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10-14th March



Dinner Time Rota (No bags in Dining Hall)

B Hall Sitting 1 Sitting 2

Year 8 Year 7 & 9

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Packed Lunch N4 and N8 B Hall and N3 Social Area D Floor

Rotating lunchtime sittings will be for Years 7, 8 and 9 only. Years 10 and 11 have optional sittings. Bags must not be taken into B Hall/The Courtyard Cafe at lunchtime unless you have essential medication (i.e. Epipen or Diabetic equipment).

School Nurse Drop-in Session: Tuesday 11th March – Medical Room No appointments required – they are here to listen not to tell! iPad drop in session: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12.15pm - K3 Independent Learning (click here for the link) Flippin’ Fantastic! Well done to our Year 7, 8 and 9 volunteers who took part in the Ilkley Rotary Pancake Race on Tuesday on The Grove. It was a freezing morning and the lovely spell of weather we had been enjoying decided to break with persistent rain! Despite this, you all did fantastically well. The individual winners were; Year 7: Nat Richardson (7PB) and Olivia Collins (7LG) Year 9: Sam Johnson (9LO)

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Year 8: Jacob Cooke (8MWC) and Antonia Fern (8MWC)

World Book Day On Thursday we all celebrated World Book Day by stopping everything and reading! Whether you were on a PE bus, in a Science Lab or more traditionally in a Library, you all made the most of your 20 minute reading time.

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Human Treasure Hunt Well done to all those students who entered the English department’s human treasure hunt.

Did you guess Hagrid, Harry Potter, Miss Haversham and Cruella Da Ville? The winning teams/students who managed to get around all the English staff and name their character and book were:

James Holmes (7DSF)

Sophie Kirkup (7LNR)

Hattie O’Looney (7SP) and Beth Young (7SP)

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Emily Field (7LNR/LAM)

New Headteacher Ms Helen Williams is currently Vice Principal at Minsthorpe Community College in Wakefield. She is a graduate of Cardiff University and has extensive experience of working in a range of large 11-18 school, including South Craven School, Garforth Community College and Ossett Academy. She said she is absolutely thrilled to have been appointed as Ilkley Grammar’s new Headteacher and is really looking forward to getting to know the school better over the coming months before she takes up the post in September. Ms Williams said that her vision of an excellent school is one where students achieve success in all areas of interest to them, and where they leave school enriched and ready for the enormous challenges of life today. She said that she is looking forward to building on the many successes that Ilkley Grammar School has. Outside of work, Ms Williams has a great passion for travel and the outdoors, where she says she is inspired by nature and loves immersing herself in other cultures and customs. Her trip highlights over the recent years have included and extended camping tour of the National Parks of America and a circuit of New Zealand’s North and South Islands by camper van, though she says she does also like the occasional stay in a nice hotel.

Options Timings By the end of the week all Year 9 students will have seen Mrs Purnell to discuss the options process. If you still have further questions (or your parents have!) then Mrs Purnell will be available at the Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 12th March in the Drama Studio (B7).

March Wednesday


Year 9 Parents' Option Evening



Distribution of Options Forms



Careers Fair: Years 10 and 11, 1-3pm, Other Years 3pm



Deadline for the return of Options Forms

Springs Lane Gates

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Please remember the bottom car park (Springs Lane) automatic gates are for vehicles only (bicycles are allowed). No pedestrians (students and staff) are allowed to use them. We are currently monitoring the gate, so please use the correct entrance and avoid the challenge.

Sharing Success Well done to Matthew Revis (7SP) who has been nominated by Yorkshire Schools’ Cricket Association for the Leeds Sports Awards 2014. He was a finalist and was supported by YSCA on finals night in Leeds last Thursday, where he finished as a 'highly commended' runner-up in the Junior Sportsperson U14 category. Matthew is on the programme cover (the cricketer). Congratulations to our Year 8 football team who played at Prince Henry’s Grammar School on Tuesday night. They enjoyed some good results beating PHGS 1-0, Horsforth 1-0 and drew 0-0 with Benton Park. It was a particularly good result considering, due to injury, the team played most of the time with 10 men.

Well done to our 1st XV rugby team who played in a 10s Festival on Wednesday at Horsforth School. They played 5 games and won them all. The scores were: IGS 12 v 5 Roundhay School, IGS 12 v 5 Bingley Grammar, IGS 14 v 5 Prince Henry's Grammar, IGS 10 v 0 Horsforth School and IGS 5 v 0 Rossett School. Clean sweep! Congratulations to our U12 and U13 Girls’ Sportshall Athletics teams who competed on Wednesday in the West Yorkshire Finals. After breezing through the Bradford Schools’ Tournament they were not only representing IGS but also competing for Bradford against tough competition from Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees and Calderdale districts. The girls did really well individually and as a team. The IGS Year 7 team came 5th and the Year 8 team came 8th.

