Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

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With our standards and expectations reaching ever higher, it’s easy to say that we can’t do it. It’s even easier to say we can’t be bothered – because that implies that we could if we want to, but we don’t.


I read this poem by ‘the People’s Poet’, Edgar Guest, who died in 1959, and thought that all those people who are expert and advanced learners could relate to the message in his work. Progress and learning isn’t always easy, but determination and resilience can ensure that you far exceed both your own and others' expectations.


Congratulations to all those who have shown the courage to carry on and not settle for second best! Keep reaching for your own personal excellence.


It Couldn’t Be Done

By Edgar A. Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But he with a chuckle replied

That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it”;

But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or quiddit,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat and go to it;

Just start to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.


M Mckeown



"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." Vince Lombardi


Literacy:- Currently reading ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell.


Numeracy:- Trying to figure out when the best time is to buy dollars with the exchange rates.


This week I have been delighted to read a lot of the information which has come out of our most recent student voice regarding the quality of teaching and learning. Before I go into that, I would like to thank all of the students and staff in every year group who have been a part of the student voice council and all of the students who have actively engaged in the recent debates in school. Your ideas and feedback are so useful for us as a school.


There are a lot of great ideas and it was nice to read that your favourite lessons include:

             Discussion and debates

             Group work

             Competitions

             Mind –maps, brain storming and memory techniques – including songs in Maths and MFL!

             Using our marking stamp

             Demonstrations and practical’s

             Variety of tasks

             Clear instructions of how to get to the next level

             Homework support

This is excellent feedback and I would like to thank our teachers on your behalf for providing such an enjoyable and stimulating learning environment.


This week, I would like to say congratulations and thank you to:

•             The Year 10 expert learners who enjoyed their well-deserved lunchtime reward

•             To all involved in the visit from Monks Abbey Primary School who enjoyed some BIDMAS madness with Mrs Quittenton

•             To Archie who came 1st in the 800m at the Northern Indoor Championships

•             To the Years 7 and 8 badminton teams and their matches against NK

•             To all Year 9 staff, students, parents and carers who came along to the fabulous parents’ evening last night

•             To our Polish and Slovenian visitors who spent a day with us as part of their Read, Write and Eat Project.

Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to keep striving for excellence.


M Mckeown


Good morning everyone. I really can’t believe that it has been a whole year since the last time I had the opportunity to address you all in these wonderful surroundings. Time really does go by so fast. So fast, in fact, that we seldom have the opportunity to appreciate the journey we have been on together. So fast, in fact, that we forget the detail of the events, conversations and lessons we have all been a part of.

I stand here today so proud of our school, so proud of our staff, so proud of our governors; of our parents and carers, so proud of you and the part that each one of us plays in our history. I stand here today so that I can encourage you to think about the challenges of 2016 and make new promises to yourselves for the year ahead.

So ask yourself: has 2016 been everything you hoped for? Have you made the progress, joined the clubs, worked for the community, helped your family, applied for university, or got that job? Have you ensured that you will look back on 2016 with pride - thinking it really has been a very special year?

You will all have different priorities in life, the things which make you tick: exam results, family, helping others, money or fame and fortune. But remember this – you all have the same very special gift inside you – regardless of your hopes and fears and dreams. You all have the gift to improve someone else’s life. You have the gift to help others. I don’t mean voluntary work – although it can be. I mean those daily acts of kindness which can lift the spirits of the people around you. A smile, a nice comment, an offer to help with a task, saying thank you – they are all the first steps to helping others feel better and, in return, you feel good about yourself.

You might ask me – why bother? I am too busy to do this….

Well, unfortunately, for some people, Christmas is not a time for celebration.  We may know people who have lost a loved one this past year or may be looking after someone who is sick. Some may be worried about loved ones who live abroad or who are serving in the forces in a conflict zone. Some families may be struggling financially and Christmas is a burden they really can’t afford. Maybe one of your priorities in the New Year could be that you look out for those who are not as fortunate as you.

