ART EXHIBITION

I very much enjoyed our Art Exhibition last night. I am always so impressed by the quality of our students’ work. I am so envious of the skills the work displays and understandably there were some very proud parents in the room. Congratulations to them all.

PD HOUR

It is excellent to see so many still working hard in the last full week and earning SLT praise during PD Hour. Congratulations to Molly Grimes, Mia Bevons, Isabella Elliot, Maisy Seaton, Eve Ryder, James Benn, Libby Henderson, Ava Harper, Hollie Coulthard, Isabelle Gildon, Tilly Brown, Lily Wilkinson, Millie Morrell, Katie Locker, Owen Laurie, Kiran Hussain, Sam Dobronics, Emily Adair, Ethan Abel, Natalie Moore, Emily Swordy, Jessica Taylor, Livdeep Matharu, Mirabelle Hindle-Marsh, Phoebe Goodwin, Joe Ellis, Jacob Priestley, Mathew Haigh Morris, Dan Hemsley, Edward Gaunt, Archie Robinson, Freddie Harrison-Bould, Ellie Jordan, Joanie Groves and Dan Tinkler

SIXTH FORM NEWS

On Thursday we were thrilled to welcome back alumnus Helen Essell to speak to our prospective Oxbridge geographers. Helen graduated from Boston Spa Sixth Form in 2017 and has just finished her second year at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge. She offered Lily, Nadia and Ali really useful advice on the application process, course structure and personal statement tips. We were enormously grateful for Helen’s time.

SHOWCASING SCIENCE

As part of their summer project work Year 7 have been focusing on cells and specialised cells. Here is a sample of some of the models made by pupils in Miss Yellow’s 7S2 class, including nerve cells, muscle cells, plant cells, epithelial and even some root hair cells!

GORSE GAMES CELEBRATION

Alongside the city-wide sporting competitions in which we take part, we also compete in the inter- trust Gorse Games, a competition which focuses on six key sports, football, indoor athletics, volleyball, table tennis, boccia and rowing.

On Tuesday we hosted the Presentation Night, which saw the event winners from the other four TGAT academies join our own winners in a celebration of their achievements. The evening included notable speeches from Mrs Griffiths (Executive Principal 11-16 in the Trust) and Miss Rhodes (Trust Director for Sport and Physical Education).

The evening also included an excellent demonstration of the progress that pupils have made through Rowing, with an Indoor Rowing race.  The race was very closely contested with very creditable and determined performances from Boston Spa’s Noah Whittingham and McKenzie Bilicki.

The award winners from Boston Spa were Megan Sykes, Tejha Smith, Lucas Parish, Tyler Johnson, Quinesha Loney, Nikkia Romans-Sutton, Finn Brooks, Callum Parkinson, Noah Whittingham, Connie Edwards, Grace Sykes, Cameron Santer, McKenzie Bilicki and Emily Warbrick.

The Boston Spa team of the year was our volleyball team, whose award was collected by McKenzie Bilicki.

It was very difficult to pick winners for each event with over 130 pupils representing us in the Gorse Games this year, each of them doing so with distinction and showing not only excellent sporting ability, but more importantly the sporting values that accompany it.

In the final standings (below), we finished as runner up to The Ruth Gorse Academy, who retained the trophy. Our second place finish is a step up from last year’s third place and we aim to again to one better next year.

Position Academy Points Total
1st The Ruth Gorse Academy 547.5
2nd Boston Spa Academy 447.5
3rd The Morley Academy 420
4th The Farnley Academy 407.5
5th Bruntcliffe Academy 262.5

SPORTS DAYS

On this glorious Wednesday we hosted our annual Sports Day event with over 280 pupils competing for their houses across the day in various track and field events. There were some exceptional performances with 58 house records being broken (the most we have had in one year since we launched the house system).

We were fortunate to have our student leaders from our post-16 Sport courses assisting to ensure we enjoyed a very well run event. All pupils involved should feel very proud of themselves as each and every one of them showed spirit and determination in their event, regardless of the position in which they finished. The winners for each year group were; Year 7- Thompson House, Year 8- Thompson House, Year 9- Cooper House, Year 10- Bucktrout House. The overall final standings are:

House Points
Bucktrout House 575
Cooper House 549
Thompson House 507
Donaldson House 489

SPORTS NEWS

The Year 9 cricket team travelled to St John Fisher’s in Harrogate for our final game of the season. We won the toss and elected to bowl, St John Fisher’s opening batsman put on 43 helping to take his team to a total of 115 off the 16 overs. In the field Eva Jenkins bowled with pace and accuracy troubling the batsmen and Bailey Clayton took three great catches to help keep their score down.  Joe Young and Eva Jenkins opened our batting and faced the fastest bowler we had seen this season Eva defended her wicket well to help see off the bowler. Joe carried on to a score of  42 before Jack and Jake Rogers came in to score the winning runs with 2.2 overs remaining. A great team performance. Player of the game was Eva Jenkins with a great all round performance.

Well done to all the players who have played for the cricket teams this season. We were unbeaten through the whole season right across the year groups, a great achievement and we owe a big thank you to Mr Colley and Mr Barnard for their commitment to the teams this year.