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Honley High School News Record results – again Examination results just keep getting better with over 70% of last years Year 11 students achieving 5 GCSE grades at A*-C. Last years Year 9 did incredibly well in their SATs achieving a best ever result across all the core subjects. Once again Honley High School is above both local and national averages for examination performance. Well done to all our students and staff. The standard is set. Let’s hope that our current students can rise to the challenge. On the subject of examinations, we are currently in need of extra examination invigilators If you are interested in becoming an examination invigilator and require more information for example about times, availability and rates of pay, please contact Christine Hickey our Examination Officer at school.

This years’ Open Evening was as usual very busy and we continue to attract a lot of interest from outside our immediate area. Can I thank the students and staff for all their efforts on the night, and all our visitors for the care and consideration which they showed to our neighbours! Our ICT rebuild and refurbishment is now complete, with 4 dedicated ICT suites, and the whole school having wireless internet access. Our students are already seeing the benefits of this and we look forward to this having a positive impact upon standards across the school. Since the beginning of term, the new laws regarding smoking have come into force. We have been a no-smoking site for many years, but the onset of the new regulation brings new responsibilities. As a school, we have very few smokers, so apart from the obvious health benefit to all of

us, the new regulations, will have little effect. As of now, anyone found smoking on the school site will incur a fixed term exclusion, and anyone smoking in the building will be referred to the relevant authorities and as well as incurring an exclusion, may well suffer further legal penalties. On a more positive note, you will see from elsewhere in this newsletter, we have the orchestra of Opera North in residency this year. Keep your eyes open for events based around this. Our Year 8 trip to Bude was by all accounts the best yet, and I am pleased to report that as well as our skiing trip to Italy in February, we have cultural trips to Paris and Barcelona fixed for later in the year.

Our school is thriving and successful, and a good place to be. A J CONNOR Headteacher

Learning Support and Resourced Provision and Dyspraxia but Every year doing the summer break, we who have the have students who go to Summer ability to go Schools organised by The University of on to Higher the First Age. The schools are open to Education. everyone and run for two separate The weeks. This year was no exception and workshops covered a wide variety of our students enjoyed a week which topics, including an afternoon session helped them develop resilience and with a rap artist! We hope it will be an responsibility as learners and/or a week annual event. that focused on language and the promotion of self through confidence Mrs Chamberlain building. Resourced Provision in E1 Spring School at Bradford Five years ago, Saku Burluraux, Dominic University Fielding, Jade Lawley and Gary Hallam The University of First Age

In April 8 of our Year 10 students spent two days at Bradford University. It was an event organised by all the Universities of West Yorkshire. It was aimed at students who have Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia

ISSUE 8 Autumn 2007 Newsletter

began their life at Honley when they came to the Resourced Provision in E1. At that time, no-one could have imagined how much progress they would make, how many friendships they would form, and how independent they would

become. Each student got some GCSEs, with Gary getting Bs and Cs in languages. And then it was off into the big wide world! All have settled into their post 16 placements: Saku and Gary are at Dewsbury College following the ‘Towards Independence’ course; Jade has gone to Dewsbury College to follow the foundation course, and Dominic has gone to a specialist 6th for college at a school for students with autism in Doncaster. All the students really enjoyed their time at Honley, and parents were ‘over the moon’ with what they had achieved at this school. E1 seems different without Saku, Dominic, Jade and Gary, but it is lovely when other students ask how they are getting on. It means that this school community really cares about all of our students – both past and present. Mrs Stirland and Mrs Carter

