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LSA Technology and Performing Arts College                                                   January 2009

                                                                                             The Colleges
Dear Reader,
                                                                                                    Sir Isaac
I am delighted to be able to report that our 2008 post 16 results have been
placed in the top 25% of schools nationally, in value added terms, and that                         Newton
three subjects, Physical Education, Food Technology and Business Studies                            College
have ranked in the top 25% in value-added terms for three consecutive years!
On top of our best ever Key Stage 4 results last summer, this is very
encouraging news and a sign that the hard work of staff and students is
                                                             paying off.              Dame Kelly
                                                             As a result of our       Holmes
                                                             new combined
                                                             Technology and
                                                                                      College
                                                             Performing Arts
                                                             status, and to reflect
                                                             the change to seven
                                                             colleges, Governors                   Dr.
                                                             have adopted a                        Martin Luther
                                                             new school logo to                    King
                                                             complement our                        College
                                                             new school name
designed in consultation with students, staff and Governors. The seven layers
to the figure represent our seven colleges and the seven years of education we
provide. New headed notepaper and new signs around the school will follow in          Mme Marie
January, with changes to school badge etc., in the future.
                                                                                      Curie
This term has seen students involved in a number of community initiatives             College
ranging from working with Pear Tree School, a cyber – bullying roadshow in
primary schools and the opening of the Peace Garden designed and built by
members of our Interact Club and community partners, organised through
Lytham Rotary.                                                                                     Sir Frank
                                                                                                   Whittle
Members of Staff and Governors join with me in wishing students, their families
and all our readers a very happy and successful New Year.
                                                                                                   College
P.S.Wood,
Headteacher
                                                                                      John
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                                 HELPING OTHERS
Cycling to Watamu                                          Children in Need Day
Passing their cycle proficiency                            Once again our students were out there either
test prompted generous Year 7                              collecting or donating money to a worthy cause. 6th
students Jessica Doughty, Ryan                             Formers opted for sponsored Fancy Dress, and
Pearson, Joe Higgs and Lewis                               entertaining younger students with "Guitar Hero"
Hodge, to think of others. They                            competitions during lunchtime at £1 per tune. Year 9
raised £100 for the Children of                            students held competitions for best drawing of Pudsey
Watamu towards the cost of                                 Bear.
providing bicycles for the students
in Kenya to enable them to travel
long distances to school.




                                                           Christmas Boxes
                                                           Newton College students in 8AGI and 7GLE
                                                           prepared for Christmas by thinking of others.
                                                           As part of the Samaritan's Purse Appeal, they have
                                                           filled shoe boxes with goodies to brighten
Car Cleaners                                               Christmas morning for needy children.
Well done to our 6th Formers who braved cold and
blustery weather to turn out with buckets and sponges
to wash staff cars for a fiver. The money raised goes
to buying school books for the charity Children of
Watamu for use of students in the Kenya school. The
response from staff was generous and the finished
financial result very creditable indeed!

Children's Hospice
Generous students in Mrs. Moore's Tutor Group held
a cake sale and raffle to raise money for Derian
House, Children's Hospice complete with Halloween
cake. A cheque for £90 is now on its way to this good
cause.
                                                           Holmes College collected from the whole school,
Bulbs for Spring                                           asking each form to fill a basket with presents. A list of
Students from Mrs. Mason's Form, who have been             recipients included animal welfare, children in care, the
together now for three years, made their last visit as a   hospice and the elderly.
group to Starr Hills Retirement Home to give planted       The results were heart-warming and the gifts have
bulbs to the residents to brighten up their Spring.        winged their way across the community making
They sang carols and Heather Pascoe was soloist.           somebody (even animals) feel special!

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                                    TOP ACHIEVERS
                                                            Financial Management Standard in
                                                            Schools
                                                            After 18 months work the school has attained
                                                            Governance Competency in Leadership and
                                                            Financial Procedures. This Government Standard is
                                                            re-assessed every three years. Congratulations for a
                                                            superb team effort should go to Mr. Peter Webster
                                                            (Business Manager) Mrs. Julie Childs (Assistant
                                                            Business Manager), Mrs. Kathrine Wykes (Governor)
                                                            and the Governors' Finance Committee.

