To support Save the Children, today was Christmas Jumper Day! Thank you all for your support. The event was optional, and I was really touched by students who did not have a jumper, but still made a contribution to the collection.
THE GREAT GORSE CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION
We are delighted with the results; well done to all who entered!
Harry Botterill Boston Spa Academy ‘The Choice’
Allix McGrath Boston Spa Academy ‘The Choice’
Harry Meaden Boston Spa Academy ‘An Hour to Remember’
Mack Garrity Boston Spa Academy ‘The Choice’
Caitlin Brady The Farnley Academy ‘An Hour to Forget’
Emily Lee Bruntcliffe Academy ‘The Daydreamer’
Tegan Dean The Morley Academy ‘An Hour to Forget’
Josh Cole The Farnley Academy ‘An Hour to Remember’
It has been a week of celebration assemblies. It was lovely to present 527 bronze awards, to celebrate the 251 young people with 100% attendance and to recognise some exceptional performances in each year group. There was particular praise for Ted Heffernan, Daniel Hemsley, Josh Wise, Emily Day, Ella Ritchie, Florence Hills, Amelia Edwards, Anna Irwin, Kirtan Roth, Frazer Rollings, Sherise Finlay James, Sophie Skelton, Adam Cass, James Ball, Grant Ivers, Alex Williams, Millie Thompson, Luke Madeley, Maddie Roberts, Joe Jefferies, Stella Jaquiss, Jack Hobbah, Tom March and Anna Keag. It was a delight to celebrate so many.
We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas concert on Tuesday evening. The first half of the concert featured solo performances given by Joe Rudge and Alex Williams, duets by Ciaran Connell and Emily Hook-Sellers, Ava and Alex Williams and Lily Oakley O’Brien and Lily Hilton-Brooke. Also featured were our Band, our vocal group ‘Pitch Perfection’ and two new compositions by Jessica Tucker in year 7 and Ciaran Connell in year 10.
The second half of the concert began with a reading of ”Twas the night before Christmas” given by Emily Hessey which heralded the start of the festive part of the programme, culminating in the singing of the Christmas carol ‘Hark the Herald’ and five songs from Soul Band.
Thank you to Lily Oakley O’Brien, Maya Schottler, Lucy Morgan, Lucy Foster, Amelia Edwards, Joe Rudge, Ava Williams, Katie Mitchell, Jessica Tucker, Maya Stephens,
Eva Lindley, Kaitlyn Morrell, Madeline Burns, Megan Reynolds, Lily Hilton-Brooke, Lily Barton, Emily Hooks-Sellers and Daniel Garlick for their contributions.
Well done to all of the following who I met to give well deserved special praise for their work in school last week: Eliana Harrison Bould, Teegan Lees, Eva Jae Douthwaite, Amy Stewart, Thalia Macey, Megan Reynolds, Jessica Nelson, Jacob Nicholson, Finlay Dunlop, Elise Wortley, Maddie Wood, Abbie Dunwell, Charlotte Hemsley, Sherise Findlay James, Hugo Natarajan, Hannah Liesener, Lauren Day, Kiran Hussain, Sam Dubronics, Nadine Kershaw, Emma Franks, Emily Meehan, Julia Cole, Cerys Bevan, Thomas Mosley, Haroon Shahzad, Joshua Duffy, Emily Tucker, Harvey Williams, Ciaran Connell and Emma Dodsworth.
YORK UNIVERSITY TRIP
The Sixth Form team took 35 Year 11s and 4 Year 12 students to York University this week. The focus of the day was to introduce students to the possibilities that lie ahead for them in Higher Education. It was a fantastic day, including a campus tour, talks from student ambassadors and a hot lunch. The sessions included: ‘Course critics – what can you study?’, ‘Freshers’ finance’ and ‘Student life’. Toby Dunwell said the day was “well organised and insightful”. Fermanagh Gibbins-Noble said it was “a great introduction to university”. During the day we managed to meet up with alumnus Jess Fennell who is now in her third year studying Psychology.
WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO TOUR
Year 9 textiles students travelled to Warner Bros Studio in Watford on Wednesday. Warner Bros Studio is a live set where the Harry Potter movies were made, the studio is still used today but has a ‘Harry Potter Experience’ displaying costumes, set and props from the movies.
The students completed a costume characterisation workshop where they learnt about personalising costumes, the process of distressing costumes for battle scenes. They got to use fabric samples from the movies and design their own character. Jessica Speight said, “my favourite part of the trip was learning how they made objects appear like they were flying. I also liked finding out how the costumes were made for each character.”
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
I enjoyed hot chocolate with Caitlin Simpson and Elise Wortley this week. As with so many of these occasions I was impressed by their maturity and the work they put in to the recent exams. I am very proud to have them both in our school.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
Thank you for your support for our consultation evening last night. We value our partnership with home very much.
In the 4th annual Quizmas, ‘The Teachers’, represented by Mr Boulton, Mr Lee, Mr McKeogh, Mr Stothard and Mr Hunt maintained the staff 100% record of winning Quizmas, while the winning student team was” Harvey Ewen Harvey Ewen”, consisting of Jamie Jaskolka, Ben Walton, Elliot Holt and George Dixon. If you want to test yourself, the questions (and answers) are here.
Business Studies students attended the excellent Tutor2u Strong Foundations Workshop at The Vue, The Light, last Friday. Our students loved it, with all of them getting involved and winning prizes, including selection boxes and Tutor2u revision resources. Students where provided with resources which included advice and guidance regarding key exam techniques and skills and practice questions, which will be extremely useful come exam time.
During next term Mr Dodds and I will be away for a week fulfilling our commitments to schools in Narayanganj Bangladesh, working in the IET Government High School and the Narayanganj Government Girls’ School, in a project funded by the British Council. The staff know us well, as this will be the eighth partnership visit since we were first asked to undertake this work in 2009.
This week Lauren Ball, Lily Oakley O’Brien, Maya Schlotter and Freya Salt Smith have been making a video telling the Boston Spa story so we can easily share our school with the Bangladeshi children.
Congratulations to Joe Tait who competed in the European Open Golf Championships for under-18s this week. He played really well, and was pleased with his performance, but recognised the strength of the field, and the additional experience and power of older players. He has two more years in which he can qualify for this tournament, and plenty of time to develop his play.
Congratulations to Holly and Hugo Burns-Danforth who, after three and a half years of diligent commitment, have earned their black belts at judo.
Congratulations to Angela Crossley, our tennis coach, who collected the ‘Tennis in Education’ award this week from the Yorkshire Tennis Awards, which takes her through to the regional stage, where we wish her every success
I wish you all the blessings of the Christmas season, and hope that the holiday is safe and peaceful for all in our community.
I am always moved by the good wishes and kindness I receive at this time of year, messages like this mean so much to us all.
School reopens on Tuesday 2nd January at the usual time. Although we are closed through this period the ‘Tell Us’ button on the website remains available for students and families to seek support on matters of concern.
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