Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090


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Year 11 celebration


So here we are at the end of five years at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School.


For some of you, you have been dreading this moment. For others, it can’t come soon enough. And within weeks/months – many of your lives as they currently are will change dramatically. Your lives will alter, develop and grow and, step by step, you will come closer to your ultimate aims.


But this is not the end for most of you – this is merely the end of a chapter as most of you will return as Year 12 where you will be encouraged to gain further skills and knowledge for university and employment.


I would like to pay tribute to and thank all of the members of staff – tutors, teachers, support staff, mentors, teaching assistants, Heads of Year and many, many more who have stuck by you through thick and thin and have helped you every step of the way – what a great bunch of people! We all owe them a great deal for seeing us through to today.


These special moments, this assembly, your prom, your lessons, sports events ,will stay with you for the rest of your lives. If you ask any members of staff, many will remember the people they went to school with, they will remember the good times and bad times they had together. We all have a story to tell.


This is the last time you will meet like this as a year group in this setting. And today the school loses something. Every year group is special and every student within each year group is special – and the class of 2016 is no different. Our school today is losing a little bit of its identity and we will be left with the memories. These are what we will cherish in the years ahead.


Our school has a long history – and you have now earned your permanent place in the history books of LCHS. Many congratulations on reaching this point. But remember this - no matter how many years pass, you will always be a student of LCHS. No matter where you live or what you move on to, you will always be a part of our community.


So all I really have to say is – good luck with your results and take care of yourselves and one another over the summer period.


Mr Mckeown



Literacy:-   I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


Numeracy:- Understanding the EU referendum statistics


‘Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose’. Lyndon B. Johnson


This morning we have woken up to the voice of Great Britain wanting to leave the European Union. To the voice of the Prime Minister resigning and to various people calling the referendum a momentous victory and others calling it a disaster.   Sometimes it is difficult to understand where people get their facts and figures from and sometimes we can’t help but be worried about what the future may bring. Will it bring the prosperity and security promised or will it lead to economic disaster or indeed, will any of us notice any difference at all? What the vote to leave will mean for each one of us will only become apparent in the months and years ahead.

A student said to me this morning: ‘Will the UK be alright now that we are not in the EU?’ And, of course, the answer is yes, because no matter if you agree with the decision or not, there is no choice but for it to be alright. The electorate have voted and the communities within our nation will ensure that it is alright. Working together within a society which promotes tolerance, understanding and fairness will always be alright.

Another student said to me: ‘Well that’s it then – we just have to put up with it. We didn’t have the vote anyway.’   I would like to remind these students that every single one of you have it in you to positively affect our city and our country. Your thirst for knowledge and understanding are unparalleled and your ambition to be great citizens of our city is admirable. You have a voice, you have your ideas, you have your plans and ambitions and you will have the opportunities to shape our future, our country and our communities. I would encourage you all to be engaged in the debates, be involved in the opportunities and have your voice known. Who knows what the future brings? Our future is what we make it!

Quite aside from the news on the national stage, the news and achievements within LCHS this week have been absolutely staggering. I would like to pass on my thanks and congratulations to the following:-

•           Erin, our Deputy Head girl on receiving the published book, ‘Echoes’ with one of her poems included in it.

•           To Davindar for winning the Key Stage 3 Slam Jam competition and Charlotte for winning the Key Stage 4 competition and to everyone involved as LCHS was voted the best performing school.

•           To our Year 8 students who won 3 awards at the Bishop Grosseteste University gifted and Talented day.

•           To the students who represented the school at the Lincolnshire show and gained a ‘highly commended’ award for their display about Rocket Science!

•           To the Year 9 engineering class and their continued great work.

•           Year 7j/DM5 drama class for always being great listeners, enthusiastic and for making great progress.

•           To the Year 7, 8 and 10 rounders team and their success when playing against NK.

•           To all of the students, (who looked amazing) the staff who were fabulous (especially Mrs Beeson) and visiting employers who were so generous with their time in our Year 10 interview day. Good luck with the work experience!

