12th January 2018 Newsletter

12th Jan 2018

Dear Parents, Colleagues, Governors and Students of the school,

A very Happy New Year to you all.

Having been back a week, we are well into the swing of the normal school routine, with a huge amount crammed into the school calendar already for this week. It was lovely to see a number of new faces at the PFA Chat n Char yesterday in the conservatory; and equally heart-warming to see Karen Ratcliffe and the team making those newcomers feel welcome. I continue to thank the PFA for all the hard work they do, they are the unsung heroes of the school, with the events and fund-raising they manage, the whole school benefits from. Speaking of the PFA, the AGM is coming up on Thursday the 25th of January, so if you are interested in joining us or are just curious as to how the organisation works, please do come along. The venue is the library at 7pm.

Today is an important day for our Year 11 students, who, after completing their mock exams at the end of last term will be interviewed by Ms Palmer, the Assistant Head, to look at their progress in their GCSE subject areas and to think about future study and career options.

Also, in other academic news, our 6th Form commence trial exams next Monday (15th Jan). These will form part of a layered practice-battery of exam papers to allow for students to acclimatise to their final exams in May and June of this year. Good luck to all.


Before this though, on Sunday, we have an English trip to Stratford, the home of Shakespeare, to see a Dickens novel on stage, A Christmas Carol! Despite the passing of the festive season, there are the ghostly experiences of one curmudgeonly Christmas humbug to revisit, the miserly Scrooge! We eagerly await a review of that visit from one of our Year 10 or 11 students on their return.

Next Tuesday, the Prep school look forward to an elite group of singers departing for Sheffield to perform in the Young Voices concert.  We wish them fun and luck in equal measures!

Imagine the noise!

Selby has never looked so sunny!

On the same Tuesday, Mrs Rothwell-Wood is taking a group of Y11 chefs to Sapori 74 in Selby, an Italian restaurant to conduct some research, in readiness for their own culinary projects. This is what is known in teaching as kinaesthetic learning at its best!

The National Space Centre in Leicester

On Wednesday we have the prep school voyaging where no man (or woman) has gone before, to the National Space Centre in Leicester with their Year 5 & 6 cohort.

Andorra, a small, but beautiful country.

Whilst this is happening, back at base, we have an U16 football fixture away at Ampleforth, followed by – later that evening – the Andorra ski trip’s parent information evening. A day crammed full of different delights!

I am a miserable fish.

Thursday brings for the youngest end of the school, a visit to The Deep, in Hull.

So much going on, both in school and out. A big thank you to all teachers and pupils involved and to all of you parents and friends who come to support.

And this is just the first week back!

Best regards,

Mark Voisey.