NEWSLETTER February 2017 Issue 63
A Word from the Head Teacher As we approach the end of this incredibly busy half term I would like to thank our whole school community for the support that has been shown towards our Urban 20 Campaign supported by the charity BRAKE. I firmly believe we can all make a huge difference to road safety in Skipton, and therefore to children, young people, and local residents’ lives, by joining together to support this campaign. If you are yet to vote and comment, please may I urge you do so – I am aiming to represent our case at the forthcoming Craven Area Committee meeting in March. (Above) Students on the MFL exchange trip to Douai
www.ipetitions.com/petition/go20gargraveroad At SGHS we take great pride in all our students and believe that their relationship with the local community should be at the heart of many of our activities –this term’s great learning experiences include: •
Students and MFL staff representing SGHS on their visit to Douai, France;
Forty of our Year 10 Sports Leaders supporting a Pentathlon event at Harrogate for approx. 80 Craven and Harrogate young people with Special Educational Needs;
Whole school involvement in Safer Internet Week supported by PC Paul Stephenson;
Year 7 visit to Jodrell Bank Observatory;
Mr Anderton’s LRC Chinese New Year Dragon performance and celebrations;
Post 16 Mathematicians experience at Mathsfest 2017;
YA group of five Year 8 students shortlisted for the Big Bang Talent 20/30 competition at the NEC, Birmingham on Saturday 18th March;
(Above) Year 10 Sports Leaders supporting a Pentathlon event for young people with Special Educational Needs
To name but a few… From all of us at SGHS we wish you a warm and restful half term break. Mrs J Plews Headteacher.
(Above) Trip to Jodrell Bank Observatory
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Student Artwork Featured in Exhibition Artwork by Year 13, Ellen McGee has recently featured in the 1in4 art Exhibition at Salt’s Mill, Saltaire. 1.
The exhibition held by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust aimed to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness and was named to reflect the high proportion of people who experience mental ill health. One in four of us are affected by mental health every year, and many of us have experienced low moods, anxiety and stress at some point in our lives. Here are some shots of her work at the event.
1. Ellen’s artwork
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Ashfield Care Home Work Experience The work experience placement at Skipton Girlsâ€™ is an invaluable opportunity for every student. Particularly for those aspiring to study subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science at university, a great emphasis is put upon work experience and the myriad of skills you can gain from these placements. As a Year 12 student aspiring to study Medicine at University, work experience will form a vital part of my application process. The skills learned from my placement have developed me as a person and have allowed me an insight into the realities of the healthcare profession. As part of the Sixth Form Enrichment Programme at SGHS, aspiring medics participate in regular work experience at local care homes on a Wednesday afternoon. The work experience programme has enabled me to build upon my communication skills with a wide variety of people, from healthcare staff to elderly residents, and has additionally allowed me to develop my independence and confidence by organising events and activities independently and with a team of other volunteers. Organising and participating in puzzles, games, exercises and inclusive activities for the residents is a rewarding opportunity to brighten up somebodyâ€™s day. Learning about the needs and demands of the elderly is an insightful experience and has allowed me to become more aware of the treatment and care offered to the elderly in care homes. For example, respite care is offered at the care home for elderly patients who have been discharged from hospital but may still require aid from carers or for those who are not able to immediately move back home after being discharged from hospital. Additionally, I have gained knowledge regarding the different areas within the care home. The Elderly and Mentally Infirm Unit (EMI Unit) is one sector of my care home, which cares for elderly residents that have conditions such as Dementia. Furthermore, the Day Centre is a sector of the care home where a group of the
elderly, who still live independently or with their families, come meet and interact with each other on a Wednesday afternoon. All the activities and interaction with the elderly in my work experience placement has, and will continue to, give me an insight into the day-to-day life of a resident of a care home. Watching staff monitor the weight of patients and dispense medications has given me an insight into the roles and responsibilities of healthcare staff. It is rare to be able to feel the immediate benefit of your presence on others. Conversing with the residents can brighten up their day and is a fulfilling and satisfying experience. Every week I look forward to my work experience placement, as it means that I can interact with people who may not usually have someone to talk to. Work experience is an essential component in determining your suitability for a future career path and you should seize the opportunity to develop your skillset outside of academia.
