Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090


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Our school community never ceases to amaze me. Our collective passion to support young people in reaching their personal excellence is something which we should all be very proud of. This week, I have had the pleasure in interviewing about 20 Sixth Form candidates for Deputy Head Boy and Girl and Head Boy and Girl roles. What a fabulous bunch of people - sharing their ideas, their thoughts and their aspirations with the panel in a way which really made me feel proud to be associated with our great school. Thank you to everyone who put themselves forward for this.


Our Sixth Form team is such an important part of our school. Along with their efforts for personal, academic achievement, they involve themselves in the whole learning community of the school. Involvement in mentoring, ‘reading buddies’, ‘ambassadors’ etc. reinforces this learning community and ensures that we go from strength to strength . This core student leadership team is there for us all. Listening, supporting and ensuring all our students are at the core of everything we do, is our main remit and is yet another way you can have your voice heard within our school. Make sure you are a part of our development, our evolution, and I challenge you to leave a lasting legacy for those who follow.


I would also like to thank our parents who have been attending the parental engagement events over the past few weeks. They are great opportunities to find out more about our ethos and learning culture along with understanding different aspects of homework, discipline for learning and the ingredients for success at LCHS. Thank you for your kind feedback and to the staff who have taken the time to present at these events. When we work together to ensure a first class education is delivered and the opportunities to thrive are taken our impact is stronger; our resolve is greater; our students’ progress is better.


We have had another great week and I would like to pass on my best wishes to the students who are going off on great adventures over the coming days. To the Spanish trip and to the group of students going to China: what an amazing opportunity – have a great time.

Thank you also to:

•             Performance in Education who performed to our Year 9 students today – looking at the steps to success

•             To all year groups for their student voice activities – looking at our house system

•             Connor on being accepted onto the Young Engineer for Britain mentoring programme

•             The Sixth Form football team – drawing 3-3 with NK. Well done, Brodie and Scott on scoring

•             Year 12 Geographers braving the rain, studying the perception of place and place profile in Lincoln

•             All students who took part in the Year 7 Malteser Challenge – some of these are amazing!

•             To everyone involved in the DT Project X challenge

•             The sixth formers who collected the food for the Food for Calais appeal

•             The Year 8 football team beating The Priory LSST 4-2 with stunning performances from Gabby, Lewis and Jack.


Have a great weekend.



M Mckeown

‘I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.’ Jimmy Dean


We can all, from time to time, find ourselves in a situation which makes us unhappy or, maybe, we have done or said something which makes others unhappy. We all make mistakes and make poor decisions. We all miss opportunities to make someone else’s day great and even try to make ourselves feel better by making someone else feel bad – which is normally short lived.


It is important to remember that we all carry the power to make someone else’s day the best ever. A short conversation, the offer of support, the invite to lunch or even just a smile as you walk past can lift the spirits of students or staff in an instant.


We can also ensure we are being a good friend to the people closest to us: making sure they do well in school, doing the right thing, advising them to try hard, not giving up on them and encouraging them to be the best. True friends look out for one another.


Now, imagine a community where people are there for one another, constantly making the most of their opportunities and encouraging others to do so. It is a community that supports and helps one another. It thrives through mutual respect, our SMSC theme of the term.


That community is LCHS. That community is what we have all signed up to and you are an integral part of that community. Yes, we all make mistakes, but what will you do when you make these mistakes? Give up or ignore them or do something about it – adjust your sails to make the most of the situation and correct any circumstance which has come up due to a poor decision.


Never stop caring about the little things in life.

Never stop dreaming, and don't give into strife.

Never stop wondering are we on our own.

Never stop thinking has your spirituality grown.

Never stop building bridges that lead to better tomorrows.

Never stop trying, and don't give into sorrow.

Never stop feeling amazed at the beauty that surrounds you.

Never stop hearing the music, and don't give into the blues.

Never stop pushing away negative thoughts that make you feel sad.

