CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENT

I very much enjoyed our celebration assemblies this week. The final results in our House Shield competition saw another Bucktrout win. In December I really thought that it was going to be Thompson’s year.

Governors’ Awards

Attaining a Governors’ Award with 1,000 credits is an exceptional achievement, and congratulations to all of the following: Alexandra Coggins, Vaishali Patel, Edward Heffernan, Maya Stephens, Nevaeh James-Geddes, Arabella Williams, Emily Hessey, Molly Reynolds, Ava Williams, Alex Williams, Maya Schottler, Megan Reynolds, Ben Smith, George Duncan, Jessica Tucker, Charlotte Hemsley, Scarlett Walker, Ella Ritchie, Taylor Wise, Lily Barton, Evie Wood, Allix McGrath, Emma Richardson, Hannah Liesener, Mary Latham, Emily Day, Isabelle Harding, Lilly Meehan, Annaliese Irwin, Millie Edwards, Harry Meaden, Sophia Towns, Anna Stanbow,  Sherise  Findlay-James, Lily Wilkinson and Sophie Skelton

The Sir John Townsley Award

We are so proud of the four students who earned a further 250 credits, after gaining their Governors’ Award and achieved the Sir John Townsley Award. Well done to Florence Hills, Sarah Mohamadi, Maisie Trutch and Saskia Benjamin

I was also pleased to present dozens of Gold Awards, and Vice Principal and Principal Awards. The list of these students is here

SHOWCASING ART

I am always impressed by the quality of the art work our children produce. In Year 7 Maya Phillott, Bella Coppock, Ella Thomas and Will Harrison studied the work of Chuck Close and used colour to create atmosphere and emotion and have produced wonderful portraits for their painting project. In Year 8 Emma Richardson, Laila Reed and Zhou Lowton have produced exceptional work painting fantastic landscapes based on studying the work of Van Gogh and then developing their own paintings using his style of mark-making and brushwork. 

HUMANITIES FIELD WORK

Our Year 10 historians went to Richmond Castle as part of the ‘History Around Us’ unit for their GCSE qualification. It was a beautifully sunny day for a tour of the castle and the pupils were on excellent form, using their knowledge of the site to reconstruct the ruins and work out which features of the castle could still be seen. After a delicious fish and chip lunch it was off to Middleham Castle to do some comparison work (and a bit of fancy dress!). A great day was had by all.

Our Year 10 visited Leeds city centre to evaluate the impacts of the urban regeneration scheme around Victoria Gate. The students conducted an environmental quality survey, land use audit and a number of questionnaires comparing Victoria Gate to other areas in the city. This was the second part of their GCSE field work and provides a real insight into the range of Geographical study. All involved were brilliant.

CULTURAL FOOD FESTIVAL

I was very proud of 9DRH who organised a mini food festival. Students and staff made an array of different foods for people to sample, all of which represented the many different cultures in our school. This included Polish ‘Pierogi’, Iranian ‘Dolma’ and some delicious samosas made by Kiran Hussain in Year 8. Daniel Garlick in Year 9 managed to make some amazing French macaroons, which I am told is a recipe that is very hard to get right!

SPORTS NEWS

On Tuesday evening we celebrated the achievements of our pupils at the GORSE Games Awards Ceremony at The Ruth Gorse Academy. The games saw our pupils compete in a series of events against the other schools in the trust. All of the pupils (over 100 from Boston Spa) competed with distinction, demonstrating key values of hard work and tenacity whilst maintaining high levels of fair play and sportsmanship in their desire to win. The sporting ability shown by our pupils was also fantastic. So well done to them all!

We had 14 pupils who excelled above all others and achieved the awards of excellence in performance or effort. Congratulations to Lucy Foster, Maya Stephens, Ravi Natarajan, David Mawson, Tiyamike Gadi, Teegan Lees, Sam Courtman, Josh Thompson, Oliver Thomas, Dan Tinkler, Joe Barclay, Jess Tucker, James Tucker,  and Charlie Ball. Lucy Foster also collected the trophy on behalf of our girls’ football team who won team of the year.

  

  

On Wednesday, in glorious conditions we held our Sports’ Day. Pupils competed in houses against the other pupils within their year group in the events of 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m, 1500m, 4x100m relay, long jump, triple jump, high jump, javelin and shot put.

  

There were some excellent performances across all events, but more impressive were the determination and attitude of the competitors whilst participating. This is exactly what Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the IOC) wanted from the Olympic Games themselves when he stated “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

Over half of the school competed in at least one event and did so with enthusiasm and effort. Well done to all of you. However there does have to be a winner and that winner for 2018 is Bucktrout House.

  

As part of TGAT we are embracing Karate as a key sport and on Thursday we had Matt Blakeway (the full time Karate coach for the trust)  come in and take Year 7 and 8 pupils through taster sessions. They loved it from start to finish and are looking forward to the launch of both before and after school clubs starting in September.

On Thursday evening we held a rounders celebration match for all of the girls that represented the academy this year. It was a Year 7 and 9 mix vs the Year 8 and 10 mix. Year 7 and 9 won in the last innings after being behind 3.5 to 5.5 in the first. There was great contribution by all and it was an enjoyable and friendly way in which to end the season.

END OF TERM

Thank you for your incredible support this year; it has been brilliant.

We look forward to celebrating with students their examination results and will blog their achievements on Thursday 16th August (A Levels) and Thursday 23rd August (GCSE). We reopen for students on Tuesday 4th Sepetmber at 8.45am, and the next routine blog will be Friday 7th September.

Have a lovely summer; I hope it is both happy and safe for you all.

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