Year 11 student Amreeta Sehmi describes her experience on our ski trip to Austria


Last week, we travelled a 26 hours journey to Mallnitz, Austria where we stayed for 6 nights and skied for 7 days. Whilst we were there the weather was beautiful with sunny, clear skies every day and picturesque views of the landscape.


Each day we would wake up and enjoy five hours of skiing on the slopes. I was a beginner, I have never been on skis before. I was not very good on the first day, I was falling over a lot. Once I had learnt to do the ‘snow plough’ I had more control and did not fall over as much. By the end of the week it was great, I was much more confident and successfully completed a red run.

At the end of each day we had an evening activity such as curling or swimming. Curling was really entertaining and everyone attempted the challenge of winning a game against friends.



On the last night everyone was sad to be leaving Austria (and even more miserable thinking about the long coach journey back to England). I, however, thought the journey there and back added to the excitement of the trip, it was a time to share with friends and create memories of travelling through several different countries in one day.

The trip was really good and I will definitely go skiing again and try to improve my skills. Than you to Mr Norton, Miss Tapp, Miss Smith and Mr Potter for giving up their holiday to lead the trip.


Well done to Millie Edwards (Thompson) who was presented with her Silver Award this week.



Well done to Joanie Groves, Joe Kendall, Jai Singh, Abdul-Halim Bakari, Thea Hodgson, and Ben Lagan (Bucktrout); Eleanor Greaves, Daniel Paton, Isabelle Gildon, Haider Alam, and Sam Dyson (Cooper); Damian Bozic, Ebony Hartley, Maya Turner-Singh, Shanelle Macfarlane and Taylor Baxter (Donaldson) and Harry Douglas, Taylor Simpson, Caitlin Simpson, Alfie Allanach, Will Sharpe, Millie Thomson and Orla Toolan (Thompson) who were all presented with Bronze Awards.


Congratulations too to Alizee Joly (Donaldson) who won the Roper Cup this week, and to Evan Bentley (Bucktrout), Joshua Wharmby (Cooper) and Laila Reed, Thalia Macey, and Kieron McDonnell (Thompson) who all had a good week.


I enjoyed spending time with Caitlin Senior and Io Ford to affirm their positive attitude to school. They are two students for whom their teachers have lots of praise.



In the weeks before the pre-public exams we were delighted to welcome Bella Whitaker of ‘Yoga in You’ who ran the first of a series of beginner yoga sessions for our Y12 and 13 students. The sessions are part of our wellness programme to ensure students are able to stay relaxed and focussed during the exam period. Olivia Bailey-Hague said, “it was really enjoyable and great to try something new”. Christabelle Day said, “It was so relaxing but also quite challenging”, while Anna Williams admitted being so relaxed she fell asleep!

Each Thursday lunchtime Mr James runs his weekly 6th Form Quiz in the work area. The winners this week were the “Irwinators”.



The 21st February is International Mother Language Day which is a very special celebration in Bangladesh, as keeping Bengali as their mother tongue was at the heart of the 1971 War of Independence. It is always a day of great celebration for our friends at the IET Government High School.

We are really pleased that the school has appointed a new Headteacher, Mr Romesh Chandra Kundu and we very much look forward to working in partnership with him


It was lovely to welcome the Year 3 classes from our partner primary schools into school to work with Class Dynamix to prepare and perform an anti-bullying song. They were brilliant.

I was grateful to our Year 7 and 8s who looked after our visitors throughout. Thank you to Sam Courtman, Christian Bodenham, Daniel Tinker, Jess Howell, Natasha Haigh, Sebastian Gray, Lewis Bailey Hague, Mollie Jones, Madeleine Thompson, Jackson Smalley, Ravi Natarajan, Emma Dodsworth, Megan Beetley and Will Lee.


To mark International Women’s Day the YEP is inviting girls aged 11-18 to write an article or make a video on an issue that they think is important. All you have to do is write around 250 words on why you feel it matters so much and what changes you may want to see. If you make a video it should last no more than one minute. The YEP will then make sure the voices are heard.

Last year’s entries covered topics as diverse as anxiety, feminism and body image. Entries for this year’s competition should be emailed to by the end of 28th February. Entrants must have permission from a parent or carer to enter, and entries must include their contact details. The winners will be announced in the newspaper on International Women’s Day on March 8, and their entries will be published both in the newspaper and online. Prize winners will have the unique opportunity to visit the newsroom, join the YEP’s morning conference and see first-hand how the paper is put together.


Storm Doris disrupted fixtures this week, but our Year 7 girls’ football team still managed to host Roundhay School, by playing indoors. It was a spectacular game. We dominated the first half, leading 6-1 at the break. Eva Jenkins made some exceptional saves in goal, keeping our opponents’ score to a single goal. In the second half Roundhay School came out fighting and closed the gap. At 10-10 in the dying minutes of the game Roundhay scored their 11th goal, but with only 45 seconds on the clock we scored our equalising goal leading to an end result of 11-11.

Our goals came from Eva Jenkins, Lara McCune, Lucy Foster, Emily Warbrick and Billie Hedley. Aimee Wiltshire had an extremely impressive first half and Florence Hill’s ability and determination to win the ball was commendable. The two players of the match though were Eva Jenkins and Lucy Foster. Congratulations to them all on earning a well-deserved point. Our next match is against Horsforth in the Leeds School Cup.

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