Senior & Prep School News | 15 May 2020
Lincoln Minster School
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Dear Parent & Guardians,
I hope this finds you well.
Continuing to Learn from Home & Access for Year 10 and Year 12
As you will have seen, the government has announced that it hopes to allow Year 10 and Year 12 pupils to receive some element of face-to-face time with teachers during the second half of this term. This may begin as early as the week of 1 June 2020, although that is still to be confirmed.
This is very good news as it starts to bring pupils back to school in a safe and controlled manner which minimises the risk both to them, their families and to staff.
There is, however, currently no further update as to when any other secondary Year Groups will be able to return.
Before the school reopens to any pupils, we will make sure that we are fully prepared and can meet the hygiene and social distancing requirements that the government’s scientists will expect of us.
I would like to thank everyone – staff, parents and pupils – for the ways in which we have united across the school in responding to the situation so far and have ensured that pupils have continued to learn from home. This has taken a great deal of time, effort, energy and patience on everyone’s part, but we should be proud of what is being achieved.
We will, of course, be continuing to operate our learning from home programme until pupils return to school. It is vitally important that every pupil accesses this provision.
I know how hard you are working in supporting your children to learn in this way, and I would urge you to carry on encouraging them to access the full programme. Most pupils are fully engaged with their online learning and we want every pupil to benefit from it. As a school, we will continue to do everything we can to make it as straightforward as possible for you and for them.
I will be keeping you all updated on progress towards the re-opening of the school and will be contacting parents and pupils in Year 10 and Year 12 over the next week or so, to outline how they will begin to receive face-to-face time with their teachers, once we have received further information ourselves of how that will look.
Year 12 Higher Education, UCAS and Careers Evening
Year 12 parents and pupils are invited to a Microsoft Teams Higher Education Evening on Tuesday, 2 June 2020 at 7.00pm. Mr Boot has already distributed the invitation. Mrs Longstaffe and Mr Boot will set out the route to make UCAS applications for Higher Education and the alternatives, including School Leavers' Programmes, Apprenticeships, the Armed Forces and Gap Years. We will also cover student finance. Any questions you may have will be very welcome. Slides and a recording of the meeting will be distributed shortly afterwards.
To confirm, we will not be having KS3 assessments this term. Our focus will remain on teaching and learning. As well, we will not be having Year 10 or Year 12 assessments this summer. Instead, hopefully with all things being back to normal, they will have assessments in September as Year 11 and Year 13 pupils, with exact dates to be confirmed.
25 June 2020
With the Lincolnshire Show being cancelled this year, which would
have been on Thursday, 25 June 2020, school will therefore be open.
Have an enjoyable weekend
With my very best wishes
I hope you can have a nice weekend.
Message from the Headmaster
Message from the Head of Pre-Prep/Prep
Senior & Prep School News | 15th May 2020
Dear Parent & Guardians
You will have seen the Government announcement regarding the re-opening of schools this week from 1 June 2020 for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 and my communication in relation to this. We are trying to get information with regards to the finer details to you as soon as possible, however, as you can appreciate this is taking extensive planning. We are working hard on various models of a school day, but it is a challenge. Further communication will follow as soon as we are in receipt of all guidelines.
In assemblies at Prep and Pre-Prep we continue to encourage our pupils to think about values at this time. Never has it been so important during this time in lockdown to consider our actions and words and we will continue to focus on this with our pupils as well as characteristics such as resilience. These values are definitely coming through from the children in the way they are making the most of the current situation and their engagement in a range of opportunities. They are managing remarkably well and overcoming difficulties, focusing on solutions rather than problems. It is exciting to see some of the silver linings that this situation has brought. If children are becoming more resilient and independent then these skills will ensure future success.
I do hope that all of you are able to find some magic moments as families amid this crisis but I am aware that many families will be coping with significant extra pressures. There are certainly many magic moments coming our way from the children and parents also. It has been lovely to see not only children but their Mums and Dads getting involved in re-creating a famous painting through photography; some more amazing entries this week. Keep sending them in!
I hope you are able to enjoysome down time at the weekend.
Preparatory Head Teacher
Difficult times call for different approaches and the reviewing of measures. I hope you will agree that we all must work together to ensure that we adjust and be agile to shape ourselves for what the future holds.
