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Principal's Update

After our OFSTED inspection which confirmed the positive progress the school has been making life goes on and we continue to focus on moving the school towards excellence. The last inspection was just another point on our journey to excellence and there is still a distance to travel but I would like to take this opportunity to thank people for their congratulations and support of the school on the inspection report as well as to thank the staff and students for their hard work in attaining a good judgement.

GOLD AWARD PRESENTATION AT ST.JAMES’S PALACE LONDON

On Wednesday 25th March I had the privilege of attending the Gold Award Presentation at St James’s Palace in London. A large number of our former and current students, having successfully completed their Gold Award, were invited to attend the Palace to receive their certificate from Prince Philip himself. My role that day was as a ‘Marshal’, essentially to be a representative from the D of E centre and provide a very minor role in supervision and the running of events. These students had successfully completed each of the five sections which make up the Gold Award...
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Sports Presentation 2015

Our annual Sports Presentation has been confirmed for this year as Thursday 2nd July at Ruskin Leisure in St. Helens.

The night will consist of celebrating our team and inidivudal successes this year with presentations made to Successful Sports teams as well as presentation of sports ties & special awards. 

Follow the link below to find all the details, you do not want to miss out.
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GCSE GEOGRAPHY REVISION TIPS

Since the beginning of March, the Geography Department has been running Year 11 revision classes after school in preparation for their GCSE exam. We have been fortunate enough to have two AQA examiners come in and speak to the students about the exam. Dave Hibberd delivered a session about the Physical Paper on Tuesday 10th March and Martin Foulkes ran a session about the Human Paper and effective exam techniques on Tuesday 28th April. Here are some useful revision tips which can be applied to all subjects:
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Industry Day at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

The life sciences sector in the UK continues to evolve at a rapid rate and it is essential that the next generation of scientists have the skills and background knowledge that both they and business require to be successful in the future. This half term a group of Year 8 students took advantage to meet scientists currently working in industry to discover some of the opportunities available in the Science sector... 
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Year 9 St. Helens Cup Success

Congratulations to our Year 9 Football team who beat Hope Academy 6 - 0 in the St. Helens Cup final meaning the team have made it three consecutive final wins in a row. 
The Year 9 Rugby team had similar success also edging out Hope Academy in the St.Helens Cup semi-final winning 33 - 30. The team will now face Haydock in the Final.

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UKMT INTERMEDIATE MATHS CHALLENGE

Well done to all Year 10 students who took part in the UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge in February. Eighteen students were awarded certificates, a brilliant achievement!
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UKMT PINK KANGAROO CHALLENGE

Congratulations to Matthew who successfully completed the UKMT Intermediate Maths Pink Kangaroo challenge. Around 5000 students completed the challenge nationally and Matthew was in the top 25%.
WELL DONE!

Students Perform on Wish FM Stage at Haydock Park Family Fun Day

On Saturday 4th April, the first weekend of the Easter holidays, myself, Emily and Katherine attended an event at Haydock racecourse. We were each fortunate to have the opportunity to sing four songs on the Wish FM stage. The stage was located near the entrance of the racecourse and was surrounded by chattering people. The weather was really lovely, and I was very excited to perform. I had a great view of the event whilst on stage and enjoyed singing and playing guitar very much...
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Edge Hill Mathematics Challenge

Congratulations and well done to the following Year 9 students Leah Jones, Jessica McCarthy, Holly Mantova, Rachel Parker and Becky Tinsley who have successfully made it through to Stage 2 of the Edge Hill University Mathematics Challenge. Good luck in the next round girls!

X Factor Star Delivers Cyber Bullying Message

X FACTOR contestant Danny Dearden gave students a musical treat as well as delivering an important message on cyber bullying. The Rochdale singer, who reached the judges’ house stage of last year’s X Factor with mentor Mel B, sang for students in Years 7, 8 and 9 last Tuesday morning....
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Good Luck Girls

Good luck to our Girl's U15 Rugby Union team who are competing at the National Competion at the weekend down in London. The girls will play a series of group games with the chance of playing the semi finals on the hallowed turf of Twickenham if they finish in the top 4.

The girls visited Sale Sharks on Wednesday night for a tour of their training facilities and had a light training session with one of the clubs coaches. The girls loved the experiance and we would like to thank them for the opportunity.

Good Luck Girls.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month 2015

We are celebrating Mental Health Awareness week from Monday 11th to 17th May 2015. 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental illness in any given year. Help raise awareness of these important issues, find out more at www.mentalhealth.org.uk or watch a short video.

Summer Extra Curricular Programme

New summer extra curricular programme starts next Monday with plenty on offer for pupils across the summer term.

Follow the link below to find out what is on offer & keep following our sports pages, twitter & notice boards in PE to find out upcoming events & fixtures.
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It's official! Rainford High is a GOOD school across all areas!

I am pleased to inform you that the outcome of the OFSTED inspection on the 17th and 18th March 2015 was that Rainford High has been judged to be a GOOD school across all areas. The front page of the report that identifies why the school is good and what the school needs to do to become outstanding. The full report is available on the school website and will be published on the OFSTED website next week after the Easter weekend.

