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Headteacher's Blog 29 - Friday 4th May

Planning for their future!

It’s been a week of thinking about adulthood for Year 8! 

Yesterday, Year 8 students experienced their Panjango Careers workshop. Working in teams they discussed the knowledge, skills and experience that they can transfer from school into the world of work. Students did this by solving problems that workers might face when they work in a particular job. Year 8 found the sessions very engaging. It helped them to understand the usefulness of some subjects that they currently study. 

And today, the whole of Year 8 went to university! Spending a day at one of the regions universities gave our students the chance to see a real life campus, meet students and lecturers. Hopefully we have inspired some of them to consider university in the future! 

Amazing Talent – Cooking, Dancing, Cricket ... and of course Netball!

I am always so impressed by our students’ participation in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, both within and outside of school. 

This week I learnt that we have three students through to the final of the Young Chef of the Year competition with Kirklees College. Samantha Kershaw, Emily Kemshell and Callum Thorley have all practised hard and shone in the heats. They will now return to Kirklees College for a master class with the chefs there and have a development session also. 

We wish them lots of luck for the final on the 19th June! 

We’ve also had Ella Craven and Amy Armitage delighting audiences in a dance show at Wakefield Theatre this week.

And of course our netball teams have been hard at work again, ending the season at a finals competition for the best teams in Wakefield, Pontefract and Castleford.  After some challenging matches our Year 7 team ended up with bronze and our Year 8 team ended up with silver - a fantastic end to a netball team season!

And today Charles Kendall has had a trial for the Yorkshire Cricket team – our fingers are crossed for you Charles. 

Calling Year 11 -

If the amazing talent above has inspired you to do something outside of school, why not consider taking part in a trial for the North of England Football Academy (NEFA)?! Full details of their trials and the various programmes they offer are with the PE department, just ask and who knows you could be lucky enough to play for Tottenham one day! 

Ride the Mexican wave!

ue to the popularity of our Chicken and Pepper Fajitas on our new menu this week, we hope you will enjoy the following treats at morning break Tuesday to Thursday next week: 

Quesadillas (kay-sa-dear-s): A flour tortilla filled with melted cheese and grilled (90p). Why not keep the sunshine going (It is forecast this weekend!) and add one of the Mexican toppings……. 

Guacamole (guah-kah-moh-leh): A mashed up preparation of avocado that literally means avocado sauce.

Salsa verde (sahl-sah verr’-day): Green sauce. Salsa, the dance, could have gotten its name because it was a blend of styles.

Pico de gallo (pee-co de guy-o): A fresh salsa made with tomatoes, onions, chilies, and spices. This literally translates as 'beak of the rooster.'

And to wash it down……

Agua fresca (ah’-goo-ah freh-skah): Literally fresh water, this is good to keep you hydrated especially over the warmer weeks which are hopefully on their way. 

Bon Appetite Amigos! 

Keeping our Students Safe

A free guide has become available for parents and carers about Yubo (formally known as Yellow) which has been labelled as the “Tinder for Teens.” I am sure that all parents and carers will be keen to know more about this social media platform and how they can reduce the associated risks.

The guide can be found here: 

Care Does Certificates!

This week Mr Care stepped into my shows to give the following students their bronze, silver and gold awards. Congratulations goes to Farhaan Khan, James Kidd, Theo Robinson, Samuel Kendall, Emma Tait, David Ross, Alice Whitehead, Maryam Ali, Mia Speight, Giuseppe Campagna, Grace Robertson, Ellie Austin, Charlotte Woodhouse, Reece Sykes, Khalid Khan, Samantha Whitworth, Emily Kershaw, Kacey-Marie Harrison, Tia Wallace, Melissa Lawson, Sophie Pidcock and Oliver Alderson.