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Year 10 Sports Leaders As part of our sports leaders level 2 course it is a requirement that we take part in leading a sporting event for a group of people. We chose to deliver a multi activity event to students in the Harrogate and Craven area who have a range of disabilities. We worked alongside Panathlon which is a charity that provides sporting opportunities to over 10,000 disabled young people per year. The event included a variety of activities such as Boccia, Table Cricket, Polybat, Kurling and Wheelchair slalom. As a group we feel that we benefited from the experience as it was a huge eye opener to how sport can be adapted to different people’s needs. It was a very rewarding experience to see everyone enjoying themselves and seeing everyone involved in sport. Miss Wingate PE
An amazing, rewarding experience! It makes you realise what you have in life and makes you appreciate it more. Kira Eastwood
It was a great experience leading an event like this. It makes me happy to know that everyone can get involved despite their disabilities. Megan Done
What I loved most about the event was the fact I had the opportunity to make young people happy. Lucy Robinson
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Improving Recycling Around School The SGHS Eco Group are increasing and promoting better recycling throughout school and as part of this Option Hygiene Ltd donated 30 new recycling bins to add to those already in school.
Our vision: “Imagine an SGHS with beautiful green spaces to study and relax in, a site more connected with nature and local wildlife, a place to grow our own delicious foods, a place where litter is no longer found and where recycling is the norm, a school with better facilities and a curriculum revamped. Imagine a work and social environment that is cleaner, greener, prettier, and more loved.”
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French Exchange to Douai
Before we left for France I was nervous to say the least but as you can imagine after twelve hours on a coach I was relieved to finally meet my partner Thomas and his family. The apprehension I previously felt had transformed into anticipation and interest. When we got home, I ate tea with the family (which was delicious, by the way). Trying to understand a family discussion in full-on French really tested my GCSE French skills, however both the family and I were pleasantly surprised at how much I actually understood. After dinner I was, unsurprisingly, very tired so retreated back to my room to try and get as much sleep as possible. The next few days were going to be very busy. On Sunday there were no plans made by school so this one was up to my partner. We left the house at 11 o’clock and got a lift into Douai. We met up with a few of Thomas’ friends and their English partners. We then ate lunch at Subway and went bowling (which I lost at badly). We played a few games in the arcade including Laser-Tag. Overall the first day was great. After having not really understood much about what the plan was the night before (and being too scared to say anything) each activity was a nice surprise. Monday and Tuesday were both great days. The careful planning on both days meant that I was never bored and when I returned to my partner’s house I found myself
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becoming much more confident and speaking more French as each day passed. On Monday we visited the mining museum and I was able to learn all about the history of mining and the lifestyle of the miners in the region.
(Above) Down the mine
After we had lunch we set off for the Wellington Quarry. On the way we stopped at the WW1 Arras Memorial which was very thought-provoking and moved all of us. Once we arrived at the quarry we were taken on a tour of an underground section that was used in the 1st World
War by the British Empire and Commonwealth. Our last stop was the ‘Ring of Remembrance’ at ‘Notre Dame de Lorette’. Here the names of all the soldiers who died in the region during WW1 were displayed in alphabetical order, disregarding the nationality or rank of those who died.
On Wednesday there was no coach. We instead got the very busy train to Lille where we were allowed to visit the shops in the centre of the city. After this we went to see the old town. It was fascinating to see Saint-Maurice, a church that was built over four different centuries. Due to the extended construction time some parts of the building were very different to others which was not only very interesting to see but also very amusing. We then returned to Douai and were given the choice of whether or not to see a film at the cinema there. I decided to watch a film which was called ‘Un Sac de Billes’. This translates to ‘A Bag of Marbles’ and the story centres around two young Jewish boys who try to escape Nazi persecution in the occupied area of France. I have to say I didn’t really pick up much of the dialogue, however that’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it immensely. The story was very touching even if I didn’t get the little details. (Below) The Vieux Lille (Old Lille)
(Above) Reflecting at L’Anneau de la Mémoire (“Ring of Remembrance”)
The next day we visited the Aquarium in Boulogne which was so much fun. We saw all sorts: sharks, sting-rays, sea lions, clown-fish and even penguins. I have to say that my knowledge of French sea creature vocabulary dramatically improved during this visit.