Never stop looking at the all the miracles we have had.

Never stop loving the ones you hold dear.

Never stop giving, and don't give into the fear.

Never stop smiling, but look forward to each new day.

Never stop shining in your own special way.

Never forget that all storms will clear.

Remember brighter tomorrows are always near.

Terrie Bushette



M Mckeown



Literacy:- Ghost Soldier by Theresa Breslin


Numeracy:- Which travel company gives the best deal for our summer holiday next year?


SMSC:- Respect


‘The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.’

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


We are almost in October already and the weather seems to be changing ever so slowly. The summer and the holidays are a distant memory and we now look forward to the festive season. It is always good to have something to look forward to and to get excited about. However, we also must remember that we are in the here and now. So, the best way to ensure we have fun, achieve and succeed in the weeks to come, is by doing the best we possibly can in our present situation.

In recent weeks, I have really enjoyed celebrating the success of our senior pupils. Every single one of those students made sure they took advantage of their ‘here and now’ and have paved their way to success in the years to come. They remain an inspiration to us all and remind us that anything is possible with hard work and determination. I have also had the pleasure in meeting almost a thousand prospective parents and their children as they considered which secondary school to choose. It was a very busy night and our students and staff reminded us why LCHS is a school which we can all be very proud of.

Those are the big events of the year. What about the day-to-day stuff? Well, I wanted to say a massive ‘well done’ to all of our students for ensuring that 2016/17 is the best start to a year we have ever had. Your hard work in lessons, your commitment to homework and the ease with which you have developed positive habits is such a great thing to see. Your thirst for knowledge and your commitment in the extended SMSC sessions this week was fabulous. You should all be very proud of yourselves.

I would like to pay a special tribute to our new Year 7 students and sixth formers. It isn’t easy starting somewhere new. You have settled into the routines and are now well established members of our community. Many congratulations.

Don’t forget, 2016/17 is the LCHS Year of Challenge. Have you taken on the challenge? Are you going to get to the end of the year and remember it as the best year ever; one that you can be proud of; one that your school, your family, your friends will be proud of? It starts with little steps – one at a time. You can’t conquer everything in a day or a lesson but, over time, you can achieve great things.

Prepare for your success by doing your best today.


Enjoy your weekend.


M Mckeown

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to this very special occasion.

I have mentioned before that to be a part of the Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School community is a very special thing. You are the next generation of our one thousand year history who will go on to achieving great things within our school and beyond. You are starting the path on which thousands of great people before you have walked. They went on to make a positive difference in our world as we know it.

The service this afternoon is a part of our tradition. Our connection with the cathedral is something of which we are very proud. It is one of the ways that we, as a school, welcome you to our community. It reminds us all – both students and staff - that we are all a part of something which is very special and also reminds us not to take this for granted.

Over the next seven years, you will have a lot of amazing experiences and amongst these you will have the ups and downs that life throws at us. You have put your trust in us to provide you with the best possible chance in life. Because of this, we will be with you every step of the way through these seven years, helping you to achieve and to make well informed choices. We will tackle every challenge together and we will never give up on you.

So here we are, at the beginning of your secondary career, and I would like to congratulate you all on the success you have found already in the first four weeks at school. You have settled in well and are firmly embedded into the LCHS family.

Never forget why you choose to come to LCHS; never forget the badge you are wearing. Wear it with pride! Never stop believing that you can achieve.

I will leave you with a final quotation:-

‘See that you always remember with gratitude the pains which this school underwent in giving birth to your minds. Go, farewell, and the blessings of heaven go with you, blessings which the unceasing prayers of this, your school will not fail to secure in your behalf.’

Headmaster, John Clarke. 1624

Welcome to Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School!

Outstanding progress and excellent achievement is something which needs to be worked for every single day and the students sitting here tonight have made the best use of every single lesson. They have embraced two of our core aims:

  • We will nurture talent and encourage pride in academic excellence;
  • We understand that academic excellence is different for every student but insist on every student aiming for their best in every project, piece of work or lesson.

