I was very impressed by all the young people who came in during the holidays for revision sessions. It shows maturity and dedication. I was grateful to the staff who gave up valuable days of their holiday to support our students in this way.
Congratulations to our latest group of musicians to have passed practical music exams: Amelia Thomson (Grade 3 flute with distinction), Libby McGrath (Grade 1 piano with distinction), Ella Ritchie (Grade 2 violin with distinction), Harry Botterill (Grade 6 drum kit with distinction) and Lily Hilton-Brooke (Grade 5 singing with distinction). I am always in admiration of students making progress through the Music ‘Grades’, it takes many hours of discipline, dedication and commitment; but to have so many awarded at distinction is just exceptional. Well done to them all.
At the heart of PD is the celebration and recognition of students doing well, and PD hour is a central part of this. Well done to Jakub McMillan, Megan Dykes, Leah Turner, Tyrese Ndebele, Charlie Bennett Whitmore, Jake Rogers, Ben Taylor, Megan Sykes, Nora Stark, Tasha Haigh, Daniel Myers, Bryn Sykes, Joanie Groves, Oliver Tait, Terisha Ndebele, Isabelle Ward, Maddie Thompson, James Benn, Megan Hatherley, Isabella Srinivasa, Harry Meaden, Joe Young, and Frazer Rollings all of whom I got to congratulate this week.
NEWS FROM BANGLADESH
Bengali New Year, also known as ‘Pohela Boishakh’ is the first day in the Bengali calendar and is celebrated on 14th April as a national holiday in Bangladesh. It is celebrated with processions, fairs, music, dance and family time. The traditional greeting is “Shubho Noboborsho” (শুভ নববর্ষ, “Happy New Year”). For our friends at the Narayanganj Government Girls’ High School there was a New Year celebration at school with the girls wearing their traditional dress, and a performance of singing and dancing for their families.
On Tuesday the Year 7 boys’ football team faced Wetherby in the semi-final playoff of the city-wide merit league. We started brilliantly and dominated much of the early play against our strong opponents, taking a deserved lead through a Harvey Collinson free kick from distance, which was then followed up by a further 2 goals in quick succession through Lucas Parish and another from Harvey. Leading 3-0 at half time, we knew that Wetherby would come on strong early in the second half. We defended exceptionally well throughout the team, but conceded a late consolation goal. Player of the match was Luke Brooks for an outstanding display in midfield.
Tonight the same team will travel to play Farnley Academy in (an all TGAT) semi-final for the city cup.
On Wednesday the Year 9 boys’ football team travelled to Pudsey Crawshaw for the semi-final of the cup. We were up against exceptionally strong opponents and through their good play we quickly found ourselves 3-0 down. Bradley Wood pulled one back after an excellent run and finish on the stroke of half time. The second half saw both teams create many chances, however, we were unable to take ours and Crawshaw scored a further two. Final score 5-1 with Bradley Wood and Tom Williamson players of the match. It was a very good, gutsy and admirable performance from our boys, they worked their socks off from start to finish. Well done to all.
Yesterday Boston Spa Academy hosted the Year 3/4 and Year 5 Mini Tennis competition. 5 teams competed from local schools. The winners were Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings with Primrose Lane a creditable second. Collingham will go through to the partnership finals next month. We had 17 Sports leaders from Year 8 and 9 helping to organise and umpire the matches. They did a fantastic job and were a credit to us. Thank you to Anna Little, Bethany James, Ruby Jordan, Emily Tucker, Isabel Tucker, Ava Williams, Emily Hessey, Jess Tucker, Millie Edwards, Annaliese Irwin, Lottie Parker, Lucy Stanton, Maisie Trutch, Mary Latham, Lilly Meehan, Sophia Towns, Joe Young