NEWSLETTER WINTER 2019
Battle Fields Trip
A word from our Academy Head Dear parents/carers, As we approach the end of another busy school term, I’d like to thank you for the support that you have given your child and the school. As you will see in this edition of the newsletter, students have been involved in a range of cultural experiences. Student Voice interviews have been completed and we look forward to a Student Leadership Conference next term, where students will receive training for their role. All students will receive their red badges at the conference. I am very proud of the students who supported the Coppice and Willow Tree Primary Christmas Fairs at the weekend (Willow Tree Fair pictures below). Members of the community commented on their impeccable manners and excellent communication and leadership skills. What wonderful ambassadors of our school! We were delighted to have so many parents attend our Parents’ Forum this half term. It is so important to us that we collaborate and communicate effectively with students and parent/carers regarding key aspects of school life. At this meeting, parents/carers trialled a Classcharts behaviour app. which we will launch before Christmas (letter will follow). We would be grateful if you could follow the instructions to download the app or log on, ready to view your child’s data from the first week in January. Mr Shattock, SSO for Year 11 and Mr Hird, DCT Technician will leave us at the end of term. We wish them well in the future. I would like to wish our school community a restful and enjoyable Christmas break and look forward to seeing you again in January. Best wishes,
Charlotte Clarke, Academy Head
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Praise and Reward Wow, what another great half term of praise for our students at Harrogate High School. Students continue to collect stamps in lessons as a reward for their commitment to learning. In addition to this, new praise categories have been added to ensure students are also rewarded for demonstrating different values from our CARES (Courage, Aspiration, Respect, Equality and Self Control) model which we have introduced this year. The points have been adding up for students as they are counted on a weekly basis during their VMG session on a Monday morning. We hosted our first Academy Head praise breakfast on Friday 22 November to recognise those students who achieved the highest commitment for learning grades across the school. Students thoroughly enjoyed tucking into their breakfast which included: sausage and bacon sandwiches and waffles. Furthermore, on Thursday 12 December the PE department took 36 students to watch a Europa League match between Manchester United and Az Alkmaar at Old Trafford. The atmosphere was electric and for most students this was their first time visiting a sports stadium to watch a match. It was a fabulous game and I am pleased to say that the mighty reds dominated and successfully made it through the group stages. It was such a fabulous experience for the students who attended.
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To end the term we hosted our termly rewards assemblies. This was a great opportunity to publicly praise students for their hard work. During this time we presented students with a certificate to congratulate them for achieving each level of reward along with a range of other prizes. Students who achieved the highest level of reward were placed into a diamond raffle to win a Samsung virtual reality headset, vouchers for a range of different shops and discount vouchers. Students who achieved the diamond and platinum award in half term 1 and 2 are now eligible for a rewards trip to the Everyman Cinema- further details will follow. In half term 3 I would really value your feedback on the changes that we have made so far, to ensure that we continue to make improvements and reward our students for their exceptional effort and progress. Mr L. Wilson Assistant Head
Parents’ Forum ‘
Join our Christmas Parents’ Disco Forum and have your say. We welcome new members to join our Parents’ Forum Group.
Years 7-9 students were rocking around the dance floor on Monday with glow bands and Christmas jumpers being worn. The disco was requested by students back in September and the school and Parents’ Forum (who organised all the refreshments) were in absolute agreement that a school disco needed to be a regular event. There was a great turn out from students and staff who were dancing to all the Christmas classics and enjoyed the photo booth with a wide range of props and hats! A great time had by all with the next disco planned on Friday 14 February for the Valentine’s edition!
