Holocaust Memorial Day falls on Sunday 27th January which, this year, commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide using the theme of ‘home’.  Miss Miller has led assemblies this week which have focused on the importance of having a place where you feel safe and cared for, while being appreciative of how lucky we are to live and learn in a safe country. The purpose of the assembly, which you can see here was to encourage our students to appreciate the freedoms that we all enjoy and also to challenge them to show their support for those in different circumstances.


On Monday the National Citizen Service (NCS) came into school to speak to year 11 students about an amazing opportunity they could take part in during the summer. This is an 18 day government-funded programme that includes a four night residential at an Outdoor Activity Centre and a further four night residential where the students will get the chance to stay in local university student accommodation.  This will provide a taste of independent living, where students will be working closely with a local non-profit organisation. It’s an amazing way for them to build new skills, meet new people and fast track their future. Student interested should talk to Miss Smith.

It was a particular joy to welcome back to Boston Spa, David Joyce, one of our alumni now working as one of the team at NCS.


This week in sixth form we were fortunate to host Sergeant Cameron Buchan from the West Yorkshire Police Roads Policing Unit to talk to all of Year 12 and 13 about the importance of road safety. Sergeant Buchan covered a wide range of issues relating to the dangers and hazards when driving, such as texting and phone use, alcohol and drug use, the importance of seatbelts and why reducing speed can save lives. He didn’t pull any punches or spare any detail and our students were shown various statistics and told a range of high impact stories to illustrate his points, culminating in a heart-breaking letter from a parent of a car crash victim.  The assembly has had a lasting effect on our students.


Thank you for your support for us at last night’s Year 9 subject consultation. We do not take this for granted. It was a good evening and I enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with so many families and to share in praising some outstanding children.



I so much enjoyed the awe and wonder evident in Mrs Green’s Science class where they were dissecting hearts. I was very proud of the maturity the students were showing, but also the thirst for knowledge that activity had generated. It was brilliant.


It was lovely this week to receive a note from the Deputy Principal of L’Ensemble Scolaire Sacré-Coeur in St Chély thanking us for letters sent from our students in Years 7, 8 and 10 to those in France. This a great initiative, undertaken by Mr McDermott, promoting language learning and friendship across nations, especially as they are using the old fashioned postal service to exchange letters!

PD Hour

Congratulations to all of the following whose planners are a delight, and who were celebrated in PD Hour this week: Amelia Whittingham, Sherise Findlay James, Archie Robinson, Billie Hedley, Archie Ellis, Holly Burns Danforth, Owen Wright, Jude Clynes Smith, Harry Meaden, Richard Pajor-Mazur, Lily Taylor, Olivia Hessey, Emily Hessey, Megan Dykes, Megan Hatherley, Madison Williamson, Jacob Nicholson, Joe Balmforth, Dontay Allen, Joshua Thompson, McKenzie Bilicki, Alex Ben Abdallah, Kaydee Watson, Jacob Pitman, Mason Taylor, Alizee Joly, and Shanelle MacFarlane.


It was particularly good this week to welcome Mr Watson as our rowing coach. He is beginning the work after school with Key Stage 4, but once we have held the Key Stage 3 assemblies with Ben Cox of Row UK, it will be opened up to younger students.

Having won the City games, the Year 7 girls’ football team travelled to Huddersfield on Thursday afternoon to represent the Leeds area in the County 5-a-side competition. After a short warm-up ,the first match against Wycliffe Mount School saw the girls start strongly taking the lead in the opening seconds. A goal-packed game saw the final score reach 11-0, with goals from Megan Sykes (6), Connie Edwards (1), Nikkia Roman-Sutton (2) and Grace Sykes (2). The second game we faced Honley School which was a much closer game, with the girls going down 1-0 in the first 2 minutes from a penalty. The girls fought hard to get back into the game and a goal from Connie Edwards opened our scoring. Another goal from each team (Grace Sykes for us), left the final score at 2-2. Going into the final game the girls had a tough challenge playing against an unbeaten team, meaning that a win was needed. The girls went 2-0 down in a short space of time from a positive Ryburn School team. The girls re-grouped and after going 3-0 down brought the score back to 3-3 with some excellent passing play; goals came from Connie Edwards (2) and Megan Sykes (1). Unfortunately, the girls couldn’t hold on and conceded a final goal in the closing minutes, losing 4-3.  Overall the girls were runners up scoring a fantastic 16 goals in 3 matches and showing excellent fighting character and they are looking ahead to their next merit cup match in the coming weeks. Player of the tournament: Izzy Srinivasa.

On Monday the Year 7 basketball team played against Millthorpe in their first match of the season. We got off to an amazing start with the players showing maturity beyond their years, and after the first two quarters we had a small advantage. In the second half our opponents fought back well to earn a deserved 10-10 draw. The game was played with exceptional levels of talent and sportsmanship. Player of the match was top scorer Lucas Parish.

On Tuesday the Year 9 boys’ football team travelled to Woodkirk in the cup. We got off to a flier with Brad Wood scoring a screamer, before Miguel Da Costa doubled our advantage from close range. Despite the score line, our opponents were strong and it took a string of fine saves from Jude Howes in goal to keep the score at 2-0 at half time. In the second half we came out quickly and player of the match Jaipheth Brandao, finished neatly before Miguel added his second of the game to give us a 4-0 win, progressing into the next round.

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