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Well done to our DT teams who entered the Rotary Club DT Tournament on Tuesday. It was a one-day event, organised by Rotary Clubs from Otley, Ilkley, Skipton and Settle for school teams in this region. Teams of four students at three Key Stage Levels (3, 4 and 5) competed in an unseen ‘design, build and test’ challenge, against the clock. The challenges were made increasingly more difficult for each key stage and after 5 hours of hard work and a superb effort from all involved the results were announced. IGS were winners in the Key Stage 3 competition. Year 9: Flora Lee (9BJS), Emily Martin (9BJS), George Hardesty (9BJS) and Jacob Hellewell (9BJS). We were placed a very respectable third in Key Stage 4. Year 11: Hannah Turk (11PO), Grace Waller (11PO), James Inglesfield 11MH) and Toby Cowell (11EAC). Unfortunately we were unplaced in Key Stage 5; they were, however, the only team to attempt the most difficult task, missing out due to a minor technical hitch in the final run. Post 16: Tom Walker (12RN), Jack Parkes (12RN), Cameron Smith (12JES/JLI) and Jorgen Moore (12DGW).

Well done to all involved.

Jacob Hellewell, George Hardesty, Emily Martin and Flora Lee

Congratulations to our Year 8 netball team who got through to the semi-finals in the tournament on Wednesday afternoon, but they sadly lost 4-7 in a tight game v BGS (who went on to become Bradford Champions). Some excellent play by all members of the squad, in particular Becky Hadfield (8ADM) as Centre and Sophie Armitage (8ADM) in defence. Izzy Atkinson (8HM) did a great job as stand-in captain too, in place of Emma Barwick (8HM) who was competing with the SportsHall Athletics team in Halifax.

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Pancake crazy this week in the press!

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Spanish Visit The half term saw our Spanish Exchange students visiting their Spanish cohorts. Matt Heap (11LSL) and Ravelle Bura (11LSL) have written their account of the visit. Friday was an early start to a long week. Although everyone was tired on the coach journey to the airport, excitement was bubbling. The next part of our journey was the flight and by this point the nerves were rushing to us and we began to panic about meeting the Spanish families. We arrived in Spain and before we knew it we were on the coach heading to Escuelas PÍas de San Fernando (The Spanish School). The weather felt like luxury to us, the sun beamed on us and the clouds were non-existent. The coach finally lurched to a stop at the gates of the school; every student was nervously chatting amongst each other about what to say to their partner. We left the coach and saw a mass of students sauntering in our general direction; this is when we knew that these were our students. Everyone was whisked away by their families and before you knew it everyone had disappeared like no one was ever there. That evening conversation was difficult but we met up with everyone on the exchange at the local Burger King which helped to break the ice. Saturday morning was soon upon us when we went cycling and walking in a nature park near Pozuelo. We then spent the rest of the weekend ‘en familia’. The Monday soon approached which felt like the typical school day for most. After a brief welcome from the Head Teacher and a tour of the school, we spent time in classes and I found the students rather chatty in most cases. Then we were excited to go and visit the royal palace! We walked through Madrid de Los Austrias and had a magnificent tour of 20 of the 2,800 rooms in the Royal Palace. We then took in the Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol before heading back to the school, where our Spanish families picked us up and drove us home ready for the evening activities. Matt Heap On Tuesday we visited the city of Segovia, home to the roman aqueduct, one of the most significant and bestpreserved ancient monuments left in the Iberian Peninsula. We spent the morning visiting the city’s cathedral and other landmarks before we sat down to have a Spanish lunch with the staff. Wednesday was the most anticipated day as we got to visit the Las Ventas bull ring and the Real Madrid football stadium el Bernabeu. The bull ring was a new experience for most of us; we learned about its origins, had a tour of the ring and took lots of photos. The tour of the Bernabeu was the highlight of the day; we saw the players’ changing rooms, sat in the VIP boxes and had a look at the vast trophy room. Before we knew it Thursday has arrived and it was our last full day in Spain; we visited Toledo a UNESCO world heritage site with our Spanish partners, we learned about the rich, diverse history of the place and visited many of its cultural landmarks. That evening we had our farewell meal and enjoyed some typical Spanish food. Friday was our final day in Spain; we packed up our bags, loaded them onto coach and said goodbye to our Spanish partners (a very emotional affair). Before we were to get on our flight home, we visited the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art where we had the chance to look at the Guernica, a very famous piece by the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. After touring the gallery, we had a brief look at a pool of turtles in La Estación de Atocha before heading home back to England. We had such a lovely time in Spain and we would like to thank the staff who accompanied us, for making every aspect of the trip amazing, and we look forward to welcoming our Spanish friends to England soon! Ravelle Bura Page | 9

Thank you from Comic Relief You did fantastically well last year raising money for Comic Relief; this year it’s Sports Relief. One of the fund raising events will be a staff vs. Post 16 basketball match on Friday 21st March at 12.15pm in the Sports Hall.

