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Loud and proud! On Monday our students made their voices heard and put together some excellent suggestions about how to improve their lunchtime experience. Working together in their tutor groups and with the support of our Post 16 student leaders, the students produced some well researched, creative and clever solutions to make lunchtime better for all ranging from roof gardens to climbing walls. The work that was produced in the morning also showed our students excellent use of their ICREST skills and iPads. The morning also saw some of our students preparing their election campaigns for the Student Council. Each candidate put together their own election video, with the support of the Ilkley Youth Team, and they have now been shared with the entire school. Due to some technical difficulties on the day we have extended the online voting until today, giving all of the student body a chance to choose their representatives. It will be then down to the newly elected Student Council to sift through the proposals for improving lunchtime and then put them into action. Despite some technical difficulties our students and staff showed great enthusiasm and creativity and we look forward to seeing the visible results from a day of voice and influence.


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Any Questions? One of our students, Tom Bennett, had a starring role at the end of the Festival’s launch event of Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ (broadcast to 2m radio listeners) last Friday. Selected from hundreds of questions, Tom’s question, ‘Should 16 year olds be given the vote?’ was the closing one. He was then invited to comment himself after the panellists gave their views. Tom’s views on the event summed up his pride in being involved, ‘It was a great surprise to be chosen to ask a question, and although asking the question itself was very nerve-wracking, overall it was a memorable experience and something I would love to do again!’ Both myself and Ali Kaye, our Business and Finance Director, were invited to the event, and put forward two education questions. Neither was taken up, but how we would have welcomed some answers! Mr Gove, are you listening?!

Tom Bennett and David Dimbelby

Q1 .Does the panel believe that early or repeated GCSE entries are, in Mr Gove’s words, ‘a damaging trend that is harming the interests of many pupils’? Q.2 Does the panel believe it is possible to create a ‘world class’ education system whilst alienating those responsible for implementing it?

Carol Ann Duffy We sponsored one of Tuesday’s events, a performance from the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Myself, the Chair of Governors, Lindsey Wharmby, another governor, some staff and 18 students, were all treated to an inspirational mix of humour and more serious elegaic readings, interspersed with music from John Sampson. We also made the most of a photo opportunity and book signing.

Mrs James, Post 16 students, Carol Ann Duffy and two of our Governors, Chair of Governors Mrs Wharmby, and Mr Keith Brown Email: newsdesk@ilkleygs.ngfl.ac.uk

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On Wednesday afternoon we welcomed some of the Festival to us. Melvin Burgess, whose book ‘Junk’ won both the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s fiction award in 1997, came into school to speak to our Year 10 students. He spoke about his novel ‘Bloodtide’ and his most recent novel 'The Hit', giving an interesting commentary about the inspiration and thought processes behind his novels.

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Moving the Goalposts Many of you will know from the press that Michael Gove without warning, a week or so into the new year, suddenly changed the entry regulations for GCSEs – affecting every current Year 11. Such a significant change, with only the first GCSE entry counting in schools’ League Tables, was leaked in newspapers and means while students can re-sit, their best grade does not necessarily feature in the school’s performance measure. It looks very much like a case of ethics (what’s best for student) v politics (what’s best for the school) – an invidious position. Both Bradford Partnership and the SSAT (Specialist Schools Academy Trust), amongst others, have written in strong terms for the Secretary of State for Education; click here for both letters in full

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Sharing Success Well done to Emma Powell (8JP) who has been entered in the adult category (yes she’s that good!) in the upcoming Ice Factor in Kinlochleven, Scotland in November. Good luck Emma! Congratulations to the students in Years 8, 9 and 10 who have been selected for the Bradford Schools' U13 and U15 Netball Development squad! The following students will be representing us: U13 Antonia Fern (8MWC), Emma Barwick (8HM) and Becky Hadfield (8ADM) U15 Maya Booton (10VEB), Milly Horn (10AJH), Bella Forbes (10ALS), Elisabeth Henney (9SMD) and Georgia Elsworth (9SMD)

Congratulations to Year 8 and 9 Girls’ hockey teams who travelled to South Craven. Both age groups played very well and in the end overwhelmed South Craven. Year 9 won 5-0 and Year 8 won 10-0. Well done to all the girls especially the GK who struggled to keep warm. Well done to the U19 football team who won 6-0 away at Abbey Grange on Monday. Goals from Charlie Pullan, Simon Wood (2) and Ali Adams (3) secured the win.

