Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090

 

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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

Reading:- Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

Numeracy:- How much paint will I need to decorate the front room?

‘With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.’ Eleanor Roosevelt

I hope you have all had an enjoyable and successful first week back after half-term. The start of any new term or half-term is special. It brings with it a freshness, a new opportunity, a sense of purpose and positivity which must be optimised if we are to continue to make great progress. This half-term will present new challenges and opportunities. Will you accept the challenge to make excellent progress every day and in every lesson? Will you accept the challenge to turn the things which have not been as successful so far this year into your strengths?

Already this week we have seen hundreds of students taking these opportunities with many taking part in the Readathon, Year 10s gaining their hygiene certificate, Year 8 students exploring Jewish family life, the Year 7 languages students of the term, the students who won the letter writing competition, the launch of the peri-peri range in the Buzz bar, Erin Gilbey being short listed for the National Writing Competition, Year 9 students having a great time on the Paris trip, Oliver being selected to represent Lincolnshire schools Cross Country, the students involved in the reading for life programme, the preparations for World Book Day, the Year 11 students’ success with their American West homework, not to mention that we are looking forward to meeting polar explorer Ben Saunders in school next week!

Amazing things are happening all around you. Make sure you are a part of it!

Enjoy your weekend.

M Mckeown

Reading:-  The Story of Al Jolson by Micheal Freedman

Numeracy:-  How much money will I save if I cancel my gym membership?

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.’  Nikos Kazantzakis

 

What would you class as success?  A good lesson, a good day, a good grade, a good result, a good training session, a good report, a good results day, a good apprenticeship, a good job, a university place? 

Success is different for everyone.  Sometimes we just want to get to the end of a project or day.  On other times, we dream bigger and think of our end goal -  the life we want to lead, the ideals we believe in, the type of person we want to be.  But what do these dreams matter if you don’t believe you can reach them?  What is the point of knowing your success is to have a great maths lesson or to win a football match if you don’t believe in yourself?

Never sell yourself short. Dream big and be determined.  Success will not just be handed to you, it comes with perseverance and hard work and each one of you has it in you to do something extraordinary every single day. 

Enjoy your weekend and be determined to succeed in every lesson next week.

 

M Mckeown

Currently reading:- A Brief history of Time by Stephen Hawking

Numeracy:- How much diesel per week am I using for my commute to and from School?

I can’t believe that it is half-term already. Its seems like only yesterday that we enjoyed Christmas dinner together and wished everyone a happy new year!

‘We do not remember days, we remember moments.’ Cesare Pavese

It’s difficult to remember every single day of 2016 so far, but we all remember moments which bring up all sorts of images and memories for us to recall. This half-term has again been very busy but I wanted to remind you of some of the moments worth cherishing and remembering from this past week alone:

•             The Year 10 group collecting (and eating) their prize this morning

•             The Year 11 GCSE Sports Studies group and their mountain biking trip to Sherwood forest

•             The Sixth Form students setting off to London (have a great trip!)

•             The Year 9 Options Evening

•             The trip to Newark Air Museum

•             The year 7 Gymnasts showing us their outstanding work

•             Miss Fearns’ Year 7 class showing us their ‘places of worship’ project work

•             The great literacy display in the Library

•             The Year 7 music lesson looking at Gamelan ensembles

•             The Year 9 work on the Holocaust

•             The Year 10 creativity with the cress competition

•             The Year 8 rugby team success

•             Shrove Tuesday in the Buzz Bar

•             The Year 9 MFL students of the month

•             The Chinese new year celebration

Yes, this really is just one week’s worth of great moments – great memories.

Another opportunity to remind ourselves just how lucky we all are to be a part of such a large, diverse, vibrant and creative LCHS community.

Thank you for a great half term. Enjoy the break and look after yourselves and one another.

 

M Mckeown

Reading:- The Forever Whale by Sarah Lean

Numeracy:- Is my gym membership value for money?

‘What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows.’ Ralph Marston

We were all shocked at the start of the week to hear that Baily had his bike stolen. For someone in our community who has given so much to others, an event like this seems to be even more devastating.

Last week, I asked us all to think about how we respond to situations we are in and how this affects others around us. In response to the situation above, many would have felt sad, angry, upset – no one more so than Baily. For many of us, that could be it. We could stand by and say that it’s not our problem and just let this opportunity to help pass us by.

But our community did not do this!

Our community decided to offer support and help. Our community set up a donations account to help him get back on his bike. Our community made sure that this criminal act would not stop a determined young man from supporting good causes. Our community donated money and passed on their best wishes and due to the generosity of Mr and Mrs Walton, who donated a brand new bike, Baily can continue his splendid charity work.

I have since heard that he is planning to do a further charity bike ride and will donate all of the money donated by parents, carers, students, staff, Governors and others connected with the City to a good cause.

This is what community means. To be there for one another when things are good but to act when things are not so good.

Don’t forget to look out for these opportunities to help and support your friends, school or wider community in the week ahead. This is what makes us an amazing team!

Never settle for second best and always seek ways to improve your tomorrows.

 

M Mckeown