EFFORT GRADES IN DATA COLLECTION FOR YEARS 9, 10 & 11
We have some great effort scores, which we will celebrate in blogs at the start of next term, but seven students achieved an average of 4; achieving the top effort grade from every subject and every teacher, a brilliant achievement. We are really proud of Oakley Waters, Stella Jaquiss, Thalia Macey, William Naylor, Caitlin Simpson, Alistair Thompson, and Rebecca Cass
Congratulations to Lucy Stanton (Thompson), who becomes the first student to earn a Gold Award this year; another brilliant achievement. Will she also be the first to win a Governors’ Award?
I was delighted to present new Silver Awards to Sarah Mohamadi (Bucktrout); Lauren Ball and Luke Jessey (Donaldson) and Samuel Dobronics, Annaliese Irwin, Callum O’Rourke, Taylor Wise, Amy Gray and Laura Bennett (Thompson)
I was pleased to congratulate James Bright, Emily Hooks-Sellers and Hana Wrigglesworth (Bucktrout); Emika Davies, Alyssa Legualt, Jess Parkin, Georgia O’Brien, Louis Winn and Savannah Samuels (Cooper); Harry Mason (Donaldson) and Riley Harrison (Thompson) on earning their Bronze Awards.
Well done to Matthew Hill (Bucktrout) who win the Roper Cup this week, and to Christian Boden, Corey Franks, Toby Dunwell and Mia-Rose Petcher (Cooper) and Lucy Stanton and Amy Gray (Thompson) who all excelled last week.
HOT CHOCOLATE FRIDAY
Mrs Westerman and I enjoyed the company of Harry Wells and Josh Bowler for HotChocFriday. It was good to find them so well focussed on their revision plans for the Easter holiday, and to hear their feedback on a range of school matters. We are proud to have them both in school.
YEAR 11 REWARD TRIP
Well done to the 49 Year 11s who earned the right to go and see ‘Lion’ this week. It is the story of Saroo Brierley, and his search for his mother and his own identity.
Shannon Wiltshire reflected that: “the truth of the story made it an emotional rollercoaster.”
Harvey Douglas thought that: “the fact that this story actually happened made its impact even greater.”
Amreeta Sehmi described it as: “eye opening; it makes one realise one’s own insignificance in the world.”
Molly Beadle said: “it made us realise how lucky we are.”
AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK
This week we have been raising awareness for Autism. Eliana Harrison-Bould took a leadership role in this, and describes her week:
“We did many different activities. We asked the teachers to tell us some positive things that they had learnt from working with me and some of our other ASD students. They came up with some really fantastic ones such as “teaching students with Autism has really made me a better teacher” and “it has helped me understand different ways people communicate and learn”.
We also had a little bit of a guess who quiz, this was displayed in the corridor. The quiz was to guess which famous person had Autism. The results of this were very enlightening and fun at the same time.
As well as the quiz there were some quotes put together by me and other students, this was to show how we feel and how others perceive us.
I and some of the other students held a “drop in” at break and lunch, to support Autism Awareness, this gave some of the staff and teachers an opportunity to speak to us on a 1:1 basis, and it also gave them an opportunity to gather ideas and strategies that may help to support me and others in the lesson.
Along with all the other activities, there was a power point that was displayed in tutor time, this proved to be very successful. A couple of students who watched it were shocked of how we feel differently to others. A couple even said that they weren’t aware how sensory sensitive we could be.
The autism awareness week has shown others that we are more than just a diagnosis. It has also shown that all we need is a little patience and the right support to achieve a better path for our future.”
A big thank you to Eliana for her work, and also to Kian Richardson, Jonas Ndombasi, Alfie Barrs-Griffiths, Ellie Boam and Nicole Holden who also all contributed.
