The recruitment of outstanding teachers is so important to a school, and just as the best hospitals become ‘teaching hospitals’ we are given a great advantage by being part of a ‘teaching school’ which trains our own teachers. It provides an aorta of future talent.
This week we were pleased to welcome some new trainees, Mr Griffiths (History), Miss Panayioti (Geography and Drama), Mr Clarke (Physics), Miss Baker (Art and Design) Mr Aitken (Chemistry), Miss Horton (Computer Science), Mr Iglesias (Languages) and Miss Bayliss (DT).
The TGAT School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme is the only one providing secondary and primary training that is rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’. We are recruiting for September, so if there is a graduate in your family looking for a teacher training route, all the details are here.
Congratulations to Abbie Hedley, Eva Jenkins, Alex Williams, Thomas Keenaghan Marsh, Jonathan Dykes, Kiran Hussain, Jaideep Matharu, Emma St.John, Megan Sykes, Sophie Dennis, Millie Hefferman, Maddie Roberts, Lillie Robinson, Moza Abdullah, Sophia Towns, Mirabelle Hindle Marsh, Sam Courtman, Abbi Tasker, Ella Thomas, Ben Keachie and Ethan Kleist, who I met with this week to celebrate their great work.
I was delighted to see the work of Miss Coleman’s Year 7 class, who were commissioned to illustrate the forest from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. There were some amazing creations, especially those in cake! Those that appear in the photos are from Ava Harper, Harrison Tempest, Tejha Smith, Harry Smith, Toby Ergul, Charlie Wade and Lucy Skipper.
Our Year 10 Art students are exploring the diversity of identity and culture within different media. These brilliant examples are by Dulcie Parish, Freya Smith and Lily Dunlop and have been done using mixed media collage and paint.
Those that attend, achieve. Congratulations to 8BGE who had a hot chocolate morning as a reward for being the best attending tutor group in the year.
BOSTON IN NEW YORK
I am very grateful to the staff who are giving up their half term to take students to New York next week. You will be able to follow the students’ adventures on twitter using the hashtag #BostonInNY
NEWS FROM BANGLADESH
The girls at Naryanganj Government High School have won first place in the district schools’ science quiz competition. In the final round the girls had to face the boys of IET Government High School. I am delighted our two partners did so well, but it was a conflict for our friend Mr Kabir who has worked in both schools!
There is good work going on promoting Science and Technology in the IET Government Girls’ School, where the girls have been able to develop computer programming in a workshop.
On the last occasion we were in Bangladesh we just missed out on participating in their festival of sport. This last week they have enjoyed their 2019 festival.
On Tuesday, the Year 7 boys’ football team travelled to St. Mary’s Menston in the cup. We started very quickly against strong opposition and raced into an early lead through Luke Brookes. We weathered a number of attacks from our opponents through a mixture of excellent defending and number of fine saves from Archie Ellis in goal. Approaching half time Jake Miller and Lucas Parish both finished well to give us a 3-0 lead. In the second half both teams had chances, but the defences remained strong and no further goals were scored. Player of the match was Noah Whittingham for an outstanding box-to-box display in midfield.
The same team hosted Wetherby in the league on Wednesday; we raced into a 2-0 lead through Stevie Evans, but were pegged back to 2-1 before half time. The second half proved to be an excellent game with numerous chances for both teams to score. Stevie managed to put away his third goal and with it earned player of the match. But, unfortunately we lost the game 5-3.
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