Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090

 

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Literacy:- The Girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

Numeracy:- Year 11 maths intervention

 

‘Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.’ Mary Kay Ash

 

We are almost at half term and the exam season is well underway. Our Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 students are constantly thinking of their next exam and the best way to prepare for these at the end of their 5 or 7 years of study. They are also thinking about their next stage. About how this will change them, what will be new, the new opportunities, doors opening, doors closing.

I had the privilege of visiting the rooftops of Lincoln Cathedral this week after a Governors’ meeting. Our fabulous guide showed us around parts of the cathedral which many don’t get to see. We learned of people, times, conflicts and victories over the centuries and were given an insight into the efforts and skills of the people who built and rebuilt the cathedral. It was absolutely fascinating.

We also discussed the different people over the centuries and the legacy these people have left. The gift of their skills and creativity. The gift of their resilience and determination. The gift of their passion and grit.

I then started to think about our school and its history, about the buildings and the scholars, about the students and what they have gone on to achieve over the centuries and about the legacy of excellence they have left for us to follow.

So what about here and now? What about us? What do you want to be remembered for? What mark will you leave on LCHS? In the years to come, will we be talking of your learning journey, your growing journey, your career journey? Will we be talking about a person with exceptional character? Or the person who went on to be a doctor, historian, linguist, solicitor, teacher, prime minister, missionary, vet, business owner, counsellor, politician? Will we be talking about the person who has left a legacy of being a good person – always thinking of their friends, making their community proud, raising money for charity, being an expert learner?

The archives of our school are spectacular – what will our archives remember about you and your time with us? As the quote above recommends – don’t limit yourself!

 

M Mckeown

Headteacher

Reading:- Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

Numeracy:-   Year 11 and 6th form exam schedules

 

‘As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.’ John F. Kennedy

 

What an amazing week! There has been so much going on in school recently, I can’t believe only a week has passed. We got off to a flying start with the amazing careers and financial awareness day and workshops. What a fabulous day, where we had businesses, colleges and a huge variety of support and advice from many of the city’s trades, businesses and entrepreneurs. I am so grateful to those businesses who gave up their time and expertise to help support our students. The sports hall was full of displays, brochures, leaflets, books and challenges and the feedback I received from the students and from the visitors is that they all enjoyed the experience and gained a lot from it. I would also like to pass on special thanks to all of the Year 9 team for their hard work but in particular to Mrs Beeson for organising such a great enrichment activity.

Then on the same day, we learn that Archie, Jack and Nathan were competing in the District Schools’ Competition at LCA, and despite the rain, Jack got a third place in 1500m and Archie got first place in the 800m. Well done gentlemen - we are all very proud of you.

As if this weren’t enough, we also hosted the regional final of the Poetry Slam. A number of schools came together to compete for this year’s title of Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 champions and the quality of the entries from all schools was stunning. Davindar, Finlay, Charlotte, Mia, Katie and Natalia were absolutely fabulous and represented our school exceptionally well. We have also just heard that Davindar, Finlay and Charlotte are through to the next round! Many congratulations and good luck in the final. Thank you to all involved.

I also enjoyed reading about the Year 7 Geographers who were arguing their case for a new motorway at a town meeting and have appreciated the Year 9 artwork in Biology courtyard on ‘Rivers of the World’. I would also like to pass on my congratulations to two of our 6th formers, Cade and Charlotte who have received awards at the Old Lincolnians Dinner at the weekend for their outstanding contribution to LCHS.

With so much going on every day, our whole community is something we are all very proud of, as we are ambitious with our dreams and encourage others to be the best versions of themselves they can be. Nothing is out of your reach – dream big, work hard and you will get a step closer every day.

 

Challenge, learn, conquer.

 

Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to buy your tickets for the concert at the Drill Hall to help Rhys and his family fulfil his dream of visiting New York. Details and links are on the website and twitter.

 

M Mckeown

 

Headteacher

Literacy:- The Magic Weaving Business by Sir John Jones

 

Numeracy:- What geometric pattern would we like on our tiled hallway floor?

 

‘Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.’ Paul Ryan

I can’t believe we have reached May already. It only seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the new year and looking forward to the Easter break. We have a 3 day weekend ahead and I am sure that we are all looking forward to having an extra lie in on Monday!

May Day has been a traditional day of festivities throughout the centuries. May Day is most associated with towns and villages celebrating springtime and revelry with village fetes and community gatherings. Seeding has been completed by this date and it was convenient to give farm labourers a day off. Perhaps the most significant of the traditions is the maypole, around which traditional dancers circle with ribbons.