You can buy a ticket to watch the humilation of your teachers being beaten fair and square by a much younger and fitter team. Get your ticket from the Key Stage 3 Hub (minimum donation 50p). If you raise over £200 Mr Milburn will play the basketball match in a tutu! If you raise over £500 he will do it with his legs waxed! (Have you seen his beard…he’s hairy!) Mr Milburn will be getting into the spirit a week before by challenging you to guess how many bounces he needs to get his basketball from the bottom of Cowpasture Road to the school gates. Visit the Key Stage 3 Hub to take part in ‘Count the Bounce’: pay a donation and guess a number. There’s a prize for the student who guesses closest. So visit the Key Stage Three Hub and get giving!

Primary Art of Maths What is the probability of that? Joint, mixed schools’ winners in our Primary Art of Maths Event on Wednesday afternoon! Burley Woodhead, Ashlands, Ben Rhydding, Burley Oaks and All Saints’ Schools all took part in mixed school groups to design and create a geometric picture based on maths. Who knew maths could be this artistic? Maia Throp (9CT) and her winning team.

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Harrison Lambert (9SMD) and his winning team.

Sun, sand…and the Oscars!

What a week! Whether we were learning to ski or board or exploring the area of Big Bear and Snow summit as an experienced skier or boarder, a great week was had by all. Each day was started with a huge American breakfast followed by a short drive to the slopes where we were greeted by a cheery team of American instructors. The glorious blue skies and snow meant that the skiing was greeted with enthusiasm, both in Big Bear and Snow Summit. The views from the top at over 10,000ft were spectacular, looking over Big Bear Lake and the San Gorgonio Wilderness.

The evenings were spent eating out ‘around the world’: Italian, Chinese, American and Mexican. The local bowling alley was a source of evening entertainment, not just by us but the yokels of Big Bear, some very colourful characters and our very own bowling champions were Miss Haigh and Ryan Croft (11JB) with equal scores. On the final day of the trip we travelled down early to Los Angeles. The journey down was quite an adventure, dodging the rock falls and mudslides caused by torrential overnight rain (the only rain in the past 9 months). Snowploughs had to clear the roads .The visit to the Universal Studios was exciting and unfortunately very wet (on the rides and off the rides!) Touring the studios where all the big films are produced was awe-inspiring. The evening in LA was spent shopping and viewing the prelude to the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre followed by a meal in Hard Rock Café, Hollywood. Following an exhausting week we stopped off at Santa Monica Beach and Venice Beach on the way to the airport, via Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip and Beverley Hills. A great week was had by all with no one wanting to return home! Miss Haigh

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Do You Know Any Heroes?

Last year Stuart Macgregor (11PO) won the Sports Future Hero award – do you know anyone worthy of any of the awards? Click here for Stray FM’s website to nominate. Career of the Week: Electrician The Work: electricians work on a very wide range of projects, from bringing power to homes to taking part in major engineering projects. Their tasks can range from transporting data along fibre optic cables to programming computer-controlled ‘intelligent’ buildings and factories. They can also work with renewable technology, such as wind turbines and photovoltaic systems that turn the sun’s energy into electricity. As an electrician you would install, inspect and test equipment, make sure that electro technical systems work and find and fix faults. Electro technical careers are divided into 5 different areas – Installation Electrician, Maintenance Electrician, Electro technical panel builders, Machine repair and rewind electrician and Highway systems electrician. Entry Requirements: the main route into this work is via an Apprenticeship and employers will expect good GCSEs (Grade C and above) in Maths, English and Science. If necessary you can prepare for an Apprenticeship by taking a part time or full time course at college (see UCAS Progress below for details).To qualify as an electrician you will need to achieve an industry recognised qualification at Level 3 e.g. Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installations. This qualification is normally completed whilst you are working e.g. doing an Apprenticeship. Training And Development: once qualified and working your employer may ask you to take further qualifications including:  Periodic Inspection and Testing  Wiring regulation qualifications You may also take further training in Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing). Page | 12

Pay: first year apprentices may start on around £8K per annum. Newly qualified electricians may earn between £17K - £20K per annum and with experience between £23K and £30K although some earn more. Further Information: (enter Ilkley, 20 miles, Post 16 courses, Electrician). For an electronic copy of this see Mrs Mitchell, Careers Coordinator in KS4 Hub or Mr Cole, Independent Careers Adviser

GCSE Overview

Mr Swain

A reminder that Ilkley Grammar School Careers Fair is on Wednesday 19th March from 1pm

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