The next day was as equally great as all the others. We went to the ‘La Coupole’ in St Omer. We learned all about how the Nazis built and used a bunker there in order to create a launch base for V-2 Rockets directed against London and Southern England. We also visited the Planetarium, which was really exciting, before travelling to Arkéos. There we had the opportunity to create a Fresco painting in a workshop. After this a few of us walked around the museum and learned about the history of the Gauls (ancient name of France) during the Roman era. When we got back to Douai we had a little get together with everyone on the exchange, which was lovely. Even though we didn’t quite make it to karaoke we did end up dancing to a few classics (the Macarena, The Cha Cha Slide etc.). There was food and it was a great chance to mingle with everyone on the exchange not just our partners.
(Above) Under the mangrove at Nausicaa sea centre in Boulogne
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(Above) La Coupole; dome and one of the many underground tunnels.
On the morning before we left for home we got the chance to go into lessons in Saint-Jean. I was in a French lesson and a History/Geography lesson. Since it was the last day before the students of Saint-Jean went on holiday, the lessons were pretty relaxed. In French the students were studying a play called ‘Le Mariage de Figaro’ and in History/ Geography (since it was the last day) we watched a short film about global warming and the effects of urbanisation on the environment. After lessons we said good-bye to our partners and by 1 o’clock we were heading back home.
(Above) Fresco painting at Arkéos
Overall the trip was delightful. After spending 6 days 17 hours and around 30 minutes together you really become great friends with everyone on the trip. The trip not only helped me to improve my French but also helped me to learn about how other people live and appreciate others’ way of life. I have come back with some great memories and if you are thinking of going next year I would 100% recommend it! Josie Year 11 (Above) Time for a final group photo
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Douai Work Experience Whilst Year 11 students were busy exploring the area around Douai, five other sixth formers and I were on work experience at St Jean Nursery School. I was working with children aged between 3 and 5, and I had a great time getting to know them even if their French was a bit too fast for me to understand sometimes. We managed to pack a lot into the two days: letting our imagination loose with Lego, practising the alphabet and counting, reading stories, playing games in the school yard and having a quick nap each afternoon after lunch. My greatest achievements throughout the entire week were the two snakes, the farm and the prisons that I made out of Lego with my protégés.
(Above & Below) Katie and Abbie on work experience at St Jean Nursery School
Katie Year 12 If you want to know more, look at our blog on Firefly/French/Douai/Douai Blog
Chinese New Year This year we decided to celebrate the Chinese New Year in style. Miss Cornforth undertook the daunting task of dragon taming and training the school dragon to dance whilst Angel in the kitchen provided a number of delightful Chinese dishes. A display explaining the traditions and origins of the festival was put up in the library. On the day the dragon and its supporters danced well, spewed forth bubbles not fire and distributed fortune cookies. Other students gave red envelopes with giant sized chocolate buttons inside to their friends. A bright, colourful occasion was enjoyed by all. Mr Anderton LRC
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Animal Based Work Experience I spent the first term at Draughton Riding Centre as my work experience. It was very interesting as I got to learn what it is like to work at the stables. We were able to do lots of different chores around the centre for example tacking up and leading horses in lessons. I personally found this very useful as I was able to learn how to work around horses and I now feel much more comfortable around them. We helped feed the horses by filling hay nets and changing their water, however we were also involved in more laborious jobs for example the muck heap. I very much enjoyed my time here as we spent most of it outside however I now spend Wednesday afternoons at Kingsway Vet Practice in Skipton, I thoroughly enjoy my time here as I find it fascinating observing all the events which occur and how difficult situations are managed such as when a temperamental dog needs a catheter putting in. I was able to watch part of an operation (bitch spay) in my first week which was a really good start as I enjoy watching operations and think they are extremely interesting. Learning how the vets and nurses work together throughout the operation to make sure the animal is safe is also interesting. At the vets I like to see what goes on and enjoy helping out by cleaning out kennels, taking dogs out for a quick walk outside or even washing up surgical instruments after operations. In the future I would like to be a vet so these two placements were so useful. I was able to learn about horses and other small animals at the practice and so the school has given me many opportunities to find out what career is right for me. Georgia Flaxman Year 12
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Insect Pollination Year 8 have recently been learning about reproduction in plants, and the importance of pollination. As part of this work, they researched the importance of bees and other pollinators to human food security. Research shows that Europe has 13 million less honeybee colonies than what we need to properly pollinate all the crops. That is why we need to do something about it. Read on to find out how... We are currently in a catastrophe because of our low numbers of honeybee colonies here in the UK. They provide an essential service, along with other insects, by pollinating many crops that can’t or don’t wind pollinate. If the number of colonies keep dropping then many plant species will become extinct or have to evolve so they can wind pollinate as honeybees are the best pollinators in the UK. Scientists say that there is an increasing reliance on insects such as bumblebees and hoverflies because of the honeybee population drop. A proper strategy is needed across Europe to conserve wild bees and pollinators by protecting their habitat. You, as a student of Skipton Girls’ High School can help save the honeybees by making small changes in your life, like by planting a foxglove in Summer or a wild lilac in Spring. You can also use ‘safe for organic use’ pesticides so they don’t kill bees if your family does use pesticides.
