NEW WEB SITE
I am very pleased to welcome our new website to the world. I am appreciative of the work of Mr Hemstock and Mr Magee in making this happen. If you have any problems using our new website or want to provide us with feedback please contact Mr Magee; he will be happy to receive your comments.
It was brilliant to present new Edge Apprentice certificates to students in Year 7 this week. Well done to Allix McGrath & James Tucker. It is so good to see Year 7 embracing the challenge of ‘The Edge’ in this way.
To celebrate our sense of community and to support Comic Relief we have had a non-uniform day today. It is always an occasion when the spirit in school is excellent.
Students and staff donated £1.00 each to wear non uniform for school.
House Leaders and House Captains have also organised a range of fundraising activities including an Assault course, Dunk a Teacher, Karaoke, a Football Tournament and a cake sale which have all been well supported during the week.
All money raised will go to Comic Relief charities. Our thanks to all those who arranged events and all those who took part or donated.
Some of our musicians enjoyed an inspirational concert at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday evening, hearing internationally renowned pianist Leif Ove Andsnes accompany the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in performing Mozart’s piano concertos numbers 20 and 22.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
This week we welcomed Diane Butterworth from the University of Bradford into school; she is the Admissions Tutor for their Pharmacy courses. Diane spoke to students about routes into pharmacy, the admissions process and content of the course. She demonstrated a number of practical applications students would experience on the course, including blood pressure monitoring, skin treatments and, most fascinatingly, a muscular injection. She also explained how the University uses cutting edge assessment tools to give students real-time feedback on practical decision making. Ibrahim Amin told us that he was, “impressed with the real time assessment the course offers” while Matthew Baker thought muscle injection was “terrifying”!
WORK RELATED LEARNING
We were very pleased to have representatives from Moores with us on Wednesday to judge the kitchen designs that our Year 8 classes have been developing in Work Related Learning. The project required them to design a kitchen to suit the budget of a first time buyer, demonstrating research skills, design skills and the ability to work as a team and to communicate a ‘pitch’ to an audience. Moores were really impressed with our pupils’ efforts – especially their use of the computer to make 3D designs. They will be choosing winners and runners up next week.’
ENTERPRISE ADVISER NETWORK
We know just how important good links with the world of business and enterprise are to the aspirations of our students, so we are pleased to be working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority to develop powerful connections with the world of work. Through their Enterprise Adviser Network we have secured Kerry Nelson, Head of Human Resources and Administration at Lidl, as our school’s Enterprise Adviser. Kerry will provide strategic and practical support to further strengthen the careers and enterprise provision offered to students
I was delighted to present Silver Awards to Sam Courtman, Jessica Macinnes, and Daniel Tinkler (Cooper) and Holly Burns-Danforth (Thompson).
Also I was pleased to present Bronze Awards to Matthew Hill (Bucktrout); Daniel Camp, Corey Franks and Billy Gale (Cooper); Curtis Ewen, Daniel Garlick, Thomas Gilding, Kaitlin Lazenby, Bobby Riddell and Josh Duffy (Donaldson) and Lucy Morgan, Jake Beattie, James Kirby and Liberty Clayton (Thompson)
Congratulations to Luke Jessey (Donaldson) who won the Roper Cup, and also to Maddy Tue (Bucktrout); Emily Warbrick (Cooper); Josh Duffy (Donaldson) and Rebecca Hobson (Cooper) who all excelled this week.
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
Mrs Westerman and I enjoyed time with Faith Jones and Liam Swift. It was good to hear them identify how teachers had supported their progress since the last PPEs, and to hear their optimism about the progress they can make in these next weeks.
The last two weeks in school have seen us put on a number of events to mark ‘Science Week’, based on the theme of change. We have had practical sessions, a super science quiz, a photo competition and a poster competition.
There was a lecture on ‘Space and Universe’ from an Astrophysicist, learning about our position within the universe, how the universe has evolved and how it might change in the future. At lunchtime students took part in an activity making slime, learning about the difference between chemical and physical reactions, writing in ‘invisible ink’ and experimenting with colour changes. To top it all off, they actually exploded a hydrogen balloon.
Thank you to all staff for their support of Science Week; the students really enjoyed it.
PRIMARY MINI-TENNIS AND RUGBY LEAGUE
On Wednesday afternoon Miss Crossley and Mr Lynskey hosted the local primary school Indoor Mini-tennis Festival. Sports leaders from Year 8 helped organise and umpire the festival. It was an excellent afternoon of tennis, with St Edward’s School winning.
Thank you to Lewis Bailey Hague, Lauren Ball, Megan Beesley, Holly Burns-Danforth, Annabelle Chapman, Eleanor Day, Emma Dodsworth, Lily Dunlop, Daniel Garlick, Mollie Jones, Bobbi Leigh McNamara, Terisha Ndebele, Layla Noble, Lily Oakley-O’Brien, Freya Salt Smith, Maya Schottler, Freya Smith, Yasmin Suttle and Maddie Thompson.
Mr Mulhern organised 16 teams of twelve boy and girls to compete in the Boston Spa School Sports Partnership Tag Rugby semi-final. Coaching staff from Leeds Rhinos refereed 24 group games, quarter finals, semi-finals and the final, contested between Primrose Lane and Shadwell. Shadwell were the eventual winners and will be joined by Primrose Lane at the City Finals on the 18th May at the John Charles Centre for Sport.
In the city wide merit league this week, the Y8 boys’ football team beat Wetherby in a very convincing 6-2 win. The score was 2-2 at half time, but we came out and completely dominated the second half. Our scorers were player of the match Harry Douglas, Quinn Garrity and Riley Hall.
Following on from the recent success of the girls’ football teams, the Years 7, 10 and 11 boys’ football teams have all won the area league for their age group and now move forward to the city play-off quarter final. We wish them all well and will keep you posted of our progress through the knockout stages.
Have a lovely weekend.
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