We had a really positive Governors’ meeting this week, about which more news will follow. After the meeting we were particularly pleased to host a small celebration for those in the community who lead the support for us with such strength of purpose, vision and integrity. We valued the opportunity to say a huge thank you to James Fasey, Debbie Young, Paul Kurring, Rachel Ellerby, Nicola Midgley, Jackie Utley, Angela Rawden, Diane Raper, Pippa Sterne, and Adrian Hepworth.
Next week we have our first meeting with the DfE to start the formal process of academy conversion.
YEAR 11 LEAVERS’ CELEBRATION
It has been an excellent day rewarding Year 11 for all their hard work with a celebration today. Mr Billington decorated the Sixth Form in a style that redefined both the words ‘tacky’ and ‘Hawaiian’ at the same time; it was a fitting way to bid farewell to a lovely group of people. There were quizzes, awards, laughter, memories and tears. We look forward to the Class of 2018 Prom and to celebrating with them again on the August results day.
With it being the last day of Year 11 , Mr Billington made a short video to show the students the bits of Boston Spa they have never had the opportunity to see.
Last weekend Ulster University in Belfast welcomed teachers from across the country to their ‘Teacher Experience’ weekend, which Miss Rawlings attended on behalf of our Sixth Form. She took the opportunity to tour their student art show, from a department that boasts 7 Turner prize nominees and 2 winners.
Ulster is ranked in the top 1% of ‘new’ universities in the UK and is in the top 2% of universities in the world; 92% of graduates are in work after their chosen programme of study. They offer incentives to British students to study in Northern Ireland including lower entry requirements and discounted costs, coupled with one of the lowest costs of living, which means students get much more for their money if studying in Northern Ireland.
HOT CHOC FRIDAY
Our guests this week were Luke Jessey and Jacob Nicholson, two students who are always spoken of in the highest regard by our staff.
Well done to our Soul band who performed at Scholes gala on Saturday. They played three sets of music to entertain the crowd, performing a mixture of classic soul songs such as ‘Soul man’ and ‘Mustang Sally’ and more modern songs such as ‘Valerie’ and ‘Mercy’. Thank you to Abbie Summerfield, Sebastian Gray, Ava Williams, Lucy Morgan, Aidan Harris, Emily Hooks-Sellers, James Tucker and Alex Williams.
There will be another chance to hear soul band perform at our Academy Summer concert on Tuesday 19th June in the main hall at 7pm. There will also be items from our band, singers, soloists and a duet.
On Thursday the Year 8 cricket team travelled to Allerton Grange, in an excellent match littered with talent on both sides. The final result was, incredibly, a draw, as both teams achieved 75 for 4 in their 12 overs. There was some excellent work from Jai Singh in the field, Luke Neary and Jake Rogers with the bat whilst our player of the match was our captain, Joe Young, whose bowling was excellent.
The Year 7 rounders team played in a tournament at Roundhay. They faced the hosts first, losing in a close game 5-7. Then a strong Pudsey Grangefield side beat the girls 8-4. Going into our final game against Brigshaw the girls chose to field first and kept the opposition down to 5 and 1/2 rounders. When the girls took their turn to bat, they showed great confidence with excellent batting with full rounders being scored, with the final score 5 and 1/2 to 8. Particular mention to player of the tournament Isobel Tucker for scoring 3 rounders in a row in each of her turns.
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