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Headteacher's Blog 18 - Friday 26th January 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day

Our Year 9 art students have had a thought-provoking day today at The Hepworth Wakefield, where they have taken part in a Holocaust Memorial Day event.

The day began with an informative discussion led by Professor Griselda Pollock, Professor of the Social & Critical Histories of Art from the University of Leeds, supported by architect, Irena Bauman. Using a number of passages from Irena’s mum’s diary, written at the time of the Holocaust, students were asked Why should I remember the holocaust today?’

In the afternoon, students engaged in an artist-led workshop based on drawing and received a guided tour of the gallery, led by one of the curators…..I‘ve heard they’ve all had a very enjoyable day!


All set to take over Cineworld!...

It’s been an exciting week for many students with almost 90% receiving their invitations to join us at Cineworld on the morning of Friday 16th March!

Invitations were awarded to those who have demonstrated a good Attitude to Learning in recent progress reports, together with exemplary behaviour this Academic year. Full details of the qualifying criteria for both Cineworld and Alton Towers, which runs in September, can be found in our Rewards Policy.

Although the deadline for returning payments and reply slips is 14th February, we would encourage students to return these as soon as possible to help us with administration. Our preferred method of payment is via the on-line system, however, please be aware that the reply slip still needs to be completed and handed in at Student Support in order to confirm a place.


Sexting and the Law

In the UK the age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16, however, it is an offence to make, distribute, possess or show any indecent images of anyone aged under 18, even if the content was created with the consent of that young person.

It is important that we all understand the dangers of sexting and know what to do to help a young person who has received or sent an explicit image, video or message.

It may feel awkward, but it's important to explain to young people the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and to remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable.

Find out how to talk to young people about the risks of sexting and what you can do to protect them here.


Here, there and everywhere!

I’m delighted at the amazing response we’ve had, yet again, to this year’s Key Stage 3 overseas visits! Eighty Year 8 students will be heading to Paris in May, 29 Year 9 students will be flying out to Barcelona in June and a record number of Year 7s (more than 170!) will be sailing over to Belgium in July!

Could I please remind you that the next instalment is now due for each of these trips - please refer to your confirmation letters for the required amounts and if in doubt, don’t hesitate to give Mr Lloyd a call.

….Whilst we’re on the subject of overseas visits, Mr Care will be launching the annual Berlin visit to our current Y10 students next week. The trip will run at the beginning of October half-term and will include: 

  • A guided tour around a concentration camp
  • A visit to the Olympic Stadium
  • Hitler’s ‘Museum of Terror’
  • Otto Weidt museum
  • The Berlin Wall
  • TV Tower
  • Check Point Charlie
  • Ten-pin bowling
  • Berlin’s own IMAX cinema
  • Shopping on Ku’damm
  • An optional trip to see Hertha Berlin play at the Olympic Stadium in the Bundesliga (subject to fixtures).

If you’re interested, please look out for announcements or talk to Mr Care or Mr Lloyd.


Youth Parliament Voting

This week, students had the opportunity to vote in the UK Youth Parliament elections.

They were shown eight manifestos before visiting our polling station to complete a ballot paper, featuring candidates from the west area of the Wakefield district.

The UK Youth Parliament is a youth organisation consisting of 369 democratically elected members aged between 11 and 18.

Members are elected to represent the views of young people in their area to government and service providers. They meet regularly to hold debates and plan campaigns at least three times a year locally and on a twice national level, which includes the annual debate within the Chamber of the House of Commons every November.

This was a great opportunity for students to think about issues of importance to them, and represents their chance to get their voices heard!



Well done Horbury Primary!

Last night, students from five Wakefield primary schools were invited to participate in the Years 5 and 6 sports hall athletics competition, organised by Ms Beaumont. It was a tough competition with each student taking part in a field event, running race and a relay race. Thank you to the sports leaders for supporting this event and to the students who participated (and behaved impeccably!)…. and a big congratulations to Horbury Primary who won the overall event!

Dates for your diary

A little reminder of some key dates for this half term…

  • Thursday 1st February, 4pm - 7pm: Year 9 Parents’ Evening
  • Thursday 15th February, 5pm – 7pm: Options Evening
  • Friday 16th February: Inset day, closed to students


Next week’s magnificent menu!

Did you know the food you eat directly affects how your brain performs? Our menu has been designed with that in mind, so why not take a look at next week’s menu and plan your meals for the week!


And finally…

Well done to the following winners of Nicole Hirst’s fundraising competitions in the LRC….

  • Megan Sugden guessed the number of sweets in the jar and has won the full jar!
  • Rye Ward guessed the name of the giant teddy and now gets to take it home!
  • Usman Ali guessed the name of the puppy and got to keep it (don’t worry, it’s not real!!)

 We’ve yet to reveal the winners of the fabulous raffle prizes so stay tuned for that!



With the big day fast approaching, our LRC is running a Valentine’s Day card competition!

To take part, simply design a card and leave it with Mrs Fisher in the LRC by Friday 9th February.

The card must: 

  • be colourful and eye catching
  • include a red heart
  • include a poem
  • contain the words; love, heart, mine, kiss, forever, always and rose. 

Good luck! 


Our Design Technology department are extremely proud of their Year 11 students who have completed their cooking exams over the last 2 weeks. I've heard they were very professional and produced a range of beautifully prepared, cooked and presented food that tasted delicious!