USH Newsletter

20th November 2015

  • Message from Mr Taylor

    As the Year 11 mock exams draw to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to commend the year group on their conduct and the resilience that they have shown over the last two weeks.  It is not easy to go through an intense period of examinations, but the students have risen to the challenge.  Staff will be going over the exams to identify how best we can support every student’s learning over the coming months.  It is also worth mentioning the younger students who have been amazingly supportive of the Year 11s throughout the fortnight.  It typifies the sense of community that we hold as a core value at Upper Shirley High.

    Whilst on the subject of community, I can’t think of a better example than the memorial service held on 11th November.  I was humbled and proud to have shared the experience with three generations of our community, collectively paying our respects to those who have served and to those who have died defending our way of life.  I would especially like to thank Matty Harman, our bugler, and the School Choir for their emotive performances.

    Mr Taylor
    Deputy Headteacher

  • Remembrance and Grandparent's Day

    On 11th November, we were pleased to welcome grandparents to School to help us mark Remembrance Day.  We have included some photographs of the event and would like to thank the grandparents who attended and helped us make the day so special.

  • Hairspray Worskhop

    A small group of students from Years 8 to 10 got to experience a tour of the theatre both front and back stage, a musical theatre workshop and a matinee performance of Hairspray at the Mayflower Theatre this week.  The tour involved learning about the history of the theatre, experiencing what it is like to sit in one of the boxes, finding out what the dressing rooms are like, seeing where the orchestra sits in the pit under the stage, learning how the scenery is lifted up and down in the flies above the stage and finally what it is like to stand on the stage in front of nearly 2000 people.

    After their tour, the students took part in a workshop about the musical Hairspray which involved learning extracts of songs and routines from the show and performing it at the end of the session.  Whilst having their lunch at the back of the balcony, the students were privileged enough to able to watch the Hairspray cast doing their vocal and physical warm-ups before the show, not something that the general public usually get to see!

    Finally they all settled down to watch the matinee performance of Hairspray which was full of uplifting and cheerful numbers with energetic dances and stunning vocal performances.  The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait to do it again.

    Miss Shaw

  • USH are joining the stampede!

    The Art department "Joined the Stampede" by collecting their Zany Zebra from Marwell Zoo earlier this week.  Year 9 students will be designing and painting the zebra as part of their GCSE Art course and we will be running a competition to name the zebra.

    For 10 weeks from Saturday 16th July 2016, a Zeal of Marwell's Zany Zebras will gallop through the streets of Southampton creating a fun, family friendly trail for all to enjoy.

    Look out for more about our zebra soon...

  • Whole School Careers Day, Friday 4th December

    A range of career related activities have been organised for all year groups.

    Year 9 will be experiencing the world of work when they  ‘Go to work with an adult’ for the day.

    Year 11 will be in school from 0830 to 0850 to attend a presentation about apprenticeships.  Students will then depart for either Richard Taunton’s Sixth Form College or City College where they will be ‘trying out’ a range of subjects. A mini-bus has been arranged to transport students to City College and back to school for the end of the school day.  Please note a packed lunch or money for lunch is required.  Students are not required to wear school uniform.

    If you have any questions regarding the above please contact

  • Cross Country Report

    It has been a fantastic start to the season for the Cross Country Team so far.  There has been great team spirit and work ethic. Particular mention to the Year 9 Boys' Team who have finished in the Top Three every week.

    Well done everyone, fixtures resume in March when the clocks go forward. Anyone interested in doing cross country please contact Miss Marks.

    Itchen Valley Country Park Results
    Junior girls 
    3 Isabella Fraiser
    12 Olivia Norton
    18 Ella Dodd
    22 Abigal Goldshaw
    27 Kitty Malone
    29 Lilly Lavin
    31 Ruby Hook
    38 Hannah Jewell
    45 Anna Hodges

    Junior boys 
    1 Toby Hale
    3 Luke Halford
    4 Oliver Cook
    7 Ben Bowles
    12 Leo Dobbs
    18 Victor Savage
    19 Zak Williams
    23 Tom Juarez-Townson
    24 Tom Goldstraw
    25 Ben Baker
    26 Jack Dodd
    28 Toby Budd
    39 Danny Bennett
    42 Leon Longhurst

    Intermediate girls
    2 Isabelle Bennett

    Intermediate boys
    5 Liam Biggs

    St Mary's College Results
    Junior girls 
    7 Isabella Fraiser-Corbidge
    9 Olivia Norton
    20 Holly Pitts
    24 Ella Dodd
    25 Eleanor Marshall -Cox
    34 Freya Bates
    38 Abi Woolley
    41 Lilly Lavin
    46 Lizzie Russell
    48 Amrit Chahal

    Junior boys 
    1 Toby Hale
    2 Leon Longhurst
    3 Luke Halford
    5 Oliver Cook
    12 Ben Bowles
    13 Leo Dobbs
    18 Zak Williams
    27 Toby Budd
    28 Jack Dodd
    34 Danny Bennett

    Intermediate girls
    3 Isabelle Bennett

    Intermediate boys
    4 Liam Biggs

  • Netball Results

    Here are the latest Netball league updates;

    USH 13-5 Bitterne Park
    USH 5-3 Greggs

    USH A vs Bitterne Park A (points were given to USH)
    USH A 6-16 St Anne's
    USH A 7-0 TSTC B
    USH A 1-9 Sholing A

    USH B 10-0 Bitterne Park
    USH B 5-2 TSTC B

    Once again, the girls displayed great team spirit.  Well done everyone!

    Miss Marks

  • Parenting Workshops

    We have had so much positive feedback from parents who have attended our previous sessions, which covered many aspects of Parenting Teenagers.  Our final session, "Managing Anger and Strong Emotions", promises to be both interesting and informative for all parents, whether you are already experiencing issues in this area or you just want to be prepared for everything that being the parent of a teenager can throw at you!  Please click on the link below to secure your place.  We look forward to seeing you there.

    Some quotes from parents about the sessions so far:

    "I am really looking forward to this as the last workshop was very enlightening"

    "I just wanted to let the person who organised the event know that I really appreciate them and think they are an excellent idea"

  • Job Opportunity

    Our Caterers at School, Chartwells, have a vacancy for a chef/cook at St Mary's School, Southampton.  You must have past catering experience.  The position is Term Time Only, 8am-2.20pm, five days a week.  Pay is £8p/h.

    Please call Carl on 07464 494784 for more details