                                                            Presentation Evening
Taste of Success
This is news of the academic achievement of our
Catering Manger, Mrs. Linda Dickinson who has just
been awarded her Level 3 SWIS Diploma (Support
Work in Schools- equivalent to A level standard)
qualification making LSA the first school on the Fylde
to have a person with this accreditation and Linda as
one of the first to be awarded it in the country and
the only one in the Fylde. All this as well as running a
large catering establishment in our 2,000 strong
school. It has also required Linda to work with             Former students of Year 11 attended the GCSE
various members of the school management teams              Presentation Evening to collect their certificates and to
to explore the welfare of children, familiarising           celebrate being a group which achieved the school's
herself with dietary needs and           liaising  with     best ever performance at GCSE with 72% achieving 5
school psychologists, speech therapist and other            or more grade A* to C.
professionals in pursuing 'Every Child Matters'             We welcomed as Guest Speaker Mr. Richard Catmore,
initiative. We are really proud of you, Linda.              who retired as Deputy Head at the end of last term after
                                                            28 years service who gave a very amusing speech,
                                                            illustrating the pitfalls of teenage life and his own new
Business High Flyer
It must be wonderful to be told that you are amongst        status as a retired teacher!
                              the top ten students at
                              GCSE by Edexcel.               Rotary Young Chef
                              Just ask Joanne Elliott        Congratulations to Nemesia
                              who achieved one of            Hextall-Greenwood who beat
                              the highest overall            six other competitors from
                              marks for Business             nearby schools to win the local
                              Studies. Good person           competition. She will go
                              to consult about the           forward to the regional final for
                              credit crunch?                 Lancashire & Cumbria.

Making their Mark
They thought INSIDE the box and became North West winners of the Make Your
Mark Challenge. Enterprise Team Poppy Allen, Katie Prosser, Kris Rolland,
Alasdair Pollock and Jack Atherton had to promote a list of Olympic and
Paralympic values by designing an artefact which could be marketed.
The box, with a targeted market of children, contained items to enjoy, read, wear
and play with, designed to inspire and motivate the owner. A booklet of real,
inspiring life stories, a stylish badge, a motivation ball and a fashionable but
ecologically friendly wrist band, plus their excellent presentation 'pitch', definitely
impressed the judges.
                         LSA IN THE COMMUNITY
Our Special relationship with
our Community Partner
Peartree School
Three of our Year 11 students have been
collaborating on a huge artwork which has
been presented to Pear Tree School to act as
backdrop for their Christmas show, ‘Lion King’.
The girls, Natalie Horridge, Heather Joy and
Kerhys Farley used their work experience time
when in Year 10 to produce a jungle scene to
complement the performance. The cost of
paint and canvas was sponsored by Lytham St. Annes Lions. Ken Wilkinson, who was present at the handover,
said "It is a marvellous piece of work. The students have worked so hard and the result is delightful. "Heather
                         Hamilton, Inclusion Co-coordinator, said "We have wonderful links with LSA who are our
                         partnership school. Events like these really enhance the lives of our students, giving them
                         additional interests and pleasure.”
                         Some of our Performing Arts students, along with students from Peartree School, helped
                         to launch the Fylde Local Children's Trust at Lytham Hall. Their dramatic presentation of
                         'The Lion' from Carnival of the Animals, with sound and movement, received much
                         praise. The preparation has involved our 6th Form students organising rehearsals at the
                         school over a number of weeks as part of our commitment to our Firm Partner school.
                         The students from both establishments know each other well as this inclusion policy has
                         been operational over the past two years.

