Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090

 

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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

 

‘Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best.’ St. Jerome

 

The Spring and Summer terms bring with them a certain amount of excitement and freshness. The poor weather of winter is (or at least should be) behind us and our surroundings turn into a burst of colour, bringing new life and with it new hopes. I know we are all very proud of our school and the community we are part of, along with its unique history of excellence in education, but don’t forget how lucky we are to have such wonderful and historical surroundings. Take a moment to stop and look around you and appreciate how wonderful our buildings are, how beautiful our gardens look and imagine the generations of learners and scholars before you who have gone on to lead the city, fight for our country and the impact they have had internationally – not forgetting that you are the next generation of leaders.

The exam season is now upon us and our minds turn to wishing those in both Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 the very best of luck over the coming weeks and months. They have worked so hard and have been focussed on gaining the grades and experiences they need to move into 6th Form, universities and employment. Keep going. Keep taking the opportunities and never lose sight of the fact that you can achieve and even exceed the very high expectations you have of yourselves. Great achievements don’t come easy. They don’t happen as a result of one good lesson or revision session. They come as a result of long term commitment and effort to reach your goals. So keep going, give it your best shot – your school is behind you 100%!

It has been another very busy week and I would like to thank and congratulate the following people:

•             Everyone involved in the fantastic Ski Trip to Santa Caterina over the Easter Holiday.

•             The Year 10 Geographers who braved the weather in Skegness earlier this week for their project on tourism.

•             The Year 9s who supported the writing masterclass with students from St Giles.

•             Everyone involved in the Poetry Slam in Years 7, 8 and 9 this week. Spectacular performances! Good luck for the finals.

•             Thomas in Year 9 and his creation of an app for his religious studies project on Auschwitz.

•             In addition to this, all of the fabulous work completed by the Year 9 RS students and their great work following the trip to the Holocaust Centre.

•             To all of the 6th formers involved in the Strictly Come Dancing event in aid of St Barnabas.

•             Thank you to all of the 6th formers and their support for our student voice sessions asking about the wider experience at LCHS.

•             To Years 10 and 11 during the presentation regarding the forthcoming Christian Aid week and for their participation.

•             To George being awarded the Lincolnshire FA referee of the year.

•             To everyone involved in welcoming our colleagues from Poland and making them feel so welcome.

 

 

Well done everyone for a very successful first week back and good luck for the term ahead.

 

 

M Mckeown

Believe in yourself

Believe in yourself and you can achieve
Things you never thought possible.
Believe in yourself and you can discover
New talents hidden inside you.

Believe in yourself and you can reach
New heights that you thought immeasurable.
Believe in yourself and you can elucidate
The problems that defy every solution.

Believe in yourself and you can tackle
The hardest of all situations.
Believe in yourself and you can make
The complicated things seem simple.

Believe in yourself and you can enjoy
The beauty of  nature's creation.
Believe in yourself and you can learn
The skill of gaining knowledge from experience.

Believe in yourself and you can discern
New depths in your life.
Believe in yourself and you can perform
Way beyond your expectations.

 

Sagar Satpathy

 

Enjoy the break.  Look after yourself and one another.

 

M Mckeown

Reading:- The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Numeracy:- How far can I tow my caravan on a full tank of diesel before I need to stop at a service station?

‘No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.’ Aesop

It is truly amazing to think that daily, our actions and words can affect hundreds of people. It is easy to think that a small gesture will never be noticed and therefore, why do we bother? It is easy to think that a negative comment or expression isn’t that serious and therefore, why not do it?

This week, I would ask you to think about those small things we do every day. The signals we send out which can help someone on their way to a great day or a really bad day. How politeness, empathy, compassion, friendship and support really can help to bring someone out of a spiral of negative thoughts and poor choices. You never know, it might also make you feel good about yourself.

In the week ahead, look for the opportunities to hold a door open, say please and thank you, ask someone if they are OK, encourage your friends to do the right thing, model good behaviour so that the younger ones know how to get it right and remind anyone who is making the wrong choices that we don’t do that here and that we live in a community where we look out for and support one another.

This week I would like to pass on my thanks and congratulations to:

•             everyone involved in making 6+6 last weekend fabulous. Best of luck for tomorrow morning!

•             the A Level Spanish students who went on the conference to London.

•             the Year 7 students and staff who went to Marrick priory – it was fabulous!

•             The Year 12 geographers at Hunstanton.

•             everyone involved in the Readathon.

•             Ben Saunders, the polar explorer, for his inspirational presentation and advice.

•             everyone involved in both organising and watching the young Shakespeare performance.

•             EBCE’s Year 5 visit and work in our Design Technology department.

•             everyone who came to the Year 11 revision and support session last night and to the staff for putting this on.

•             the Year 11 students working hard in their food practical exam.

•             the Year 12s who went to the Norfolk coast to look at coastal management and caught a crab!

