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Weekly Round-up - 08/12/2017

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  • Weekly Round-up 08/12/17

    Published 08/12/17

    As the cold winds bite and the forecast says snow on Sunday what better reward for great work in Science than Hot Chocolate Friday with Mr Walker.  Well done to Ella Irvine, Ruby Swindlehurst, Leo Nichol and George Dales.

    Year 11 have shown a great attitude to the mock exams and I am sure that they are all delighted to finish today.  We understand how hard two week of constant exams are so we organised the Royal Rumble today where we recreated the glory of Gladiators past.  There were plenty of volunteers to be the modern Wolf, Jett or York’s very own Hunter (for those of you who remember the 90’s).


    Have a good weekend Christmas Shopping!

    Rod Sims, YHS


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  • Weekly Round-up 01/12/17

    Published 01/12/17


    Happy Advent Everyone

    I love Christmas but refuse to start getting ready for Christmas until December so I am delighted that I can finally recognise the Christmas lights in York on my way home tonight to watch the Coca Cola advert on TV and know that “Holidays are coming”.

    There is a lot to do before then with three weeks left in the term.  Year 11 are into the second week of their practice exams.  Overall the attitude and the behaviour has been superb.  The students will be receiving their results on Tuesday 19th December.  Hard work and good revision is always rewarded.

    Great effort from the Year 11 basketball team in narrowly losing to the Vale of York this week and the Year 7 girls rugby team deserve praise for playing against teams that were twice there size this week.

    With the weather this cold I expect you will all be wanting one of the headbands that I was modelling last week!

    Have a good weekend sorting out your Christmas decorations.

    Rod Sims, YHS

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  • Weekly Round-up 24/11/17

    Published 24/11/17


    York High are Number 1!

    On Wednesday night this week Ms Jabbar and Mr Duarte took two of our Year 8 students Oscar Dewire and Sam Holland to Kings Manor for the York Civic Trust Public Speaking Competition. Most York Schools were represented as well as the Independent Schools of St Olaves and Bootham.

    Sam and Oscar won the competition!

    These are some of the quotes from those attending

    They were amazing – ‘engaging and funny’.

    “Delivered the speech with wit and warmth”

    On Friday morning, they appeared on BBC Radio York to talk with Jonathan Cowap about the debate. They did us proud and have been invited back to take part in a young people’s opinion panel type show.

    York High are Number 2!

    The Year 11’s were also in debate competition this week

     ‘On Wednesday evening two of our Year 11 students Amanda Paul and James Davies, represented us in a national debate competition at St Peter’s school. Both students impressed everyone in attendance with their eloquent and measured thoughts on the on the current state of politics and received encouraging feedback from the judges. We ended up finishing second to the hosts St Peter’s on the night, but this an experience both students can use moving forward to college and beyond and they can certainly hold their heads up high with their brilliant attitude throughout.’

    Mr Kiernan also went on to say “I thought we were robbed!!”

    Year 11 start their practice exams next week so revision for all over the next two weeks.  Ms Evans spoke to the Year 11 today about the importance of sleep, diet and preparation for the exams.

    On a lighter note I have mentioned before the Dare to Be campaign we are running with the Year 11 to inspire and challenge them.  We wrote to the clothing company Dare 2 B and they have given us 150 free Headbands.  The Headband is not usually the teenager’s first choice of clothing so we are launching them when Year 11 go to Doncaster Dome in the New Year.  Ms Evans asked me to model other uses for the headband.  Here are some of them below: