These are really important evenings. These events celebrate the young people who get it right every lesson, exemplified by their exemplary effort scores. We are so pleased with each one of them. The badges presented on Wednesday have been hard earned, and should be worn with pride next year.





Congratulations to our Year 7s: Thea Beesley, Joseph Kendall, Allix McGrath, Sarah Mohamadi, Lily Wilkinson and Millie Wilson (Bucktrout); Hugo Burns-Danforth, Sam Courtman, Amelia Edwards, Ben Fasey, Isabelle Gildon, Mary Latham and Joel Sergeant (Cooper); Hollie Coulthard, Lucy Foster, Florence Hills, Zhou Lowton and Sophia Towns (Donaldson) and Millie Edwards, Kiran Hussain, Roya Ikhlasi, and Luke Neary (Thompson)





Congratulations to our Year 8s: Lewis Bailey-Hague, Charlotte Hemsley, Eve Kavanagh, Beth Lloyd, Lily Oakley-O’Brien, Freya Rowe, Maya Schottler, and Amelia Wiltshire (Bucktrout); Eleanor Day, Emma Dodsworh, Ella Hulbert, Mollie Jones, William Lee and Madeleine Thompson (Cooper); James Ball, Lauren Ball, Millie Heffernan, Charlie Skelton and Freya Smith (Donaldson) and Megan Beesley, Holly Burns-Danforth, Amy Gray  and Sophie Skelton (Thompson).


It was a lovely evening, and there are more photos here.







Well done to Zack Leonard, Omar Natarajan, Daniel Tinkler, Emily Warbrick, Daniel Camp, Harry Dyson and Taylor Simpson on earning their Apprentice certificates for the Edge.







I was very pleased to present Gold Awards to Saskia Benjamin, Eva Jenkins, Allix McGrath, Benjamin Smith, Freya Salt Smith, and Maya Schottler (Bucktrout).





Congratulations to Thea Beesley, Ben Rogers, Jacob Ward, and William Naylor (Bucktrout); Isobel Day (Cooper); Lilly Meehan, Jessica Nelson and Josh Duffy (Donaldson); and Luke Neary, Thalia Macey and Caitlin Simpson (Thompson) who were presented with their Silver Awards.


Well done to Jake Hart and Lylamae Rennison (Bucktrout); Liam Stephenson and Kacey Marie Holme (Cooper) and Louise Douglas (Thompson) who were awarded their Bronze Awards.



Congratulations to Saskia Benjamin (Bucktrout) for winning the Roper Cup last week, and to Eva Jenkins, Alix McGrath, Charlotte Hemsley and Jacob Ward (Bucktrout); Anna Keag (Cooper) and Kaitlin Lazenby (Donaldson) who also had a great week.






Year 7 took part in a DJ workshop this week. Dan and Rick from DJ School taught the students the basic skills of mixing, nudging, fading and counting 8 bar phrases together with the most important skill of beat matching.  DJ School also offer evening classes for young people during term time at their studios in Leeds.




Congratulations to Allix McGrath who has passed Grade 2 on the trumpet, Harry Botterill who achieved Grade 5 on the drums and Tashna Hamilton Nelson who achieved her red award on the violin.






Forty excited Year 7 students had the opportunity of a guided tour of York Minster this week including a visit to the under croft of the Minster.  Minster staff were impressed with the knowledge of our group, and their good manners.






Freya Hopkins attended the ‘UK Contemporary International Aid Conference’ at Leeds University this week. Attendees included a range of academics, graduates, civil servants as well as the Conservative MP Pauline Latham. The group discussed a range of issues such as the extent of international aid contributed by the UK and whether 0.7% of the GDP is enough at a time of austerity. The group also debated issues such as ‘Building Stability Overseas’.  Freya described the experience as “exhilarating”.

Year 12 students are currently undertaking work experience placements. Amongst many interesting placements, Abbie Jones is ten days into a 12-day work placement at St Edward’s Catholic Primary School in Boston Spa. She has worked closely with all year groups from Reception to Year 6 and has been involved in teaching maths and reading.  Staff at St. Edward’s have been delighted to host Abbie.






On Friday last week we had two big events. The Year 7 and 8 Gaelic Football team travelled to London to participate in the British Championships. The boys played very well, progressing to the quarter final after finishing runners up in the group. Unfortunately we lost to St. Paul’s and were unable to win back the title that we won two years ago.  All the boys played fantastically well and were a credit to us. Player of the tournament was Ravi Natarajan.


We also had sixteen Year 8 Sports Leaders attend the West Yorkshire School Games to help organise and umpire the Years 3/4 and 5/6 mini-tennis finals. Schools from across West Yorkshire attended the event at Leeds Beckett University, having earned the right to attend by winning their city finals. It was a huge and prestigious sporting event; our young people did an outstanding job and were a credit to us.


Tuesday was Sports Day, and due to the adverse weather we had to run an indoors event. The pupils from all years were brilliant, demonstrating outstanding levels of ability, determination, encouragement and sportsmanship. Bucktrout were the eventual winners, with Cooper runners up, followed by Donaldson then Thompson.







Thursday evening saw the staff don their best fancy dress and race around Boston Spa and the surrounding area in pursuit of the now famous GUMBALL Trophy! The evening resulted in a 3 way tie between ‘The beauties’, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of Operations’, and ‘Colley’s Fan Club’. There will be a ‘Cube’ based activity to separate the top three on Thursday at the staff end of term BBQ.


Have a great weekend.


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