What a great start to the season! Well done to our Year 7 rugby team. They played a great, tough game against Horsforth with 5 new players to rugby playing today. IGS were triumphant 22 - 12.

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14-18 OCTOBER AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS AND FIXTURES

B MONDAY 14 Oct

TUESDAY 15 Oct

WEDNESDAY 16 Oct

THURSDAY 17 Oct

FRIDAY 18 Oct

U16/Sen NETBALL v Parkside (A) (SMB) Y7/8 RUGBY Training (MWC/ACF) Ilkley RFC Y7 FOOTBALL (PLB) School Fields 3-4.30pm STREET DANCE -All ages (JW) Gym 3.15-4.15pm Y10/Sen NETBALL club CANCELLED U19 FOOTBALL v St. Mary’s (H) (PDH) Y7/8/9 Girls’ FOOTBALL (LV) Schools Fields Y9/Sen HOCKEY (JH) BR Astro 3-4.30pm Y7/8 NETBALL (SHR) SpHall/Cts 3-4.30pm Y9/10 RUGBY Training @ Ilkley RFC Y7/8 Girls’ RUGBY @ Ilkley RFC Sports’ Leaders’ (PLB) 3-5pm Y7 FOOTBALL CV2 (H) (MWC) Sen HOCKEY v BGS (H) (JH) ESAA XCOUNTRY @ Shelley College, Huddersfield (SMB/AJK) 10.15am-3.30pm Bradford U15 NETBALL Tournament @ BGS (SHR) Depart 2pm Y11 + 12/13 (1st XV) RUGBY TRAINING (ACF) ILKLEY RFC Y7/8 Basketball (PLB) SpHall 3-4.30pm Girls’ SYNCHRO (Mrs Gooch) Pool 3-4.30pm Y9 FOOTBALL CV2 @ PHGS (SP) Y8 RUGBY Festival 2 @ South Craven (MWC) Y7/8 HOCKEY (AJK) BR Astro 3-4.30pm Y9 NETBALL (SHR) Courts 3-4.30pm Y9/10 RUGBY Training (MWC/ACF) Ilkley RFC Y9/10/11 BADMINTON Club (AJH/KPC) SpHall 3-4.30pm Y9/10 Girls’ RUGBY Training @ Ilkley RFC Y12/13 (1stXV) RUGBY v Bingley (H) (ACF/VP) Y9 RUGBY Yorkshire Cup v Grangefield (H) (BC/JP)

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PTA Would you like to get involved in fund raising, organising events and discussion surrounding the school? If so then our PTA is the place for you! The AGM takes place on Wednesday 16th October at 7pm in the Lower Library – it would be great to see you there. If you can’t make the AGM you are very welcome to come to any of our meetings: Thursday 21st November, Tuesday 21st January, Wednesday 12th March, Tuesday 29th April and Wednesday 11th June. Meetings start at 7pm and are held in the Lower Library in school. If you can’t make our meetings but would like to be included then email PTA@ilkleygs.ngfl.ac.uk.

KS3 Coding Club This week our KS3 coders have been using PicoBoards with their scratch code. Students used sound sensors to change the way their car looked when coding a racing game. We had some ‘Makey Makey’ inventions from our coders at Open Evening – ever played the Piano using bananas? Our competition for the best Raspberry Pi case design goes to…. Nathan Foster 8MWC. KS3 Coding club takes place every Tuesday lunchtime in K5.

