USH Newsletter

17th May 2019

  • Mayor Making Ceremony 2019

    Councillor Stephen Barnes-Andrews invited four USH student to attend the 797th Mayor Making Ceremony at the Guildhall on 15th May.


    Mrs Floyd accompanied John, Favour, Rhys and Ryan to the event.  This wasn’t an event that they had ever attended before and they all found different aspects of it really interesting.

    Mrs Floyd enjoyed the company of the students and the students enjoyed representing USH.

    'It was a very interesting experience' - John

    'It is interesting and fun to experience' - Favour

    'It is not everyday you get to witness a Mayor Making Ceremony, it is very special' - Rhys

    'It was cool to watch history being made' - Ryan

  • Year 11 GCSE Exams

    The first week of the summer written exam season has been a successful one for the USH students. There has been a real buzz around the year group as they have focussed their efforts on English Literature, Computer Science, PE, Drama, French, Biology, Chemistry and Portuguese exams.

    Well done to all of Year 11 this week – you have been a credit to the school and we look forward to continuing the exam successes over the coming weeks.

    Mr Hall – Head of Year

  • Student Leadership Presentations

    The Year 10s that have been shortlisted for the new student leadership team have been presenting ideas all week to the staff leadership team. There have been some fantastic presentations that have been well thought through and well rehearsed. The process will continue into next week and students will received letters regarding what role they have achieved before the end of this half term. If they are being put forward for Head boy/Head girl, they will have to run a campaign.


  • 1st Place for Abi

    On the 6th May Abi B took part in the Hampshire Athletics multi-event championships – Pentathlon at the Mountbatten Centre. She achieved 1st place with a total of 2183 points. Abi did excellently in a number of different events to achieve this high score:

    High Jump 1.45m , Long Jump 4.21m, Shot Putt 6.26m, 70m Hurdles 13 seconds, 800m 2.47.30.


    Alongside this Abi has also gained first place in Southampton for cross country in her year group.

    Very well done!


  • Cricket Season Begins with a Win

    Congratulations to the mixed Year 9/10 cricket team who won their opening game of the season this week against the Greggs school. Batting first, Greggs scores 101-3 of their allotted overs which at school level is a pretty good score. In reply, USH batted sensibly at first before showing some excellent attacking intent in the latter overs to end up scoring 105-3 and therefore winning by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare. Bowling successes came from Waris H who picked up 2 wickets and on the batting front, Jacob M (35) and Waris H (24 not out) batted excellently, ably supported by Luke N. Well done to all involved and we look forward to our next game against Cantell after half term.

    Mr Hall

  • Year 11 Footballers Finish with a Flourish!

    Friday 10th May brought to the end the Year 11 football season, in a week where disappointment in the League cup final was fresh in their mind the players needed to re-focus for the Division 1 league title play off. Long standing rivals Wildern were the opposition at neutral ground St George school for an eagerly anticipated fixture. The game kicked off with USH displaying the sort of possession and composure that has become a feature of our play this year, though conceded from an early free kick. However, USH soon create their own opportunity with Ewan scoring 2 and Samuel poking home a cross before Ewan  delivered a stunning strike that the goalkeeper could only parry into his own goal. Half Time USH 4 Wildern 2.


    Wildern started the second half at speed and were able to score a 3rd before a vital saved penalty by goalkeeper Ben prevented the score being levelled. USH, reverting to their quick 2 touch passing and movement rallied and goals from Reece, Ebenezar and a contender for goal of the season by Ollie sealed the well deserved victory for USH. 


    What a game to finish on! Well done boys!


    Mr Staples


  • Help us win £5,000 for the school library

    The National Book Tokens annual schools competition is back. Please nominate USH and we could win a massive £5,000 worth of book tokens for USH – enough to buy hundreds of new books for the Library! All you have to do is enter online – it only takes a minute, and if your entry is picked you’ll win £100 of book tokens for yourself.

    The competition ends on 31st July 2019, so please get voting at:

  • National Numeracy Day

    To celebrate National Numeracy Day on Wednesday, the students took part in a Staff Numeracy Challenge, where staff wore badges with different numbers. Students went around the school finding out the numbers and then completing a calculation sheet related to the staff names and numbers.

    4 winners were drawn from the entries submitted, these were:


    Bart in 7A1

    Alfie in 8V1

    James in 8V1

    And Ela & Crystal in 9V1

  • Annual Swimming Gala

    On Wednesday 8th May, the ‘USH Swim Team’ competed at the Annual Swim Gala hosted by The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex in Southampton. Eight Southampton Schools were present at the event and USH took 35 swimmers from years 7-10 to take part. It was a great afternoon and we had some great wins, with the following students achieving GOLD in their individual event:

    Dominik K – 50m Breaststroke

    Oliver C- 25m Butterfly

    Issy T- 50m Backstroke

    Evie T- 25m Butterfly

    Maisie L- 50m Breaststroke


    A massive thank you to all the swimmers that took part, you were a credit to the school.

    Miss Dunne and Miss Wright-Davies

  • Finance News

    Aladdin Theatre Visit – School Production Cast & Crew - If you haven’t yet returned the permission slip, or paid the deposit, then there is still time to join the trip! The total amount is £43, to be paid by 24th May 2019. If you have already paid the deposit for Aladdin, the final instalment of £33 is due.

    Paris Trip October 2019 – Year 7 Parents – The first instalment of £150 is due Friday 24th May 2019.

    Ski Trip 2020 – The first instalment of £150 is due Friday 24th May 2019.

    Payments can be made by Cash, Cheque (Please make cheques payable to “Upper Shirley High School”) or using our online payments system. If you would like to set up an online account, which will give you access to top up catering accounts and make payments for trips, please contact us and we can provide all the relevant information.

    If you are having any difficulty in making payments for any trip in line with the scheduled instalment dates, please contact the finance office at the earliest opportunity on to discuss the possibility of a revised payment plan.