You will only get one chance at 2017 – make it count. Make it count for you and make it count for others!

This past term has been amazing and I have been so proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of staff, students and governors to ensuring our school continues its long tradition of striving for excellence and being fiercely ambitious.

There are so many wonderful examples of this fierce ambition – far too numerous to mention all of them.

Football, netball, cross country, badminton, rugby, tennis, International Day, Citizenship Day, European Day of Languages, China trips, ski trips, our house system and prefect system - to name a few – are the things that make LCHS a school with a genuine community spirit.

Our recent performance of ‘That’s How We Roald Dahl’ was simply amazing. We must all be very proud of the exceptional talent we have in school. Both staff and students worked tirelessly to ensure this performance was truly one we will never forget. From actors to musicians; from directors to backstage crew – a sincere thank you to all involved for making the end of this year so special.

Our Open Evening in September saw over 1000 people attending. Prospective students and their parents saw the best we had to offer, including our fabulous facilities and, most of all, our talented and amazing students. Students performed plays and music, acted as guides and were excellent ambassadors for our school. It was a great evening and one which will stay with me for a long time.

It has been a very busy start to the year with the Year 7 foundation service, construction week, senior prize giving, Chinese exchange visits, basket weaving, the amazing brick lincs event, the malteser challenge, the Roald Dahl dress up day, student voice, Sixth Form trips, field trips, Connor being accepted onto the young engineer programme, Sophie raising over £700 for Macmillan Cancer by shaving her head, the Year 9 Steps to Success performance, welcoming our visitors from Amsterdam, Isla winning the National Spirited Arts competition, Year 11 gaining distinctions for their work experience placements, the Spanish trip, students’ competing in the Rotary Chef competition, our new reading scheme launch, the impressive Sixth Form convention, the trip to see Leicester Tigers, World Hello Day, becoming an official DoE centre, our exceptional students who won the Project X competition at RAF Waddington – after 7 years of trying - not to mention the Christmas fayre and the Children in Need activities – the list really is endless.

All of this is just for this term. It is staggering! We have come a long way. You have worked exceptionally hard in your lessons – aiming for highly aspirational and challenging targets. I am very proud of how you have taken on the challenge to exceed expectations.

All of these things are examples of how commitment, hard work and an inspiring sense of community can lead to very special outcomes. The students and staff involved in all of these things have shown an ‘I CAN’ attitude, a ‘WE CAN’ attitude. With this attitude, it becomes very clear that through determination, resilience and working together, extraordinary things can happen.

I read in a newspaper article that students in England make less progress with their studies than students in many other countries. I wonder why this is. Don’t we want success? Don’t we have a passion to succeed? Don’t we want a life that is meaningful? It doesn’t have to be this way. But there is only one person that can change this. You.You have one life – live it!

Each one of you is extraordinary. You all have something very special to show or to give. Each one of you has it in yourself to be inspiring and motivational – to stand out from the crowd and show that we can positively influence and change the lives of the people around us as well as our own. 2017 will present new challenges.

We will ask you for an even higher standard of behaviour. We will ask you to look even smarter in your uniform and insist that you focus on reaching for aspirational targets. How will you react when we ask for more? Will you let 2017 come and pass and get to this point next year not being any further on than this? Will you opt out because to make a difference is difficult and takes effort? Or will you take up the challenge and be determined that 2017 will be the year of change – where you fulfil your potential and use this great gift inside you? Why should a student in another school or another country do better than you? You deserve the best and you deserve to be proud of your achievements.

I challenge us all here today – students, staff, governors, parents, carers – to present an unswerving determination which will ensure our school continues to grow, develop and improve even further.

Never forget – we are Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School – we are LCHS! Merry Christmas. Mr Mckeown

‘Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.’ Helen Keller


Literacy:- Currently reading ‘Cloud Atlas’ by David Mitchell.

