24 November 2017
Dear Parents, Colleagues and Governors,
A hearty welcome to you all, on this, the first Weekly Newsletter from the Headmaster.
As it is my first week in post, I thought it prudent to kick off with a first edition which introduces myself before we go on to talk about what’s been going on at the school.
Most of you of course I have already met as deputy head of the school, a post I have held for 4 years. During this period, and before, I have got to know many of you as parents, colleagues and friends of the school.
I have lived a nomadic life, being raised in the Highlands of Scotland as a youngster in the 70’s before moving to Skipton in the 80’s, attending Skipton Grammar as a teenager, where I found I was in the last year to take O Levels in 1987! It was at this time I played county rugby as a forward in the No. 8 and second row positions. I lived with my grandparents in Skipton whilst my parents worked in Gabon, Africa – which I visited as frequently as I could – before moving to Selby where I attended Selby College for my A Levels. It was at this time I played for Selby Rugby Club in their Junior Colts and Colts teams; little did I know how connected to our school this club already was. I then moved to Nottingham to study Humanities (English and Geography) at university as the 90’s began, followed hot on the heels with a PGCE (English) teacher-training course in Leicester. I worked in several schools in Leicester, then Yorkshire, before moving to Drax to work in 2001. I must like the place, because I have been here ever since!
Last Week at Read
Global Entrepreneurship Awards
Last Thursday, the 16 November, a team of Read’s international students came second in a prestigious business award in Hull, after competing against many other schools for the title. Their prize of £200 was won after devising a profit-making scheme to market to potential customers.
This Week at Read
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
Last weekend we had a record number of pupils out on a D of E expedition – 37 all told! A massive thank you to all who attended, ably looked after by Mr Gisbourne, Mrs Rothwell-Wood, Mr Garrard, Ms Gibbons and Mrs Jackson. We had some beautiful sunshine in Warter, in the Yorkshire Wolds, where the pupils were walking.
Moving to Monday and we find ourselves involved in an entirely different environment: The Careers Fair in Moloney Hall. This was an excellent showcase for both local business and our pupils. The former offering a wide array of different career options and job opportunities, the latter interfacing well with the people on these stands and making useful enquires about possible future career opportunities. As ever, they were a credit to themselves and the school in terms of their curiosity and manners. A massive thank you to Trish Kavanagh (Business Studies) her team and the Sixth Form chaperones for making this day work so well. The pupils will be reflecting on their experiences in tutor time to augment previous careers work done in the classroom.
Hockey at Read School
Tuesday saw some hockey for our U14s in a home match against Hill House girls. The final score was 5-2 to Read. A superb result girls.
On Wednesday the U11 hockey match resulted in an 8-2 win for our girls against Gateways School in Leeds. An excellent result girls, well done! That’s two giant-killing results in two consecutive days, showcasing that Read School grit and determination wins over as ever.
Today (at the time of writing, it’s Thursday) we have a Christmas Craft Afternoon in the pre-prep department, where I know there are some excited little ones who are making reindeer cones and candy canes. This sounds all very exciting, but I have to say, I am somewhat mystified by the possibility of Snowman Soup as a dish! I am sure there will be pictures of this strange phenomenon to go up on the website at a later juncture…
Looking forward, it is the turn of the boys, with the U9 rugby team playing Gateways on Friday and the U13s playing Hull Collegiate away. Here’s hoping you match the girls’ level of success on the field gentlemen!
There is a huge amount going on in the prep department next week: look out for the Book Fair in the prep school, running from Tuesday to Tuesday. This will take place in the lobby of Moloney Hall, and is open at break and lunch times, with books aimed at KS1 and KS2. There is a competition to design a book cover. For the lucky winner there will be a voucher for £25. The book sale is located here because of course next week heralds the prep school production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Tickets are on sale from everyone’s favourite Oompa Loompa, Mr Hill, at the bargain price of £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions. We have a matinee performance at 2pm on Wednesday the 29 November and an evening viewing on Thursday 30. Come along, you may find a golden ticket!
Next Tuesday we are actually hosting the Selby District Schools Hockey Final for Years 3 & 4. This is being led by Mrs Campbell-Wood.
That about concludes things for this week, but be sure to watch out for next week’s edition, as we are always busy!
I wish you and your families well in the week ahead.