Our MP Alec Shelbrooke has published his response to the Leeds City Council plan, and there are many commendable points in a welcome paper. It is valuable and important support.
Sunday is the last date to complete the online survey; despite all our reservations about its quality please make sure that all in your household have completed it. It is so important that Leeds City Council hears the voice of the full Boston Spa community.
We were pleased to read the letter written by Boston Spa Parish Council to Leeds City Council. They have already written to Lord Agnew, and we are really appreciative of their continued support.
Mr Hall, our Chair of Governors, also attended the Clifford Parish Council meeting this week, and was full of praise for the consideration Councillors have given to the issues. They will also be writing to both Lord Agnew and Leeds City Council on this matter.
We are encouraged and moved by the support we have received from right across our communities during the last months; thank you. It has meant so much to us. We go into the last straight confident and determined of the way ahead, knowing that the strategic plan presented by our Governors in May 2017 has integrity and is absolutely the right one for Boston Spa.
WORLD POETRY DAY
To celebrate World Poetry Day Mrs Westerman has been leading assemblies using ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou.
As a part of the assembly she used this amazing reading.
Jack Hobbah and Daniel Stannard were our guests today. I was so impressed by their maturity, not least because when asked about their plans for the Easter break, they replied, ‘revise, revise, revise’.
GCSE EXAM PREPARATIONS
Mrs Westerman has sent the Year 11 Easter revision timetable in the post to parents today. There are many sessions on offer, covering English Language, Literature, Maths, Science, Business Studies, Computer Science and Product Design. We are thrilled that so many teachers are coming in during the holidays to support our students. Her letter is on our website.
GCSE Pod goes from strength to strength with nearly 3000 pods streamed so far. Amy Smith, Joe Miller and Charlotte Lambe top the leader board this week with 448 pods streamed between them.
Some of our most able linguists were invited to be part of a GCSE Languages event at the Elliot Hudson Sixth Form College.
Ms Clayton, who led the session for TGAT wrote, ‘I just wanted to let you know how brilliant the students were and how impressed the MFL staff and EHC staff were with them. The students worked exceptionally well together and were a credit to your academies and to the Trust. The post 16-MFL teachers from EHC were also really impressed with the ability of our students and how they coped with the high level of challenge’.
Congratulations to Lily Rose Barker, Maddie Ball, Stella Jaquiss, Abbie Dunwell, Lindsay Slater, Hollie Robinson, Ali Thompson, Frank Lawrence, Nadia Schottler, Charlotte Mason, Lily Thompson, Selina Foster, Abbie Summerfield and Lauren Day,
Mr Brennan describes the Sixth Form Politics trip to London.
‘On Monday 19th March the Year 12 and 13 Politics students ventured to London to visit some of the most significant and iconic landmarks in British government and politics. We met at Leeds train station shortly after 7am where a McDonald’s breakfast was the popular choice. With McMuffins and coffee as fuel we boarded the train to Kings Cross, arriving just before 10am. A few contactless payments later we were making tracks on the Northern Line en route to Westminster and the Houses of Parliament for a guided tour, organised by the office of our local MP, Alec Shelbrooke. The tour was both fascinating and insightful and we were fortunate to gain access to Westminster Hall, Central Lobby, the Queen’s robing room and most excitingly both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
At the end of the tour we were met by Cameron Iveson, a Boston Spa graduate from 2013 who is now lighting up London as an adviser to Labour MP Karen Lee. After the Houses of Parliament, we made the short journey across Parliament Square to the Supreme Court where we were able to sit in the prestigious courtrooms of the old Middlesex Guildhall, now the highest court in the UK and Commonwealth. From there we walked up to Whitehall and peaked very briefly into Downing Street. Sadly there were no politicians of note and not even the Downing Street cat (much to Miss Miller’s disappointment), only heavily armed police guards who weren’t keen on us hanging around.
We rounded the day off with visits to Horseguards Parade, Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Covent Garden and Leicester Square. The final stop was probably one too many and pushed for time we rushed back through a crowded film premier and an even more crowded Victoria Line tube, breaking a land speed record across Kings Cross station to platform 3 where our train was almost certain to leave without us. It was an excellent day had by all and one which earned high praise from a couple from Doncaster who congratulated our students on their impeccable conduct. Well done all!’
BE SMART DAY
In preparation for the Be Smart Day students watched a video featuring Arek Hersh, a holocaust survivor. The snow meant that we had to postpone the day itself, but this did not deter Millie Edwards, Sofia Towns and Anna Irwin who were so inspired by his story that they visited the National Holocaust Memorial and bought Arek’s autobiography. I am very proud to see students take such an important issue to heart and to act upon their convictions.
YEAR 10 SUBJECT CONSULTATION
Thank you for your support at yesterday’s subject consultation. Your partnership in learning underpins all we do.
BUS TRAVEL 2018-19
You should have received a letter from the bus company advising that you are required to complete a new online renewal form if you wish your daughter or son to continue to use the school bus services for the next academic year. The closing date for these applications is 30th June 2018.
The online renewal form for current years 7, 8, 9, and 10 can be found here.
Young people currently in Year 6 or moving into Years 12 and 13, should use the form found here.
On Monday (Year 8) and Wednesday (Year 9) we attended the Indoor Athletics event at Morley Academy as part of the Gorse Games; both teams were brilliant.
All pupils competed in both track and field events and their effort, determination and skill levels were fantastic. The Year 8 team finished in 3rd place, narrowly missing out on the silver medal. The Year 9 team were unfortunate to finish 4th in a very tight event. The Indoor Athletic leaves us in joint 3rd place with the Table Tennis next up on Monday.
On Tuesday the Year 10 boys football team travelled to Allerton High. We went behind early on in a very tight first half and Jonas Ndombasi levelled on the stroke of half time. In the second half, following a few tactical changes, we came out much stronger and blew the opposition away with another goal from Jonas as well as goals from Lee Wharmby and player of the match Elliott Brooke. The final score was a much deserved 4-1 win.
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