"block, delete, escape, report, decline"                                     Dance of Recovery
                                                One of the results of the    For their last dance assignment our
                                                technological                Year 13 Performing Arts Students
                                                revolution is the            looked at the dangers of drug
                                                danger to young              addiction. For their research they were
                                                people of Cyber-bullying     fortunate
                                                so Year 12 BTEC              enough to
                                                Performing Arts              have the help
                                                students decided to          of people who
                                                concentrate on               really knew
                                                educating Year 6             what it is like
                                                pupils at our feeder         to be drug
                                                primary schools by           dependent
                                                creating a roadshow. As      and who are
                                                part of the brief relating   recovering.
to vocational issues, the students researched the topic which Primary        Meetings at
Headteachers put top of their list as most relevant to their pupils -        Holly Lodge
social networking. Sponsorship was generously financed by the                and then
Cooperative Society who funded the costumes, wristbands for the              performing to
pupils, transport and expenses. The show was hard-hitting through a          an invited audience of their generous
series of scenarios which captured the dangers of social networking via      collaborators produced a moving,
the web and how to deal with the dangers. There was then a question          insightful and professional portrayal in
and answer section which demonstrated just how carefully the pupils          dance form.
had followed the themes and also just how relevant the topic was to
their age group. As Mr. Clive Barnes, Headteacher of Heyhouses               There are hundreds of pictures and in
County Primary, said "The performance was excellent and the                  depth reports on all our items of news.
students and their teachers should feel very proud of their                  Just log on to our website at
achievements. It was time well spent. If an impression was made on           www.lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk and have
just one of these young children then it was worthwhile."                    a browse.
                        LSA IN THE COMMUNITY
Peace Garden
A place of tranquillity and beauty has
been created within our school grounds
by Interact students (and members of
their families), led by Susie Pothecary
and Jenny Richards, These amazing
people worked incredibly hard for over
100 hours during the summer holidays to
create a delightful garden in the middle of
the campus. A place to sit quietly and
chat, or to use as an outdoor
performance area, it is very impressive.
The official opening was conducted by the
Mayor of Fylde, Ms. Susan Fazackerley.
Behind this project are members of the
Rotary and the energy behind the project (and many others in our school) Mr. Robert Dunne. Our thanks to all
our sponsors, Mr. Andrew Currie & his family, the Youth Capital Fund and of course the Rotary Interact.
The project has been awarded National Interact Best Community Project and is a contender for the Princess
Diana Anti-bullying Award. Jennie Richards, Interact President in school, recently welcomed the President of
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and a party of leading Rotarians to see the finished result.


                                                                 Car Safety Activity
                                                                Our Year 13 learned the consequences of careless
                                                                driving by watching a simulated road traffic
                                                                accident on the tennis courts, mounted by teams of
                                                                Fire & Ambulance personnel where the 'victims'
                                                                were their own friends. To see the driver and
                                                                passengers being cut free, carried to the waiting
                                                                ambulance and then to realise that there was a
                                                                fatality, seemed so real. The commentary by Red
                                                                Watch Chief Fireman, Ally Park, calmly outlined
                                                                the strategies used to rescue the casualties and
                                                                the difficulties which had to be faced. Talking to our
                                                                students afterwards it was apparent that the lesson
                                                                had been learned.. safe driving, no drugs, no drink,
                                                                no texting.. no accident.

PACT (Policing and                          Knife Crime
Community Issues)                           All students, ranging from Yr. 7 to Yr.13 came face to face with the
                                            problems of knife-crime when members of the Lancashire Police
Our students now have the opportunity       Armed Response Unit, led by PC Andy Green, and members of
to voice their opinions on local policing   Lancashire Paramedic Service held one hour long assemblies which
and community issues at a monthly           certainly sparked much interest and discussion on all the issues raised.
meeting in the school. They can tell   The consequences of carrying knives which could lead to four years in
police what they would like to see in the
                                       prison, the use of Tear gas, baton,
local area to enable them to enjoy a   rubber bullets and Tazer guns
better quality of life.                which can be deployed to knife
                                       carriers and how to react if you
P.C. Steve Higgs, Community Beat       are the victim of knife attack -
Manager for St. Annes town centre said even how to administer basic first
“Young people were not being           aid - were amongst the graphic
consulted so we decided to engage with and distressing topics covered.
them.”
                                   OUT AND ABOUT
                                                        Particle Physics Masterclass
                                                        It may have been just simulated but our 6th form
                                                        scientists got involved, so to speak, in the European
                                                        Large Hadron Collider at an Open Day at Lancaster
                                                        University. There were not disasters!

