Headteacher’s Welcome

Maghull High School is proud of its ethos and standing within the community. Our talented and committed staff are dedicated to enabling each pupil to reach his or her full potential and to become mature and responsible citizens. We have a vibrant extra-curricular life not only through our specialist status as a Performing Arts College but also through our extensive sports programme and cultural experiences.

 

Ms Davina Aspinall

 

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Duke Of Edinburgh

The sun was shining over Rivington Pike as both the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh groups went out on the second training walk of the year.  To prepare them for their expeditions, this time the students walked with their rucksacks packed as though they were camping overnight.  This allowed them to have a real understanding of the weight they would be carrying on their backs and hopefully realise that 5 pairs of shoes really aren’t necessary, which some of the girls found out!  To keep their spirits up it wasn’t just Mr O’Thy’s awful jokes that made them walk faster, it was the new canine additions to the team who literally pulled them up and down the hills, sometimes in the wrong direction!  Mr Bellamy’s dog, Cody and Mr O’Thy’s dog, Honey joined the resident DofE dog Donny (Miss Garnett’s), but were sadly beaten to the finish line by the ever so competitive sixth form team, who walked 5.5 miles in under 2 hours!  The students will be putting all of the skills learned on the day walks into practice on their expeditions next, with the Bronze year 9 team out in May half term, and the Silver sixth form team out at the end of June. 

 

Technology Tournament

A team of year eight girls and year ten boys recently competed at the Rotary Club engineering and design challenge. The design brief was to create a prototype of a bridge, which could hold a pre-set weight and also lift to allow boats to pass through. Both teams worked well together and the year eight team won the KS3 challenge with a massive 15 point lead.  Meanwhile, the boys narrowly missed first place, beaten by only 8 points.  Six other schools entered, so this is a great achievement for both Maghull High teams.  Not only did school receive the top trophy but also a prize of £400. Congratulations to all involved and thank you for representing the school so brilliantly.

Dot Art Competition

This year the Art Department have entered year 9 GCSE Art and Design students into the Dot Art Schools competition. 

Year 9 have been working very hard on their first GCSE Art project based on Circus. Every student painted an A2 clown portrait to enter. 25 paintings were chosen overall. 

A panel of art experts have selected the top 3 art work from each school which now goes to a public vote. 

We need your support to vote for your favourite piece of Art work from Maghull High School. Please click the link below to vote. The vote will need to be verified through a valid e-mail address. 

http://schools.dot-art.com/school/index/name/maghull-high-school

Thank you for your support and please pass this on to family and friends. Every vote will count. 

Joint Music Concert

We would like to say a big thank you and well done to the year five pupils who joined us recently from Aintree Davenhill Primary school.  After a visit from our Head of Music Mr Dutch to their school, the whole of year five spent a morning with us in rehearsal and then many of them came back the following evening to sing for parents and staff.  They performed as part of a concert involving Maghull High pupils, peripatetic music teachers and our own staff.  After singing two beautiful numbers of their own, they then took part in the finale rendition of One Direction’s ‘That’s what makes you beautiful’, singing alongside our own pupils.  Thank you to all of the staff, students and parents who supported the event, particularly to Ben Delaney and Ross Carrigan in Year 13 who organised and ran the sound and lighting. The evening was enjoyed by all who attended and we look forward to our next joint venture.

GCSE PE inspired Sports Project

Working alongside SKY and the Youth Sports Trust, twenty Year 8 students have been involved in a GCSE PE inspired sports project. Welcoming athlete mentor and Championship boxer Courtney Fry to the school, students have been looking at the ‘Six Keys to Success’ and challenging themselves to set themselves goals for the future. In a recent visit to the school Courtney introduced the students to some boxing skills. During this workshop we discovered the hidden talents of Kaitlyn Grearly who achieved her black belt in Kick-Boxing at the age of eleven! The next phase of the programme will involve the students planning and delivering sports sessions to some of our feeder primary schools.

 

Coca-Cola Real Business Challenge 2016

Last month six students from our current year 11 competed in the regional finals of the Coca Cola Real Business Challenge 2016 in Manchester. They earned a place in the finals after beating thousands of other students across the North-West during a business challenge during our Enrichment program at the end of Year 10. Our students were up against nine other teams and although they didn’t come away with the win – they were very close and did tremendously well.  Their job was to design, plan and market an anti-litter campaign in their local area.  During a full day of competition the girls experienced working together as a team on a real business project working alongside a Coca Cola business manager

This is the first time in three years of entering the competition that students from Maghull High have made it to the finals - we are exceptionally proud of them!!!!!

The team are:  

Sian Burns, Lauren Cairns, Lauren Comaish, Emma France, Jess Holding and Rebecca Ingham

 

Robotics day 2016

 

 

 

 

 

In February the Computer Science department were delighted to welcome staff from the University of Liverpool to deliver a session on Robotics. Groups of year 8 pupils were given the opportunity to program 'Lego Mindstorms' robots, and learnt how to control them using different motors and sensors. Everybody involved made a great effort, and the University staff were impressed that some teams managed to get their robots to sense when they were approaching a barrier and to turn around. We discussed links with real world Computer Science, such as the use of artificial intelligence in self-driving cars. Pupils were also encouraged to think about the wide range of careers that use the skills and knowledge gained by studying Computer Science and ICT.