NEWS FROM BANGLADESH
This week our friends in Bangladesh celebrated 47 years since their Independence Day. There were many celebrations in the IET Government High School, including a debating competition, essay writing competition, and open discussions about the importance of their independence. There was also a ceremonial march past, with the school winning third place.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
On Tuesday we welcomed Tony Wildgoose to Year 12; Tony is the lead Apprenticeship Development Coach for BT (and also School Governor). Tony’s assembly gave a detailed insight into what is required of a potential employee and candidate for the BT apprenticeship scheme. He explained the different levels of apprenticeships available and the different strands within BT
After the assembly Tony delivered a seminar to 53 students interested in pursuing an apprenticeship after completing qualifications in Year 13. He taught students how to research apprenticeships, different kinds of apprenticeships and what employers are looking for. He also gave valuable advice on applying for apprenticeships, interview techniques, presentation style and a practical session on CV writing.
We had really good feedback from both events.
Last Friday we welcomed local historian, former parish councillor and local business owner Mark Yeadon into school to speak to our Year 12 Geographers about the development of Boston Spa from the ‘Changing Places’ part of the new AQA spec.
Tom Smith told us that, “meeting someone who clearly has a real interest in the village was very useful for our module. It was interesting to see how the place has changed over time and also getting the experience of someone who has seen change first hand.”
We bid a sad farewell to Mrs Hull who week who leaves us after four years’ service to our English department in order to take up a post in a school nearer her home. She has been an exceptionally professional colleague, who is held in the highest regard across school. We wish her well, although our sadness is tempered by welcoming back Miss Horgan, after teaching in the Philippines and undertaking a Master’s Degree.
Our Year 7 boys’ football team played Ruth Gorse Academy in the quarter final of the city play offs. We got off to a terrible start, conceding within the first minute of the game. We quickly equalised through Bradley Wood before our opponents regained the lead, 3-1 at half time. We came out well and scored almost immediately through Taylor Simpson, followed up by an equaliser from Callum Parkinson for 3-3. With the game seemingly headed for extra time our opponents scored and then again late on as we pushed for an equaliser. The final score was 5-3, the boys were exceptional and unlucky to be on the wrong side of the score line. Bradley Wood was player of the match.
Our U14 girls played in the last semi-final of the year, away against Ralph Thoresby School. We knew that this would be a tough game as Ralph Thoresby has dominated the Merit League in the West side of Leeds. At half time it was evident that both teams were extremely similar, both having several chances but not managing to find the back of the net. This continued into the second half and as the full time whistle blew it was still 0-0. Penalties were looming. Luckily our girls kept their cool and showed complete confidence in taking their penalties. Boston Spa came out victors winning the penalty shoot-out. All our girls played exceptionally well however Lauren Ball, Amy Jones and Eve Kavanagh were the stand out players of the match. Congratulations to you all; the next match is the final against either Royds or Horsforth.
We hosted Wetherby in our first Gaelic Football match of the year. Mr McKeogh put on a training session for our opponents before the game and then we mixed the teams up for the match. The game was very good, an end to end thriller. The game finished 16-6 with Jamel Ibrahim, Josh Thompson, Declan Tasker, Hugo Natarajan, Kullen Gondo- Denis, Zack Shevlin, Omar Natarajan and Kian Willat scoring the points or the goals in the match. Player of the match was Josh Thompson.
Today is the start of our Easter break. It is lovely to work in a school where staff are so committed to our young people that they give up their holidays to create extra opportunity, and we look forward to welcoming many students into school for holiday revision.
Years 9 to 13 all have work to do, and will need to spend time during this holiday closing their gaps. Teachers have set work designed to best prepare each individual student for their forthcoming exams, thank you for making sure this is completed.
Today Miss Smith and Mr Dodds have taken a group to Andalucía in Spain, and on 13th April, we have a group in Berlin with Miss Miller, Mr Billington, Mr Brennan, Miss Rawlings, Mr Atkinson and Miss Holmes. Both trips can be followed on Twitter #BostonInAndalucia and #BostonInBerlin
Monday 17th April is a bank holiday, and Tuesday 18th is a staff training day where we will be standardising the GCSE controlled assessments. School reopens for our young people at the usual time on Wednesday 19th April.
Have a great holiday.
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