28th September 2018 Newsletter

28th September 2018

Dear Parents, Colleagues, Governors and Pupils of the school.

This Week in Assembly

This week we had three assemblies: such is the busy nature of the school, with a huge wealth of interesting things going on.

Tuesday 25 Sept

Mrs Scholefield, Head of Humanities, delivered a double-barrelled assembly on Iceland and Rocky Five! How could these two topics be remotely connected, you ask? The Iceland trip will launch in September 2019, and is aimed at pupils now in Years 8 right up to and including the Sixth Form.


Skogafoss at night, with the Northern Lights pulsing their magic in the background

The scenes which Mrs Scholefield depicted were stunning, with an array of tumbling waterfalls, geothermal pools, mud puddles, and a whole host of other dramatic geographical features, all in place because two tectonic plates rub shoulders underneath Iceland’s surface (Eurasian and the American plates).


The Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s many hot springs

The Hockey Season Commences: 15 September

We had a great start to the hockey season this morning with three very well fought games against Mount St Mary’s. We secured a 1-0 victory at U14, a narrow 1-3 defeat at U13 (despite many members of the team playing against players who were two years older) and the U15’s missed out with a final score of 1-4. Albeit, they were all great games with some excellent demonstrations of skill and athleticism. Well done to everyone who took part with a special mention to Freya, Izzy and Emma from Year 6.


U13’s, Isabel Addinall, Emma Fildes, Ella Frost, Lizzy Nield, Freya Clayton, Mary Couch and Verity Haigh


U14’s, Isobel Campbell-Baldwin, Charlotte Fildes, Ella Frost, Lexie Maw, Kaela Abrams, Emily King, Mary Couch and Freya Clayton


U15’s: Georgia Beaumont, Phoebe Greenwood-Mann, Charlotte Fildes, Isobel Campbell-Baldwin, Emily Crossley, Martha Love, Lily Handforth and Ellie Harrison


Mount St Mary’s against Read: plenty of action from all three games, with some close scores across the board, good matches girls!

Rugby; Read v Hull Collegiate, Saturday 22 September

The U13 and U15 Rugby boys were out against Hull Collegiate School last Saturday. The U13 team were decimated by illness so ended up playing rugby 7’s. They worked extremely hard and with no replacements, were certainly feeling it in the final part of the match. Read were narrowly defeated 6 tries to 5.


The U13’s in the huddle for the pre-match morale boost and team talk

At U15 level, we were too strong for our smaller opponents. However, we continued to play excellent running rugby and moved the ball nicely along the line. The final score was Read 54, Hull 12. A team ‘Man of the Match’ award was given to the U13 boys, whilst Matthew Harrison and Max Hammell were awarded the title on the U15 pitch. Well done to all of the boys who played and thanks to Alex Chapman from the Sixth Form, who helped to coach.


U15’s pipping their opposition to the post in the line-out


Scrum-down for the 15’s. A good victory secured by a team via basic forward support to channel the ball out to some drilling runs from the backs

European Week of Languages

This week we have had a huge surge of activity in the whole of the school, heralded last Friday by the MFL department, to highlight the continued importance of languages and European culture in the school. Mrs Chambonnet has spearheaded the project with input and teaching from Mrs Ives and Mrs Zambrano in the senior school, along with many others in other areas of the school.

The first three days of the week included the following activities:

Monday was Continental Food Hub Sale


Give me my grub! I don’t need to know which country it’s from!

Monday was Continental Food Hub Sale


The judges await. Teachers, Mrs Chambonnet, Mrs Ives and Mrs Zambrona in the calm before the “crepe storm”.


A big pile of crepes. Suffice it to say, the judges enjoyed their job, but could barely speak afterward!

Wednesday continental lunch


Year 7 pupils Lizzy Nield, Jack Mustill and Luke Watts enjoy sausage and sauerkraut. Hats off to Germany for that one, but with the whole lot swimming in gravy, that does bring it back to Blighty!

There will be more to follow next week, with Thursday’s and Friday’s activities reported in full, so watch this space!

Read Talent in the Spotlight #1: GB Pentathlon: Ella Frost

Ella Frost is a budding pentathlete in Year 7, whose exploits at local and national level have been chronicled in past newsletters.


Ella proudly sporting her medal at the last competition, having made her job even more difficult by running in flip-flops!

