I was delighted to present five new Edge Apprentice certificates this week. Well done to Lucy Lunn, Hollie Coulthard, Isabelle Gildon, Florence Hills, and Timothy Sergeant.






This week students from Years 7 to 12 met with a group of our school Governors to discuss what it was like to be a student at Boston Spa School. They discussed topics such as learning progress, attendance initiatives, extra-curricular clubs and exam preparation. The Governors were very impressed with their mature and open comments. Thank you to Ajay Whitmore, Marc Giles, Jess Macinnis, Paige Horsfall, Seb Gray, Amelia Wiltshire, James Bright, Ryan Liesener, Nacy Atkinson, Milllie James, Eliana Harrison-Bould, Savannah Samuels, Elise Wade, Chloe Fu, Molly Beadle, Megan Law and Hannah Waite





On Thursday we were delighted to welcome David Gittleson from Ernst and Young to talk to Year 12 students as part of the ‘Speakers for Schools’ programme. David was born and raised in Sheffield and during the 1980s was a Leeds United season ticket holder. After graduating from Oxford University he went into accounting and finance and is now the Global Advisory Leader for EY across the Middle East, India, Europe and Africa. He spoke to students about the lightening pace in which technology is changing the employment market and the impact this has had on the skills employers now see as essential. He also gave students useful tips and advice on interviews and work experience as well as emphasising the importance of reliability, networks and creativity. Freya Hopkins said “It was a fascinating talk and full of useful advice. David opened my eyes to so many aspects of life after school I hadn’t thought of.”






It was a delight to present more Silver Awards this week. Well done to Eva Jenkins, and Charlotte Hemsley (Bucktrout); Joel Sergeant and Abbie Dunwell (Cooper);

Rachael Haigh (Donaldson); and Billie Hedley and Lily Dunlop (Thompson).




Congratulations to Gabrielle Hewitt and Charlotte Mason (Bucktrout); William Lee, and Lucy Cheetham (Cooper); and Ella Jackson (Thompson) who were presented with their Bronze Awards.




Well done to Kyle Mallory (Donaldson) who won the Roper Cup with the most CC points last week, and also to Joanie Groves and Lucy Lunn (Bucktrout); Mia-Rose Petcher (Cooper); Jessica Speight and Kerri Smith (Thompson) who also all excelled.






There were some fantastic Brazilian plants from Mr Billington’s Year 7 Geography class. He describes them as ‘fabulous models with brilliant adaptations’





Charlotte Mason and Abbie Dunwell tell the story of #BostonInAndalucia


“We arrived at school at 3 a.m. on Friday 31st March and after a three and a half hour flight we arrived in Malaga airport.  We left our bags in the luggage room and headed straight to the promenade.  While we were there we had lunch and played football.  After checking into our rooms we went straight to the pool to cool down, where we quickly jumped out because the pool was freezing!




The next day we went straight to Mijas which was very windy, while we were there we went on donkey rides and went shopping, and then to Marbella where we played beach volleyball by the promenade.  We returned back to the hotel, went in the pool and played football on the beach in the dark. 




On day three we went to Granada, walked the markets and restaurants. In the evening we walked around the marina to get an ice cream and then it was back to the beach again.




The next day we headed to Malaga to go shopping, we went to the market and bought obscure items and some fruit for the pool.  After a swim it was mini-golf.




On the final day we went on a cable car ride to the top of a mountain, sat by the pool then had an awards ceremony, where Nadia won an orange for being the most ill member of the group during the trip. This was completely unfair because three of us managed to absolutely outperform her in spectacular fashion during the flight home!


A great trip. Thank you very much to Señor Dodds and Señorita Smith; muchas gracias.



Millie Law, Thea Hodgson, Jamie Bright, Maddy Tue, Megan Dykes, Saksia Irwin and Pippa Linden-Howes, describe #BostonInBerlin




Day 1: We arrived at school at 2am for a coach to Manchester and by midday we had touched down in Berlin, checked in at our hotel and headed on a 3 hour guided walking tour of all the major sites. We then went to the Brandenburg Gate and to a new multimedia exhibit called ‘The Gate’ to watch a film about the history of Berlin. By 5pm we were exhausted but not enough to miss a trip to the famous chocolate shop Fassbender and Roasch. After a quick tea of chicken curry and rice at the hotel we went to bed.