I don’t know if any of you will be going to different celebrations or dances, but again, it is an opportunity to be a part of your community and perhaps see things and people you wouldn’t normally see. Taking the time to get to know and be a part of your community can be exceptionally rewarding and I was particularly pleased to be a part of the ‘Positive Futures’ assemblies this week. This is another opportunity open to all of our students to meet people, make new friends, see old friends and be a part of your wider community through sport and fitness. I do hope that many of you will take part – another great opportunity no matter if you play a sport at the top level or have previously thought sport, ‘was not your thing’, it’s a chance for you to challenge, learn and improve, physically, mentally and socially.

I have also been very proud to see all of the participants for the Slam Jam Poetry event. It was a pleasure to see so many of our students being rewarded for the quality of their poems but also their performance – we are all very proud of you. Special thanks and congratulations to all of our winners. A great reminder of the talent within our student body.

I have also been very proud of the time and commitment our year 11 have shown this week. I have seen excellent examples of work within Mr Gully’s Electronic Products GCSE class, amazing reports from the students within the English intervention, fabulous feedback regarding progress in the 6+6 sessions, GCSE catering class and their delicious afternoon tea, listening to the our GCSE media students on Siren FM, high levels of dedication and effort in maths sessions and some lovely conversations with students about their hopes and fears for the next stage of their education and career. You really stepping up to the challenge – keep it up! We are all behind you 100%. I would also like to thank all of the staff who really are putting on such a fabulous selection of revision and support opportunities. Their dedication to the school and to our students is something which makes your school very special.

I would also like to pass on my thanks to all of the students and staff who took part in and organised the EU referendum debate last Friday. The feedback from students, our guests and the students from other schools who attended was truly fantastic. Thank you to all involved.

 

Enjoy your long weekend and look after yourselves and one another.

 

M Mckeown

Literacy:- The Magic Weaving Business by Sir John Jones

 

Numeracy:- How many golf strokes my friends have to give me this weekend given our respective handicaps?

 

Life is full of its ups and downs. Full of times of worry and stress, full of times of hope and dreams. Each one of you will currently be somewhere in the cycle of highs and lows. This may be because of exams, a job offer, a Sixth Form offer, homework, aspirations, a book you are reading or other circumstances which you, your friends and family may find themselves in.

I found this Poem by Christian Larson, an American author and teacher who died in 1954, which gives a thought-provoking insight on how he believes we can use positivity to improve our mind set and reminds us of the power of true friendship:

 

To be so strong that nothing

can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity

to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel

that there is something in them

To look at the sunny side of everything

and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,

and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others

as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past

and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times

and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself

that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,

and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,

not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side

so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

Christian D. Larson,

 

Could we use this to enrich our lives and the lives of others?

 

Enjoy your weekend.

 

M Mckeown

Reading:- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

 

Numeracy:- Working out how many lessons I have left with my Year 11 before their exam

 

‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Nelson Mandela

 

Earlier this week, I was speaking to a group of students about the European Referendum in June. They had such great arguments about why we should stay in Europe and why we should leave and had clearly taken a great interest in all of the information which has been circulated in the past six weeks or so.

Then one of them said ‘but it doesn’t really matter what we think. We don’t get a chance to give our opinion or do anything about it.’

For a moment, I agreed and then I realised that, regardless of the outcome in the summer, their thoughts and ideas can still be not just heard but considered and implemented. They have a voice and a passion. They have a wealth of knowledge and a career ahead of them.   They are learning and debating. They are the leaders of tomorrow and could be in a position where they can do something about the things which interest them.

They were using the educational experience at LCHS as an opportunity to research, explore and make informed and balanced judgments about current important affairs, the outcome of which will affect us all.

I wonder how you will use the outstanding opportunities at LCHS? Will you use them to change the school, change a business, set up a business, enhance our city, improve the country or change the world? There are no bounds to your potential, no constraints on your impact and no end to your capacity.

Challenge, improve, conquer!

This week, I have been very pleased by the dedication our Year 11 students have shown in their study skills session and with their excellent attitude and determination throughout the Art and

Textiles exams. Keep it up! I have also enjoyed seeing the work on charting the seed growth in space, the Duke of Edinburgh bronze group planning their practice expedition and the GCSE electronics products which, by the way, look fabulous.

I look forward to congratulating the poetry Slam winners in assembly next week and wish our 6th Form and Year 11s the best of luck for another week of revision and exams.

 

Enjoy your weekend,

 

 

M Mckeown