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ISSUE 9 Summer 2010

WHERE WEVE BEEN I WHERE WERE GOING I WHAT WEVE ACHIEVED

WE ARE THE

CHAMPIONS!

Morecambe Community High School U13s rugby team were crowned Lancashire Champions after defeating Kirkham Grammar School in the cup final, held at Rochdale Rugby Union Ground.

The final was an exciting game which Morecambe won 33 – 5 against a skilled and well organised Kirkham team. Whilst the score appears comfortable it reflects some outstanding defence from Morecambe as well as some decisive attacking flair. The team coached by Mr True thoroughly deserved their success. The scorers for Morecambe were as follows: There were tries from Luke Bell (2), Louie Perruzza and James Robinson and three conversions from Oliver Johnstone who was also awarded man of the match. In a competition that is historically dominated by the Independent and Grammar schools of Lancashire this represents a fantastic achievement for the boys, who remain undefeated throughout the 2009 – 2010 season.

Twenty-four teams, stretching from Manchester to Morecambe compete for the trophy and our journey to the final began way back in September with a comprehensive 55 – 0 victory over Bury Grammar School in the preliminary round. This was followed in October with a 32 – 0 demolition of Manchester Grammar School – the stage where the “elite” teams enter the competition. A 44 – 17 quarter-final victory over Wade Deacon High School of Widnes in November drew us against the highly-fancied Lancaster Royal Grammar School, who had beaten Arnold School in their corresponding tie. On a bitterly cold February day Morecambe and Lancaster battled out a close, tense, competitive semi-final with Morecambe emerging victorious with a score of 14 – 10 to earn a place in the final. The Morecambe squad should be very proud of their efforts in that they are the first non grammar or non selective school to win the Lancashire Schools Cup in rugby for five years and only the second U13 squad from a comprehensive school to win the cup since 1999. A brilliant performance which crowned an excellent season!


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Welcome I started as Headteacher at Morecambe Community High School in April 2007. I recognised from the outset that we had the potential to be an outstanding school but that we needed to set ourselves ambitious targets both in external examinations and in serving the needs of our students. Some of the following reflect the ongoing school improvement agenda:

n A massive rise in examination results at all levels

Science

The Big Bang fair! Have you ever met a ten foot tall robot and survived?! Have you ever had ten thousand volts of electricity put through your mobile, and still been able to phone your mates afterwards?! Have you ever seen a coffee powered car?!

n It is anticipated that the 2010 results will also demonstrate significant further success n The sixth form has doubled in size n The school has gone from strength to strength in sport and performance n New facilities have been developed including a Multi Use Games Area and a two hundred seater theatre n A continued investment in high quality staff in all areas of the curriculum The school is now meeting those ambitious targets. It is serving the needs of the area as a community school. I could not be more proud of the school, staff and students, in realising the aims of parents and carers in achieving such consistently high standards. I believe that we are now ready to push on to deliver the very best in educational opportunities. I am very proud of what we have achieved in such a short time and I have every confidence that our success will continue with the support we receive from our local community. John McNaughton Head Teacher

Notice Board MORECAMBE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL 2010 I SUMMER TERM JUNE District Athletics Wednesday 30th Year 10 Enterprise Day Wednesday 30th Year 11 Prom Wednesday 30th JULY Year 10 Enterprise day Thursday 1st Community Concert Friday 2nd Community Concert Monday 5th Summer Concert Monday 5th Year 7 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 6th Year 13 Ball Wednesday 7th Sports Day Thursday 8th Sixth Form Taster Day Monday 12th School closes for Summer Wednesday 21st AUGUST GCE Results Day Thursday 19th GCSE Results Day Tuesday 24th Sixth Form Enrolment Wednesday 25th SEPTEMBER INSET Wednesday 1st Year 7 and Year 12 start Thursday 2nd Rest of school starts Friday 3rd

"We had a great time!"

Some of our Year 9s have! This year’s science trip to the Big Bang fair on Friday 12th March 2010 was far from a geeky science trip! Exploring the fair at the new Manchester centre 50 students from Year 9 met lots of employers and universities trying to encourage young people to try a career in science and technology.

Apart from the numerous free gadgets and gizmos available from the different stands, students met TV stars in the show “Bang goes the theory”; this is currently on tour around the UK and on your TV screens on BBC1 Monday’s at 7.30PM. Students were also able to try out science experiments around the fair with the RAF, the designers of the ThrustSSC (who hold the current land speed record), forensic scientists, and robotic engineers – to name a few. They also tried out different activities with some of the big employers in the UK such as EON, BAE systems, Shell, and Astra Zeneca.

English & Music Lancashire Book of the Year Award Students in 9x1 English have been involved in the reading and reviewing of many different novels which had been nominated for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2010. Four students from the group, Molly Duncan, Emma Gray, Kiera Doyle and John Hayhurst attended two area meetings at Garstang Library last term to discuss the class’ favourite books with students from another school. Molly and Emma then went to the first regional meeting at Preston County Hall (pictured) where the shortlist of ten books was revealed. On May 28th both girls attended the final meeting where, after hours of discussion and debate, Narinder Dhami’s Bang Bang You’re Dead was crowned the winner. Molly and Emma will be meeting the author on June 26th to present the award.

