BLACK HISTORY MONTH

October marks the start of Black History Month, and whilst the history department work extremely hard to ensure that all voices are heard during history lessons we still feel it is important to raise students awareness of this month with a series of assemblies. The theme this year is ‘Women from the Windrush generation’ and in assemblies pupils have looked at the expectation of those who came to Britain as part of the Windrush generation versus the reality when they arrived. Pupils from all backgrounds have been encouraged to speak to their parents and grandparents about their own family history to ensure that these stories are not lost over time. You can see the presentation used in the assemblies here.

EXCELLENCE IN THE PERFORMING ARTS

Congratulations to Ava Williams who distinguished herself with a performance in the English Youth Ballet production of Swan Lake at the Theatre Royal in York last week. It takes some courage to perform on a full theatre stage, with a paying audience and there have been many years of diligence to build the strength and skills to work at the level required of a national ballet company. There’s so much to admire and we are very proud of her.

ELLIOTT HUDSON COLLEGE BOSTON SPA ENRICHMENT

Our post 16 enrichment programme began this week with a huge list of opportunities, including Student Council, Extended Project Qualification, rowing, a fantasy football league, indoor cricket, indoor football, a debating society, netball for fun, basketball, girls fitness, a film society, our World Challenge to Nepal, the Burnett News Club, a weekly team quiz, a coffee and knitting club, supporting younger students with rapid readers, STARTS mentoring, the Soul Band, the Samba Band, Choir, Forensic Reading, online sign language, anatomical drawing and a Shakespeare drama production for the summer.

Our Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa Open Evening is on Thursday 28th November; all are welcome.

BURNET NEWS

The Burnet News Club is a network of state school news clubs which develops young people’s critical thinking and literacy skills through open discussions about current affairs. It is sponsored by The Economist journal.

This half-term we are exploring the Hong Kong crisis. The Burnet News Club builds four key skills, scepticism, reasoning, speaking up and open-mindedness, which are embedded across all content and activities. All are brilliant skills that will underpin progress in so many other areas of the curriculum. Those wishing to join should see Mr Easton; the club meets every Wednesday after school in Room 5.

CRAFT CLUB

I am really pleased with the way that the Craft Club has begun. It was a really successful start with a focus on batik, where students were creating floral designs with melted wax and blending colours using various dyes.

The Craft Club takes place every Wednesday and students should talk to Miss Rawlings about joining.

DRAMA CLUB

We are delighted with the attendance at our Drama Club. The group are already turning their focus to their performance of the musical ‘Fools’ Gold’ later this year. There’s room for more, especially boys, every Thursday evening; interested students should talk to Miss Panayioti to join.

PD HOUR

Well done to all of the following whose planners I stamped during PD Hour this week: Fareeda Jaji, Skye Griffin, Rhianna Nelson, Oliver Dissanayaka, Jude Taylor, Macauley Mullaney-Cameron, Krystal Hewitt-Thackray, Isabel Couldwell, Sophie Dennis, Leland Kilbride, Sara Musa, Luke Neary, India-Rose Habergham-Porter, Grace Sykes, and Tiyamike Gadi. It was a joy to celebrate their hard work

SPORTS NEWS

The U16 girls’ football team took on the Crawshaw Academy in the first round of the merit cup. A really young side took the first half to settle in and get to know positions and one another’s playing styles, finishing the first half 0-0. The girls threw themselves into the second half with Billie Hedley scoring an early goal within the first minute of the half. The opposition then equalised. Boston fought back, kept possession and scored another goal (Billie) to make the score 2-1. A gap in the defence then allowed Crawshaw to come back making the score 2-2. With the team tiring Crawshaw again found gaps and took more shots challenging the keeper. Final score 4-2 to Crawshaw. For a new, mixed year team the girls did Boston Spa proud and their sporting etiquette was exemplary.

On Wednesday the Year 7 boys’ football team played their first fixture of the season, a cup match at home to Cockburn. We got off to a fantastic start putting much pressure on our opponents and playing the majority of the game in their half. Miraculously the score was 0-0 at half time. Within seconds of the restart we went behind to an excellent solo effort from an opposing player, we did however strike back through Ben Thornton almost immediately with a great shot from distance. We took the lead through Jude Taylor and extended it further through another Ben Thornton goal, both of which followed excellent team play. Our opponents struck back for 3-2 and a tight finish looked likely. That wasn’t to be the case though as George Carry scored with another excellent strike from distance before captain Sam Casey added a fifth from a corner. A very good display for a 5-2 win from our boys. Well done.

On Thursday evening the Year 9 football team travelled to Brigshaw for their first game of the season. We started the game exceptionally well keeping good shape and being first to nearly every ball. Against the run of play Brigshaw opened the scoring, but we maintained our composure and discipline to finish the first half 1-1. We continued to play with confidence and purpose and with 5 minutes remaining we edged ahead with Tyler Johnson’s third goal making it 3-2.  Unfortunately we switched off from the centre and conceded a goal nearly instantly to make it 3-3. We dominated the game, peppering their goal with shots but the game finished a draw. Tyler was player of the match for a well taken hat trick. The boys are now looking forward to their next game against Menston St Marys in the Leeds School Cup on Wednesday 9th October.