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Newsletter 24 February 2012

Issue Number 171

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends I would like to flag up the Youth Speaks competition next Tuesday. This is organised by the Rotary Club and features teams from Ryedale and the Coast in a spirited public speaking competition. Visitors are welcome to the event and, on past experience, it is a real joy to watch teams of young people debate issues which are of relevance to them. Back to this week, on Monday night, five colleagues and I set off to Suffolk to visit Thurston and Hartismere Schools. We wanted the opportunity to see schools in action who used a 3 period day (either fully or partially) that were in a similar rural location to ourselves with a similar catchment. We met up with the vice-chair of governors, Nigel Allen, and he, Dick Buckley, Ellen Crowther, David Mann and I spent the day at Thurston whilst Stuart Cleary and Michelle Harvey were at Hartismere. Both schools made us extremely welcome and we were given free and open access to see whatever we wished and speak to any staff or students we encountered. I would like to thank the principals, staff and students at both schools and Mr Mann who coped with most of the driving. Richard Bramley Governor News The Governor’s Resources committee met last night. The committee considers all issues relating to resources: human, physical and financial. We have always been extremely careful with the school’s budget and, even in tight fiscal times, the school will remain in a sound financial position. Governors also discussed continued improvements to the school’s facilities, the completion of the re-roofing of the main block, the school website, the allocation of staff responsibilities and link governors. As headteacher, I would like to thank the governors who give so freely of their time to support the school. Chinese Dragon Painting Competition Thanks to all students who entered last month’s Chinese dragon painting competition which was organised by the Confucius Institute at Sheffield University. We had around 30 entries from all year groups and it was very difficult to choose a winner. The winner for the Year 7 category was Ines Jeffreys, for Year 8/9 Rhona Hunter and for Year 10/11 Ryan Kelly. The dragons have now been judged by the Confucius Institute and I am pleased to announce that Rhona has won first prize and has been invited to Sheffield to collect her prize of a Chinese painting scroll and her entry is now on display at Weston Park Museum, Sheffield. Ryan was awarded second prize and Ines third and will also receive a prize. Well done to those three. The rest of the dragons will soon be on display in school for everyone to see. Miss Mark Badminton Success! On Wednesday 22nd February four students from Year 9 took part in the North Yorkshire county round of the Center Parcs National Schools Badminton Championships held at the York Railway Institute. The boys breezed through their pool beating Rippon Grammar (5-0), Malton School (4-1), and St. Aidan’s School (4-1). They then won their semi-final match against Rossett School 4-1 enabling them to reach the final against Thirsk School. This match proved to be a close affair and came down to the final doubles match which after a few nerve wracking moments the boys were able to win allowing the team to achieve a 3-2 victory and to be named County Champions. They will now go on to represent the school at the regional round in March. Congratulations go to Alex Taylor, Stewart Chapman, Luke Dixon and Christopher Wray for a fantastic afternoon of badminton.

Congratulations to Liam Hardey 10DJM who has signed to Leeds United Academy.

Car Boot Sale

In aid of the World Challenge expedition to Iceland 2012

Sunday 4th March

Revision Sessions Year 11 Science revision sessions started this week, the sessions will be twice weekly and students are asked to bring revision materials and any questions they may have with them to these sessions. These sessions will continue until the summer exams.

£5.00 per car space 50p admission per person School Car Park Open from 8:30am For further information or to book your space see Lizzie or Oliver Rising in school or email

Head Lice Please can cases of head lice be treated as quickly as possible to prevent the spread and any further outbreaks. Many thanks for your support.

or call 01751 472124 or 07919386741 Students have to each raise £1650 in order to participate in the expedition – so your support is very much appreciated. Thank you.

IMPORTANT DATES Tuesday 28 February Youth Speaks 6:30pm Danish Choir Visit Sankt Annae School from Copenhagen are visiting the school from Friday March 23 – Tuesday 27 March (4 nights). They are one of the worlds top choirs and boys from the school sing in the Danish Royal Chapel and their Patron is the Danish Royal Family. It is only a month away to their visit and there are 35 girls on this tour. At present our students have only been able to offer 12 places and I would like to have their accommodation in place as soon as possible. I would be grateful of offers of help (or suggestions) to accommodate them. Their visit is largely taken up during the day with concerts and rehearsals (Pickering and Durham Cathedral) where they will have organised coach travel. The only time you would need to donate is the evening to accommodate them. Please e mail me with your details to or return the slip below. Many thanks for your help. Clive Wass, Subject Leader Music ………………………………………………...tear here……………………………………………………. Danish Choir Visit 23—27 March Yes we would be able to offer accommodation Student name…………………………………………………………....Tutor Group………………….. Parent / Carer signature………………………………………………………... Please return to Mr Wass

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