Our mock election brought a landslide for the Labour Party. Since the polls closed there has been much debate about the way the Labour Party has engaged young people in the last few weeks. Interestingly the Times Educational Supplement has been collating results from school mock elections, and our result was consistent with similar votes right across the country.






I enjoyed meeting with Joanna Howitt, Kirtan Roth and Saskia Irwin (Bucktrout); Ben Fasey (Cooper); Zhou Lowton, Sebastian Gray, Talan Haji and Kayleigh Morrell (Donaldson) and Roya Ikhlasi and Scarlett Walker (Thompson) to whom I presented Silver Awards.




It was good to also present some Bronze Awards this week. Well done to Lindsay Slater and Abby Hulbert (Bucktrout); James Latham, Zoe Lee and Oscar Douglas (Cooper) and Freddie Fullman (Donaldson)



Congratulations to Yasmin Suttle (Cooper) who won the Roper Cup last week with the highest number of CC points.




Congratulations are also due to Holly Hemingway (Bucktrout); Ella Hulbert, Zoe Lee, Emily Meehan and Lily Booth (Cooper); Miguel Da Costa, Florence Hills, Lydia Smith, Kieran Dunwell, Selina Foster (Donaldson); Caitlin Simpson (Thompson) who also all excelled.





I was very pleased to hear of the success of Freya Salt Smith, Alyssa Legault, Maya Schottler, and Ciaran Connell in their ABRSM music exams. These achievements represent months of practice and commitment alongside their school studies. I am very proud of them.






Miss Viglianisi’s English group have been presenting their interpretations of how Act 1 of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ should be staged. Over half term their homework was to produce model theatres that depicted a key moment of the play so far. During their lessons this week they have been explaining to the rest of the class why they had chosen that moment and how their model represented it. Great work.






Holly Burns Danforth has achieved her 1st Kyu grade in Karate, which is just one step down from her black belt. Another example of dedication, resilience and commitment reaping great rewards.


Lily Dowson was in Manchester last week with our tennis coach Angela Crossley and Judy Murray at a regional ‘She Rallies’ day promoting girls’ tennis. She had a long day and her contribution was described as ‘a credit to herself and to the school’.




On Wednesday we hosted the partnership’s Primary School Cricket event, at which yet again our Y7 Sports Leaders did us proud. They were excellent and ran the competition very well, with parents and primary school teachers commenting on the excellent job that they did. The eventual winners were Collingham Lady Hastings Primary School with Thorpe Arch Lady Hasting coming runners up. Both will progress to the city finals.


Our Y8 rounders team travelled to Horsforth to play a tournament and got off to a bad start, losing 11-2 to the hosts. We fared better in the second match losing by a lesser margin of 9-2 to Cardinal Heenan. In our final game we played much better and pushed Garforth very close before eventually losing 6-3.

Despite the score line the girls had a fantastic time and showed character and sportsmanship throughout all 3 matches. The players of the tournament were Ellie Day and Mollie Jones.




We are pleased to be supporting the Boston Spa Festival again this year with Sixth Form leading the planning and organisation of the scarecrow competition.


Have a lovely weekend.

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