Apostrophe Challenge The Literacy Fortnightly Focus for the next two weeks is apostrophes! Below is the activity we are asking students to complete in English lessons in Years 7-11. If you have time and like a challenge please feel free to have a go. Are you smarter than the students? Beware there is more than one error for 10-12! 1. I havent done my homework. 2. My friends sister is called Lorna. 3. Mrs Robinsons lessons are the best. 4. Mr Jones tie collection is getting worse. 5. If they go to the shops theyll miss the start of the football. 6. Frank Lampards goal this weekend was brilliant. 7. There werent any eggs left after Ben dropped the box. 8. The students assembly started late. (The assembly for lots of students.) 9. The new students timetable was difficult to follow. (One new student.) 10. Louises car isnt very reliable, its always breaking down. 11. Weve won lots of cups this year; were Yorkshires best school. 12. On the walk, the womens idea was to carry on, whereas the mens idea was to have a rest. Page 8 Email: newsdesk@ilkleygs.ngfl.ac.uk

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KS3 and 4 Art Students All students are now required to provide their own protective clothing for messy art activities; we are not supplying aprons. This can be an apron, an old shirt or large T shirt. Students should store this piece of equipment in their locker and brought to 'messy' lessons.

Key Stage 3 Arabic Club Following the success of the Arabic taster session at Open Evening that the Languages Team have decided to run an Arabic Club. The class will be on Thursday lunchtime at 12.30 in N6 and will start next week on Thursday 17th of October.

iPad Drop in Sessions If students are experiencing iPad related problems, a drop in session is available for them to seek advice and help. They run from 12.15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays only and can be found in the Lower Library.

Food, Glorious Food! The choice this week ranges from Italian, Indian, Moroccan and a good old fashioned roast! And with the meal deal coming it at only £2.15 it’s a great way to ensure you son or daughter is full up before the afternoon session of learning starts without breaking the bank!

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October 14th – 18th : French Exchange to Coutances October 21st – 25th : Year 11 work experience October 24th : Year 7 Tutor-Parents’ Meeting 4-7pm Half term: Monday 28th – Monday November 4th. School reopens for students on Tuesday 5th November. Monday the 4th is a Staff Training Day. Over half term: o Year 9 Belgium visit o Senior Girls’ Hockey Tour to Lisbon, Portugal Friday 15th November – Children in Need 3; Year 8 three legged walk and non-uniform day Friday November 29th: Review Day, when students only come into school for their review appointment. Further details will be sent out nearer the time, but there will be no school buses and students need to make their own way to and from school. Students will have home learning for the rest of the day. Friday December 6th: Training Day and no students in school. Friday December 20th: School closes at 1.15pm for Christmas

Career of the Week: Police Officer The Work: As a Police Officer you would work to maintain order. You would help prevent and investigate crime and would also find and prosecute offenders. You would carry out a range of tasks which could include:  Responding to calls for help from the public  Investigating crimes and offences and making arrests  Interviewing witnesses and suspects, preparing reports and taking statements  Searching for missing people  Giving evidence in court  Policing large public events, concerts and demonstrations. Entry Qualifications: You will need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years, be over 18 years of age and pass background and security checks. Good Police Officers have honesty and confidence. They also have social awareness and a responsible attitude and can remain calm in sometimes life-threatening situations. You will need to pass a series of assessment tests – working with numbers, communication, reading and writing skills, handling information and decision making, and also have physical and health checks. Training and Development: Your first 2 years would be as a student Police Officer or Probationer covering the initial Police Learning and Development Programme. After successful completion of this you could apply to specialise in a number of areas e.g. CID, fraud or traffic, drugs or firearms, counter terrorism, dog handling or mounted policing. Pay: Current starting salary is between £19K and £22K and with experience can reach up to £36K. A Sergeant can earn between £36K and £41K and Inspectors can earn up to £50K. Further Information: West Yorkshire Police, Home Office, National Careers Service Page 10 Email: newsdesk@ilkleygs.ngfl.ac.uk

