YEAR 11 WORKING HARD

I was delighted to see that our GCSE students have, so far, downloaded 7,431 revision resources from GCSE POD.  We subscribe to this website where targeted subject-specific support is available; these resources are a really useful tool.  7,431 is a brilliant total, as GCSE POD tell us that for a year group of our size we should have expected just 4,757!  Well done Year 11 – a great indictor of your attitude to the exams.

PD HOUR

In this week’s PD hour I was pleased to be able to praise Jackson Smalley, Amelia Edwards, Anna Little, Annabelle Shepherd, Lucy Foster, Sam Halliday, Laurie Thomas, Amie Furbank, Kian Richardson, Misha Kitchen, Megan Dykes, Isabelle Harding, Amy Skelton, Taylor Wise, Alfie Johnson, Lillie Robinson, Tejha Smith, Eloise Holroyd, Katie Roberts, Holly Waite, Vaishali Patel, Callum Ferguson, Alex Kay, Lily Hilton Brooke, Mary Latham, Maddy Tue and Maisy Seaton,

WELL BEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

This week our assembly focus, led by Ms Gully, has been to raise awareness of good mental health.  Students have had the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be mentally healthy and consider what they can do to care for their own mental wellbeing.  We recognise that whilst, for most, the stresses and challenges of day to day life are well managed, for lots of young people and adults alike, this can be a difficulty. Students have been taught how to be proactive about maintaining positive mental health, and what to encourage in each other. The key message of the assembly is to ‘surround yourself with positivity – both people and things’.

This week I have written home on the media stories surrounding a WhatsApp avatar given the name ‘Momo’.

UNILEVER

On Monday we were delighted to host James Campey, Connor Whiteley, Nicholas Collinson and Joshua Gannon from Unilever. James, Connor, Nicholas and Joshua are all either currently on or have graduated from an apprenticeship with Unilever. They spoke to Year 12 and 13 students about the range of jobs and roles within Unilever and their own personal experiences in applying and learning as an apprentice. They also gave some great advice about the importance of lifelong learning and earning, teamwork and being able to present to groups. Their presentation was highly informative and confidently delivered. We are extremely grateful to Mark Craig at Unilever for this opportunity.

BOSTON IN NEW YORK

Last week’s trip to New York was a life changing experience for all involved. Central Park, Broadway, Time Square, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 museum, The Met, the Natural History Museum, Mean Girls The Musical, Center for Social Innovation, Chelsea and the Meat Packing district, the Staten Island Ferry, Madison Square Gardens, the United Nations and 5th Avenue for shopping.

Jack Berry, Laura Birdsall, Rebecca Cass, Emily Hawkins, Bethan Kelsey, Baljit Roda and Deanna Smith have written the full story of events that you can find here.

SPORTS NEWS

On Tuesday, the Year 9 boys’ football team travelled to John Smeaton in the quarterfinal of the City Cup. We started slowly and fell behind to a goal of real quality from our opposition. We grew throughout the half but were trailing 1-0 at half time. In the second half, we equalised immediately with a terrific strike from 30 yards by player of the match Bradley Wood. This was quickly followed up with an excellent finish on the angle from Callum Parkinson, after some brilliant play from Bradley in midfield. Stand-in goalkeeper Luke Neary deserves a special mention for a series of excellent saves to ensure that we won the game 2-1 and progress into the semi-final.

The Year 7 girls’ football team hosted Roundhay in the second round of the Merit Cup last night.  With a confident start the girls gained possession quickly and opened the scoring with a goal from Connie Edwards in the second minute. From here the girls continued their roll and quickly took the score up to 3-0. A counter attack from the opposition saw goal keeper Poppy Burton make a strong save at the near post. From here the girls carried the ball once again to score a further two goals before half time taking it to 5-0. The girls started the second half as they started the first, a desire to win the ball, carry it forward, pass well and score more goals. The final score was 11-0 to Boston Spa, with goals coming from Connie Edwards, Megan Sykes, Grace Sykes, and Izzy Srinivasa.  Our player of the match was Grace Sykes.

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