NEW YEAR 7s

I would like to begin by congratulating our new Year 7s. I have very much enjoyed seeing them make such a good start. We look forward to their success with us.

ELLIOTT HUDSON COLLEGE BOSTON SPA

We are delighted to be welcoming our post 16 students into Elliott Hudson College Boston Spa this week. It was brilliant to see and hear their reactions as they walked into brand new facilities on Thursday morning.

The capital investment from The GORSE Academies Trust has created an incredible transformation, and the buildings are unrecognisable. In addition to the brand new classrooms, the toilets, the diner, the social spaces and study areas have all been rebuilt, with a particular focus on bringing access to state of the art IT facilities for our students. Years 12 and 13 know they are being looked after very well, and it is an excellent start to a collaboration of excellence.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Elsewhere in school we have redesigned the Lower Dining Hall, creating small galleries to celebrate student art work in each alcove. In English there is a new art installation work promoting reading is on all of the corridors, and in Mathematics walls highlight subject related careers opportunities, and there will be two new art installations added to the main corridor.

PERFORMING ARTS STRATEGY

Thank you for your responses to my letter during the holidays about our Performing Arts strategy. These are really exciting developments.

We have the last few places available for LAMDA qualifications in Speech and Drama; these are fantastic opportunities, and if you are interested please email info@bostonspa.leeds.sch.uk marking the subject as ‘LAMDA lessons’. If you have already requested these lessons then your child’s place is secure and you will hear from us shortly.

This week Mrs Taylor promoted our Performing Arts strategy in assemblies with this video, which highlighted many of the opportunities on offer this year.

We are delighted for Ava Williams who you may have seen recently in the newspapers, as she has been selected to perform in the English Youth Ballet production of Swan Lake, which comes to York on its tour. Tickets are available here, I am sure she would appreciate support from our community.

COMMUNITY CHOIR

As a part of our Performing Arts strategy we are keen to see the arts take a key role at the heart, not just of our school, but also of our communities.

One key aspect of our work is to launch a brand new community choir for adults and older students who wish to sing for pleasure. This will be led by Mr James Rodgers, an experienced musician and teacher. He is a former pupil of Boston Spa with long standing links to our communities. He is extremely passionate about coming back to work in our locality and to be bringing this new project to our families.

Once the community choir is established they will determine their own repertoire, but it will begin with a combination of musical theatre, light classical music and popular songs.

Rehearsals will be held at Boston Spa Academy on alternate Tuesday evenings from 7.30-9.00pm and culminate in a first performance at our Christmas Concert on Wednesday 11 December. The first rehearsal will be on Tuesday 24 September, and cost will be just £1 per rehearsal. There is no need to book in advance, and no particular musical expertise is required; we will be pleased to welcome all on the first evening. If you have any questions please email info@bostonspa.leeds.sch.uk marking your email ‘Community Choir’.

EXTRA CURRICULAR SPORT

Mr Potter and his team do a fantastic job in maintaining and expanding extra-curricular sport. In the next few days Mr Potter will share the full extracurricular programme for this term but few schools will be able to match the breadth of sports which we cover, which includes competitive opportunities in  football, rugby, athletics, tennis, rounders, Gaelic Football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, karate and cricket.

We are very excited to be adding rowing to this list for 2019, and we were pleased to welcome Miss Finch, our rowing coach, to assemblies to promote the opportunity. You can see her presentation here. If you want more information about rowing in school please contact Miss Finch via Reception.