Poetry The Morecambe Community High School Spring Anthology was published this week. Poet and author James Nash (Coma Songs, Four Fathers) visited the school in March and ran a number of themed poetry workshops. Some of the work features in this year’s anthology along with contributions from a staggering number of students across the school, as well as staff. Copies are currently on sale for students, parents and teachers, and can be bought from reception For only £1 it’s an excellent investment in the young people in our community. Enjoy reading!

MCHS Students Explore Flooding and Climate Change Imagine your home is being flooded and you have to pack a suitcase in ten minutes – what would you take? That was the question asked of 16 of our Year 10 and Year 11 students who took part in a Lancaster University project to explore the effects of flooding and climate change. The students learned about the experience of leaving home at short notice through a workshop based on the experiences of many youngsters across Cumbria and Yorkshire who were affected by the floods of 2007 and 2008.

"Can we go again next year?!" All of the students on the trip were amazing and a real credit to the school! Hopefully next year will be even bigger and better with the opportunity of not just seeing shows but also attending workshops where students can design their own robots or be CSI investigators! So watch out Year 8, this is definitely one Big Bang that you don’t want to miss!

The activities had elements of the Citizenship, English, Science, Geography and ICT curricula all packaged into one stimulating event. These activities clearly got the students thinking on a very personal level about the forces of nature and the contribution that they may be making towards global warming and climate change. The workshop was led by Dr Marion Walker and Dr Beccy Whittle from the Lancaster Environment Centre, who have been conducting research into how children were affected by the Hull floods of 2007, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Environment Agency and Hull City Council.

Years 7 to 13 Production of Joseph Students from Years 7 to 13 combined once more to create an exceptionally successful interpretation of ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. A cast of twenty students, supported by a further twenty-eight singers and dancers, gave four outstanding performances over two days to packed audiences. Tom Pounder and Shannon Whittle gave dazzling performances every time, as Joseph and the Narrator. They were supported by the twelve “brothers”, who showed an amazing collaboration and gave consistently fantastic performances. Audiences were also treated to two wonderful solos from Mollie Wilson and Ellie Cozens. Comedy was provided by Declan Gleave and James Blacow, who played Potiphar and the Pharaoh. Furthermore, a beautifully poignant dance routine was given by Mollie Duncan during ‘Close Every Door’. Staff and students combined to provide live music and lighting, with close cooperation from all involved. There was a tremendous effort backstage and during the rehearsals, especially from the English department who directed the shows and the Music department who gave the musical direction as well as providing live music throughout each performance. The months of preparation and long rehearsals clearly paid off, as the audience demanded a reprise on the final night, all singing, swaying and clapping along with an encore of ‘Any Dream Will Do’. With the entire cast grouped together in full costume, and Joseph’s multi-coloured coat taking centre stage, the musical couldn’t be described as anything other than a huge success!

National Spelling Bee In March, four Year 7 students traveled to Bolton and took part in the Times National Spelling Bee. Amy Lawton, Ellie Cozens, Evie Longton and Molly Boardman were the lucky students chosen out of all of Year 7 to represent MCHS in this nationwide competition. They were battling for a place in the quarter finals and were up against local schools like Heysham and Ripley. The competition consisted of two rounds in which the girls had to spell words that left even some of the supporting teachers with baffled facial expressions. The first task was a knock out round and MCHS held strong but were knocked out when the spellings went from ‘medium’ to ‘verging on impossible’! The second involved the students spelling as many words as they could in a given time frame. Although they did not make it through to the semis, all girls did fantastically; they were wonderful ambassadors for MCHS and succeeded in spelling words far beyond the abilities of most Year 7 students.


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Welcome I started as Headteacher at Morecambe Community High School in April 2007. I recognised from the outset that we had the potential to be an outstanding school but that we needed to set ourselves ambitious targets both in external examinations and in serving the needs of our students. Some of the following reflect the ongoing school improvement agenda:

n A massive rise in examination results at all levels

Science

The Big Bang fair! Have you ever met a ten foot tall robot and survived?! Have you ever had ten thousand volts of electricity put through your mobile, and still been able to phone your mates afterwards?! Have you ever seen a coffee powered car?!

n It is anticipated that the 2010 results will also demonstrate significant further success n The sixth form has doubled in size n The school has gone from strength to strength in sport and performance n New facilities have been developed including a Multi Use Games Area and a two hundred seater theatre n A continued investment in high quality staff in all areas of the curriculum The school is now meeting those ambitious targets. It is serving the needs of the area as a community school. I could not be more proud of the school, staff and students, in realising the aims of parents and carers in achieving such consistently high standards. I believe that we are now ready to push on to deliver the very best in educational opportunities. I am very proud of what we have achieved in such a short time and I have every confidence that our success will continue with the support we receive from our local community. John McNaughton Head Teacher