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Mock Interviews: Any student whose course application requires an interview as an entry requirement and would like to have a ‘mock interview’ with local professionals, names to the Post 16 Office GCSE English Language Re-sits: Revision sessions are running for Post 16 students re-taking GCSE English Language on Wednesdays 12.00 in S3 Volunteers Required: The Play Station at Ben Rhydding are looking for students who would like to volunteer working with 4-11 year olds at their after school club. An excellent opportunity to gain experience to add to a UCAS application. Contact Tina Hodgson 01943 430126 or theplay station@yahoo.co.uk Craven College Open Morning: Saturday 19 October 9.30-12.30. All campuses open and a chance to find out more about Apprenticeships, A Levels, Vocational and Degree Courses www.craven-college.ac.uk IFS Student Investor Challenge: An online share trading competition played in teams of four for Post 16 students. Teams have £100,000 of virtual money to invest in the stock market. More information from http://www.studentinvestor.org/ or speak to Mr Pemberton

Need a suit but want to stay local? Some of you may remember Johnny Tuxedo from last year when some male sixth form students helped ‘prototype’ his new range aimed at the student market. If you are in the market for suits and tuxs for proms and other upcoming events in your child’s (busier than your own!) social life then you may want to take a look at their website. www.johnnytuxedo.co.uk) It is aimed at young men, 16-22 years old. They launched in April from their head office in Ilkley but are now selling in 20 different countries. The company, Buxton Pickles, are based next to the florist down at Ben Rhydding and make suits for Next, Hobbs, French Connection, Whistles and Jaeger). The suits are £99, very well made, fashionable and washable at 30 degrees. Perfect for young men to wear over again at proms, dinners and balls. They also sell a complete package suit, shirt, tie for £120. Johnny Tuxedo are now successfully working with schools, PTA committees, University societies etc. who promote our suits with a 5% discount to their students, members etc. In return for their help we pay a 10% commission to their school, PTA or club fund etc.

Girls’ Football Ilkley Juniors, Girls' U13s (Year 8) Football Team have space for more players. If you are interested, have a go no previous experience needed. Training is on Mondays between 6 & 7pm on the astroturf at Ben Rhydding Sports Club. Matches are on Saturdays/Sundays. For more information, please contact Steve Dicken on 07722 330445. Page 11 Email: newsdesk@ilkleygs.ngfl.ac.uk

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Focus Table Tennis Autumn Holiday Courses Focus Table Tennis provides school children aged between 6 and 16 years the opportunity to take part in table tennis courses that run during autumn half term. Focus Table Tennis work closely with many schools nationally in partnership with the English Table Tennis Association. Please see below for details of their dates and times.

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Calendar

Attendance

October Friday Wednesday Monday Thursday Friday

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Coutances visit departs PTA AGM 7.00pm Year 11 Work Experience week starts Year 7 Tutor/parents’ meeting School closes at 3pm for half term Year 9 Belgium visit Senior Hockey Tour to Portugal

November Monday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Friday

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Thursday Friday

21 29

Staff Training Day – school closed School reopens after half term Post 16 Open Evening 6.30-8pm Parent Information Evening 6.30pm Children in Need – non-uniform day Year 8 3 legged walk PTA Meeting 7pm, Lower Library Review Day

December Wednesday Monday Wednesday

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Arts Evening 7-9pm Year 12 Parents’ Meeting Year 13 Presentation Evening 7pm

Year 7 7PB for the second week running topped the year group with 100% that’s’ 2 weeks at full attendance! Year 8 8JP also achieved full attendance at 100% Year 9 9BJS secured a top spot of 99.1% Year 10 Another repeat winner this week is

10BB with 99.6% and for a second week running 10VEB were close runner-up with 98.6% Year 11 11ISR for a fourth (this must be some kind of record!) week running maintained their top attendance of 98.7%

Get in touch and stay in touch! We would be interested in any feedback on these bulletins. Also, if you would like further information on anything within them or, wish to request other information items, please get in touch! It is really important we can stay in touch with you; if you need to change your contact details please email admin@ilkleygs.ngfl.ac.uk or contact the school office.

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