                                                        German Experiences
                                                        Although
                                                        there were
                                                        signs that
                                                        the credit
                                                        crunch has
                                                        started to
                                                        bite, forty
                                                        students,
Space, the final… ?                                     escorted by
“To infinity and beyond,” said Buzz Lightyear in Toy    LSA staff
Story but for our students this was the nub of a lec-   started their
ture by Dr. Nick Lister from Rossall Observatory.       Christmas
Topics ranged from The Solar system, conditions         shopping early. They travelled to Aachen Christmas
needed for life on a plant, space missions, black       Market,. A guided tour of the city centre to learn about
holes, asteroid impact, even Einstein's Theory of       the city’s historic architecture, a visit to the famous
Relativity and much. much more ending with the          Lindt Chocolate factory, Aachen’s Printen Bäckeri –
question "Where is the edge of the Universe?            home of the famous biscuits, and ordering, in German
(There isn't one!) This was a joint Science             (of course), at an ice cream parlour filled their happy
Department and Gifted & Talented event.                 days. Then exploring the market stalls in daylight and
                                                        experiencing the beauty of the night-time market was
LSA’S Got Bands!                                        perfected by the first snow of the season, making their
'Best bands in Lytham' performed in the school Hall
                                                        visit truly festive and magical.
at the end of the day. Organised by student, and
                             performer, Jack
                                                                                              Once again the
                             Frimston, to raise funds
                                                                                              German
                             for his Young
                                                                                              exchange took
                             Enterprise Team, it
                                                                                              place with St.
                             delighted the music
                                                                                              Christopheros
                             fans.
                                                                                              School in Werne.
                                                                                              Activities included
Year 13 student, Stephen Turner's band 'Myth of
                                                                                              a visit to
Unity' did exceptionally well on E4's 'Orange
                                                                                              Wuppertal Zoo, a
Unsigned' competition. No strangers to success
                                                                                              meet-up with the
they also entered a nationwide competition last
                                                        Mayor of Werne (with press coverage of course!)
year, won and were given a slot to play in the dance
                                                        followed by a local tour and a party. Other areas
tent at Glastonbury Festival.
                                                        visited were Cologne and a Chocolate Museum.
                                                        Phanomania and a good look around the historic city
Robert Gregson’s
                                                        of Munster completed the itinerary.
‘Midnight Party Madness’
                                                        This year is the 25th anniversary of the twinning of
are an up and coming
                                                        Lytham St. Annes with Werne and plans are
group (right).
                                                        underway to celebrate the occasion. The only two
                                                        organisations who have stayed the course are
Did you hear them on
                                                        St. Annes Tennis Club and us.
Radio Lancashire?
                                IN THE LIMELIGHT
            LSA's Got Talent                                     Rather Splendid
                                                                 'Splendid Productions' returned for the 6th year
                                                                 running to LSA with their latest touring
                                                                 performance ‘Woyzeck’ to the delight of drama
                                                                 students in Years 10 - 13.
                                                                 A workshop offered valuable acting tips then a
                                                                 performance by the three highly skilled actors
                                                                 told the story of victim of medical experiments
                                                                 lightened up by a sing-along number! On tour
                                                                 with 120 performances nationwide, Woyzeck
                                                                 was produced by our very own professional,
                                                                 Mr. Mal Smith.