Notice Board MORECAMBE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL 2010 I SUMMER TERM JUNE District Athletics Wednesday 30th Year 10 Enterprise Day Wednesday 30th Year 11 Prom Wednesday 30th JULY Year 10 Enterprise day Thursday 1st Community Concert Friday 2nd Community Concert Monday 5th Summer Concert Monday 5th Year 7 Parents’ Evening Tuesday 6th Year 13 Ball Wednesday 7th Sports Day Thursday 8th Sixth Form Taster Day Monday 12th School closes for Summer Wednesday 21st AUGUST GCE Results Day Thursday 19th GCSE Results Day Tuesday 24th Sixth Form Enrolment Wednesday 25th SEPTEMBER INSET Wednesday 1st Year 7 and Year 12 start Thursday 2nd Rest of school starts Friday 3rd

"We had a great time!"

Some of our Year 9s have! This year’s science trip to the Big Bang fair on Friday 12th March 2010 was far from a geeky science trip! Exploring the fair at the new Manchester centre 50 students from Year 9 met lots of employers and universities trying to encourage young people to try a career in science and technology.

Apart from the numerous free gadgets and gizmos available from the different stands, students met TV stars in the show “Bang goes the theory”; this is currently on tour around the UK and on your TV screens on BBC1 Monday’s at 7.30PM. Students were also able to try out science experiments around the fair with the RAF, the designers of the ThrustSSC (who hold the current land speed record), forensic scientists, and robotic engineers – to name a few. They also tried out different activities with some of the big employers in the UK such as EON, BAE systems, Shell, and Astra Zeneca.

English & Music Lancashire Book of the Year Award Students in 9x1 English have been involved in the reading and reviewing of many different novels which had been nominated for the Lancashire Book of the Year Award 2010. Four students from the group, Molly Duncan, Emma Gray, Kiera Doyle and John Hayhurst attended two area meetings at Garstang Library last term to discuss the class’ favourite books with students from another school. Molly and Emma then went to the first regional meeting at Preston County Hall (pictured) where the shortlist of ten books was revealed. On May 28th both girls attended the final meeting where, after hours of discussion and debate, Narinder Dhami’s Bang Bang You’re Dead was crowned the winner. Molly and Emma will be meeting the author on June 26th to present the award.

Poetry The Morecambe Community High School Spring Anthology was published this week. Poet and author James Nash (Coma Songs, Four Fathers) visited the school in March and ran a number of themed poetry workshops. Some of the work features in this year’s anthology along with contributions from a staggering number of students across the school, as well as staff. Copies are currently on sale for students, parents and teachers, and can be bought from reception For only £1 it’s an excellent investment in the young people in our community. Enjoy reading!

MCHS Students Explore Flooding and Climate Change Imagine your home is being flooded and you have to pack a suitcase in ten minutes – what would you take? That was the question asked of 16 of our Year 10 and Year 11 students who took part in a Lancaster University project to explore the effects of flooding and climate change. The students learned about the experience of leaving home at short notice through a workshop based on the experiences of many youngsters across Cumbria and Yorkshire who were affected by the floods of 2007 and 2008.

"Can we go again next year?!" All of the students on the trip were amazing and a real credit to the school! Hopefully next year will be even bigger and better with the opportunity of not just seeing shows but also attending workshops where students can design their own robots or be CSI investigators! So watch out Year 8, this is definitely one Big Bang that you don’t want to miss!

The activities had elements of the Citizenship, English, Science, Geography and ICT curricula all packaged into one stimulating event. These activities clearly got the students thinking on a very personal level about the forces of nature and the contribution that they may be making towards global warming and climate change. The workshop was led by Dr Marion Walker and Dr Beccy Whittle from the Lancaster Environment Centre, who have been conducting research into how children were affected by the Hull floods of 2007, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Environment Agency and Hull City Council.

Years 7 to 13 Production of Joseph Students from Years 7 to 13 combined once more to create an exceptionally successful interpretation of ‘Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’. A cast of twenty students, supported by a further twenty-eight singers and dancers, gave four outstanding performances over two days to packed audiences. Tom Pounder and Shannon Whittle gave dazzling performances every time, as Joseph and the Narrator. They were supported by the twelve “brothers”, who showed an amazing collaboration and gave consistently fantastic performances. Audiences were also treated to two wonderful solos from Mollie Wilson and Ellie Cozens. Comedy was provided by Declan Gleave and James Blacow, who played Potiphar and the Pharaoh. Furthermore, a beautifully poignant dance routine was given by Mollie Duncan during ‘Close Every Door’. Staff and students combined to provide live music and lighting, with close cooperation from all involved. There was a tremendous effort backstage and during the rehearsals, especially from the English department who directed the shows and the Music department who gave the musical direction as well as providing live music throughout each performance. The months of preparation and long rehearsals clearly paid off, as the audience demanded a reprise on the final night, all singing, swaying and clapping along with an encore of ‘Any Dream Will Do’. With the entire cast grouped together in full costume, and Joseph’s multi-coloured coat taking centre stage, the musical couldn’t be described as anything other than a huge success!

