Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090

 

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Headteacher's Address Year 7 Foundation Service at Lincoln Cathedral, Friday 29th September 2017.

 

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 1000 year history who will go on to achieving great things within school and beyond. You are walking the path of thousands of great people who have gone on to make a positive difference to our world.

This service this afternoon is a part of our tradition. Our connection with the Cathedral is something we are very proud of and this is one of the ways that we, as a school, welcome you to our community and 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 among these you will have the ups and downs that life throws at you. You have put your trust in us to provide you with the best possible chance in life and, because of this, we will be with you every step of the way – through these seven years – helping you achieve, make well informed choices and, possibly most importantly, never giving up on you. We will tackle every challenge together.

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 in 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 – welcome to Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School!

 

Mr Mckeown

I think it appropriate to hand this week’s blog over to Red Nose Day. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the fund raising today by bringing in cakes, selling buns, donating money to come in non-uniform or just helping on one of the stalls. Every effort helps to improve lives across the globe.

 

School might feel exhausting after a day of excellent progress and hard work, but young people all around the world are desperate to get an education because they know it is their best chance of a brighter future. Jamie Laing from Made in Chelsea introduces this short film about Rabecca, a girl from Zambia who could no longer afford to go to school after her parents died.

 

It is certainly worth having a look at the video link below to remind ourselves of those who are less fortunate than we are and to perhaps think about how we can help.

 

https://www.truetube.co.uk/film/red-nose-day-rabeccas-story

 

 

Enjoy your weekend.

 

M Mckeown

 

Headteacher

Literacy: Currently reading ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell.

Numeracy: Should I get a new credit card and which one is the best value for money?

SMCS Focus: Freedom

Extended SMSC Focus: Healthy relationships

This term’s Big Question: Literacy – what do we like to read?

Attitude to Learning Focus: Expert learners pride themselves on being friendly and helpful to others in our school

‘If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door’. Milton Berle

This week I would like to say, ‘Good luck’ to all of the Year 11 students who are about to sit their follow-up mock exams in English and Maths in the coming week. We say, ‘Good luck’ but luck has nothing to do with it. In theory, while the exam hasn’t even been taken yet, the results are already written because the better marks will come from the students who have put most work in over a number of weeks. The students who have been going to all of the interventions since Christmas - after school, on the weekend, to 6+6 - working hard every single day and completing their homework and going above and beyond. These students write their own luck. These students have not left it to chance. They have made the decision to take matters into their own hands and, in doing so, strive for something better. So, while we may say, ‘Good luck’, what I really mean is congratulations to all of the Year 11s who have been consistently working hard every single day and are a credit to their tutor group, their year group, their friends and our school – congratulations on being a fabulous bunch of people – regardless of your scores.

However, if this isn’t you yet – and I stress the ‘yet’ - when is the time to start? What are you waiting for? What will it take for you to take your future – with the most crucial time being only four months away - into your own hands?

I would like to thank and congratulate the following students:

•             Everyone who attends and helps with 6+6

•             Everyone involved in making buns, selling them and supporting the fairy bricks charity

•             To all of our students and staff involved in Duke of Edinburgh and to Alpkit for the expedition equipment

•             The Year 11 students for their stunning history homework on the American West

•             To the Sixth Form and their participation in the Domestic Abuse project awareness morning

•             Everyone who has donated to the book swap

•             All students involved in the Readathlon

•             To the Year 9 students who excelled in the £5er challenge – some amazing entrepreneurial skills!

Have an enjoyable weekend.

 

M Mckeown

Headteacher

Literacy: Currently reading ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell. Numeracy: How do I use the exchange rate information to change pounds into dollars?

SMCS Focus: Freedom Extended SMSC Focus: Healthy relationships

This term’s Big Question: Literacy – what do we like to read? Attitude to Learning Focus: Expert learners pride themselves on being friendly and helpful to others in our school.

‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ Anne Frank

For this week’s blog, I have found the lyrics to a song which might just help every student who is on the path to success.

50 vivos to the first student to tell me what song it is!

Dark is the night

I can weather the storm

Never say die

I've been down this road before

I'll never quit

I'll never lay down

See I promised myself that I'd never let me down

I'll never give up

Never give in

Never let a ray of doubt slip in

And if I fall

I'll never fail

I'll just get up and try again

Never lose hope

Never lose faith

There's much too much at stake

Upon myself I must depend

I'm not looking for place or show

I'm gonna win

No stopping now

There's still a ways to go,

Someway, somehow

Whatever it takes, I know

I'll never quit, no no

I'll never go down,

I'll make sure they remember my name

A hundred years from now

When it's all said and done

My once in a lifetime will be back again

Now is the time

To take a stand

Here is my chance

That's why I'll...

I'm gonna win

Enjoy your weekend

M Mckeown

Headteacher

 

 

I found this Quote by an American Businessman Warren Buffett and thought I would share it with you.

‘Imagine that a Genie offers you any car in the world. The catch is that it is the only car you will ever own. What would you do?

You would read the manual ten times, change the oil twice as often as required, and you would take fastidious care so that that car remained the car of your dreams forever.

Think about what this tells you about your body.

You get only one mind and one body–the same ones you will have at 20, 40, 60, etc.

Take care of them and maximize their potential. It will be too late to take care of your body and mind (and car) later on. You can maintain them, but it is hard or impossible to undo big mistakes or negligence later on. You do not want to end up with a wreck on your hands.

Your main asset in life is yourself.

Treat yourself as a valuable asset. I often explain to students that I would be willing to pay today for a percentage of the future earnings of good students.

If you value yourself, and invest in yourself, you will be worth a great deal throughout your lifetime, both to yourself and to your community.’

Make sure you enjoy your half term, but when you come back, be determined to invest in yourself through your learning, your actions, your friendships and your aspirations. You have one life to live – so make it count!

 

Congratulations and well done to the following groups of students:

•             Bronze and Gold Duke of Edinburgh groups

•             Year 7 Art students for their homework – in particular to Poppy, Joe and India

•             To everyone who supported Fairy Bricks

•             The Year 9 football team and their visctory over Skegness Grammar

•             The 6 JEM starting their day with a ‘good deed’

•             To the students who worked with textile artist, Nicky Dillerstone, creating nests and pods

•             To all the students involved in this terms ‘big question’ about reading

•             The Year 8 football team and their win against William Farr School

•             Everyone involved in our amazing Careers Fayre on Tuesday

•             The sixth formers who completed their Geography independent investigation along the Holderness coastline

•             The Year 9 Spanish team who won Glastonbury Goes Global competition

•             The Year 7 Midsummer Night’s Dream homework – which looked amazing

•             Year 10 CD covers for Romeo and Juliet

•             The Year 11 Jekyll and Hyde mood boards

•             Mr Harrod’s assembly about the late John Hurt’s time as a pupil at Lincoln School

•             Year 9 RS students as they assessed the different views on nuclear weapons.

 

Another great week!

 

I wish you all a restful and enjoyable half term break. I look forward to seeing you invest in yourself in the term ahead.

 

M Mckeown

Headteacher