This weekend is the 2018 Championships of the whole Laser Run Series (run throughout the world – last year the final was in South Africa) and it will take place in Dublin (Trinity College) this weekend. Ella will be representing Great Britain in the U13 category. To even make selection, you have to have proved yourself at regional level and undergone a large number of prior events and training sessions.


Those targets seem like a long way away!

As has been said before, Ella is very young compared to others in her category (11) and so, will be competing against girls up to two years older than her. There is a big difference between age 11 and 13! This is a repeating theme that we see time and time again in some of our star pupils, who seem to be punching above their weight (and age!) as is also shown in Andrew Payne’s recent competitive exploits below. We really are very proud of the levels of determination and talent they collectively show us.
See table below on what she will have to do…

In my experience, the 400m is one of the hardest distances to run, as you are not sprinting (as you are in lower distances) nor can you slow to a jog (as you are at 800m and above). This race is a real lung-buster, so to do it twice…
What is really exciting about Ella’s competition is that it may be being streamed live, or shortly thereafter on YouTube and Ella’s race is on this Saturday morning, though no specified time is currently available. We wish Ella and her family all the best over in Dublin this weekend.

Pre-Prep Visit to Harlow Carr Nature Reserve, in North Yorkshire: 19 September


Fun in the sun. The Pre-Prep pupils all had great fun at Harlow Carr, near Harrogate

The Pre-Prep pupils had a lot of fun exploring the beautiful wooded area of Harlow Carr, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a public garden run by the Royal Horticultural Society. This then, was the perfect location for our little intrepid explorers to do some forest learning, looking at rural ecologies and the habitats of Britain’s vast array of flora and fauna. The pupils had a really positive learning experience in the wind and the sun.

Read Talent in the Spotlight #2, Andrew Payne: Clay Pigeon Shooting


Camera shy? No, just focused on his target. Andrew, sporting the high-precision tool of the trade, a 12 gauge, double-barrelled shotgun (Perazzi SC3)

Andrew Payne in Year 8 continues to make waves in the Skeet Shooting world (similar to clay pigeon shooting, except faster).

He shot very consistently very well over the weekend, despite there being terrible weather conditions: strong, cold winds and rain.

He won his class, competing against older teenagers. He came second overall in the classes and came fourth in the juniors in the country, so just missing out on a medal, and he was only 5 points off gold medal position! Another fantastic performance from Andrew, certainly yet another of our pupils we should be keeping a close eye on in the future!


Andrew reloads, awaiting his turn to shoot, the aspect of a boy deep in thought…

Year 7 Biology in Focus

This week Dr Duggan’s Year 7 group donned lab coats and safety goggles to get to grips with handling laboratory apparatus. They were surprised to discover that water is surprisingly “sticky” and that its attraction to the sides of a glass container results in the formation of a concave curve visible at the surface known as a meniscus. Using coloured water and measuring cylinders they were shown the correct way to read a meniscus. The glassware was handled competently and there was a wonderful thirst for knowledge with unending questions of why and how. In their next lesson our budding scientists will be taught how to light a Bunsen burner.


Y7 pupils eagerly mixing their evil-looking concoctions!

Golf: an activity with Mr Gisbourne

This is quite a time-consuming and extensive activity, as many of us will know how long it takes to play 18 or even 9 holes of golf. Last Tuesday for instance, the club (pun intended) arrived at Drax golf club to play a round of 9 with the younger ones and a round of 18 with the Sixth Formers (pictured below). All enjoyed themselves, with very few balls being lost in the undergrowth or the cooling towers.


The Golf Club. Tiffany Fu, Alex Marsh, Nick Reed, Jamie Holdich, Alex Chapman and Kevin Abaa-Ogley

D of E: Singing in the Rain, Every Thursday


MaxGarland demonstrates just how deep the water is on a D of E training walk

Mrs Jackson and her crew of intrepid Year 9 pupils have so far found out that the practice walks are more arduous than the real thing! Well done to all who brave the inclement British weather, whatever it happens to decide to do on any given day.

This Weekend

Please find below details for this weekend’s hockey fixtures.

U13 v Ackworth School to meet on the MUGA at 9.00am for a 9.30am start (note the change of time from the calendar). Finish for 10.30am.

U15 v Ackworth School to meet at 10.00am for a 10.30am start. Finish for 11.30am.

Best regards,

Mark Voisey