We were delighted to speak with Vicky Beer, the Regional Schools Commissioner, yesterday and to hear that Lord Agnew has granted the academy order for us to join The GORSE Academies Trust.
It has been a long, and at times challenging, thirteen months, but we are thrilled that the Governors’ strategic plan for our school has been endorsed at Ministerial level, a decision which marks the end of any Leeds City Council plans to close or merge our school.
Next week Governors will meet to set out the timetable for our conversion. This meeting will also begin to accelerate our original partnership plan from September 2017. I look forward to writing to you about their decisions in the coming weeks.
We have a number of legal processes attendant to formal academy conversions to complete, but we expect that Boston Spa will finally be part of the TGAT family by the early autumn.
It is difficult to underestimate how influential our community have been and how much our staff have valued all that you have done. Every kind word, letter or social media post has been appreciated. We have been encouraged, overwhelmed and humbled in equal measure!
We started this journey with a quote from Shakespeare,
‘There’s a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood leads to fortune.’
The decision of the Minister sets up a whole new and exciting chapter in the history of Boston Spa, not just for the children currently in our school but for generations to come.
SHOWCASING YEAR 9 TEXTILES
Our Year 9 Textiles students have started making their final products this week. Students are required to follow their final design to create paper pattern templates, dye, print or embellish their fabric and then put the product together.
This week Hugo Natarajan has been dying fabric to create a Mortal Kombat inspired costume, Lily Dunlop has created a repeat print on 2D design for the back of her denim jacket, Lucy Morgan and Viviana Duarte-Dong have been creating unique embroidery patches for their products and Millie Dayson has been stitching her fabric together ready for it to be hand painted with a design.
Congratulations to Lily Hilton-Brooke, Edith Richardson and Emily Hooks-Sellers for passing their ArtForms Blue Award in singing. They were assessed on a variety of skills including sight singing, a capella, harmony and composing their own harmony parts.
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
My Hot Choc Friday guests were Angel-Marie Cook and Maddy Tue. Every week I am impressed with the diligence of our students; and to hear how they are responding to advice and support. It is such a highlight of my week.
PD Hour is always a joy; it was excellent to praise Alexander Kay, Jessica Taylor, Charlie Osgerby, Ava Williams, Ella Thomas, Vaishali Patel, Maya Philpott, Evie Wood, Harry Meaden, Rebecca Speight, Florence Hills, Lucy Foster, Emma Richardson, Anna Stanbow, Lily Barton, Harrison McGann, Chelsea Varley, Holly Hemingway, Annaliese Irwin, Millie Wilson, Luke Jessey, Maisie Trutch, Aaliyah Toor, Heath Brough, Katie Mae Wright, Pippa Linden Howes, Harry Botterill, Megan Colllins, Edith Richardson, and Elyse Craig.
We have celebrated with Mr Norton this week with the birth of his new daughter, Orla Grace, who was born on Thursday 31st May, weighing 6lb 15oz. We are pleased to report that all the family are doing well.
On Tuesday the Year 10 boys’ athletics team competed in the second round of the city games at South Leeds Stadium.
On a glorious evening the boys did exceptionally well with Mack Garrity finishing 3rd in the 400m, Josh Butterworth 3rd in the 200m and 2nd in the long jump, Jonas Ndombasi finishing 3rd in the 100m and Oscar Douglas finishing 5th in the 1500m. All of the boys showed fantastic character alongside their athletic ability, with Josh proving our athlete of the tournament for his strong performances in both events.
The Years 8 and 10 boys’ tennis teams hosted Minsthorpe School with our best performance yet. Students representing the U13’s were Sam Dobronics, Ben Smith, Ben Fasey and Bolton Whittle; all students were triumphant in both their singles and doubles matches beating the opposition by at least 5 games. The player of the fixture was Ben Fasey.
The U15 team included Omar Natarajan, Hugo Natarajan, Ravi Natarajan, Josh Thompson and David Mawson. Out of the four singles matches played we won 3 of them and also won one of the two doubles matches. The player of the fixture was Ravi Natarajan. Well done to them all for a fabulous display of tennis.
On Wednesday the Year 10 rounders team travelled to Pudsey Grangefield for a tournament and faced some very tough competition. Our first game saw us fielding some strong batters from Temple Moor, and at change of innings we had 9 runs to chase. The girls then faced an England bowler who bowled exceptionally well to keep us at zero. After a disappointing and challenging start the girls started in bat against Crawshaw School and got on the score sheet with some lovely half rounders but it wasn’t quite enough to secure a win, final score 3-6. In the girls’ final game, spirits were still high and the girls faced Abby Grange. This was a much closer game, with final scores 5 to Abbey Grange – 3 ½ to Boston. Despite 3 losses the girls continued to work hard as a team throughout and never stopped trying. Players of the tournament were Edith Richardson and Emily Hooks- Sellers.
Our Year 8 Gaelic Football team travelled to Sheffield to play in the Yorkshire Championship , seeking to hold onto the Kerry Cup for a fourth year.
The tournament started with the boys receiving coaching from the Yorkshire coaches and ex county players from Ireland, and then they then played in two matches as part of the round robin finals.
We beat Meadowhall 14-1 in a very dominant display, but lost to Bierley Academy 12-11 in an incredible game. The boys showed fantastic skills, attitude and sportsmanship throughout. Unfortunately we finished as runners up, but it is excellent preparation for the boys ahead of the national championships next month.
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