The Parents’ Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views and to make suggestions for improvement. The aims of the Forum will be to: • • • •
work together to improve the education provided for our children share information, knowledge and skills meet in a mutually supportive environment further improve communications between parent/carers and staff/ governors
In December the Parents’ Forum heard from Miss Dobson, Associate Assistant Head, regarding PSHE and the well-being initiative in Vertical Mentor Groups. Parents also trialled our ‘Classcharts’ behaviour tracking app that will be introduces in January. The group meet on a regular basis to discuss matters arising. Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 22 January at 6.15pm in the Learning Resource Centre. If you would like to join our Parents’ Forum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Army Super Camp Twenty three students and seven members of HHS staff took part in the Army Super Camp weekend run by the 4th Infantry Brigade at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, York. The aim of the course was to provide a series of challenging activities for students to complete and in doing so enhance their problem solving, team building and leadership skills. Students learned a range of field-craft skills, including how to conceal themselves using camouflage. An assault course was tackled, and they faced various problem-solving challenges as well as an opportunity to fire weapons on a laser range. Students also discovered the basics of military drill and were provided with information about career opportunities within the army. Special recognition awards were given to Ben Manby and Taylor Turnbull for their determination and leadership skills. Mrs Mason also won the staff prize for most accurate sniper. Mr Wilson (Deputy Headteacher) said “The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from it. It was our first experience of the Army Super Camp but we are already looking forward to next year’s event. The students loved the event and the army staff were fantastic”.
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Climate Change Premiere Screening The Into Film Festival for school students came to Leeds this November, launching with the world premiere of the informative and inspiring film 2040. Into Film, are an education charity that helps fund free film screenings for students in their schools and local cinemas. This year we were lucky enough to secure free tickets for all our Year 7 students to attend the screening of the important climate change film 2040. We would like to thank all of the parents and carers who supported this visit for all our Year 7 students by contributing to the travel costs of the coaches to Leeds Vue, The Light. Climate change is the most significant issue affecting the future of our young people. As a school we are determined to give our students the knowledge, skills, and the voice to make a difference. This screening was the launch of a whole school commitment to enable our students to follow in the footsteps of Greta Thunberg, and other young people, to ensure a positive future for us all.
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BBC Bitesize What is a “creative career?” The BBC Bitesize tour provided every student in years 7-10 with a chance to listen to, and ask questions of a range of professionals currently employed “behind the camera.” Set design, production assistant, researcher... Our students were fortunate to learn of the work that goes into the finished on screen product, be that adverts, sitcoms, music or films. The response from students was fantastic and we have already booked the tour again for next year.
St John’s Ambulance
Anti Bullying Week
All Year 7 students were given the opportunity to complete two hours of first aid training by St John’s Ambulance on 12th and 13th of November. This training was funded by The Harrogate Lion’s Charity, who are extremely supportive of Harrogate High School, our students and the local community.
Harrogate High School has introduced the role of ‘Anti-Bullying Ambassadors’, whose job it is to raise awareness and offer peer support.
This training is so important and valuable for our students and teaches them life saving skills. It has equipped them with the confidence of how to call for help, assessing for danger, delivering effective CPR, placing a casualty in the recovery position and the use of defibrillator. Our students gave such positive feedback and they conducted themselves with exemplary behaviour throughout the training. We invited the Mayor and Mayoress into school for a special assembly on 22 November to personally congratulate each student and present their certificates. Students enjoyed a question and answer session with the Mayor and Mayoress.
The ambassadors organised assemblies, highlighting the issue of bullying and that it won’t be tolerated. These assemblies included examples of online abuse that students have received, which were submitted anonymously during World Mental Health Day. Stray FM’s Lisa Darvill interviewed to Harrogate High School’s Anti-Bullying Ambassadors during Anti-Bullying week Students were encouraged to stand up to bullying by telling someone. The school has also set up a text line and special email address for students to contact. email@example.com Associate Assistant Headteacher Emma Dobson is supporting the team of ambassadors. Should any parents/carers be aware of bullying issues, please report it immediately to a Student Support Officer. Student Support Officers from January 2020: Year 7 & 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Mrs McWilliams Miss Pattinson Mr Nicholson Miss Smith
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History Battlefields Trip From the 15 - 19 November 2019 a group of four Year 11 students accompanied Miss Bevan on a trip to the Belgium and French WW1 Battlefields. The students travelled by coach, along with a few other schools from the local area, to the town of Ypres and later to the sites of the Battle of the Somme. Over the course of the long weekend, the students took part in a huge range of activities, including on the first night where they were able to handle artefacts from WW1 with expert input from a local guide. On the first day, the enquiry focused was on the day to day lives of WW1 soldiers. To help further their understanding, students visited the Battle of Passchendale Museum, and experienced what life was like in a reconstructed trench. Later in the day the students were also incredibly moved by being able to visit Tyne Cote Memorial, where 35,000 commonwealth graves dominate the landscape. On the second day, the students visited Newfoundland Park where many of the major causalities of the Battle of the Somme were inflicted. This was very powerful, especially when later in the day the students were able to find the name of a local Harrogate Solider, Private Percy Balme, on the Thiepval Memorial site for the soldiersâ€™ bodies who were never found. An incredibly busy weekend, the students learnt a huge amount. It was a fantastic opportunity to link with their GCSE topics, and bring History alive. It was also a very powerful reminder of the many who were victims to the devastation of WW1.
