Welcome to the final newsletter of 2019. We have had another amazing year here at Manor High School, with our first ever GCSE results, which have surpassed even our high expectations. Through hard work and dedication from our students and staff, and the unwavering support of parents, we managed to be positioned in the top 1% of schools nationally for progress. In addition, we are the top school in Leicestershire for progress and attainment. Both are no small feats.
Our current Year 11s are on track to continue this superb achievement, and having sat their recent PPEs, we are working closely with them and their parents to ensure personalised revision plans are in place.
Our Year 9s will be able to finalise their GCSE Options at our evening in January, where advice and help will be on offer from our staff.
We have, as always, enjoyed a fabulous end to not only our autumn term but the conclusion of this decade! Our students and families have been incredibly generous with their donations towards our Help the Homeless Appeal and our Christmas Food Bank Appeal, both of which you can read about below.
The festive attire and Christmas jumpers were out in force on our last day of term, making our Christmas dinner a very jolly, jingly and sparkly event! To have a look at some of the photos from the day, please see the gallery below.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our students, families and staff for all their hard work this term and look forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday 6th January 2020.
Our four houses are working hard to top the leader board for our house points. Competition is high and the points are very close but as we end the term, the score boards is as follows:
1st Watermead (102,455)
2nd Bradgate (102,339)
3rd Knighton (102,161)
4th Clarendon (100,005)
We love to celebrate achievement and success at Manor High. Below are the top students in each year group, based on their overall conduct. Well done to all and keep up the good work!
Bradgate house student leadership team have been very busy this past term. We have run a number of fantastic fundraising events which have all been very successful. The house captain team (Pearl Sahu, Mohammed Ahmed, Naila Girach and Netania Martinson) have worked very hard on raising funds for Rainbows Children Hospice through a number of events such as:
- The very successful ‘Name the Monkey’ raffle (which Mr Mehta won)
- Halloween raffle
- Open evening tombola
- Doughnut sale
Many forms within Bradgate House have also taken part in the fundraising activities and sales and we are excited to continue this when we return after Christmas.
Bradgate is also very proud to announce that we are currently sitting in second place in the house competition! Well done everyone! And a Merry Christmas!
Naila Girach and Netania Martinson
We are the house captains of Clarendon and so far this term we have done a variety of sales. As a Clarendon leadership team we have done sweet cone sales, doughnut sales, pizza sales and a bake sale. We have nominated each form to have three weeks and raise as much money as possible. So far Mr Tara's form, C7, have done two samosa sales and raised over £150. Also, Mrs Moseley's form, C3, has sold homemade biscuits, cakes and much much more. And finally Miss Davies form, C6, had a sweet sale. Overall we have raised around £400. We are hoping to be very successful in the following year.
Ayushi and Aaisha
I would like to take this time to wish you all a peaceful holiday.
The student leadership team are working hard to encourage the Clarendon pupils to raise as much money as possible for Wishes4kids. In addition the form reps are busy organising competitions for all houses to compete in.
Happy Christmas and New Year!
This term in Knighton house we’ve been immersed once again in the true spirit of giving, from helping those in need within our local community to fundraising for our house charity, the British Heart Foundation.
Our October Dechox, together with individual form events has brought our fundraising total to an impressive £1270 already and our local BHF fundraising manager joined us in a celebration whilst being presented with a cheque from all the students who gave up chocolate for a month.
It’s been a delight to see so many students across all houses go that extra mile, by becoming a Dementia Friend, joining us at the Oadby Lights switch-on and supporting the Help the Homeless and Food Bank Christmas projects. You’ve played a huge part in making many local families and individuals feel valued by the young people in their community, well done!
As we proudly sit at the top of the leader board for our fundraising always remember, that this is all down to your commitment to work well together as a brilliant team, led by our outstanding Student Leadership. Thank you again, have a wonderful Christmas break and come back in 2020 ready to face any challenge, with the same enthusiasm and resilience that in turn will reward you with success.
Keep shining bright Knighton House, I am very proud of you all.
Seasons greetings to everyone from Watermead House!
It has been a long term and everyone is ready for the holidays. This is a good time to reflect on the academic year so far and the feeling I have is that we are continuing to improve as a house with our school’s core values at the heart of our day to day learning and growth. We have so much to look forward to in 2020 not only as Watermead house but as a school.
It has been really pleasing to see that there has been a huge effort and drive this year as a school to think about others who are less fortunate. Our students are enjoying bringing in items for the South Leicestershire food bank and all contributed to the Help the Homeless appeal. Dr Kellett and Mrs Woods are incredibly proud of their form W6 who for three weeks this half term held a doughnut sale in the school foyer managed to raise £42 for WaterAid and are considering doing a weekly sale next half term since students and staff seemed to love it! Earlier in the term they also ran a bake sale and managed to raise £32 for WaterAid. All the tutor forms in Watermead have made big effort to fund raise for our charity and we currently sit at £272.66 and I know that there are lots more planned for the coming months.
At this point I would like to say a huge thank you to all the Watermead tutors for keeping our students motivated to focus, improve and grow holistically as individuals. As a result Watermead find themselves on top of the house points leader board at Christmas and on course to retain the house cup in the summer term. Well done Watermead!
There is so much more that could be said but I will sign off with Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year.
Mr L A King
Friends of Manor High
Friends of Manor High give notice that their Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 10th January 2020 at 4.00pm at school.
Everyone is welcome so please do come along and have your say! As well as the official business of electing the Committee for the forthcoming year and approving the end of year accounts, we will be discussing and planning our fund raising events for the year ahead., and we would very much like to hear parents' and students' ideas of the kind of fund raising events you would like to see.
Our growing band of volunteers have had a busy term providing refreshments at the various after school evenings, and we would like to thank all our volunteers who give their time so readily to make this happen. Also, a huge thank you to all the students and parents who support us by purchasing from our stall!
Farmer Andrew Brown welcomed 23 Year 9 Food and Nutrition students to his farm to spend the day engaging in a number of activities to enhance and develop their understanding of where their food comes from.
Well done to all pupils in Year 11 who successfully completed their Pre-Public Exams in Mathematics. All pupils completed a full GCSE consisting of three 90 minute papers. It was a tough experience but all pupils should be proud of their conduct and application during the examination series.
Following the exams all pupils have been sent an email to their school email address, which can be reached via manorschool.rmunify.com/, with links to resources to help address any gaps that we have identified. All pupils have also been given a Christmas pack to continue their learning and revision over the two week break, please encourage your child to complete this.
PiXL Maths App
All pupils at Manor High School have now been issued with login details to the PiXL Maths App. Pupils should aim to use this for at least 15 minutes a day to further support their learning and boost their literacy skills.
Congratulations go out to Mahie Parmar and Gursharon Garcha who were first and second place on the Year 11 leader board and 7th and 22nd nationally. The PiXL Maths app can be accessed via mathsapp.pixl.org.uk/
Mr Faruk and Dr Kellett have been planning the Year 9 taster lesson for those students interested in studying GCSE triple science. They are very excited to meet the next set of students aspiring to be the scientists of the future!
Students will get a taste of what the course has to offer and will fully understand the differences between the combined science and triple science courses. Just a reminder that students should have an average grade of a 7 if they are choosing triple science as an option. Both Mr Faruk and Dr Kellett will be at the Year 9 options evening in January to provide guidance and answer any questions.