All the building works undertaken over the summer have begun to pay dividends this week, with the roof insulation and double glazing making sure our classrooms are warm!
As the winter weather approaches our default position is to keep the school open; we know that when students attend they also achieve, and routine unbroken attendance is the first and most significant platform on which academic success is built.
When it snows the decision to keep the school open is always balanced with an assessment of the risk to the health, safety and well-being of all our school community, and with particular consideration given to the safety of everybody’s journey to and from school.
In extreme, and thankfully rare, circumstances we have looked at the weather and our assessment of risk has determined that we should close for the day. In this situation we notify parents through the school app, email and twitter. The school telephone will also have an appropriate answer phone message. We only make these decisions one day at a time, and we have never had to close the school on two consecutive days.
There is a Leeds City Council web-based system to notify parents of school closures, that local radio stations then read out early in the morning. We have found this to be dreadfully unreliable, so please only use information that you have received directly from school.
Having said all of that, let’s hope that it is never relevant this winter!
Well done to all of the following, with whom I enjoyed a few moments during PD Hour this week to celebrate their good work: Will Naylor, Jessica Taylor, Jack Hobbah, Jessica Tucker, Megan Foley, Phoebe Hughes, Kian Willatt, Sophia Towns, Melody Simpson, Sam Kilby, Sophie Skelton, Brooklyn Atherton, Angel Marie Cook, Olivia Hessey, Lucas Charles Allison, Lily Dunlop, Luke Jessey, Emily Hessey, Abdul Halim Bakari, Toby Dunwell, Daniel Stannard, Taylor Simpson, Tyler Cox Walker, Maisie Trutch, Tilly Brown, Jess Parkin, Elise Wortley, Lily Barton, Kian Brammer, Hugo Burns Danforth, William Harrison, Kaitlin Lazenby, Leyla Ergul, Eva Jenkins, Nacy Atkinson, Ciaran Connell, Dulcie Parish, Freya Rowe, Chloe Ireland, Emily Meehan, Kirsty Tooby, Max Ellis, Callum McManara and Jacob Naylor.
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
I always enjoy Hot Choc Friday at the end of a week rewarding and recognising two students who are doing everything right; this week it was Hugh Blythe and Cerys Bevan.
Year 7 have produced some fantastic cell models for their Science homework with Dr Kay. Well done to Madeline Burns, McKenzie Bilicki, Isabelle Harding, Will McDonald, Maddie Cole, Sam Harper, Jack Rogers and Olivia Cope.
We hosted the Primary School Sports Hall Athletics Semi Finals this week with five schools competing in both track and field events. I am really grateful to our young sports leaders who officiated brilliantly. Well done and thank you to Kazie Grant, Mary Latham, Holly Mason- Briggs, Christian Boden, Sam Courtman, Ben Fasey, Joe Rudge, Daniel Tinkler, Florence Hills, Lara McCune, Joe Young, Saskia Benjamin and Eva Jenkins
It was a great week for the girls in sport – not so much for the boys. The U16 girls and U12 girls’ football teams hosted tournaments while the boys played in the merit table and the cup.
The U16 girls started well against Garforth, winning 5-0. Eva Jenkins was player of the match. Against Bishop Young, we faced a very determined and strong defence. Once we finally broke the deadlock through some great football, the goals flowed. Final score 4-0. Rachel Slater was player of the match. Our final match was against a very strong Horsforth side. A well timed half volley from Cerys Bevan opened the scoring. As expected the game was a close battle that ended with a 3-2 victory to us. Cerys Bevan was player of the match.
The U12 girls played two matches. The first against Horsforth winning comfortably 7-0. Goals came from Bella Coppock and Grace Miller. It was a really strong performance from the girls. Players of the match were the twins Megan and Molly Reynolds for their awesome defending. In our second game we faced Bishop Young Academy, again the girls were full of confidence and played some great football in another convincing win. 3-0 was the final score and Bella Coppock was player of the match.
Our Year 9 boys’ football team hosted a very strong Cardinal Heenan side in the merit league; we got off to a horrendous start, quickly finding ourselves a long way behind. In the second half we picked it up and the boys chased down every ball. Unfortunately we were well beaten 10-1 with Jackson Smalley scoring our only goal. Curtis Ewen, Josh Thompson and David Mawson were the players of the match for their tireless work rate throughout.
The Year 10 boys’ football team hosted Roundhay in the cup and fell behind to a great strike from the opposition, but we battled and worked very hard to stay with our opponents. With time running out we changed formation and pushed for an equaliser, unfortunately our opponents capitalised on this and scored two further goals in the last 10 minutes to win 3-0. Player of the match was Kyle Thackrah for an excellent display at centre half.
Christmas concert: we will be pleased to welcome you all on Tuesday 12th December at 7pm in the Main Hall. There will be two bands, a vocal group, two duets, a soloist, a very special reader and refreshments. Tickets are £1.50 for adults and £1 for children, payable on the door. Please put it in your diary.
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