Senior & Prep School News | 26th June 2020
Lincoln Minster School
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Message from the Headmaster
Dear Parents & Guardians
I hope you are well.
I do hope our Year 6 pupils enjoyed their Senior school taster day today. Thank you to Mrs Muir and Mrs Cobo for all their organisation and to Mr Calver, Mrs Mason and Mr Eves for their support.
We look forward to further pupils from Year 10 and Year 12 being in school next week. All pupil and staff returns thus far have gone very well. We also look forward to seeing Year 10 pupils and parents virtually at Parents Evening on Monday evening. Do make sure you have made your bookings through the online system.
As we move towards the end of term very special events associated with this time of year, for example our End of Term Service in the Cathedral, sadly are not possible. Fortuitously, our Prize Giving event takes place in September, so we hope that this will be able to continue.
End of term will be next Thursday, 2 July 2020, with a normal school day timings.
A-level and GCSE Results Days
We have decided to wait a bit longer before making a decision regarding A-level and GCSE Results Day. Ideally we would like to conduct these two days as close to ‘normal’ as possible. As messages from Government are ever evolving, we feel it is better to wait. There are a number of scenarios to consider from schools being fully open with social distancing to schools being closed. We will keep parents and pupils updated with what we plan to do.
Book return for pupils leaving LMS
Regarding book and resource return for those pupils leaving LMS this summer, we are preparing an online booking system where parents can book a time slot, from w/c Monday, 6 July 2020, to come to School and drop of textbooks and other school items. Our administrative team will help with the collection, keeping records of all items returned. Further details will be circulated next week.
Increasingly it looks like the Government is aiming for schools to open fully in September with safety measures in place. All schools are waiting for further guidelines and information from the DfE as to how that may look. This is expected in the next fortnight. Guidance on school sports is also awaited.
Due to the current situation there will be communications through the summer holidays to keep the whole school community updated with the latest decisions and abreast of school plans.
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.
With best wishes
Message from the Head of Pre-Prep/Prep
As I write this newsletter our virtual and in school move-up day has started. Whether meeting new teachers face-to-face at Pre-Prep or through TEAMS meetings for Year 2 and Prep, the children will have an opportunity to meet their new teachers and any new pupils joining in September. We do have many new families joining us in September, some of whom will be introduced through the various on-line meetings, however not all are able to join due to current school commitments. I know they will be given a very warm LMS welcome. I do hope all of you are able to join us for the various parent meetings arranged next week.
It’s hard to believe that next week is the last week of the academic year. School ends for pupils on Thursday and we will host a Yr 6 farewell picnic on the Prep field in the afternoon. Not the usual way we say goodbye, but I am sure it will be equally special.
In assembly this morning we returned to the 5 values we discussed at the start of lockdown: empathy, determination, resilience, kindness and love, and hope. We reflected on each of these and how our community has lived these values during the lockdown period. As always, we have been able to rely on the children and there have been so many examples of these values that a strong “can do” attitude has shone through from our pupils. Thank-you boys and girls.
This does bring me on to all the staff who have, gone significantly above and beyond in providing for your children at this time. Your many messages of support to individual teachers and to the school over the past few weeks have been gratefully received.
Preparatory Head Teacher
Senior news | 26th June 2020
Year 6 Move up Day
Following on from our successful Virtual Induction Evening for parents and pupils, Year 6 pupils who are joining us in Year 7 have spent the day with their new form tutors today. Our Virtual ‘Move up’ day has allowed pupils to engage in different activities to support them in finding out more about life as a Year 7.
Look out for our new transition booklet, available next week!
Assistant Head: Pastoral & DSL
Head of Year 7
Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2 have joined forces to find The BBC Young Chorister of the Year. Former Choristers Aled Jones ad Katherine Jenkins will coach the 5 boys and 5 girls aged 10-16 who are selected to go through to the radio and television competition, where they will sing in front of an expert panel of judges.
Singers have until midnight on Monday, 20 July 2020 to submit their entries. The recording will be at The Monastery in Manchester in mid-September.
Singers apply online by submitting two short films of themselves singing a Christmas carol or song and a sacred song such as a hymn, classical solo, spiritual, inspirational, gospel or worship song.