Hopefully, you and your children, are all seeing the benefits of our online virtual school provision, which we believe is market leading in not only our area, but across the wider region. The time and investment over the last two years to bring each pupil their own iPad has certainly paid off as it allows virtually a full timetable to be delivered remotely.
The virtual learning we offer is proving so successful that we are attracting new pupils because of this provision and they are joining the school right now! The school is doing very well in comparison to others, in terms of roll, but we are mindful that things are changing fast and we need to stay ahead of the curve.
So, if you agree that LMS is worth shouting about to your friends and family, then we have created an exclusive club for you to join - for FREE! The brand new LMS Ambassadors Club….
The idea is simple. If you can be an advocate for the school and encourage others to bring their children in to join the LMS community, and if they subsequently do join the school - then we will enroll you in The Ambassadors Club. On joining, we will send you a welcome gift. You will also be invited to join us for the Ambassadors Club dinner to recognise your contribution and support, and to hear and discuss the school’s future plans.
If you would like to register your interest and have any questions then please email us at email@example.com and we will send you further details.
News - LMS Ambassadors Club
News - School Survey
I would like to thank all for taking part in our survey. Across the senior site we have managed to analyse over 400 responses to how we are doing during this unprecedented time.
As you will imagine it is impossible to produce a document that can answer every point made so I am providing you with a summary of the findings highlighting the common threads you as parents/guardians made as consideration for LMS senior site.
A couple of key stats to provide are:
74% parents feel their children are receiving the right amount of work:
68% children spend 5+ hours on their school work i.e. this would indicate a normal school day.
As the survey came out the same week as our launch into Teams this understandably has answered nearly 30% of queries.
These related to:
More face to face interaction with the teacher.
Easier ways of explaining the work i.e. teacher discussing or explaining one to one
Downtime in between lessons (now 50mins long as opposed to 60mins)
A further 30% of queries were actually comments such as no problems/child is happy/no comments.
From the remainder of the comments and since the survey we have made some further adjustments to tailor our provision in order to help individual pupils where needed.
Teachers are now able to clearly explain the work
GCSEs have now started
Year 11 and Year 13 have been informed on the future plans
Learning Support is actively engaging with pupils and families
PE have produced lessons that involve no equipment and include general fitness challenges
We are providing weekly virtual coffee mornings for current parents from next week to attend as well as continuing to run coffee mornings for prospective new parents.
What the survey does tell us is that the pupils and parents like the Teams and live teaching.
I hope that this gives you an updated insight into how we are listening and responding to the needs of the LMS community. As ever if you wish to comment further or get in touch via our usual channels these would be welcomed.
Emmie S, Edmund W, Freya G, Hugh V, Isaac A, Isabelle J, Kiana G, Lotie G, Mrs Watson, Olivia H, Poppy W, William J, William S, Xander N, Max H, Evelyn W, Lily B, Luca H and Persephone S
More wonderful submissions for the LMS Great Painting Challenge
Gabriel N Rosie W Isabelle J Colin C
You will probably never believe me when I tell you this but I finally have company! Yesterday I woke up and father wasn’t there, he’d left his best coat, the one I got him for his birthday, and clearly wasn’t wearing his hat because it was still sopping wet from when we were playing in the rain yesterday.
Afterfour hours of waiting, three custard creams and a cup of tea, Father eventually arrived home AND he had taken in two evacuees! I was shocked at first but soon pulled my act together and wiped away my tears. There is one boy called Joseph and a girl called Betty. Betty just like me!
We all have to share a room but I don’t mind that - after all we get along so well. Yesterday, we played‘jacks’ and it was great fun. Mother also made us some lemonade, with lemons from the tree we helped her pick. It was a bit sour but very refreshing after playing in the sun. I must say I do love warm days.
Joseph says it is Betty’s birthday soon so we are going to bake her an enormous cake, well that is if mother will help us but I’m pretty sure she will. The only problem is, Father has joined the army. ‘To help defend our country,’ says Mother. Anyway, she says there is going to be a war. I haven’t learnt about war at school before only maths and English. Speaking of school, I learnt how to add 10 and 30 together mother was very pleased with me.
