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UKMT Junior Maths Challenge

On the 27th April 120 of our top Mathematicians from Years 7 and 8 participated in UKMT Junior Mathematical Challenge. The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate and each school receives a Best in School certificate. 

I am pleased to announce that this year one student gained a Gold certificate, twelve gained a Silver certificate and 21 gained a Bronze certificates. Our Best in School and Best in Year 7 and qualifier for the next stage, the Kangaroo Challenge, is Taeyoung Kim.  Best in Year 8 with Silver certificate is Jonathan Gulliver. 

Silver Certificates also went to Dawid Staniszewski, Harvey Whyte, Zachary Bolton, Jacob Mittoo, Abigail Woolley, Emma Blankley, Ronin Smith, Finbar Harvey O’Keefe, Rebecca Rees, Max Vyze and Tom Sanders. 

Our Bronze certificate winners are: Yasmine Ansell, Martin Prostak, Logan Kruger, Mia Carroll, Leila Coupal, Daniel Gould, Sian Chungh, Aaron Manuel, Annabell Hunter, Chloe Tsao, Benjamin Cowan, Lewis Clark, Eve Clements, Zuznna Kolodziej, Max Ralph, Evie Odell, Thomas Goldstraw, Jonathan Blunt, Eric Watts, Hugh Baldwin and Owen Barlow.

Congratulations to all participants and Good Luck to Taeyoung, who will be completing his Kangaroo Challenge on the 13th June.

Mrs Adamou  

Year 9 students visit Karl Blossfeldt exhibition

On 15th May a small group of Year 9 Photography students went to Solent Showcase Gallery to see an exciting photography exhibition featuring the work of photographer Karl Blossfeldt. The exhibition shows his original portfolio of 40 photogravures from 1932 around the theme of details in nature. The students were able to have a tour around the gallery.  After, working with artist and photographer Rosy Maguire, students went into the darkroom facilities of Solent University to use pinhole cameras and created their own photographs of nature. The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the best of their work is now on display in the gallery.

Mrs Cadle
Subject Lead for Photography



Southampton Film Awards

Please join us for the Southampton Schools Media and Film Awards on Thursday 29th June at Southampton Solent University - see our poster for full details.

Miss Turner
Subject Lead, Film Studies

Year 7 Camping Trip

With the weather improving, we can turn our thoughts to the camping trip in July.  Students will need to be in school at the normal time on Monday 17th July, in suitable clothing for the various activities and will return for the end of the normal school day on Tuesday 18th July.

Students will need a roll mat and sleeping bag (named) which will be taken to the campsite in a mini bus.  Students will go by double decker bus with their kit bag on their laps.  Please provide a packed lunch for the Monday, all meals will be provided after that.

Parents will be provided with the school mobile and the campsite phone numbers.  As both signal and mobile internet strength is not great in the New Forest and there will be no available power points to charge devices, we have decided that students will not be allowed to bring mobile phones on the trip.  There is no way of storing phones securely.  We will take ample photos and update the school twitter account and send emails showing progress of the trip. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch,

Mr Perry    
Martin.Perry@ushschool.org


Letters from the Library …

Members of the Year 7 Book Group are taking part in the 2017 Southampton’s Favourite Book Award.  Run by the Southampton School Library Service since 2010, the award is intended to promote the enjoyment of reading, and to encourage children to recommend their favourite, recently-published books for others to share.  And, of course, it recognises and celebrates children’s books! A long list is compiled from recommendations from children and librarians across the city, and is eventually whittled down to four titles.  The books must be by British authors and must have been published in the previous year.  This year, the shortlisted titles are:  Beetle Boy, by M.G. Leonard; Top of the Class (Nearly), by Liz Pichon; 13 Hours, by Narinder Dhami, and Petunia Perry and the Curse of the Ugly Pigeon by Pamela Butchart.

We are now busy reading the shortlisted books, and discussing them. So far, our favourite is 13 Hours. It is the tense and exciting story of Anni, who, along with her disabled mother, is held hostage in her own home for thirteen hours by masked strangers.  Those of us who have read it have found it almost impossible to put down! 

We shall all vote for our favourite in July, and the winning book will be announced and celebrated next academic year.  Will our favourite book win?

Dr Dutton


JET Staff and Parent Choir

All schools in the Jefferys Education Trust will be collaborating, once again, to stage the 2017 JET PROM at 7.00 pm. on Monday 3rd July at Central Hall.

The event will be featuring the Jet Staff and Parent choir which you are invited to join. No previous experience is necessary and we welcome mums, dads, grandparents, teaching staff, office staff, ex-students....everyone! Join in the fun, raise your spirits and help to bring our JET community together.

Rehearsals will take place in the music department of Upper Shirley High School on the following dates.

We would like you to ideally attend at least two of the rehearsals as well as the final practice.

MONDAY 12th JUNE 5.00-6.00pm

THURSDAY 15TH JUNE 5.00-6.00pm

MONDAY 19TH JUNE 5.00-6.00pm

THURSDAY 22ND JUNE   5.00-6.00pm

FINAL PRACTICE MONDAY 3RD JULY 5.30pm

PERFORMANCE MONDAY 3RD JULY 7.00 - 9.15pm

Please note, for those with child-care issues, children are welcome to come along to rehearsals, ideally with something to do quietly by themselves. 

Shirley Junior School PTFA invite you to Let's Rock Southampton! (Saturday 8th July)

We have been given the opportunity to sell discounted tickets to this event whilst also raising funds for the school. If you would like to book then please complete the attached form and return it to the office with your payment. Closing date for applications is Thursday 22nd June. We would prefer cheques if possible please made payable to Shirley Junior School PTA.

Want to learn the Double Bass?!

Our double bass teacher currently has spaces and would be very happy to offer lessons on a trial basis for the next Half Term.  If you are interested, please email me directly and we can set the trial lessons up.

Miss Shaw
Susanna.Shaw@ushschool.org

Finance News

Tile Barn Camping Trip

The final instalment for Tile barn was due last Friday (19th May). Please can we have final payments as soon as possible ?

Payment can be made by: 

  • online payment 
  • by cash 
  • Cheque 


Paris Trip

Final instalment of £105 due by Friday 9th June 

Payment can be made by: 

  • online payment 
  • by cash 
  • Cheque 

If you have any concerns regarding payment please contact finance@ushschool.org

Thank you


“You are very ambitious for the success of pupils and staff here and you drive improvement strongly and securely. You are supported in this by a strong senior team and effective middle leaders. ‘Learning without Limits’ is the clear message, and the expectation of all.” Ofsted 2016