Numeracy:- Trying to figure out when the best time is to buy dollars with the exchange rates.


So here we are. 2017 is well underway and the excitement of Christmas and New Year has passed. However, we are not so far into the year that we have forgotten what we promised ourselves in 2017: how 2017 would be better; how we would progress in our studies or personally. It is though the time where these promises don’t seem as important or when New Year’s resolutions get broken.

If they do get broken or not followed at all, what does 2017 leave us with? A re-run of 2016? No step closer to our goals?

For some of you – that might be okay but, for others, the idea of having the same as 2016 or being no further on than in 2016 would be a very poor option.

As I said at the Cathedral service, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to let the pessimism take over: it’s too hard? Will optimism win? Will optimism drive you to your goals so that you can hold your head up high and be proud that 2017 is as great as it can be.

I repeat a message I shared with you before. Why should you not be excellent? Why should you not make as much progress as and achieve just as much as any other young person in any other school in any other city and have the same life-changing experiences? Don’t sell yourself short and don’t let these opportunities pass you by. Never settle for second best.

Remember you are part of something special. Together we are LCHS!

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

•             The Year 7s for their drops of kindness display

•             The Year 10 football team for their performance in the County cup against King’s Grammar

•             The Year 7 History homework on castles

•             To Courtney and Cassie for winning the bookworm award for term 1 and 2

•             The A-Level Biology students on their work with dissecting a lambs heart

•             Everyone involved in the marshmallow challenge

•             For all staff, parents and students who came to the Year 13 Parents’ Evening on Thursday

•             To Year 9 students, Niven and Joe on winning the Lincolnshire Gifted and Talented Science and Technology competition

•             The Year 9 badminton team and their win against NK

•             The Year 7J – Dance class – amazing commitment and enthusiasm

•             The Year 7 gymnastics class

•             The Year 9 football team and an unforgettable performance coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 – amazing!

All of these people have already made steps to ensuring 2017 has some great memories. What is your first step going to be?

We have a busy week ahead. Not least for the Year 11s as they pick up their exam results on Monday morning and have their Sixth Form interviews. The very best of luck to you all.

Enjoy your weekend – and wrap up warm!


Mr M Mckeown



If you only take one thing away from this week’s blog, it needs to be to go and see the school production of, ‘That’s How We Roald Dahl.’  It is absolutely stunning.  Full of original scripts, fabulous music written by our students and superb acting – all based around the much loved characters created by Roald Dahl.  It is a genuine treat.  7pm in the main hall - £3.


A massive thank you to everyone involved in the production – it really is a triumph.


We have had another busy week and are now very close to the Christmas break.  I would like to say a massive well done to all of our Year 11 students and many of our Sixth Form students who have performed so well during the mock examinations so far.  Your work, effort and commitment to doing well is fantastic.  We are all very proud of you and wish you well for the week ahead.


I would also like to thank the following students for their work and effort this week:

  • Matthew, James and Jack with their stylophones for product design;
  • Anastasia with her levitation device;
  • Mr Chapman’s Year 7 class for their ‘bits in a box’ project;
  • Everyone who took part in the performance from the Half Eight on Thursday – delivering a message of e-safety and cyber bullying;
  • All of the Year 7 students who made the Christmas biscuits;
  • Everyone involved in raising money for the Lincs2Nepal charity fund raising;
  • Years 9 and 10 football teams and their results against CWCS;
  • Everyone who helped out with our Year 5 visitors from our partner primary school who came to watch, ‘That’s How We Roald Dahl’;
  • Year 9 students who passed their entry level Latin.



We may only have just over a week left but it is a packed agenda coming up.  With the Christmas fayre and concert on Wednesday, the dance exhibition on Thursday night, the Christmas Dinner on the following Monday and the cathedral service on the last day, we will end 2016 knowing this has been a great year.


Enjoy your weekend.


M Mckeown