Betty and Joseph are going to join me at school next week which I am delighted about, although, we have to carry gas masks around with us all the time and they don’t look very smart in their cardboard box so I decided to decorate mine. I painted some flowers and a bright yellow sunshine. Now it doesn’t make me sad to look at it, it makes me very happy indeed.
Mother is calling us to make some apple pie so I must go…
Betty Smith. By Connie Maguire-Furness
There is still a week left for further submissions. Any parents /staff/ or children from Senior and PrePrep who want to have a go for fun, take a look here for some ideas: https://sway.office.com/YnlBPj3YlRcpeXhf?ref=Link&loc=play
Please email entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 5 have been working on religion they are seeing in the news and in lessons over the last two weeks have been focusing on Ramadan. These are some of the wonderful lanterns they have created. Well done everyone.
Another wonderful diary extract from Connie M-F Year 6, from the point of view of someone taking evacuees into their house.
Congratulations to Head Pupil, Julia, who was recently featured on BBC Introducing, the flagship radio programme which showcases rising musical talent from all over the United Kingdom.
Having uploaded her song, Julia was told to expect a wait of up to six months to hear back.... but, only three days later, she received an email asking her to edit the song for radio as the BBC were keen to broadcast! Julia wasted no time and her song, The House, was featured on the BBC East Midlands edition of the show on Saturday, 9 May 2020.
This House was composed by Julia for voice and guitar; before school closed Julia was planning the second of a series of intimate gigs planned to take place in the Drama studio. We can't wait to get back to school and hear more from Julia!
You can hear the performance on BBC Sounds, performed by Julia under her 'stage name' of Julia Rose, on the BBC Sounds Radio Nottingham website, Evenings on BBC Radio Nottingham - the Beat with Dean Jackson: 9 May 2020. Julia's song is at 2:52:40
Very well done to the following pupils who have taken part in our first ever virtual choir performance. Thank you to all pupils who sent in a recording to create our version of We'll Meet Again.
Year 7 - Mia B, Aakash P Year 8 - Honey M, Lilliy-Anna R
Year 9 - Jack C, Georgia S Monique B
Year 11 - Emily R , Grace W, Harry M Year 10 - Sarah R
Year 12 - Rosie A
Text Book Versions:
Year 9 Crystallisation, Filtration & Chromatography:
Below are some of the impressive and innovative ways students have managed to carry out practical work at home.
Year 12 Simple Harmonic Motion:
Year 10 Centre Mass:
An outstanding piece of textiles work by Millie R, Year 12 of a protrait of a friend's dog
Aya D Oliver G Rita L
Some fantastic Character Development COVID 19 work from our pupils in KS3.
Amber-Star G Christian O
Stunning art work produced by our talented Year 13 students.
We love hearing your music news, please send us any video or pictures of you practicing, playing a piece or having a remote music lesson. Send your clips to
Calling ALL Drama students (and their families)!
Theatre Company Complicite are screening their production of The Encounter between 15 May 2020 at 7.00 pm to 22 May 2020 at 10.00pm.
In 1969 Loren McIntyre, a National Geographic photographer, found himself lost among the people of the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. It was an encounter that was to change his life. This production traces McIntyre's journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, incorporating innovative technology into his solo performance to build a shifting world of sound.
Don't miss it! Make sure you have headphones to experience the sound design at its most phenomenal!
We would love to hear your music news, please send us any video or pictures of you practicing, playing a piece or having a remote music lesson. Send your clips to email@example.com
Live Q&A with Headmaster Mr Wallace
LMS invites you
Virtual Coffee Morning
More wonderful artwork produced by Freya and Rosie. They have done a great job finding and taking close up photographs of natural textures and then recreating one of their photos in their chosen medium.
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3C William S - Super Vikings Topic research
3D Polly D/Edmund - Well planned and well written enormous animal stories in English
4T Florence - excellent effort in languages
4TW Kiana G - Excellent work on the Romans in History
5H Olivia H - Consistent effort and achievement in English
5D Reuben T/William S - Excellent effort in languages
6B William B - Good contributions and work in English
6H Joseph C - Excellent problem solving skills in Maths
Music Zach H - Great commitment to all music tasks this term
Sport Freya G - Super contribution to PE and Games tasks
Headteacher Charlotte Mc - effort and achievement across all subjects
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