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Visit by Julian Smith MP for Skipton and Ripon On Friday the 13th of January 2017, Julian Smith the MP for Skipton and Ripon visited Skipton Girls’ High School to lead a question and answer session with Year 12 and 13 Politics students. Initially he spoke about the election process he faced in order to become the Skipton and Ripon conservative candidate in 2010 and then his experiences as a backbencher in parliament. After the Conservative victory in the 2015 General Election, he was promoted to a position in the government whip office and following his part in Theresa May’s leadership bid in 2016 he was made vice chamberlain. We learned about his responsibilities in this role which included writing to the queen every day to inform her of the daily events happening in parliament. He also explained that he had the pleasure of meeting the Queen on a regular basis and would stay at Buckingham palace during the official opening of Parliament as part of the tradition that surrounded this role. After a brief explanation of his political career students were able to question both his and the Conservative
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party’s actions on issues such as the underfunding of the NHS and the controversial air strikes on Syria. The wide range of differing political views amongst the students themselves resulted in an array of questions being asked which covered a variety of different topics. Students were determined to ensure that Mr Smith gave them detailed answers and were not afraid to probe further if they felt that their question had not been adequately covered. Julian Smith MP, wasn’t afraid, however, of standing his ground and would challenge some of the facts that were presented to him and give explanations for his actions whilst in Parliament. The sparing was exciting and informative and really left the students with a hunger for more. Mr Smith left with the assurance that a trip to Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament would be arranged for the students and most probably, they would be given another opportunity to drill the MP further. Mrs Doyle English, History and Politics
Friends of SGHS
The first Friends of SGHS social event was well attended on Friday 10th February. A fun night was had by all at the Race Night with 8 races and a chilli supper raising £750.
AND THEY’RE OFF!
Further events will be being advertised soon so please watch our webpage on www.sghs.org.uk or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/711580572312415 The next fundraising event is Bag Packing at Morrisons Supermarket on Saturday, 29th April 10am - 4pm, if you can support this event for a 2 hour time slot please email with your details to: email@example.com. Please also encourage your daughters to help with the bag packing by putting their name down on the list in student services.
RACE NIGHT WELCOME AND GOOD LUCK! MONEY RAISED GOES TOWARDS IMPROVING THE LRC
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Skipton Girls’ High School Old Girls’ Guild
LAST MEETING The Old Girls’ Guild final meeting and Centenary celebration will be held on 13th May 2017, 2.00pm - 4.00pm We would like to see as many Old Girls as possible join us at the event to celebrate this momentous occasion and give the group the send off it deserves. So please pass on the details of this event to any girls you may know. We look forward to seeing you there!
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A big thank you to Airedale Cooling Services Ltd who have sponsored the purchase of a new photography display in Café Quad to allow the photography students to display their project work. The first display is on show now and comprises of photographs that our current Year 10 completed last. They were looking at photo manipulation and double exposure techniques, and subsequently produced some excellent photographic outcomes. A huge thank you also to the Skipton Mechanics who have sponsored £2000 for the purchase of 6 digital cameras for the Photography students to develop their work. This has made such a difference to the work they can produce. Mrs Scott Art
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Exciting News from the Young Enterprise Team Hello, we are ‘Born and Bread’, this year’s Young Enterprise team at SGHS! Our business idea has been to design a fun, light hearted cook book featuring a wide range of recipes. Led by our Managing Director, Olivia Kelly, the team has worked hard to create something that’s unique and a bit different to regular cookbooks but still easy to use. It features recipes from family and friends of team members with the exciting addition from businesses in the area such as the ‘Angel at Heaton’ and ‘Shakeamania’. We will be selling the cookbooks for £5.99 at various events during the school calendar so look out for our trade stand! Order forms for the cookbook can also be found at student services.