National Spelling Bee In March, four Year 7 students traveled to Bolton and took part in the Times National Spelling Bee. Amy Lawton, Ellie Cozens, Evie Longton and Molly Boardman were the lucky students chosen out of all of Year 7 to represent MCHS in this nationwide competition. They were battling for a place in the quarter finals and were up against local schools like Heysham and Ripley. The competition consisted of two rounds in which the girls had to spell words that left even some of the supporting teachers with baffled facial expressions. The first task was a knock out round and MCHS held strong but were knocked out when the spellings went from ‘medium’ to ‘verging on impossible’! The second involved the students spelling as many words as they could in a given time frame. Although they did not make it through to the semis, all girls did fantastically; they were wonderful ambassadors for MCHS and succeeded in spelling words far beyond the abilities of most Year 7 students.


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Specialist College News

Sports Report

100% Success Congratulations to our Year 11 students who have achieved a remarkable 100% A* - C pass rate in their KS4 ICT examination.

Well done to all students who took part.

The netball season has finally drawn to a conclusion with some highs and lows, celebration and commiseration!

The three teams were all selected to represent Lancashire in the North West of England finals. The North West regional final was held in Leigh on Monday 22nd March. Schools from throughout the North West of England competed to be crowned Regional Champions. The Year 7 boys’ team were 4th overall. The Year 8 girls consistently were positioned 2nd and 3rd throughout all their events. Consistency paid off however and the girls were crowned Regional champions, beating Helsby to second place by 16 points. The Year 8 boys, despite all being a little bit jaded from their tough Lancashire Cup Rugby victory the day before, came out with their usual fighting spirit. With a number of first positions in the field events, victory looked inevitable! The Boys were also crowned Regional Champions, beating off competition with a massive 50 point margin!

Maths Challenge

Pictured are the Langdale team members Beth Cambidge and Amy Wells collecting the winners plaque from Mr McNaughton.

Netball report 2010

Throughout the Spring Term the Year 7 and 8s have been competing in the Indoor Athletics competition at Lancaster & Morecambe College. The competition involved all local High Schools competing in events such as indoor shot put, triple jump, speed bounce and relay. The Year 7 boys and the Year 8 boys and girls were both crowned District Champions. The teams went on to represent the District at the Lancashire Championships in Chorley on the 4th February. Thirteen different boroughs from within Lancashire were represented with over 400 young athletes competing. Competition was extremely tough throughout and tensions were running high! Despite this our athletes competed to their usual outstanding standard and did not let themselves down.

This is an outstanding achievement especially considering the fact that ICT became a compulsory subject at KS4 when the school was awarded Maths and Computing Specialist College status. On average all students achieved at least half a grade above their target grade. Well done to all!

On the 10th March 2010 forty students took part in the Interhouse Maths Challenge. In their teams the students had four mathematical problems to solve; 'Frogs', 'Green Fingers', 'Nine Colours' and 'Taxi'. The students worked really hard for an hour and then the winners were announced. The winning team was Langdale!

Indoor Athletics

Congratulations to all athletes for their continued dedication and enthusiasm throughout! Our Year 8 Boys and our Year 8 Girls are the Regional Indoor Athletics Champions! Boys Golf Champions Year 8 Indoor Athletics Regional Champions

Golf 2010 After four hours of tight competition Matthew Crewdson, James Gillespie and Alex Briggs collaboratively scored the highest number of points, beating off all of the competition. Morecambe Community High School are District Golf Champions 2010!

District Team Champions Adam Chester – NW Lancs Gross Champion Matt Crewdson – NW Lancs Nett Champion Matt Crewdson & Alex Briggs – NW Lancs Team Nett Champions

Matthew Crewdson won best nett score with a 65.

Megan Cullen – NW Lancs Girls’ Nett Champion

Megan Cullen won girl’s best nett score with a 79.

Adam Chester and Matthew Crewdson won runners up in the team gross competition.

The Year 10 competition was few and far between this year with other schools struggling to get teams together. Despite this the Year 10s played a District final competition beating off Ripley to be crowned District Champions. Congratulations!

Golf

Adam Chester won best gross score with a 71.

Matthew Crewdson and Alex Briggs won team best nett score.

The Year 9 squad are committed and enthusiastic about their netball but unfortunately their results do not match their dedication. Stick with it girls and results will get better!

Summary of Success 2010

The same eight golfers competed the following week at Morecambe Golf Club in the North Lancashire School’s competition. Over 70 young players from around the County competed against each other. Competition was extremely fierce but fortunately we had the advantage playing on our home club course. Superb performances resulted in Morecambe being awarded most of the silverware! Megan Cullen

As the Year 8s started the season they were unbeaten and looked to continue this superb winning streak. Unfortunately the pressure of being unbeaten got the better of the team and they lost two games in the tournament! Huge shock and surprise was experienced by all players and they are out to regain the title next year.

