Thanks to staff
USH Production of CATS
On Track for the Olympics?
Year 6 Transition Days
Year 5 Day
Last month we welcomed 120 Year 5 pupils from Shirley and Hollybrook Junior Schools to join us at USH to solve the problem of who stole the USH rabbit. The children were able to solve the mystery by using circle visual maps and four habits of mind (listening with empathy, creativity and imagination, thinking inter-dependently and questioning and posing problems). With the help of teachers across a number of subjects and Year 8 students, the Year 5s had to use these skills to deduce and uncover the true culprit. A fun and productive day was had by all and the Year 5s were introduced to skills and experiences they can expect when they join USH.
Mrs Moroney, Subject lead for Drama
Think IT at IBM
Ten girls from Year 8 visited IBM for two days for the Think IT event. The aim of the project was to inspire girls to take more interest in science, technology, engineering and Maths (STEM subjects), whilst also strengthening their soft skills and encouraging innovation. Each girl worked as a member of a team, along with girls from King Edward VI, Thornden, Mountbatten and Highcliffe Schools. Teams took an idea for an invention from an initial concept, working it into a marketable product which was then pitched to a panel in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style final activity. The girls made us proud by their team work and determination to complete each challenge. Well done to all the girls: Zoe Lamb, Rochelle Lowry, Adele Walker, Kelly Barlow, Lara Hicks, Daisy Lee, Chantelle Trevatt, Tina Jardim, Savana Dennett and Katarina Wilkins.
Chantelle (pictured right) said, “We worked in teams with students from other schools and had to design a product to help people fight crime. My team’s project was called Smartpoint, a device for an ATM to help people fight credit card fraud.” Savana (second left), “IBM was amazing; the visit gave us lots of different opportunities.” Katarina (first left), “We made friends with students from other schools which was good. The whole event was fun.” Tina (second right), “We had to make something creative and my team won the pitch with our idea of an eye scanner for a security system, so I was really pleased.”
Serious about Squash
Justin Basham, Year 7, competed in the squash event at the Hampshire Youth Games held at Aldershot on 22nd June. Justin played for the New Forest first team and, after leading the first stage, they came second overall, receiving silver medals. Justin was pleased to win three of his four games!
“I started playing squash around the time I started Junior school and I play once or twice a week, sometimes practising with my father. I train in Totton and I am in the first team for the New Forest. In the autumn I start training with Hampshire so I am hoping to represent my county in the future.”
Serious about Saxophone
Southampton City Athletics Championships, 4th July
London Performing Arts trip
Shirley Junior Sports Day 2013
On Friday 21st June, USH had the pleasure of hosting Shirley Junior School’s annual sports day. This event saw all of the students, teachers, admin staff and a large number of parents and grandparents converge onto the field for the fun, competitive and exciting sporting event.
As the children arrived dressed in their house colours and sporting some very creative team banners, the atmosphere was one of eager anticipation and excitement. The weather was kind, except for a brief shower which didn’t dampen the spirits of the children participating.
The event was organised in a way where each class took part in a series of eight multi-skilled sports activities, ranging from agility ladders to football dribbling. Points were earned and totals were to be added up to provide an overall house winner. The Year 9 sports prefects from USH were again excellent and helped to ensure the event ran smoothly and that the transitions between activities were seamless.
Important News about our Online System for Checking Students Attendance and Reports
European teachers come to Upper Shirley High
On Wednesday 3rd July, we welcomed six European teachers who are currently in the UK to observe teaching practice, with a particular focus on teaching foreign languages. The group included teachers from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Romania and they observed a variety of lessons in the English and Modern Foreign Languages department. Emma Rantakangas and Oliwia Kowalik from Year 7 were fantastic hosts for our visitors, taking them on a tour of the school and ensuring that they were able to find their way from one lesson to the next. They were also on hand to answer any questions the teachers had throughout the day. They were also able to enjoy a selection of food from our canteen in the Pavilions area.
The teachers really enjoyed their visit to Upper Shirley High and comments included:
Our students also enjoyed the experience, having the opportunity to chat to the teachers about their experiences in school and on trips such as the Barcelona trip. Overall, it was a successful day and we look forward to hosting more visits in September. Thank you to all the teachers who were observed, the students and the kitchen staff.
Eco update - solar toys and wildlife!
The Summer Break is Fast Approaching...
Learn & Grow Summer Programme
If so our FREE Summer Holiday programme could be just what you are looking for!
7-28th August – Every Wednesday 1-3pm
Upper Shirley High Market Garden, Bellemoor Road
To find out more contact the Learn & Grow Team at Solent EBP
Tel: 023 8072 5725/Email: email@example.com
Upper Shirley High Market Garden NEEDS YOU!
Southampton Holiday Hockey (for Year 7 age group)
Southampton Hockey Club are pleased to be running three summer holiday hockey sessions 10am to 12 noon on 6th, 13th & 20th August at Southampton Sports Centre (SO16 7AY)
NOVICES WELCOME TO COME AND TRY
All sessions overseen by qualified hockey coach with DBS check
Session costs per child £2:50 or £6 for all three sessions
Sticks and balls supplied.
Players will require trainers (no studs), shin guards and clothing suitable for weather
Requests for Leave of Absence
USH promotes healthy eating and therefore we do not allow caffeinated or energy drinks to be consumed during the school day.
Hay fever and Asthma
When your child is unwell