The winning chorister will receive a trophy, appear on future BBC Radio programmes and on Songs of Praise and have a recording session with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Click here to apply online
More details here: bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise bbc.co.uk/radio2
Virtual concert pieces this week
This week in school would have been 'Concert Week' and to mark this, Mrs Hutchinson planned to launch a musical performance a day on the LMS Music Twitter this week. A number of the performances can be seen below from Harry M, Year 11, voice and piano; ‘I’m a song , sing me’ by Neil Sedaka, arrangement by Bev Jones and Year 8 pupil Honey M's beautiuful cello solo. Further performances also included impressive covers from 'Game of Thrones' by the LMS lockdown choir!
Director of Music at Lincoln Minster School
Congratulations to everyone who submitted a video for the Virtual House Drama Competition. The standard was very high, with students demonstrating immense creativity and ingenuity to re-create scenes from a wide variety of plays, films and musicals.
It was a tough decision, but after much deliberation our panel of Year 12 drama students and teachers came up with three overall winners:
1st Place: Oliver C : Macbeth (Gibson)
2nd Place: Rosie N: Mamma Mia! (Gibson)
3rd Place: Phoebe A: Harry Potter (Learoyd)
Gabe Q: (West Side Story - Gibson )
Susie B: (Octonauts -Jackson)
Alex G: (Wayne's World -Jackson)
Louis J: (Rocky 3 - Nettleton)
Christian O: (Paddington - Learoyd)
Virtual House Drama
The Globe Theatre in London is screening its 90 minute production of Macbeth, aimed specifically at a younger audience. Great viewing for all Drama and English students!
Mrs Wafer recommends ...........
Tottenham Sliders by Harry
Year 2 children were set the challenge of designing and making some footwear as a follow up activity to studying a story called 'Caterpillar's Shoes' in English. Below are a selection of some of the wonderful designs created, well done everyone.
Vivian in her pink and purple slippers
designed for comfort
Catherine's Ballet slippers for Berry
Rocket Boot by Henry Witch Design by Hannah Clip Flops by Pippi
Animal Print by George Maddy and her slippers designed for comfort
Year 2 News
Year 5 Debut on the Radio with their French skills
It was wonderful to welcome back some Year 2 children to school this week and class 2WM enjoyed picnic together in the sunshine between lessons.
A recording of our French play has been featured ..... on the radio this week!!
Year 5H have been studying musical instruments and giving opinions in French so this little play was a great way to practise those newly learnt skills.
Listen to the performance, here
A message from our school uniform supplier Schoolblazer:
‘We are delighted to let you know that, despite some significant supply challenges, we are just about fully stocked ready for the back to school period. Any remaining out of stock items will be in stock before the students return to school in September.
Our warehouse is Covid-Secure and ready to dispatch orders but can we ask for your help in communicating to parents the following important messages:
Please order early. Our warehouse is operating on a two shift system to enable social distancing so it is more important than ever for parents to shop with us in July and not wait until August.
Tel: 0131 447 3414 https://www.schoolblazer.com
To help encourage this we are offering free shipping from 6 to 19 July 2020.
We only charge at point of dispatch, so parents should order any item showing as out of stock. It will be dispatched on receipt into our warehouse. Parents are only charged once for delivery per order.’
A reminder that only the new uniform
will be accepted from January 2021.
3C Seth A - for very good effort in Maths
3D Gabriel/Eve - for very good effort in Maths
4T Emmie S/James D- fabulous effort in creative writing in English
4TW Fegor - excellent attitude and approach to independent learning
5H Jonathan E - for making a super video in Science
5D Gabriel N - hard work and attitude to study this term
6B Rohan U - fantastic progress in Writing
6H Theo P - excellent and thoughtful contributions in English lessons this week
Music Rosie - for her composition of a ‘cat like’ melody in the Animal Crackers project
Sport Lily S - excellent demonstration of the chest pass in ‘Beat the Captain’ this week
Head Evelyn W - Consistent hard work and application to all subjects this term
Head Mikey B - Determination and creativity in English
Kitty H-S Levi A Oliver G Tyler L
Aakash P Annabel L Aya D
Mia B Oliver C-F Astrid F
Students in Year 7 & 8 have been using the drawing apps on the iPads to create work, with Y7's producing still life and Y8's choosing a portrait to draw. This is the first time the students (and myself) have used these apps to produce work so has been a real learning curve but they should be very proud of the work they have produced.
As a result of this I am considering using the apps to further develop the Anime project at the start of Year 8 as the potential is huge.