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Remembrance The Royal British Legion were ably assisted with their annual poppy sale at HHS to mark Remembrance Day, and raise money for ex-service personnel by Seth and James who sold the poppies during form time.
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Year 7 Pantomime Trip Over 80 Year 7 students visited Harrogate Theatre in November, to watch the first performance of this year’s pantomime- Snow White. Staff and students had a wonderful time being transported to ‘Happygate’ for a fun all singing, all dancing show. Mr Cutler (who was strategically seated) was lucky enough to be singled out, of an audience of over 300 people, to spin the ‘Wheel of Happiness’ and to conduct the sing-along at the end of the show. A great time was had by all and it really got everyone into the Christmas spirit. The students used this trip as inspiration for their own pantomime of Little Red Riding Hood.
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Christmas Card Our Year 9 GCSE Art students were given the opportunity to design the HHS Christmas card. The winning designs were chosen by our Senior Leadership Team, the designers were Emma Horsfield and Kate Spruce. Both students designs will be printed and sent to friends of Harrogate High School. All the students who took part enjoyed breakfast with Mrs Clarke to thank them for their efforts.
Christmas Tree Itâ€™s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at HHS! Our two trees arrived this week and have been wonderfully decorated by some students with a little help from the staff!
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Children in Need A massive thank you to all staff and students for raising funds for Children in Need 2019. There was a variety of Pudsey onesies and spotty outfits.Activities included a Friday jam music session, staff vs student table tennis, face painting and staff vs student netball. In total the school raised
£378.85 A real community effort. Thank you for your generosity
Halloween Hair-Raising Bake Sale! On Friday 25th October, The Maldives VMG held a themed fund-raising bake sale in support of our chosen local charity – St. Michael’s Hospice. With music, lights and images creating a spooky atmosphere, we set up our stalls laden with ghoulishly decorated home baked treats. Our anxieties that we wouldn’t have many customers, were soon set aside at breaktime when we were swamped with students eager to make donations in exchange for our delicious cakes and muffins; well done to Frankie for the brilliant marketing posters. A big shout out to all Maldives students who baked, decorated, sold, set-up, and cleared up. To name just a few who made it happen Sophie, Aimee, Seth, Erin, Dylan, Nikola, and Charlotte. The Maldives - you are all super stars! Of course, thanks must go to all those HHS students who came to the day and donated to this important local charity. You helped raise a spectacular £78.25 to help St. Michael’s Hospice continue their invaluable work within our local community. Written with the help of Charlotte Escott.
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PE KS3 Badminton Tournament Eight girls represented HHS in the local secondary schools tournament for the first time. Students umpired and played in over six matches and were complimented by staff from other schools on their energy and determination. Huge well done to all the girls and Kitty who won player of the day nominated by Mrs Norman, Head of PE. Debbie Speed who runs the events as Harrogate Sports Partnership Manager also commented on their performance “the girls showed dedication and perseverance in their 5th-6th place play-off”.
Ryan and Liam from Year 7, Dion from Year 8, Liam and Joe from Year 9 all represented HHS in the local secondary schools tournament. Students umpired and played in over six matches All the boys had a win under their belts in the singles and doubles, showing excellent sportsmanship on and off the court with Dion winning ‘Player of the tournament’ nominated by Mr Cutler. Overall the boys had finished 3rd in their group and 5th overall.