It is the first time since October 2004 that the school has been judged GOOD and this is an important point on the schools journey to excellence. Since my arrival in September 2012 the aim has always been to make Rainford High the best school possible and to become an outstanding school.
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BRAVE STUDENTS HANDLE WILD ROADSHOW ANIMALS

As part of the Year 9 Geography course we look at Natural environments and ecosystems. Year 9 recently enjoyed an annual visit from the Wild Roadshow, who bring into school a selection of desert and rainforest animals. This year there was a giant African land snail, a tarantula, rainbow Boa snake and a bearded dragon amongst others...
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WEDNESDAY DROP IN CLINIC OPEN TO STUDENTS FROM ALL YEAR GROUPS

Receive frienship and relationship advice and support from someone you know and can trust. Our school nurse Lisa Heyes provides a confidential service every Wednesday lunch time. Your school nursing service can work both in and out of school to help provide or find you support about: Keeping Healthy, Immunisations, Emotional Health, Weight Management, Sexual Health, Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol. For more information visit the facebook page 'bridgewaterschoolnursing' or follow on twitter @Bridgewater_NHS
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MONDAY DROP IN CLINIC OPEN TO YEAR 9 AND OVER STUDENTS

Receive sexual health and relationship advice and support from someone you know and can trust. Our school nurse Lisa Heyes provides a confidential service every Monday lunch time. Your school nursing service can work both in and out of school to help provide or find you support about: Keeping Healthy, Immunisations, Emotional Health, Weight Management, Sexual Health, Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol. For more information visit the facebook page'bridgewaterschoolnursing' or follow on twitter @Bridgewater_NHS
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The Science Squad Needs You!

Do you have an ardent curiosity and zeal for the world of Science? If so, then the Science Squad is perfect for you. Open to Years 7 and 8, the squad runs on a Thursday lunch time and is for any student who wishes to explore the scientific wonders of the world. From researching, to designing and conducting experiments, the squad has a range of activities for you to enjoy. The learning experience will differ from curriculum learning as you learn how to make jelly a good building material; how rocks and volcanoes are linked; how energy transfers can be used for good effect; and a whole host of other interesting topics to engage in...
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BUZZ BUZZ BUZZING AROUND RAINFORD THIS SUMMER!

Bees, they provide the world with honey and pollinate our crops. A third of the food we eat is pollinated and bees are the cause, whether you’re eating an onion, mustard or chilli peppers – bees have had their hand in getting that food to you. Their value to the economy and food supply of the UK is of extraordinary proportions. And now, Rainford High School shall be getting its own set of these marvellous creatures!
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RGS GEOGRAPHY AMBASSADORS ENTHUSE YEAR 9 STUDENTS

Students in Year 9 were lucky enough to be visited by Geography Ambassadors from the Royal Geographical Society (RGS). The Ambassador scheme sees university students visit schools to talk to students about the importance and relevance of Geography. Alex and Christian, two students from Chester University, spent two days in February with our Year 9 students talking to them about the relevance of Geography...
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Sports Round Up March

Read the full story below to find out what has been happening on the sporting front. It has been an action packed term so far with fixtures across football, rugby for both boys and girls, netball and cricket with trophies being won across a wide range of activities.

Also remember to follow our Twitter page for all the latest pictures and updates.

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GCSE Revision Sessions Available

The Year 11 GCSE Revision Timetable is now ready for you to download. It is important that all students are revising for a minimum of 2 hours per night and are making use of the weekends. Please attend revision sessions for any subjects you are struggling with so support can be given.
 
Any queries please contact Mr Kenyon via email kny@rainford.org.uk
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All-Weather Pitch Reopens

The all-weather pitch was taken out of use just after the November half term due to the very poor weather. It is now possible to reopen this facility for students, however, we are requesting that students wear the appropriate footwear to ensure that they can use the surface without fear of slipping and potential injury. We do of course reserve the right to close this facility in the event of heavy rain or snow.


Election of Two Parent Governors

I can confirm that the successful candidates for Parent Governor are Mrs Kirsty Haw who has been voted in for her second term of office, and Mr Keith Powell. I would like to thank all four candidates for their willingness to stand for Parent Governor Election.
Ian Young
Principal
13th February

Learning Beyond the Classroom at Sefton Coast

Students who study Geography at A-level are required to take part in geographical investigations and conduct fieldwork and this means taking students out of the classroom. Back in November, Year 12 Geography students visited the River Roddlesworth with Mrs Hibberd and the Sefton Coast with me as part of the Coastal Environments topic.
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RAINFORD’S GOT TALENT SUCCESS

Once again the event was very successful. We managed to raise £160 for our Sixth Form charity St Vincent’s, a school in Liverpool specialising in sensory impairment. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff and students and I hope this will become an annual event at the school for years to come.
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Fixtures & Training CANCELLED!

Tonights Year 9 Boys Basketball Central Venue at Sutton High has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions, as well as the Girls Rugby Union training which is held at school. Both will be rearranged for a future date.

Thanks 
PE Department

What's been happening in PE?

Follow the link below to find out what's been happening in PE both Curricular and Extra Curricular activities.



