EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS

Ava Williams (Year 8) has successfully auditioned for the English Youth Ballet gaining a part in their summer performance of Swan Lake at the York Opera House. She will be attending rehearsals throughout the summer holidays, with the performances taking place in September.

After years of dedicated work with the youth work at Opera North Charlie Wade (Year 7) has been chosen to perform in their touring production of La Boheme, with 16 performances through the autumn in Leeds, Nottingham, Newcastle and Manchester.

Joe Rudge (Year 9) has been chosen to join Leeds Youth Orchestra as violinist. He will be going on residential with them to be followed by concerts featuring the work of Franz Lehár, George Geshwin and Vasily Kalinnikov. He is also about to take his Grade 8 violin examination.

I am in total admiration of their skills and so proud of the dedication they have displayed in achieving this level of excellence

GCSE GEOGRAPHY FIELD WORK

Mr McKeogh took our Year 10 Geographers to Hornsey yesterday where they monitored the rate of longshore drift and coastal erosion along the Holderness coast. After a hard day’s graft of their field work there was celebratory ice-cream!

PD HOUR

Congratulations to all of the following whose work last week was celebrated during PD Hour on Wednesday: Cameron Santer, Felicity Camp, Isabel Couldwell, Chelsea Varley, Sam Dobronics, Bobby Westmoreland, Adam Cass, Sarah Mohamadi, Daniel Tinkler, Grace Taylor, Katelyn Turton, Maisy Seaton, Evie Burns, Rhianna Nelson,  Alicia Howitt, Kian Willat, Frazer Rollings, Zhou Lowton, Kyle Brennan, Nelly Forba, Mia Bevons, Ebony Hartley, Oliver Kilby, Callum Preston, Jack Rogers, Ruby Jordan, Sophie Ferguson and Owen Creffield.

SIXTH FORM IN VALENCIA

Our football scholars on tour in Valencia spent last weekend volunteering at a disability football festival. Organised by La Liga, 42 professional clubs sent their disability team with the overall winners being Malaga CF. Having being officially welcomed by the organisers in the opening to over 150 people, our students supported the management of the event including supporting the mascot, pitch duties, scoring, security for the Copa del Rey, (equivalent of our FA Cup won by our hosts Valencia CF this year) and helping with the closing ceremony. It was a fantastic experience, a brilliant example of inclusion and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

SIXTH FORM PROGRESSION

Our pastoral support for young people is such that over 96% gain a university of their choice, with over 44% of these gaining places at Russell Group Universities. This support continues today with Year 12 at the UCAS Convention at Manchester University.

YEAR 11 PROM

We very much enjoyed celebrating with Year 11 as they completed their last exam a week ago, and tonight it is their prom. You will be able to follow it live on our Twitter account using #BostonProm19

SPORTS NEWS

On Monday afternoon five of our partner primary schools attended a Dodgeball festival held at Boston Spa in the Indoor Tennis Centre. Over 100 pupils from local schools in Years 1 and 2 took part. It was non-competitive but gave a chance for the younger pupils to try something new, be active, play sport and have fun! Four of our Year 8 Sports leaders assisted with the running of the event. Emily Hessey, Bethany James, Jessica Tucker and Ava Williams did a fantastic job, officiating, supporting and encouraging the pupils.

On Tuesday the Year 7 Athletics team competed in the city event against 23 other secondary schools in the city. The events were a mixture of track (sprint and endurance) and field (throwing and jumping) events. Our pupils showed excellent character and skill throughout all of their events. There were some stand out performances from Nikkia Romans-Sutton winning her 200m race with a good 15m gap between her and the next runner, and Grace Sykes and Jake Miller for taking on the 1500m – keeping steady paces and placing well in the top halves of their races. Juliz Paho Tchouankwe and Cameron Santer displayed great technique whilst winning Javelin events. The team was Oliver Fraser-Smith, Jake Miller, Quinesha Loney, Nikkia Romans-Sutton, Megan Sykes, Juliz Paho Tchouankwe, Grace Sykes, Amelia Whittingham , Connie Edwards, Jakub McMillan , Cameron Santer  and Lucas Parish.

On Wednesday we had pupils competing in the RowLeeds event at the John Charles Centre for Sport where they were up against 14 schools from across the city. The pupils dug extremely deep during their races and showed excellent endurance and power, often competing against pupils on the GB team pathway. The results were Lily Hodgson-Mallory , 2 minute row 7th place of 14. (435m), Noah Whittingham, 2 minute row 9th place of 14 (463m), McKenzie Bilicki, 3 minute row, 5th place of 14 (718m), Erin Smith, 4 minute row, 9th place of 14 (821m).

We also had 14 of our Year 8 and 9 Sports Leaders helping to umpire the Leeds City Primary School Mini Tennis finals at the Indoor Tennis Centre at the John Charles Centre for Sport. The leaders were excellent and a credit to the school. The leaders on this occasion were Emily Hessey, Bethany James, Jess Tucker, Charlie Ball, Millie Edwards, Alizee Joly, Mary Latham, Lilly Meehan, Luke Neary, Lottie Parker, Lucy Stanton, Sophia Towns, Maisie Trutch and Joe Young.

Yesterday our Year 9 girls’ rounders team travelled to Brigshaw School for a friendly fixture. The girls played the first 30 ball innings and were down by 4 rounders to 5. They stepped up their batting in the second to score 9 and a half rounders. The opposition batted well but were keen to run and found themselves getting stumped out regularly through our excellent fielding. They scored 8 and a half in the second innings, leaving the final score at a draw 13 and a half to each time. The score then went to ‘outs’, where we won taking 9 outs over the 2 innings. Our player of the match was Millie Edwards. The team was Saskia Benjamin, Lottie Parker, Millie Edwards, Lilly Meehan, Sophia Towns, Emily Warbrick, Erin Smith, Trinity Smith-Brooking, and Jess Parkin.