Ellie H Finn J Hector F
Term Dates 2020 - 2022
Year 7 & 12: Thursday, 3 September 2020 All other years: Sunday, 6 September 2020
First Day of Term
Years 7 & 12: Friday, 4 September 2020 All other years: Monday, 7 September 2020
Monday, 19 - Friday, 30 October 2020 (incl)
Last Day of Term
Friday, 11 December 2020
Friday, 25 September 2020 Friday, 20 November 2020
Sunday, 3 January 2021
Monday, 4 January 2021
Monday, 15 to Friday, 19 February 2021 (incl)
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Monday, 19 April 2021
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Monday, 31 May to Friday, 4 June 2021 (incl)
Lincolnshire Show Day
Thursday, 24 June 2021 (School Closed)
Thursday, 1 July 2021
Years 7 & 12: Thursday, 2 September 2021 All other years: Sunday, 5 September 2021
Years 7 & 12: Friday, 3 September 2021 All other years: Monday, 6 September 2021
Monday, 18 to Friday, 29 October 2021 (incl)
Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Friday, 24 September 2021 Friday, 19 September 2021
Tuesday, 4 January 2022
Wednesday, 5 January 2022
Monday, 14 to Friday, 18 February 2022 (Incl)
Wednesday, 30 March 2022
Monday, 18 April 2022
Fist Day of Term
Tuesday, 19 April 2022
EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY
Monday, 2 May 2022
Monday, 30 May to Friday, 3 June 2022 (Incl)
Thursday, 23 June 2022 (School closed)
Thursday, 30 June 2022
Live Q&A with Headmaster Mr Wallace
LMS invites you
Virtual Coffee Morning
11:00am - 12:00pm midday
Live Q&A with Preparatory Headmistress
Virtual Coffee Morning
2k run challenge – run for a charity of your choice.
Kindness challenge – send us your videos and images of charity work.
Fitness challenge – inter-house Press up and Keepie uppie competitions.
Inter-house zoom bake-off – can you rise to the challenge?
The boarding zoom choir – sing together during lockdown and share your videos with BSA.
Audiobook challenge – record your favourite story, poem or book to share with fellow boarders.
We can't wait to see your entries!
Next week from Monday, 22 until Sunday, 28 June 2020 BSA (Boarding School Association) celebrate National Boarding Week, sponsored by Squadkit.
As a BSA member , we are looking forward to getting involved in this year's celebrations, focusing on the importance of health and wellbeing. The BSA are encouraging everyone to get involved in fun and innovative activities that support mental health and wellbeing. We would love to see LMS entries on social media with the BSA hashtags, #nationalboardingweek #squadkit #iloveboarding & LMS hasgtags, #oneschool #onecommunity #nevermissabeat.
Lincoln Minster School are unbelievably proud to have been voted into the Top 100 Independent Schools in the UK for Sport. There are 2500 Independent Schools in the UK so this recognition of our sport provision puts us in the top 5% in the whole of the UK! This is all down to the tireless efforts of our dedicated team in the LMS Sports department and they should be proud of themselves along with our pupils who are benefiting from this excellent achievement!
One of the positive results we have already been seeing due to the widespread lockdown in response to COVID-19 is the range of free online resources and activities being made available. Below are some examples I have been able to identify:-
· Gooseberry Planet
· Phonics Play
· Audible Stories
· PE with Joe
· Elevenses with the World of David Walliams
· BBC Bitesize
· Pobble writing lessons
· Geography & Nature Q&A with Steve Backshall
· Kids cook with Theo - live cookalong
· DDMIX for schools - daily dance 'shake up'
· Myleene Klass' Music Klass
· History Hit TV
· The Maths Factor with Carol Vorderman
· Stem4 resources - supporting teenage mental health
"This is just a quick note to say thank you to all the staff for all their hard work in the past weeks.
It was so helpful for us to have our daughter focussed on her work and have a proper school schedule to follow. The iPads have proven to be such a valuable asset for children for distant learning".
Resources available to support home learning
We would like to send a massive thank you to all staff and parents for your support and positivity at this time...
'As parents we are absolutely blown away with what the school are doing for their pupils. Thank you so much. It’s really appreciated.'
I just wanted to email to inform you how brilliant having teams is, having only had lessons with it for a day and a bit , I can say that it has made lessons so much better and much more engaging. I’m understanding topics easier and it’s so helpful having the teacher there to ask any questions. So a big thank you from me as this is a great app and it’s being used brilliantly by the school. So thank you ! - LMS Pupil