Boys’ Sporting Achievements What a superb half term it has been for the Harrogate High School boys’ football teams. The Year 8s showed great resilience in their 7-a-side tournament, winning a game and drawing a game against very strong opposition, this included a brilliant goal from the half way line from Dion. The Year 10s have played games against Outwood Ripon and Harrogate Grammar respectively, with fantastic performances by captain Josh, Alfie, Lewie and Andre in both. The Year 7s narrowly missed out on winning their indoor 5-a-side tournament on goal difference. They beat some very strong opponents along the way with some great goals from Charlie, Hayden and Tyler. The Year 8s beat Boroughbridge in an extremely competitive game. A sublime hat trick from Tyler and brace from Hayden, both playing a year up, added to a screamer from Finley which helped lead us to victory. The Year 7s also came out on top in their fixture against Boroughbridge, winning 4-1 with fantastic performances from all involved. A visit from King James saw the Year 7s and Year 8s in action again and allowed both teams the opportunity to showcase their ability again, unfortunately Year 8s losing and Year 7s drawing in a match in which they were continually on top. Finally, the Year 10s again showing resilience and outstanding effort in their 7-a-side tournament, playing against some impressive teams and ending 5th. This included high quality performances from goalkeeper Frank, Lewie and Josh.
Manchester United Rewards Trip Students who have represented HHS in PE and enrichment clubs were rewarded for their excellence and attitude with a trip to Old Trafford to Watch Manchester United. The students and staff set off from Harrogate for an 8pm kick off against AZ F.C. in the Europa League. The students were in great spirit and very excited with most not having been to such a prestigious and historic ground to watch one of the biggest clubs in the world. It was a fantastic game and a wonderful experience for all.
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Music This half-term term is always the busiest for the Music Department and this year has certainly exceeded expectations. After the resounding success of the first BBC Ten Pieces Orchestra workshop, we decided to continue with this each half term. Once again, we used students who already learn a musical instrument with new students. This time we made it even more challenging and learnt an adapted version of Beethovenâ€™s Fifth Symphony. Students did exceptionally well as this is a difficult piece to count. Although students may not have had as many notes, they had to be on their toes counting all their rests to ensure they came in at the right places. The aim of the workshop was to perform this at the Christmas Concert, giving all the students the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience. We look forward to continuing this initiative in the next half term where we will look at The Ride of the Valkyries. Our Year 7 students have all been working towards their Grade 1 vocal exam this half term. We wanted to make this accessible to all students and not just those that have lessons outside of the classroom. We have been astounded by the level of enthusiasm of our new Year 7 students and especially with vocal work, so this has been a perfect opportunity to develop their already fantastic skills. We
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are hoping that a number of these students actually take the Grade 1 exam when we become a centre for Rock School in March and June. For Children in Need we brought back the ever-popular Friday Jam. This used to be a regular event on a Friday lunchtime where students were entertained with live music whilst eating their lunch. Year 10 GCSE students played out popular rock hits whilst students got in the giving spirit and had their faces painted like Pudsey. This half term we have introduced performances in assembly. The purpose of this is to give our music students more performing opportunities and students in assemblies more exposure to a variety of music. We have heard from our Year 9 GCSE students, Year 10 GCSE students, Emily Gray and Niamh Edmunds playing a piano duet and our school choir.
We were extremely excited to once again be asked by Stray FM to perform at the switch on of the Harrogate Christmas Lights. Twenty students from our school choir performed live on the stage in front of a large audience on what was a very cold night. We performed festive numbers such as Let it Snow, Angelâ€™s Carol by John Rutter and the beautiful and enchanting Breath of Heaven. It was a fantastic opportunity for our students and the first public performance for a number of our Year 7s. Our next Christmas performance was on Sunday 1 December at the Majestic Hotel. We had been asked to perform at the Harrogate Hospital Christmas market, which was set up to raise money for the hospital. Once again, our choir entertained guests as they browsed the many craft stores and listened