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Governor Profile Alan Laurie - Vice Chair of Governors, Training and Workforce Development Manager at Kirklees Drug Action Team. Alan has two daughters who attended Honley High School and now at College. Spare time activities are motorcycling and car driving (Dad’s taxi!), going to the gym, fly fishing, cooking, walking the dog. Likes most food. What makes Alan angry - people who don't treat him like they would like to be treated themselves. Favourite view is the Scottish Highlands in winter. A famous person who Alan would like to be like is Patrick Swayze so he could dance without embarrassing his daughters—oh and to take up pottery making with Demi Moore!! Would like to be stuck in a lift with Ernest Shackleton, a British explorer who is best remembered for leading his crew to safety after the failed expedition to the South Pole. The last CD Alan bought was ‘Showgirl’ by Kylie. Jan Wallis—LEA Governor. Works as a Sure Start Locality Manager for Kirklees. Married with a daughter and son. Likes to watch her children play sport, take walks, go to the gym and Theatre. What makes Jan angry is world poverty and cruelty towards children and also people smoking around her. A recent book which Jan has read is ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ by Stephen Covey. Favourite food is Thai, a famous person who Jan would like to be and why is Queen Elizabeth 1 as she was a powerful and respected woman in a world that favoured men. Jan’s favourite view is The Langdales from Elterwater in the Lake District. If Jan was to be stuck in a lift with someone it would have to be a lift engineer as she hates lifts and would stand a better chance of a quick escape! The last CD Jan bought was ’Vertigo’ by U2. A BIG THANK YOU TO HONLEY POST OFFICE

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Music Notes Jazz Band The Jazz Band ended the year on a high by performing at the National Festival of Music for Youth in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham. The band performed superbly and we were rated highly by everyone who heard us. The Jazz band also performed at the official opening of Castle Hill School in Newsome and our brass section performed a fanfare at the plaque unveiling ceremony. PICTURE

New Initiatives • We are very proud to announce that we have the Orchestra of Opera North ‘in residence’ for this academic year. This project is only available to one school (us!) and will involve visiting musicians and a composer in residence throughout the year All Year 7 pupils will work with the composer and musicians and a Year 10 GCSE project and Gifted and Talented project will also take place culminating in performances and visits to concerts and rehearsals. Watch this space for exciting developments. First visits happened on October 15th, 16th and 19th.

Our School Orchestra is building in numbers and this initiative will also support and promote our Orchestra. • Year 8 pupils will be working on an African Djembe Drum Project with Djembe Drum expert Simba Mugadza. • The Royal Marines Band will be visiting the Music Department in November. Their dance band will work with our Jazz Band and after a Musician careers talk an evening concert is likely to be arranged. Results Our GCSE results were again very good and including some excellent Year 9 Fastrack grades. Our Year 11 Fastrack pupils are •

continuing with ‘AS’ studies culminating in this summer’s AS Music Exam. A large number of last year’s GCSE pupils have gone on to study music at College (Greenhead/New College/Tech) on a variety of courses (including AS Music, AS Music Tech, Music Diploma etc). Encouraging news! Mr Baker

Dance and Drama Over the last 2 years we have been developing Dance in the School. We now have GCSE Dance groups in year 10 and 11. KS3 students experience Dance as part of their curriculum. We have many Dance groups which run at dinnertimes and frequently invite Dance companies to work with our students. Unfortunately we do not have a Dance Studio. We are presently using B1 which has a carpet, no mirrors and no ballet bar. We really need a wood sprung floor, mirrors and a ballet bar which will cost approximately £5000. We will be fund raising all year to pay for the alterations so students are able to develop their dance work in an appropriate environment. Money raised from this School Production and Dance Evenings will go towards funding for the alterations in B1, but if anyone would like to contribute a donation to the Dance Department it would be greatly appreciated.

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Our Dance evening on 7th March was extremely well attended. Many children performed their work. Dance pieces were presented from ‘Oliver’ by year 8 students. The Year 9 students developed work from ‘Grease’ and ‘Thriller’. Year 7 and 8 students presented some Hip Hop work and GCSE Drama students danced their way through Salsa, street dance and musical Theatre pieces. They also choreographed solos, duets and group pieces themselves, illustrating what talented dancers and choreographers we have at Honley High School.