The Year 11 had their ups and downs this season, playing outstandingly in some games and then having a ‘shocker’ in others! It all came together at the end of the season against local rivals. The girls’ performance was exceptional demonstrating everything that they have learnt in the 5 years of school! Unfortunately they narrowly lost in the final but can hold their heads high as District Runners Up!

The annual District School’s golf championship was hosted at Lancaster Golf Club on 21st April. Eight golfers from MCHS competed against other local High Schools with the aim of winning back the District Trophy. Conditions were ideal with little wind and not a cloud in the sky!

PTA

The Year 7s were slow to take to Netball this year until the very end of the season when over 35 girls attended practice. Unfortunately they had left it a little late as all friendly matches had been played and the tournament was just around the corner. Both the 7’A’ team and 7’B’ teams were runners up, narrowly getting Year 10 Netball Team beaten. Excellent potential has been demonstrated however and I look forward to us challenging for the Championship next year.

Indoor Athletics Year 7 Boys District Champions Year 11 Rounders Champions

Year 8 Girls District Champions Year 8 Boys District Champions Year 8 Girls Lancashire Champions Year 8 Girls Regional Champions Year 8 Boys Regional Champions

"Congratulations to all for a fantastic season!"

Sponsored Cycle Ride 2010 On a perfect day for cycling some sixty students, parents and staff cycled (or in some cases ran) the 11 mile route from Trimpel to Denny Beck and back. We hope to raise a lot of money to support the school’s “Safe in Your Hands” initiative. A big thank you to all who participated and supported this event and a special thank you to the staff and parents who acted as marshalls along the way.

Rounders The Year 11 rounders team had a successful end to their season by winning the District Rounders competition. All the girls have shown tremendous commitment to sport throughout their five years at Morecambe Community High School and this was such a lovely way to end. We would like to wish the girls every success and look forward to seeing them when they return to the Sixth Form in September. Well done!

Netball Year 10 District Netball Champions

Rounders Year 11 District Rounders Champions

Swimming Sophie Walker – Regional Champion, Year 10 District Individual Medley Champion Steph Spencer – Regional Champion, Year 10 District Backstroke Champion (new District record) Sian Spencer – Year 8 District Butterfly Champion


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Specialist College News

Sports Report

100% Success Congratulations to our Year 11 students who have achieved a remarkable 100% A* - C pass rate in their KS4 ICT examination.

Well done to all students who took part.

The netball season has finally drawn to a conclusion with some highs and lows, celebration and commiseration!

The three teams were all selected to represent Lancashire in the North West of England finals. The North West regional final was held in Leigh on Monday 22nd March. Schools from throughout the North West of England competed to be crowned Regional Champions. The Year 7 boys’ team were 4th overall. The Year 8 girls consistently were positioned 2nd and 3rd throughout all their events. Consistency paid off however and the girls were crowned Regional champions, beating Helsby to second place by 16 points. The Year 8 boys, despite all being a little bit jaded from their tough Lancashire Cup Rugby victory the day before, came out with their usual fighting spirit. With a number of first positions in the field events, victory looked inevitable! The Boys were also crowned Regional Champions, beating off competition with a massive 50 point margin!

Maths Challenge

Pictured are the Langdale team members Beth Cambidge and Amy Wells collecting the winners plaque from Mr McNaughton.

Netball report 2010

Throughout the Spring Term the Year 7 and 8s have been competing in the Indoor Athletics competition at Lancaster & Morecambe College. The competition involved all local High Schools competing in events such as indoor shot put, triple jump, speed bounce and relay. The Year 7 boys and the Year 8 boys and girls were both crowned District Champions. The teams went on to represent the District at the Lancashire Championships in Chorley on the 4th February. Thirteen different boroughs from within Lancashire were represented with over 400 young athletes competing. Competition was extremely tough throughout and tensions were running high! Despite this our athletes competed to their usual outstanding standard and did not let themselves down.

This is an outstanding achievement especially considering the fact that ICT became a compulsory subject at KS4 when the school was awarded Maths and Computing Specialist College status. On average all students achieved at least half a grade above their target grade. Well done to all!

On the 10th March 2010 forty students took part in the Interhouse Maths Challenge. In their teams the students had four mathematical problems to solve; 'Frogs', 'Green Fingers', 'Nine Colours' and 'Taxi'. The students worked really hard for an hour and then the winners were announced. The winning team was Langdale!

Indoor Athletics

Congratulations to all athletes for their continued dedication and enthusiasm throughout! Our Year 8 Boys and our Year 8 Girls are the Regional Indoor Athletics Champions! Boys Golf Champions Year 8 Indoor Athletics Regional Champions

Golf 2010 After four hours of tight competition Matthew Crewdson, James Gillespie and Alex Briggs collaboratively scored the highest number of points, beating off all of the competition. Morecambe Community High School are District Golf Champions 2010!