This is a great opportunity to say ‘well done’ to our young people for aiming high and overcoming any obstacles put in their way. As we know, success isn’t always easy and sometimes we must learn through our mistakes. What is important is how we respond to these mistakes.

We have a choice. We can stop - give up and say it is too hard - or we can try it again and again and again until we turn that weakness into strength.

However, when you look at successful teams, sports stars or personalities, business people, you see that excellence cannot be achieved by one person working in isolation. Usually, a great performance or exceptional skill is supported by a host of unseen influences. For many of our young people here tonight, it will be a family who encourages them to do well and supports them in reaching their aspirations. There are also many staff at school who work tirelessly to help you be the best and reach for the stars every single lesson - encouraging you, nurturing talent and inspiring excellence.

2015/16 has been a fabulous year full of excitement and new challenges. For example:

  • Ryan, Imogen, Jack, Kian and Archie in the County Athletics
  • Our young sports leaders work with our partner Primary schools
  • Our Media students work with Siren FM
  • A-Level English Literature students enjoying a Poetry masterclass at BG
  • Our GCSE students visiting Poet Laureate Carol-Ann Duffy
  • Year 10 interview day and work experience
  • The Year 11 Prom
  • Our newly launched Duke of Edinburgh programme
  • Ellie’s and Charlotte’s success in this year’s Siemens’ Females into Industry Challenge
  • Charlotte and Cade being awarded trophies from the old lincolnians for services to the community
  • The science department’s ‘space seeds’ project devised by the UK space agency
  • Davinder’s and Charlotte’s Poetry Slam performances and success
  • Erin’s poem featuring in a national anthology
  • Ellis being awarded a scholarship at Leicester City football club
  • Sophie Hart’s tremendous success in the swimming pool
  • Oliver Stocks being selected to represent the Lincolnshire Schools cross-country team
  • Visits to the Yorkshire sculpture park
  • The Newark airfields trip
  • The Rota Trip to Belguim
  • The trip to the Czech republic for the Food for Thought conference
  • Barcelona trip
  • Visits to the National Holocaust Centre
  • Polar explorer, Ben Saunders’ visit to the school
  • David raising money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care Charity
  • Brick Lincs event
  • Jade and Jack being selected to be Head Boy and Head Girl in our newly launched prefects system
  • Owen shaving off his hair for charity
  • We Will Rock You Christmas performance
  • Citizenship Day
  • Artsfest
  • International Day

This is just to name a few. They also went to a few lessons!

I know that one of our main jobs is to motivate you to do well. Equally, we all have different motivations in life which make us who we are as people.

Motivation is only motivation if it gets you to take action. Taking action is what all of you have done and is the reason why you are sitting there this evening receiving an award. What gets one person motivated may not work for someone else. Some people are motived by the desire to be famous or for money; some are motivated to follow in a family member’s footsteps and, for another, making a difference in other people’s lives may be their biggest desire. You must define motivation for yourself. You must know what your own values and principles are. What makes you feel good about yourself? What are your defining guidelines? What is it you want? Motivation is personal.

There are over six billion people on this planet and not one of them has your finger prints. And if you took all the people that ever lived from the creation of the universe, none of them would share your finger prints! That is how unique you are. That, in itself, makes you special and there are thousands of features that are unique to you alone. You are one of a kind. So why shouldn’t you have your own dream and your own vision for what you want to be?  Why shouldn’t you do something that’s never been done before?

If you define motivation in a personal manner that is relevant to you, it will compel you to take action. Your goals become your motivation. That is why they are personal. Your goals in life truly define who you are. That is why you need to dream big. Set huge goals! Personally, I can’t wait to see what you can achieve over this coming year or five years or ten years.

Be determined. Be resilient and keep going!

Many congratulations to all our winners.