to the beautiful vocals, whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine. The Mayor and Mayoress spoke in between our sets and congratulated the students on such a successful performance. This was not the last we were to see of our Mayor and Mayoress over this festive period as they joined us at our Christmas performance at Granby Court Residential Home on Tuesday 10 December. We took a collection of students from various ensembles and classes to entertain the residents after their lunch in their stunning dining hall. Our students once again stepped up to the mark by putting on a fabulous set of Christmas songs, which the residents thoroughly enjoyed. It was great to see students interacting with the residents and joining them for a cup of tea and a mince pie. Our main event of this term had to be our Christmas Concert. What a night of celebration this was! The hall was packed full with parents, friends and family who had come together to celebrate all the hard work that students had put in over the term. Performances included solos and duets from some of our talented instrumentalists. We heard from ensembles such as School of Rock, Guitar Group, Orchestra and our School Choir. A number of Year 7 students joined us to perform songs of which they have been learning in the classroom as part of their Grade 1 vocal exam. The night was just wonderful and really got us in the Christmas spirit. That certainly was not the end of our Christmas performances. Every year we visit our local primary schools for our primary school tour. We performed at six schools over two days and this was a condensed version of our Christmas Concert. We know these performances have a lasting impression on the primary school students, as we almost feel famous when students join us in Year 7 and remind us of all these performances! What a wonderful end to the term. Mrs Southern, Head of Music
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‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ with the Royal Navy Year 11 hospitality and catering students set sail on a task with a nautical twist on Thursday, December 5, as the Royal Navy paid a visit to Harrogate High. Allowed to choose from a diverse range of ingredients, pupils were set a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ challenge in the lesson. Given their orders by the Navy, their task was clear: Produce two dishes in one hour and 30 minutes, putting them on the clock to deliver. Caviar, duck and pheasant were among the foods available to use, while a strong emphasis was also placed on presentation skills. Members of the Royal Navy - who have cooked for royalty and will be taking part in the culinary Olympics next year - provided a feedback to all entries, including a deconstruction of each dish that gave those involved plenty of food for thought. Mrs Lancaster said: “The students produced dishes of a highly impressive standard under pressure, learning some valuable skills that will help them for their practical exam. “I would like to thank LCH Mattie Tew, LCH Sean Raine and LSTO Lawrence Mponda for giving the class a unique experience and, hopefully, they will be back again in the future to do it all over again.”
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ENRICHMENT TIMETABLE 2.30pm - 3.30pm Subject
Theory and Drop In Club
Higher Level Spanish GCSE
Independent Learning Club
Yr 7 Multisport
JHA / JAN
Mr L Wilson
School Production (Oct - Mar)
Tuesday Art Geography Music Inclusion
Yr 11 Intervention
Mrs F Rhodes
HMI / AMS
Independent Learning Club
BYTE Improve Coursework
JHA / JNR
Independent Learning Club
Discover Debating (8.00 - 8.45am)
AMS / HMI
Independent Learning Club
Yr 9 and 10 Boys Football
Yr 7 and 8 Boys Football
Yr 11 Intervention
Thursday Music Inclusion Science
Dates for your Diary Term Starts
Mon 6 Jan 2020
Yr 8 Parents’ Consultation Evening Wed 15 Jan, 4-6pm KS4 Option’s Evening
Wed 15 Jan, 6 - 7pm
Wed 22 Jan, 6.15pm
HHS Parents’ Association Meeting Wed 22 Jan, 7pm Yr 8 Option’s Evening
Mon 20 Jan,
Music Trip to Bridgewater Hall
Fri 24 Jan
Harrogate High’s The Voice
Thurs 6 Feb, 7 - 9pm
Valentine’s Disco (Yrs 7, 8, 9)
Wed 12 Feb, 6 - 8pm
Dance and Drama Showcase
Thurs 13 Feb, 6 - 8pm
Yr 11 and 13 Parents’ Evening
Thurs 13 Feb, 4 - 6pm
February Half Term
Mon 17 - Fri 21 Feb
Ski Trip Departs (Italy)
Sat 15 Feb, 10am
Ski Trip Returns (Italy)
Sun 23 Feb
Mon 24 Feb
Yr 7 Parents’ Consultation Evening Wed 11 Mar, 4 - 6pm Yr 10 Parents’ Consultation Evening Tues 17 Mar, 4 - 6pm Parents’ Forum
Wed 25 Mar, 6.15pm
HHS Parents’ Association Meeting Wed 25 Mar, 7pm Friday Music
Only Boys Allowed Choir
School of Rock
Independent Learning Club
Retro Games Club
School Production (Oct - Mar)
Yr 10 Shine Residential
Fri 27 Mar
Lights, Camera, Action
1 - 2 April, 7pm
Break for Easter
Fri 3 April, 2.30pm
Mon 20 April
FOR FURTHER DETAILS, PLEASE SPEAK TO THE CLUB LEADER HMI - Mrs Mills AMS - Mrs Southern
JHA - Mr Harvey JNR - Mrs Norman
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