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Headteacher’s Blog 29 – Friday 12th May 2017

Enterprise Day with Wakefield Hospice

Our Year 9 students have been working with Wakefield Hospice today for our very own Enterprise Day, which aimed to develop students’ enterprise skills through the creation of a business idea to raise funds for Wakefield Hospice.

Students worked with Wakefield Hospice’s Fundraising Team to develop their enterprise skills through a variety of tasks - from building a business plan to include financial planning, market research, marketing and health and safety requirements, to designing and delivering a presentation of the team idea.

Three winning ideas were chosen by students to be pitched to Wakefield Hospice, who will now decide which will be turned into a fundraising activity. The ideas were a school 10km race, a school canvas, created by all students and turned into a design for Hospice products and a cycle expedition around the world. 

Thank you to the team from Wakefield Hospice and to our staff and students who made the day a huge success!



Record breaking attendance figures!

I’m very happy to be able to report that last week we had 5… yes 5 (!) forms with 100% attendance! …So it’s congratulations to Australia, United States, Hong Kong, Venezuela and Kenya. Very well done and goodies will be winging their way directly to you.

On top of that, years 7, 8 and 11 smashed the 96% attendance target with years 7 and 8 achieving 97%! Congratulations, let’s keep it up!


Brilliant Bronze!

Congratulations to the following students who have received Bronze Awards this week; Abbey Austin, Afsha Azhar, Sophie Allerton, Amy Gillings, Thomas Gomersall, Mary Butterworth, Lucy Crossley, Edward Colley, Chloe McKay, Jake Billing, Eleanor Wainwright, Mark Scott, Samara Larmour, Abigail Hill, Connor Hirst, Thomas Blenkinsop, Emily Ridge-Wyett, Holly Charlesworth, Kathryn Gorst, Annabel Chappell-Davies, William Woodhouse and Aidan Farrar.


Stunning Silver!

This week I also got to present Silver Awards to; Kai Mann, Emily Sheffield, Jacob Parsons, Connor McQuillan, Faith Bromley, Rebecca Lister, Bethany Walker, Nida Nasir, Mollie Gilbert, Lucas Waite, Anya Allott-Ratcliffe and Mia Johnson.



Reach for the stars!

Well done to Sarah-Jane Waters and Nicole Hirst who have won our competition to write about their experience at university and how it might impact on their future, following last week’s trips to Leeds Beckett and Huddersfield University!

The entries were very moving and served as a reminder as to the importance of these trips…In fact, we liked the stories so much, we’re sharing them with both universities as their ambassadors will be almost as proud as me to read them!

Here’s a snippet from the winning entries…..

“I’m thinking differently about what I might want to do when I leave school and university is a possibility for me now. If I hadn’t had this visit I would never have even considered it because, after all, I wasn’t going to go to uni.” Nicole Hirst 


“In all honesty I believe there is potential in everyone but it’s only those who seek it that will ever find it.” Sarah- Jane Waters


Above and beyond….

Very well done to Mia Speight, James Thickett, Daisy Ellis, Emma Lindsay and Oliver Proctor who went above and beyond for their English homework! The task was to find out about a family member or famous person who served in World War One and share their story and you can see for yourself from the photos below what this group of students managed to produce! I’m sure you’ll cherish these stories for years to come.



You can’t curry love….

…I’m running out of these Masterchef puns…good job the final is next week!

Well done to all participants from Houses ‘Africa’ and ‘Europe’ who produced some delicious menus in their Masterchef Heats this week! Jane Chambers, Lexie Campbell, Harry Hibbins and Leyyah Hewlett won their heats and will join Callum Thornley, Chloe Lee and Tabitha Bramald in next Thursday’s final!

Break time delights

Talking of scrumptious food….here are next week’s snacks, available at morning break…

Monday - fruity flapjack @ 60p

Tuesday - peperoni pizza bagel @ £1.00

Wednesday - spicy curry wrap @ £1.80

Thursday - pancakes and syrup @ 60p

Friday - cheese and bean breakfast wrap @ £1.40

…Yum…is it break time yet?!


And finally…

Well done to a former pupil of ours, Mathew Wolfe, who has won Barnsley FC’s 2016/17 Academy Player of the Season Award!