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Theatre Trip We had a fabulous time at the Grand Theatre in Leeds watching a fantastic production of ‘Guys and Dolls’. The students were all a pleasure to take. Not one person had to be reprimanded in anyway. It was a relaxing and enjoyable evening for everyone involved. Here are some comments from the students themselves: “It was a wonderful experience. The acting was superb and I could relate to the characters. I got a lot of tips for my own performance” - James McHale. “It was enjoyable to watch and a pleasure to se how they interpreted the script. The choreography was exciting and original” - Tom Widdop.

decided to use a different format. We will be staging a show entitled ‘Stage and Screen Spectacular’. It will feature dancing/acting and music from various films, stage plays and musicals, from ‘Macbeth’ to ‘Shawshank Redemption’. ‘Chicago’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Little Mermaid’. All money raised will go towards purchasing a wood sprung floor for B1 so that we can have a good dance studio. Suga Brown Dance Company Suga Brown Dance Company worked with our GCSE Dance students on 22nd May. The two hour workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by the students and they learned a lot! Linzi and Dennis who ran the workshop were extremely impressed by the disciplined, enthusiastic approach of our students and commented on

“It was fantastic and great to go to the Theatre with my friends” - Emily Graham. “Excellent choreography. I loved the dancing girls—they were hot! Claire Sweeney winked at me!” - Calum Cameron School Production Dates for diary 27th and 28th November. Last year’s school production ‘Back to the 80’s’ was extremely successful. This year we have

how talented they were. Mrs Manning

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Spanish Visit On Tuesday 18 September, 38 students and 4 teachers from the outskirts of Barcelona came to Honley High for the afternoon as part of their cultural visit to Huddersfield. They split into two groups and worked with two of our Year 9 then two Year 11 Spanish classes, along with Miss Riley and myself.

Activities included a short drama presentation then various games and tasks to get to know our Spanish guests and practice the language. The afternoon was a great success, especially for Matthew Graham, as one of the Spanish girls took a particular shine to him! Photos are on the Student Shared Area! Thanks to all involved for their effort and

enthusiasm – you were a credit to the school. Thanks also to Miss Riley for her help. Miss Douglas

Food Technology - Sainsbury’s ‘Adopt a School’ We were fortunate to be selected, by Sainsbury’s, to benefit from their links with the community. The scheme “adopt a school” is to encourage students to choose healthy foods which are also environmentally friendly. On Wednesday 26th September the manager of Sainsbury’s at Shorehead visited one of our year seven classes. He brought with him many “GOODIES”, which included locally sourced produce, to allow our students to design and make a bread based pizza. I

am sure that many of you saw the coverage of this event in the Huddersfield Examiner. The year 7 class set about designing a pizza using the display of healthy foods supplied by Sainsbury’s as inspiration for their designs. We also discussed the importance of choosing healthy foods, considering “food miles” and the need for labelling to help the consumer to make informed choices. Our two year 11 Home Economics: Food and Nutrition groups then went on to make the

pizzas in their lessons and what fun they had!! The school also benefited from receiving new equipment to use when making the pizzas along with an apron to wear. Here are some pictures of a selection of our year 7 and year 11 students enjoying the fun of designing and making the pizzas. Many more students will benefit from using the equipment kindly donated by Sainsbury’s to the department in future. Mrs.S.Pinder

Young Fashion Designer Competition 2006/2007 A number of Honley High School students entered The Yorkshire Post/ White Rose Shopping Centre Young Fashion Designer competition Leeds last term. A range of initiative and eye catching designs were entered by students from two age categories. Because of the high standard of entries the Technology Department awarded 1st and 2nd prizes to each category. The following students were successful and were awarded prizes in the end of summer

term achievement assemblies. 11-12 Years 1st prize - Karlina Shaw 2nd prize - Andrew McCann 13-14 Years 1st prize – Lyndsey Duignan 2nd prize – Mikey McCann achievement assemblies. Well done to everyone that entered. All entries are on display in D5 Textiles. The competition will run again

next year. If you think you’re a budding fashion designer make sure you enter

Mrs Coburn

Shining Stars Two of lasts year’s GCSE Resistant Materials pupils Daniel Tyas and Chris Ruta achieved A*s for lighting projects. Both pupils spent considerable amounts of time designing and making the fantastic products shown below and were well rewarded with the outstanding result