District Team Champions Adam Chester – NW Lancs Gross Champion Matt Crewdson – NW Lancs Nett Champion Matt Crewdson & Alex Briggs – NW Lancs Team Nett Champions

Matthew Crewdson won best nett score with a 65.

Megan Cullen – NW Lancs Girls’ Nett Champion

Megan Cullen won girl’s best nett score with a 79.

Adam Chester and Matthew Crewdson won runners up in the team gross competition.

The Year 10 competition was few and far between this year with other schools struggling to get teams together. Despite this the Year 10s played a District final competition beating off Ripley to be crowned District Champions. Congratulations!

Golf

Adam Chester won best gross score with a 71.

Matthew Crewdson and Alex Briggs won team best nett score.

The Year 9 squad are committed and enthusiastic about their netball but unfortunately their results do not match their dedication. Stick with it girls and results will get better!

Summary of Success 2010

The same eight golfers competed the following week at Morecambe Golf Club in the North Lancashire School’s competition. Over 70 young players from around the County competed against each other. Competition was extremely fierce but fortunately we had the advantage playing on our home club course. Superb performances resulted in Morecambe being awarded most of the silverware! Megan Cullen

As the Year 8s started the season they were unbeaten and looked to continue this superb winning streak. Unfortunately the pressure of being unbeaten got the better of the team and they lost two games in the tournament! Huge shock and surprise was experienced by all players and they are out to regain the title next year.

The Year 11 had their ups and downs this season, playing outstandingly in some games and then having a ‘shocker’ in others! It all came together at the end of the season against local rivals. The girls’ performance was exceptional demonstrating everything that they have learnt in the 5 years of school! Unfortunately they narrowly lost in the final but can hold their heads high as District Runners Up!

The annual District School’s golf championship was hosted at Lancaster Golf Club on 21st April. Eight golfers from MCHS competed against other local High Schools with the aim of winning back the District Trophy. Conditions were ideal with little wind and not a cloud in the sky!

PTA

The Year 7s were slow to take to Netball this year until the very end of the season when over 35 girls attended practice. Unfortunately they had left it a little late as all friendly matches had been played and the tournament was just around the corner. Both the 7’A’ team and 7’B’ teams were runners up, narrowly getting Year 10 Netball Team beaten. Excellent potential has been demonstrated however and I look forward to us challenging for the Championship next year.

Indoor Athletics Year 7 Boys District Champions Year 11 Rounders Champions

Year 8 Girls District Champions Year 8 Boys District Champions Year 8 Girls Lancashire Champions Year 8 Girls Regional Champions Year 8 Boys Regional Champions

"Congratulations to all for a fantastic season!"

Sponsored Cycle Ride 2010 On a perfect day for cycling some sixty students, parents and staff cycled (or in some cases ran) the 11 mile route from Trimpel to Denny Beck and back. We hope to raise a lot of money to support the school’s “Safe in Your Hands” initiative. A big thank you to all who participated and supported this event and a special thank you to the staff and parents who acted as marshalls along the way.

Rounders The Year 11 rounders team had a successful end to their season by winning the District Rounders competition. All the girls have shown tremendous commitment to sport throughout their five years at Morecambe Community High School and this was such a lovely way to end. We would like to wish the girls every success and look forward to seeing them when they return to the Sixth Form in September. Well done!

Netball Year 10 District Netball Champions

Rounders Year 11 District Rounders Champions

Swimming Sophie Walker – Regional Champion, Year 10 District Individual Medley Champion Steph Spencer – Regional Champion, Year 10 District Backstroke Champion (new District record) Sian Spencer – Year 8 District Butterfly Champion


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Geography

Languages Paris 2010

Hothersall Lodge

At 5am on Friday 2nd April, the Paris trip of 60 students and 6 staff set off on our journey, to the city of light, culture and romance!

On a rainy day in March, the Year 12 Geographers completed their AS fieldwork on the River Wyre.

While in Paris we visited the modern space age part of the city at La Défense, experienced the beauty of the Champs Elysees with the Arc de Triomphe and then the ultra modern experience of the Centre Pompidou. Disneyland was an unforgettable day for everyone, especially after they had been on Mrs Shand’s favourite ride ‘It’s a Small World’!

The students spent the day with expert staff from Hothersall Lodge in Longridge learning about rover processes and fieldwork techniques.

Trip to Italy Over the Easter break the Geography Department visited Italy. 47 students in Years 10 and 11 and 6 staff visited Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius. The trip flew from Manchester to Rome where we enjoyed a day in the city taking in the sights of the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Having established ourselves in a lovely hotel day 2 began with a trip to Magic World theme Park, Solfatara and Naples. Day 3 was the hi-light of the trip with spectacular views of Vesuvius and the unique buried city of Pompeii. On the final day students and staff travelled via boat to the Island of Capri, known for its wealth and style, taking in the amazing coastal features. In the afternoon we spent some time in Sorrento.