Day 2: We started with a visit to the Jewish Museum, its design by Daniel Libeskind based on an interpretation of a smashed Star of David. The most memorable exhibit was a floor of screaming metal faces we were invited to walk on. The noise that was made when you walked across them was meant to represent the screams of the unacknowledged Jews during the Holocaust.

The afternoon included a visit to the East Side Gallery (including preserved graffiti art on an old section of the Berlin Wall). lunch at Ostbahnhof train station, the TV tower for a panoramic view of Berlin, a photo at a statue of Marx and Engels and a visit to the German History Museum and a trip to the top of the (Sir Norman Foster designed) Reichstag Dome. After tea, we headed out to bowling where a delighted Mr Billington held his nerve to win.





Day3: Firstly we went to the Topography of Terror where we walked along some of the remains of the Berlin Wall and examined stories and documents closely related to Nazi terror and atrocities. After lunch we went to the new Spy museum where we learnt a great deal about Cold War espionage and surveillance. From there we travelled to the old West Berlin to an old nuclear bunker at the Story of Berlin museum. After a quick visit to an ice cream parlour on the Ku’Damm, we then walked passed the iconic Gedecktniskirche for a visit to the Berlin Zoo.




Day 4: Our visit to Sachsenhausen concentration camp was a harrowing experience that showed us of the treatment of many persecuted groups in Nazi Germany, including Jews, POWs and political prisoners. From here we went by coach for a tour of the Olympic stadium where the 1936 Olympics, 2006 World Cup final and 2015 Champions League final were held. We also visited the infamous Bell Tower designed for Hitler to ring before every sporting event held at the Olympic Stadium. After a quick visit to the Wannsee House museum, where the Final Solution was signed, we returned to the hotel. In the evening we walked through Berlin and to the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe. Walking through it individually at night was a haunting experience. After this it was back to the Brandenburg Gate for one final photo.



A mammoth trip, thank you to Miss Rawlings, Mr Billington, Miss Holmes, Mr Brennan, Miss Miller and Mr Atkinson for making this visit possible.



Congratulations to our friends in Bangladesh at the IET Government High School who won second place in the Commonwealth Science Class Competition for their work on renewable energy obtained from locally available sources. The entries were judged by Royal Society, British Council and Adrian Sutton, Professor of Nanotechnology at Imperial College London.





The Boston Spa Festival takes place from 14th to 16th July 2017 and we were pleased to be asked to run the scarecrow trail again this year; our KS3 students were also asked to take part in a competition to design this year’s all important logo for the festival. Well done to our winner Lily Slater, and to runners up Freya Salt Smith and Isobel Laurie.





Our Year 10 & 11 boys’ football teams were competing in the quarter finals of the city play-offs this week.


Year 10 travelled to Menston and played an amazing game. We got off to a great start with Louis Fletcher scoring from a tight angle. Both teams had chances but it remained 1-0 until half time, and we raced into a 3-0 lead with a brace from Sam Green. However after some lax defending we found ourselves 4-3 down within 10 minutes. Louis Fletcher was brought down in the box and Sam Green converted the penalty for 4-4 with 5 minutes to go.  With the game looking destined to go into extra time Jack Jenkins scored our 5th followed by Louis Fletcher scoring our 6th. Jack Jenkins was our player of the match in a 6-4 win.


Year 11 hosted West Leeds Academy and raced into a 2-0 lead very early on with goals from Ciaran Ward and Ussama Yate. We completely dominated the possession when Usaama Yate scored again. Our defence weathered a storm from West Leeds but Freddie Duggan scored another for us. Our opponents did score a consolation goal in the late stages of the match. Ewan Hardy was player of the match for an excellent display in defence in our 4-1 win.


The Year 8 boys’ football team faced a very strong St Mary’s Menston side in the Leeds Merit League semi- final. The boys showed great character and spirit, but were beaten 9-0. Hugo Natarajan was player of the match.



Leeds City Council has asked us to draw your attention to a consultation on a site for a new primary school in Roundhay, ‘The Roundhay Park Primary School’.  There are four sites which have the greatest potential to host the school; however there are issues with each of them. One of these sites is on a part of Roundhay Park so Leeds City Council thought it right that the whole city has a say on whether it should be further considered for this purpose.


Have a good weekend.

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