Check out our Facebook page @bornandbreadye Follow us on Twitter @BornandBreadYE
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Google Expeditions Blind Date with a Book On Monday the 23rd of January we were delighted to be able to welcome Google to our school. At SGHS we are always keen to improve student learning through good use of technology and one of the most recent developments in this area has been the use of virtual reality.
We used Google Expeditions to transport the girls to some far away destinations. The girls were involved in a series of sessions which were a mix of enjoyment and topics related to their curriculum. For example, there were sessions on volcanoes and earthquakes, glaciers, the universe, and the polar ecosystem. Some students of Computing who are interested in careers with technology companies and in this field also had the opportunity to come and speak to the Google staff about opportunities with the company.
Students were asked about their reading habits and, on returning their small heart-shaped questionnaire, were later given a selection of library books to choose from. Some elected to try something different others wanted more of the same but from a different author. Much effort was put in by a predominantly Year 11 and Sixth Form core of readers and something was found for everyone who wanted a ‘date’. Each participant was sent their books with a heart emblazoned with their name, from their ‘date’. Mr Anderton LRC
The technology Google uses is quite simple and this is what makes this appealing to schools. Basically, you can download a Google Expedition onto any smartphone running Android or IOS and by moving your head up or down and left and right the Giroscope in the phone moves the image. For example, students were taken to Everest Base Camp where they could look at the impact tourists were having on the environment and were fully immersed into the place they were viewing. This became clear when students’ first move was to look down and they were disappointed when they couldn’t see their feet! Staff and students were very positive about the technology and the impact it could have on their future learning and I am certain that virtual reality will play an increasingly important role in pupils’ learning. Mr Hoyle Assistant Headteacher
Friends of SGHS Morrisons Bag Packing Fundraiser A Bag Packing Fundraising will take place at Morrisons on Saturday, 29th April 2017. Students who would like to volunteer for 2 hour slots between 10am and 4pm please let Student Services know.
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Entente Cordiale between EGS and SGHS
On Thursday 15th December the Year 13 French class (Sophie, Lois and Milly) went to Ermysted’s Grammar School to participate in a joint lesson with the EGS French class. Upon arriving we introduced ourselves and began playing a ‘problem solving’ game which tested our skills of thinking on the spot and speaking spontaneously. We debated moral dilemmas such as neglect of animals, donating organs, and peer pressure, which tested our topic specific vocabulary. This was interesting as we all had different opinions and we were able to express them in another language. We then split into two teams and played a lively game of Pictionary, having to draw images related to the topics we have studied so far this year. Examples of topics included Entertainment, Wealth and Poverty and Advancements in Science. This was challenging but was very much enjoyed by all.
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After refreshments, we participated in a game, seated in ‘boy-girl’ pairs aimed at challenging our grammatical abilities. We SGHS girls proved to use the subjunctive present far more accurately than our EGS counterparts! We then had a quiz on French slang, which we completed in our pairs. Once the winner was announced, we took a group photo and headed back to school. Mrs Beaumont has planned another session at SGHS just before the Easter holidays, which we are greatly looking forward to.
Maths Fest 2017 On 9th February 2017 33 Year 12/13 students went to London to participate in Maths Fest 2017. There was a range of different speakers, talking about things such as “The Maths in The Simpsons”, the maths in special effects and theme park rides, wartime coding and flipping pancakes! We also watched the final of the UK wide competition “Who wants to be a mathematician”. The day was hosted by Matt Parker, a stand up mathematician, who we all thought was very funny. We all came away from the day very tired, but inspired and with a fresh enthusiasm for maths. Year 12 Further Maths class
(Above) Mr Clarke became reunited with his long lost mathematical brother, James Grime (one of the presenters)
Jodrell Bank A couple of weeks ago we visited Jodrell bank as a Year 7 school Physics trip. We arrived there in the morning and walked to our first activity, which was an interesting introduction to the radio telescope and the International Space Station. During our first activity, we focused on forces, which we have been learning in our Physics lesson. We learned how astronauts lived in the space station including what they ate and how they exercised. They had to exercise for 2-3 hours a day as their muscles waste due to the reduced effects of gravity. In the next activity we went into a big dome, also known as the planetarium. When we went inside we learnt all about the different stars and how they got their name.
We saw the different constellations and objects in the night sky. We also learnt about how the sun sets and rises in the different seasons. This was our favourite part of the day
In conclusion the trip turned out to be a very educational and enjoyable trip. Carla, Gemma, Olivia and Maisie 7BMC
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