who gave a presentation to Year 11 focussing on Child Exploitation, Sexual Exploitation, County Lines, Grooming and Knife crime.

In March 2020, everything changed, and all schools in England closed to most children. Online learning became the route to education, and everyone had to adapt quickly to this remarkable event. Throughout, students have remained committed, curious and creative.

Finally, we are grateful for all the support the local community gives to our school but we would particularly like to thank Shipston Rotary Club, Pink Connect and Abbey Timms of Frills Cupcakes for their generous support for our young people; this is very much appreciated.

On behalf of our school community I would like to wish all parents, carers and friends of Shipston High School a happy, healthy and restful holiday.

Mr G. Saunders
Headteacher

Thank you

In these uncertain times the majority of our students have been working off site, experiencing the challenges and demands of on-line working. Availability of computers, laptops, ipads and other devices to use as a study aid can sometimes be difficult for families who may not have access to any of these or where there are multiple users in one household.

We are, therefore, extremely grateful to Mr James Pink of local company Pink Connect, who has kindly donated six computers, monitors, mice and keyboards to the school for use by our students. We try to put our school at the heart of the local community and this generous gesture by Mr Pink illustrates all that is good about Shipston-on-Stour and its surrounding area. Thank you.