We also visited Notre Dame, where the students experienced ‘The Birdman’!, and at the Louvre everyone had the challenge of finding the ‘Mona Lisa’! At Montmartre we visited the oldest part of Paris and mixed with students from all over the world, while some students had their portraits drawn. It was an unforgettable trip, not only for the experience of shopping in Paris with Mrs Shand, but for the extremely entertaining commentary, on our travels around Paris, by Mr Watson and Mr Gierke; our many sing songs with John our fantastic Liverpudlian driver; making new friends from different countries in the International Centre where we were staying; the disco and Mr Watson’s quiz and the many funny moments, including the girls deciding to dress the boys up in their clothes and make-up! Everyone, including the staff, had a fabulous few days in Paris!

Recycling at Morecambe High School The Geography department have set up numerous recycling schemes within the school this year, recycling items including clothes to plastic bottles.

Plastic Bottles We successfully applied for a ‘New initiative recycling grant’ for plastic bottle bins to be placed in the school dining areas. These are being well used by students with lots of plastic bottles being recycled and we hope to apply for a grant to recycle cans next year!

Christmas Cards In order to put old Christmas cards to a better use and raise money for Charity, we set up a recycle station for old Christmas cards in January. These were then taken to Adsa who were taking part in a national Christmas card recycle scheme and money was raised for local charities.

Mobile Phones We have also set up a link with Mo-pay a mobile phone recycling company. Mo-pay have already visited the school twice in December and most recently in February to collect unwanted and broken mobile phones. This scheme enabled students to receive money for their phones, whilst raising money for the school and reducing our carbon footprint.

Textiles The school now has a clothing bank within the grounds for all unwanted textile items – such as clothes, shoes, bags and belts. This new initiative kicked off with a big clothing collection in February raising £160. Please continue to support this intiative by dropping any unwanted items into the clothing bank.

Light Bytes!

Haiti Charity Fund Raising A group of our students organised a series of fund raising events to raise money for the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquakes. These events included a sponsored silence, a cake sale, sponsored climbs on the climbing wall in the Sports Hall and two pyjama days. A total of £770 was raised and a presentation was made to Sarah Norris, a student who has previously lived in Haiti and who is helping to rebuild St Joseph’s Orphanage which has been totally destroyed.

Competition Welcome to Morecambe Community High School’s new mascot, designed by Jacob White, but can you answer the following questions?

At the top of Mount Vesuvius!

Italy trip bag packing As a fund raising initiative for the 2010 Geography department Italy trip two bag packing sessions were organised at Morrisons and Asda stores. The students worked hard and valuable funds were raised for the trip, £1200 in total.

n Who is behind the costume? n Can you think of a name for our new mascot? n Who made the costume? Answers to Mr Rafferty. Closing date: Monday 12th July. Year 8 students have worked closely with Lancaster City Council to design the newly opened adventure play area at Happy Mount Park.


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Geography

Languages Paris 2010

Hothersall Lodge

At 5am on Friday 2nd April, the Paris trip of 60 students and 6 staff set off on our journey, to the city of light, culture and romance!

On a rainy day in March, the Year 12 Geographers completed their AS fieldwork on the River Wyre.

While in Paris we visited the modern space age part of the city at La Défense, experienced the beauty of the Champs Elysees with the Arc de Triomphe and then the ultra modern experience of the Centre Pompidou. Disneyland was an unforgettable day for everyone, especially after they had been on Mrs Shand’s favourite ride ‘It’s a Small World’!

The students spent the day with expert staff from Hothersall Lodge in Longridge learning about rover processes and fieldwork techniques.

Trip to Italy Over the Easter break the Geography Department visited Italy. 47 students in Years 10 and 11 and 6 staff visited Rome, Sorrento, Capri, Naples, Pompeii and Vesuvius. The trip flew from Manchester to Rome where we enjoyed a day in the city taking in the sights of the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum and the Pantheon. Having established ourselves in a lovely hotel day 2 began with a trip to Magic World theme Park, Solfatara and Naples. Day 3 was the hi-light of the trip with spectacular views of Vesuvius and the unique buried city of Pompeii. On the final day students and staff travelled via boat to the Island of Capri, known for its wealth and style, taking in the amazing coastal features. In the afternoon we spent some time in Sorrento.

We also visited Notre Dame, where the students experienced ‘The Birdman’!, and at the Louvre everyone had the challenge of finding the ‘Mona Lisa’! At Montmartre we visited the oldest part of Paris and mixed with students from all over the world, while some students had their portraits drawn. It was an unforgettable trip, not only for the experience of shopping in Paris with Mrs Shand, but for the extremely entertaining commentary, on our travels around Paris, by Mr Watson and Mr Gierke; our many sing songs with John our fantastic Liverpudlian driver; making new friends from different countries in the International Centre where we were staying; the disco and Mr Watson’s quiz and the many funny moments, including the girls deciding to dress the boys up in their clothes and make-up! Everyone, including the staff, had a fabulous few days in Paris!