News and updates available from Honley High School website (see front page for

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School Uniform

Schoolwear & Uniform Specialiist

We now have two official suppliers of our school uniform. Rawcliffes, on Byram Street have provided our uniform for more than five years. They have a well deserved reputation for providing high quality garments to many of the schools in Kirklees. In addition we have now an arrangement with Term Time Wear (TTW), on St John’s Road. Like Rawcliffes, TTW have an excellent reputation for providing high quality garments. I would urge parents to avoid using other supplies as the quality of their products cannot be relied upon. It has also come to our attention that some of the rogue suppliers are selling badged garments, which are not official school uniform. Students wearing such items will be asked to remove them. For full details of our current uniform please consult your child’s student planner.“ Mr Markham

Extra Music Notes! Many of you will know that Leigh Baker, our Head of Music is an accomplished player playing solo baritone with The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band for the past 17 years. You may not know that he is also a well published composer and is composer and arranger in residence at The Brighouse and Rastrick Band. This year his talent in that field was nationally recognised when his “Roman Triptych” was chosen as the test piece for the National Brass Band Championships fourth section which were held in late September at the Harrogate International Conference Centre. This was a tremendous achievement and the piece was greeted with critical and public acclaim. A further link to the event was provided through two of our students, brother and sister Daniel and Charlotte Taylor. They play with the Skelmanthorpe B Band, who earlier this year qualified to represent Yorkshire in the National Finals. Up against 19 other bands from all corners of the UK they played superbly to take 3rd place in a well admired ‘performance of great ‘musical’ merit. The conductor of the band is Mr Phil Garlick, Head of Brass for Kirklees Music School and Honley’s Brass Instrument Teacher.

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PE Department Many thanks” Thanks again to all parents involved in raising over 9,000 Sports Vouchers from Tesco’s. The equipment has now arrived and will be soon put to good use. Tesco’s are now restarting their voucher collection for schools. Can we beat last year’s target of 9000? If you or your family shop at Tesco then you can collect free vouchers for school sports equipment.. Please bring the vouchers to school, and we will be able to exchange them for new equipment for all students to use.

Year 7 Girls Athletics Champions

The girls recently beat off competition from 15 other schools to win the ‘Kirklees Schools Athletics Championships’ held at Spenborough Athletic Club.

West Yorkshire Netball Invitation Cup

The Year 8,9 and 10 Netball teams represented Kirklees in the West Yorkshire Tournament after winning the Kirklees Tournaments. They played some very high standard Yorkshire schools including Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford Grammar Schools. The teams won some games and lost others, but the sun was shining; all the players showed excellent team work and we had a good day of netball which was a good experience for future tournaments.

Pictured Chris Young with students Looking for future Olympic Champions Honley High School has been selected as one of 6 schools in Yorkshire to be visited by Chris Young, a twice former British Cycling Champion, to promote not only cycling skills, but also to identify any student potential to progress onto the Olympic Talent Squad. Students will also have the opportunity to link up with the Holme Valley Wheelers and continue their coaching. Chris worked with 60 students over a period of 4 days.

Kirklees and West Yorkshire Squads The following girls were selected for Kirklees Netball Squads as a result of trials this month. Well done to U13’s Georgia Booth, Hannah Rowe, Sophie Quigley, Emma Sanford and U15’s Amy Boulton, Alannah Gibson, Ellie Haigh, Becky Holdsworth, Beth Howe and Ashleigh Stephenson. Georgina Hoare and Emily Rose have been chosen to attend West Yorkshire training—an excellent achievement. Hockey players have also been successful. The following girls have been invited to attend Kirklees training and be part of the squads at U14 and U16 level: Amelia Durrant, Fliss Houston, Heather Langton, Fliss Denton, Katharine Gray, Katie Dronsfield, Bryony Skelton and Jo Brown. Excellent achievement!