Another great week. Thanks for your hard work and don’t forget to treat others how you would like to be treated.

Enjoy your weekend.

M Mckeown

Reading:- The Helpby Kathryn Stockett

Numeracy:-  Which energy tariff should I sign up to?

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

 

This week, I have been fortunate enough to have a meeting with a group of head teachers from all over England.  In this meeting we each had the opportunity to talk about things that are going well in our schools and things which are not.  Each person took it in turn to talk about the journey they had been on with their staff and students and highlighted what they would do differently if they had their time as a head teacher again.  It was fascinating. 

One of the head teachers was talking about how they are trying to help students understand how lucky they are, both to be  a student at that school and to be part of an education system which is determined to ensure that every single young person reaches or exceeds their potential. 

She went on to tell the story of her visit to a school in Africa.  Most of the families she met were in a situation of extreme poverty.  No home, no food, no shoes, no toilets and no water.   But despite this, the young people were absolutely determined to get a good education because they believed that education is their ticket out of the desperate situation their family finds themselves in.  Given that education in that country was not free (like it is in England), the families had to pay for their child to go to school and on top of this the students had to wear the uniform perfectly otherwise they could not go.  She said she was amazed at how these desperately poor families managed to find the money for this given that they didn’t even have enough to eat and that the students made sure every single day was special because they knew how much their family has had to go through to get them there.  This is the only way their family could get a better life.

When they got to school, the students didn’t have computers or books or pens or pencils like we do.  They have one teacher at the front of a class of 70 students in a room with almost no facilities and no electricity.  But despite this, the students excel.  Despite this, the students say thank you.  Despite this, the students remembered how lucky they are to be one of the few that can go to school as they know the power of education.

This coming week, don’t forget to remind yourself how lucky you are to be in a school that cares for you every day and is constantly encouraging you to do your best and make the right decisions.  With the right attitude to learning, you can achieve amazing things and ensure you live a life that is fulfilling, rewarding and has a positive impact on both you and on those you hold dear.

If you are not an expert or advanced learner – what’s stopping you?  It’s time to excel and not make do!

M Mckeown

Reading:- Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

Numeracy:- How many rolls of wallpaper do I need to buy to paper the front room (allowing for mistakes!)?

‘The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.’ H Jackson Brown Jr.

As we rapidly approach the Easter break, a lot of our Key Stage 4 and 5 students will be increasingly considering their exams and their future. Some may be worried about the exam schedule or not having enough time to revise or perhaps worried about the uncertainties which lie ahead. Time will pass very fast and all of a sudden we will be in the holiday and then, in the blink of an eye, we will be in the middle of the next half term and then finally sitting at a desk in an exam hall waiting for the examiner to say start.

But we are not there yet. We have time to consider and plan and work hard. We have time to ask questions and talk to friends, family and teachers that will go on this journey with you. One thing I do know is that the best preparation for these challenges is by making sure you are getting everything out of today that you need. Be the best version of you that you can be – today and every day. Don’t leave it until the break. Don’t leave it until half term or a week or night before the exam. Do it now so that when you pick up that envelope in August you can say that you gave it your best shot.

Thank you to all the staff and students this week who took part in the World Book Day activities, swapping books in the library and working with Lincolnshire’s Poet Laureate, Joel Stickley.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the Pasta King competition – If you haven’t tried the new selection of burritos and nachos, get yourself there at break and lunch because they are delicious!

We have had a lot of success on the sports field this week. Congratulations to the Year 8 netball, to the Year 8/9 rugby team, to the Year 7 rugby team who all won their matches against Priory LSST. Well played to all involved.

Year 5 students have joined us in our Design Technology department this week and showed a great amount of creativity and designs. I am delighted that you all enjoyed it and special thanks to the students and staff who helped out with this.

Thank you also to all of the Year 7 students, parents and carers who came to the Parents’ Evening last night. It was fabulous to see you all and I Iook forward to joining you on the Marrick priory trip this weekend and the one in two weeks.

Congratulations to David Taylor and his family for raising a total of £1100 for Marie Curie. An amazing effort which will fund over 55 hours of care. We are very proud of you all – thank you.

Congratulations to Kieran on gaining an apprenticeship with mundy’s Estate Agents and to Stephen for his work in the Buzz bar for his Duke of Edinburgh award – great efforts. Well done!

Thank you to all involved in the RAF Metheringham Air Field trip. The creative writing pieces which came out of this inspirational enrichment trip were fantastic.

I have also enjoyed seeing the pictures for the Year 8 German fashion show and receiving reports from the Year 9 Paris trip and Key Stage 4 trip to the Warwick Arts Centre. Thank you to all the staff involved in organising these trips and for ensuring our students have an inspiring learning experience at LCHS. I hope you enjoyed them and that you have had experiences which will stay with you for a long time.

Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to embrace every opportunity which comes your way.

M Mckeown