Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090

 

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Just One

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.

One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.

One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.

One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it's up to you!

 

 

Mr M Mckeown

Headteacher

It has been a long and very busy week and our minds are now turning to all of the excitement of Christmas and the prospect of having a few weeks off school.

 

Many of us are also thinking about the challenges the next few weeks hold. Yes, we do have a lot of exciting events such as the whole school Christmas dinner and the cathedral service, but we also have many students who are at an exceptionally important time of their studies. Year 11, in particular, are thinking about revision schedules and trying to prepare for the looming mock exam season. Don’t forget, Year 11, we are all behind you every step of the way. Your teachers will give you what you need and your fabulous year team will give you whatever support you need to be as prepared as possible.

 

One thing to remember – don’t put off the preparation. Put things into place now to make sure you will have the best possible chance to do well. You are a great year group and deserve to gain results to be proud of. We all wish you the very best of luck!

 

‘We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.’ Aristotle

 

I would like to once again congratulate all of the students who gained either departmental expert learner awards or overall expert learner badges in assemblies this week. You have done yourselves and your year groups proud. I would also like to pass on a very special congratulations to Mr Donnington and all of the students who were part of the Project X competition at RAF Waddington. I have had numerous amazing reports about our students and, after trying for 7 years, we have finally won. Many congratulations to all involved.

 

Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to look out for tickets for the upcoming production of ‘That’s How We Roald Dahl.’

 

 

M Mckeown

Headteacher

Remembrance Sunday

On a cold November Sunday morn, an old man sits a while

Looking though old photographs, he can’t help but smile

They’re all there, all the boys, with hair cut short and neat

Uniforms of khaki, strong black boots upon their feet.

They met as strangers but soon became like brothers to the end

Smiling at the camera, there could be no truer friends.

They all took the Queen’s shilling, went off to fight the hun,

Soon learnt the pain of loss once the fighting had begun.

So many never made it home, lost on foreign shores

Many more were injured and would be the same no more.

The old man’s eyes mist with tears as he remembers every face

Each of his fallen brothers and the killing which took place

He proudly dons his beret, his blazer and his tie

For today he will remember the ones who fell and died.

On his chest there is a poppy, a blaze of scarlet on the blue

He steps out into the cold, he has a duty he must do

Once at the cenotaph he stands amongst the ranks

Of those who marched to war and those who manned the tanks,

He bows his head in reverence, as the last post begins to play

And he wonders what will happen at the ending of his days

Will anyone remember? Will anybody care?

About the lads so far from home whose life was ended there?

I wish that I could tell him, that he should fear not

For this soldier and his brothers will NEVER be forgot

We owe a debt of gratitude that we can never pay

And this country WILL remember them, on each Remembrance day.

 

Maria Cassee

 

 

M Mckeown

Headteacher

‘Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.’ Francis of Assisi

It has been a truly amazing week full of exciting and wonderful challenges; not least with today’s efforts, raising money for Children in Need. It is great to see the numerous weird and wacky ways people are raising money and I look forward to seeing how much team LCHS has raised for such a great charity.

It is sometimes easy to forget about those less fortunate than ourselves. We can, unintentionally, stand by and watch as others around us struggle to deal with personal circumstances because, at times, we struggle to comprehend. Also, I suppose it is important to realise that our efforts, in many of these circumstances, will not wholly alter some of the difficult realities many have to face. Nevertheless, what we do know is that every single act of kindness is worth it. It only takes a small gesture like an offer of support, voluntary work or even a smile in the classroom to raise someone’s spirits and we must remember that this is a powerful gift. I truly admire all those students who have chosen to give generously today for Children in Need and to those who have put a lot of effort into costumes, masks, baking and various challenges. You are LCHS heroes because you are using this powerful gift to positively support those people who need it most.

Don’t forget, though, kindness is not a once-a-year thing or even a ‘sometimes’ thing. It is an all-the-time thing. Charitable opportunities can arise every single day – in our school, in our community, in our home or with our friends. Look for these opportunities, don’t walk away. Use your gift as often as you can – that is what it means to be a part of the LCHS community. We work together to help one another realise our dreams.

•             I would like to congratulate James Bridle for passing his Young Official qualification and for refereeing the matches involving boys from Years 8-11 in two matches between ourselves, LSST and Minster School. Thank you to all those involved including the RFU and, our Community Rugby Coach, Nicola McCombe

•             Congratulations to Urszula, Charlie and Jim for their work with the Rotary Chef Competition on Saturday

•             Thank you to the students who presented to the senior team about their experiences in China

•             Thank you to everyone involved with the Sixth Form opening evening – a fabulous event with record numbers attending

•             Well done to all of the Sixth Form team and their Year 7 mentees for all the hard work with the reading scheme

•             Congratulations to our Year 9 and 10 badminton teams.

Enjoy your weekend.

M Mckeown

In previous blogs, I talked about our defining qualities and how our goals and aspirations outline both our perception of ourselves and how we choose to live every day.

 

Today, our school had the privilege of being a part of the open top tour of some of our local heroes. These are people who, despite all the odds, have shown great courage and determination as they overcame barriers to achieve great things and represent our nation. It was a great moment for us, as a school, to play a small part in congratulating Shona McCallin, a gold medal winner in hockey; Kieran Tscherniawsky, who competed in the shot put competition; Sophie Wells, a gold medal winner in dressage and Jack Burnell, who competed in open water swimming. All of them are ambassadors for Lincolnshire and highlight our region’s contribution to the nation’s success in the Rio Olympics. More importantly, they are inspiring young people, not just to enter the world of sport or to be active, but to dream big and never give up - an inspiring thought for us all.

 

It has been a great week back and I would like to formally congratulate our new Head and Deputy Head Boys and Girls – Elle, Erin, Connor, Stephen, Rebecca and Louis – who will be representing you all as our Student Leadership Team – helping to listen, improve, develop and enrich our great LCHS community. I send the very best of luck to this great team!

 

I would also like to thank and congratulate:

•             The sixth formers for raising money for Action Aid

•             The students from returning from China – your trip sounded amazing!

•             The Year 10 expert learners

•             Isla for winning the National Spirited Arts Competition

•             Year 11 receiving their Work Experience Distinction certificates

•             All of the parents and students of Year 10 for a great parents’ evening last night

•             Grace Barrett and Lincoln Library for the Year 9 trip to meet an author

‘Believe you can and you're halfway there.’ Theodore Roosevelt

 

Have a great weekend and please remember to keep safe.

 

M Mckeown

 

Headteacher