•           To the Year 10 catering exam students – your food was amazing! Many congratulations.

•           The Year 6s who joined us on Monday and everyone who helped the day run so smoothly – it was a fabulous day!

•           To all of the students on the Boulogne trip who represented our school with pride.

•           To all involved in the D of E practice walk – nice to see you all made it back safe and well!

Another great week for our school – thank you everyone.


Have a great weekend.


M Mckeown


Reading:- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Numeracy:- working out a schedule for all my summer jobs


‘Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world’. Malala Yousafzai


Sometimes we forget about the difference one person can make. The difference each one of us can make to each other, the people around us, our community or city and then ultimately on the global stage. Some of us talk about the need to be famous or talk about fame as being the sign of success or the sign that you have ‘made it’ but I would argue that fame should not be the goal but is the product of a particular talent.

We should not aim to be the most famous boxer in history, changing the sport as we know it – but to be the best boxer we can possibly be. We should not aim to be the most famous footballer on the planet and sell our trophies in an auction for millions of pounds, but instead to be the best footballer we can be. Mohammad Ali worked on and used an extraordinary talent which is the reason why he is famous. Pele worked on his extraordinary talent, which made him famous. But both would tell you that it to so much time and dedication – so much work it consumed their lives. It was never easy for them.

‘I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' Muhammad Ali

You too can work on your talents to make them extraordinary, or work on a weakness to make it a strength. Never sell yourself short and aim high – through hard work and determination you can achieve great things.

Whatever your ultimate aims, you can change and make a difference to someone’s life right now. It does not take a lot of effort to be polite, to help someone out, support a family member, help someone with their shopping, to help a friend in need, to give to a charity. It just takes a strong character to stand up and do it because it is the right thing to do. You may not find glory in a sports arena, but it doesn’t stop you being able to do great things.

When an opportunity presents itself, will you take it?

Enjoy your weekend.


M Mckeown


Literacy:- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


Numeracy:- How much ‘complete dog food’ should my dogs be getting each day to maintain their ideal weight?


‘We should all consider each other as human beings and we should respect each other.’ Malala Yousafzai

I know that we were all shocked and horrified to hear of the shootings in a nightclub in Florida. It is hard for us to even contemplate how the survivors, friends and family are going to come to terms with such devastation and loss of life. Thank you to all of the students and staff who have shown support and solidarity to the people affected by this tragedy by adding to our displays around the school. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the families of those who have been affected.

We have also been reminded about how precious life is, when yesterday we heard of the passing of Jo Cox MP following an attack in her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. Again, such a tragic event that leaves us confused and disappointed in humanity. Our hearts go out to Mrs Cox’s husband and children at this extraordinarily hard time.

These tragedies remind us of what we have got and we must all make a promise to ensure that our time together is as good as it can possibly be. To embrace every day, not to waste a minute on the trivial and to concentrate on how we can positively affect the lives of the people that we see every day. To think about what we say and do and try to understand how powerful even the simplest of actions can be. We must stand together for our community, embrace its differences and celebrate its richness.

I would like to pass on my thanks and congratulations to the following:

•             Miss Fearns’ Year 8 and Year 9 RS classes for their work on peace and reconciliation.

•             To all of the students who are doing their practice D of E walk this weekend – good luck!

•             Mrs Stannard’s Year 9 class and their magazines.

•             Everyone’s help and support with the transition evening.

•             Everyone involved in the Rocket Science project – good luck next week at the Lincolnshire show!

•             Ellie and Charlotte who have been accepted to attend the Siemens ‘Females into industry Challenge.’

•             The students who visited RAF Scampton for the STEM day.

•             All students for their amazing work in DT.

•             All the students involved in celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival

•             The sports leaders who went to Ellison Boulters (despite the rain!)

•             To Jack, Archie, Kian and Imogen for their success and commitment in the recent county athletics championships.

•             The Year 10 Food group and their visit to Lincoln Hospital kitchens.

•             Dylan for stepping onto the Cricket team last minute to help them to victory!

Enjoy your weekend and embrace your community.


M Mckeown



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