                                                                 Highbrow
A packed, enthusiastic audience cheered on their favourites
in an electric atmosphere which rivalled the X-Factor. This
                                                                 Heights
                                                                 Breckt and
was an inter-college challenge
                                                                 Berkoff made
showcasing the semi-final winners from dozens of hopefuls
                                                                 us "Think
whilst at the same time raising money
                                                                 About It" when
for the Children of Watamu, Kenya.
                                                                 Year 13 BTEC
Judges Sue & Dave Hayworth,
                                                                 students (right)
representing the charity, and of
                                                                 performed
course that well known Simon Cowell
                                                                 extracts from
dead-ringer, our Headteacher, had a
                                                                 'The Good Woman of Sezchuan', 'Requiem for
tough task but selected 'Sophie, Joe
                                                                 Ground Zero' and 'Mother Courage and her
& Michael' with runner-up Sebastian
                                                                 Children'. Again our students aimed high and
Draper and overall winners King
                                                                 succeeded.
College.
BTEC Triumph
                                    Year 11 Performing Arts students hit a
                                    professional note with their latest
                                    assignment. Combining extracts from
                                    'Macbeth' and 'An Inspector Calls' and
                                    alternating acting and technical roles, the
                                    students also took on their own
                                    responsibility for directing, set design and
                                    construction, sound, lighting and costume.
                                    The audience thought the finished product was fab-u-lous.!

Street Gallery
                                           This year's Lancashire Schools Dance Festival 'Showcase of Dance'
                                           at the Guild Hall Preston was another great success and students
                                           from Lancashire schools in Special Education right through to 6th
                                           Form Colleges demonstrated their creative movement skills. The
                                           theme was 'The Gallery' and the various schools interpreted this
                                           through dance. LSA's Year 11 BTEC Performing Arts merged with
                                           Heyhouses Primary in "Street Gallery". This showed a snapshot
                                           glimpse into performance/street art in cities worldwide by creating a
                                           street scene of statues which come to life, dancers, jugglers,
                                           gymnasts and circus acts displaying their talents to the public
                                           audience, the 'street people'. Students and pupils are to be highly
                                           commended on their polished performances.
           NEW NAME, NEW LOGO, NEW MINIBUS, NEW LOOK




Thanks to our hardworking and generous PTFA we have now taken possession of a new minibus to run
alongside our existing one. There are so many activities, involving so many students, that demand has overtaken
supply, transport wise, until now. The bus now bears the new school name and logo, replacing the primrose logo
which will be gradually phased out. The logo represents the technology and performing arts with the colours of
the colleges around the figure. Big thanks to the PTFA. Please support their efforts to raise money for the benefit
of our students.

Tuesday Activities                                                           Lie-in for Brian
A survey has been taken consulting every                                      Brian Albrighton, our site
student in school to find opinions on                                         supervisor is retiring after 18 years
activities, session times, library opening                                    looking after the school complex and
hours, venue etc. These have all been taken                                   managing 16 staff. He has seen
into account and many implemented.                                            many changes as the school has
                                                                              grown, buildings have sprung up and
As a result ...New this term - Rugby, Art                                     the growth of technology has brought
club, Musical theatre, Group X.                                               about changes in facilities, adding to
Full details on our website                                                   responsibilities. A family man,
lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk/students/                                             married to Jean, with five grown up
tuesdayactivities.                                                            children, eleven grandchildren and
                                                 two great-grandchildren, Brian is never going to be bored with
                                                 life. Used to getting up at 4.30am and in school by 6.00am his
Well played                                      life can only get more leisurely. When asked what has changed
Our Year 7 footballers topped the Blackpool
                                                 most he said the Health & Safety regulations and the need to go
& Fylde League. What a good start to the
                                                 on so many courses! He added that the best bit has been having
season?
                                                 a fantastic work-partner in Mrs. Yvonne Kitchen, his deputy, who
                                                 started her job at the same time. We all wish Brian a happy,
                                                 and of course busy, retirement.

                                                 Soccer in SA
                                                 What is one of the items that
                                                 street children in South Africa
                                                 crave? A football shirt. Mr.
                                                 Tobin Lockrie decided to
                                                 arrange a collection in school
                                                 and so far three full carrier bags
                                                 have been collected. His parents will distribute the shirts when
                                                 they visit the Townships in January so there is still time to
                                                 donate other items - exercise books and pens for the schools.
                          Detailed diary is on our website. www.lythamhigh.lancs.sch.uk

				
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