NEW DEVELOPMENTS WITH TGAT

I was very pleased to be able to write to Year 6 families this week inviting them to show interest in new sports that are going to be introduced in our academy as a result of our partnership with TGAT.

Our PE team are exceptionally good, and it is exciting to add national expertise in the shape of national coaches in three new sports: volleyball, karate and rowing.  Rowing will start in Year 7 and 8, on rowing machines, and then progress onto the water in Year 9 with the support of Leeds University Boat Club, with the longer term target of students being to compete nationally in regattas

ASSEMBLIES

It was my role to lead assemblies this week, which coincided with Hate Crime Awareness Week.

This gave me the opportunity to remind our young people of our responsibilities in situations of bullying and hate incidents.  I reiterated that there are always four people involved in bullying, whether that takes place in school, a social setting or the workplace.  These are the bully, the victim, the victim’s friends and the bully’s audience.  I reminded them that it is the last two of these who are powerful in drawing incidents to the attention of staff, and that it is for this purpose that we have the ‘Tell Us’ button on computer desktops and on our website.  The ‘Tell Us’ button allows students, parents and carers to raise matters of concern with us, be that something that just doesn’t feel right or that makes you uncomfortable. It allows people to report an incident of bullying or to share a worry about a they have about a child. Messages sent to the ‘Tell Us’ button are received by senior staff and all messages are followed through.

PD HOUR

Well done to all of the following whose work and progress was celebrated in PD Hour:  Lily Wilkinson, William McDonald, Megan Dykes, Libby McGrath, Ellie Boam, Lucy Stanton, Brooklyn Atherton, Oliver Coombes, Harry Brattley, Annie Chapman, Tilly Brown, Kelsey Beaton, Maya Stephens, Oliver Fraser-Smith, Harvey Collinson, Megan Reynolds, Luke Jessey, Lois Smith, Katie-Mae Wright, Arabella Williams, Ruby Bowden, Emma Dodsworth, Dylan Foy, Ebony Hartley and Molly Grimes.

SPORTS NEWS

We are very proud of those Year 8 and 9 students who took on the role of Sports Leaders to help run the first heat of this year’s Primary School Sports Hall Athletics.

Three schools entered the event with Primrose Lane finishing as winners and St Marys coming second. The competition was made up of a number of track and field events and concluded with the team relay races. The Sports Leaders did a superb job in helping the primary pupils and also by officiating and scoring the events. They were great role models and a credit to Boston Spa Academy.

After school on Tuesday the Year 7 girls’ netball team played their first netball fixture, against Garforth. The girls made a positive start and took the lead in the first quarter. Then never looked back with confident interceptions, strong precise passing and prolific shooting; they only conceded 3 goals in the full game. The final score was 9-3, with goals from Juliz Paho Tchouankwe, Eve Ryder and Kelsie Beaton.  It was tough to choose a Player of the Match but, after much consideration, the award went to Connie Edwards for outstanding work in defence.

On Wednesday our Year 7 boys’ football team travelled to Lawnswood in the cup in a game that we dominated from start to finish. Lucas Parish scored with a fine strike into the top corner before Stevie Evans made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time. In the second half Noah Whittingham scored from distance and Jake Miller finished well after some excellent team play. The performance was excellent throughout the team, but Lucas Parish was Player of the Match for his incredible work ethic and quality in both attack and defence.

Our Year 8 boys’ football team travelled to Allerton Grange in the league and secured a comfortable 6-2 win. We raced into a 6-0 lead before half time, with the goals shared between Max Lenighan, Sammy Harper, Tyler Johnson and Brooklyn Atherton. In the second half we made lots of changes but were unable to score, whilst our opponents improved. The boys were fantastic with Dan Myers awarded Player of the Match for his sportsmanship, positional play and determination throughout.

On Thursday our Year 9 boys’ football team played at Roundhay in the cup in an enthralling game.  We started very well and raced into a 3-0 lead, before our opponents replied on the stroke of half time. Roundhay scored twice quickly after the break to bring the score to 3-3. However, we rallied and replied with 2 quick fire goals of our own. Roundhay did pull one back late on, but the final score was a 5-4 win. Callum Parkinson scored a hat trick whilst joint players of the match Jaipheth Brandao and Brad Wood also scored a goal each. It was an outstanding performance from all of the boys against very strong opposition.

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