BURNET NEWS CLUB
We are really pleased to be launching The Burnet News Club, which is run by The Economist magazine. The Burnet News Club is a network of state school news clubs which develop young people’s critical thinking and literacy skills through open discussions about current affairs. It fosters enquiry, curiosity, critical thinking, scepticism, reasoning, storytelling and open mindedness. This month the focus is questioning the value of different perspectives on the unravelling crisis for the Rohingya refugees residing in Bangladesh after fleeing Myanmar. I am indebted to Mr Easton who will be leading on this.
SIXTH FORM NEWS
We have been extremely grateful to 2014 alumnus Liam Langshaw who has given up much of the past 10 days to help our early entry students perfect their personal statements. Liam graduated from Queen’s College Oxford in 2017 with a first in Physics and went on to complete a masters at Imperial College London in 2018. His contribution has been invaluable.
Congratulations to all of the following who I met in PD Hour: Charis Varley, Omar Natarajan, Louis Johnson, Olivia Sutherland, Madison Williamson, Jack Akers, Poppy Burton, Tom Williamson, Maddie Roberts, Richard Pajor-Mazur, James Hepworth, Lily Dunlop, Madeline Cole, Jai Singh, Luke Mochrie, Freya Rowe, Tasha Haigh, Daniel Tinkler, Finnlay Wiltshire, Evie Wood, Spencer Smith, Curtis Bolton, Saskia Irwin, Angel Marie Cook, Jake Fisher, Zhou Lowton, Harry Meaden, Saskia Benjamin and Isabella Flint
NEWS FROM BANGLADESH
It was brilliant this week to see students in Bangladesh examine the challenges of healthy diet as part of their Science fair. They used videos of student testimony from Boston Spa Academy which were prepared by Mr Potter. The event was a really successful one and was covered by The Independent Newspaper who are publishing a feature on international partnerships; we look forward to seeing it in print. Our friends in Narayanjang are very appreciative of Mr Potter’s commitment as am I.
Monday night saw the Under 14 girls’ football team face their first opponents in the Merit Cup first round against a very strong Cardinal Heenan side.
A first half goal from Year 7, Izzy Srinivasa saw the girls take the lead. Midway through the second half the opposition equalised to bring the score to 1-1. The girls stayed strong and defended well with some outstanding saves from Molly Reynolds. The full time whistle blew at 1-1, so the girls played extra time. Goal-less at half time the girls knew what they needed to do to avoid penalties. They dug deep and with a minute left on the clock, year 9 Eva Jenkins made a great run down the right wing to score the winning goal. Final score 2-1. Player of the match was Molly Reynolds
Thursday evening also saw the U12 girls’ football team play in a merit league tournament at Ralph Thoresby School. For some this was their first ever school fixture and although they took a game to settle in and find their positions, they showed a great work ethic and determination to attack and shoot. We lost 2-0 against Woodkirk, won 1-0 against Bishop Young and Ralph Thorseby, and 4-0 against Royds. Goals were from Connie Edwards, Grace Sykes and Izzy Srinivasa. Our player of the tournament was Grace Sykes.
Wednesday saw the Year 7 boys’ football team travel to Brigshaw for their first match of the season. We raced into the lead with a goal from Stevie Evans, which was quickly followed up with a strike from Cameron Santer to give us a 2-0 lead at half time. Our opponents replied early in the second half before player of the match Luke Brooks restored our 2 goal lead with a lovely finish. Stevie added a 4th after a fantastic ball from Charley Stirk. Final score 4-1.
Our Year 8 boys’ football team faced a very strong Royds’ team on Thursday. We got off to a fantastic start with a brace from Jake Rogers. Our opponents replied though and we were back to 2-2 early in the second half. With the game becoming very open and end to end as both teams pushed for a winner, Bobby Isbell provided a sublime through ball which was coolly finished by Alex Kay. The boys held on brilliantly to see the game out and progress into the next round of the cup. Oliver Thomas was player of the match for an outstanding display in defence.
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