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Rainford Christmas Fayre Fun!

Two sheep dressed in red capes and Father Christmas hats, a chicken named Henrietta, a science teacher dressed as a wizard, both male and female students dressed up as Mrs. Claus. No, this isn't a Boxing Day BBC 1 feel good one off television show; this was the Rainford High stall at Rainford village's first Christmas Fayre!
The Fayre ran the length of Church Road, with a variety of stalls ranging from fajita paella to handmade wooden gifts. Over near the Village Larder, the Rainford High stall sat... 
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OUTSTANDING NUMBER OF GOLD AWARDS!

DofE, Duke of Edinburgh, tends to have award receivers working like a pyramid. Firstly, there’s the Bronze Award, the bottom of the pyramid where many people receive this award in fairly large numbers. Above that is Silver where slightly less achieve the award. However, at the top, the piece de resistance of the award, the Gold Award sees few people pass each year. It’s a rare occasion for people to achieve the Gold Award, and few people of Sixth Form age tend to pass it.

However, in 2014, a staggering 28 students from Rainford High Sixth Form have managed to pass the award. This is a truly outstanding achievement for both them and Rainford High itself....
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LAUREN RECEIVES ARKWRIGHT SCHOLARSHIP

Congratulations to former student Lauren who was recently awarded ‘The University of Leicester Arkwright Engineering Scholarship - In recognition of outstanding potential as a future leader in Engineering’ Well done Lauren!

Medical Challenge Day Was Brilliant!

On the 26th November, a group of Year 10 Science students went to a Medical Challenge Day at Knowsley College. Each of us has a particular interest in medicine and potentially wish to go into a future career in the medical profession...
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Another successful donation from Sixth Form Students

Sixth Form students donated selection boxes to Alder Hey Childrens Hospital.
Thank you for all your support, it really does make a difference.

Fantastic Results at Educate Awards! Double Award Winners!

Rainford High are extremely proud to announce the school achieved success in three categories at the Education Awards 2014! 

The PE Department won 'Outstanding commitment to Sport in a Secondary School Award' for the second year running, Mrs Burgess won the 'Teacher of the Year Award',  and the school was runner up in the 'Most Inspirational Secondary School Award' for its work producing the Rainford Summer Festival. 

This a fantastic result for the school, the awards are a very positive recognition of all the excellent hard work and commitment from staff at the school. Congratulations to all!
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Presentation Evening 2014

It was great to see so many of you attending and returning to Rainford High for the Presentation of GCSE and Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Certificates by Frank Gill, Chair of Governors and Denise Hillier BEM. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening that celebrated our young people’s achievements whilst looking forward to their future successes. A special thank you to our Year 10 and Year 11 students for their outstanding musical performances.
A great night was had by all and we wish you every success in the future.
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Rainford High Choir Performing at 'A Silent Night'

On Wednesday December 10th at 6.30pm, Langtree Park, home of the St. Helens R.F.C. will host an evening of musical reflection linked to the anniversary of World War 1 and the Christmas Day Armistice of 1914. The day famously saw troops from both sides of the conflict lay down arms and play football and perform carols. The musical evening will feature performances by a massed choir of local schools and community groups and bands. Visual Artist Rhona Byrne will also create a visual intervention on the evening. Tickets are £3 and are available from Langtree Park or www.saintssuperstore.com 

Rainford High Choir will be in attendance, please go along and show your support!
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Fun Raising Funds for BBC Children in Need Appeal!

Rainford High raised £1114.66 for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

Thanks to everyone who supported us and helped raise funds for this amazing cause. A great time was had by all!

Well done everybody!
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Armistice Day Commemorations

Armistice Day was commemorated at Rainford High on Tuesday 11th November by two minutes silence at 11.00am to join the rest of the country by showing our respect and remembering those who have given their life's in conflicts around the globe over the last 100 years. The act of Remembrance was signalled by the playing of the last post followed by two minutes silences that was closed by the playing of the reveille.

The two minutes silence was led by Olivia and Matthew who are Rainford High cadets, who wore their uniforms to show their respect to the fallen. As Principal I would to thank all the students for showing their respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the values and rights that we enjoy today.
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New Extra Curricular Programme

Our new extra curricular programme has started this week, follow the link below to find out what's on at Lunch times and After school.

Also keep checking our noticeboards and website under sports to find out latest fixtures.

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Year 8 Rugby Qualify

Congratulations to our Year 8 rugby team who qualified for the national cup last night winning their game, 20 - 10 against Cowley.

Follow the link below to find out more.
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Best GCSE Results in the Local Area

Rainford High School is delighted for all the young people who have achieved these fantastic results and that they have been successful in reaping the rewards of their efforts. These results are a testament to the teachers but more importantly the young people’s hard work, talent and commitment. School is all about achieving success and I am pleased that at Rainford we continue to support our young people in achieving their dreams and ambitions...
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Continued A-Level Success!

Once again we are delighted to see an increase in the number of students achieving the best grades in the school this year.This is as always testament to the hard work of students, parents and teachers to work together to achieve these results. I personally would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their contributions to Rainford High and the difference they have made to the school and the community...
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