Recycling at Morecambe High School The Geography department have set up numerous recycling schemes within the school this year, recycling items including clothes to plastic bottles.

Plastic Bottles We successfully applied for a ‘New initiative recycling grant’ for plastic bottle bins to be placed in the school dining areas. These are being well used by students with lots of plastic bottles being recycled and we hope to apply for a grant to recycle cans next year!

Christmas Cards In order to put old Christmas cards to a better use and raise money for Charity, we set up a recycle station for old Christmas cards in January. These were then taken to Adsa who were taking part in a national Christmas card recycle scheme and money was raised for local charities.

Mobile Phones We have also set up a link with Mo-pay a mobile phone recycling company. Mo-pay have already visited the school twice in December and most recently in February to collect unwanted and broken mobile phones. This scheme enabled students to receive money for their phones, whilst raising money for the school and reducing our carbon footprint.

Textiles The school now has a clothing bank within the grounds for all unwanted textile items – such as clothes, shoes, bags and belts. This new initiative kicked off with a big clothing collection in February raising £160. Please continue to support this intiative by dropping any unwanted items into the clothing bank.

Light Bytes!

Haiti Charity Fund Raising A group of our students organised a series of fund raising events to raise money for the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquakes. These events included a sponsored silence, a cake sale, sponsored climbs on the climbing wall in the Sports Hall and two pyjama days. A total of £770 was raised and a presentation was made to Sarah Norris, a student who has previously lived in Haiti and who is helping to rebuild St Joseph’s Orphanage which has been totally destroyed.

Competition Welcome to Morecambe Community High School’s new mascot, designed by Jacob White, but can you answer the following questions?

At the top of Mount Vesuvius!

Italy trip bag packing As a fund raising initiative for the 2010 Geography department Italy trip two bag packing sessions were organised at Morrisons and Asda stores. The students worked hard and valuable funds were raised for the trip, £1200 in total.

n Who is behind the costume? n Can you think of a name for our new mascot? n Who made the costume? Answers to Mr Rafferty. Closing date: Monday 12th July. Year 8 students have worked closely with Lancaster City Council to design the newly opened adventure play area at Happy Mount Park.


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Star Students! Year 13 students Rachel Walker and Siobhan McGowan became the first people at Morecambe Community High School to be awarded the brand new A* for their Extended Project Qualifications. Rachel said, “Last year I was given the opportunity to complete the EPQ and I am really glad I went through with it. Completing the 5000 word research essay and the presentation on the relationship between Hollywood and Bollywood film industries was very rewarding. In September I plan to go to Durham University to study psychology and I believe the EPQ has given me an advantage over the other students who have applied. It has developed my skills not only in researching and writing but also in presenting to an audience, which has boosted my confidence. Also I felt really supported by my tutor and the other EPQ students.” Siobhan, who intends to study History at Queens, Belfast, added. “The fact that the topics of the EPQ were so different from anything that we did in school has also helped in broadening our horizons in preparation for university.”

Lord Moser

Football Champions!

The Sixth Form football team won the Lancaster and Heysham School Sports Partnership Cup Final with a thrilling victory over Our Lady’s Catholic College at Christie Park. A large and vocal crowd, complete with drum, turned up to offer their support in what turned out to be a close, competitive contest. Morecambe took the lead towards the end of the first half with a goal from Billy Akrigg but a moment’s lapse in concentration at the back allowed Our Lady’s to draw level almost immediately. The tireless Aiden Mason-Emmett restored the lead with a well taken goal, but once again we conceded shortly after. The winning goal was worth waiting for as Paul Beck stormed down the left wing before cutting inside and curling a fantastic shot past the keeper and into the top corner of the net. Even Andy Gray would have run out of clichés in his post-match analysis! Man of the match was Matthew Burns.

Voltage Group "Smile 2 Smile" has been busy raising money for the charity "Operation Smile". The charity helps children with facial deformities and their aim is to put a smile back on their faces. For the past month the group have been promoting and producing key rings and selling them throughout the school. They have raised over £120 in the first week and aim to continue to offer this service.

Lord Claus Moser, grandfather of Year 13 student Manuela Moser, came into school to speak to the Sixth Form as part of a Holocaust focus week. Lord Moser and his family escaped the persecution in Nazi Germany and settled In England. His long and illustrious career has seen him work at the London School of Economics, be the Head of Government Statistics, and warden of Wadham College, Oxford. He was also Chairman of the Royal Opera House for many years, a job that brought him countless joy when travelling around the world.

Morecambe Community High School I Dallam Avenue I Morecambe I Lancashire LA4 5BG T 01524 410 207 F 01524 420 156 www.mymchs.co.uk

Graphics: Silver Fox Creative t: 01772 681960 e: jb@silverfoxcreative.co.uk

Sixth Form


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